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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 26 January 2009

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 26 January 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 26 January 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 26 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 26 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 26 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the financial and administrative effects on small and medium-sized enterprises of applying for and proving competence in multiple health and safety pre-qualification questionnaires.
(251052)
2
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps the Government is taking to support the car industry.
(251255)
3
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure confidence in the car market.
(251256)
4
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure the availability of credit to businesses to enable the purchase of motor vehicles.
(251257)
5
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure job security for those employed by the car industry.
(251258)
6
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps the Government has taken to facilitate the sale of UK-manufactured cars abroad.
(251259)
7
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people were declared bankrupt in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley borough and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each year since 1997.
(251097)
8
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what meetings the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has had with members of the Honours Committees since his appointment.
(251066)
9
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the Answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1125W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251328)
10
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252045)
11
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252046)
12
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many small businesses have ceased trading permanently in each quarter of the last five years.
(250971)
13
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many items of unsafe furniture have been seized by scambuster teams since 2005.
(251169)
14
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the scambusters programme has spent in each year since 2005, broken down by category of expenditure.
(251170)
15
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will discuss with his French counterpart measures to support credit insurance arrangements for the furniture industry.
(251171)
16
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether (a) he and (b) the Office of Fair Trading plans to make an assessment of the implications for the regulatory matters for which each is responsible of the change in ownership of the London Evening Standard.
(250941)
17
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each year since it was established.
(251263)
18
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost was of external legal services engaged by his Department in each year since its establishment.
(251361)
19
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.
(251422)
20
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each year since it was established.
(251432)
21
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website since its inception.
(251482)
22
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much has been spent by his Department on temporary staff in each year since it was established.
(251483)
23
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each year since his Department was established.
(251883)
24
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the Answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 769W, on apprentices, what steps are being taken to increase the number of apprentices employed by his Department.
(251737)
25
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 599W, on departmental ICT, what the original expected (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each project referred to; and if he will make a statement.
(251245)
26
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessor in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251385)
27
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which ICT projects his Department and its predecessors initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251387)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
28
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many breaches of security have occurred at HM Revenue and Customs in the last five years; and what procedures are followed when a breach of security relates to personal data.
(250731)
29
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letters of 16 October and 15 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Billericay on a constituent, Mr Tony Lowe.
(250722)
30
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HM Revenue and Customs' public service agreement and associated targets are for quantities of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) crack cocaine seized on entry to the UK in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010.
(251087)
31
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-declared appointees there were in HM Revenue and Customs offices in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.
(251270)
32
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland's letter to him of 20 October 2008 on petrol prices in Orkney and Shetland.
(251090)
33
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) guidance and (b) instructions he has issued to those banks in receipt of public money under the Bank Lending Programme announced on 19 January in respect of lending to overseas-registered companies with (i) operations and (ii) no operations in the United Kingdom.
(250936)
34
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people ineligible to purchase voluntary national insurance contributions in respect of tax years (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2001-02 were sent information on the schemes for those years.
(251158)
35
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the full-year cost to the Exchequer for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 of raising the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million.
(251188)
36
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the full-year cost to the Exchequer for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 of reducing the (i) starting and (ii) basic rate of tax on savings income to zero.
(251189)
37
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the full-year cost to the Exchequer for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 of reducing the main corporation tax rate to 25 per cent.
(251190)
38
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the full-year cost to the Exchequer for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 of reducing the small companies rate of corporation tax to 20 per cent.
(251191)
39
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department played in discussions leading to the recent decision of the Financial Services Authority to remove its prohibition on short selling of shares in financial institutions.
(251268)
40
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the monetary value in sterling of the reduction in the UK's rebate to its contribution to the EU budget negotiated in December 2005.
(251283)
41
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs the Government plans to create through expenditure on eco-friendly projects; what estimate he has made of the proportion of such jobs which will go to British workers; and how much money the Government plans to spend in this respect.
(251069)
42
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1096W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251317)
43
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what applications for approval of state aid made to the European Commission by his Department are awaiting determination; and on what date each such application was made.
(250658)
44
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters from hon. Members are yet to be answered by his Department; what the average time taken to reply to a letter from an hon. Member has been in each of the last six months; what his Department's target time for responding to a letter from an hon. Member is; and how many such letters have not been answered within that timescale in the last six months.
(251269)
45
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251398)
46
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252009)
47
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252010)
48
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information (a) his Department and (b) UK Financial Investments holds on revenue generated in unauthorised overdraft charges by banks which are (i) wholly and (ii) partly in temporary public ownership in each month since June 2008.
(251028)
49
N
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Statement of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 539-472, on financial markets, which institutions have taken up (a) the Government scheme for new lending between banks and (b) the £37 billion made available for bank recapitalisation; and what assessment he has made of the effect of these arrangements on levels of inter-bank lending.
(250661)
50
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children in Wansdyke constituency have been eligible to receive a voucher to open a child trust fund account in each year since the scheme's inception; and how many such accounts were opened in each of those years.
(251834)
51
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the inquiry into the premature disclosure of information from his Department in 2008 has made.
(251702)
52
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many flat screen televisions his Department has purchased since 1997.
(251654)
53
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has spent on support for the banking industry in the last 12 months.
(251655)
54
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the Government's holdings in banks.
(251656)
55
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much gold the Government has sold in each year since 1997.
(251657)
56
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his European counterparts he has met in the last two months.
(251658)
57
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-pensionable bonuses have been awarded to staff in his Department in each year since 1997.
(251659)
58
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which companies his Department sourced temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the monetary value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(251660)
59
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department provide assistance to special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the last three years.
(251661)
60
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what departmental assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each such asset is; what the expected revenue from each such sale is; and if he will make a statement.
(251662)
61
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many visits on official business he has made to Jobcentre Plus offices in the last 12 months.
(251663)
62
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of sterling traded on each day of the last two months.
(251664)
63
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecast he has made of growth in the economy in each of the next 12 months.
(251665)
64
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projection he has made of the prevailing exchange rate between the pound sterling and the (a) euro, (b) Thai baht and (c) US dollar in each of the next 12 months.
(251666)
65
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the location is of each office occupied by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies which has been (i) newly occupied and (ii) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor area in square metres is of each.
(251674)
66
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of hon. Members' questions for written answer on a named day his Department has answered on the day named in the 2008-09 Session of Parliament to date.
(251899)
67
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints were received by the Adjudicator's Office in each of the last five years.
(251175)
68
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets his Department set for the Adjudicator's Office to respond to correspondence in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and what his assessment is of the performance of the Adjudicator's Office against these targets.
(251176)
69
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken to resolve complaints made to the Adjudicator's Office was in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(251186)
70
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251218)
71
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website in the last five years.
(251300)
72
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to his Department was of external legal services in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(251365)
73
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.
(251406)
74
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251448)
75
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251533)
76
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department provides to employers on whether employees on extended periods of sabbatical leave on part pay are eligible for tax credits.
(251119)
77
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for the future of stamp duty; and if he will make a statement.
(250662)
78
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received in support of not taking the UK into the euro zone without a referendum.
(248859)
79
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 434W, on apprentices, what progress has been made in increasing the number of apprentices in his Department and its agencies; and how many apprentices his Department and its agencies employ.
(251925)
80
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the contractors were; what the date of (a) commencement and (b) abandonment was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(251137)
81
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement.
(251140)
82
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 428W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate is of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each of the projects referred to; and if he will make a statement.
(251246)
83
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk of deflation in the economy.
(251914)
84
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made on the effect on inflation of the reduction in value added tax to 15 per cent.
(251915)
85
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of re-pricing products as a result of the reduction in value added tax to 15 per cent.
(251916)
86
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what expenditure his Department incurred in promulgating the 15 per cent. value added tax rate.
(251917)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
87
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many cases of looked-after children were considered by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal system in the last year for which figures are available.
(251771)
88
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children were permanently excluded from school in the most recent year which figures are available; and what percentage of those children were looked-after children.
(251781)
89
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of young people in year 11 who had spent at least one year in care gained five or more GCSEs graded A* to C in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(251782)
90
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many looked-after children have a statement of special educational needs.
(251783)
91
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools closed for a period of two weeks or more as a result of an act of arson in the last 12 months.
(251949)
92
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many school buildings have sustained structural damage requiring repair following acts of arson in each of the last three years.
(251950)
93
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the cost of repair to school premises following acts of arson in each of the last three years.
(251951)
94
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many incidents of arson against schools have been recorded in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the number of such fires which were started externally.
(251952)
95
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding per pupil he expects his Department to have provided for education in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in 2008-09.
(250730)
96
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 511W, on home education, and the subsequent establishment of the Elective Home Education Review, if he will collect information centrally on the number of children home educated in each local authority area.
(250888)
97
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the ranking of Newcastle upon Tyne Local Education Authority in relation to the other local education authorities in the results of the most recent national challenge measurement of achievement at GCSE was; and what bids for funding in respect of the national challenge he has received from Newcastle Local Education Authority.
(251766)
98
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when the independent review of personal social and health education, led by Sir Alisdair MacDonald, will present its findings.
(251466)
99
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many days of truancy were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last three years.
(251018)
100
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which primary schools in England have 70 per cent. or more of their pupils for whom English is not their first language; and how many and what proportion of pupils at each such school do not have English as their first language.
(250823)
101
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 845W, on the General Certificate of Secondary Education, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing all the information requested; and under what budgetary headings such expenditure would be incurred.
(251045)
102
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 848W, on national curriculum tests: contracts, on what date each risk assessment referred to in the Answer was reported to Ministers.
(251050)
103
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether the early years foundation stage specification included guidance on how and when children should learn to grip a pen or pencil.
(251051)
104
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(251084)
105
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the provision of interpreters for deaf parents attending parents' evenings.
(251232)
106
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent estimate is of the number of deaf parents of children of school age.
(251233)
107
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many expressions of interest in setting up an academy have been received by his Department in each year for which figures are available.
(251046)
108
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of mathematics teachers in primary schools have qualified teacher status in mathematics.
(251047)
109
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in how many schools (a) 75 per cent. or more and (b) 50 per cent. or more of pupils eligible to receive free school meals did not achieve a single GCSE above grade D in 2008.
(251048)
110
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in how many schools less than 30 per cent. of eligible pupils achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics in the last 12 months, broken down by decile of income deprivation affecting children indices.
(251049)
111
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils with special educational needs were given a fixed-period exclusion from a pupil referral unit in the last year for which figures are available.
(251082)
112
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils were given a fixed-period exclusion from a pupil referral unit in 2008.
(251085)
113
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils sat fewer than five GCSEs in 2008.
(251099)
114
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils gained at least five A* or A grades at GCSE in 2008.
(251100)
115
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in how many schools fewer than 50 per cent. of pupils achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics in 2008.
(251101)
116
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils with special educational needs were given a fixed-period exclusion from primary schools in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by reason for exclusion.
(251102)
117
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each decile of income deprivation affecting children indices were given a fixed-period exclusion in the last 12 months.
(251103)
118
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils eligible for free school meals gained an A grade in (a) mathematics, (b) physics and (c) chemistry A level in 2008.
(251110)
119
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils eligible for free school meals took fewer than five GCSEs in 2008.
(251115)
120
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils in each decile of income deprivation affecting children indices achieved three A grades at A level in 2008.
(251116)
121
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils were given more than two fixed-period exclusions in each local authority in the last 12 months.
(251117)
122
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools did not have more than 30 per cent. of pupils achieving five or more A* to B grades at GCSE, including English and mathematics in 2008.
(251118)
123
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Sure Start children's centres are in operation.
(251120)
124
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils did not gain a single GCSE grade excluding equivalents in 2008.
(251122)
125
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils were not entered for (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) mathematics and English GCSEs in 2008.
(251123)
126
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils gained five A* to B grades at GCSE in 2008.
(251124)
127
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of free school meals pupils achieved A* to C grades at GCSE in 2008.
(251194)
128
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals were classed as persistent absentees in the last year for which figures are available.
(251294)
129
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals were permanently excluded in the last year for which data are available.
(251295)
130
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals did not gain one or more C grades or above at GCSE in 2008.
(251297)
131
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils in (a) all schools, (b) independent schools and (c) comprehensive schools achieved a grade C or higher in A level mathematics in 2008.
(251298)
132
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of free school meals pupils were entered for A levels in 2008.
(251311)
133
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the reasons are for the time taken to make education maintenance allowance payments in Kent in 2008-09.
(251689)
134
N
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many notifications to List 99 there were in each of the last five years.
(250607)
135
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 186W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251321)
136
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.
(251024)
137
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools constructed under the Building Schools for the Future programme have opened; and which opened (a) on time and (b) on budget.
(251089)
138
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much Government funding was provided per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in each local authority area in 2007-08.
(252087)
139
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to ensure young people are equipped with personal finance skills; and if he will make a statement.
(251202)
140
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to include personal finance skills in initial teacher training courses; and if he will make a statement.
(251203)
141
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251396)
142
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252041)
143
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252042)
144
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department issues to schools on administering of insulin to pupils with diabetes during school hours; what steps it takes to ensure that the guidance is adhered to; and if he will make a statement.
(251036)
145
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children in care in each local authority area have had more than (a) three, (b) five, (c) 10, (d) 20 and (e) 30 foster placements.
(251849)
146
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many special guardianship orders have been made in each local authority area in each of the last five years.
(251850)
147
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many special guardianship arrangements have broken down in each of the last five years.
(251851)
148
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent representations he has received on the reorganisation of children's services in local authorities.
(250958)
149
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much of his Department's (a) voted and (b) non-voted capital departmental expenditure limit for 2008-09 remains unallocated.
(250930)
150
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) private, (b) voluntary and (c) independent nurseries have (i) opened and (ii) closed permanently in each of the last four quarters.
(250967)
151
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent guidance his Department has issued to early years settings on children learning through free play.
(250968)
152
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding his Department has provided to Ofsted in each year since 1997; and how much of this has been spent on (a) inspections and (b) inspections of early years settings in each year.
(250969)
153
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many childcare settings have ceased operating permanently in each quarter of the last five years.
(250970)
154
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of children aged (a) below one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four were in the care of a (i) maintained nursery, (ii) Sure Start children's centre, (iii) private, voluntary or independent nursery and (iv) childminder in each of the last four quarters.
(251039)
155
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of children aged (a) below one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four attended a formal childcare setting in each of the last four quarters.
(251040)
156
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether childminders working two hours or less a week have to pay a fee to Ofsted to become registered.
(251041)
157
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many early years settings have applied for an exemption from the early years foundation stage in the last 12 months.
(251042)
158
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the viability of children's centres in circumstances where local authorities comply with guidance issued by his Department that such centres become financially self-sustaining by 2011.
(251043)
159
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how frequently early years settings must apply for exemption from the early years foundation stage to sustain exempted status.
(251044)
160
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1498W, on pre-school education: finance, when he expects the child care strategy to be published.
(251231)
161
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking programme.
(251333)
162
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether children are able to meet the assessment areas in the early years foundation stage in a language other than English.
(251334)
163
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of the standard of English spoken by staff in childcare settings.
(251335)
164
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much Ofsted received in registration fees from all childcare settings in each of the last five years.
(251412)
165
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much Ofsted received in registration fees from childminders working with children aged (a) under five and (b) five to eight years old in each of the last five years.
(251413)
166
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 49WS, on departmental expenditure limit (2008-09), what the budget was for each of his Department's budgets under (a) RfR1 and (b) RfR2 (i) before and (ii) after the changes announced in the Written Ministerial Statement.
(251415)
167
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 49WS, on departmental expenditure limit (2008-09), which non-departmental public bodies have had their budgets increased as a result of the changes announced in the Statement.
(251416)
168
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to which budget he has allocated the £2,500,000 moved from non-voted unallocated provision for Sure Start in his Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 49WS, on departmental expenditure limit (2008-09).
(251423)
169
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment, based on the local authority childcare sufficiency assessments, he has made of the adequacy of standards of childcare achieved; and what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure that local authorities meet requirements to provide childcare services by 31 March 2008.
(251902)
170
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many secondary schools there were at the latest date for which figures are available.
(251923)
171
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding the Government has made available for improving nutrition in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) early years settings in the last 12 months; how much funding it has allocated for such work in 2009; and which schemes to improve nutrition in early years settings it has (i) funded in the last 12 months and (ii) plans to fund in 2009.
(251930)
172
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans the Government has to assess the effects of the introduction of the early years foundation stage on childcare settings.
(252059)
173
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much the Government has spent on Sure Start programmes in each local authority area since 1997; and how much has been spent on Sure Start programmes in each of the (a) 20 per cent. most deprived, (b) 10 per cent. most deprived and (c) 5 per cent. most deprived local authority areas.
(252062)
174
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the findings of the Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey in 2007, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of trends in the profitability of children's centres on levels of childcare provision.
(252063)
175
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of (a) children's centres nurseries, (b) maintained nurseries and (c) private, voluntary and independent nurseries reported vacant places in (i) England, (ii) each region, (iii) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas and (iv) the 10 per cent. least deprived areas in each year since 1997.
(252064)
176
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate his Department has made of the average number of vacant places in (a) children's centres nurseries, (b) maintained nurseries and (c) private, voluntary and independent nurseries in (i) England, (ii) each region, (iii) the 10 per cent. most deprived local authority areas and (iv) the 10 per cent least deprived local authority areas in each year since 1997.
(252065)
177
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of childminders reported vacant places in (a) England, (b) each region, (c) the 10 per cent. most deprived local authority areas and (d) the 10 per cent. least deprived local authority areas in each year since 1997.
(252066)
178
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what funding his Department provides for the training of childcare staff to level 3.
(252067)
179
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of children's centres nurseries were deemed (a) excellent, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate by Ofsted in each year since Ofsted was established.
(252068)
180
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of staff in the childcare sector in (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas, (b) 10 per cent. least deprived areas, (c) five per cent. most deprived areas and (d) five per cent. least deprived areas were qualified to at least level three in each of the last 30 years.
(252069)
181
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of staff in the childcare sector were qualified to at least level three in each of the last 30 years.
(252070)
182
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the average staff turnover rate in daycare settings in England in the last 12 months.
(252071)
183
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of people who worked in the childcare sector in each year since 1997.
(252072)
184
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of local authorities which did not meet their requirement to provide a sufficient supply of childcare in the latest period for which figures are available.
(252073)
185
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1495W, on pre-school education, how many and what proportion of children in the 30 per cent. most deprived areas of each local authority were working securely within the 13 assessment areas of the Foundation Stage profile in each year since 2005.
(252076)
186
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2008, Official Report, column 474W, on children: databases, which usability issues his Department is resolving before the ContactPoint system is user tested.
(252077)
187
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of children from the (a) 10 and (b) 20 per cent. most deprived local authorities who did not attain the national standard in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science in Key Stage 1 assessment achieved the national standard in Key Stage 2 assessments in each year since 1997.
(252086)
188
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many residents of the Wansdyke constituency were in receipt of education maintenance allowance during 2007-08.
(251833)
189
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on the salaries of (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff in Wansdyke constituency in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2007-08.
(251835)
190
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding was provided (a) per primary school pupil and (b) per secondary school pupil in Bath and North East Somerset in 2007-08.
(251844)
191
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department carried out checks with Companies House before awarding Greensward Charitable Trust the sponsorship of academies in Essex.
(251698)
192
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the management of those under 16 years who become homeless as a result of running away.
(251161)
193
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each year since it was established.
(251290)
194
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public in each year since it was established.
(251433)
195
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each year since it was established.
(251538)
196
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each year since his Department was established.
(251884)
197
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what information his Department holds on discussions which have taken place between (a) officers, (b) Members and (c) actual or potential developers under the auspices of Castle Point Borough Council and Essex County Council on development of Castle View School playing fields; and if he will make a statement.
(250949)
198
N
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many serious case reviews have been completed in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 2000; how many such reviews initiated since 2000 are still ongoing; and if he will make a statement.
(251065)
199
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in each local authority area in England in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(251839)
200
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time officials worked at (i) the National Assessment Agency and (ii) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in the 2007-08 tax year; how many in each case received bonuses in that year; and if he will make a statement.
(251848)
201
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 947W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department currently employs.
(252083)
202
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, columns 101-2W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) original expected cost was, (b) original expected delivery date was and (c) current expected completion date is of each ICT project listed; and if he will make a statement.
(251093)
203
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251375)
204
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which ICT projects his Department and its predecessors initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251386)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
205
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff employed by non-departmental public bodies earned over (a) £100,000, (b) £200,000, (c) £300,000, (d) £400,000, (e) £500,000, (f) £600,000, (g) £700,000 and (h) £800,000 in 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(250485)
206
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in (a) Southampton and (b) Test Valley borough in each of the last five years.
(251033)
207
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with reference to the Answers of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 22W and 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1020W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in (a) his Department and (b) the Leader of the House's Office have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251320)
208
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many migrant workers from each EU member state have (a) entered and (b) left the UK in each (i) month, (ii) quarter and (iii) year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(250931)
209
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the policy of (a) the Prime Minister's Office and (b) the Office of the Leader of the House is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (i) in lunch breaks, (ii) in evenings and (iii) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252003)
210
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) the Prime Minister's Office and (b) the Office of the Leader of the House for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours in the latest year for which figures are available.
(252004)
211
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the policy of the Cabinet Office and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252043)
212
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) its agencies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252044)
213
N
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which permanent secretaries have retired since 1997; and which of these have subsequently accepted salaried positions paid from the public purse.
(250660)
214
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost of No. 10 Downing Street's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251424)
215
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost of (a) the Cabinet Office's and (b) No. 10 Downing Street's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251535)
216
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with reference to the Answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 614W, on apprentices, what progress has been made in increasing the number of apprentices in the Cabinet Office; and how many apprentices his Department currently employs.
(251964)
217
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by the Cabinet Office in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251374)
218
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which ICT projects the Cabinet Office initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251388)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
219
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the number of social rented homes which did not meet the Decent Homes standard at the latest date for which figures are available; and when she expects the remainder of the additional £200 million of funding for the Decent Homes programme to have been spent.
(250957)
220
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the expenditure her Department will incur in meeting the rental and other building costs on buildings housing fire service regional control between the first scheduled cut-over date and the last scheduled cut-over date, broken down by region.
(251148)
221
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department met representatives of Group 4 to discuss the provision of services in the last 12 months; where each such meeting took place; and what the outcomes were.
(251149)
222
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regional control centres for the Fire Service have been completed; on what date each was completed; and what estimate has been made for planning purposes of the date upon which her Department will become liable for the running costs of each fire regional control centre which remains to be completed.
(251150)
223
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been made available to each local authority for shared ownership schemes in each month since May 2008.
(251709)
224
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been sold in each local authority through shared ownership schemes in each month since May 2008.
(251710)
225
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been made available to each local authority for equity loan schemes in each month since their introduction.
(251711)
226
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been sold in each local authority through equity loan schemes in each month since their introduction.
(251712)
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Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the economic downturn on the income of local authorities; and if she will review the level of revenue support grant paid to local authorities.
(250916)
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Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of levels of brownfield development in (a) England, (b) the South East, (c) Hampshire and (d) Romsey constituency.
(251037)
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Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families in Hampshire were tenants of (a) council, (b) housing association and (c) privately-owned accommodation allocated by local authorities (i) in 2006-07, (ii) in 2007-08 and (iii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(251094)
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Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homelessness applications were made in (a) Test Valley borough, (b) the ceremonial county of Hampshire and (c) Southampton city in each of the last three years.
(251095)
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Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projects sponsored by (a) her Department and (b) the Government Office for London, were subject to gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much her Department spent on gateway reviews in each such year; and if she will make a statement.
(250889)
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Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1326W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense Ministers in her Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251313)
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Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers she has to refer to the courts an alleged breach of the provisions of the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902.
(251224)
234
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many electrical fires occurred in (a) newly rewired and (b) newly built properties in England in each year from 1997 to 2003.
(251425)
235
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to ensure that the enforcement concordat in respect of the principles of good enforcement is used by enforcement authorities in their application of guidance her Department has issued on the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(250946)
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Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information her Department holds on the political affiliation of each member of the interim authority established to run Shrewsbury Town Council between March 2009 and June 2009.
(251026)
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Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what value of guarantees for new asset-backed securities will be provided (a) for an individual scheme and (b) in aggregate overall in implementing the Crosby Report; what account will be taken of the monetary value of lenders' demands in determining the size of the Government's facility; what the criteria and terms of the scheme will be, with particular reference to loan to value ratios; how the Government will ensure the funding raised is passed on to borrowers on reasonable terms; and how the Government will ensure that new loans will be made available to first-time buyers.
(251767)
238
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if she will make a statement.
(251403)
239
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the policy of her Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if she will make a statement.
(252039)
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Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252040)
241
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1049W, on local government finance, what estimate she has made of the resources required by local authorities in England to carry out their proposed new responsibilities for strategic commissioning of education for 16 to 18 year-olds; and what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families on the matter.
(247762)
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N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much money her Department granted to Wolverhampton City Council in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 for street cleaning in Wolverhampton; what conditions were applied; and if she will make a statement.
(249632)
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N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy to bring forward payments to local authorities in order to mitigate the amount of interest forgone by local authorities in meeting targets for payment of supplier invoices within 10 days.
(251131)
244
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) maximum and (b) average number of households which will receive support each year from the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme in each of the next three years.
(251772)
245
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 912W, on surveys, whether a report on the Place Survey pilots has been published; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the conclusions of the evaluation of the pilots.
(251773)
246
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to issue further guidance on home information packs consequent upon the recent revision of the regulations affecting such packs.
(251774)
247
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many charters conferring the status of a borough have been granted by Her Majesty the Queen through the Privy Council Office since May 1997; and in which local authority areas such charters have been granted.
(251775)
248
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what methodology her Department uses to determine whether an unauthorised travellers' camp is (a) tolerated and (b) not tolerated in circumstances where the camp is on (i) the travellers' own land and (ii) land not owned by the travellers and has been established without planning permission; what definition her Department uses of a (A) tolerated and (B) not tolerated unauthorised travellers' camps; and who is responsible for determining whether such camps are tolerated.
(251776)
249
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities will be compensated under the new burdens principle for costs arising from the introduction of the Carbon Reduction Commitment.
(251777)
250
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons her Department engaged (a) Band and Brown, (b) Connect PR and (c) Blue Rubicon PR in 2008 to undertake public relations work; and for what reasons such work was not undertaken by her Department.
(251779)
251
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates (a) the hon. Member for Eastleigh and (b) Eastleigh Borough Council made submissions to her Department in respect of each draft of the South East Plan.
(251858)
252
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what timetable she has set for the agreement of each regional spatial strategy.
(251859)
253
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Gateway Review of the Firebuy integrated clothing project was completed; and what the outcomes of that review were.
(251860)
254
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which public bodies she expects to (a) inspect and (b) audit local authorities in 2009-10.
(251861)
255
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which European Union Interreg (a) IVA, (b) IVB and (c) IVC projects have been approved for implementation in the United Kingdom to date.
(251862)
256
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Winchester of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1044W, on billing, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's letter to its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
(251863)
257
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 773W, on public houses: non-domestic rates, whether (a) darts boards and (b) pool tables will be taken into account when valuing licensed premises as part of the 2010 business rates revaluation.
(251864)
258
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 446W, on mortgages: first-time buyers, what estimate she has made of the number of first-time buyers, excluding sitting tenants, in England who took out mortgages of 100 per cent. or more of the purchase price of the property in (a) each year from 1979 to 2005 and (b) 2007.
(251865)
259
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals against refusal of planning permission for unauthorised traveller sites were considered by (i) the Secretary of State and (ii) the Planning Inspectorate in each year since 1997.
(251866)
260
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on housing sales, what the terms of reference of the working group on condition information are; and what the group's membership is.
(251885)
261
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 1045-6W, on council tax: pensions, what the (a) monetary value and (b) proportion was of local authority revenue expenditure that comprised employer's contributions to pension funds and other retirement benefits in each year since 1996-97.
(251887)
262
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Ministers in her Department plan to organise seminars on issues identified in the National Community Forum's report on Sources of resentment and perceptions of ethnic minorities among poor white people in England.
(251901)
263
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for the Vale of Clwyd of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 360W, on compulsory purchase, how many compulsory purchase orders have been submitted for land for traveller sites since 2006, according to the casework management database; and how many have been (a) upheld and (b) rejected.
(251903)
264
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for the Vale of Clwyd of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 360W, on compulsory purchase, how many years' data is held on the casework management database on compulsory purchase orders; and whether it contains data in respect of the whole of England.
(251904)
265
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what categories of records (a) her Department, (b) the Planning Inspectorate and (c) Government regional offices hold on compulsory purchases of land since 2006.
(251910)
266
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hectares of derelict land and buildings there were in each Government Office region according to the National Land Use database in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(251911)
267
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) statistics and (b) other data in respect of 2008-09 local authorities are required to submit to her Department using the Local Government Statistics Data Upload facility.
(251912)
268
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1265-6W, on eco-towns, which external companies were engaged to perform communications work using the £385,200 referred to; and what the purpose of each such contract was.
(251913)
269
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 563W, on fire services: Working Time Directive, what assessment she has made of the effect of proposed changes to the Working Time Directive on the ability of retained duty system fire fighters to work more than 48 hours a week in primary and secondary employment; and if she will make a statement.
(251933)
270
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 575W, on council tax: empty property, if she will place in the Library a copy of the final report by Roger Tym and Partners.
(251934)
271
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to Lord Avebury of 25 November 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA284, on Gypsies and Travellers, how many appeals against refusal of planning permission for authorised traveller sites (a) she and (b) the Planning Inspectorate considered in each year since 1997 for which figures are available; and how many were (i) refused and (ii) upheld.
(251935)
272
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what expenditure her Department incurred on the (a) research for and (b) production of the National Community Forum report, Sources of resentment and perceptions of ethnic minorities among poor white people in England.
(251972)
273
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidelines are used to determine business rates for companies placed into administration.
(251106)
274
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps the Government has taken to raise awareness of the home responsibility payment.
(251025)
275
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what local authority revenue was provided from (a) central Government, (b) council tax revenues and (c) special grants for each region in each of the last 12 years, ranked in descending order according to the size of increase.
(250719)
276
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate she has made of the effect of inward migration on the level of funding for local authority services in each of the principal seaside towns in England.
(251147)
277
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.
(251301)
278
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost of external legal services engaged by her Department was in 2007-08.
(251362)
279
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251437)
280
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost of her Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251537)
281
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what expenditure her Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each year since her Department was established.
(251882)
282
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether consideration for compensation payments for householders whose bins are not collected on time falls within the scope of the Redress Review.
(251721)
283
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the most recent editions of guidance and rating manuals that the Valuation Office Agency uses for valuing ports and businesses within ports.
(251723)
284
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the minimum Code for Sustainable Homes standard will be for private sector homes built in eco-towns; and what the minimum standard is for new sector private housing built in other areas.
(251724)
285
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of its growth budget the Homes and Communities Agency has allocated for expenditure related to eco-towns.
(251725)
286
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of homebuyers took out mortgage payment protection insurance in respect of new mortgages in each year since 2000.
(251726)
287
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of the economic turndown on the number of new social homes to be provided through the section 106 process in the next 12 months.
(251727)
288
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of new social housing has been provided under section 106 agreements in the last 12 months.
(251728)
289
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which month she expects the Infrastructure Planning Commission to start considering planning applications.
(251729)
290
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assumptions on the number of non-domestic properties affected by recent changes to empty property business rate relief were made for the purposes of the most recent impact assessment made of those changes.
(251730)
291
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been given to local authorities on the use of public funds to campaign in local referendums.
(251731)
292
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the effects of the economic downturn on local authority revenues from business rates.
(251732)
293
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of the Tenant Services Authority's pink camper van campaign.
(251733)
294
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the geographical barriers score of each local authority in the Indices of Deprivation for (a) 2004 and (b) 2007 was, ranked from highest to lowest in each year.
(251734)
295
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Tenant Services Authority has spent on (a) branding, (b) external public affairs consultancies and (c) external public relations.
(251735)
296
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the reasons were for the time taken in (a) publishing and (b) laying before Parliament regulations on (i) empty property and (ii) small business rate relief.
(251736)
297
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on night time street lighting and efficiency savings.
(251787)
298
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much expenditure her Department incurred under general ledger acount number 10006 (furniture and fittings at cost) in the last year for which audited figures are available.
(251788)
299
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much central funding was provided to each regional fire management board in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(251789)
300
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons there is an entry for Overtime Ministers in her Department's Chart of Accounts 2008-09.
(251790)
301
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of expenditure on the National Clearing House scheme will come from the Homes and Communities Agency's.
(251791)
302
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much expenditure her Department incurred under general ledger account number 40001 (advertising) in the last year for which audited figures are available.
(251792)
303
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her plans are for the number of staff employed by her Department in the next three years.
(251793)
304
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes are planned in the governance arrangements of the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Assembly from March 2009.
(251794)
305
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether special advisers in her Department may claim overtime payments.
(251795)
306
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many unsold domestic dwellings in each local authority area have been bought under the National Clearing House scheme; and what the (a) timetable and (b) target for the total number of dwellings to be purchased under the scheme is.
(251796)
307
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what planned capital expenditure on housing in future years by her Department and its agencies she is bringing forward.
(251797)
308
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what effect she estimates the recent stock market downturn will have on the funding of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
(251798)
309
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice her Department has provided to local authorities on placing money in government bonds.
(251799)
310
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the budget for the Tenant Services Authority is for its first full year of operation.
(251800)
311
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the receipts (a) each of her Department's executive agencies and (b) each regional development agency will receive from community infrastructure levy.
(251801)
312
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who the charging authorities for the community infrastructure levy will be.
(251802)
313
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which members of the Homes and Communities Agency board have made a declaration of political activity.
(251803)
314
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what planning policy guidance or circulars have been issued which address issues relating to student housing.
(251804)
315
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effect of the use of credit scoring by the private rented sector on households who have had their property repossessed in obtaining alternative rented accommodation.
(251805)
316
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirements parish councils must meet in order to be able to use the new well-being power under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.
(251806)
317
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on departmental procurement, who attended the dinner at the Arts Club organised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
(251807)
318
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to produce an updated impact assessment for community infrastructure levy.
(251808)
319
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what monitoring her Department undertakes on the number and type of house sales involving home information packs.
(251809)
320
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance has her Department has provided on whether reports produced by local authorities under their new tension monitoring duties will qualify for an exemption from the provisions of (a) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) the Data Protection Act 1998.
(251810)
321
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on tension monitoring and the activities of political parties.
(251811)
322
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission has given to local authorities on depositing funds with financial institutions outside (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the European Union.
(251813)
323
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Chair of the Business Community Safety Forum has received in allowances in respect of his chairmanship in the last 12 months.
(251814)
324
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the membership of the Local Government Delivery Council is; and when the Council was established.
(251815)
325
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to extend the opportunities for social tenants to purchase and part-purchase their homes; and whether Social Homebuy remains a pilot scheme.
(251816)
326
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) budget and (b) remit of the Local Government Delivery Council is.
(251817)
327
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department's executive agencies spent on services procured from each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework in the last 36 months.
(251818)
328
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what financial penalties local authorities may incur in circumstances where they do not meet their carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets from 1 January 2010 onwards.
(251819)
329
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Homes and Communities Agency has to buy land.
(251820)
330
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the Homes and Communities Agency's national affordable homes budget for 2008-09 has been (a) allocated and (b) spent.
(251821)
331
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which (a) public affairs (i) companies and (ii) consultants and (b) external public relations firms have been commissioned by each of her Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies in the last 24 months; and at what cost.
(251822)
332
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the purpose is of her Department's (a) council tax discount grant, (b) performance reward grant and (c) restoration fund grant.
(251823)
333
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the most recent demolition output targets are for each housing market renewal pathfinder.
(251824)
334
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of its nine public service agreement targets from the Comprehensive Spending Review her Department has met.
(251825)
335
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers a waste collection authority has to fine households who put waste out at times other than those specified by the authority.
(251826)
336
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will publish the new business rate valuation lists for British ports.
(251827)
337
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proposals her Department has for the (a) level and (b) rates of community infrastructure levy.
(251828)
338
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the administration costs of each individual scheme within the Local Government Pension Scheme were in the last year for which figures are available.
(251829)
339
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how student halls of residence are treated for (a) planning policy purposes and (b) valuation purposes.
(251888)
340
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what account is taken of (a) student halls of residence and (b) houses of multiple occupation in the process of establishing local authority targets for house construction.
(251889)
341
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 978W, on urban areas: parking, if she will make it her policy to undertake research into the effects on town centre economies of levels of car parking charges.
(251896)
342
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the contribution of the Minister for Local Government of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 841W, on local government, what the timetable is for the production of the forthcoming Green Paper on local government provision of social care.
(251906)
343
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to Lord Berkley of 13 January, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA132, what assessment she has made of the likely effects on (a) churches and (b) listed buildings of implementing the EU proposal that member states will no longer be able to provide incentives for the construction or renovation of buildings which do not comply with minimum energy performance requirements.
(251907)
344
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 304W, on departmental procurement, what the purpose of the expenditure on LLM Communications was; and what goods or services were purchased.
(251953)
345
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 304W, on departmental procurement, what the purpose of the expenditure on Info Terra Ltd was; and what goods or services were purchased.
(251954)
346
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 304W, on departmental procurement, if she will place in the Library a copy of the invoices for the expenditure at Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd; and for what purpose the expenditure was incurred.
(251955)
347
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 952W, on home information packs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report of the working group.
(251958)
348
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 952W, into home information packs, if she will undertake research on the typical maximum period within which a local authority search in a home information pack will be accepted as valid by a mortgage lender.
(251959)
349
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 955W, on housing, when she plans to publish the Housing Reform Green Paper.
(251960)
350
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 960W, on housing: students, what assessment she has made of the extent to which new additional student accommodation in university towns releases housing stock for non-student use; and if she will make it her policy to count such new accommodation towards regional spatial strategy building targets.
(251961)
351
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1060W, on Ordnance Survey: databases, if she will place in the Library copies of the promotional brochures for each of the Ordnance Survey products listed.
(251967)
352
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the speech made by the Minister for Local Government to the Local Government Association on 2 July 2008, what the timetable for the review of the enforcement of council tax is; what the terms of reference of the review are; and what plans she has to introduce proposals to amend legislation in this regard.
(251968)
353
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1322W, on housing: valuation, whether a material change to a domestic dwelling because of a new state of disrepair may result in a change to the potential valuation of a dwelling for business rates (a) prior to and (b) during the 2010 revaluation.
(251969)
354
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1315W, on council tax: valuation, whether the observations on consequentials referred to were made in writing.
(251970)
355
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued on the designation of billing authorities in areas with two executive tiers of local government.
(251986)
356
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what remuneration each board member of Firebuy receives.
(252082)
357
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information her Department holds on discussions which have taken place between (a) officers, (b) Members and (c) actual or potential developers under the auspices of Castle Point Borough Council and Essex County Council in respect of the building of (i) a new link road for Cornelius Vermuyden School and (ii) other development of land west of the school; and if she will make a statement.
(250950)
358
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information her Department holds on discussions between (a) officers, (b) Members and (c) actual potential developers under the auspices of Castle Point Borough Council and Essex County Council on planning developments on Castle View School playing fields; and if she will make a statement.
(250951)
359
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will request that Castle Point Borough Council sends local residents full documentation relevant to the Core Strategy consultation before the consultation process commences; and if she will make a statement.
(250952)
360
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will request that Castle Point Borough Council publishes details of brownfield sites in Castle Point.
(251054)
361
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will hold discussions with Castle Point Borough Council on procedures for development of green belt land in Castle Point when brownfield land remains to be developed; and if she will make a statement.
(251055)
362
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many payments her Department made to Castle Point Borough Council under the Disabled Facilities Grant scheme in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on such payments in each of those years.
(251057)
363
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will request that the Chief Executive of Castle Point Borough Council publishes the authority's plans to develop land given to the people of Canvey Island around the Cornelius Vermuyden School and Canvey Village.
(251060)
364
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will commission research into the incidence of local authorities issuing court summonses for non-payment of council tax in error; and if she will make a statement.
(251336)
365
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she has taken to encourage private sector organisations to participate in the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative.
(251758)
366
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 614W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in her Department; and how many apprentices her Department employs.
(251965)
367
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 786W, on departmental ICT, what her most recent estimate of the (a) cost and (b) completion date of each of the projects listed is; and if she will make a statement.
(251243)
368
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by her Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251378)
369
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which ICT projects her Department and its predecessors initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if she will make a statement.
(251390)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
370
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what budget his Department provided for Visit Britain in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; what budget he proposes for Visit Britain in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011 and (iv) 2012; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of such funding spent on promoting the UK as a tourist destination (A) within the UK and (B) overseas in each year.
(251201)
371
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to put into effect the conclusions of the availability to play consultation in respect of the casino licence tendering process for casino operators and local authorities.
(250849)
372
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the process of procuring a casino in Newham.
(250850)
373
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to provide additional funding for tourism in respect of the London 2012 Olympics.
(250851)
374
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of households in each region who will not receive a full service from Freeview after digital switchover.
(251299)
375
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 244W, on playing fields: planning permission, for what reasons the statistics for 2006-07 were not published in December 2008; and when he expects them to be published.
(251308)
376
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Legacy Trust has raised since its establishment; and how much it has received from (a) trusts and foundations, (b) public funds, (c) lottery funds and (d) the private sector.
(251740)
377
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how long each local authority took to replenish to Public Library Service Standard 10 its library lending stock on open access or available on loan in each of the last three years.
(251741)
378
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 815W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251327)
379
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251397)
380
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252037)
381
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252038)
382
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of local authorities he expects will take part in the initiative to provide free swimming for under 16 year olds.
(251837)
383
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps (a) he and (b) Sport England have taken to ensure that the UK baseball team can compete in the 2009 World Cup; and if he will make a statement.
(251019)
384
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251214)
385
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251262)
386
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.
(251289)
387
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.
(251348)
388
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251436)
389
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251881)
390
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 244W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employs.
(251966)
391
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251377)
392
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251389)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
393
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made in the review of catering and other ancillary services provided to military bases in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(251132)
394
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1053W, on unmanned air vehicles, what drone systems were procured prior to the purchase of the Reaper system in the last 10 years; and at what cost.
(250852)
395
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of co-operation between his Department and the Department for International Development in Operation Telic.
(250853)
396
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the Harrier aircraft currently operating in south west Afghanistan.
(251239)
397
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have received (a) wet training and (b) dry training at the submarine escape training tank at Gosport in (i) each year from 2005 to 2007 and (ii) each month since January 2008.
(251646)
398
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ridgeback armoured vehicles have been shipped to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq since 2001.
(251647)
399
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the agreement between the International Security Assistance Force and the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan to be finalised; and what his assessment is of the effect of not having an agreement on on-going military and civilian operations in Afghanistan.
(251648)
400
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) delays and (b) cancellations of VIP visits there have been in Afghanistan in the last 12 months.
(251649)
401
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contacts there were between British forces and anti-coalition militia in Afghanistan in each month since June 2006.
(251650)
402
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average number of helicopters of each type available for training purposes was in each year since 2001.
(251705)
403
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average number of aircraft of each type available for training purposes was in each year since 2001.
(251706)
404
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds of ammunition have been discharged by British forces in Afghanistan in each rotation since 2006.
(251707)
405
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of helicopter pilots did not undertake the required 15 hours individual flying training per month in the last year.
(251748)
406
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) required and (b) actual number of personnel in each corps of the Territorial Army is; and what the percentage shortfall for each corps is.
(251749)
407
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Royal Navy assets will form the UK contribution to CTF-151, broken down by asset type.
(251890)
408
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether HMS Richmond will be deployed to duties pertaining to the arms embargo on the Gaza Strip before Operation Telic ends.
(251891)
409
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the out-of-service date for HMS Endurance is.
(251892)
410
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of the recent flooding incident of HMS Endurance; and if he will make a statement.
(251893)
411
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects repairs to HMS Endurance to be completed; and when he expects HMS Endurance to be operational.
(251894)
412
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for transporting HMS Endurance to the United Kingdom; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such transportation.
(251895)
413
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of the trained strength personnel complement of the Territorial Army were unavailable for deployment under his Department's policy of deploying individuals for one year in every five (a) at the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in each of the last five years.
(251897)
414
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken in relation to the continuous attitude survey for (a) armed forces families and (b) reserve forces; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent survey reports.
(251948)
415
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of personnel in each service who were (a) divorced and (b) separated in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(251962)
416
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of personnel in each service who were (a) divorced and (b) separated in each month in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.
(251963)
417
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq by July 2009 on the airbridge.
(251982)
418
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of commercial (a) planes and (b) ships to be hired to assist with the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq; and what the cost to his Department is estimated to be.
(251983)
419
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the briefing maps for Iraq on his Department's website to be next updated.
(251984)
420
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of theft of British military equipment supplies during transit from the port of disembarkation in Pakistan to the final destination in Afghanistan have been reported since 18 July 2008.
(251985)
421
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 483W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense others Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251323)
422
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any of the C17 aircraft operated by the armed forces have been fitted with titanium parts manufactured by Western Titanium.
(251746)
423
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Mid Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, whether the development and acquisition schedule under the US/UK Memorandum of Understanding was denominated in US dollars.
(251931)
424
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 554W, on TriStar aircraft, when the process of fitting glass cockpits to the RAF TriStar fleet is due to commence.
(251932)
425
N
Mr Adam Ingram (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in discussions with the Scottish Executive on the repatriation of members of the armed forces killed in action abroad and whose families wish an inquest to take place in Scotland under the fatal accident inquiry system; and if he will make a statement.
(250664)
426
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251401)
427
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252035)
428
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252036)
429
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department took in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 to reduce its use of fuel derived from petroleum; and if he will make a statement.
(249633)
430
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what volume of (a) petrol, (b) diesel, (c) aviation fuel and (d) other fuels derived from petroleum his Department consumed in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(249634)
431
Mr Michael Mates (East Hampshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commission further research into the diagnosis and treatment of Gulf War veterans' illnesses; and if he will make a statement.
(251121)
432
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests for repair call-outs were received by Modern Housing Solutions in each of the last 12 months.
(251105)
433
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251223)
434
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.
(251288)
435
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.
(251349)
436
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.
(251368)
437
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251435)
438
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251534)
439
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251880)
440
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 308W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department employs.
(252085)
441
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 630W, on departmental ICT, what ICT projects his Department and its agencies are undertaking; and if he will make a statement.
(251286)
442
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251379)
443
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251391)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
444
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effects of the depreciation of sterling on (a) investment in and (b) the costs of (i) the London Array and (ii) other major offshore renewable energy projects; and if he will make a statement.
(250728)
445
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he has taken to encourage energy companies to lower the gas prices they charge to consumers.
(251738)
446
N
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 19WS, on EDF takeover, whether the £4.42 billion dedicated to the Nuclear Liabilities Fund paid on 19 January by Electricité de France EDF may be used for decontamination of radioactively polluted land on British energy sites; and whether title to the plutonium owned by British Energy has been transferred to EDF as part of the takeover.
(250729)
447
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what requirements there are upon nuclear power plant operators to report to safety and environmental regulators the (a) instances and (b) quantities of radioactive gases emitted during re-fuelling; and whether such data are publicly available.
(250937)
448
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to recover from Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith of Beresfords Solicitors the monies they accrued improperly in processing personal injury claims under the Coal Health Compensation scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(250943)
449
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent representations he has received on the full inclusion of plastics in the Renewable Obligations Certificate system.
(247902)
450
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of energy generation from domestic waste towards meeting the UK's renewable energy targets.
(247903)
451
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what grant provision is available from the Warm Zone scheme to otherwise eligible citizens for materials for insulation work carried out by themselves rather than through a contractor.
(251199)
452
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK's international competitiveness of the more effective promotion of renewable energy industries by other countries.
(251275)
453
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the International Renewable Energy Agency to the development of renewable energy.
(251276)
454
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what consideration the Government has given to joining the International Renewable Energy Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(251277)
455
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to encourage the recycling of used cooking oil to produce carbon-neutral electricity.
(251151)
456
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to encourage the production of renewable fuels from recycled cooking oil using gravity separation and filtration techniques; and if he will make a statement.
(251153)
457
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, agencies and non-departmental bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251485)
458
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the policy of his Department is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252033)
459
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in his Department for working (a) in lunch breaks and (b) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252034)
460
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much compensation for (a) respiratory disease and (b) vibration white finger has been paid in total to former miners in Wansdyke constituency.
(251832)
461
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, columns 896-7W, on wind power, what assessment he has made of the contribution of operational wind turbines towards the Government's renewable energy targets.
(250721)
462
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he expects Ofgem to make an announcement following its consideration of proposals for central monitoring systems for street lights.
(250761)
463
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) financial and (b) environmental effects of introducing central monitoring systems for streetlights.
(250762)
464
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent insulating the homes of pensioners in each of the last 10 years.
(250665)
465
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much central Government funding for renewable energy (a) research and (b) capital programmes there has been in respect of (i) nuclear power, (ii) biomass, (iii) wind power, (iv) hydroelectric power, (v) solar energy, (vi) marine power and (vii) anaerobic energy in each of the last 20 years.
(250720)
466
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent by the Government on (a) maintenance and (b) new capital projects in respect of the national grid in each of the last 20 years.
(250757)
467
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff since it was established.
(251234)
468
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost has been of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies since it was established.
(251260)
469
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost was of external legal services engaged by his Department since its establishment.
(251363)
470
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public has been since it was established.
(251434)
471
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises since his Department was established.
(251879)
472
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeship places there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is responsible in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(251974)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
473
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which areas of his Department's budget he expects the cost of implementing proposals in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill to be met.
(251031)
474
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the Marine Management Organisation, broken down by budget heading.
(251032)
475
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) external contractors and (b) other non-departmental staff were employed by his Department in London in each of the last five financial years; and at what cost were such staff employed in each year.
(251074)
476
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the responses to the consultation on codes of practice for the welfare of (a) dogs and (b) cats; and when he expects to publish his conclusions on the consultation.
(251075)
477
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the research commissioned by his Department into the use of electronic pet training aids for dogs; when he expects the research to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(251076)
478
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will consider the merits of the effects of imposing restrictions on the advertising of electric shock training devices.
(251077)
479
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of illegal tail-docking prosecuted since April 2007 have resulted in a conviction.
(251078)
480
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of recycling markets and (b) the impact of volatile commodity prices on the viability of the country's recycling strategies.
(247904)
481
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many municipal collection vehicles collected from the kerbside (a) food waste, (b) recycled waste, (c) domestic waste and (d) garden waste in (i) 1998 and (ii) 2008.
(247905)
482
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the cost of operating all recycling programmes in the country and (b) the value of material collected under all recycling programmes in the latest period for which figures are available.
(247906)
483
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the percentage of food consumed in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 which was produced domestically.
(250759)
484
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) vegetables and (b) fruits consumed which was produced domestically in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.
(250760)
485
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the badger population in each of the counties of England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(251235)
486
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the effects of bovine tuberculosis on (a) income and (b) employment in the farming sector; and if he will make a statement.
(251236)
487
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the effects of bovine tuberculosis on (a) monetary value and (b) tonnage of meat exports from England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(251237)
488
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Ministerial colleagues and (ii) officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government on the siting of proposed eco-towns on land with environmental stewardship status.
(251279)
489
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts and (b) farming industry representatives from (i) other EU member states, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Wales on (A) current and proposed EU pesticide regulations, (B) the import of farm products from countries outside the EU and (C) proposed changes to the EU modulation regime; and if he will make a statement.
(251280)
490
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the charging of fees for agricultural waste licences; and what the evidential basis for that policy is.
(251281)
491
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) cattle infected by bovine tuberculosis and (b) calves born to cows infected by bovine tuberculosis have been slaughtered in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how much was paid in compensation to their owners.
(251282)
492
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 770W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251326)
493
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the application of Article 3 (1) (b) (i) of the 2006 Waste Directive.
(251152)
494
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, agencies and non-departmental bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251484)
495
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252031)
496
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252032)
497
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote community battery recycling schemes.
(251035)
498
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the EU Floods Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(251111)
499
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial and economic impact assessment has been made of the implementation of the EU Floods Directive.
(251112)
500
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the implementation of the EU Floods Directive; what response he made; and if he will make a statement.
(251113)
501
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the EU Landfill Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(251690)
502
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waste infrastructure plant projects under the private finance initiative scheme have (a) applied for and (b) been granted planning permission in each of the last three years.
(251691)
503
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions from (a) industrial, (b) commercial and (c) agricultural uses of water; what steps he is taking to reduce levels of carbon dioxide emissions from heavily intensive water usage in each sector; and if he will make a statement.
(251692)
504
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of vaccinations against bluetongue disease among (a) sheep and (b) cattle.
[R] (250723)
505
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the effects of bluetongue vaccination on fertility in bulls.
[R] (250724)
506
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1626W, on water supply, for what reason the original timetable for water companies to prepare their statement of response to the consultation was not met.
(252078)
507
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of flooding on the Pylon development scheme in Kerry, Montgomeryshire; and if he will make a statement.
(251614)
508
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251156)
509
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.
(251369)
510
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251440)
511
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251532)
512
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251878)
513
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in its formulation of policy to take account of the impact which climate change will have on England's water resources; and if he will make a statement.
(250953)
514
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Ofwat takes account of the effects of climate change in its periodic review of water prices; and if he will make a statement.
(250954)
515
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many water abstractions have been restored to permitted levels since the Restoring Sustainable Abstraction Programme was launched in 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(250955)
516
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent over-abstraction of water from rivers, wetlands, lakes and groundwaters; and if he will make a statement.
(250956)
517
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1585W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employs.
(251956)
518
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; what estimate he has made of the (A) outturn cost and (B) completion date of each such project which is ongoing; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251380)
519
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which ICT projects his Department and its predecessors initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251392)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
520
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the access of Red Cross officials to political prisoners in Burma following the partial lifting of restrictions by the government of Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(250944)
521
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken in (a) the UN Security Council, (b) the UN Human Rights Council, (c) the UN General Assembly and (d) other United Nations bodies on the sentencing of pro-democracy activists in Burma in November 2008.
(251192)
522
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will invite the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, to make an address to hon. Members on achieving better co-operation in Europe during his term of office as President of the European Council; and if he will seek to arrange for that address to be delivered in the precincts of the House.
(250923)
523
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli government on the detention without trial of elected members of the Palestinian Parliament.
(251615)
524
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to Turkey to reduce its troop numbers in northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(251414)
525
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which officer is in command of the Turkish army in northern Cyprus; what assessment he has made of that officer's (a) peacekeeping in that role and (b) peacekeeping record; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (251616)
526
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Colombian government on the extradition of Niall Connolly, James Monaghan and Martin McCauley.
(251133)
527
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the strength of the Lord's Resistance Army following the recent incidents of killing and abduction in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(250854)
528
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funds his Department contributed to local authority Preventing Violent Extremism projects in 2008, broken down by local authority; and if he will make a statement.
(251765)
529
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1794W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251330)
530
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Pakistan on the death of Major General Amir Faisal Alavi (Ret'd); and if he will make a statement.
(252075)
531
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252029)
532
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252030)
533
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ambassadors and high commissioners are (a) male and (b) female and identify themselves as (i) white and (ii) from another ethnic group.
(251312)
534
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251157)
535
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251261)
536
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public affairs companies was in each of the last five years.
(251284)
537
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.
(251350)
538
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.
(251370)
539
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.
(251405)
540
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251439)
541
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website in the last five years.
(251479)
542
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251877)
543
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan government on the development of independent human rights reporting in Sri Lanka.
(251080)
544
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his most recent assessment of press freedom in northern Sri Lanka is; and what recent reports he has received of threats to the personal safety of journalists operating in the region.
(251088)
545
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 697W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employs.
(251957)
546
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 118-9W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) original expected cost was, (b) original expected delivery date was, (c) current expected cost is and (d) current expected completion date is of each ICT project listed; and if he will make a statement.
(251285)
547
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251381)
548
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251393)
549
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Government's responsibilities under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1674 regarding the protection of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Territories from war crimes.
(250659)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
550
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to assess the value for money of the £26 million allocated to primary care trusts for programmes to reduce teenage pregnancies.
(251784)
551
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections he has made of future trends in unintended pregnancies amongst teenagers.
(251785)
552
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the £26 million allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) for programmes to reduce teenage pregnancies has been spent by each PCT; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the expenditure.
(251786)
553
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what means his Department provides access to (a) detoxification services and (b) primary health care for homeless people in Merseyside.
(251453)
554
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) England and (b) Sefton have been prescribed anti-depressant drugs.
(251454)
555
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on mental health care in (a) England and (b) Sefton in each of the last 10 years (i) in absolute terms and (ii) per head of population; and how much he estimates will be spent on such care in the next (A) five and (B) 10 years.
(251455)
556
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government plans to spend to modernise health service equipment for cancer treatments over the next three years; and what types of equipment are planned to be replaced.
(251456)
557
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for a hospital appointment in each primary care trust in Merseyside in each year since 1995.
(251457)
558
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of detoxification services for homeless people in Merseyside.
(251458)
559
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many public food analyst laboratories his Department operated in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.
(250822)
560
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been convicted of abusing NHS staff on (a), one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more occasions in each of the last three years.
(251064)
561
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the report of Interphone.
(251747)
562
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to launch the public consultation on access to healthcare for foreign nationals.
(251645)
563
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what strategy he is pursuing to ensure that the maximum number of patients in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area have access to a computed axial topography scan within 24 hours of their stroke-related condition being diagnosed; and if he will make a statement.
(250948)
564
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adult and (b) child respite beds there are per head of population in each health authority area.
(250965)
565
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average recorded ambulance response time for (a) the town of Bridlington and (b) England was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(250725)
566
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the NHS of treating a HIV positive patient with antiretroviral medication.
(250726)
567
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome in England.
(250727)
568
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives of PatientPak Limited to discuss the use of its products by patients in the last 12 months.
(251014)
569
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) evaluated, (b) commissioned and (c) undertaken on the merits of patient-provided products to prevent viral and bacterial infections in hospitals.
(251015)
570
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS hospital and community health services which will be in deficit at the end of the financial years (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what projections he has made of future likely deficits.
(251071)
571
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average capital cost is of major hospital capital building projects initiated under (a) the private finance initiative and (b) other funding arrangements in the last three financial years.
(251072)
572
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers he has in existing legislation to make directions requiring NHS bodies to publish information relating to the quality of NHS services which they provide; and if he will make a statement.
(250892)
573
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251404)
574
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252025)
575
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252026)
576
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 875W, on breastfeeding, what steps are being taken to promote the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative to maternity units in areas of high social deprivation.
(251307)
577
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the National Service framework has played in helping to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease; and if he will make a statement.
(250756)
578
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251219)
579
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's expenditure on contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251254)
580
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.
(251357)
581
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.
(251371)
582
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251438)
583
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 687W, on the departmental internet, if he will list the websites operated by his Department in addition to its two main websites.
(251480)
584
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website in the last five years.
(251481)
585
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251876)
586
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1202-3W, on prescriptions, on how many occasions there has been a report of (a) an incident of overdose with a controlled drug and (b) other serious incidents reported to the Commission for Social Care Inspection involving a resident in a care establishment in Warrington; and to which individual service each report was made.
(250893)
587
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1202-3W, on prescriptions, what reporting process for an error involving a controlled drug in a care establishment is required by the Commission for Social Care Inspection; to which individual services such reports are made; and if he will publish the reports made of such events occurring in the last 12 months.
(250894)
588
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there is a regulatory requirement for a patient to be examined before a prescription for a controlled drug is issued to that patient.
(250915)
589
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long on average existing wheelchair users wait for a chair with different specifications in (a) Southend Hospital Trust, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a statement.
(250073)
590
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for a replacement wheelchair after assessment is for existing permanent wheelchair users in (a) Southend Hospital Trust, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a statement.
(250074)
591
Ian Stewart (Eccles): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of a single dose of DTP vaccine was in each year since 2000.
(251409)
592
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of medicine use reviews to meet local health priorities.
(250932)
593
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on follow-up work arising from the OFT's investigaton of control of entry regulations in the pharmacy market.
(250933)
594
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to link primary care trusts' pharmaceutical needs assessments to strategic planning and commissioning processes.
(250934)
595
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that each primary care trust area has an up-to-date pharmaceutical needs assessment in place.
(250935)
596
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of treatment of people involved in drink-driving incidents in the last year for which figures are available.
(251745)
597
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 364W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department employs.
(252084)
598
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 962W, on blood: contamination, and with reference to the Answer of 25 June 2008, Official Report, columns 362-3W, on HIV infection: blood, what analysis his Department has made of the reasons for the rate of reported deaths of haemophiliacs who contracted HIV as a result of taking contaminated blood products under the NHS between 2007 and January 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(251167)
599
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of people in each region who are not accessing the drug and alcohol treatment they require; and if he will make a statement.
(251177)
600
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 1092-4W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate of the (a) cost and (b) completion date is for each of the projects referred to; and if he will make a statement.
(251240)
601
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of people who received drug treatment had to wait (a) less than three weeks and (b) more than three weeks in each of the last three years, broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(251247)
602
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients drug treatment programmes had the capacity to treat (a) nationwide, (b) in each region and (c) in each of the five smallest geographical areas for which figures are available in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(251248)
603
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251382)
604
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(251394)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
605
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the UK to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.
(251017)
606
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence police in each police authority have dealt with in each year since 1997.
(251338)
607
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of drivers who were breath-tested failed the test during January in each year since 2004.
(251339)
608
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breath tests were taken in each year since 1997; and how many accidents were caused by drunk drivers in each police authority in each of those years.
(251340)
609
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to seek to achieve reductions in levels of (a) burglary, (b) vehicle crime and (c) violent crime since 2004.
(251343)
610
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions Merseyside Police have (a) closed premises that are being used for drug dealing or use causing disorder or serious nuisance, (b) issued penalty notices for truancy, (c) designated an area with a history of anti-social behaviour, (d) used the new controls to tackle the misuse of air weapons and replica guns, (e) used their new powers for dealing with public assemblies and trespassers, (f) used their new power to move on trespassing encampments where a relevant site is available, (g) used their new powers to intervene in neighbourly disputes regarding high hedges, (h) issued penalty notices to 16 and 17 year olds for disorder and (i) used their extended stop and search powers where reasonable suspicion is held that articles made, adapted or intended for use in offences of criminal damage are being carried in the last 12 months.
(251344)
611
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of property crime was attributable to the misuse of class A drugs in Merseyside in each year since 1997.
(251345)
612
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the anti-social behaviour units within police authorities.
(251346)
613
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the extent to which a person (a) convicted of and (b) suspected of terrorist offences in the United Kingdom have used (i) multiple and (ii) false identities.
(251463)
614
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in Crosby in each year since 1997.
(251464)
615
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the budget for her Department's drug control programme was spent on (a) enforcement and (b) treatment in each year since 2004.
(251465)
616
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people had awaited determination of their application for (a) leave to remain and (b) indefinite leave to remain under the immigration rules for more than (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three and (iv) four years.
(250959)
617
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to reduce the time taken to determine applications for indefinite leave to remain; and if she will make a statement.
(250960)
618
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported incidents of domestic burglary there were in (a) England and Wales, (b) the South East, (c) Hampshire and (d) Romsey constituency in each of the last five years.
(251038)
619
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported cases of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud and forgery, (g) criminal damage and (h) drug offences there were in (i) Southampton, (ii) Test Valley borough and (iii) the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.
(251096)
620
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in (i) Southampton, (ii) Test Valley borough and (iii) the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last three years.
(251098)
621
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to introduce pre-certification for marriage applications for foreign under 21-year-olds.
(251640)
622
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national former prisoners were held in the immigration detention estate on 12 January 2009.
(251641)
623
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants had been refused a passport as a result of decisions consequent on an interview carried out at a passport interview centre by the end of 2008.
(251643)
624
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of visits to the mylifemyid website had originated from Government internet addresses between the establishment of the site and the end of 2008.
(251644)
625
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which groups of people she plans to allow to use a third party address on a national identity card.
(251681)
626
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what salary range is proposed for the National Identity Scheme Commissioner.
(251682)
627
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff will work in the office of the National Identity Scheme Commissioner.
(251683)
628
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the National Identity Scheme Commissioner to start work.
(251684)
629
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of travellers through UK ports and airports she estimates will be covered by the e-Borders scheme by August 2012.
(251685)
630
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to launch her Department's consultation on authority to carry under the e-Borders scheme.
(251686)
631
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings her Department has had with coach operators on the effect of the e-Borders scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(251687)
632
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were on the e-Borders watch list on 30 December 2008.
(251688)
633
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many laptops have been recorded lost, stolen or missing from the UK Border Agency and its predecessor organisations in each of the last three years; how many have subsequently been recovered; and how many of these incidents have happened following a breach of guidelines issued by her Department.
(251926)
634
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters from members of the public to her Department had not been replied to after more than (a) one month and (b) three months at the latest date for which figures are available.
(251612)
635
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long on average her Department took to provide a substantive response to correspondence from members of the public in the last 12 months.
(251613)
636
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long on average her Department took to reply to correspondence from hon. Members in the last 12 months.
(251680)
637
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) January to July 2008.
(251759)
638
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much on average it has cost her Department to manage a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 2006.
(251760)
639
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff of her Department are specifically employed to manage freedom of information requests.
(251761)
640
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 her Department (a) fulfilled and (b) refused in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) up to July 2008.
(251762)
641
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long on average it took her Department to respond to the requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in 2008.
(251763)
642
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2243W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in her Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251316)
643
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy that incidents of graffiti be recorded separately from other criminal damage.
(251227)
644
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings she has attended with Mr Speaker on the arrest of the hon. Member for Ashford and the search of his office; what was discussed; if she will place in the Library a copy of records held by her Department of such meetings; and whether she has received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from the hon. Member for North Essex for this information.
(250886)
645
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if she will make a statement.
(251399)
646
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the policy of her Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if she will make a statement.
(252023)
647
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252024)
648
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1877W, on vetting: fees and charges, whether those people undertaking unpaid voluntary activity which requires them to be monitored are required to pay a registration fee to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
(251924)
649
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) young offenders, (b) young people and (c) adults detained by the police were diverted into treatment for a mental disorder in each police force area in each year since 2000.
(250938)
650
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times an appropriate adult has been called to a police station because of concerns that a suspect is mentally disordered or mentally vulnerable in each police force area in each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(251162)
651
N
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in her Department's review of the role of appropriate adults; and when the new guidance on the matter is expected to be published.
(251193)
652
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent children and young people from accessing pornographic material made available through file sharing programs on the internet.
(251830)
653
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps the Government has taken in co-operation with its international counterparts to encourage the closure of overseas-hosted websites which contain images of child abuse.
(251831)
654
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) individuals and (b) establishments have been prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-age people in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years.
(251337)
655
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will reduce the length of time for which the police retain DNA samples of people who have not been convicted of any offence.
(251187)
656
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations there have been into instances of persons without permission to work in the UK working on the Olympic site; and how many prosecutions have ensued.
(251021)
657
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of her Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251220)
658
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of her Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251253)
659
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.
(251358)
660
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of external legal services engaged by her Department was in 2007-08.
(251364)
661
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of her Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.
(251372)
662
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251441)
663
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure her Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251875)
664
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Metropolitan Police have informed her of accusations of malfeasance they have received about the Lisbon Treaty ratification against (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other members of the Cabinet; and if she will make a statement.
(251061)
665
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) theft and (b) burglary have been reported in each constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(251843)
666
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department undertook before deciding to withdraw the seven year concession on removal of families.
(251838)
667
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those who have taken the English language test for immigrants have (a) passed and (b) failed the test since its introduction.
(251476)
668
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department has decided to exempt foreign footballers bought by British football clubs from completing the English language test for a year; and what other conditions apply exclusively to footballers immigrating to this country.
(251477)
669
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what score is required to pass the English language test for immigrants; and what the procedure is when an individual fails the test.
(251478)
670
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) first aid training and (b) first aid training relating to diabetes is provided to police officers; how often police officers are required to complete first aid training; and which officer in each police force is responsible for ensuring that officers complete that training.
(251486)
671
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations have fully-qualified medical staff on duty at all times.
(251487)
672
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people being held in custody have required treatment for diabetes in each of the last five years; and what procedure is used to provide such treatment.
(251528)
673
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for drink driving in each of the last 12 months.
(251529)
674
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Leicester were (a) arrested on suspicion of and (b) convicted of drink driving in each of the last 12 months.
(251742)
675
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 332W, on apprentices, how many apprentices her Department employs.
(251905)
676
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 994-6W, on genetics: databases, how many new profiles have been added to the national DNA database in each month since March 2008, broken down by police force; and if she will make a statement.
(251163)
677
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2069-70W, on genetics: databases, what her most recent estimate is of the number of DNA samples taken and loaded onto the national DNA database since 31 March 2008 which would not previously have been taken prior to the entry into force of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(251165)
678
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1249-51W, on genetics: databases, how many and what proportion of recorded crimes have been detected using DNA from the national DNA database in each month since April 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(251166)
679
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 136-8W, on genetics: databases, how many and what proportion of DNA samples have been removed from the national DNA database and destroyed following a request to do so from the person from whom the DNA was taken in each month since January 2008, broken down by police authority area; and if she will make a statement.
(251168)
680
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new profiles have been added to the national DNA database since December 2008, broken down by age group; how many have been added by each police force; and if she will make a statement.
(251184)
681
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, columns 2669-70W, on genetics: databases, how many and what proportion of new DNA profiles added to the national DNA database in each month since 18 January 2008 relate to individuals aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 20, (d) 21 to 30, (e) 31 to 40, (f) 41 to 50, (g) 51 to 60 and (h) over 60 years, broken down by police force responsible for the profile being added; and if she will make a statement.
(251241)
682
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2062W, on genetics: database, what research projects utilising data from the national DNA database have been approved since 15 January 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(251244)
683
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by her Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; what estimate she has made of the (A) outturn cost and (B) completion date of each such project which is ongoing; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251383)
684
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which ICT projects her Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if she will make a statement.
(251395)
685
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy that replies sent from the UK Border Agency to letters from hon. Members are issued by the Chief Executive of the Agency.
(251292)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
686
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals progressed to higher education in the last year for which data are available.
(251296)
687
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1406W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251329)
688
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he plans to take to increase funding for research at new universities.
(251922)
689
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which colleges have submitted applications (a) in principle and (b) in detail as part of the Building Colleges for the Future programme; which have yet to receive final approval for their projects; and if he will make a statement.
(251978)
690
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252021)
691
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252022)
692
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of UK students admitted to universities in England left university before completing their course in each of the last five years.
(251029)
693
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people from Manchester, Withington constituency were admitted to universities in England in 2008.
(251030)
694
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) full-time and (b) part-time students attending higher education institutions with children under the age of three receive a childcare grant.
(250972)
695
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the average childcare grant payment to students was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(250973)
696
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department allocated for childcare grant awards to students in each year since 1997.
(251886)
697
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251221)
698
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.
(251351)
699
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants has been since it was established.
(251354)
700
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public has been since it was established.
(251442)
701
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies has been since it was established.
(251540)
702
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each year since the Department was established.
(251874)
703
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what evaluation has been made of the Perfect Gift scheme; and if he will place a copy of the evaluation report in the Library.
(251200)
704
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 392W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on the establishment of apprenticeships in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employed at the latest date for which figures are available.
(252080)
705
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department since its inception; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251376)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
706
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress his Department has made in sub-Saharan Africa towards meeting targets on the provision of bed nets by World Malaria Day in 2010.
(250924)
707
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions he has visited Darfur to assess the humanitarian situation in the region in the last 12 months.
(250925)
708
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to his Answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 986, on departmental conditions of employment, what the (a) highest, (b) lowest, (c) mean and (d) total amount was spent on (i) travel and (ii) other expenses for those who took their (A) two week break in home country and (B) two week break outside their home country in each year since 2005.
(251971)
709
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds his Department contributed to local authority Preventing Violent Extremism projects in 2008, broken down by local authority; and if he will make a statement.
(251764)
710
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 510W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251324)
711
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.
(251027)
712
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252019)
713
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252020)
714
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on the G20 pledge to agree the modalities of a world trade agreement by the end of 2008; what assessment he has made of the prospects for completion of the Doha round in 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(251225)
715
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proposals his Department has put forward for the reform of international financial institutions to meet international development objectives; what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on these proposals; and if he will make a statement.
(251226)
716
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251222)
717
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251252)
718
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.
(251353)
719
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.
(251421)
720
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251443)
721
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251873)
722
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 30-1WS, on Sri Lanka, when he expects a humanitarian expert from his Department to visit Sri Lanka to assess the distribution of aid to assist internally displaced persons in northern Sri Lanka; and when he expects to publish the expert's report.
(251083)
723
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan government on access for an independent group to carry out an assessment of the humanitarian needs of internally displaced persons in northern Sri Lanka.
(251086)
724
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 329W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employed at the latest date for which figures are available.
(251936)
725
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251384)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
726
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal were made by a local authority children's services department on behalf of a looked-after child in 2007-08.
(251770)
727
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department's consultation on the use of penalty notices for disorder for cannabis possession offences was launched; and to whom the relevant consultation document was sent.
(250890)
728
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what percentage of witnesses in court on Merseyside (a) applied for and (b) were granted special measures in giving evidence in the last year for which figures are available; and what assessment has been made of witnesses' views on the special measures available.
(251341)
729
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders have been intensively supervised in the community in each year since 2001; and what the average cost of such supervision per person supervised was in each of those years.
(251459)
730
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of public attitudes to prison and alternative sentences.
(251460)
731
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of penal custody for child offenders; and how many such offenders are being supervised in the community.
(251461)
732
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of child deaths in custody.
(251462)
733
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released having served no more than a quarter of their sentence for offences of each type in each of the last three years.
(251426)
734
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his most recent estimate of the average cost per year of keeping an offender in (a) an adult prison, (b) a young offender institution and (c) a secure training centre is.
(251160)
735
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's expenditure on the Prison Radio Service was in 2008-09; and what estimate he has made of such expenditure in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.
(251181)
736
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which companies were contracted by his Department to provide training for (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each of the last five years.
(251182)
737
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's expenditure on companies contracted to train (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff has been in each of the last five years.
(251183)
738
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1299W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251318)
739
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many reparation orders have been issued by each court in each year since 2005.
(251228)
740
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will consider the merits of proposals for (a) appealable community penalties and (b) reparation fixed penalty notices for minor crimes.
(251238)
741
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1345-6W, what means are used to assess the effectiveness of witness intermediaries.
(251847)
742
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what target he has set for the maximum duration between a court awarding a maintenance payment and that payment being made; what steps he plans to take to minimise the amount of time taken; and if he will make a statement.
(250945)
743
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings he has attended with Mr Speaker on the arrest of the hon. Member for Ashford and the search of his office; what was discussed; if he will place in the Library a copy of records held by his Department of such meetings; and whether he has received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from the hon. Member for North Essex for this information.
(250887)
744
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adult (a) male and (b) female prisoners there are detained in prisons in Wales.
(250800)
745
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many places for adult (a) male and (b) female prisoners there are in prisons in Wales.
(250802)
746
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252017)
747
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252018)
748
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1125-6W, on magistrates' courts at Lyndhurst, for what reason any closure of Lyndhurst magistrates' court would be temporary; what criteria would be used to decide when to re-open it following such a temporary closure; and if he will make a statement.
(251267)
749
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will introduce systematic screening of offenders for (a) learning disabilities and (b) learning difficulties; and if he will make a statement.
(250939)
750
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) community-based offender management programmes and (b) substance misuse programmes developed for use with offenders with (i) learning difficulties and (ii) learning disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(250940)
751
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many speech and language therapists have been employed in each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution in each year since 2000.
(251229)
752
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offender institutions have an in-reach mental health team providing tier 2 and 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in England; how many such institutions are without an in-reach CAMHS tier 2 and 3 service; and what estimate he has made of the annual cost of providing an in-reach CAMHS tier 2 and 3 service for a young offender institution.
(251230)
753
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 552W, on prisoners: release, how long on average it took a prisoner eligible for jobseeker's allowance upon release to receive that benefit after release in the last 12 months.
(251164)
754
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, from what date the newly appointed charging fee for local authority property search regulations will be effective.
(251410)
755
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to publish the charging fee for local authority property search regulations; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish them.
(251411)
756
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) original estimated cost and (b) most recent estimated cost of the new Supreme Court building in London was.
(251107)
757
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to give powers to the Information Commissioner to audit data controlled in the (a) private and (b) voluntary sectors.
(251185)
758
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to increase the budget of the Information Commissioner to assist the processing of reports under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(251713)
759
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each year since it was established.
(251173)
760
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251250)
761
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.
(251352)
762
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since its inception.
(251428)
763
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251444)
764
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each year since his Department was established.
(251872)
765
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times employment tribunals awarded costs to a successful applicant in each of the last five years; and what the average award was over that period.
(251056)
766
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) convictions and (b) acquittals there have been in cases where people have been prosecuted for using imperial weights and measures at point of sale in each of the last three years; and what sentence was handed down in respect of each conviction.
(251058)
767
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases are (a) under investigation and (b) awaiting trial for alleged use of imperial weights and measures at point of sale; and if he will make a statement.
(251059)
768
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 410W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employed at the latest date for which figures are available.
(251898)
769
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the contractors were; what the date of (a) commencement and (b) abandonment was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(251139)
770
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1126W, on magistrates' courts: Welsh language, what the (a) estimated cost, (b) expected completion date and (c) start date for the bilingual version of the Libra IT system is; and if he will make a statement.
(251178)
771
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 1126W, on magistrates' courts: Welsh language, how much his Department has spent (a) in total and (b) in each month on translating summonses into Welsh since the Libra IT system became operational; and if he will make a statement.
(251179)
772
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 1126W, on magistrates' courts: Welsh language, how many requests there have been for summonses to be translated into Welsh (a) in total and (b) each month since the Libra IT system became operational, broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(251180)
773
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) estimated (i) cost and (ii) completion date at the project outset, (b) outturn cost and (c) completion date of the Libra IT system was; and if he will make a statement.
(251287)
774
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; what estimate he has made of the (A) outturn cost and (B) completion date of each such project which is ongoing; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.
(251373)
Questions to the Leader of the House
775
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Leader of the House, if she will make it her policy to provide for an annual debate on tourism on the floor of the House.
(250663)
776
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Leader of the House, what guidance she gives to Ministers on making statements on Government policy to the House.
(250657)
777
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Leader of the House, what meetings she has attended with Mr Speaker on the arrest of the hon. Member for Ashford and the search of his office; what was discussed; if she will place in the Library a copy of records held by her Department of such meetings; and whether she has received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from the hon. Member for North Essex for this information.
(250885)
778
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions she has had with members of the 1922 Committee on the exemption of hon. Members from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in respect of their expenses.
(250758)
779
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost of her Office's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251196)
780
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Leader of the House, what her Office's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251445)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
781
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what quantity of (a) firearms, (b) ammunition, (c) explosives and (d) detonators was discovered in Northern Ireland in 2008.
(250826)
782
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what methodology is used to (a) monitor the progress made by and (b) measure the outcome for those participating in community restorative justice schemes funded by his Department.
(250827)
783
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in each court area in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008.
(251271)
784
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the budget for the Key Persons Protection Scheme in Northern Ireland was in each of the last two years.
(251272)
785
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoners in Northern Ireland have absconded in each of the last five years; and how long each spent at large either (a) to date or (b) before being apprehended.
(251273)
786
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoners in Northern Ireland were detained as a result of non-payment of fines in each of the last five years.
(251274)
787
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 292W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251315)
788
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252015)
789
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252016)
790
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251197)
791
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251251)
792
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which websites his Department maintained other than its main departmental website in the last five years; and what the operating budget for each was in each year of its operation.
(251278)
793
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.
(251367)
794
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251446)
795
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251871)
796
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1521W, on apprentices, what progress has been made in increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employs.
(251928)
797
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the contractors were; what the date of (a) commencement and (b) abandonment was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(251134)
798
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement.
(251143)
799
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 773W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate of the (a) cost and (b) completion date of each of the projects referred to is; and if he will make a statement.
(251242)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
800
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, which companies tendered for the CompeteFor website contract.
(251302)
801
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, whether the procurement process for the CompeteFor website contract took place in accordance with the European Union's competitive dialogue procurement procedure.
(251303)
802
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, whether there was an open tender process for the CompeteFor website contract.
(251304)
803
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how much the CompeteFor website has cost to (a) develop and (b) run in each year since its inception; and how much of the funding was provided by (i) the Government, (ii) the London Development Agency and (iii) regional development agencies.
(251305)
804
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, whether the CompeteFor website will continue to operate after all the contracts for the London 2012 Olympics have been awarded; and if she will make a statement.
(251739)
805
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what her latest assessment is of the legacy which will accrue to Peterborough constituency as a result of the 2012 London Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement.
(250947)
806
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how much the Olympic Lottery scratch cards had raised at the latest date for which figures are available; and when she expects the operator to reach its target of £750 million.
(251020)
807
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the cost of her Office's contracts with press monitoring services has been since it was established.
(251198)
808
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what her Office's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each year since its establishment.
(251450)
809
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the cost of her Office's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each year since its establishment.
(251536)
Questions to the Prime Minister
810
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Prime Minister, on which dates and at which venues he has met Sir Fred Goodwin in his capacity as (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Prime Minister since 1997.
(250966)
811
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he had discussions with Sir Fred Goodwin in connection with his membership of the International Business Advisory Council; and when and for what reasons Sir Fred Goodwin ceased to be a member of the Council.
(251174)
812
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost of hotel accommodation for the tour undertaken by Ministers between 7 and 9 January 2009 was; and in which hotels accommodation for the tour was booked.
(251070)
813
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will recommend to Her Majesty the Queen that the knighthood awarded to Sir Fred Goodwin for services to banking be withdrawn.
(251016)
814
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Prime Minister, which websites are operated by his Office in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.
(251213)
815
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Prime Minister, which websites were operated by his Office in addition to its main website in the last five years.
(251419)
816
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Prime Minister, what No. 10 Downing Street's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251451)
817
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 21 January 2009 on Sri Lanka, Official Report, columns 30-1WS, if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter to President Rajapakse.
(251079)
818
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he has taken to promote a ceasefire in Sri Lanka since 14 January; what recent discussions he has had with the (a) German Chancellor and (b) French President on Sri Lanka; and what recent correspondence he has had with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
(251708)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
819
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 239W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251314)
820
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252013)
821
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252014)
822
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the purpose of his visit to Iceland in November 2008 was; how much the visit cost in each category of expenditure; what meetings he attended; what matters were discussed; and how many officials from (a) the Scotland Office and (b) other Government departments accompanied him.
(251291)
823
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251265)
824
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for these websites is.
(251306)
825
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website in the last five years.
(251309)
826
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251452)
827
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251530)
828
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251870)
829
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement.
(251144)
Questions to the Solicitor General
830
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what research has been undertaken on witnesses' opinions of their treatment by Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service.
(251342)
831
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Solicitor General, what meetings officials from the Attorney General's Office have had with (a) business organisations and (b) individual companies on retaining the provision for the Attorney General's consent for prosecution of corruption offences involving national security and international relations in the last 12 months; on what dates such meetings were held; and who attended each meeting.
(251067)
832
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Solicitor General, what representations the Attorney General's Office has received from (a) the Confederation of British Industry, (b) the Society of British Aerospace Companies and (c) the International Chambers of Commerce on retaining the provision for the Attorney General's consent for prosecution of corruption offences involving national security and international relations in the last 12 months; and if she will place in the Library a copy of each such representation.
(251068)
833
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Solicitor General, from which (a) companies and (b) individuals the Attorney General's Office has received written representations on retaining provision for the Attorney General's consent for prosecution of corruption offences involving national security and international relations in the last 12 months; and if she will place in the Library a copy of such representation.
(251073)
834
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Solicitor General, what the policy of the Law Officers' Departments and their agency is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if she will make a statement.
(252047)
835
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Solicitor General, how many days off in lieu (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) their agency granted to staff for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252048)
836
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Solicitor General, which websites were operated by the Law Officers' Departments in addition to the main website in the last five years.
(251417)
837
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Solicitor General, which websites are operated by the Law Officers' Departments in addition to the main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.
(251420)
838
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Solicitor General, what the Law Officers' Departments' average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251449)
839
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Solicitor General, with reference to the Answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 1019W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in her Department; and how many apprentices her Department employs.
(251927)
840
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Solicitor General, which ICT projects initiated by the Law Officers' Departments were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the contractors were; what the date of (a) commencement and (b) abandonment was in each case; and if she will make a statement.
(251135)
841
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Solicitor General, what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by the Law Officers' Departments in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if she will make a statement.
(251146)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
842
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementing the proposals for hard shoulder running on the (a) M1, (b) M25, (c) M6, (d) M62, (e) M3 and (f) M4 on the Highways Agency's budget for the Programme of Major Schemes in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13 and (v) 2013-14.
(250918)
843
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the proposed high-speed link from Heathrow to Scotland to come into operation.
(250919)
844
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether funds in excess of the proposed Highways Agency Programme of Major Schemes budget will be allocated to meet the cost of proposals for additional miles of motorway lanes.
(250920)
845
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons his Department decided to implement the new motorcycle test on 30 March 2009; and (a) how many and (b) what percentage of multi-purpose test centres will be operational from that date.
(250921)
846
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the maximum distance learner drivers and motorcyclists should have to travel from their homes in order to take their driving tests.
(250922)
847
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been paid in subsidies from the public purse to the rail network in each financial year since privatisation.
(250072)
848
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many manned railway stations have been permanently closed in each of the last five years.
(251780)
849
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of staff presence at rail stations on rates of (a) ticket fraud and (b) other crimes at stations.
(251909)
850
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's practice is with regard to the monitoring of (a) seat availability, (b) pricing and (c) competitive behaviour of individual airlines.
(250655)
851
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what oversight his Department has over the allocation and use of (a) route development funds and (b) other sources of support for air services.
(250656)
852
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working on roadworks have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in each of the last five years.
(250929)
853
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to reply to Quesions (a) 246918, (b) 246917, (c) 246775 and (d) 246919, on the Heathrow Expansion Risk Register, tabled on 18 December.
(251347)
854
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 835W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251319)
855
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much capital funding his Department provided for road safety schemes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(251159)
856
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has provided for highway maintenance and improvement in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since 1997.
(251211)
857
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the detailed plans for the widening of the A14 between junctions 7 and 9 around Kettering will be made available for public consultation.
(251081)
858
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what functions the company Allen Lane carries out for his Department.
(251053)
859
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to standardise annual performance appraisals in his Department and its agencies.
(251104)
860
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the future of the Accessibility and Equalities Directorate; and if he will make a statement.
(251108)
861
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings (a) he and (b) officials from his Department have had since 12 December 2008 with potential providers to discuss the technology and infrastructure required for congestion charging.
(251154)
862
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251400)
863
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252011)
864
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252012)
865
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road fatalities were caused by drivers alleged to be over the legal blood alcohol limit during the period of the Government's Christmas and New Year anti-drink-drive campaign in 2008-09.
(251034)
866
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the effects on rail passengers of increases in regulated fares.
(251091)
867
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which projects in the proposed public works schedule he proposes to bring forward as part of the programme of accelerating public works; and when he expects work on each accelerated project to begin.
(251172)
868
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what studies the Highways Agency has undertaken into possible improvements to the culvert of the Carrant Brook under the M5 between junctions 8 and 9; and if he will make a statement.
(251918)
869
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what land the Highways Agency owns between junctions 8 and 9 of the M5; and if he will make a statement.
(251919)
870
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investigations the Highways Agency has undertaken into the state of the culvert under the A435 in Ashchurch parish; and if he will make a statement.
(251920)
871
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent works to improve drainage have been undertaken between junction 8 of the M5 junction and junction 1 of the M50; and if he will make a statement.
(251921)
872
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251249)
873
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251264)
874
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what websites his Department has operated other than its main departmental website over the last five years; and what the operating budget for those websites was.
(251355)
875
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what websites his Department operates apart from its main departmental website; and what the operating budget for each of those websites is in 2008-09.
(251356)
876
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of external legal services engaged by his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(251360)
877
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.
(251366)
878
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251447)
879
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251869)
880
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many appeals were made to traffic adjudicators against fixed penalty notices in each of the last five years.
(247901)
881
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the time taken to initiate a consultation process following the suspension of the Hope Cove lifeboat by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
(250216)
882
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on transport projects in each local authority area in England in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(251840)
883
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the up to 100,000 jobs the Government expects to be created he expects will result from transport capital projects; and if he will make a statement.
(251841)
884
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue has been generated by tolls on the Humber Bridge in each year since its opening; and if he will make a statement.
(251842)
885
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which train service on the (a) Trans-Pennine and (b) Northern network was the most overcrowded in 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(252049)
886
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on building new roads in each region in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.
(252050)
887
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average age of the rail rolling stock operated by Northern Rail is; and if he will make a statement.
(252051)
888
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of people exempt from Humber Bridge tolls; and if he will make a statement.
(252052)
889
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many assaults on (a) staff and (b) passengers on the rail network in each region were recorded in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(252053)
890
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many assaults on railway station staff have been recorded in each region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(252054)
891
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services have been cancelled in each year since 1997; how many scheduled train services there have been in each year since 1997, broken down by train operator; and if he will make a statement.
(252055)
892
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what transport projects have been announced by the Government and subsequently cancelled in each year since 1997; how much has been spent on each such project prior to cancellation; and if he will make a statement.
(252056)
893
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many speed cameras have been installed on public roads in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority area; and if he will make a statement.
(252057)
894
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many working days have been lost to strike action by workers on (a) the national rail network and (b) the London Underground in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(252058)
895
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in respect of which transport infrastructure projects with a forecast cost of more than £5 million the Highways Agency has carried out feasibility studies; how much these studies have cost; how many of the schemes subject to a feasibility study were approved; and if he will make a statement.
(252060)
896
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for which bypasses his Department funded the construction in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(252061)
897
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the policing costs for (a) East Midlands Airport, (b) Humberside Airport and (c) Bournemouth Airport was met by the airport owners in each year since 1997.
(250110)
898
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1166-7W, on bus services: concessions, what discussions the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee has had with the Mental Health Action Group on access to free bus travel concessions.
(252088)
899
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were killed in drink-driving related incidents in (a) England and (b) Leicester in the last year for which figures are available.
(251743)
900
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government spent on campaigns against drink-driving in the last year for which figures are available.
(251744)
901
N
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many additional aircraft movements arising from the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport he expects there to be in each of the years from 2020 to 2030.
(250801)
902
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the contractors were; what the date of (a) commencement and (b) abandonment was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(251136)
903
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement.
(251142)
904
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when meetings were held between (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (b) both Ministers and officials in his Department with representatives of BAA to discuss proposals for Heathrow Airport in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(251293)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
905
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent estimate he has made of the effects of globalisation on levels of employment in (a) Wales and (b) Blaenau Gwent.
(250942)
906
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the Answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 600W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251322)
907
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252007)
908
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252008)
909
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251217)
910
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much has been spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.
(251427)
911
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251429)
912
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.
(251531)
913
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251868)
914
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department in each year since its inception; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement.
(251141)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
915
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will work with the Secretary of State for the Home Department to bring forward proposals for a commissioner with the remit of reducing the trafficking of women to the UK for sexual exploitation.
(251266)
916
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the policy of the Government Equalities Office is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if she will make a statement.
(252027)
917
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in the Government Equalities Office for working (a) in lunch breaks and (b) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252028)
918
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many recorded incidents of domestic violence there have been in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years; and how many of these resulted in a successful prosecution.
(250763)
919
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what estimate she has made of the number of hours of work lost through sickness absence on the part of staff working in the Government Equalities Office in the last 12 months.
(251651)
920
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since its establishment.
(251652)
921
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much has been spent by the Government Equalities Office on renovation and refurbishment of its properties in each year since its establishment.
(251653)
922
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many flat screen televisions have been purchased by the Government Equalities Office since it was established.
(251667)
923
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on broadband internet in each year since it was established.
(251668)
924
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, from which providers the Government Equalities Office sources internet access.
(251669)
925
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what websites the Government Equalities Office (a) funds and (b) part-funds.
(251670)
926
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many civil servants working in the Government Equalities Office have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(251671)
927
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by the Government Equalities Office in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(251672)
928
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, from which companies the Government Equalities Office has sourced temporary staff since it was established; and what the value of contracts with each such company has been.
(251673)
929
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the location is of each office occupied by the Government Equalities Office which has been (a) newly occupied and (b) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor area in square metres is of each.
(251675)
930
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many full-time equivalent staff in the Government Equalities Office provide assistance to special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each year since the Office was established.
(251676)
931
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what Government Equalities Office assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each such asset is; what the expected revenue from each such sale is; and if she will make a statement.
(251677)
932
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the budget for the Government Equalities Office is for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(251678)
933
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the gender pay gap.
(251679)
934
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on maintaining its departmental website in each year since the Office was established.
(251900)
935
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Government Equalities Office.
(251908)
936
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day have been answered on the day named in the 2008-09 session of Parliament to date.
(251929)
937
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on charities, whether the Government Equalities Office plans to provide further funding to each of the charities referred to.
(251979)
938
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on charities, what criteria the Government Equalities Office used in determining applications for funding from the charities referred to; and if she will make a statement.
(251980)
939
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on charities, how many (a) charities and (b) faith-based charities have applied for funding from the Government Equalities Office and been declined since 12 October 2007.
(251981)
940
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the cost of her Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each year since its inception.
(251215)
941
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, which websites were operated by the Government Equalities Office in addition to its main website in each year since its inception.
(251310)
942
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the Government Equalities Office's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public has been since it was established.
(251430)
943
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the cost of the Government Equalities Office's contracts with public relations consultancies was since it was established.
(251539)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
944
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were received by each Jobcentre Plus call centre in each of the last 24 months; and what the (a) average waiting time for calls to be dealt with and (b) number of dropped calls was in each call centre in each of those months.
(251407)
945
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for each type of benefit claimed through call centres, what the (a) average processing time and (b) number of new benefit claims waiting to be processed was in respect of claims made through each call centre in each of the last 24 months.
(251408)
946
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus offices have closed in each of the last five years.
(251467)
947
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the administrative cost of the Jobcentre Plus closure programme was in each of the last five years.
(251468)
948
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what savings were achieved by the Jobcentre Plus closure programme in each of the last five years.
(251469)
949
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average distance from a benefit claimant's house to a Jobcentre Plus office was (a) in the UK and (b) in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each of the last five years.
(251470)
950
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of running the Nairn Jobcentre Plus office was in each of the last five years before it was closed.
(251471)
951
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) used the services of and (b) found work through the Nairn Jobcentre Plus office in each of the five years before it was closed.
(251472)
952
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people worked at Nairn Jobcentre Plus in each of the 60 months before it was closed.
(251473)
953
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people worked at Inverness Jobcentre Plus office in each of the last 60 months.
(251474)
954
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of each type of benefit there were in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each of the last 60 months.
(251475)
955
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 2-4WS, whether he plans to revise the (a) savings and earnings disregards and (b) tariff income applied to jobseeker's allowance claimants' savings.
(250824)
956
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will suspend the business assets disposal rule for new customers applying for jobseeker's allowance.
(250825)
957
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 552W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008.
(251325)
958
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) mean amount and (b) range of individual debts for which the Child Support Agency has obtained liability orders in each region of England was in each of the last three years.
(250961)
959
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what enforcement action his Department and its agencies have taken to recover debts in respect of which they have obtained liability orders in each region of England in each of the last three years.
(250962)
960
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions the Child Support Agency has taken action to enforce a liability order in each region of England in each of the last three years.
(250963)
961
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many liability orders the Child Support Agency has obtained through the courts in each region of England and Wales in each of the last three years.
(250964)
962
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; from which years such expenditure has been brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(251402)
963
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) employment vacancies and (b) persons claiming jobseeker's allowance in each parliamentary constituency.
(251975)
964
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made for the reasons for increases in expenditure on disability living allowance for children since 1992-93; and if he will make a statement.
(251976)
965
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what purposes disability living allowance is paid in respect of children; and if he will make a statement.
(251977)
966
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(252005)
967
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.
(252006)
968
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1942W, on natural gas: engineers, what performance indicator the Health and Safety Executive has set for Capita's performance in promoting awareness of the new gas safety council; and when the Executive plans to publish its assessment of progress against this objective.
(252079)
969
Dan Norris (Wansdyke): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for winter fuel payments were made by households in Wansdyke in each of the last five years.
(251836)
970
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions those living within the postcodes BB1, BB4, BB5 and BB6 areas have qualified for cold weather payments since 1 October 2008.
(251195)
971
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions people living in postcode areas BB18, BB8 and BB9 have qualified for cold weather payments since 1 October 2008.
(251703)
972
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) used services provided by and (b) found employment through Jobcentre Plus offices in Glasgow North West constituency in 2008.
(251704)
973
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individual applications to the Social Fund for (a) community care grants, (b) budgeting loans and (c) crisis loans there were in each month from July to December 2008.
(250891)
974
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond substantively to (a) Question 241441, on provision of emergency support for Jobcentre Plus customers, tabled on 4 December 2008 and (b) Question 245228, on payment of child maintenance to parents with care, tabled on 15 December 2008; and what the reason is for the time taken to reply is in each case.
(250917)
975
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.
(251212)
976
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.
(251216)
977
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.
(251359)
978
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website in the last five years.
(251418)
979
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.
(251431)
980
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years.
(251867)
981
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether employees on extended periods of sabbatical leave on part pay are deemed to be available for work during the sabbatical period.
(251114)
982
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of disability living allowance likely to be spent on the recipient's fuel bills.
(251109)
983
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the contractors were; what the date of (a) commencement and (b) abandonment was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(251138)
984
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement.
(251145)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
985
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) will be permitted to access data previously available to the Rent Service upon the transfer of the Rent Service's functions to the VOA.
[Transferred] (251722)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
986
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of young people from care going to university.
[Transferred] (251768)
987
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department plans to allow looked-after children the right to appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (a) in their own name and (b) through a third party other than a local authority.
[Transferred] (251769)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
988
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners were being held in prisons awaiting deportation on 12 January 2009.
[Transferred] (251642)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
989
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the National Policy Statement on airports to be published (a) in draft and (b) in its final form.
[Transferred] (251812)

 
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