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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 27 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 27 January 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 27 January 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 27 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 Tuesday 27 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

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


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate has been made of the amount spent on hotel accommodation for (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, (b) other Ministers from his Department, (c) special advisers and (d) civil servants for the UK Trade and Investment trip to India in January 2009.
(252217)
2
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses he estimates will have debt transferred to equity under the Capital for Enterprise Fund in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.
(252241)
3
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how long he expects the (a) Enterprise Finance Guarantee and (b) Working Capital scheme to operate.
(252242)
4
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses taking out loans under the (a) Working Capital and (b) Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme in the next 12 months.
(252243)
5
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many loans he estimates will be taken out under the Working Capital Scheme in the next 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the average value of such loans.
(252244)
6
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many loans he estimates will be taken out under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme in the next 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the average value of such loans.
(252245)
7
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the Secretary of State's official engagements were during his visit to India in January 2009.
(252356)
8
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which (a) individuals and (b) organisations Ministers from his Department met during their visit to India in January 2009.
(252357)
9
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 561W, on departmental buildings, what (a) works and (b) refurbishments were carried out in each Minister's office in each of the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each.
(252382)
10
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 955W, on official visits: Russia, when he plans to place a list of the Secretary of State's engagements during his visit to Russia in October 2008 in the Library.
(252417)
11
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 270-1W, on departmental public relations, on which projects the external public relations and marketing companies worked; and for what reasons the work was not undertaken by departmental staff in each case.
(252451)
12
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 894W, on departmental marketing, what branding or logos were published on each of the branded Insolvency Service (a) pens, (b) clocks, (c) mugs and (d) USB memory sticks.
(252452)
13
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Fareham, of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 894W, on departmental marketing, how much the Insolvency Service has spent on promotional products since February 2008.
(252453)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
14
N
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to lift the administration order on Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander UK; and if he will make a statement.
(251618)
15
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the administrative cost to business of the recent temporary reduction in the rate of value added tax following the reduction coming into force.
(252311)
16
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the administrative cost to business of the recent temporary reduction in the rate of value added tax prior to that reduction coming into force.
(252312)
17
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the administrative cost to business of a variation in the rate at which value added tax is levied.
(252313)
18
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many awards of children's tax credit were made for 2001-02; and what estimate he has made of the number of families who were eligible for the credit in that year.
(251939)
19
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252231)
20
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount to be paid by his Department to AE4 in respect of its role as a face-to-face partner for the Money Guidance Pathfinder Scheme.
(252234)
21
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies applied for contracts to act as face-to-face partners for the Money Guidance Pathfinder Scheme.
(252235)
22
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252249)
23
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252264)
24
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252365)
25
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals in Peterborough constituency have been overpaid tax credits (a) once, (b) twice and (c) three or more times since 1 April 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(250764)
26
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals in Peterborough constituency have been underpaid tax credits (a) once, (b) twice and (c) three or more times since 1 April 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(250765)
27
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1226W, on Valuation Office: ICT, whether the Valuation Office Agency's Geographic Information System will assist with the utilisation of locality adjustment factors within the automated valuation model.
(252161)
28
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1218W, on Cole Layer Trumble, how much has been spent on payments to Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies funded via the public purse (a) directly from the Valuation Office Agency, (b) directly from HM Revenue and Customs and (c) indirectly via CapGemini under the ASPIRE contract since February 2007.
(252162)
29
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1317W, on Valuation Office: Land Registry, whether the Valuation Office Agency uses the Land Registry Direct Service for (a) council tax valuation purposes and (b) populating the automated valuation model with property data.
(252168)
30
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 378W, on planning permission, what planning applications were made by his Department between 1997-98 and 2001-02; and for what purpose in each case.
(252171)
31
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of changes to value added tax revenues as a result of changes in domestic gas and electricity prices in the last 12 months.
(252189)
32
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) name, (b) address and (c) size is of each (i) used and (ii) vacant space for each entry on the e-PIMS property database, excluding sensitive information.
(252190)
33
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employees of the Valuation Office Agency whose office is located within the workplace parking charging zone being introduced by Nottingham City Council will be liable to pay the charge in whole or in part.
(252194)
34
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reduce the stamp duty threshold to £125,000.
(252195)
35
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions the Chairman of the Financial Services Authority has been consulted about a notice served under section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 notice prior to it being served on a regulated financial institution.
(252196)
36
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum duration is of the renewed contract between the Valuation Office Agency, HM Revenue and Customs and Rightmove; and on what date the new contract was signed.
(252198)
37
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 963W, on Valuation Office: handbooks, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent editions of (a) Introduction to Inspections, (b) CT Referencers Manual, (c) Digital Mapping User Guide, (d) Rating Support Application Induction Workbook, (e) NDR Referencers Manual and (f) Digital Photography User Guide.
(252206)
38
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 964W, on Valuation Office: Rightmove, upon what terms the extension to the contract with Rightmove was agreed; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the new contract, redacting commercially sensitive elements.
(252207)
39
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 682W, on housing: valuation, if he will rank each individual locality reference in each valuation area in the South East according to value significance.
(252213)
40
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 138W, on council tax: valuation, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the user guides and manuals for (a) the digital mapping tool and (b) the locality delineation tool.
(252352)
41
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 5150-1W, on the Valuation Office: video recordings, what training videos or digital equivalents for council tax valuation work his Department uses.
(252353)
42
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 15 July 2008, Official Report, column 228W, on council tax: valuation, what payments from the public purse have been made to (a) CapGemini, (b) SAS and (c) Cole Layer Trumbie/Tyler Technologies for work on the council tax banding support tool.
(252354)
43
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the user guide for the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model software and database.
(252393)
44
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what use the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model makes of locality adjustment factors for council tax valuations in England.
(252394)
45
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentations and handouts produced by the (a) Director of Council Tax and (b) Head of AVM Development at the Valuation Office Agency at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' automated valuation models conference in November 2008.
(252395)
46
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation on Revaluation 2010 given by the Valuation Office Agency at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' rating annual conference in June 2008.
(252399)
47
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Weybridge of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1889W, on departmental electronic equipment, to what use the Valuation Office Agency has put the (a) flat screen televisions and (b) stereo equipment it purchased in the years concerned.
(252403)
48
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1688-89W, on Valuation Office: Geographical Information Systems, how mapping data from Ordnance Survey will be integrated into the proposed Geographical Information System; and whether it will be used to assess the value significance of particular property attributes.
(252408)
49
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 150-51W, on the Valuation Office: cameras, for what work the 690 cameras purchased in 2007-08 were required.
(252409)
50
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority holds on the number of people who have a mortgage with Northern Rock at its standard variable rate.
(252413)
51
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 912-3W, on housing: valuation, what the definition of a live locality is.
(252419)
52
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many localities there are in each billing authority area in England.
(252422)
53
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the energy efficiency rating of each government building for which figures are available, based on its most recent energy display certificate.
(252427)
54
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what overseas conferences have been attended by representatives of the Valuation Office Agency at public expense in the last 12 months.
(252430)
55
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance the Office for Government Commerce has provided to the Valuation Office Agency on Gateway reviews; and what the (a) title of each project is and (b) purpose for which assistance has been provided is.
(252431)
56
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent advice given to Valuation Office Agency staff on health and safety in the field, including advice on the use of surveying equipment.
(252434)
57
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what year the redundancy pay tax-free threshold was set at £30,000.
(252437)
58
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the temporary increase in stamp duty thresholds; and how it will be financed.
(252441)
59
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many homes have qualified for zero-rated stamp duty land tax on zero-carbon homes to date.
(252442)
60
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have been seconded (a) to and (b) from the Valuation Office Agency in the last 12 months; and what divisions of the Agency such staff were seconded (i) to and (ii) from.
(252470)
61
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Financial Services Authority was first informed of risks associated with investing in Icelandic banks.
(252483)
62
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 989W, on the Valuation Office, at what intervals the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model is calibrated.
(252488)
63
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst, of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 899W, on the Valuation Office: visits abroad, which overseas destinations have been visited by Valuation Office Agency staff since March 2008; how many visits were made to each destination; and what the purpose of each visit was.
(252490)
64
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Financial Services Compensation Scheme will compensate Mr Simon Dunne Barker of Marlborough, Devon for the losses he incurred following the collapse of the Icelandic banking sector.
(250421)
65
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 5 December 2008 on late payment of tax, reference 1/64635/2008.
(251940)
66
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many directors of the board of the Royal Bank of Scotland have left the board since the arrangements were made for UK Financial Investments to acquire a majority stake in the bank.
(251619)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
67
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what consultation he has undertaken with representatives of the education sector on the proposed renaming of pupil referral units; and if he will make a statement.
(252448)
68
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Link schools there are; and how many such schools have the word link in their official titles.
(252449)
69
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of (a) all pupils and (b) pupils eligible for free school meals who took GCSEs were not entered for mathematics GCSE in 2008.
(251988)
70
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of (a) all pupils and (b) pupils eligible for free school meals achieved a pass at mathematics GCSE in 2008, broken down by grade.
(252074)
71
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252232)
72
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252250)
73
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252260)
74
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252367)
75
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers have been on long-term sick leave in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(252457)
76
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Essex County Council and (b) Castle Point Borough Council on the disposal of Castle View Secondary School playing fields for housing development; and if he will make a statement.
(249778)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
77
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which external organisations the Cabinet Office has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in the Cabinet Office have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252229)
78
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Cabinet Office has allocated for staff bonuses for staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's Office in 2008-09.
(252246)
79
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Cabinet Office spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; what proportion of this expenditure related to training for staff employed in the Prime Minister's Office; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's Office attended at least one such training course.
(252262)
80
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much has been spent on designing 10 Downing Street-branded (a) mouse mats and (b) desktops in each of the last five years.
(252358)
81
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's Office in each of the last five years.
(252359)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent on products featuring departmental or Government branding by (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's Office in each of the last five years.
(252360)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) special advisers have allocated desk space in the Prime Minister's office in No. 12 Downing Street.
(252361)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many plasma screen televisions there are in the Prime Minister's office in No. 12 Downing Street; and how much each of these cost to purchase.
(252362)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what artwork is on display in the Prime Minister's office in No. 12 Downing Street.
(252363)
86
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Cabinet Office spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252418)
87
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many asthma-related deaths were recorded in each of the last five years.
(252156)
88
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what minor works have been undertaken in Downing Street (a) offices and (b) ministerial residences in the last year for which audited figures are available.
(252424)
89
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what consideration the Office for National Statistics has given to the classification of (a) local and (b) national road pricing schemes for the purposes of taxation statistics.
(252473)
90
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts prepared for the Strategy Unit seminar on Place and Prosperity held on 11 December 2008.
(252474)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
91
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with groups of British Muslims on the possible effects of events in Gaza since 27 December 2008 on community cohesion; and what the names were of the individuals who attended each meeting.
(252095)
92
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting held by the Minister for the South West with the Chairman of Lloyds TSB on 14 January 2009.
(252089)
93
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which external organisations her Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in her Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252230)
94
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252251)
95
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in her Department attended at least one such training course.
(252261)
96
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252368)
97
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 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 353-54W, on parish councils: council tax, what estimate her Department has made of the average band D parish council precept for 2008-09.
(252147)
98
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 52-7WS, on the departmental expenditure limit (2008-09), to what types of data transfer the transfer of £1 million from the local government online programme to the Department for Work and Pensions is related.
(252148)
99
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 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 369W, on Zero Carbon Delivery Unit, if she will place in the Library a copy of the business plan for the zero-carbon hub.
(252149)
100
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, columns 1201-2W, on empty property, if she will place in the Library a copy of the most recent list of vacant domestic dwellings, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) ward.
(252163)
101
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 52-7WS, on the departmental expenditure limit (2008-09), how much the litigation costs in relation to the transfer of £4.3 million to Firebuy were; and what the litigation concerned.
(252164)
102
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 1267-8W, on greenbelt, if she will publish the attached table referred to.
(252166)
103
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 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 321W, on home information packs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the proposals submitted to her by the Stakeholder Panel on Home Buying and Selling.
(252167)
104
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 343W, on local government: pensions, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report on the 2007 valuation exercise produced by each local authority pension fund.
(252169)
105
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 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 298W, on council tax: valuation, which local authorities provide (a) commencement notices, (b) completion notices and (c) plans to the Valuation Office Agency for council tax valuation purposes.
(252172)
106
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 Peterborough of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 315W, on the European Regional Development Fund, what further fines or financial corrections for programme irregularities her Department (a) is expected to receive and (b) has budgeted for.
(252173)
107
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 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 353W, on Optimisa, if she will place in the Library a copy of the reports by Andrew Irving Associates and its parent company Optimisa on (a) eco-towns public attitudes, (b) local government petitions and (c) sustainable homes telephone survey.
(252174)
108
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much additional revenue the higher multiplier on large and medium-sized businesses raised in England in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(252175)
109
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 Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 300W, on departmental databases, how ACORN data is used in relation to (a) her Department's House Price Index, (b) local authority formula grant distribution and (c) the citizenship survey; and how MOSAIC data is used in relation to the Neighbourhood Renewal Evaluation.
(252176)
110
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 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 294W, on community relations: Islam, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report by the Change Institute on Understanding Muslim Ethnic Communities.
(252177)
111
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) her Department's executive agencies, (b) the non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department and (c) the Government Offices for the Regions offset their air travel via the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund.
(252178)
112
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the armed forces will provide emergency fire cover in the event of (a) a local and (b) a national fire strike, with reference to the FireGuard project.
(252179)
113
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the policy of the Homes and Communities Agency is on the circumstances in which it will use its powers to act as a local planning authority.
(252180)
114
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department classifies the withdrawal of armed forces' emergency fire cover and the associated obligation to pay for alternative contingency cover as a new burden on the fire and rescue authorities.
(252181)
115
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent guidance her Department has given to fire and rescue authorities on whether private contractors (a) can and (b) should cross picket lines in the event of a strike in order to utilise fire equipment and appliances owned by fire and rescue authorities.
(252182)
116
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the role of Firebuy was in the FireGuard project.
(252183)
117
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) her Department and (b) its agencies were represented on the board of FireGuard.
(252184)
118
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are represented on the board of the Chief Fire Officers' Association.
(252185)
119
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Communities and Local Government euro changeover plan 2007.
(252186)
120
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which communications systems used by the different emergency services are not inter-operable.
(252187)
121
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's documents for the 2010 rates and revaluation (a) Urinal Cost Guidance and (b) Pop-up Urinals - Cost Guidance.
(252188)
122
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on home buying and selling, whether changes were made to the text of the Written Statement published on her Department's website after its initial publication online.
(252191)
123
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) remit and (b) specification is of her Department's research project into unitary and pathfinder councils; and which body is undertaking the research.
(252192)
124
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the mix-adjusted average price of a property purchased by a first time buyer was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(252193)
125
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 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 767W, on housing: low incomes, which 134 local authorities provided information via the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; and whether authorities were required to provide the information.
(252200)
126
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 962W, on community centres: valuation, how many properties there were under the category of hall and premises on the 1995 Rating Lists for England in each Government Office region in 1998 or in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(252201)
127
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what legal costs were incurred by (a) the Valuation Tribunal and (b) the Valuation Office Agency in relation to the legal action on the rating of coffee shops within bookshops which concluded in September 2008.
(252202)
128
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 Hammersmith and Fulham of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 1681W, on Valuation Office Agency, which property attribute variables may be used in billing authorities.
(252209)
129
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1270W, on housing: low incomes, what the timetable for all social housing stock to be recorded on the National Register of Social Housing is; and whether it is mandatory for (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations to provide property information for the Register.
(252212)
130
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 Peterborough of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 125W, on fire services, whether (a) her Department and (b) Firebuy holds a copy of the minutes of meetings of the FireGuard Project Board.
(252216)
131
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements are in place to provide antiviral medicines to firefighters in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(252281)
132
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new dwellings have been built in areas designated as being at high flood risk in each Government Office region in each year since 1997.
(252286)
133
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a licensed premises is eligible for exemption from empty property business rates in circumstances where the licence has been suspended by a local authority for up to three months, but where occupation of the premises has not been prevented.
(252287)
134
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, under what circumstances planning permission is required to demolish a building.
(252288)
135
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many unauthorised Traveller caravans were recorded in each Government Office region in the summer of each year since 1997.
(252289)
136
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many items of data local authorities are required to collect for the purposes of (a) compilation of the national indicator set and (b) data returns to her Department outside the national indicator set.
(252290)
137
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what response the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has made to the Recommendation by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Europe on the draft European Charter of Regional Democracy; and what assessment she has made of the content of the Recommendation.
(252291)
138
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) advice and (b) guidance (i) her Department and (ii) the Fire Service College have given to fire services on diversity (A) quotas and (B) recommendations for operational fire and rescue roles.
(252292)
139
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) domestic and (b) composite properties in England have an entry on the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model database; and how many have one or more digital photographs associated with an entry on the Agency's databases.
(252294)
140
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Ordnance Survey uses (a) aerial and (b) satellite photography to develop its (i) 1:10,000 raster, (ii) 1:50,000 raster, (iii) 1:25,000 raster, (iv) Boundary Line, (v) Code Point with Polygons, (vi) Master Map Topography Layer and (vii) Address Layer 2 products.
(252295)
141
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will publish the Thames Gateway implementation planning baselines for delivery partners for 2008-11.
(252296)
142
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what government funding is related to local authority achievement of local area agreement targets.
(252297)
143
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether any local authority which has increased council tax revenue through reviewing or reducing the number of households entitled to council tax discounts or exemptions has sought her Department's agreement to count that increased revenue as an annual efficiency saving.
(252298)
144
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements are in place for her Department to review (a) provision for student discounts on council tax and (b) the manner in which local authorities with student populations are compensated in respect of the discount.
(252299)
145
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) representations and (b) instructions the Government Office for the South East has given to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on the review of its Green Belt as part of its Local Development Framework.
(252300)
146
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a property with a power shower is capable of achieving Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
(252301)
147
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department issues (a) guidance and (b) instructions to local authorities on the monitoring of household waste for items relevant to community cohesion monitoring exercises.
(252302)
148
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether section 106 agreements may be attached to household extensions in cases where the proposed extension (a) does and (b) does not have permitted development rights.
(252303)
149
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what datasets Ordnance Survey collates on (a) access and (b) proximity to public transport.
(252304)
150
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many completed Social Homebuy transactions there had been at the latest date for which figures are available.
(252305)
151
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership for the South East has given to the Waste Improvement Network.
(252306)
152
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department provided to each Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder area in 2007-08.
(252307)
153
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 Peterborough of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 340W, on fire services, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the level of fire and rescue authority participation in the project; and what arrangements for emergency fire cover there are in the event of a (a) local and (b) national fire service strike.
(252328)
154
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect on business rate revenue should the retail price index measurement of the rate of inflation fall below zero.
(252329)
155
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate of the unfunded liability in present value terms of the Local Government Pension Scheme was made in each valuation held since 1997.
(252386)
156
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which programme budgets were administered by the Government Offices for the Regions in 2007-08, broken down by sponsoring department; and what the amount of each was.
(252387)
157
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what effect negative retail price index inflation would have on the business rates multiplier for the relevant year.
(252388)
158
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 314W, on local authorities: carbon emissions, if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter from January 2007; and whether local authorities may carbon offset using projects based in their local authority area.
(252391)
159
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1441-2W, on council tax: tax allowances, what types of local council tax discount were awarded in 2008; and which authorities were awarding each type of discount as at 8 October 2007.
(252420)
160
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 779W, on McKinsey, if she will place in the Library a copy of each document provided to participants in the Communities High Level Seminar.
(252423)
161
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report columns 632-3W on stamp duties, how many of the 200 planned zero-carbon homes near Bristol have been built; and how many qualified for zero per cent. stamp duty on zero-carbon homes.
(252426)
162
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report column 484W, on council tax: floods, which local authorities have exercised their powers to grant council tax discounts to owners of uninhabitable properties.
(252428)
163
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report column 487W, on fire services, if she will place in the Library a copy of the full research report.
(252429)
164
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 16 July 2008, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on the Housing Challenge document, if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to regional assembly chairs on the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit's advice.
(252432)
165
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 Fareham of 15 July 2008, Official Report, columns 266-69W, on departmental ICT, what the purpose is of the (a) XML Schemas development, (b) RPD National Capability Survey Geo-database projects and (c) Ordnance Survey GIS Development project.
(252435)
166
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of households to be assisted under the Rent to Homebuy scheme in each year; and how much funding has been allocated to the scheme in 2008-09.
(252458)
167
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what remuneration Baroness Margaret Ford has received for her work for Partnerships UK on surplus public sector land in 2008-09.
(252459)
168
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding (a) her Department and (b) the Government Offices for the Regions have allocated to regional equality and diversity partnerships in 2008-09 to date.
(252460)
169
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effects of the Central-Local Concordat on local government since its introduction.
(252461)
170
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what methodology the Valuation Office Agency uses to calculate the value of microgeneration equipment within (a) a domestic and (b) a non-domestic dwelling.
(252462)
171
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether an impact assessment has been undertaken of the effect on local businesses of the change in the rate of national non-domestic rates effective from April 2009.
(252463)
172
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Valuation Office Agency utilises property data from estate agent industry organisations other than Rightmove.co.uk plc.
(252464)
173
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many meetings of the France (Channel)-England Programme Managing Authority representatives of (a) her Department and (b) the Government Office for the South East have attended in the last 12 months.
(252465)
174
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many complaints the Local Government Ombudsman has received relating to the administration of cemeteries in the last 24 months; and how many were upheld in whole or in part.
(252466)
175
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 have not yet been brought into force.
(252467)
176
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government Office for the East Midlands has to make budgetary provision for payment of the workplace parking charge proposed by Nottingham City Council.
(252471)
177
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 5 of the Valuation Office Agency's post-evaluation review of the Council Tax (Wales) Revaluation 2005, if she will place in the Library a copy of the manual containing a summary of key property types and their values.
(252472)
178
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Audit Commission has made of the preparedness of (a) the fire and rescue authorities and (b) local authorities for an influenza pandemic.
(252481)
179
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the administration costs of the Government Offices for the Regions were in 2007-08; and what the budget for each is for 2008-09.
(252482)
180
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 46W, on local authorities: community relations, what guidance her Department has published on tension monitoring in relation to the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
(252485)
181
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost of running the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is in its first year of operation; and which funding elements and streams are being incorporated into the HCA.
(252486)
182
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 46W, on local authorities: community relations, what further guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on tension monitoring.
(252487)
183
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 961W, on CMPi, what payments have been made since February 2008; and for what purpose payments were made to CMPi from 2007-08 to date.
(252489)
184
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her latest estimate is of the cost of establishing the Homes and Communties Agency.
(252493)
185
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate has been made of the change in revenue accruing from supplementary business rates as a result of the 2010 rates revaluation.
(252494)
186
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans her Department has for the electronic sharing of council tax information across public sector bodies.
(252495)
187
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 890W, on aerials: planning permission, when she expects to publish the conclusions of the review of planning procedures for new base stations; and if she will make a statement.
(252496)
188
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on severance packages given to local government officials who are sacked for not properly fulfilling their duties.
(252497)
189
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many properties were (a) demolished, (b) acquired and (c) refurbished in each housing market renewal pathfinder area in 2007-08.
(252498)
190
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 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 696W, on planning, what guidance her Department has published on planning policy and counter-terrorism.
(252499)
191
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 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 696W, on pollution, whether the costs to local authorities under the landfill tax escalator and Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme are (a) passed on to the polluter and (b) compensated by central government under the new burden principles.
(252500)
192
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether householders are required to obtain a certificate of lawfulness when paving over their front garden with permeable material; and what powers local authorities have to inspect the materials used.
(252501)
193
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements are in place to compensate local authorities which report a reduction in their council tax base because of an increase in numbers of empty residential properties.
(252502)
194
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been sold under each Homebuy scheme in each month since their commencement.
(252503)
195
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the (a) injuries and (b) deaths caused by domestic fires occurred in domestic fires attributable to (i) the absence of a smoke alarm and (ii) smoking materials in the latest period for which figures are available.
(250829)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
196
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department provides guidance to convenience stores with off-sales licences on the (a) positioning of and (b) promotion of alcohol within their shops.
(252093)
197
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much financial support the Government provided to Liverpool's Capital of Culture year; and if he will make a statement.
(251716)
198
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252227)
199
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252265)
200
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252370)
201
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1073W, on swimming, which local authorities made representations on plans for free swimming for those over the age of 60; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such representation.
(252208)
202
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what grounds local licensing authorities may (a) amend the classification of a film classified by the British Board for Film Classification and (b) withhold a licence for a film to be shown.
(252476)
203
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements Culture East Midlands is making for payment by its staff of the workplace parking levy to be introduced by Nottingham City Council in respect of offices located within the zone where the levy will apply.
(252477)
204
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice English Heritage has provided in connection with the work in 10 Downing Street associated with Westminster City Council planning application reference 08/00696/1884.
(252478)
205
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the telephone number given for each of the private offices of Ministers in his Department in the List of Ministerial Responsibilities is that of his Department's main switchboard.
(251693)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
206
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many multi-engine aircraft in service with the Royal Air Force have (a) navigators and (b) flight engineers as part of the crew.
(252389)
207
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will seek to provide an open berth for HMS Plymouth in a British port.
(252390)
208
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) navigators and (b) flight engineers are available to serve in multi-engine aircraft in service with the RAF.
(252454)
209
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of prosthetic limbs for service personnel injured on operations (a) for the first fitting of the limb and (b) for second and subsequent replacement limbs; and what recent estimate he has made of the average waiting time between the submission of a request for a prosthetic limb and the fitting of the limb in such cases.
(251699)
210
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the average annual cost, including salary, of the posting of (a) a private soldier and (b) a civil servant in his Department to (i) Kabul and (ii) Helmand province.
(251701)
211
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the next stage in the Future Rapid Effects System procurement will be; and whether his Department has plans for off-shelf procurement of reconnaissance vehicles.
(252096)
212
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) estimated monetary value, (b) location and (c) size is of each land asset owned by his Department.
(252097)
213
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits of each sex have joined each unit of each of the armed forces at each rank in each of the last 10 years.
(252098)
214
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the manning (a) requirement and (b) level was in each unit of each service in the armed forces in each of the last five years.
(252099)
215
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions the (a) heavy and (b) light artillery regiments have been deployed in each of the last 10 years; and (i) to which locations and (ii) on which operations they were deployed.
(252100)
216
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on (a) heavy infantry, (b) heavy artillery, (c) light infantry and (d) light artillery in each of the last 10 years.
(252101)
217
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252226)
218
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252253)
219
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252266)
220
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252371)
221
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1000W, on departmental public relations, which areas of work and projects the external public relations firm worked on; and for what reasons such work was not conducted in-house.
(252214)
222
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on (a) the armed forces and (b) military intelligence since January 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(252107)
223
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the provision of emergency fire cover by armed forces in the event of a (a) local and (b) national fire strike.
(252436)
224
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK owned or operated unmanned aerial vehicles transited through UK airspace in 2008.
(252110)
225
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1264W, on departmental housing, how many houses owned by his Department were rated as grade (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007.
(251695)
226
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the most recent estimate is of the number of his Department's offices which contain asbestos.
(251715)
227
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers from the First Battalion The Rifles have been injured in Afghanistan since October 2008.
(252119)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
228
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons the Government has not supported the proposal for an International Renewable Energy Agency; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the International Energy Agency in the area of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.
(252132)
229
Mr Ian McCartney (Makerfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many claims for compensation for respiratory disease brought under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme have been settled under the fast track procedure (a) by way of expedited payment and (b) under the live optional risk scheme since 1 January 2004 in which Avalon Solicitors, Warrington, have been the claimant's representatives in each parliamentary constituency in respect of which legal proceedings have been concluded.
(252425)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
230
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to his Department of validation of invoices was by (a) (i) Mr De Kock and (ii) Davis Langdon Everest before the Invoicing Panel was established and (b) the Invoicing Panel.
(252102)
231
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what costs were incurred by his Department in (a) legal fees, (b) court costs and (c) expert witness fees in the defence of the claim by Ruttle Plant Hire Limited up to the judgement of 29 September 2004.
(252103)
232
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what costs were incurred by his Department in the validation of invoices submitted by Ruttle Plant Hire Limited relating to the foot and mouth outbreak before the formation of the Invoicing Panel in September 2001.
(252104)
233
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what grants his Department has given to Carbon Neutral Newcastle; on what dates those grants were made; and for what objectives and purposes.
(250835)
234
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the strategic co-ordination group set up by the Environment Agency to investigate measures to reduce flood risk in the Ouseburn catchment is expected to report; and on what dates it has met.
(250847)
235
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the National Farmers Union to discuss food security in the last 24 months.
(251946)
236
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the UK dairy industry to discuss (a) milk pricing and (b) milk production in the last 24 months.
(251947)
237
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of a reduction in pesticides usage on levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
(251987)
238
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the Northern Ireland Executive in relation to the Marine and Coastal Access Bill; what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Department of the Environment in relation to the Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(252443)
239
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252225)
240
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252254)
241
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252267)
242
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252372)
243
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 870W, on waste disposal: domestic waste, whether a decision has been made on which body will evaluate pilot schemes for household waste incentive schemes.
(252197)
244
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates the Environment Agency's National Fly-tipping Prevention Group met in the last 12 months.
(252199)
245
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 853-854W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, which organisations are flagged as having an interest in the new charges for the collection of household waste on his Department's Shared Stakeholders database.
(252203)
246
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 848W, on littering: young offenders, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Environment Agency's enforcement and prosecution policy and functional guidance.
(252204)
247
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 842W, on domestic wastes: contracts, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) peer review of WR0106 and (b) the final report for WR0506.
(252205)
248
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 9 October 2008, Official Report, columns 727-28W, on departmental official residences, whether the council tax bills for departmental residential accommodation are paid from departmental funds; and what his Department's policy is on responsibility for paying charges for the collection of household waste associated with the property.
(252210)
249
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 361W, on carbon emissions: waste disposal, whether the work on estimating dioxin emissions from domestic burning has been completed.
(252211)
250
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department's National Fly-tipping Prevention Group has made of the effects on the incidence of fly-tipping of charges for the collection of household waste.
(252321)
251
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued on whether members of a joint waste authority are entitled to responsibility allowances and salaries; and whether members will be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.
(252322)
252
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a local authority which has adopted an alternate weekly collection of household waste will be deemed to have successfully implemented a waste management and strategy and initiative for the purposes of scoring a potential bid to become a pilot.
(252323)
253
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what amendments have been made to local authority powers to tackle noise since 2001; and what his Department's policy is on noise from church bells.
(252324)
254
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether waste collection authorities are indemnified for making household waste collections on private roads.
(252325)
255
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers waste collection authorities have to enter premises in relation to suspected breaches of waste regulations; and what powers they have to (a) measure and (b) photograph household waste.
(252326)
256
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has set targets for the reduction of household waste through home composting.
(252327)
257
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what responsibilities for (a) street cleaning, (b) abandoned cars, (c) fly-posting removal and enforcement and (d) public conveniences the joint waste authorities will have; and what powers they will have in respect of those responsibilites.
(252383)
258
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which bodies will underwrite the liabilities of joint waste authorities.
(252384)
259
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether joint waste authorities will be limited companies in their own right.
(252385)
260
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policy objectives the provisions of section 76 of the Climate Change Act 2008 are intended to meet.
(252392)
261
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate (a) his Department, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) the Waste and Resources Action Programme have made of the cost to local authorities of storing paper collected from households for recycling in 2008-09.
(252396)
262
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the latest English Condition Survey data on rodent presence in domestic dwellings.
(252402)
263
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether joint waste authorities will be eligible to undertaken directed surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
(252407)
264
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers of entry the joint waste authorities will have.
(252410)
265
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of household waste bins fitted with radio frequency identification chips.
(252412)
266
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fixed penalty notices for waste receptacle offences were issued in 2007-08; and how much was collected as a result.
(252421)
267
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 429W, on carbon emissions: finance, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent accounts of each of the three bodies.
(252433)
268
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what records are required to be kept on the issue of fixed penalty notices to juveniles for waste receptacle offences.
(252438)
269
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, columns 757-8W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, if he will place in the Library a copy of the dataset and background research obtained by his Department on the distributional impacts of waste charging in Flanders.
(252439)
270
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities levy charges for the provision of bags for the collection of household waste.
(252440)
271
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what date his Department has set for local authorities to submit bids to pilot charges for the collection of household waste; and how many bids his Department has received.
(252479)
272
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) advice and (b) guidance (i) his Department and (ii) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has given on the use of radio frequency identification devices attached to household waste containers.
(252480)
273
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 29-30W, on floods, which stretches of motorway have a significant flood risk probability according to the Environment Agency's flood vulnerability database.
(252491)
274
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 29-30W, on floods, whether the Environment Agency's new flood vulnerability database is accessible to the public.
(252492)
275
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which sites in England deal with hazardous waste; what the distance is between each site and the nearest unit of housing; and if he will make a statement.
(251945)
276
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many councils have bid to participate in pilots for charges for the collection of household waste; what plans he has to invite further bids for pilots; and if he will make a statement.
(251620)
277
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the provisions in the Climate Change Act 2008 for charges for the collection of household waste.
(251621)
278
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent to date on (a) research, (b) preparation and (c) planning for the new charges for the collection of household waste.
(251622)
279
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold a public consultation on the effects of dredging of the Thames for the Thames Gateway Port on (a) the local fishing industry, (b) the local ecology and (c) Canvey Island sea defences; and if he will make a statement.
(250075)
280
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with pork retailers and processors on proposals for a fully integrated supply chain for pork products.
(252105)
281
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of reinstating the agricultural buildings allowance.
(252106)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
282
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on holding discussions with elected Palestinian representatives in Gaza.
(252125)
283
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what matters were raised at the recent meeting which took place in the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue process; and what the position was of the Chinese delegation on each of those matters.
(252126)
284
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the alleged use of cluster bombs by the Sri Lankan authorities against Tamils.
(252129)
285
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings Ministers in his Department have had at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with groups of British Muslims on events in Gaza since 27 December 2008; and what the names were of the individuals who attended each meeting.
(252091)
286
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252224)
287
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252255)
288
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252268)
289
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.
(252373)
290
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on (a) peace education, (b) mediation, (c) conflict prevention, (d) conflict resolution, (e) interfaith dialogue and (f) other peace development initiatives since January 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(252109)
291
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK (a) embassies, (b) high commissions and (c) other overseas missions have a politically-appointed head of mission.
(252111)
292
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on holding high-level direct discussions with the government of Iran.
(252112)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
293
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on independent midwifery of the implementation of Article 5 of the draft European Directive on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare, with specific reference to the provisions on professional liability insurance.
(252133)
294
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of colonoscopists which will be required for the planned 2010 extension of colon screening; and if he will make a statement.
(252379)
295
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many colonoscopists are employed by each primary care trust.
(252380)
296
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) current and (b) planned capacity in each of the next five years is for the number of breast screenings in each primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.
(252381)
297
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken in preparation for the planned extension of breast screening; and if he will make a statement.
(252411)
298
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252223)
299
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252247)
300
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252269)
301
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.
(252374)
302
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the labelling scheme for pork products.
(251022)
303
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths of residents of Bridlington have occurred while they were in ambulances in each of the last 12 months.
(251205)
304
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what legal advice he has received on the issue of access rights to summary care records.
(252282)
305
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the scope of Choose and Book to operate only as an electronic booking service.
(252283)
306
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the capital budget for the NHS in 2008-09 is; and what proportion of this budget has been spent to date.
(252330)
307
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on press and public relations work related to the Connecting for Health programme in each year since its announcement.
(252331)
308
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in his Department have been employed (a) on the Connecting for Health project and (b) in roles relating to press and public relations work on the project in each year since it was announced.
(252332)
309
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted to hospital following road traffic accidents in each of the last five years.
(252333)
310
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of first outpatient appointments made through Choose and Book in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (i) direct and (ii) indirect method used.
(252335)
311
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been recovered by the NHS under the provisions of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997 in each year since it entered into force.
(252336)
312
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money due to each local service provider in respect of delivery of care record systems has been withheld owing to delays in delivery.
(252337)
313
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of people in early adopter areas have registered for an advanced account with HealthSpace; and if he will make a statement.
(252338)
314
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the development of the electronic prescription service.
(252339)
315
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards ensuring that GP care record systems will be compatible with the Summary Care Record.
(252340)
316
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients in each (a) acute trust, (b) primary care trust, (c) mental health trust and (d) GP practice have had their care records uploaded.
(252341)
317
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) acute trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) mental health trusts and (d) GP practices in each region have deployed summary care records; and what the timetable for their full deployment is.
(252342)
318
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total premium payable to the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts has been in each financial year since 2000-01; and what estimate he has made of the amount of such premium payments in 2009-10.
(251617)
319
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 19 January 2008, Official Report, column 1195W, on injuries: children, what the equivalent figures were in each of the last five years.
(251852)
320
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the five most common causes of admission to hospital for (a) children and (b) adults were in the latest period for which statistics are available.
(252154)
321
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults were admitted to hospital due to asthma in the last five years.
(252155)
322
Laura Moffatt (Crawley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the new General Dental Council to be in place.
(252135)
323
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts provide trans-catheter aortic valve treatment on the NHS.
(251855)
324
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the application to orthopaedic hospitals of amendments to the HRG4 national tariff.
(252136)
325
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to provide transitional relief to specialist orthopaedic trusts whose income is adversely affected by changes to the national tariff HRG4.
(252137)
326
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on the finances of each specialist orthopaedic hospital of (a) changes to the HRG4 national tariff and (b) adjustments to the market forces factor.
(252138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
327
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the efficiency of caseworkers in the UK Border Agency in terms of numbers of cases dealt with is monitored.
(252120)
328
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent caseworkers there are in the UK Border Agency.
(252121)
329
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual cases are with caseworkers at the UK Border Agency.
(252122)
330
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detections of instances of travel document fraud were made at (a) ports of entry and (b) compliance offices since 1 May 2004 in respect of travel documents issued by EU member states, broken down by issuing state.
(251937)
331
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to registrars on ensuring that lack of out-of-hours registrars' service does not prevent prompt burials or cremations required for religious purposes, particularly over periods of closure of services; and if she will make a statement.
(248535)
332
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of bringing forward proposals to reduce levels of financial abuse in domestic settings; if she will review the Domestic Violence National Action Plan in respect of such proposals; and if she will make a statement.
(252446)
333
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with groups of British Muslims on the possible effects of events in Gaza since 27 December 2008 on domestic security levels; and what the names were of the individuals who attended each meeting.
(252090)
334
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new search wands her Department has purchased in each of the last 10 months.
(252114)
335
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new search arches her Department has purchased in each of the last 10 months.
(252115)
336
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of additional (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions which have taken place as a consequence of the Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) in each of the 10 TKAP areas.
(252116)
337
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on the Tackling Knives Action Programme in each of the last six months; and how much is budgeted to be spent on the programme in each of the next 12 months.
(252117)
338
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether credit card fraud reported to banks is included in the (a) British Crime Survey and (b) reported crime figures.
(252118)
339
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any of the search wands allocated to the Tackling Knives Action Programme were redeployed from other uses.
(252151)
340
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any of the search arches allocated to the Tackling Knives Action Programme were redeployed from other uses.
(252153)
341
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of processing visa applications has been in each of the last five years.
(252308)
342
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been accrued in fees paid by foreign visitors obliged to register with the local police service in each of the last five years.
(252314)
343
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure has been incurred on administration arising from the requirement for some foreign visitors to register with the local police in each of the last five years.
(252315)
344
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to provide facilities at Lunar House for all queuing to take place indoors.
(252317)
345
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department and its agencies have received in fees for visa applications in each of the last five years.
(252318)
346
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department and its agencies have received in fees for unsuccessful visa applications in each of the last five years.
(252319)
347
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time for responses to visa applications has been in each of the last five years.
(252320)
348
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which external organisations her Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in her Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252233)
349
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252248)
350
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in her Department's buildings in the last 12 months.
(252366)
351
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 243517 on identity card verification at her Department's agencies, tabled on 9 December 2008.
(250422)
352
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 243274, on identity card charges, tabled on 9 December 2008.
(250486)
353
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 243530, on fees for identity cards and biometric passports, tabled on 9 December 2008.
(250487)
354
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 243298, on identity cards and foreign nationals, tabled on 9 December 2008.
(250488)
355
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 243515, on identity card verification across Government, tabled on 9 December 2008.
(250489)
356
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) first estimate, (b) last estimate and (c) outturn cost was of each of the 30 largest IT contracts her Department has entered into with external suppliers since 1997.
(250831)
357
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of identity cards to be issued to (a) foreign nationals and (b) British and Irish citizens resident in the UK in each year to 2014-15.
(250833)
358
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2479W, on the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre: government departments, what the purpose was of each of the conferences for her Department organised by R Glasgow and Associates Public Relations Ltd held in the QE2 Conference Centre.
(252455)
359
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2479W, on the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre: government departments, for what reasons her Department paid for a room in the QE2 Conference Centre to hold its leadership away day; how much the booking cost; and why departmental buildings were not used for the away day.
(252456)
360
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much Cambridgeshire Constabulary spent on translation and interpretation services provided by Language Line Services Limited in each month since May 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(250828)
361
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals resident in Peterborough constituency have been (a) arrested, (b) charged with and (c) found guilty of offences related to (i) trafficking persons to the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation and (ii) running a brothel since May 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(250834)
362
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications were rejected in each of the last five years because the frames of glasses worn by the applicant covered their eyes in the accompanying photograph.
(248701)
363
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Iraqi and (b) Syrian refugees were included in the resettlement quota agreed with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009; and how many candidates had been identified at the latest date for which figures are available.
(252450)
364
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applicants from mainland China have had their applications refused in each of the last three years; of those how many have appealed; how many such appeals have succeeded; and how many decisions have been withdrawn prior to determination of the appeal.
(247907)
365
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to staff for the purposes of determining tourist visa applications from applicants from mainland China; and if she will make a statement.
(247908)
366
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants for visas from mainland China were refused visas in each of the last three years, broken down by category of refusal.
(248117)
367
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to prevent members of the British National Party (BNP) from holding posts in the UK Border Agency (UKBA); and what steps the UKBA takes in circumstances when an employee is found to be a member of the BNP.
(252404)
368
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals the UK Border Agency employed at the latest date for which figures are available.
(252405)
369
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether during the recruitment process individuals applying for positions at the UK Border Agency are asked whether they are members of a political party.
(252406)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
370
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, by what date the House of Commons Commission expects the process of scanning and redacting the receipts for hon. Members' expenses since 2004 to be completed.
(251845)
371
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, by what date the House of Commons Commission expects to place the details of hon. Members' expenses since 2004 in the public domain.
(251846)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
372
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many adult learners have taken GCSE mathematics in each year since 1990.
(251994)
373
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many adult learners received basic numeracy skills qualifications under the skills for life funding scheme in each of the last five years, broken down by level of qualification.
(251995)
374
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the Learning and Skills Council's capital budget for further education colleges to fund pending capital projects and (b) the effect of spending on such projects on local economies.
(252094)
375
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252222)
376
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252256)
377
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252270)
378
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.
(252375)
379
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of students attending (a) higher education institutions and (b) foundation education colleges were women with children under the age of three in each year since 1997.
(251989)
380
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of women with children under the age of three years were classified as (a) full-time and (b) part-time students in each year since 1997.
(251990)
381
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of students in (a) higher education and (b) foundation education institutions received at least one childcare grant payment in each year since 1997.
(251991)
382
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much on average (a) part-time and (b) full-time students receiving a childcare grant received in grant payments in each year since 1997.
(251992)
383
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, for how many weeks a year students eligible for a childcare grant receive the grant.
(251993)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
384
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate he has made of the average annual cost, including salary, of the posting of a civil servant in his Department in (a) Kabul and (b) Helmand province.
(251700)
385
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252221)
386
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252257)
387
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252271)
388
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.
(252376)
389
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with CDC on its role in private sector investment in developing countries during the global economic downturn; and if he will make a statement.
(252400)
390
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much official development assistance was (a) pledged and (b) spent by the Government in each year since 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(252401)
391
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on (a) peace education, (b) mediation, (c) conflict prevention, (d) conflict resolution, (e) interfaith dialogue and (f) other peace development initiatives since January 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(252108)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
392
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to monitor the level of compliance of (a) magistrates, (b) HM courts service fines officers and (c) bailiff companies with the national standards for enforcement agents on vulnerable situations.
(250926)
393
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to make regulations under the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 in relation to the use of force by bailiffs.
(250928)
394
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the use by bailiffs of powers under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(251853)
395
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to release the redacted parts of magistrates' court guidance to bailiffs on procedures for breaking in to properties as a last resort.
(251854)
396
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to reduce re-offending among juvenile offenders.
(250832)
397
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on ensuring that lack of out-of-hours service for burials or cremations does not prevent prompt burials or cremations required for religious purposes, with particular reference to periods of closure of services; and if he will make a statement.
(248534)
398
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of financial abuse by partners (a) have been reported to the police, (b) have been prosecuted and (c) resulted in a conviction in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(252445)
399
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, (b) the Lord Chief Justice and Heads of Division and other judges of the Court of Appeal and High Court, (c) Crown and County Court judges, (d) district judges sitting in crime and civil and family matters and (e) High Court masters who are engaged in administrative and managerial work in addition to their judicial work; and what estimate he has made of the average number of days per calendar month that those in each category spend on such work.
(251944)
400
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners whose minimum terms have been completed are serving automatic life sentences pursuant to section 109 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (a) in its original form and (b) as subsequently amended by the provisions of chapter 5 of Part 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003; and for what offences each such prisoner was convicted.
(252081)
401
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of transferring prisoners (a) from one prison to another and (b) to and from court was in each of the last five years.
(252157)
402
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of prisoners being held in short-term police custody cells owing to insufficient prison capacity there have been in each of the last five years.
(252284)
403
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released on end-of-custody licence since 29 June 2007; how many of those were foreign nationals; and how many such prisoners have re-offended while on licence.
(252285)
404
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made towards its objective of increasing the prison capacity in England and Wales to 86,000 by September 2009.
(252343)
405
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) defendants and (b) offenders have been placed in ClearSprings accommodation since the start of the Bail Accommodation and Support Scheme.
(252344)
406
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders placed on the end of custody licence scheme have been recalled to custody since the scheme's inception; and how many of the alleged further offences committed were (a) robbery, (b) burglary, (c) theft and handling, (d) fraud and forgery, (e) drug offences, (f) rape, (g) attempted rape and (h) other sexual offences.
(252345)
407
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff his Department employs.
(252346)
408
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there were for offences relating to the torture of animals in each of the last five years.
(252347)
409
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions were brought for offences relating to the illegal importation of animals into the UK in each of the last five years.
(252348)
410
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the maximum amount is that police forces may charge for the provision of meals to prisoners held overnight in police cells under Operation Safeguard.
(252349)
411
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department plans to spend on public relations in 2009-10.
(252351)
412
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions for breeding a prohibited breed of dog there were in 2007.
(252504)
413
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sitting magistrates there were in each of the last five years.
(252505)
414
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners enrolled on courses for drug and alcohol abuse in each of the last five years.
(252506)
415
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prison officers and (b) staff HM Prison Service employed in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(252507)
416
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252228)
417
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252252)
418
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252263)
419
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.
(252369)
420
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) first estimate, (b) last estimate and (c) outturn cost was of each of the 30 largest IT contracts his Department has entered into with external suppliers since the Department was established.
(250830)
421
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Devizes of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1670-1W, on departmental public relations, on which public relations consultancies the expenditure was incurred; how much was spent on each; and for what purpose.
(252170)
422
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures he plans to adopt to ensure that public consultations on the location of proposed Titan prison facilities result in an accurate reflection of public views on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(250974)
423
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders held on the prison estate completed the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme at (a) bronze, (b) silver and (c) gold level in each of the last five years.
(251750)
424
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders at Feltham Young Offender Institution completed the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme at (a) bronze, (b) silver and (c) gold level in each of the last five years.
(251751)
425
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders at Portland Young Offender Institution completed the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme at (a) bronze, (b) silver and (c) gold level in each of the last five years.
(251752)
426
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders at Glen Parva Young Offender Institution completed the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme at (a) bronze, (b) silver and (c) gold level in each of the last five years.
(251753)
427
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders at Aylesbury Young Offender Institution completed the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme at (a) bronze, (b) silver and (c) gold level in each of the last five years.
(251754)
428
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 153W, on Land Registry Direct, what property data the Land Registry Direct Service provides to the Valuation Office Agency.
(252150)
429
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 151W, on Freedom of Information Act 2000, which (a) regional chambers and (b) proposed local authority leaders' boards will be subject to the provisions of the Act.
(252152)
430
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1317W, on the Valuation Office: Land Registry, how much the Valuation Office Agency paid the Land Registry for access to the Land Registry Direct Service in the latest year for which figures are available.
(252165)
431
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 19W, on departmental official residences, whether the council tax bills for (a) HM Courts Service and (b) HM Prison Service residential accommodation are paid from public funds; and what his Department's policy is on whether the proposed new charges for the collection of household waste will be funded by the public purse or personally by the occupying staff member.
(252215)
432
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Dundee East of 30 April 2008, Official Report, columns 511-14W, on departmental public participation, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the non-confidential individual responses to the 2007 bailiff regulation document.
(252355)
433
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding his Department has authorised the Legal Services Commission to provide for legal advice and representation for Travellers through the exceptional funding scheme in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and in respect of which planning inquiries such funding was drawn upon in each year.
(252364)
434
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding the Legal Services Commission allocated to the Community Law Partnership to provide legal advice for Travellers in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(252397)
435
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the workplace parking charges being introduced by Nottingham City Council will be required to be paid in whole or in part by staff in (a) Land Registry and (b) Legal Services Commission offices located within the workplace parking charge zone.
(252414)
436
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic dwellings have been sold at a value of between £125,000 and £175,000 according to records held by the Land Registry since the temporary increase in the stamp duty threshold.
(252415)
437
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic property transactions there were according to Land Registry data in each local authority in England and Wales in each year since 1997-98.
(252416)
438
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance under what title Her Majesty's Court Service has issued to bailiffs in the last 12 months; and when each was most recently updated.
(252469)
439
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 150W, on fraud: elections, what progress has been made on the Government's plans to bring forward further legislation to implement its policy on requiring valid signatures for the issue of ballot papers in polling stations.
(252484)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
440
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate his Department has made of the administrative cost to businesses in Northern Ireland of the recent temporary reduction in the rate at which value added tax is levied prior to that reduction taking place.
(252309)
441
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate his Department has made of the administrative cost to businesses in Northern Ireland of a variation in the rate at which value added tax is levied.
(252310)
442
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many former Royal Ulster Constabulary police officers have been recruited by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and at what cost.
(252316)
443
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in the provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252218)
444
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252239)
445
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many outstanding warrants have been received from the (a) Garda Siochana and (b) Ministry of Justice of the Irish Republic in respect of persons in Northern Ireland; to what alleged offence or offences each warrant relates; and if he will make a statement.
(251204)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
446
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what her assessment is of the extent to which Aggregate Industries Ltd is meeting the contractually stipulated target of delivering 99 per cent. of aggregate materials to the Olympic Park by sustainable means.
(250419)
447
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what proportion of materials delivered to the Olympic Park have adhered to the Olympic Delivery Authority's target of 95 per cent. to be transported by sustainable methods.
(250420)
448
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what her plans are for Hadleigh's fishing lakes and ponds in the context of preparation of the facilities for the Olympic mountain bike events.
(251062)
Questions to the Prime Minister
449
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his Answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 922, at Prime Minister's Questions, what consideration he has given to the case of Ms Adela Mahoro Mugabo.
(252398)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
450
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252237)
Questions to the Solicitor General
451
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Solicitor General, what the cost to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was of defending the legal action challenging the decision to drop the investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption against BAE Systems plc in relation to Saudia Arabia; how much was paid to the legal team acting for the SFO in the case; what the fees were of Jonathan Sumption QC for representing the SFO in the appeal to the House of Lords; and from which budget these costs were met.
(252134)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
452
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been paid to local authorities in Tyne and Wear for pilot projects designed to tackle congestion under the Transport Innovation Fund; under what budgetary headings those payments were made; and whether a final report on the outcome of each such pilot has been submitted to his Department.
(250848)
453
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations his Department has received from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on the release of vehicle odometer reading data from MOT testing.
(251694)
454
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many safety inspections have been carried out on (a) aircraft at airports and (b) ships in port in each of the last 12 months.
(252444)
455
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in the provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252220)
456
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252258)
457
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252272)
458
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.
(252377)
459
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the incidence of accidents on roads in the vicinity of schools where the speed limit is (a) 20mph and (b) 30mph.
(251943)
460
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the merits of reopening the Oxford to Cambridge railway line; and if he will make a statement.
(250975)
461
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has (a) evaluated, (b) commissioned and (c) undertaken on an alternative to sodium chloride for managing the effects of ice on roads.
(251023)
462
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the risk of contamination from (a) bubonic plague, (b) anthrax and (c) other biological agents as a consequence of the possible disturbance of burial grounds during the construction of the Crossrail project.
(252334)
463
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with his European and US counterparts on counter-piracy and counter-terrorism measures aboard passenger cruise ships.
(252113)
464
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to Network Rail to reinstate the direct service from Ashchurch railway station to Birmingham New Street.
(251973)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
465
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252236)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
466
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in the Government Equalities Office attended at least one such training course.
(252238)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
467
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission plans to spend on advertising in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.
(250927)
468
Lyn Brown (West Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the expenditure which will arise as a result of the provision which makes excess payments of up to £15 to local housing allowance (LHA) claimants where their rent is less than the LHA rate applicable to their case in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(252160)
469
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the bereavement payment lump sum was last increased; and what estimate his Department has made of the change in funeral costs which has taken place since that date.
(252123)
470
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in cold weather payments to people in Leyton and Wanstead constituency in 2008-09.
(252124)
471
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what allocation of funding the UK has received from the European Social Fund (ESF) for the next 12 months; and what allocations of funding from the ESF have been made.
(252127)
472
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what allocation the UK has received from the European Union Globalisation Fund for the next 12 months; and what allocations of that funding have been made by his Department.
(252128)
473
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what programmes his Department has to assist problem drug users to obtain jobs.
(252131)
474
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period.
(252219)
475
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course.
(252240)
476
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.
(252259)
477
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.
(252378)
478
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of introducing a national insurance credit for grandparents of working age who provide 20 hours or more childcare per week.
(251938)
479
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mortgage interest rate his Department is currently paying claimants entitled to assistance with mortgage interest; how many claimants have been paid less than this interest rate since the Pre-Budget Report; by how much those claimants have been underpaid; when he expects to be able to make good the payments to those claimants; and if he will make a statement.
(251941)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
480
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of each edition of the Valuation Office Agency's IT Services Division Newsletter to Billing Authorities produced since May 2007.
[Transferred] (252293)
481
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Local Government Euro Preparations Working Group last met.
[Transferred] (252468)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
482
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much has been spent from the public purse in connection with work in 10 Downing Street associated with Westminster City Council planning application reference 08/00696/1884; and on what date the work was completed.
[Transferred] (252475)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
483
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals there were on the Sex Offender Register in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (252350)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
484
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 16 October and 4 December 2008 with regard to his constituent, Mr Terry Cooper.
[Transferred] (251714)
485
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken in response to the findings of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in April 2005 that HM Prison Rye Hill was at that time an unsafe and unstable environment, both for prisoners and staff.
[Transferred] (252130)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
486
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent on mental health services for prisoners in each (a) prison and (b) health authority area in Wales in each of the last five financial years; and how many prisoners received such treatment in each such year.
[Transferred] (251942)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
487
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps he has taken to reduce levels of discrimination on grounds of mental health; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (252447)

 
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