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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 18 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 18 March 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 18 March 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 18 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 Wednesday 18 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 18 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he plans to answer question (a) 250233, (b) 250231 and (c) 250232 on the small firms loan guarantee scheme tabled on 19 January; what the reason for the time taken to reply to each is; and if he will make a statement.
(263296)
2
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent representations he has received from (a) tourism industry bodies and (b) others on the national minimum wage; and whether he plans to increase the level of the national minimum wage in 2009.
(264505)
3
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses in (a) Chingford and (b) Woodford Green have entered administration in the last 12 months.
(264788)
4
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance his Department provides to regional development agencies on the publication of (a) agendas and (b) minutes of their meetings.
(264455)
5
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Moscow in the financial year 2007-08.
(264563)
6
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Beijing in the financial year 2007-08.
(264565)
7
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many items of correspondence his Department sent by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other commercial delivery services in each of the last five years; and what the reasons were for the use of services other than Royal Mail.
(264535)
8
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much funding has been provided to the LDV Group for investment in lower carbon technology since 27 January 2009.
(264536)
9
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what financial assistance his Department has provided to suppliers of the LDV Group.
(264537)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
10
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the financial institutions and their subsidiary companies which are (a) wholly and (b) partly in public ownership have reported tax avoidance schemes to HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years; how many schemes each such institution has reported; what discussions he has had on the matter with (i) UK Financial Investments and (ii) the institutions concerned; and if he will make a statement.
(264336)
11
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) Valuation Office Agency properties were (i) occupied under contract with and (ii) provided with facilities management services by Mapeley at the end of each year since 2002.
(264249)
12
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many actions for recovery have been initiated by his Department on the basis of the disclosure of information from LGT Bank in the last five years.
(264256)
13
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether bank assets under the asset loan guarantee scheme will be required to be on a balance sheet; what other requirements will apply to methods of accounting for them; and whether the accountancy treatment of such assets will be agreed with the Financial Reporting Council and the Accountancy Standards Board.
(264721)
14
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who the UK members are of the UK-US working group to develop proposals to monitor and regulate the banking system; what the terms of reference of the group are; and on how many occasions it has met.
(264722)
15
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will establish a new range of contact points for the public for HM Revenue and Customs services in addition to existing helplines, co-located with other local and national information services.
(264723)
16
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Moscow in the financial year 2007-08.
(264561)
17
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Beijing in the financial year 2007-08.
(264564)
18
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many items of correspondence his Department sent by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other commercial delivery services in each of the last five years; and what the reasons were for the use of delivery services other than Royal Mail.
(264524)
19
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in working families tax credit a family of two working adults with two children under the age of 15 years would receive in 2008-09 if the combined annual income of the adults was (a) £20,000, (b) £30,000, (c) £40,000, (d) £50,000 and (e) £60,000.
(264530)
20
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) target time and (b) average time taken was for the repayment of overpaid tax by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.
(264574)
21
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the administration costs of the Tax Credit Office were in each of the last five years.
(264511)
22
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the merits of reducing the basic rate of income tax to 16 per cent.
(264513)
23
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of tax credit claimants are entitled to the family element of child tax credit only.
(264582)
24
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1490-1W, on pensions (tax relief), if he will estimate the amount of tax relief on pension contributions provided in each financial year since 2003-04 (a) in total and (b) for (i) higher rate taxpayers and (ii) basic rate taxpayers.
(264594)
25
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2004, Official Report, column 1489-90W, on pensions (taxation), if he will estimate the number of pensioners paying income tax at the (a) higher and (b) basic rate in each year since 2001-02; and what percentage of (i) all pensioner taxpayers and (ii) all pensioners these figures represent in each year.
(264595)
26
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1490-1W, on pensions (tax relief), if he will estimate the number of taxpayers receiving pension tax relief at the (a) higher and (b) basic rate in each year since 2003-04; and what percentage of all taxpayers below state pension age these figures represent in each case.
(264596)
27
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of working tax credit do not claim the childcare element.
(264597)
28
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what procedure is followed by the Tax Credit Office in the recovery of tax credits paid in respect of claimants who have died.
(264650)
29
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been reclaimed from tax credits overpaid to deceased claimants in each year since tax credits were introduced; and what proportion of this sum was (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit.
(264651)
30
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Tax Credit Office IT system records the reason for overpayment of tax credit awards.
(264652)
31
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the policy of the Tax Credit Office is on recovery of tax credits overpaid as a consequence of the death of a child included in the claim.
(264658)
32
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of people claiming child tax credit were under the age of 18 years in each year since its introduction; and how many and what proportion of this group claimed the lone parent element of child tax credit in each of those years.
(264659)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
33
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what support is available from his Department to deaf parents and their families.
(264557)
34
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what support is available from his Department to encourage deaf parents to participate in their children's education.
(264558)
35
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of his Department's performance against the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in respect of deaf parents and the education of their children.
(264662)
36
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of secondary schools in England which have not had a student accepted for a place at (a) Cambridge and (b) Oxford university in the last 30 years.
(264541)
37
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have received a statement of special educational needs in each of the last 10 years.
(264542)
38
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent per pupil in primary education in Staffordshire in 2008-09.
(264525)
39
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he plans to take to improve the results of children who were born in August in Key Stage 1.
(264507)
40
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will commission research into the impact on children born in August of the resultant reduction in (a) time spent at home with their parents, (b) part-time pre-school provision and (c) school time in their first year.
(264508)
41
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to allow parents of children born in August to move their children out of the cohort to delay their entry into reception class by up to one year.
(264601)
42
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which (a) individuals and (b) organisations were briefed by (i) him, (b) other Ministers and (iii) Departmental officials on the contents of Lord Laming's report into safeguarding children, before mid-day on 12 March 2009.
(264335)
43
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils with non-statemented special educational needs received at least one (a) fixed-term and (b) permanent exclusion from a mainstream school in each local authority area in each year since 1997.
(264602)
44
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils with statements of special educational needs received at least one (a) fixed-term and (b) permanent exclusion from a mainstream school in each local authority area in each year since 1997.
(264603)
45
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils without special educational needs received at least one (a) fixed-term and (b) permanent exclusion from mainstream schools in each local authority area in each year since 1997.
(264604)
46
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils who had (a) statemented special needs, (b) non-statemented special needs and (c) no special educational needs and who attended mainstream secondary schools achieved five grades A* to C at GCSE including English, mathematics, at least one science, at least one foreign language and history in each year since 1997.
(264605)
47
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils who had (a) statemented special educational needs, (b) non-statemented special educational needs and (c) no special educational needs and who attended mainstream secondary schools achieved five grades A* to C at GCSE in each year since 1997.
(264606)
48
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils who had (a) statemented special educational needs, (b) non-statemented special educational needs and (c) no special educational needs and who attended mainstream secondary schools achieved five grades A* to C at GCSE including English and mathematics in each year since 1997.
(264607)
49
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils attended independent special schools in each local authority area in each year since 1997.
(264608)
50
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained special schools in the (i) top and (ii) bottom decile of area deprivation as determined by the income deprivation affecting children index were judged to be (A) outstanding, (B) good, (C) adequate and (D) inadequate at their last Ofsted inspection.
(264609)
51
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of schools assessed as inadequate by Ofsted there are in each decile of area deprivation.
(264670)
52
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils with (a) statemented, (b) non-statemented, (c) any and (d) no special educational needs attended schools assessed as inadequate by Ofsted in each of the last five years.
(264671)
53
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to his letter of correction of 4 December 2008 to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, Deposited Paper DEP2008-2997, to the Answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 596W, on teachers: males, what the 2008 figures are, broken down by local authority area.
(264682)
54
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to his letter of correction of 4 December 2008 to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, Deposited Paper DEP2008-2997, to the Answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 596W, on teachers: males, what the 2008 figures are, broken down by decile of income deprivation affecting children indices.
(264683)
55
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to his letter of correction of 4 December 2008 to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, Deposited Paper DEP2008-2997, to the Answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 596W, on teachers: males, which five secondary schools did not have any male teachers in 2008; and in which local authority area each was.
(264684)
56
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to his letter of correction of 4 December 2008 to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, Deposited Paper DEP2008-2997, to the Answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 596W, on teachers: males, how many and what percentage of primary school pupils who (a) lived and (b) attended school in the most deprived decile of lower layer super output areas as determined by the income deprivation affecting children indices in 2008 attended schools with no male teachers.
(264685)
57
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of the effects of levels of violence and intimidation from pupils towards teachers; and what steps the Government is taking to reduce these levels.
(264510)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
58
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many disabled people have been employed in (a) Barnsley, (b) Doncaster and (c) South Yorkshire in the last 10 years.
(264544)
59
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been diagnosed with lung cancer in each of the last 10 years.
(264545)
60
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been diagnosed with breast cancer in each of the last 10 years.
(264546)
61
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many residents of (a) Tamworth, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England were diagnosed with bowel cancer in each of the last 10 years.
(264528)
62
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many small and medium-sized enterprises are registered in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire.
(264529)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
63
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy to ensure that the funding made available to local authorities to implement guideline rent increase meets the full cost of implementation; and if she will make a statement.
(264423)
64
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the decision was taken to halve the guideline rent increase for local authority tenants; what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of meeting the costs incurred by local housing authorities in implementing the new guideline rent increase; what timetable she has set for implementation of the new guideline rent increase and funding scheme to assist local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(264424)
65
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what authorisation Valuation Office Agency staff require to enter a domestic property for the purposes of revaluation.
(264359)
66
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department issues to (a) local authorities and (b) local strategic partnerships on the publication of (i) agendas and (ii) minutes of meetings.
(264454)
67
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the cost to local authorities of halving their proposed rent rise.
(264701)
68
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) sole owners, (b) joint owners and (c) first-time buyers have had their properties repossessed in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England in each of the last five years; and how many of those were aged (i) 18 to 30, (ii) 31 to 40, (iii) 41 to 50, (iv) 51 to 60 and (v) over 60 years.
(264758)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
69
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has provided in respect of the tourism responsibilities of the South West Regional Development Agency in 2008-09.
(264366)
70
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Torbay of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 461-2W, on tourism: South West, how much of the £3.5 million will have been provided to each regional development agency between 2008 and 2011.
(264426)
71
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisations (a) have been and (b) are planned to be consulted in drawing up the new whole sport plans.
(264526)
72
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what public consultations were undertaken by his Department in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(264527)
73
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provision for water safety will be included in the Free Swimming Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(264538)
74
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the independent production sector of the decision to restrict product placement.
(264338)
75
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures (a) are in place and (b) he intends to introduce to reduce product placement in programmes and films shown on television in line with the requirements of the Audiovisual and Media Services Directive.
(264339)
76
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what evidence he has evaluated on (a) effects on viewer confidence in UK-originated programming and (b) effects on viewers of product placement in UK-originated film and television content.
(264340)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
77
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment he has made of the development of carbon capture and storage technologies.
(264695)
78
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the Government's strategy for preservation of global mineral resources.
(264697)
79
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will hold discussions with the authorities of (a) the House of Commons and (b) the House of Lords on measures to reduce energy loss from the Parliamentary estate.
(264698)
80
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on the use of revenues generated from the auctioning of pollution allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the construction of new unabated but carbon capture ready coal-fired power plant, as referred to in the EU energy package; and what plans he has to discuss the use of these revenues with his EU counterparts.
(264523)
81
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the full exploitation of the oil sands in Canada.
(264575)
82
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department has allocated under each budget heading for its expenditure on work relating to (a) nuclear energy, (b) combined heat and power and (c) renewable energy in 2008-09.
(264621)
83
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff of his Department work on matters relating to combined heat and power on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis.
(264622)
84
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the average level of carbon dioxide emissions caused in commercial buildings by electrical lighting being left on outside office hours in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(264646)
85
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what guidance his Department has issued to businesses on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from commercial buildings; and if he will make a statement.
(264647)
86
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's definition of a green job is.
(264690)
87
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much was spent on (a) forest protection and (b) reducing levels of deforestation in each of the last three years; and under which budget headings such expenditure was allocated.
(264691)
88
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much he has allocated for (a) forest protection and (b) reducing levels of deforestation in each of the next three years; and under which budget headings such expenditure is to be allocated.
(264692)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
89
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of imported soya was produced in Bolivia in the latest period for which information is available.
(264543)
90
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the change in the average farmgate price for milk in each year since 1997.
(264678)
91
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the percentage of farmers who have diversified their business into activities outside food production in each year since 1997.
(264679)
92
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Moscow in the financial year 2007-08.
(264562)
93
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Beijing in the financial year 2007-08.
(264566)
94
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued to police and local authorities on the law on dangerous dogs in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(264620)
95
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what provision the European Commission's proposed Regulation on the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market makes in respect of powers for member states (a) to seize illegal timber that may enter the market and (b) to penalise operators trading in such timber.
(264705)
96
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many legal proceedings his Department has lost in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was in each case.
(264559)
97
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm holdings there were in each agricultural sector in each county in each year since 1997.
(264560)
98
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what formal notifications and requests for revisions have been made in accordance with Articles 6-12 of Council Regulation 1974/2006 to amend the Rural Development Programme for England; and how many opportunities to notify the Commission of amendments remain in the programming period.
(264749)
99
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to implement European Council Directive 99/74EC prohibiting the use of conventional cages for laying hens.
(264767)
100
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Torbay of 5 November 2008, transferred from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on energy conservation.
(264768)
101
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether incinerator operators are required to test incinerator bottom ash for H14 ecotoxicity; and if he will make a statement.
(263742)
102
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of each submission made to the public consultation undertaken by the Environment Agency on H14 ecotoxicity testing in October 2007.
(263743)
103
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the results of the ecotoxicity testing of incinerator bottom ash are included in the Environment Agency regional registers.
(263744)
104
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 32W, on incinerators: waste disposal, if he will publish the results of the public consultation on H14 ecotoxicity testing held in October 2007.
(263745)
105
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers the Environment Agency has to waive restrictions on building in flood risk areas; and if he will make a statement.
(264360)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
106
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 41W, on anti-Semitism, on what recent occasions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have condemned anti-Semitism; and if he will make a statement.
(264674)
107
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the withdrawal of governments from the United Nations Durban 2 Conference; and if he will make a statement.
(264675)
108
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Minister signed the Final Declaration of the London conference on combating anti-Semitism; and if he will make a statement.
(264676)
109
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 41W, on anti-Semitism, what steps the Government plans to take to monitor and tackle anti-Semitism overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(264677)
110
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Iraqi government on the reinstatement of the death penalty in Iraq in 2004.
(264693)
111
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received of the Iraqi judicial authorities confirming death sentences against 128 Iraqi prisoners; and what steps his Department is taking on the matter.
(264694)
112
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Minister of State's evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 4 March 2009, with which members of Hezbollah's political wing the Government has made contact.
(264752)
113
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the Government ceased contact with both the political and military wings of Hezbollah in 2005.
(264753)
114
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the Government has changed its policy on engaging with Hezbollah's political wing.
(264754)
115
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of co-operation between the political and military wings of Hezbollah in seeking to commit or support acts of terrorism.
(264755)
116
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reported statements by Hezbollah's leadership that there is no distinction between the organisation's political and military wings.
(264756)
117
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
(264787)
118
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1415W, on terrorism: finance, how much of the £80 million allocated to his Department and the £6 million allocated to the British Council for tackling terrorism and promoting understanding overseas for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11 is new funding.
(264600)
119
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits were made by Ministers to Brussels, other than on NATO business, in the financial year 2007-08.
(264567)
120
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits were made by Ministers to Brasilia in the financial year 2007-08.
(264568)
121
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits were made by Ministers to Washington, D.C. in the financial year 2007-08.
(264569)
122
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits were made by Ministers to New Dehli in the financial year 2007-08.
(264570)
123
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits were made by Ministers to Seoul in the financial year 2007-08.
(264571)
124
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits were made by Ministers to Tokyo in the financial year 2007-08.
(264572)
125
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1429W, on Middle East: armed conflict, by what methods the risks that arms could be used for internal repression or external aggression are surveyed; and what steps his Department took to gather evidence on the use of arms exports in relation to Gaza.
(264704)
126
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the merits of seizing overseas assets of the Zimbabwean government in order to pay the pensions of former employees of the Southern Rhodesian government and other Zimbabwean pensioners.
(264598)
127
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on access by Gazan fishermen to (a) Gazan and (b) international waters.
(264497)
128
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the future of the Palestinian government of Prime Minister Fayyad's decision to stand down; and if he will take steps to ensure that the Middle East peace process includes a unified Palestinian government.
(264688)
129
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what restrictions there are on (a) mail and (b) gifts being sent from the UK to people in (i) the West Bank and (ii) Gaza.
(264761)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
130
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of each document in his Department's file CPO 2/25 Lord Braine of Wheatley's Partial Birth Abortion (Prohibition) Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(264612)
131
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will include information on (a) counselling and (b) possible alternatives to abortion on the National Health Service webpage entitled Abortion: know your options; and if he will make a statement.
(264613)
132
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of each document in his Department's file CPO 2/6 Lord Robertson of Oakridge, Abortion Amendment Bill Briefing for Legislation Committee and Second Reading Debate; and if he will make a statement.
(264614)
133
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is available from his Department to deaf parents and their families.
(264556)
134
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has given approval to the transfer of the Sir Martin Roth Unit at Newcastle General Hospital to Prudhoe; and if he will make a statement.
(264725)
135
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating smoking-related diseases in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last five years.
(264547)
136
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have received assistance from the NHS to stop smoking in each of the last five years.
(264548)
137
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors were employed by (a) Barnsley primary care trust and (b) Doncaster primary care trust in each of the last 10 years.
(264549)
138
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from clinical physiologists on state registration for qualified members of their profession.
(264539)
139
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking in respect of waiting times for follow-up treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
(264764)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
140
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer question 247975 tabled on 12 January, on placing material in the Library; what the reason for the time taken to reply is; and if she will make a statement.
(263297)
141
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department plans to take to monitor and tackle offences related to anti-Semitism; and if she will make a statement.
(264610)
142
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent reports she has received on levels of anti-Semitism in each police force area in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(264611)
143
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for tourist visas were (a) received and (b) granted in the latest year for which figures are available; what the average length of time was for processing a tourist visa in that period; and how much it costs to apply for a tourist visa in respect of (i) the US, (ii) Canada, (iii) Australia, (iv) Japan, (v) India and (vi) China.
(264504)
144
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications were (a) received and (b) granted for family visit visas in each of the last six years.
(264751)
145
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers (a) were referred to the National Asylum Support Service and (b) exited the National Asylum Support Service in each local authority area in the North East in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.
(264323)
146
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department had spent on seminars provided by the UK Border Agency for businesses on the recruitment of migrant workers on the latest date for which figures are available.
(264365)
147
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice her Department has provided to hotels in London on security arrangements for the London 2012 Olympics.
(264456)
148
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hand-held devices have been issued to police officers and police community support officers by South Yorkshire Police Authority.
(264555)
149
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many holders of British passports hold dual nationality, broken down by other nationality.
(264660)
150
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for British citizenship are (a) being processed and (b) awaiting processing, broken down by applicant country of origin.
(264661)
151
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers resigned in each year since 2005.
(264708)
152
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people of each nationality held in immigration removal centres have been detained for more than a year in each year since 2001.
(264499)
153
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been detained in immigration removal centres for (a) working illegally and (b) offences under section 7 of the Theft Act 1968 in each year since 2001.
(264500)
154
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those in immigration removal centres are (a) under five, (b) between five and 10, (c) between 11 and 16 and (d) between 16 and 18 years old.
(264520)
155
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers on entry into the UK have used (a) sexual assault, (b) rape and (c) gender-based violence as the basis for their asylum claim in each year since 2001.
(264521)
156
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) women and (b) children held in immigration removal centres have identified themselves as being subject to (i) sexual assault, (ii) rape and (iii) gender-based violence in their country of origin.
(264522)
157
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the UK's opt-out from the EU Returns Directive; and if she will adopt a maximum time limit for the detention of illegal immigrants.
(264766)
158
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes to regulations regarding wheel clamping on private land she plans to make; and if she will make a statement.
(264165)
159
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 275W, on control orders, whether her Department has made subsistence payments to (a) the individual referred to in the Answer and (b) other individuals subject to a control order in 2009.
(264681)
160
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on payments to individuals subject to control orders for (a) accommodation, (b) council tax, (c) utility bills, (d) telephone line rental, (e) pre-paid telephone cards and phone bills and (f) other subsistence in each year since 2005.
(264686)
161
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 463W, on Binyam Mohamed, when she expects to be able to confirm the residency status of Mr Mohamed.
(264599)
162
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people of each (a) age group, (b) ethnicity, (c) gender and (d) religion had DNA profiles stored on the national DNA database at the latest date for which figures are available.
(264765)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
163
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent representations the Commission has received on the implementation of the Tebbit Review of Management and Services of the House; and if he will make a statement.
(264615)
164
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff of each grade (a) were employed in the Office of the Clerk of the House before the Tebbit Review of Management and Services of the House was implemented and (b) are employed in the Office of the Chief Executive; and if he will make a statement.
(264616)
165
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the effects on expenditure on House administration of implementation of the recommendations of the Tebbit Review of Management and Services of the House; and if he will make a statement.
(264617)
166
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much was spent by the Commission on the Tebbit Review of Management and Services of the House; how much has been spent to date on implementation of the review's findings; and if he will make a statement.
(264618)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
167
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of each age group were not in education, employment and training in each local education authority area in the North East region in each of the last five years; and what variation from the average for all English regions each represents.
(264724)
168
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of young people living in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster entered university in each of the last 10 years.
(264550)
169
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many graduates who are earning between £15,000 and £30,000 are making student loan repayments.
(264769)
170
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of university students are UK nationals.
(264738)
171
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of undergraduate places on science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses in universities in England are filled by UK nationals.
(264739)
172
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase the uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses in universities by British students.
(264740)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
173
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the local (a) adult and (b) juvenile reoffending rate was in each (i) London borough and (ii) upper tier local authority in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(264643)
174
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for acts of assistance relating to housing were received by the Legal Services Commission in each Government region in each quarter of (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; how many such applications were accepted; how much has been spent on them; and if he will make a statement.
(264644)
175
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in Greater London have received assistance from each of the desks established in courts to provide free legal representation at repossession hearings in each month since the scheme's inception.
(264645)
176
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to develop alternatives to custody.
(264047)
177
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to provide services for those convicted of offences who are dependent on drugs.
(264048)
178
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by West Yorkshire Drugs and Offender Management Unit on its Integrated Offender Management Programme in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.
(264576)
179
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much time was spent by Yorkshire and Humber Offender Management Service recording ethnic monitoring statistics in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.
(264577)
180
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much time was spent by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation in assessing ethnic monitoring statistics in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.
(264578)
181
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much time was spent by the Yorkshire and Humber Offender Management Service interviewing and informing offenders that discriminatory behaviour is unacceptable in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.
(264579)
182
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much time was spent by the Yorkshire and Humber Offender Management Service on the delivery of restrictive interventions to offenders in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.
(264580)
183
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by HM Inspectorate of Probation assessing diversity issues during the delivery of restrictive interventions to offenders in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.
(264581)
184
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates on the Barnsley Magistrates' Bench resided in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Barnsley West and Penistone constituency and (c) Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(264551)
185
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) ham, (b) pork, (c) beef and (d) chicken served in public sector prisons was produced in the UK in the last period for which figures are available.
(264663)
186
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many redundancies HM Court Service expects to make in 2009-10.
(264664)
187
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what change is planned in the full-time equivalent headcount of (a) the National Offender Management Service, (b) the National Probation Service and (c) HM Courts Service by the end of 2009-10.
(264665)
188
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether each of the three new titan prisons will be privately managed.
(264666)
189
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which private sector prisons have access to Prison-NOMIS.
(264667)
190
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of centrally-managed prison laundry services was in 2007-08.
(264668)
191
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the planned resource budget of (a) the National Offender Management Service headquarters, (b) HM Prison Service and (c) the National Probation Service is for 2009-10.
(264669)
192
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours per day prisoners in young offenders' institutions spent on (a) education and (b) other forms of work on average in the latest period for which figures are available.
(264707)
193
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what offences prisoners placed in police and court cells under Operation Safeguard had been convicted.
(264711)
194
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the daily expenditure per prisoner on prison meals in each year since 2003.
(264712)
195
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the daily expenditure per prisoner on meals for prisoners held in police and court cells in each year since 2003.
(264713)
196
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults by prisoners on a (a) prisoner and (b) prison officer were recorded in each prison establishment in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(264714)
197
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults by prisoners on a (a) prisoner and (b) prison officer were recorded in each year since 2002 in each female prison establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(264715)
198
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults by prisoners on a (a) prisoner and (b) prison officer were recorded in each young offenders' institution in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(264716)
199
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of all prison sentences handed down in each year since 1997 were for six months or less.
(264717)
200
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inmates (a) escaped and (b) absconded from each open prison in each year since 1997.
(264718)
201
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of the prison population with one or more mental health condition, broken down by condition; and if he will make a statement.
(264719)
202
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of the prison population have been held in (a) NHS and (b) independent sector mental healthcare places in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(264720)
203
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of sentences handed down to (a) juveniles and (b) young adults of each sex from (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) crown courts were custodial sentences in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement.
(264750)
204
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm by (a) male and (b) female prisoners held in each young offenders' institution were recorded in each year since 2003.
(264771)
205
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm by (a) male and (b) female prisoners in each prison establishment were recorded in each year since 2003.
(264772)
206
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much HM Courts Service has spent in relation to cases of extradition of people to the United States in each year since 2001.
(264515)
207
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make available legal aid for libel cases in which members of the medical profession are stating medical opinion.
(264506)
208
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of residents of ClearSprings properties have breached their residency obligations since the scheme was introduced; how many have been removed from their property as a result; and if he will make a statement.
(264757)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
209
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what budget was allocated to Forensic Science NI in each of the last five years.
(264741)
210
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much is planned to be spent on capital works for the prison estate in Northern Ireland over the next five years.
(264742)
211
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were employed in each job category by the Northern Ireland Prison Service in each of the last five years.
(264743)
212
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the running costs of each prison in Northern Ireland were in each of the last five years.
(264744)
213
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid in compensation by the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency in each of the last five years.
(264745)
214
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many compensation applications were (a) rejected and (b) accepted by the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency in each of the last five years.
(264746)
215
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of staff were employed by AccessNI in each month since April 2008.
(264747)
216
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced applications have been processed by AccessNI in each month since April 2008; and what percentage of each category was completed within the performance target time.
(264748)
Questions to the Prime Minister
217
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to reclaim redundancy payments made to Ministers leaving the Government if they are subsequently appointed to a ministerial position in the same Parliament.
(264337)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
218
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received requesting annual testing for heavy goods vehicles to be made available outside normal business hours.
(264166)
219
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons annual testing for heavy goods vehicles is not available outside normal business hours.
(264167)
220
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus services covered by the concessionary bus fares scheme for the over 60s would not be available to pass holders under the Travel Concessions (Eligible Services) (Amendment) Order 2009; and what assessment he has made of the cost to local authorities of continuing the concessionary scheme on such services on a discretionary basis.
(264540)
221
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 362W, on departmental conditions of employment, whether any civil servants have worked on the flexible benefits project.
(264703)
222
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average cost of constructing a mile of (a) motorway and (b) railway was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(264689)
223
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements his Department places on operators of ferries which make journeys of less than 20 miles in respect of (a) passenger loading limits and (b) recording the number of passengers embarking.
(264673)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
224
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, when she plans to reply to the letter of 26 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on equal pay for work of equal value.
(264503)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
225
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster were in receipt of disability living allowance in each year since 1997.
(264552)
226
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.
(264553)
227
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job vacancies advertised by each public sector employer there have been in each Jobcentre Plus district in Wales at each salary band in each week since 1 January 2009.
(264425)
228
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the revenue forgone by the Exchequer by increasing personal allowances for the purposes of calculating council tax benefits by (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30, (d) 40 and (e) 50 per cent.; and if he will estimate the effect of each level of increase on the number of claimants of council tax benefit.
(264427)
229
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Tamworth constituency claimed disability living allowance in the latest year for which figures are available.
(264531)
230
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit entitlement checks have been carried out for people in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) England in the last 12 months.
(264533)
231
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of the last two years; and what the reasons were for the use of services other than Royal Mail.
(264534)
232
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 87-8W, on control orders, how much his Department spent on (a) incapacity benefit, (b) jobseeker's allowance, (c) disability living allowance and (d) income support for individuals subject to control orders in the fourth quarter of 2008.
(264687)
233
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many medical examinations were referred to Atos Healthcare by his Department in each region in the last 12 months.
(264501)
234
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many face-to-face examinations were carried out by Atos Healthcare on behalf of his Department in (a) the claimant's home and (b) each of the medical examination centres in the last 12 months.
(264502)
235
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobcentres there were in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in England in each year since 1997.
(264573)
236
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Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants in receipt of jobseeker's allowance have entered voluntary drug rehabilitation programmes in each of the last five years.
(264368)
237
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what projects in each Government region are planned to receive funding from the European Social Fund in the period 2007 to 2013; and how much funding each such project will receive.
(264512)
238
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average clearing time for (a) income support applications and (b) jobseeker's allowance applications was (i) at each benefit delivery centre and (ii) in the UK in each month of the last two years.
(264518)
239
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which benefit delivery centres serve residents of each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) Jobcentre Plus district.
(264519)
240
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of increasing jobseeker's allowance by (a) 100 per cent. for claimants with an unbroken work record of more than five years and (b) 200 per cent. for claimants with an unbroken work record of more than 10 years immediately prior to their claim in each of the next five years.
(264648)
241
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming contribution-based jobseeker's allowance had an unbroken work record of more than (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years immediately prior to claiming in each quarter of the last five years.
(264649)
242
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many frontline Jobcentre Plus staff there were in each Jobcentre Plus district in each quarter of the last two years.
(264653)
243
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average number of days taken to process new (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit claims was in each local authority area in each month of the last two years.
(264654)
244
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many outstanding (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit claims there were in each local authority area in each quarter of the last two years.
(264655)
245
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have left positions in Jobcentre Plus in each region in each month of the last two years.
(264656)
246
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many outstanding jobseeker's allowance claims there were at each benefit delivery centre in each month of the last two years.
(264657)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
247
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 417W, on business: credit, when negotiations with participating banks began; whether the specific and quantified lending commitments will be (a) published and (b) regularly monitored and reported; what the remit of the lending panel is; when it first met; what data it is monitoring; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (264706)
248
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the monetary value of guarantees made in respect of new mortgage lending was in the last six months for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (264770)
249
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) monetary value and (b) revenue to the Exchequer from taxation of British arms exports to Israel was in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (264700)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
250
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been made redundant in (a) Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency, (b) Barnsley and (c) Doncaster in the last six months.
[Transferred] (264554)
251
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what his most recent estimate is of the number of workers receiving below the national minimum wage in each (a) region and (b) local authority area.
[Transferred] (264509)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
252
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to encourage energy companies to curtail consumer demand for electricity.
[Transferred] (264696)
253
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many meetings he and his officials had with representatives of (a) the nuclear energy and nuclear waste industry, (b) the combined heat and power industry and (c) the renewable energy industry between January 2007 and October 2008.
[Transferred] (264517)
254
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households with at least one person with a long-term illness or disability were estimated to be in fuel poverty at the latest date for which information is available.
[Transferred] (264532)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
255
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles of each type have been seized in each police force area under section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each year since 2005.
[Transferred] (264619)
256
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people the Government has sought to extradite from the United States in each year since 2001; and how many people were extradited from the United States to the UK in each of those years.
[Transferred] (264514)
257
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) were extradited and (b) successfully appealed against extradition from the UK to the United States in each year since 2001; and how many people were subject to such extradition proceedings in each of those years.
[Transferred] (264516)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
258
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family visitor visa appeals were (a) received and (b) upheld in each of the last six years.
[Transferred] (264759)
259
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many immigration appeals were (a) received from and (b) granted in relation to people from (i) India, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Nigeria in each of the last six years.
[Transferred] (264760)
260
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people aged (a) 14 to 17 and (b) 18 to 21 years old have been prosecuted for firearms offences in each year since 2001.
[Transferred] (264709)
261
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) have been registered as fines; and how many PNDs have been paid (a) within and (b) outside the 21-day suspended enforcement period.
[Transferred] (264710)
Questions to the Solicitor General
262
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Solicitor General, what her most recent estimate is of the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service of the extradition case against Gary McKinnon.
[Transferred] (264680)

 
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