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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 3 March 2009

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 3 March 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 3 March 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 3 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 3 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 3 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much of the £1.2 billion loan made by the Government to Royal Mail has been spent; when the loan was expected to be taken up; when the full amount of the loan will have been taken up; and if he will make a statement.
(260309)
2
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the estimated monetary value is of the assets transferred to the North East Property Partnership by One North East (ONE); and what income from the Partnership has been received by ONE in each year since 2004-05.
(260369)
3
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean of 3 December 2008 and 13 January 2009 on the withholding of retention sums, reference FD7218.
(260216)
4
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much in loans has been guaranteed by his Department to each automotive company for investment in lower carbon initiatives since 27 January 2009.
(260607)
5
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much capital spending is planned to be brought forward by his Department to (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.
(260608)
6
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the European Investment Bank has given in loans to each automotive company for investment in lower carbon initiatives since 27 January 2009.
(260615)
7
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of payments to small and medium-sized businesses by his Department occurred within 10 days (a) from the establishment of the Department to 21 October 2008 and (b) from 21 October 2008 to date.
(260625)
8
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what percentage of each of the three funds announced under the Real Help with Finance Package have been allocated to Northern Ireland; and when it is expected that funding under the package will be made available to Northern Ireland businesses.
(260312)
9
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Statement of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 165-67, on the automotive industry, how many motor manufacturers have since received loan guarantees.
(260550)
10
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much has been spent from the Capital for Enterprise Fund.
(260551)
11
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have received assistance from the Capital for Enterprise Fund.
(260552)
12
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much lending has been guaranteed under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.
(260553)
13
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have received assistance under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.
(260554)
14
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much lending has been guaranteed under the Working Capital Scheme.
(260555)
15
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have received funding under the Working Capital Scheme.
(260556)
16
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1311W, on departmental official visits, which agency deals with overnight accommodation for his Department; and how much has been paid to this agency since his Department was established.
(260559)
17
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which hotels the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform stayed in during the World Economic Forum between 28 January and 1 February 2009; and at what cost.
(260561)
18
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which hotel the Minister for Small Business and Competitiveness stayed in during the World Economic Forum between 28 January and 1 February 2009; and at what cost.
(260563)
19
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received following the West Midlands auto industry summit.
(260451)
20
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have entered administration in (a) Winchester constituency and (b) Hampshire in the last 12 months.
(260277)
21
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260636)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
22
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the monetary value was of each (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership which was approved in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2008 and (v) 2009 to date, broken down by location of project.
(260280)
23
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Dutch government on a contribution from them towards the financial assistance provided by the UK Government to (a) ABN Amro and (b) other Dutch banks via their parent companies in the UK.
(259131)
24
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he plans to have with his counterparts in other governments on contributions from them towards the financial assistance provided to banks from their countries by the UK Government.
(259132)
25
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the capital provided from UK Government funds via UK Financial Investments Ltd to Royal Bank of Scotland has been used to provide additional capital to ABN Amro.
(259133)
26
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the capital provided from UK Government funds via UK Financial Investments Ltd to Lloyds HBOS has been used to provide capital to its overseas subsidiaries.
(259134)
27
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Royal Bank of Scotland plans to use losses which it made in its last accounting year to reclaim corporation tax which it has already paid.
(260311)
28
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by how much the personal allowance would need to be raised to take those working for 35 hours a week on the national minimum wage out of income tax liability; and what the cost of doing so would be in 2009-10.
(260308)
29
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what increase in the personal income tax allowance would be achieved at a cost of £8.6 billion in 2009-10; and how many people would be removed from any income tax liability as a result of such an increase.
(260310)
30
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Bradford and Bingley Business Plan to be (a) finalised and (b) published.
(260718)
31
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions he made about (a) the state of the economy over the next five years and (b) the likely level of default on Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) assets when setting the fee for RBS's participation in the asset protection scheme.
(260304)
32
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether tax losses Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) incurred in 2008 will be available for offset against tax paid by RBS in previous years in the context of the asset protection scheme.
(260305)
33
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many residential properties were sold in (a) each of the six months before and (b) in each month since the introduction of the stamp duty land tax holiday.
(260612)
34
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the effect of the stamp duty land tax holiday on residential property sales since its introduction.
(260613)
35
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the Exchequer of the stamp duty land tax holiday.
(260677)
36
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much public money is invested in fossil fuel exploration, transportation and generation through UK Financial Investments' shareholdings in (a) Royal Bank of Scotland, (b) Lloyds TSB/Halifax Bank of Scotland, (c) Northern Rock and (d) Bradford and Bingley.
(260453)
37
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) the basic state pension, (b) single pensioners' means tested benefit, (c) child benefit for up to two children, (d) incapacity benefit and (e) jobseeker's allowance or income support for a person (i) under 25 and (ii) over 25 years old was in (A) nominal and (B) real terms in each year since 1983; and what the percentage change in each was from each year to the next.
(260674)
38
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to cap the amount of profit attainable by vulture funds registered in the UK.
(260558)
39
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260645)
40
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department issues to other Government departments on the consideration of the human rights records of contractors in relation to decisions on bids for procurement contracts.
(260626)
41
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in the review of the British offshore financial centres announced in the last Pre-Budget Report.
(260680)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
42
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been spent by his Department on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month; and what guidance his Department has issued to schools on the matter.
(260719)
43
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of children under the age of 16 years who are receiving swimming lessons from Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Level 2-trained swimming teachers.
(259840)
44
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Level 2-trained swimming teachers in (a) 1998 and (b) 2008.
(259841)
45
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of vacancies for Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Level 2-trained swimming teachers in (a) 1998 and (b) 2008.
(259842)
46
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effects of the new requirements for nutritional analysis of school lunches on the capacity of schools to (a) maintain their own menus and (b) provide nutritionally-balanced meals; what representations he has received from schools on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(260445)
47
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children registered as gifted and talented gained three or more A Grades at A Level in (a) 2005 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(260497)
48
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of pupils who achieved level five in English, science and mathematics at Key Stage 2 in 2001 who achieved three or more A grades at A level in 2008.
(260539)
49
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he plans to take to protect children whose data is compromised by breach of security in ContactPoint.
(260498)
50
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1067-8W, on nurseries: vacancies, if he will estimate the number of full-time vacancies there were in local authority maintained nurseries in 2008.
(260616)
51
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which childcare settings he expects to be exempt from being on an Ofsted register.
(260630)
52
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he plans to change the age at which children start their reception year.
(260631)
53
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the rate of closure of nurseries in the last six months; and if he will make a statement.
(260633)
54
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the programme for the provision of Sure Start children's centres to be complete.
(260678)
55
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260637)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
56
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many small to medium-sized enterprises are registered in (a) Winchester constituency and (b) Hampshire.
(260279)
57
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the Cabinet Office has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260653)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
58
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of comprehensive performance assessments to (a) local authorities and (b) the Audit Commission in the latest period for which figures are available.
(260130)
59
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 113-4W, on homelessness, how much has been allocated to each eligible local authority as part of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme; what her definition of vulnerable homeowners is; how many applications for funding have been (a) made to the rescue scheme and (b) granted support; when the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme will be operational; what role local authorities will play in its delivery; what the eligibility criteria of the rescue scheme are; and if she will make a statement.
(260622)
60
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of home repossessions which have not taken place as a result of support provided by the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme.
(260609)
61
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have deferred their mortgage interest payments under the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme.
(260610)
62
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make an assessment of the Middle Quinton Eco-Town Proposals: Independent Viability Assessment commissioned from CB Richard Ellis by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(260217)
63
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make an assessment of the report by Advantage West Midlands on Economic Evaluation of the Middle Quinton Eco-Town Proposal commissioned by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(260218)
64
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make an assessment of the review by Colliers CRE of the Initial Retail Capacity Assessment of the Middle Quinton Eco-Town proposal commissioned by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(260219)
65
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make an assessment of the report by Ove Arup and Partners on Middle Quinton Eco-Town: Review of Strategic Transport Assessment commissioned by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(260220)
66
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260638)
67
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to increase access to affordable housing in (a) Warrington and (b) the North West.
(259315)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
68
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department has allocated to the Learn to Swim package as part of its free swimming schemes; which organisations will receive such funding; and if he will make a statement.
(259634)
69
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure levels of swimming are increased as part of the Olympic legacy; and if he will make a statement.
(259635)
70
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260639)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
71
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Modern Housing Solutions has paid in compensation to occupants of service family accommodation for (a) significant defects, (b) missed appointments and (c) damage to property or personal injury in the last 12 months.
(260545)
72
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether work is being carried out in the United Kingdom to support the development of a Next Generation Fuze for US inter-continental ballistic missiles.
(260557)
73
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces helicopters of each type have been desertised in each of the last 10 years; and what the average cost of desertising a helicopter of each type is.
(260565)
74
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made (a) of the initial acquisition cost and (b) the through-life cost of (i) the Helix mission system and (ii) the aircraft which will carry the mission system.
(260675)
75
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the successor aircraft to the Nimrod R1 is planned to achieve full operational capability; and whether the R1 and its successor aircraft are planned to operate in tandem pending full operational capability of the successor aircraft.
(260676)
76
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 1994W, on departmental training, what form the pre-deployment training took; where it was held; how much it cost; and which Ministers undertook it.
(260560)
77
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average age is of the aircraft chartered for the purpose of transporting service personnel to and from RAF Brize Norton.
(260690)
78
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flights from RAF Brize Norton have been abandoned following commencement owing to mechanical faults in each year since 2005.
(260691)
79
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which commercial air operators operate flights from RAF Brize Norton.
(260692)
80
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260640)
81
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the names are of all detainees who have died in the custody of UK forces in each year since 2001; and what the (a) date and (b) cause of death was in each case.
(260499)
82
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Statement of 26 February 2009, who the authors of each of the papers sent to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Secretary of State for the Home Department in April 2006 were; and what the subject matter of each paper was.
(260500)
83
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Statement of 26 February 2009, whether officials in his Department had been informed in 2004 of the transfer of detainees to which he referred.
(260501)
84
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals UK forces have detained in Iraq outside Multi-National Division South East during Operation TELIC.
(260502)
85
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when officials in his Department first became aware that the Answer given to the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr of 7 February 2006, Official Report, column 1083W, on extraordinary rendition, was inaccurate.
(260518)
86
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will investigate his Department's contracts with Sodexo in light of reports about its human rights record.
(260628)
87
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of RAF passenger carrying flights from Brize Norton to Afghanistan have left more than three hours after the scheduled time of departure since 1 January 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(260365)
88
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel taking rest and recuperation from Operation Herrick in Afghanistan have been delayed for more than 24 hours awaiting their return flight to Afghanistan from Brize Norton since 1 January 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(260366)
89
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers serving in Afghanistan since Operation Herrick began have returned from Afghanistan as a (a) single and (b) multiple amputee; and if he will make a statement.
(260368)
90
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what re-homing schemes his Department uses for animals which have been utilised in defence-related activity.
(260702)
91
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's animals have died in each of the last five years.
(260703)
92
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department worked in the Veterans Advice Unit in each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many currently work in the Unit; and how many he estimates will work in the Unit in the next financial year.
(260371)
93
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the 3P233 runway denial munition carried by RAF Tornado aircraft is a cluster munition within the meaning of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
(260222)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
94
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the average cost of heating a property with gas boilers over the winter of 2008-09.
(260700)
95
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the average cost of an (a) 11kg, (b) 12.7kg, (c) 18kg, (d) 19kg and (e) 47kg propane gas cylinder in each quarter of the last five years.
(260701)
96
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what period extra funding from energy companies and generators for the National Home Energy Programme will be provided.
(260611)
97
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate has been made of the effectiveness of the expenditure of new money being provided by energy companies and generators under the Government's National Home Energy Programme; how many schemes have been established through use of that money; and how many (a) low income households and (b) households with elderly people received assistance from that money.
(260614)
98
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many pensioners resident in Winchester constituency (a) were eligible for and (b) have received a grant from the Warm Front scheme in each year since its inception.
(260716)
99
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260652)
100
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260580)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
101
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on genetically modified (GM) organisms: Somerset, what steps have been taken to protect seed imports destined for commercial crop production from GM contamination in the light of the oilseed rape crop contamination in South Somerset.
(260685)
102
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on genetically modified (GM) organisms: Somerset, what the separation distance between the oilseed rape crop in South Somerset found to be contaminated with a GM trait in 2008 and the neighbouring crop of oilseed rape was.
(260686)
103
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on genetically modified (GM) organisms: Somerset, whether the crop neighbouring the oilseed rape crop in South Somerset found to be contaminated with a GM trait in 2008 was a winter variety.
(260687)
104
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on genetically modified (GM) organisms: Somerset, what steps have been taken to prevent further GM contamination in the area surrounding the original contamination site.
(260688)
105
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on genetically modified (GM) organisms: Somerset, what distance was maintained between the GM contaminated crop and surrounding crops.
(260689)
106
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion and amount of revenue raised from landfill tax has been returned to local authorities in each of the last five years.
(260447)
107
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is Government policy that increases in landfill tax rates will be revenue-neutral for local authorities.
(260448)
108
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to adjust local authority funding in line with changes to the rate of landfill tax in order to fund extensions to recycling services.
(260492)
109
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many rod licences were granted to people in each age group in each of the last five years.
(260697)
110
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policy to minimise pollution from fish farms.
(260698)
111
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what species of (a) plants and (b) animals are believed to have become extinct in Britain within the last 25 years; and if he will make a statement.
(260699)
112
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260647)
113
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260579)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
114
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 893W, on Tony Blair, what proportion of Tony Blair's office costs as Quartet Representative the contribution to the UN Development Trust Fund represents.
(260620)
115
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1409W, on departmental ministerial policy advisers. where Ravi Gurumurthy was seconded from; and on what date he became a special adviser.
(260715)
116
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of harassment of Movement for Democratic Change officials in Zimbabwe.
(260272)
117
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Congolese government on the requirement to arrest Bosco Ntaganda in line with the International Criminal Court indictment against him.
(260300)
118
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260648)
119
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of allegations of involvement by Sodexo in breaches of human rights at (a) Guantánamo Bay and (b) Abu Ghraib.
(260627)
120
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps have been taken to combat drug trafficking in the Cayman Islands.
(260679)
121
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British tourists visited the British Virgin Islands in each of the last five years.
(260681)
122
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of the British Virgin Islands gross domestic product was generated by the tourist sector in each of the last five years.
(260682)
123
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many violent crimes took place in the British Virgin Islands in each of the last five years.
(260683)
124
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to investigate the funding requirements for conservation and ecosystem management in the British Overseas Territories.
(260708)
125
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what incidents of violent crime took place on the Cayman Islands in each of the last five years.
(260709)
126
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the Cayman Islands gross domestic product per capita was in each of the last five years.
(260710)
127
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens took up residence in the Cayman Islands in each of the last five years.
(260711)
128
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent illegal immigration into the Cayman Islands.
(260712)
129
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what endangered species there are in the Cayman Islands; and what steps are being taken to promote conservation and preserve levels of biodiversity there.
(260713)
130
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what endangered flora and fauna are indigenous to the British Virgin Islands.
(260714)
131
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260581)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
132
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether care home residents who are in receipt of personal expenses allowance have received (a) the one-off payment of £60 and (b) the one-off payment of £10 to Christmas bonus recipients; and if he will make a statement.
(260454)
133
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with (a) NHS organisations and (b) older people's charities on (i) the commissioning of specialist in-reach services from older people's mental health teams and (ii) the provision of mental health services for older people; and if he will make a statement.
(260624)
134
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how frequently the Older People and Dementia Programme Board meets; when the Board will decide on mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy; if he will publish the details of the monitoring arrangements once they are agreed; and if he will make a statement.
(260673)
135
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 235W, on maternity services: finance, what arrangements his Department has put in place to ensure that funds allocated to primary care trusts under payment by results for the delivery of maternity care are spent on the provision of maternity care.
(260605)
136
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people from Hemel Hempstead there were on the lists of NHS dentists in Dacorum in each of the last 15 years.
(260567)
137
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there were with practices in Dacorum in each of the last 15 years.
(260568)
138
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260634)
139
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost resulting from such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260578)
140
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients the NHS has funded to travel overseas to receive proton therapy treatment for cancer in each of the last three financial years; and what the cost of such treatment to the NHS was in each of those years.
(260564)
141
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis the sum to be transferred from his Department to local authorities when they take responsibility for support for learning disabled people will be calculated.
(259566)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
142
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what work the UK Border Agency Chief Inspector has undertaken since his appointment; and if she will make a statement.
(260621)
143
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 152W, on entry clearances, what the reasons are for the relatively low performance against public service agreement targets in Sri Lanka; in which three countries there was the lowest performance against the public service agreement targets for processing visa applications in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(260623)
144
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 132-3W, on assaults on police, what the equivalent figures are for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(260629)
145
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 9 December 2004 to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, Official Report, columns 733-7W, on asylum and immigration, how many asylum seekers have been dispersed to each parliamentary constituency in the latest two-year period for which figures are available.
(260455)
146
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) functions, (b) budget and (c) timetable for operations of the National Metal Theft Crime Unit are; and if she will make a statement.
(260449)
147
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average length of time taken by her Department to comply with judgments of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal after a decision has been taken by her Department not to appeal.
(260546)
148
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many articles in independently peer-reviewed journals have been published by research staff in her Department acting in their official capacity in each of the last five years.
(260367)
149
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will refer the case of Mr Eddie Gilfoyle to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
(260694)
150
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) inquiries and (b) disciplinary measures have been taken following the response of Merseyside Police to (i) the Police Complaints Authority in 1994 and (ii) freedom of information requests made by the Times newspaper on police notes from the crime scene in the case of Mr Eddie Gilfoyle.
(260695)
151
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much it cost to process Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks in the last year for which figures are available; how many CRB checks were carried out in that period; and how much was received in fees for checks in that period.
(260278)
152
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the effect of the maximum length of student visas on foreign students studying medicine in the UK.
(260566)
153
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260649)
154
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what species of animal, other than dogs, are used in police operations.
(260704)
155
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what roles are fulfilled by dogs in police forces.
(260705)
156
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dogs trained at the Metropolitan Police's Dog Training Establishment in Keston had been donated by the public in each of the last five years.
(260706)
157
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new police dog units have been established in each of the last five years.
(260707)
158
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's email to the UK Border Agency of 23 October 2008 on behalf of Felix Kankwamba, Home Office reference K1115877.
(260548)
159
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Serious and Organised Crime Agency has (a) spent on all forms of asset recovery and (b) recovered in proceeds of crime since its creation.
(260271)
160
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Serious and Organised Crime Agency has spent on receivers' fees for (a) civil and (b) criminal asset recovery since its creation.
(260372)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
161
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff are engaged in processing hon. Members' Additional Cost Allowance claims.
(260006)
162
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons staff were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to the Commission and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance is issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260582)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
163
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Student Loans Company in reclaiming student loans from EU students who studied in the UK.
(260696)
164
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which companies have agreed to take part in the National Internship Scheme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and (i) how much the Government plans to spend on the scheme for internships in the (A) private and (B) public sectors and (ii) how many graduates are expected to take part in the scheme in each of those years.
(260606)
165
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260650)
166
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260577)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
167
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of levels of sanitation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
(260273)
168
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the population of Zimbabwe to obtain food; and if he will make a statement.
(260274)
169
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the population of Zimbabwe to access health services; and if he will make a statement.
(260275)
170
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the population of Zimbabwe to access clean water; and if he will make a statement.
(260276)
171
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260651)
172
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260576)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
173
N
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest ratio is of money owed by the Legal Services Commission to a solicitor's practice providing approved legal aid under its contract payments protocol to the standard monthly payment to such a solicitor's practice.
(260306)
174
N
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Legal Services Commission will have paid the £10,000 outstanding at the end of January to a solicitor's practice in Worthing, as referred to in communications by the hon. Member for West Worthing, under the payment arrangements which have been in place hitherto.
(260307)
175
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average daily number of prisoners transferred from each prison in England and Wales to another prison in England and Wales solely as a result of overcrowding was in 2008.
(260446)
176
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 474W, on the Bradley Review, when he expects to receive Lord Bradley's report.
(260452)
177
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convicted prisoners in custody in each prison in England and Wales professing each religion have been identified by his Department, the prison authorities or the police as religious extremists.
(260547)
178
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons the judgment for refusal of permission to appeal on 22 October 2008 in the case of Rachel Pullen (case number NG07C02187) has not been provided to the appellant; and when he expects to receive a copy of the judgment for the purposes of the European Court of Human Rights.
(260693)
179
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of defendants charged with (a) attempted murder, (b) manslaughter and (c) attempted rape were granted bail in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.
(260301)
180
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many individuals were prosecuted for (a) attempted murder, (b) manslaughter and (c) attempted rape in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.
(260302)
181
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there were for breaching conditions imposed on bail in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(260303)
182
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there were for breach of bail in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(260491)
183
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260641)
184
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much money has been spent on rehabilitating prisoners who had been considered to be violent and a threat to society since 1991.
(260450)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
185
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260642)
186
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260571)
Questions to the Prime Minister
187
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Prime Minister, which hotels he stayed in during the World Economic Forum between 28 January and 1 February 2009; and at what cost.
(260562)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
188
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260643)
189
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260569)
Questions to the Solicitor General
190
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Solicitor General, how many staff of the Law Officers' Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate she has made of the (i) cost to the Law Officers' Departments and (ii) number of working hours lost due to such absence; and what guidance the Law Officers' Departments issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260573)
191
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Solicitor General, what proportion of the (a) drug smuggling, (b) tax fraud, (c) tobacco and alcohol duty evasion, (d) illegal arms trafficking, (e) money laundering and (f) sanctions violation cases prosecuted by the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office since April 2005 resulted in convictions.
(260270)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
192
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many park and ride schemes operate in English seaside towns; where such schemes are located; what recent assessment he has made of the viability of such schemes; what the average public subsidy provided for such schemes in 2008 was; and if he will make a statement.
(260005)
193
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much public money has been paid to Safer Roads Humber to support the discharge of its objectives; from what sources such funding has been drawn; what rules are in place to ensure value for money from such funding; and if he will make a statement.
(260007)
194
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260644)
195
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260575)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
196
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260646)
197
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260570)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
198
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many staff of her Office were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate she has made of the (i) cost to her Office and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance has been issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260572)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
199
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many formal notifications of redundancies were received by JobCentre Plus from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in (a) each region and (b) the London Borough of Sutton in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(260717)
200
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce measures to ensure that JobCentre Plus offices assist jobseeker's allowance claimants in contacting other agencies for advice and support on debt and financial management; and if he will make a statement.
(260720)
201
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what requests have been made to the Pension Protection Fund in respect of employees of Lehman Brothers by the Lehman Pension Fund Trustees.
(260370)
202
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department (a) is contractually obliged to spend and (b) plans to spend on services provided by EDS in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.
(260214)
203
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which of his Department's IT projects EDS is involved with; and which are project managed by (a) EDS employees and (b) officials of his Department.
(260215)
204
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contracts his Department currently holds with EDS; and when each is due to expire.
(260221)
205
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 22WS, on disability benefits, what changes his Department has made to the eligibility criteria for payment of disability benefits as a consequence of the consideration of the European Court of Justice decision of 18 October 2007.
(260373)
206
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames (a) who reached the age of 80 in 2008 and (b) in total have not qualified for winter fuel payments because their birthday was later than 15 September 2008.
(260684)
207
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.
(260635)
208
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost as a result of such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on those days.
(260574)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
209
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times the International Business Advisory Council has met; what the cost of each meeting was; and who attended each meeting.
[Transferred] (260549)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
210
N
Sir Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what restrictions she has placed on applications by English regions for unspent European Regional Development funding.
[Question Unstarred] (259902)

 
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