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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 5 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 Thursday 5 March 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 5 March 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 5 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 Thursday 5 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 5 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring forward proposals to (a) set a maximum limit on and (b) reduce the fees of administrators and receivers relating to winding up of business failures.
(260907)
2
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many regulations imposing costs on businesses were introduced in 2008.
(261344)
3
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of regulations due to come into force in April 2009.
(261345)
4
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether impact assessments have been carried out on all regulations affecting businesses which are due to come into force in April 2009.
(261346)
5
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to Question 256515, tabled on 9 February 2009, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 24 November 2008 on his constituent Mr Alan Briggs of Walford Place, Chelmsford.
(261078)
6
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many loans were guaranteed under the small firms loan guarantee scheme (a) in the UK, (b) in each region and (c) in each county in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and what the value of loans guaranteed in each area in each of those years was.
(261644)
7
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will commission research into the impact on the credit services and debt collection industry of the combined effect of the proposed abolition of the edited electoral roll and the implementation of the Consumer Credit Act 2006.
(261632)
8
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will examines the merits of the introduction of wage compensation measures as part of training packages for automotive industry workers presently on short-time working.
(261642)
9
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many micro-brewery businesses were operating in the UK in each of the last 10 years.
(260495)
10
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people have been declared bankrupt in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each year since 2000.
(261427)
11
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many contracts his Department has held with (a) UBS, (b) Barclays Capital, (c) Goldman Sachs, (d) Morgan Stanley, (e) Credit Suisse, (f) Merrill Lynch and (g) Lehman Brothers in the financial year 2008-09; what the monetary value was of each such contract; and for what purposes each contract was awarded.
(261487)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the Pre-Budget Report 2008, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of each regional development agency in allocating the £100 million brought forward from their budgets to assist regional economic development; and if he will make a statement.
(261512)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the European Commission notified his Department of the decision to give clearance for the commencement of the proposed scheme for (a) loans and (b) loan guarantees for the automotive industry.
(261613)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what progress his Department has made on its scheme for administering loans from the European Investment Bank to companies in the automotive industry for lower carbon initiatives; and if he will make a statement.
(261624)
15
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1341W, on business: Government assistance, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on levels of borrowing by small businesses in the next 12 months of the operation of the working capital scheme.
(261653)
16
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme began to operate.
(261373)
17
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the Capital Enterprise Scheme began to operate.
(261374)
18
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the European Commission on the compatibility with state aid rules of proposals by the French government to provide loans to the French motor industry.
(261372)
19
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the UK car industry.
(261429)
20
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring forward proposals to enable car finance companies to access the Bank of England's credit guarantee scheme.
(261430)
21
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he plans to introduce a car scrappage scheme.
(261431)
22
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many liquidations which commenced (a) 10 or more and (b) 15 or more years ago have not been finalised; and if he will make a statement.
(261584)
23
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many complaints have been made against each recognised professional body in each of the last three years; and in how many such cases his Department and its predecessor intervened.
(261586)
24
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many individuals are licensed by each recognised professional body.
(261588)
25
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much additional revenue he expects Royal Mail would receive annually were the Government to assume full responsibility for its pensions deficit.
(261153)
26
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much revenue he estimates would be received from the sale of 30 per cent. of Royal Mail.
(261154)
27
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of completing the modernisation of Royal Mail since the investment plan was agreed in 2007, and excluding the £600 million already spent.
(261201)
28
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects to answer Question 249140, on answers to parliamentary questions, tabled on 14 January 2009.
(261533)
29
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he has had discussions with representatives of banks on the off-shoring of their management and IT functions; and what the outcome of these discussions was.
(260978)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
30
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which banks were regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in each year from 2001 to 2008; and how many are now regulated by the FSA.
(261407)
31
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements his Department put in place to examine the pension arrangements in place for directors of banks for which public funding has been provided at the time of provision of that funding.
(260908)
32
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to reduce expenditure by banks in receipt of public support on their existing and proposed sponsorship arrangements.
(260909)
33
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs has imposed any financial penalty on TNT companies for tax irregularities in the last 10 years.
(261347)
34
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to abolish air passenger duty; and what scheme will replace it.
[R] (260904)
35
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 15 December 2008, on his constituent, Ms Pippa Cuckson of Great Leighs, Chelmsford.
(260981)
36
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 4 December 2008, on his constituent, Mr Peter Lee, of Great Waltham, Essex.
(260982)
37
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, columns 907-8W, on Members: correspondence, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 20 October 2008 on his constituent, Mr Peter Vickers of Chelmsford.
(261079)
38
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Oxford East of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 530W, on public expenditure: small businesses, when he expects implementation of each recommendation in the Glover report to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(261666)
39
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice his Department received from the Financial Services Authority on the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS before the merger took place.
(260592)
40
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what alternatives to the merger with LloydsTSB his Department considered for HBOS.
(260593)
41
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans HM Revenue and Customs has to handle cheques when the retail banking function of the Bank of England ceases.
(261587)
42
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) legal and (b) accountancy advice received by his Department in respect of (i) the break-up of Bradford and Bingley, (ii) the merger and recapitalisation of Lloyds TSB and HBOS and (iii) the recapitalisation of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
(261589)
43
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the US administration on the eligibility of UK banks with US subsidiaries for assistance under the troubled assets relief programme and its successor schemes.
(261625)
44
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings were held between Lord Myners and representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland between 6 and 12 October 2008 inclusive; which officials of his Department took part in each meeting; and if he will place on his Departmental website agendas and minutes of each meeting.
(261509)
45
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria are used to define local in respect of prioritisation of local suppliers in public procurement policy.
(261527)
46
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to withdraw provision for flexible working hours from staff in HM Revenue and Customs contact centres.
(261356)
47
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the net effect on the expenditure of HM Revenue and Customs of the proposed closure of tax offices in the next five years.
(261433)
48
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on the level of HM Revenue and Customs expenditure on accommodation costs from the proposed closure of tax offices in the next five years.
(261434)
49
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will request the Financial Services Authority to undertake an investigation of the appropriateness of advice given to local authorities and police authorities by Butlers in relation to the depositing of funds in Icelandic banks.
(261638)
50
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals for temporary increases in levels of child benefit, tax-free child allowances, and child tax credits to help workers with families currently on short-time working.
(261639)
51
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targeted assistance he is providing to green industries affected by the recession.
(261640)
52
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to encourage the development of innovations with fewer negative effects on the environment in the automotive industry, with particular reference to companies which have been adversely affected by the recession.
(261641)
53
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the monetary value of beer sales in (a) the on-trade and (b) the off-trade was in each year since 1998.
(260493)
54
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Exchequer received in taxes and duties on beer (a) sold in the on-trade, (b) sold in the off-trade and (c) from other sources in each year since 1998.
(260496)
55
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when plans to take Bradford and Bingley into public ownership were first considered by Ministers.
(261409)
56
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters to his Department had not been replied to within 28 days as at 12 February 2009.
(261411)
57
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the European Commission has approved the bank credit guarantees scheme.
(261375)
58
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) the rate of inflation, (b) the value of sterling and (c) the level of bank lending of implementation of a policy of quantitative easing.
(261382)
59
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that banks in receipt of public money maintain their lending on mortgages and to businesses at 2007 levels; and if he will make a statement.
(261649)
60
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision HM Revenue and Customs has made for early implementation in the 2009-10 financial year of any changes resulting from the 2009 Budget.
(261597)
61
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses which (a) have not passed on the reduction in value added tax to customers and (b) have replaced the value added tax reduction with other promotional offers.
(261601)
62
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 13 November 2007, Official Report, columns 227-9W, on vulture funds, what progress the Government has made in dealing with vulture funds; and if he will bring forward proposals to prohibit their operation.
(261352)
63
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what expenditure (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies have incurred in each year since 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; what surveys were commissioned; and what the purpose of each was.
(261354)
64
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from the tax on the sale of (a) beer and (b) other alcoholic drinks sold in public houses in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(261069)
65
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to relax the restriction on assets held by Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man) to allow that institution to make further refunds to its UK depositors.
(261496)
66
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Bradford and Bingley plc Transfer of Securities and Property etc (Amendment) Order 2009, dated 19 February 2009, whether his Department plans to compensate the shareholders of Bradford and Bingley plc on the same basis as proposed in the Bradford and Bingley Compensation Scheme Order 2008.
(261535)
67
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials of (a) his Department, (b) the Financial Services Authority and (c) the Bank of England will receive bonuses during 2008-09; how much will be paid in bonuses to staff of each; and if he will make a statement.
(259011)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
68
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to which events held in the United Kingdom to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel he was invited as the representative of the Government; which such invitations he (a) accepted and (b) declined; and if he will make a statement.
(261393)
69
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what grants his Department made to (a) Brook, (b) the Family Planning Association, (c) Marie Stopes International, (d) the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and (e) Education for Choice in the last year; how much in grant funding is planned for each in the next two years; what the (i) monetary value and (ii) purpose of each such grant is; and if he will make a statement.
(261598)
70
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what funding his Department has provided to local authorities for services for child victims of human trafficking in 2008-09.
(261652)
71
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of parents in each local authority were offered (a) their fourth preference, (b) their fifth preference, (c) their sixth preference and (d) none of their preferences for secondary school in the last year for which data are available.
(260867)
72
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children in each local authority have not been allocated a place at a primary school for September 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(261603)
73
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the absence rate in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each decile of area deprivation was in 2007-08, broken down by reason for absence; and if he will make a statement.
(261604)
74
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average number of days sickness taken per teacher in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was (i) in total and (ii) in each decile of area deprivation in each year for which figures are available.
(261605)
75
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many warning notices have been issued to schools by each local authority in each year from 1997 to 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(261645)
76
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many cases have been transferred between Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service offices in each of the last five years.
(261590)
77
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1067-8W, on children: databases, what the (a) necessary safeguarding and (b) child protection procedures referred to are.
(260865)
78
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on what date Lord Laming's progress report on safeguarding will be published.
(260985)
79
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1116W, on children: protection, which staff of his Department are permitted to read anonymised full serious case reviews.
(261072)
80
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will investigate allegations that child abuse has taken place in the production of the Channel 4 programme Boys and Girls Alone; what representations (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have made to Channel 4 on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(261530)
81
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1071W, on special educational needs: pupil exclusions, when information on exclusions from pupil referral units ceased to be collected; and for what reasons the decision to cease collection was taken.
(261580)
82
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions his Department had with representatives of EU institutions on its Every Child Matters programme in the two years before October 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(260462)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
83
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many women aged (a) 14 to 16, (b) 17 to 21, (c) 22 to 24, (d) 25 to 30, (e) 31 to 35 and (f) 36 to 40 years old died from pregnancy-related diseases in each year since 1979.
(261392)
84
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many girls aged 16 years and under of each age (a) became pregnant, (b) had an abortion, (c) gave birth and gave the child up for adoption and (d) gave birth and kept the child in each region in the last year for which figures are available.
(261394)
85
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what discussions his special adviser has had with (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) others on the police investigation into the unauthorised disclosure of documents from the Home Office.
(261457)
86
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people were employed in the (a) brewing and (b) public house sectors in each year since 1998.
(260494)
87
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people in each age group in (a) the City of Southampton and (b) Test Valley borough died of alcohol-related illnesses in each of the last five years.
(261479)
88
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many deaths were caused by food poisoning by (a) Salmonella, (b) campylobacter, (c) e.coli and (d) other food-borne pathogens in each of the last five years.
(261500)
89
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number of public houses which have closed in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(261070)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
90
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what methods are used by local authorities to make estimates of numbers of rough sleepers where street counts have not taken place.
(261371)
91
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, columns 540-1W, on council housing: Greater London, when she expects the new analytical model to be in use by her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(261664)
92
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leeds North West of 24 February 2009, Official Report, columns 545-6W, on homelessness, if she will provide figures equivalent to those in the table for each London borough; and if she will make a statement.
(261665)
93
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will seek information from local authorities on advice they received from Butlers in relation to the depositing of funds in Icelandic banks.
(261631)
94
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on their provision of play areas.
[R] (261633)
95
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the merits of local authorities being able to levy a business rate.
[R] (261634)
96
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to her speech to the Evangelical Alliance of 5 February 2009, what her policy is on permitting faith organisations delivering public services to (a) discriminate in employing service providers, (b) discriminate against service users and (c) proselytise.
(261481)
97
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme in each of the next two years.
(261506)
98
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the bringing forward of capital spending announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2008 on the (a) Decent Homes programme, (b) provision of social rented housing and (c) numbers of repairs to council house stock; and what progress has been made against the objective of assisting key regeneration and housing infrastructure projects.
(261515)
99
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the implementation of the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(261599)
100
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what average changes in the level of rents have been decided by local housing authorities for 2009-10.
(261650)
101
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities (a) collect on request, (b) charge for the collection of and (c) have not established a policy on the collection of clinical waste arising from the management of diabetes.
[R] (261396)
102
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many empty homes there were in South Bedfordshire at the most recent date of counting; and what number of these homes were empty on a long-term basis.
(260912)
103
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress her Department has made on proposals contained in the consultation paper A New Approach for Resolving Disputes and to Proceedings Relating to Park Homes under the Mobile Homes Act 1983.
(261428)
104
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to revise the booklet, Mobile Homes: A Guide for Residents and Site Owners, published by her Department in 2000.
(261432)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
105
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial contributions to the Connections through Culture programme have been received from other organisations.
(261451)
106
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on the Connections through Culture programme in each of the last three years; and how much he expects to spend on it in each of the next two years.
(261452)
107
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the performance against objectives of the first term of the Connections through Culture programme; and if he will make a statement.
(261453)
108
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish his Department's annual corporate plan.
(261454)
109
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to extend the Connections through Culture programmes to further countries.
(261539)
110
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to publish his Department's review on work with its public bodies on ensuring that diversity is built into their governance regimes; and if he will make a statement.
(261615)
111
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Department's most recent simplification plan, what (a) joint schemes and (b) rationalisation of programmes relating to the National Lottery have been introduced.
(261616)
112
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to business in the UK of implementation of the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive; and what the regulatory costs of its predecessor were.
(261617)
113
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he received the independent report on extension of legal deposit to digital and online media; and if he will publish it.
(261618)
114
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what administrative cost reductions his Department has identified which have resulted from the entry into force of the Gambling Act 2005.
(261619)
115
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what administrative cost reductions his Department has identified which have resulted from the entry into force of the Licensing Act 2003.
(261620)
116
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Department's most recent simplification plan, what reductions were made to its total administrative burden in each year since 2005-06.
(261621)
117
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what risk rating was applied to each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies as part of their recent risk reviews; and what additional discretion has been afforded to those bodies deemed to be low risk.
(261622)
118
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in reducing the carbon footprints of (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.
(261623)
119
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was collected from television licence fees in the UK in each of the last five years.
(261646)
120
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public houses were in operation in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(261071)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
121
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the source is of the funding for the joint US/UK warhead research taking place at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston.
(261412)
122
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure compliance with the Property Tax (Ascension) Ordinance of 2002.
(261339)
123
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what animal welfare specialists are on his Department's Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
(261519)
124
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) defence attachés and (b) military representatives will be appointed to the European External Action Service from (i) the UK and (ii) other EU member states.
(261357)
125
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to answer Question 245342, tabled on 15 December 2008, on personal data stored overseas.
(261528)
126
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 1062W, on future strategic tanker aircraft, what initial payment is specified in the private finance initiative contract relating to the Future Strategic Aircraft Carrier; when he expects that payment to be made; what estimate he has made of his Department's monthly expenditure on invoices to be presented under the contract; and if he will make a statement.
(261288)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
127
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers on the availability of liquefied petroleum gas.
(260734)
128
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent from the public purse on insulating the homes of pensioners in (a) Test Valley borough, (b) the ceremonial county of Hampshire and (c) the City of Southampton in each of the last five years.
(261546)
129
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that members of the public are aware of the social tariffs offered by energy utilities.
(261602)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
130
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what differences there will be between land proposed to be designated as a coastal route under the Marine and Coastal Access Bill and land designated under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 as coastal access land.
(261420)
131
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether, under the terms of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, designation of land as coastal access land will affect development carried out under the General (Permitted Development) Order 1995.
(261421)
132
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether land designated as coastal access land under the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill will have the same status as a public right of way where development or change of use of land is proposed.
(261422)
133
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what method his Department uses to calculate the level of (a) domestic self-sufficiency in food production and (b) domestic food consumption; and what the level of each was in each of the last 20 years.
(261635)
134
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to increase the provision of veterinary services in rural areas.
(261636)
135
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the composition of his Department's tuberculosis eradication group was determined; and what consideration he gave to inviting a badger ecologist to join the group.
(261637)
136
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy on the growing of genetically-modified maize is.
(261643)
137
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the size of the veal industry in England.
(261455)
138
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) unweaned calves, (b) cattle, (c) sheep and (d) other livestock species were exported from the UK for (i) further fattening and (ii) slaughter in 2008.
(261520)
139
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the reprocessing of plastic waste in the UK.
(261342)
140
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average farm income was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(261355)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
141
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on human rights monitoring in (a) Western Sahara and (b) the refugee camps near Tindouf.
(261378)
142
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his most recent assessment is of the (a) economic and (b) political situation in Kashmir.
(261541)
143
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in the bilateral talks between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.
(261542)
144
Joan Ryan (Enfield North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received of the use of white phosphorus weapons by the Sri Lankan army; and if he will make a statement.
(261517)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
145
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which abortifacient drugs are licensed for use in England; and if he will make a statement.
(261398)
146
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women of each age group in each region after taking mifepristone were subject to (a) excessive bleeding, (b) haemorrhaging when the foetus was expelled from the uterus, (c) damage to the cervix and (d) an infection in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by length of gestation of the pregnancy.
(261578)
147
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in each age group and region taking mifepristone required further treatment because the womb was not completely emptied of its contents or it failed to end the pregnancy in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by length of gestation of the pregnancy.
(261579)
148
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department last undertook review of clinical evidence on the use of (a) mifepristone and (b) the morning-after pill that drew on (i) UK and (ii) international research; and if he will make a statement.
(261581)
149
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to monitor consistency in the allocation of individual budgets among local authorities.
(261348)
150
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by his Department on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month in each of the last five years.
(261350)
151
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the contracted workload of the Southampton Independent Sector Treatment Centre has been in each month since it was established.
(261413)
152
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were (a) contracted to be carried out by and (b) carried out under contract with (i) Southampton Primary Care Trust (PCT) and (ii) Hampshire PCT at Southampton General Hospital in each month of the last three years.
(261414)
153
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters to his Department had not been replied to within 28 days of receipt at the latest date for which information is available.
(261415)
154
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mortalities there were in each hospital in the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.
(261480)
155
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made towards publishing the outline model for wheelchair services as part of its transforming community equipment and wheelchair services programme.
(261547)
156
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the new model for wheelchair services; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the model.
(261548)
157
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of likely reductions in waiting times for (a) assessments for and (b) access to powered wheelchairs resulting from the proposed new model for wheelchair services.
(261549)
158
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to discuss his proposed new model for wheelchair services with (a) wheelchair users with multiple sclerosis and (b) other wheelchair service users and their carers.
(261550)
159
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were born with an alcohol dependency in each of the last three years.
(261551)
160
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to accident and emergency departments there were in each hospital trust in each day in February 2009.
(261663)
161
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implications of likely future trends in the number of adults with a learning disability in England for levels of funding for services for such people during the next Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will make a statement.
(261379)
162
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has evaluated on likely changes in the numbers of people with a learning disability during the next three years.
(261380)
163
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will hold meetings with representatives of the learning disability sector on levels of funding for services for people with a learning disability during the next Comprehensive Spending Review period.
(261381)
164
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of spending on personal care that was met by (a) local authorities, (b) the NHS and (c) individual service users or their families in 2008-09.
(261482)
165
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which acute hospitals are equipped to provide (a) thrombolysis and (b) CT scanning for patients who have undergone suspected strokes; and which of those are able to provide each service at all times.
(261483)
166
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by each health trust in England on each type of energy purchased through the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency contract in 2008-09.
(261484)
167
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many units were consumed by each health trust in England of each type of energy purchased through the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency contract in 2008-09.
(261485)
168
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children aged five and under, (b) children aged 18 and under and (c) persons aged 18 years and over, in each primary care trust area, had one or more teeth removed under general anaesthetic in each of the last five years.
(261486)
169
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases there were of (a) mumps, (b) whooping cough, (c) typhoid, (d) scarlet fever, (e) cholera, (f) diptheria, (g) leprosy, (h) botulism, (i) listeria, (j) tuberculosis, (k) polio and (l) typhus in each strategic health authority in each of the last five years.
(261488)
170
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of the 35 Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Sites have complied with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on computerised cognitive behavioural therapy; and if he will make a statement.
(261489)
171
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many treatments of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved cognitive behavioural therapy programmes (a) Beating the Blues and (b) FearFighter have been provided by the 35 Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Sites; and if he will make a statement.
(261490)
172
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent from the public purse on free nursing care for care home residents in each year since 2003.
(261491)
173
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of total net expenditure by local authorities was spent on (a) residential and nursing home places for older people and (b) domiciliary care for older people in each of the last 10 years.
(261492)
174
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each local authority spent on domiciliary care for older people (a) in total and (b) per person in such care in 2008-09.
(261493)
175
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the rules on eligibility for NHS continuing care introduced in 2007.
(261495)
176
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of food poisoning by (a) salmonella, (b) campylobacter, (c) e.coli and (d) other food borne pathogens were recorded in each of the last five years.
(261501)
177
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress has been made on establishing a national contract for the purchase of treatments for depression under the Beating the Blues programme; and if he will make a statement.
(261502)
178
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the NHS of treating an individual for depression and anxiety was in the latest period for which information is available; what estimate his Department has made of the effect on those costs of nationwide implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on computerised psychological therapies; and if he will make a statement.
(261503)
179
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that carers do not exert undue influence on vulnerable adults purchasing their care using personal budgets or direct payments.
(261514)
180
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of nurses to patients was at (a) Darlington Memorial Hospital, (b) York District Hospital, (c) Harrogate District Hospital, (d) Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and (e) Charing Cross Hospital in (i) 2008, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2006 and (iv) 1997.
(261655)
181
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each year since 2004.
(261353)
182
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospital trusts in England have more than one type 1 accident and emergency department.
(261376)
183
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency departments there are in each NHS hospital trust in England.
(261377)
184
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the North West Strategic Health Authority and (b) the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust on the Trust's recent performance figures for the accident and emergency department at the Royal Blackburn Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(261399)
185
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of restaurants which have been visited and inspected by local authority environmental health officers in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(261401)
186
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to regulate the operation of clinical physiologists.
(260984)
187
N
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department is spending on research on mesothelioma in 2008-09.
(260591)
188
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have established policies on accepting clinical waste arising from the management of diabetes at GP surgeries.
[R] (261395)
189
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the disposal of clinical waste arising from the management of diabetes; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (261406)
190
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 15-16WS, on the personal expenses allowance, what level of personal expenses allowance persons in adult social care are entitled to; what plans he has to increase the personal expenses allowance in April; if he will make a provision for a substantial increase; and if he will make a statement.
(260902)
191
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for a methadone prescription was in each primary care trust in England in the last 12 months.
(260856)
192
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for referral of a drug user for residential treatment in each primary care trust in England in the last 12 months.
(260857)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
193
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1211W, on British nationality, when she will place in the Library a copy of the letter and attachments; what the reasons are for the time taken to place the letter in the Library; and if she will make a statement.
(259199)
194
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account her Department takes of published anti-Semitic views of individuals seeking to enter the United Kingdom in deciding whether to grant entry; and if she will make a statement.
(261522)
195
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of policing the Olympic torch relay in London in April 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(261577)
196
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) cautioned and (b) convicted of supplying anabolic steroids in each of the last five years; and how many of those convicted were subsequently given the maximum possible sentence.
(261518)
197
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her special advisers have had with (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) others on the police investigation into the unauthorised disclosure of documents from her Department.
(261458)
198
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the reports her predecessors received on the activities of the security service in relation to the 1984 miners' strike, with particular reference to intelligence received from the National Union of Mineworkers and the method by which it was obtained.
(261370)
199
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her latest estimate is of the numbers of (a) people who have been trafficked into the UK through Southampton and (b) victims of human trafficking in Southampton and the surrounding area; what steps are being taken to reduce those numbers; and if she will make a statement.
(261410)
200
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road traffic police officers there were in 1996; and how many there are at the present time.
(261538)
201
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons seeking asylum who entered the UK at Northern Ireland airports (a) presented themselves with no identification, (b) presented themselves as juveniles without identification and (c) presented themselves as juveniles without identification and subsequently absconded from the social services accommodation in which they were placed in each of the last three years.
(261596)
202
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals aged over 65 years resident in each (a) London borough and (b) Government Office region were arrested for possession of either class A or class B drugs in the last five years.
(261525)
203
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals aged over 65 years resident in each (a) London borough and (b) Government Office region were arrested or issued with a penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly in the last five years.
(261526)
204
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in those EU member states which allow for the admissibility of intercept evidence in the prosecution of suspected terrorists and others involved in serious crimes on the subject; and if she will make a statement.
(261400)
205
Joan Ryan (Enfield North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) the London Borough of Enfield have attended the community crime fighters one day training course; and how many she expects to have done so by the end of 2009.
(261516)
206
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to Questions (a) 245364 on senior information risk owner and (b) 245325 on data handling by contractors and suppliers, tabled on 15 December 2008.
(261531)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
207
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the average length of service is of the (a) police officers and (b) security officers employed in the Palace of Westminster; and if he will make a statement.
(261423)
208
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the House of Commons Commission will place on the Parliamentary (a) intranet and (b) internet site a sound recording of the debate held on the Motion on Her Majesty's Government on 28 March 1979; and if he will make a statement.
(261443)
209
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many security passes to the Palace of Westminister were issued in each category in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(261444)
210
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent since April 2008 on security in the Palace of Westminster; and if he will make a statement.
(261445)
211
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many (a) members of the public and (b) public libraries purchased the Vote Bundle in each of the last two years; what the retail price of the Vote Bundle per printed page is; and if he will make a statement.
(261446)
212
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what materials are produced by the Parliamentary Education Service for (a) schools and (b) individual pupils; what publications are planned during the next year; and if he will make a statement.
(261447)
213
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many (a) police officers of each rank and (b) civilian security staff (i) are and (ii) were employed on average in each year since 2001 in (A) the Palace of Westminster and (B) the Parliamentary estate.
(261476)
214
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many armed police officers of each rank (a) are employed and (b) were employed on average in each year since 2001 in (i) the Palace of Westminster and (ii) the Parliamentary estate.
(261477)
215
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many cases of theft from inside (a) the Palace of Westminster and (b) each other building on the Parliamentary estate were reported in each of the last five years; what items were reported stolen; what the estimated value of each was; and if he will make a statement.
(261478)
216
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much funding the House of Commons Commission has provided to Millbank Systems in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(261575)
217
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, where positions for (a) police officers, (b) armed police officers and (c) security officers employed on the Parliamentary estate are advertised.
(261576)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
218
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, with reference to the Pre-Budget Report 2008, whether the extension of the Train to Gain scheme will be funded from an existing spending programme.
(261654)
219
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made in implementing the Government's internship proposals announced on 12 January 2009.
(261417)
220
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many graduates he estimates will take part in the internship scheme announced on 12 January 2009 in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.
(261418)
221
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the ability of the four companies named on 12 January 2009 as partners in its internship programme to fulfil their obligations under the programme.
(261419)
222
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1337-8W, on students: loans, how many applications for career development loans have been (a) made and (b) granted in each of the last five years.
(261341)
223
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was allocated for the redevelopment of further education colleges in each constituency between 1999 and 2009.
(261405)
224
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many additional full-time equivalent places he has made available in further education colleges for post-19 adult education and training in each year from 2009-10 to 2011-12.
(261656)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
225
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which family planning programmes his Department supports; how much funding is being provided to each in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(261397)
226
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what payments his Department has made to (a) Marie Stopes International, (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation, (c) the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, (d) the United Nations Population Fund and (e) the Family Planning Association (UK) for (i) abortion, (ii) family planning and (iii) other reproductive health services in the last year; what the total of grants made to each organisation in that year was; how much he plans to give to each in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(261583)
227
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will place in the Library a copy of the job description and terms of reference for the information officer employed by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Gaza with support from his Department.
(261199)
228
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff surveys his Department has commissioned or carried out since 2007.
(261200)
229
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1003-4W, on departmental manpower, whether the Department publicises staff numbers for country offices not assessed by the National Audit Office report of October 2008 as insecure; and if he will make a statement.
(261435)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
230
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria are used in deciding on whether to use a Ministerial veto under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(261523)
231
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to reply to the letters of (a) 15 December 2008 and (b) 15 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay regarding Mrs P. Hammond.
(260866)
232
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drivers were stopped and fined in each region for driving on an expired licence in each of the last five years.
(260868)
233
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month in each of the last five years.
(261351)
234
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) gangs recorded by the Prison Service and (b) other gangs have been identified in each prison in England and Wales.
(261340)
235
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research he has commissioned on the motivation for prisoner absconds.
(261343)
236
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) defendants and (b) offenders have been placed in the ClearSprings bail hostels located in the postcode areas (i) PE4 and (ii) PE2 since 1 April 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(260910)
237
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1164W, on the Bail Accommodation and Support Service, what steps the Bail Accommodation and Support Service took to advise the hon. Member for Peterborough of the identity of the local authority ward in which the two hostels in the PE4 postcode area operated by ClearSprings were to be brought into use; and if he will make a statement.
(260911)
238
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for introducing fixed penalty notices for minor offences committed in Richmond Park.
(261416)
239
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure that witness statements from disabled adults who communicate using non-formal methods can be accepted in courts.
(261505)
240
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for television licence fee evasion in each year since 2005.
(261647)
241
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to answer Question 254428, on offences relating to domestic violence, tabled on 2 February 2009.
(261474)
242
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the procedure is for extending the designation of a prison to include a young offender institution.
(261657)
243
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many under-21-year-olds are being held in each prison service establishment.
(261658)
244
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons have extended their designation to include a young offender institution in the last 10 years.
(261659)
245
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy is on sharing of prison cells between under 21-year-olds and adults on remand.
(261660)
246
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many 18 to 21-year-olds on remand have been placed in prison cells with adults in the last 12 months.
(261661)
247
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times handcuffs were used on children of each age, ethnicity and sex in each secure training centre in each month since January 2008.
(261662)
248
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of inmates in each young offender institution (YOI) have a registered place of residence in the same local authority area in which the YOI is located.
(261521)
Questions to the Leader of the House
249
N
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): To ask the Leader of the House, what plans she has to make debates on the floor of the House more understandable to the general public.
(260750)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
250
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many businesses from the London Borough of Bexley have won contracts from the Olympic Delivery Authority.
(261426)
251
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how much was spent on the salaries of civil servants working in the Government Olympic Executive in each of the last three years.
(260983)
Questions to the Prime Minister
252
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he was invited to address a joint meeting of the US Congress; who invited him; and if he will make a statement.
(261524)
253
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he received a request from the government of Israel to make a speech at the Embassy of Israel 60th Anniversary Reception; and if he will make a statement.
(261582)
254
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, whether matters in respect of (a) the entry into disarmament negotiations of UK and US nuclear weapons and (b) prospects for the review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty were discussed during his recent visit to the United States.
(261540)
Questions to the Solicitor General
255
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Solicitor General, when she expects to answer Question (a) 245379 on Government security standards, (b) 245337 on personal data stored overseas, (c) 245353 on senior information risk owner and (d) 245311 on contractors' security standards, tabled on 15 December 2008.
(261532)
256
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Solicitor General, when she expects to answer Question 249136, on answers to parliamentary questions, tabled on 14 January 2009.
(261534)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
257
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group were (i) slightly and (ii) seriously injured whilst (A) crossing the road in and (B) taking part in a public demonstration in Parliament Square in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(261536)
258
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents occured in Parliament Square in each of the last 12 months; how many (a) involved and (b) were found to have been caused by persons taking part in public demonstrations opposite Carriage Gates; and if he will make a statement.
(261537)
259
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of freight facilities grants in the North West; and if he will make a statement.
(261098)
260
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of mandatory equipping of new vehicles with an eCall facility.
(261099)
261
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of road markings on motorways to inform drivers of safe minimum distances between vehicles.
(261100)
262
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to publish the documentation on the environmental impact of the A14 improvement scheme between Ellington and Fern Ditton.
(261101)
263
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of catalytic converters in the UK which meet the emissions standards required by EU Regulations 715/2007 and 692/2008 on vehicle emissions.
(261402)
264
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what costs have been incurred by the Government in the transposition of EU Regulations 715/2007 and 692/2008 on vehicle emissions.
(261403)
265
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department was consulted by Network Rail before that company decided to alter its work programme for 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(261404)
266
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2131W, on Heathrow Airport: road traffic, what the daily traffic composition was for the main road corridors to Heathrow in 2008.
(261626)
267
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with train operating companies on the likely effects of the current economic situation on levels of (a) unregulated rail fares and (b) station car parking charges.
(261627)
268
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what change in congestion levels was recorded by each of the urban areas to receive the Urban Congestion Performance Fund payment announced on 23 February 2009.
(261628)
269
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which towns in England with populations of 50,000 or more do not have a railway station.
(261629)
270
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what capital expenditure his Department plans to bring forward in the next 12 months.
(261630)
271
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current balance of the Air Travel Trust Fund is; and what the limit of its overdraft is.
[R] (260903)
272
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people flew overseas for tourism or leisure purposes in 2008; and how many of them were (a) covered and (b) not covered for consumer protection through the ATOL scheme.
[R] (260905)
273
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to extend the one pound levy per passenger per flight to all operators of leisure flights originating in the UK; and if he will make it his policy not to increase the amount of the levy.
[R] (260906)
274
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what procedures his Department has in place to remind drivers of the expiry date of 10 year driving licences.
(260869)
275
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers were stopped and fined in Scotland for driving without a valid licence in each of the last five years.
(260870)
276
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation said (a) that they were partially or totally opposed to Heathrow expansion, (b) that they did not believe Heathrow expansion could take place whilst meeting the Government's air quality limits without further measures and (c) that they did not believe Heathrow expansion could take place whilst meeting the noise contour limit of 127 square kilometres at the indicated levels of air traffic, broken down by (i) campaign postcards and petitions and (ii) postal response, (iii) free-text responses and (iv) online response form; and if he will make a statement.
(261096)
277
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport: Report on consultation responses publication in relation to (a) fees for analysis and preparation of the report paid to Detica, (b) fees for analysis and preparation of the report paid to Ipsos Mori and (c) production and distribution costs; and if he will make a statement.
(261097)
278
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 15 January 2009, Official Report, columns 355-60W, on transport infrastructure, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of using the green slot principle on levels of carbon dioxide emissions.
(261274)
279
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to Question 259633, on what date the work carried out by the Project for Sustainable Development of Heathrow was first assessed as sufficiently robust to conclude the (a) air quality limits and (b) noise contour limit of 127 sq km had been met in relation to (i) third runway scenarios and (ii) mixed mode scenarios consulted on in the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport public consultation; and if he will make a statement.
(261275)
280
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's latest estimate is of the number of cars not properly registered on their databases.
(261507)
281
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1271W on the M1: Bedfordshire, what other hard shoulder running schemes on the (a) M1, (b) M25, (c) M6, (d) M62, (e) M3, (f) M4 approaching London, (g) motorways around Manchester, (h) motorways around Birmingham and (i) motorways around Bristol are planned for 2009-10.
(261510)
282
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2132W on railways: employment, with which train operators he has had discussions on these matters in the last six months.
(261511)
283
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2132W, on railways: franchises, what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on assumptions about (i) economic growth and (ii) passenger volumes in the franchise agreements for these lines in the last 12 months.
(261513)
284
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Department's publication Travelling to School: An Action Plan, whether his Department has estimated the number of cars on the school run on urban roads in the morning peak traffic period during term time.
(261543)
285
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of cars on the road without valid (a) road tax and (b) insurance.
(261544)
286
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of vehicles operating outside the law on (a) registration, (b) vehicle testing and (c) insurance on the basis used in its Roads Policing Operations V79 paper published in September 2006.
(261545)
287
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of widening (a) junctions 16 to 23 and (b) junctions 27 to 30 of the M25; and how much of this sum he expects to come from the public purse.
(261607)
288
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the road widening projects on sections (a) 2, (b) 4 and (c) 5 of the M25.
(261608)
289
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the remaining sections of road identified for widening in the London Orbital Multi-Modal Study are planned to be widened via (a) conventional road widening and (b) hard shoulder running.
(261609)
290
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of extending the M6 from Carlisle to Guards Mill was; and how much of this sum came from public funds.
(261610)
291
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost of widening the M1 between junctions 6a and 10 is; and how much of that sum will be paid from public funds.
(261611)
292
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of widening the M25 between junctions 1b and 3 was; and how much of this sum came from public funds.
(261612)
293
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 900W, on the Driving Standards Agency: alcoholic drinks, what the cost to his Department was of the wine served at each of the three conferences.
(261449)
294
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) consultants and (b) contractors are working on the flexible benefits project for the central units of his Department.
(261591)
295
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the flexible benefits project for the central units of his Department has cost to date.
(261592)
296
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the flexible benefits project in the central units of his Department.
(261593)
297
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether staff in the central units of his Department will be able to book season ticket loans via the shared service portal once the proposed flexible benefits website is operational.
(261594)
298
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which company won the tender to operate his Department's flexible benefits project.
(261595)
299
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Government is making in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions through the development of battery-powered vehicles.
(260740)
300
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to answer Question 245350, tabled on 15 December 2008, on personal data stored overseas.
(261529)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
301
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when Bathgate Jobcentre Plus plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 19 January 2009 and 12 February 2009 on his constituent Evelyn Smith.
(261498)
302
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much lent under the (a) budgeting loans and (b) crisis loan scheme in each of the last three financial years has been written off.
(261508)
303
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for the future funding of the Pension Protection Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(261349)
304
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Social Fund applications by residents in the London Borough of Bexley were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each of the last five years; and how much was paid to such residents from the fund in each of those years.
(261424)
305
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Social Fund loans were not repaid in the last five years for which figures are available.
(261425)
306
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse for the requirement of drug users to undertake (a) rehabilitation plans, (b) substance related assessment and (c) relevant tests under the proposals contained in schedule 1(a) to the Welfare Reform Bill in their first full year of operation.
(261448)
307
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to the support for mortgage interest element of benefits; and how many households he estimates will benefit from the extension of this element of benefits to homeowners who have been unemployed for 13 weeks or more.
(261651)
308
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what deadline he has set for private sector provider bidders for the Flexible New Deal to revisit the assumptions made in their original bids, based on the revised estimate of the number of long-term unemployed.
(260861)
309
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of Social Fund loan applications were processed within the target actual average clearance time in the last 12 months.
(260862)
310
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the budget of the Social Fund for crisis loans was in each of the last 12 years.
(260863)
311
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of crisis loan applications resulted in an award being made in each of the last 12 years.
(260864)
312
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were investigated for benefit fraud in each of the last three years; how many were subsequently (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted and convicted; and how many of those convicted in each such year received (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a community sentence and (iii) a discharge.
(260986)
313
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in bonuses to the (a) senior management and (b) directors of Remploy in each year since 2000.
(261450)
314
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees there have been in Remploy sectors (a) M1 and (b) X in each year since 2000.
(261456)
315
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support formerly self-employed persons without work.
(261497)
316
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will adjust the criteria for claiming contribution-based jobseeker's allowance to enable formerly self-employed persons without work to claim the allowance.
(261499)
317
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the effect of the Roscommon Way Extension on Canvey Island on the (a) pipelines and (b) other major accident hazard sites in its vicinity; and if he will make a statement.
(259636)
318
N
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government taking a majority stake in a company in order to prevent it from bankruptcy would be considered an insolvency event for the purpose of the Pension Protection Funds.
(260979)
319
N
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights of the Pension Protection Fund cap and its provisions relating to reductions for early retirement.
(260980)
320
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 249132, on answers to parliamentary Questions, tabled on 14 January 2009.
(261475)
321
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local drug jobcentre co-ordinators his Department plans to employ; and what percentage of Jobcentre Plus offices will have a dedicated local drug jobcentre co-ordinator by October 2009.
(260858)
322
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what Civil Service payband local drug jobcentre co-ordinators will be employed; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the job specification for this role.
(260859)
323
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to issue guidance to Jobcentre Plus staff on how to assess whether there are reasonable grounds for believing a jobseeker's allowance claimant or applicant is a problem drug user; and to what grades of staff the guidance will be issued.
(260860)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
324
N
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to maximise the supply of oil and gas from the North Sea and the UK continental shelf.
[Question Unstarred] (260726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
325
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much on average has been recouped in charges for (a) personal social services, (b) home care and (c) day care for each older person in each local authority in 2008-09.
[Transferred] (261494)
326
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to enforce a multi-agency approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults, with particular reference to those who are both deaf and blind.
[Transferred] (261504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
327
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households his Department estimates will obtain Government support for unemployed homeowners to pay interest charges on their mortgages.
[Transferred] (261648)

 
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