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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 29 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 Thursday 29 January 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 29 January 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 29 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 Thursday 29 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

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


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what level of compulsory oil stocks EU member states are required to hold; and how many tonnes of oil this equates to in the UK.
(253308)
2
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of the UK's compulsory oil stocks under EU law are accounted for by the Compulsory Oil Stock Reservation Agreement for stock held outside the UK.
(253309)
3
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253269)
4
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will commission a review of the effects of the application of British Summer Time over the next 12 months.
(253278)
5
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the Secretary of State plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Christchurch of 10 December 2008 on the loss of overseas business from a firm in his constituency.
(252644)
6
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the Government's policy is on UK companies exhibiting at the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar in Karachi; what guidance his Department issues to companies on (a) exhibiting at overseas arms exhibitions and (b) exporting arms to (i) Sudan and (ii) Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
(253391)
7
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the opportunities which exist for the manufacture of wind turbines from steel made in the United Kingdom; and whether he has made an assessment of the implications for the United Kingdom steel industry of an expanded capacity of the on and off-shore wind power industry.
(253327)
8
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent assessment he has made of whether personal reserves on bank accounts should be brought within regulations under the European Consumer Credit Directive.
(252764)
9
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence on Heathrow expansion which (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department have had with representatives from (A) BAA, (B) trades unions, (C) airlines using Heathrow, (D) other corporate bodies and (E) residents from communities affected by Heathrow expansion since 3 October 2008; when each meeting took place; who attended each meeting; and what the subject of each meeting was.
(252766)
10
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what programmes his Department has to assist the newspaper printing industry, with particular reference to printers of local newspapers.
(253110)
11
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the Government plans to provide support to local and regional papers which are in financial difficulties.
(253111)
12
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many companies that produce internet filtering products have applied to the British Standards Institute for certification of their products.
(253402)
13
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what funds his Department provides to assist companies to attend trade fairs for the purpose of new business development.
(253321)
14
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assistance his Department provides to businesses to assist them with export activities.
(253322)
15
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what services his Department provides to the textile sector to enable companies to pursue business opportunities overseas.
(253389)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
16
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration his Department has given to modifying the allocation of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme levies to reflect the differences in levels of risk associated with bank and building society business models.
(252997)
17
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Financial Services Compensation Scheme levies paid by (a) banks and (b) building societies reflect the relative risk associated with the two business models.
(252998)
18
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria are used to assess the level of risk in (a) banks and (b) building society business models in determining Financial Services Compensation Scheme levies for each.
(253001)
19
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many premium bonds with what monetary value have been purchased in each of the last 12 months.
(253432)
20
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from (a) brewers and (b) owners of public houses on the effects of alcohol duty on their businesses; and if he will make a statement.
(252957)
21
N
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Chelsea Building Society approached the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for consent to establish a banking subsidiary in Guernsey; on what dates meetings were held between the building society and the FSA; what matters were discussed at each such meeting; what conditions the FSA attached to the establishment of the subsidiary; and which of these conditions provided for protection of depositors.
(252768)
22
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253274)
23
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters he has received on the subject of his Department's package of assistance for banks.
(253155)
24
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters received by his Department were not replied to within four weeks in the last 12 months.
(253156)
25
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters awaiting a reply from his Department have been waiting for more than his Department's target response period.
(253198)
26
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1630W, on banks: Government assistance, what the discount rates and maturities are of the Treasury Bills issued in accordance with paragraph 6.9 of the Debt and Reserves Management Report 2008-09 in order to make finance available to the Bank of England to purchase corporate assets from banks.
(252892)
27
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Statement of 15 January 2009, Official Report, columns 377-80, on Equitable Life, what timetable he has set for Sir John Chadwick to provide his advice to his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(253460)
28
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) low income and (b) lower-middle income countries owe the UK.
(253422)
29
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken to process a child benefit claim has been in each year since 1997.
(253118)
30
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely annual cost to the public purse of extending the working tax credit scheme to 18 to 25 year olds; and if he will make a statement.
(253297)
31
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration his Department has given to the findings of the Thoresen Review of Generic Financial Advice.
(253298)
32
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what types of Child Trust funds each provider offers; and under what brand names each provider offers each type.
(253376)
33
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which child trust fund (a) type and (b) provider has had (i) the largest return in percentage terms since being established and (ii) the largest increase in value in a single year.
(253377)
34
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which child trust fund (a) type and (b) provider has had (i) the lowest return in percentage terms since being established and (ii) the lowest increase in value in a single year.
(253378)
35
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to assess the child tust funds available from each provider in respect of their comparative performance; and if he will publish the increase made in value by each fund in each year.
(253379)
36
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on the likely performance of child trust funds; and if he will make a statement.
(253380)
37
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of child trust funds have been transferred under (a) section 7(a) and (b) section 7(b) of the Child Trust Fund Act 2004 in each year since their inception; and if he will make a statement.
(253381)
38
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of child trust funds opened under (a) section 5 and (b) section 6 of the Child Trust Fund Act 2004 in each year since their inception; and if he will make a statement.
(253382)
39
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number and percentage of eligible children who have not had a child trust fund opened on their behalf in each year since their inception; and if he will make a statement.
(253383)
40
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of child trust funds have received contributions and subscriptions other than (a) those specified in sections 8 to 10 of the Child Trust Fund Act 2004 and (b) those resulting from the growth in value of the child trust fund.
(253384)
41
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total monetary value was of all child trust funds in each year since their inception; and how many such funds there were in each year.
(253385)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
42
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in each region (a) are required to display and (b) display Display Energy Certificates; and what the energy consumption of each of those schools was in the latest period for which information is available.
(252608)
43
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have incurred penalties for failure to (a) display a Display Energy Certificate and (b) obtain an associated advisory report; and how much has been imposed in such penalties.
(252609)
44
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of Building Schools for the Future programme schools were in each of the Display Energy Certificate energy efficiency bands A to G at the latest date for which information is available.
(252611)
45
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he has taken to inform parents of changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal system; and if he will make a statement.
(252965)
46
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of childcare in each local authority area.
(252966)
47
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253263)
48
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his assessment is of levels of energy efficiency in school buildings constructed under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and what measures he has put in place to evaluate the energy efficiency of new school buildings proposed under the programme.
(253141)
49
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students in receipt of free school meals took English literature GCSE in (a) 1997, (b) 2003 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.
(252600)
50
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools took English literature GCSE in (a) 1997, (b) 2003 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.
(252601)
51
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students took both English language and English literature GCSE in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(252603)
52
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students took both mathematics and physics GCSE in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools in the last five years for which figures are available.
(252604)
53
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when his Department plans to review its policy on specialist schools.
(253100)
54
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many specialist schools there are in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(253101)
55
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans his Department has for future teaching methods for dyslexic children.
(253112)
56
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what support his Department provides to schools to assist pupils with dyslexia.
(253114)
57
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to reduce stress on teachers.
(253116)
58
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what support his Department is providing to schools to improve educational provision for children with behavioural needs in 2008-09.
(253121)
59
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children receive free school meals in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(253128)
60
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many staff in secondary schools are employed to act as careers advisers in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(253129)
61
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 10W, on education maintenance allowance, if he will publish the daily processing statistics on the education maintenance allowance which his Department has received from the Learning and Skills Council since September 2008.
(253075)
62
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools were in the National Challenge as at 25 January 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(253176)
63
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many five to seven year olds were educated in classes of at least (a) 25 and (b) 20 pupils in each local authority area in the latest year for which figures are available.
(253177)
64
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in the National Challenge funding programme have yet to receive any of the additional funding allocated via the programme; and if he will make a statement.
(253178)
65
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many applications for education maintenance allowance were lost between 1 August 2008 and 31 December 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(253193)
66
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he plans to raise the education and training leaving age to (a) 17 and (b) 18 years; and if he will make a statement.
(253199)
67
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the potential effects on standards of attainment in maintained schools of the implementation by independent schools of Charity Commission guidance on bursary schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(253323)
68
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he requested the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Dr Ken Boston; and if he will make a statement.
(253417)
69
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on which occasions in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 officials in his Department reported to Ministers on the administration of the key stage tests by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; what steps Ministers took in response to each report; and if he will make a statement.
(253418)
70
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his Department's capital spending (a) was in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08 and (b) is planned to be in each year from 2008-09 to 2014-15 in 2005-06 prices; and if he will make a statement.
(253462)
71
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1701W, on children: protection, when Ministers plan to make their decision on intervention; and what steps he plans to take to publish that decision.
(252602)
72
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1698-9W, on children: protection, how many representations on child protection issues his Department has passed to the inspectorates on the more formal basis identified in the Answer; and what the formal basis referred to is.
(252606)
73
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the statement of 20 November 2008, Official Report, columns 372-74W, on safeguarding children, when he expects the further serious case review to be complete.
(252685)
74
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, who is responsible for writing the executive summaries to reports on serious case reviews.
(252963)
75
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on ContactPoint in each year since 2003; what its projected spend on ContactPoint is for each of the next four years; and under what budgetary headings such expenditure is expected to be incurred.
(252964)
76
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will publish anonymised versions of the full serious case reviews into the deaths in Doncaster of (a) Alfie Goddard, (b) Child A, (c) Child AO6 and (d) Child BO5.
(253077)
77
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children in care from families resident in England have been fostered under arrangements with (a) Welsh and (b) Scottish authorities in each year since 1999.
(253325)
78
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the planned expenditure in England on (a) provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with special educational needs (SEN), (b) support for inclusion, (c) inter-authority recoupment, (d) fees for pupils at independent special schools abroad, (e) educational psychology services, (f) local authority functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health-related services, (g) parent partnership, guidance and information, (h) the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co-ordination, (i) funding delegated to nursery, primary and secondary schools identified as notional SEN and (j) the individual schools budget for special schools is for 2008-09.
(253326)
79
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils with statemented or non-statemented special educational needs of behavioural, emotional or social difficulties were given (a) fixed-period and (b) permanent exclusions from (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in each year since 1997, broken down by reason for exclusion.
(253353)
80
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils with special educational needs obtained a BTEC qualification in each year since 1997.
(253354)
81
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils with special educational needs were given free transport to school in each of the last 10 years broken down by local authority.
(253355)
82
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils with (a) statements of and (b) non-statemented special educational needs achieved an A* to C in both English and mathematics GCSE in each of the last 10 years.
(253356)
83
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether ContactPoint will record whether a child has previously been subject to a child protection plan.
(253436)
84
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs who attended independent schools achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE (i) in all subjects and (ii) including English and mathematics in each year since 2003.
(253437)
85
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs achieved five A* to G grades at GCSE (i) in all subjects and (ii) including English and mathematics in each year since 2003, broken down by type of school.
(253438)
86
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Key Stage 4 pupils who had (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs attended (i) maintained, (ii) independent and (iii) independent special schools in each year since 1997.
(253439)
87
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Key Stage 4 pupils who had (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs attended academies in each year since 2003.
(253440)
88
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs who attended maintained special schools achieved five A* to G grades at GCSE in each year since 2003.
(253441)
89
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs who attended maintained special schools achieved (i) five A* to C grades in all subjects, (ii) five A* to C grades including English and mathematics and (iii) five A* to G grades at GCSE in each year since 2003.
(253442)
90
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste has been produced by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much of that waste was recycled.
(253293)
91
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will issue guidance to children's centres on increasing awareness of domestic violence.
(252855)
92
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in Blackpool since the local authority became a unitary authority in 1998-99.
(253315)
93
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what procedures are in place to request that a child's personal data be shielded on the ContactPoint database; and what appeals procedure is in place in respect of decisions taken on shielding requests.
(252893)
94
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department has given to local authorities on the shielding of children's personal data on the ContactPoint database.
(252894)
95
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to ensure consistency across local authorities in their implementation of data shielding under ContactPoint.
(252895)
96
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent estimate he has made of the number of records that will be subject to shielding on the ContactPoint database.
(252900)
97
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions he has had with Sheffield Council on its decision to reduce the funding to eight Sure Start children's centres and community nurseries; and if he will make a statement.
(253103)
98
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether early years settings must have no exemptions from the Early Years Foundation Stage to receive funding for the free entitlement for nursery education; and if he will make a statement.
(253104)
99
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the length of time it will take for early years settings to apply successfully for exemption from the Early Years Foundation Stage.
(253105)
100
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his Department's reasons are for permitting the use of pornography in sex and relationship education classes as a teaching aid.
(253106)
101
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effects of the extension in free entitlement to nursery care on the children who receive it.
(253107)
102
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress has been made on each project under the Building Schools for the Future programme affecting schools in North East Cambridgeshire constituency.
(253158)
103
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many industrial tribunal cases there have been involving Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff in each of the last five years; and how many of them (a) were settled in the employee's favour and (b) involved redundancy payments.
(252999)
104
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment has been made of the current level of backlog of work in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and what estimate has been made of the number of staff hours required to deal with that backlog.
(253000)
105
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many complaints his Department received concerning the quality of marking of Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in each of the last five years.
(253081)
106
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers have taken up the citizenship continuing professional development programme; and how much has been spent by his Department on bursaries for such teachers.
(253133)
107
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the findings of the sixth annual Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study report; and what changes he has made to citizenship educational policy as a result.
(253134)
108
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have adopted the Active Citizens in Schools programme.
(253135)
109
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Key Stage 2 national curriculum test papers have been remarked in each of the last five years.
(253137)
110
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent under the Assessment for Learning programme for teacher training.
(253299)
111
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what strategies his Department has introduced to encourage personalised teaching and learning; and what mechanisms he has established by which the effectiveness of these strategies will be assessed.
(253300)
112
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to provide all children with quality cultural opportunities in and outside schools; and what his Department's definition of quality cultural opportunities is.
(253301)
113
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent as part of the PE and Sport Strategy.
(253302)
114
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has commissioned to assess the effect of testing in schools upon the mental well-being of pupils.
(253303)
115
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has commissioned to assess the extent of teaching to the test practices in schools.
(253304)
116
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of variations in the quality and level of parental involvement in education according to (a) sex, (b) race and (c) income.
(253305)
117
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of levels of accountability of schools to (a) parents and (b) students since 1997.
(253306)
118
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has evaluated on the relationship between parental choice and achievement; and if he will make a statement.
(253307)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
119
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which of the schemes outlined in the New Opportunities White Paper, Cm. 7533, will entail a Barnett consequential for Wales in (a) each year to 2010-11 and (b) the period of the next Comprehensive Spending Review; and which have been identified as entailing no such consequential payments.
(252770)
120
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether each internet service provider supplying internet connectivity services to central Government deploys the blocking list of known child pornography web sites provided by the Internet Watch Foundation.
(253403)
121
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent through the v project in the last three years.
(253136)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
122
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the (a) residential and (b) business lettings market in South West England.
(253433)
123
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253265)
124
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which wards and programmes within Sefton have received funding from the Government Office for the North West programmes for (a) capital investment in housing, (b) major repairs allowance, (c) disabled facilities grants, (d) the Working Neighbourhoods Fund Community Empowerment Fund, (e) Community Learning Chest, (f) the Objective 1 Programme, (g) the Community Champions Fund, (h) UK Online, (i) Connexions, (j) Children and Young People, (k) drug and alcohol training, (l) Lifelong Learning Partnerships, (m) renewable energy, (n) Mersey Basin Campaign, (o) building safer communities, (p) Wardens Scheme, (q) small retailer in deprived areas, (r) Partnership Support Development, (s) CCTV, (t) Partnership Support Programme, (u) Target Policing Initiative, (v) prostitution and (w) violence against women.
(253342)
125
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support services are offered by her Department to help homeless people find housing; and if she will make a statement.
(253405)
126
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to change levels of funding for services to and support for homeless people; and if will make a statement.
(253406)
127
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to provide accommodation for homeless people.
(253407)
128
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the consistency of provision for homeless people across England.
(253408)
129
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many non-decent council homes there are in Crosby constituency; and how many there were in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.
(253409)
130
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the likelihood of all council housing meeting the Decent Homes Standard by 2010.
(253410)
131
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to reduce racial discrimination in the workplace.
(253125)
132
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will issue planning guidelines relating to residential moorings; and if she will make a statement.
(253074)
133
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications have been (a) made and (b) approved relating to energy from waste infrastructure; how many structures have been built consequentially; and if she will make a statement.
(253290)
134
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1659W, on local government: billing, whether her Department has made an estimate of the number of local authorities which pay invoices within 10 days of receipt.
(252596)
135
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her Department has had with the Local Government Association on the payment of supplier invoices within 10 days of receipt.
(252605)
136
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities include measures on waste in their local area agreement 35 local improvement targets.
(253078)
137
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy to fund the floor damping system from central government funds.
(253139)
138
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities in Yorkshire (a) have and (b) have not received funding from Growth Area Fund programmes; and how much each local authority has received in each wave of the programme.
(253172)
139
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the likely effects on (a) the environment and (b) those buying or renting houses of making energy performance certificates publicly accessible.
(252144)
140
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of summonses issued by each local authority for non-payment of council tax were subsequently withdrawn in the most recent year for which information is available.
(251331)
141
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to increase the number of houses available in the West Suffolk area to enable people with learning difficulties to live independently.
(253122)
142
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will review the processes employed by the Boundary Committee to reach a decision on the options of local government structure in Suffolk.
(253123)
143
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications have been made in the county courts in relation to tenancy deposit protection; and how many such applications resulted in fines in each of the last 12 months.
(253280)
144
David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to introduce a requirement for a 500 metre buffer zone around opencast mines through the Minerals Planning Guidance.
(253279)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
145
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253260)
146
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the take-up rates were for digital television in each region on the latest date for which figures are available.
(253277)
147
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department is providing for recreational activity for inner-city children in 2008-09.
(253120)
148
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what projects his Department funds to encourage participation in the arts by young people; and what the cost of those projects was in the last 12 months, broken down by region.
(253080)
149
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the learning of musical instruments by young people.
(253140)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
150
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253266)
151
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Woodspring of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1552-3W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, how much was paid to Harlow Specialist Life Support and Logistics for photocopier hire for use on Operation Herrick.
(253339)
152
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 65-7WS, on defence equipment, what assessment he has made of the savings from the equipment budget required to be made in the 2009 planning round; and which programmes are being examined for savings.
(253459)
153
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's expenditure to date has been on each variant on the Future Rapid Effect System programme; and if he will make a statement.
(253341)
154
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many force generation conferences have there been for Operation Atalanta; and how many are planned.
(253357)
155
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training exercises have been (a) cancelled and (b) delayed due to the recent computer virus problem affecting his Department.
(253358)
156
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many computers in his Department have been infected with the recently reported computer virus.
(253359)
157
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the cost to his Department of resolving the recent computer virus problem.
(253360)
158
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the source of the recent computer virus problem which affected his Department.
(253361)
159
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many computers in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other UK military bases overseas have been infected with a computer virus in the last two months; and what the (i) name and (ii) location of the base is in each case.
(253362)
160
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which EU member states are contributing to the EU military mission to Chad and the Central African Republic; and what each is contributing.
(253363)
161
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what European Security and Defence Policy missions are in the pre-operational planning stage.
(253364)
162
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to increase the number of its (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff attached to the (i) European Union military staff and (ii) European Defence Agency.
(253365)
163
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many joint training exercises involving the UK and the Netherlands were conducted in support of the UK/Netherlands Amphibious Landing Force in 2008; and how many are planned for 2009.
(253366)
164
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of providing (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff attached to the (i) European Union military staff, (ii) European Defence Agency, (iii) European Union Military Committee and (iv) other EU institutions in 2008.
(253367)
165
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which components of the UK's commitment to the Helsinki Headline Goal comprise an (a) armed mechanical brigade and (b) amphibious brigade.
(253368)
166
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff were attached to (i) the European Union Military Staff, (ii) the European Defence Agency, (iii) the European Union Military Committee and (iv) other EU institutions in each month since May 2008.
(253369)
167
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 39W, on the Small Scale Focused Intervention Force, what the difference in capability between the Small Scale Focused Intervention Force and the Small Scale Contingent Battle Group is.
(253370)
168
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 38W, on Navy: piracy, whether (a) CTF-150 and (b) CTF-151 will have operational priority for use of HMS Portland.
(253371)
169
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many insurgents in Afghanistan were captured by British forces in each month in 2008; and how many (a) were subsequently released, (b) transferred to Afghan authorities and (c) remain in British custody.
(253375)
170
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 754W, on the EU Rapid Reaction Force, what the UK contribution is to the 50,000 to 60,000 person military force.
(253386)
171
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 712W, on the Helsinki Headline Goal, what the expected maximum percentage is of troops offered by the UK under the Helsinki Headline Goal which will be infantry.
(253387)
172
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the economic climate on the defence industry, with particular reference to the industry's capacity to (a) retain skilled workers and (b) meet procurement deadlines.
(253464)
173
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on measures to retain (a) skills and (b) employees vital to the defence industry in the current economic climate.
(253465)
174
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the date for the completion of the Royal Navy aircraft carriers has been delayed; and if he will make a statement.
(252897)
175
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Lockheed Martin have been asked to postpone the completion date for the Joint Strike Fighter.
(252898)
176
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Joint Strike Fighter to enter service.
(252899)
177
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on improving security in Afghanistan in the last year; and if he will make a statement.
(252001)
178
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of supplying and modifying three replacement MRA4 aircraft platforms to fit UK requirements; what assessment he has made of the additional capability such platforms will provide; and if he will make a statement.
(253331)
179
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of purchasing and converting three replacement United States Air Force KC-135R aircraft into RC-135V/W Rivet Joint aircraft and associated equipment and services to UK requirements; what assessment he has made of the additional capability such aircraft will provide; and if he will make a statement.
(253332)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
180
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253268)
181
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the proportion of visits by assessors to homes of old age pensioners, under the energy conservation and insulation package announced on 11 September 2008, whose visit has not resulted in insulation of lofts, walls or lagging of pipes; and whether assessors are paid for the time taken and travel costs that do not result in energy conservation action.
(253328)
182
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what requirement has been placed on companies contracted to deliver the package on home cavity wall and loft insulation measures in pensioner households, as announced on 11 September 2008, to (a) pay assessors for each visit made to pensioner or other households to which they have been sent, notwithstanding whether an energy conservation package is consequently installed and (b) to use the assessor visits to offer other energy services provided by the contractor.
(253329)
183
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the levels of carbon dioxide emissions resulting from producing electricity from used cooking oil as compared to (a) fossil fuels and (b) other biofuels.
(253283)
184
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the Minister of State expects to reply to the letters of 19 November and 30 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean, on Oakenhill opencast coal site, reference FD8841.
(252857)
185
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons seabed mounted marine turbines were not included as an option for consideration to meet requirements for renewable energy generation in the Severn estuary.
(253194)
186
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he plans to have with his US counterpart on renewable energy policy.
(253098)
187
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste has been produced by his Department since its inception; and how much of that waste was recycled.
(253291)
188
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to which 100 firms of solicitors his Department and its predecessors has paid the most in costs in respect of the coal health compensation scheme.
(252851)
189
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which 20 firms of solicitors are handling the most unresolved claims under the coal health compensation scheme; and how many unresolved cases each such firm is handling.
(252852)
190
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the amount to be paid by his Department to solicitors in costs under the coal health compensation scheme in the next 12 months.
(252853)
191
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made in settling coal health claims for surface workers in the mining industry.
(252854)
192
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many addresses his Department has provided to the Legal Complaints Service in order to advise claimants under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme about their ability to complain about double charging by solicitors; and how many such addresses his Department holds.
(253320)
193
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much of the proposed £1 billion scheme to help fuel-poor individuals has been made available; and how much is available for claims for insulation installations under the Warm Front scheme for over 60 year-olds.
(252896)
194
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he will reply to the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare's letters of 20 October 2008, 18 November 2008 and 5 January 2009 on behalf of his constituent, Ms Janette Dalbeith.
(253161)
195
N
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1002W, on electricity generation, what percentage of electricity production in 2007 was from each of the sources classified as other fuels.
(251717)
196
N
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1002W, on electricity generation, what the UK's capacity for electricity production from nuclear energy was in 2007; and how much electricity was produced from nuclear energy in that year.
(251718)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
197
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the £5 million spending on the infrastructure of British Waterways announced in the Pre-Budget Report will be included in the allocation for British Waterways for 2010-11.
(251696)
198
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what budget his Department plans to provide for British Waterways in 2010-11.
(251697)
199
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of British Waterways' projected funding shortfall for 2010-11 in relation to the funding requirement identified by the steady state model.
(252092)
200
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Department's Marine Programme Plan for 2008-09, whether the quota reform task group has been established.
(253399)
201
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1587W, on the Common Fisheries Policy, when he plans (a) to complete a detailed impact assessment of the proposals and (b) formally to consult on the proposals; and if will make a statement.
(253400)
202
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft proposals of the Quota Management Change Programme (QMCP) produced prior to the withdrawal of the Scottish Executive from the QMCP; and if he will make a statement.
(253427)
203
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the inclusion of recreational sea angling catches in national quota derives from recommendations of the Quota Management Change Programme.
(253428)
204
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to make a formal response to the Council of Ministers and the European Commission on Article 47 of the proposed Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy.
(253429)
205
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the provisions of Article 47 of the proposed Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, how much quota he plans to allocate to recreational sea anglers, broken down by species in each fishing area and expressed as a percentage of overall national quota; and if he will make a statement.
(253430)
206
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's Marine Programme Plan for 2008-09, when he plans to consult on the principles of quota separation; and if he will make a statement.
(253431)
207
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of the abolition of set-aside on farmland bird numbers.
(252599)
208
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to announce a review of the public sector food procurement initiative.
(252686)
209
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on research in preparing for the new Code of Good Agricultural Practice.
(252771)
210
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 effect of circadian disruption on bee populations in England.
(252772)
211
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of used cooking oil that has been disposed of in landfill sites in each year since 1997.
(253282)
212
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department have had with representatives from BAA since 3 October 2008; when each meeting took place; who attended each meeting; and what the subject of each meeting was.
(252765)
213
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of changes to the rat population in each of the last four years; what provision his Department makes for the removal of (a) rats and (b) other vermin by local authorities; and what information his Department holds on the charges applicable.
(253200)
214
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) household and (b) non-household waste was collected by each local authority in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(253201)
215
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on implementation of (a) the EU Landfill Directive and (b) the EU Packaging Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(253202)
216
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on implementation of the EU Floods Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(253203)
217
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the programme's contribution the Leader programme may make to reducing flood risk; what the budget for the next three years is; what type of project is eligible for consideration under the programme, and what criteria have to be met; and if he will make a statement.
(253434)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
218
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253273)
219
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, columns 96-7W, on Ethiopia: Eritrea, on how many occasions in the last 12 months (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have raised the issue of the binding verdict of the International Ethiopian Eritrean Boundary Commission with the Ethiopian authorities.
(253333)
220
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects Ethiopia to dismantle its settlements in Dembe Menga, western Eritrea in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1430 of August 2002.
(253334)
221
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the entry into force of a Central Asian nuclear weapon-free zone.
(253390)
222
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 116, on Palestine, what steps he has taken to ensure that allegations that the Israeli defence force used (a) white phosphorus and (b) dense inert metal explosive bombs during its recent actions in Gaza are investigated by international agencies.
(253452)
223
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the State Peace and Development Council in Burma on its recent order to close churches in Rangoon.
(253435)
224
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his most recent assessment of the political situation in Sri Lanka is.
(251996)
225
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken in co-operation with international counterparts and organisations to bring about a peaceful solution to the Tamil conflict in Sri Lanka.
(251997)
226
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking on the Tamil conflict in Sri Lanka.
(251998)
227
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of risk to which British civilians in Sri Lanka are exposed.
(251999)
228
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to restrict access to funding and resources on the part of Tamil forces.
(252000)
229
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sri Lankan counterpart regarding the reports of high civilian casualties in the ongoing operations in the north of the country.
(253348)
230
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his UN Security Council counterparts on a full UN needs assessment of the Vanni area in Sri Lanka following Cyclone Nisha in November 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(253349)
231
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that the Sri Lankan government are using cluster bombs in the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the northern region of the country.
(253350)
232
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken in co-operation with international counterparts to persuade the government of Sri Lanka to allow access for UN and international observers in the northern region of the country.
(253351)
233
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will make representations to the Israeli government to fund most of the reconstruction work required in Gaza.
(253108)
234
Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington & Chelsea): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors his Department takes into account when making decisions on requests formally to espouse a legal claim of torture.
(253314)
235
Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington & Chelsea): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 17 July 2008, Official Report, columns 682-3W, on British nationality: torture, what consideration his Department has given to breaking down collated data into specific details of alleged mistreatment; and what consideration his Department has given to collating records prior to April 2005.
(253461)
236
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next expects to meet his Indian counterpart.
(253372)
237
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) meetings and (b) engagements he had in India during his recent visit.
(253373)
238
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the state of UK-India relations following his recent visit to India.
(253374)
239
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken with international partners to seek to secure a settlement based on the rule of law and on democratic principles in Zimbabwe.
(251857)
240
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the electoral process for the forthcoming provincial elections in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(253197)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
241
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's definition is of directly observed treatment (DOT); under what circumstances DOT is (a) recommended and (b) mandatory; and if will make a statement.
(253404)
242
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he has on the trends in numbers of cases of cancer metastases to the brain treated by the NHS over the last 20 years.
(253171)
243
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many freedom of information officers are employed on (a) a full-time and (b) a part-time basis by his Department, its agencies, health authorities and trusts; and what recent estimate he has made of the overall annual cost of their employment.
(253079)
244
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds there were in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area in (a) May 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.
(252593)
245
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of beds in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area were in mixed sex wards in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.
(252594)
246
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area were in mixed sex wards in (a) May 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.
(252595)
247
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253270)
248
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on (a) provision and (b) co-ordination of (i) transient ischaemic attack units, (ii) stroke units and (iii) hyper acute units in the same location to enable stroke response; what process is being followed to determine the adequacy of stroke care provision in North East London and the location of a new stroke care unit; what public consultation will take place as part of this process; and what provisions there are to challenge the outcome of the consultation.
(253337)
249
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hip replacements were performed within the NHS in (a) England and (b) Sefton in each year since 2003.
(253411)
250
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of levels of use of the NHS by people who have no right to free treatment.
(253412)
251
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for drug rehabilitation in Crosby; what the budget was for the drug action team in Crosby in 2007-08; and how many people have been seen by the drug action team in each year since 2003.
(253413)
252
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the care of people with mental health problems regarding service redesign and strengthening local partnerships across traditional organisational boundaries in (a) England and (b) the Sefton Primary Care Trust.
(253414)
253
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of (a) lung and (b) cervical cancer there were (i) in the North West and (ii) on average in all other regions in each year since 2004; and what steps have been taken in the North West (A) to prevent cancer, (B) to inform the public about the causes of cancer, (C) to provide equipment and services to treat cancer and (D) to provide palliative care for patients who are terminally ill since 2004.
(253415)
254
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations that are not being met routinely; and if he will make a statement.
(253416)
255
N
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is spent per head of population on the provision of mental health services (a) on average and (b) in each primary care trust area in England.
(252598)
256
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 on the shift patterns used by ambulance services in (a) Lancashire and (b) England and Wales.
(253281)
257
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's plans are for commissioning new research into the causes of Down's syndrome.
(253096)
258
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the quality of management in the NHS.
(253102)
259
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to reduce NHS waiting lists in (a) England and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(253113)
260
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government plans to make changes to the conditions which determine who receives organs donated by those carrying a donor card.
(253117)
261
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the quality of hospital care services in all regions.
(253126)
262
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of MRSA infections in hospitals.
(253127)
263
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct hospital trusts not to charge for hospital car parking for out-patients.
(253423)
264
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS doctors were working in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2008.
(253424)
265
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS nurses were working in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2008.
(253425)
266
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were (a) diagnosed with and (b) received treatment for heart disease in (i) England, (ii) the North East, (iii) the Tees Valley district and (iv) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(253426)
267
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) private finance initiative, (b) public capital project and (c) local improvement finance trust schemes were in operation at the latest date for which figures are available; how many such schemes were subject to delays; and for how long the completion date of each such scheme has been put back.
(252510)
268
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what capital expenditure his Department is planning to bring forward.
(252511)
269
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what he expects the capital budget for the NHS to be in 2009-10; and what proportion of it he expects to be underspent.
(252512)
270
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy not to amend guidelines to doctors on the prescribing of benzodiazepines.
(253453)
271
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training on the provision of advice on (a) contraception and (b) long-acting methods of contraception is available for nurses whose main duties do not relate to the provision of sexual health services.
(253454)
272
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the role of termination of pregnancy clinics in providing advice on contraception.
(253455)
273
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review his policy on the provision of advice on contraception immediately following (a) the termination of a pregnancy and (b) repeat terminations of pregnancies.
(253456)
274
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on meeting the new targets for the provision of information on contraception in the Quality and Outcomes framework.
(253457)
275
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to increase the level of awareness and knowledge amongst young people of the range of available contraceptive methods.
(253458)
276
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on the demand for mental health services.
(253076)
277
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the issuing of NICE guidance on the pharmaceutical treatments for personality disorders.
(253294)
278
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many psychotherapists are employed by each primary care trust in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England.
(253295)
279
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 1990, Official Report, column 662W, on haemophiliacs (Aids), how many of the documents that were withheld from the courts by the Department were among those that were not released to the independent inquiry into Contaminated Blood and Blood Products chaired by Lord Archer QC of Sandwell; and if he will make a statement.
(253285)
280
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 1990, Official Report, column 662W, on haemophiliacs (Aids), how many documents were withheld from the courts by the Department; and if he will make a statement.
(253286)
281
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 1990, Official Report, column 662W, on haemophiliacs (Aids), which documents that were withheld from the courts by the Department have been subsequently released to the independent inquiry into Contaminated Blood and Blood Products chaired by Lord Archer QC of Sandwell; and if he will make a statement.
(253287)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
282
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what compensation payments have been made by (a) her Department and (b) private contractors working for her Department to immigration detainees in (i) response to allegations of unlawful detention, (ii) response to allegations of assault and (iii) total in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(253316)
283
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place for regular assessments of threats to public order; how frequently such assessments are carried out; when the last such assessment was made; and what consideration she has given to assessing the threat to public order arising from the current economic situation.
(251623)
284
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information is intended to be recorded via the Pentip computer system; and how the system is intended to be implemented by police forces.
(253324)
285
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253271)
286
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for British naturalisation there were from people resident in Northern Ireland in 2007; and how many were successful.
(253275)
287
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people applied for UK passports from a primary residence in the Irish Republic in the last two years.
(253276)
288
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues to reduce levels of enforced migration to the UK, with particular reference to (a) human rights abuses and (b) levels of inequality in source countries.
(253147)
289
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many and what proportion of UK air passenger movements (a) other passenger information and (b) passenger name record data is gathered.
(253335)
290
N
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 296-7W, on the National Identity Card Scheme Strategic Suppliers Group, how many of the eight shortlisted suppliers for the National Identity Card Scheme signed a non-disclosure agreement; and whether the provisions of the agreement signed by each were identical.
(252607)
291
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to discourage the selling of alcohol to underage people in public houses.
(253115)
292
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) theft and (b) retail theft have been reported in (i) England and (ii) North Yorkshire in each year since 2000.
(253145)
293
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the members of the National Retail Crime Steering Group are; and what its terms of reference are.
(253146)
294
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency will reply to the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare's, letters of 18 November 2008 and 5 January 2009 on behalf of his constituent, Mr Richard Roller.
(253132)
295
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the economic effects of anti-social behaviour in each of the last five years.
(253124)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
296
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253259)
297
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what consideration the Higher Education Funding Council for England will give to the effect on local area regeneration of establishing a university in north Northamptonshire.
(252891)
298
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many offers of financial support by the Technology Strategy Board have not resulted in grants being awarded because matching funding requirements were not met in each month since June 2007.
(252687)
299
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to improve the level of skills and training of journalists, with particular reference to local journalists.
(253109)
300
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what his Department's capital spending (a) was in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08 and (b) is planned to be in each year from 2008-09 to 2014-15 in 2005-06 prices; and if he will make a statement.
(253463)
301
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make it his policy to minimise the number of redundancies at the London Metropolitan University; and if will make a statement.
(252597)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
302
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253267)
303
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in the northern region of Sri Lanka on the ability of humanitarian convoys to deliver assistance to those who are displaced.
(253346)
304
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the security and safety of people within the humanitarian space which has been designated by the government of Sri Lanka in the northern region of the country.
(253347)
305
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government's policy on attachment of economic policy conditions to aid and debt relief is extended to multilateral lenders, with particular reference to the IMF and World Bank Heavily Indebted Poor Countries debt relief initiative.
(253419)
306
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will support (a) Haiti's accelerated progress through the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries debt cancellation process and (b) a moratorium on Haiti's debt service payments.
(253420)
307
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that new loans to poor countries do not result in unsustainable levels of debt, with particular reference to loans for initiatives to address (a) climate change and (b) food shortages.
(253421)
308
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department plans to take to provide assistance to the people of Zimbabwe in the next 12 months.
(253099)
309
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding his Department is providing for (a) research into and (b) prevention of malaria; and if he will make a statement.
(249689)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
310
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for legal aid have been made in order to secure legal representation at inquests into the deaths of armed forces personnel since 2000; and how many have been refused.
(251130)
311
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253272)
312
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) applications and (b) successful applications for judicial review of decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman have been made in each year since 2002.
(253131)
313
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received on the performance of the (a) Legal Services Ombudsman and (b) Legal Complaints Service.
(253284)
314
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) applications and (b) successful applications for judicial review of decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman there have been in each year since 2002.
(253318)
315
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints he has received regarding decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman in each of the last five years.
(253319)
316
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of performance against the 71-day target for the average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders.
(253148)
317
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Criminal Cases Review Commission plans to take to reduce its level of case accumulation; and how the Commission will monitor the effectiveness of those steps.
(253149)
318
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how the Criminal Cases Review Commission measures the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficiency and (c) economy of its policies.
(253150)
319
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures apply to the (a) recruitment, (b) training and (c) assessment of the welfare of the Criminal Cases Review Commission's expert staff.
(253151)
320
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Criminal Cases Review Commission has taken to increase the public's understanding of its role.
(253152)
321
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many racial incidents were reported by prisoners during 2008; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of subsequent investigations.
(253153)
322
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what measures are in place to prevent bullying of prisoners by other inmates.
(253154)
323
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people released on (a) probation and (b) licence who subsequently committed a further crime were returned to prison in each of the last three years.
(253336)
324
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people released from prison less than half way through their sentence had reoffended before the date originally set for the end of the sentence in each of the last three years, broken down by offence.
(253388)
325
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Legal Services Ombudsman plans to respond to the application of Mrs Yvonne Randles of Birkenhead made in January 2006.
(252769)
326
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in the Information Commissioner's Office to deal with enquiries from the public and hon. Members effectively.
(252856)
327
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the building of the planned extension of Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution will be (a) started and (b) completed; how many additional places and what facilities for young offenders the extension will provide; what facilities currently available will be removed; and what the total cost will be of the extension.
(253352)
328
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates are aged between (a) 20 and 29, (b) 30 and 39, (c) 40 and 49, (d) 50 and 59 and (e) 60 and 69 years old.
(253157)
329
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many persistent young offenders were (a) arrested and (b) sentenced at (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) the Crown Court in (A) Vale of York constituency and (B) England in each year since 1997.
(253142)
330
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community orders were issued in (a) the area covered by Hambleton and Harrogate councils and (b) the North Yorkshire area in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007.
(253143)
331
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in respect of which offences contained in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 penalty notices for disorder have been issued in the last three years.
(253144)
332
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners in each high security prison in each of the last five years were Muslim.
(253160)
333
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the restrictions which prevent people with mental illness from serving as jurors.
(252509)
334
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority.
(253289)
335
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether specialist legal advice is routinely made available to people who are the subject of a mental health tribunal.
(253296)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
336
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons five officers resigned from the proposed dedicated road rescue team of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service to be established on 1 February 2009.
(252958)
337
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, on police recruitment in Northern Ireland, whether the 50/50 recruitment policy will be ended when the 30 per cent. Roman Catholic recruitment figure is reached if that takes place before 2011.
(252959)
338
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people who had been convicted of a sexual offence in Northern Ireland since 2005 were subjected to MASRAM supervision after release and were subsequently found guilty of a further offence.
(252960)
339
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) political representatives and (b) the Parades Commission on the 2009 parades season in Northern Ireland.
(252961)
340
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he plans to hold a knife amnesty in Northern Ireland.
(252962)
341
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253261)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
342
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253257)
343
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future of the banking industry in Scotland.
(253173)
344
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to answer Questions (a) 248515 and (b) 248516 tabled on 13 January 2009, on his Department's blog.
(253330)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
345
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) volume and (b) weight of freight was transported within the UK by (i) road, (ii) rail, (iii) inland water, (iv) coastal water and (v) pipeline in each year since 2001.
(253310)
346
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many contracts have been signed for new rolling stock in each month since the Rolling Stock Plan was published; what the (a) value of each contract and (b) company with which each contract was held was; and how much additional rolling stock each contract represented.
(253311)
347
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has allocated for new rolling stock in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.
(253312)
348
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has allocated for new railway infrastructure in each year since 1997 and in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(253313)
349
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the operator of the Dartford-Thurrock crossing has made under its contract with the Department in each year since 2002; and how much revenue has accrued to the Department from the operation of the crossing in each such year.
(252592)
350
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253264)
351
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects on the environment of the decision to reduce funding for rail freight schemes.
(253179)
352
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects on the (a) rate and (b) severity of cyclist casualties of legal requirements for cyclists to wear helmets.
(253180)
353
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on improving the transport infrastructure in Crosby since 2003.
(253181)
354
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much transport infrastructure maintenance cost the public purse in each year from 2003 to 2008.
(253182)
355
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projects his Department has undertaken to extend public transport infrastructure since 2003; and what measures have been taken to ensure that the infrastructure is adequately maintained over that period.
(253183)
356
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents resulted in a fatality in Crosby constituency in each of the last five years.
(253184)
357
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he is making on increasing integration of public transport (a) timetables and (b) ticketing.
(253185)
358
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent assessment is of the performance of train operating companies against their targets; and if will make a statement.
(253186)
359
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) grants and (b) other assistance his Department has provided for the improvement of transport infrastructure in Crosby since 2003.
(253187)
360
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many park and ride spaces serving the Merseyrail network there were in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(253188)
361
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are being taken to improve standards of (a) seating, (b) shelter and (c) passenger facilities at rail stations in Merseyside.
(253189)
362
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average level of ridership on rail services in Merseyside in each of the last two years.
(253190)
363
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of trains in Merseyside ran no more than five minutes late in the last 12 months.
(253191)
364
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to include plans to improve urban design and regeneration in their next local transport plans.
(253192)
365
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence on Heathrow expansion (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department, have had in an official capacity with representatives from (A) BAA, (B) trades unions, (C) airlines using Heathrow, (D) other corporate bodies and (E) residents from communities affected by Heathrow expansion, since 3 October 2008; when each meeting took place; who attended each meeting; and what the subject of each meeting was.
(252709)
366
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations have been made to him by the Association of Train Operating Companies in support of changes to franchise service level commitments that would allow a reduction in services.
(253344)
367
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what subjects were discussed at his meeting with representatives of the Association of Train Operating Companies on 20 January 2009.
(253345)
368
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of his Department's bargaining units grant disability leave to staff.
(253174)
369
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department gave to Operon facilities management to supplement Operon employee wages in 2008.
(252676)
370
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times a written warning has been issued to a member of staff of the Government Car and Dispatch Agency following misuse of the Government procurement card since January 2006.
(252677)
371
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many holding answers his Department has given in response to parliamentary questions for written answer in the last 12 months; and of those how many are still awaiting a final answer.
(252678)
372
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of members of the Senior Civil Service in his Department received a bonus in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.
(252679)
373
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of those outside the Senior Civil Service in his Department received a bonus in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.
(252680)
374
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste has been produced by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much of that waste was recycled.
(253292)
375
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Dartford River Crossing DART tags have been issued (a) in total and (b) to businesses since 1 November 2008.
(253130)
376
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed in road traffic accidents in the North West in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority area.
(253195)
377
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on reducing the drink-drive limit from its current level in the last 12 months.
(253196)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
378
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253258)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
379
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what progress she has made in increasing the proportion of women appointed to public bodies.
(253343)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
380
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to enable Jobcentre Plus customers to receive emergency assistance in addition to provision available under the Social Fund.
(253451)
381
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.
(253262)
382
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for (a) grants and (b) loans from the Social Fund were (i) approved and (ii) refused in each of the last 10 years.
(252610)
383
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help people with Down's syndrome into work.
(253097)
384
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a housing benefit claim was in each year since 1997.
(253119)
385
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed in job centres in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area in Scotland on (i) 1 January 2008 and (ii) 1 January 2009.
(253082)
386
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to increase public funding aimed at reducing levels of discrimination on grounds of mental health.
(253138)
387
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of pensioners in (a) Castle Point constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England claim pension credit.
(249688)
388
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions he has met with representatives of the Pension Service to discuss its performance; and if he will make a statement.
(252767)
389
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) data matching and (b) data accuracy software his Department uses to ensure that databases used to support the benefit system are accurate.
(251624)
390
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the error rate in benefit system data; and what factors he has identified as the most common causes of such error.
(251719)
391
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce instances of fraud and error in the benefit system which arise from cases where mail has been misdirected.
(251720)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
392
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy to intervene in planning applications which relate to development of areas in London in which war memorials are located.
[Transferred] (253338)
393
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which electoral wards make up the 10 per cent. most deprived in England and Wales.
[Transferred] (253340)
394
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications were received for the Mortgage Rescue Scheme in December 2008, broken down by individual Fast Tracker Authority.
[Transferred] (253317)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
395
N
Laura Moffatt (Crawley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress is being made on his Department's University Challenge programme.
[Question Unstarred] (252536)
396
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made on plans for the new campus of the College of West Anglia proposal for the town of March.
[Transferred] (253159)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
397
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions courts in Merseyside issued a closure order in 2008.
[Transferred] (253401)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
398
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people (a) died and (b) were injured in road accidents where the cause of the accident was drink-driving in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority.
[Transferred] (253288)

 
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