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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 19 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 Thursday 19 March 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 19 March 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 19 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 19 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 19 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he is taking to safeguard UK car manufacturing.
(265438)
2
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the interest rates charged to small businesses on loans guaranteed under the enterprise finance guarantee scheme.
(264953)
3
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, who the members are of the UK Trade and Investment UK Low-Carbon Sector Advisory Group.
(265210)
4
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, who the members are of the UK Trade and Investment UK Low-Carbon International Marketing Strategy Board.
(265211)
5
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the proposed timetable is for the publication of the UK Trade and Investment UK Low-Carbon International Marketing Strategy.
(265212)
6
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much Government financial support was provided to fossil fuel suppliers in each of the last 10 years.
(265220)
7
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which fossil fuel energy projects the Export Credits Guarantee Department is supporting; in which country each project is situated; which UK companies are in receipt of support; what type of plant is being supported in each case; what the (a) start and (b) completion dates are for each project; and how much is being provided to each.
(265316)
8
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the volume of trade between Burma and the EU in each of the last three years.
(265367)
9
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the volume of trade between the UK and Uzbekistan was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(265467)
10
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the volume of trade between the UK and Burma was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(265468)
11
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the volume of trade between the UK and Sudan was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(265469)
12
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the volume of trade between the UK and Colombia was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(265470)
13
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent assessment he has made as part of his consumer protection responsibilities of the merits of applying supplies of goods and services variable administration fees for consumers according to method of payment.
(264976)
14
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with Hindalco Industries Ltd in the last six months on matters on which Hindalco Industries have been engaged to advise his Department.
(264587)
15
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) redundancies, (b) retirements and (c) redundancy notices his Department has been notified of by public sector organisations in Wales in each week since 1 January 2009; and what estimate he has made of the total number of such (i) redundancies, (ii) retirements and (iii) redundancy notices in each week.
(264588)
16
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of freight transport businesses declared bankrupt in each of the last five years.
(264726)
17
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if the Secretary of State will make it his policy to support small businesses affected by the changes in the price of steel.
(264870)
18
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent assessment he has made of the state of the construction industry.
(264472)
19
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the cost to small businesses of extending flexible working to parents of children up to the age of 16 years.
(264642)
20
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring foward proposals for a scheme based on the same principles as the ProAct scheme for assistance to businesses established by the Welsh Assembly Government.
(265508)
21
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) staff and (b) ministerial away days were organised by his Department in each of the last five years; and what the cost of such events was in each year.
(265109)
22
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much each regional development agency spent on land reclamation projects in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(265242)
23
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what community-led physical regeneration projects each regional development agency funded in each year since 2000.
(265271)
24
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what Community Investment Fund projects each regional development agency carried out in each year since 2000.
(265272)
25
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much each regional development agency contributed to housing schemes in each year since 2000.
(265277)
26
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many land reclamation projects regional development agencies (a) started and (b) completed in each year since 2000.
(265278)
27
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the South West Regional Development Agency has allocated to the St Austell eco-town development; and if he will make a statement.
(265285)
28
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessor that cost more than £1 million was in each year since 2003-04; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project.
(265511)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
29
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of private finance initiative credits for energy infrastructure projects.
(265209)
30
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which body is responsible for supervising and directing the activities of the European Investment Bank; what the financial obligations are of the participant nations; and whether the necessary financial contributions have been made by each participant nation.
(265221)
31
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial contribution the UK has made to fossil fuel projects via the (a) World Bank Group, (b) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, (c) European Investment Bank and (d) other Government-funded financial institutions in each of the last five years.
(265222)
32
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal incentives are available for fossil fuel production and investment.
(265223)
33
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in contributions the UK paid to the (a) World Bank Group, (b) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and (c) European Investment Bank in each of the last five years.
(265224)
34
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis the eligibility of financial institutions to participate in the new guarantee scheme for residential mortgage-backed securities will be determined; and whether UK non-bank lenders will be permitted access to the scheme.
(265149)
35
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on competition in the UK mortgage market of restricting access to the new guarantee scheme for residential mortgage-backed securities to banks and building societies.
(265150)
36
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the levels of activity of specialist lenders in the UK mortgage market on (a) the availability of buy-to-let mortgage finance, (b) competition in the provision of buy-to-let mortgages and (c) the ability of the private rented sector to meet housing need.
(265151)
37
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) banks, (b) building societies and (c) other lending institutions have (i) withdrawn from the UK mortgage market and (ii) stopped accepting new mortgage business during the last 12 months.
(265152)
38
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral Statement of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 482-6, on financial markets, whether any schemes being developed to encourage lending to businesses and consumers will be open to UK non-bank financial institutions.
(265196)
39
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral Statement of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 482-6, on financial markets, whether his Department plans to develop a scheme to support new lending by UK non-bank financial institutions.
(265197)
40
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral Statement of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 482-6, on financial markets, what plans he has to facilitate an increase in the supply of mortgage finance for investment in the private rented sector through the lending support schemes being developed by his Department.
(265198)
41
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many illegal cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland in 2008; and what the number seized per head of population was in each case.
(264775)
42
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with banks in receipt of recapitalisation or asset-based loan guarantees on the future use of (a) direct tax avoidance practices and (b) special purpose vehicles by such banks.
(264458)
43
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ensure that (a) European Regional Development Fund and (b) other European grant aid programmes are used to greatest effect in (i) the UK and (ii) the region of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
(265381)
44
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department's Major Projects Review Group is expected to complete its review of the future nuclear deterrent capability programme.
(264970)
45
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the Expert Liaison Group.
(264639)
46
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the 600 free automated teller machines for low-income areas proposed in December 2006 are in operation in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Denbighshire and (d) Conwy County Borough.
(264593)
47
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK Financial Investments Ltd on the policy of (a) RBS and (b) HBOS on maintaining credit lines to existing commercial customers.
(264831)
48
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK Financial Investments Ltd on the approach of (a) RBS and (b) HBOS in maintaining their existing loan portfolios.
(264832)
49
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Valuation Office Agency made of the average value of a hectare of land in each of the last 20 quarters.
(265087)
50
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what properties (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing developments.
(265119)
51
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration; what the staffing costs of the review were; and which (a) departments and (b) organisations contributed to the review.
(265255)
52
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his Department's staff members were involved in supporting the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration.
(265383)
53
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which organisation carried out each such survey.
(265393)
54
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on (i) furniture and (ii) renovation and decoration for departmental buildings in each of the last five years.
(265407)
55
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1638-9W, on tax credit, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants who would have their tax credit award reduced to zero in each scenario in each of the next six years.
(265043)
56
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of people who have been mis-sold endowment policies but have not pursued the matter within the time limit; and if he will make a statement.
(264923)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
57
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of teachers recruited to maintained (a) infant, (b) primary and (c) secondary schools were the subject of a completed Criminal Records Bureau check before starting work in each year since 2002.
(265041)
58
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children under the age of 16 years have been identified as young carers in (a) the London Borough of Bexley, (b) London and (c) England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(264834)
59
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent per pupil in primary education in (a) the London Borough of Bexley, (b) the London Borough of Greenwich and (c) the London Borough of Bromley in 2008-09.
(264974)
60
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the eye health of children under the age of 16 years of prolonged exposure to television and computer screens.
(264912)
61
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many childcare places there were in Houghton and Washington East constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008.
(265027)
62
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what expenditure his Department incurred on children's centres in the city of Sunderland in each of the last 10 years.
(265030)
63
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students have been arrested for taking weapons into schools in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 12 years.
(265341)
64
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what provision for financial assistance is planned for schools to provide teaching cover for teachers who are studying for the new MA in Teaching and Learning; and if he will make a statement.
(264853)
65
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers he expects to enrol on courses for the MA in Teaching and Learning in (a) September 2009 and (b) January 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(264854)
66
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much time he expects newly-qualified teachers enrolled on the new MA in Teaching and Learning to spend outside the classroom as part of their course; and if he will make a statement.
(264855)
67
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects revisions to the framework for serious case reviews to have been made.
(264386)
68
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether the chief adviser on the safety of children will be permitted to read serious case review reports.
(264428)
69
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many local authorities did not meet the shielding policies deadline for ContactPoint of 13 March 2009.
(264634)
70
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing Lord Laming's recommendations on safeguarding children.
(264635)
71
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what protocols his Department has put in place for records of details of adopted children on ContactPoint.
(264636)
72
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will publish all of his correspondence with the Social Work Taskforce.
(264842)
73
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of children in each decile of area deprivation by (a) pupil residence and (b) school location were recorded as having (i) statemented and (ii) non-statemented special educational needs in (A) 2003 and (B) 2008.
(264846)
74
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils in each decile of income deprivation affecting children indices had statements of special educational need in (a) 2003 and (b) 2008.
(264848)
75
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils with statements of special educational need there were in each decile of income deprivation affecting children indices in (a) 2003 and (b) 2008.
(264857)
76
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what powers the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit will have beyond those already held by his Department.
(265226)
77
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what minimum qualifications are required of the chairmen of children's trusts.
(265227)
78
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, who chairs each children's trust.
(265228)
79
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what powers his Department has to prevent a local authority publishing a redacted and anonymised full serious case review commissioned from its own local safeguarding children board.
(265229)
80
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many graduates of the new social worker degree remain in post as social workers.
(265230)
81
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many graduates of the new social worker degree have become social workers since its creation.
(265231)
82
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to page 66 of The Protection of Children in England: a progress report, HC330, what recent estimate he has made of vacancy rates within child protection teams.
(265232)
83
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to page 16 of The Protection of Children in England: a progress report, HC330, what new statutory targets for safeguarding and child protection he plans to introduce.
(265233)
84
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to page 16 of The Protection of Children in England: a progress report, HC330, what formalised and explicit performance indicators are planned to be introduced for primary care trusts.
(265234)
85
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to page 60 of The Protection of Children in England: a progress report, HC330, what recent estimate he has made of the number of police officers with the specialist training necessary to work on child protection available to each local authority.
(265235)
86
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to page 65 of The Protection of Children in England: a progress report, HC330, what changes he plans to make to existing practice to ensure that serious case reviews focus on the effective learning of lessons and implementation of recommendations and the timely introduction of changes to protect children.
(265237)
87
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people have graduated from the new social worker degree since its creation.
(265238)
88
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people have started the new social worker degree since its creation.
(265239)
89
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) child assessment, (b) care, (c) supervision and (d) emergency protection orders have been issued in each local authority area in each of the last five years.
(265240)
90
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 549-50W, on departmental staff surveys, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's most recent staff survey results and the subsequent analysis.
(265386)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
91
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people identifying themselves as disabled have been employed in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London in each of the last 10 years.
(264973)
92
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many drug-related deaths there were in (a) North Wiltshire constituency, (b) London and (c) England in each year since 2000.
(264866)
93
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the unemployment rate in (a) Wales and (b) the UK was at the beginning of the economic downturn; and what such rates were at the latest date for which figures are available.
(265513)
94
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many visits have been made by Cabinet Ministers to each English region in the last 12 months.
(264977)
95
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many charities were deemed to be insolvent in each of the last five years.
(265253)
96
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many charities have made representations to the Charities Commission on issues related to insolvency in each of the last three years.
(265254)
97
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 25 February 2009 asking for a meeting of voluntary organisations involved in human trafficking to discuss headquarter grants from the Voluntary Service Unit.
(264789)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
98
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what revenues have been raised to date from the levy applied to empty properties in England in the last 12 months.
(265329)
99
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her Department has had on the use of powers under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 with those local authorities planning to use such powers.
(265379)
100
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department has spent on informing (a) buyers and (b) sellers of properties about home information packs in each year since their introduction was proposed.
(264737)
101
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been provided to local authorities to support their work in helping eastern European migrants to return home or to find work in each year since 2004-05.
(265487)
102
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities (a) are due to receive a negative housing revenue account subsidy in 2009-10 and (b) have received a negative housing revenue account subsidy in each of the last five years; what the level of each negative subsidy was; how many relevant dwellings there were in each authority; and if she will make a statement.
(264640)
103
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities (a) are due to receive a housing revenue account subsidy in 2009-10 and (b) have received a housing revenue account subsidy in each of the last five years; what the level of each subsidy was; how many relevant dwellings there were in each authority; and if she will make a statement.
(264641)
104
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information her Department holds on the programmes to which the (a) Local Authority Business Grant Incentive funding and (b) Area-based Grant made to Chorley Borough Council for the years 2009-10 to 2011-12 will be allocated.
(264871)
105
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of making the small business rate relief scheme automatic; and if she will make a statement.
(265157)
106
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding her Department has provided to the Institute for Community Cohesion for its project gathering information on social cohesion through surveys and focus groups under the Prevent strand of Project Contest; and when the findings of the project will be published.
(264886)
107
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 476W, on community relations, what research other than that commissioned from the Tavistock Institute and De Montfort University has been commissioned by her Department into (a) social cohesion and (b) contributing factors to violent extremism in each year since 2005.
(264901)
108
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 476W, on community relations, how much her Department is paying (a) the Tavistock Institute and (b) De Montfort University for the research commissioned from them.
(264902)
109
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 476W, on community relations, by what date she expects (a) the Tavistock Institute and (b) De Montfort University to report to her Department on the results of their research into the national and international factors contributing to violent extremism.
(264903)
110
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2064-5W, on departmental procurement, for what purposes beverages were purchased from Oddbins by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office.
(264847)
111
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average change in rateable value as a result of transitional rate relief in England was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09.
(265024)
112
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average change in business rate liability for firms previously receiving revaluation transitional rate relief will be as a consequence of the end of transitional relief in 2009-10.
(265044)
113
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many businesses in England were eligible for transitional rate relief in 2008-09 but will no longer be eligible in 2009-10.
(265045)
114
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many pages of national planning guidance have been issued since 2005.
(265046)
115
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have approved local development frameworks in place; and what progress has been made to ensure that all authorities have such frameworks in place.
(265047)
116
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to phase out section 106 agreements following the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy.
(265048)
117
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what remuneration is given to each member of each of the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships.
(265064)
118
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average monetary value of transitional rate relief in England was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09.
(265153)
119
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her most recent estimate is of the rate of take up of relief by small businesses under the small business rate relief scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(264585)
120
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the rate relief available under the small business rate relief scheme is not granted to qualifying businesses automatically; and if she will make a statement.
(264586)
121
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of unitary authorities in which seaside and coastal towns are located.
(265497)
122
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the qualifying criteria for the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
(264979)
123
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the formula by which her Department calculates Neighbourhood Renewal Fund allocations for local authorities.
(264980)
124
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many social sector homes were considered non-decent in each year since 2001; and what estimate has been made of the number so considered in 2008-09.
(264982)
125
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of vulnerable people in each vulnerability group lived in decent private sector homes in each year since 2002; and what estimate she has made of the proportion doing so in 2008-09.
(264984)
126
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the difference was between (a) the actual rate of (i) inflation, (ii) wage inflation, (iii) discount rate for scheme liabilities and (iv) increase for pensions and (b) the assumptions of each made by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessors in each of the last three years.
(264985)
127
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assumptions about (a) inflation, (b) wage inflation, (c) discount rate for scheme liabilities and (d) rate of increase for pensions were made by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessors in each of the last three years.
(264986)
128
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) households and (b) households with children were living in temporary accommodation in each of the last 20 quarters.
(264987)
129
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes were on the market in each of the last 20 quarters.
(264988)
130
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes were constructed in each of the last 20 quarters.
(264989)
131
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the ratio of median house prices to median earnings was in each of the last 20 quarters.
(264990)
132
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the ratio of lower quintile house prices to lower quintile earnings was in each of the last 20 quarters.
(264991)
133
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what forecast she has made of likely changes in the housing affordability ratio throughout 2009.
(264993)
134
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how often her Department makes estimates of the number of new home builds; and if she will make a statement.
(264994)
135
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of new homes which will be (a) started and (b) completed in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.
(264995)
136
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid per home to each local authority which has opted for large-scale voluntary transfer of their housing stock in each year since 1997.
(264996)
137
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have implemented large-scale voluntary housing transfers in each year since 1997.
(264997)
138
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much she estimates will be provided in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 (i) to write off overhanging housing debt for local authorities who privatise their housing stock and (ii) for council house repairs and renovations in those authorities.
(264998)
139
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse of large-scale voluntary transfers of housing stock was in each year since 1997.
(264999)
140
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households lived in social housing in each year since 1997.
(265000)
141
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of rented homes in England were owned by (a) housing associations, (b) local authorities and (c) private landlords in each of the last five years.
(265001)
142
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes were (a) started and (b) completed in each of the last 20 quarters.
(265002)
143
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on salaries for her Department's staff working on matters relating to housing in each of the last five years.
(265003)
144
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of her Department's staff were employed to work on housing-related matters in each of the last five years.
(265004)
145
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average price of a property purchased through the OwnHome scheme has been since the initiative began.
(265005)
146
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average price of a property purchased through the MyChoiceHomeBuy scheme has been since the initiative began.
(265006)
147
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many unique visitors were received by the HomeBuy website in each month since its launch.
(265007)
148
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average monthly interest charged by OwnHome (a) funders and (b) providers has been since the scheme began.
(265008)
149
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average monthly interest charged by First Time Buyers Initiative (a) funders and (b) providers has been since the scheme began.
(265009)
150
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what she expects the average monthly interest charged by HomeBuy Direct (a) funders and (b) providers to be; and if she will make a statement.
(265010)
151
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average monthly interest charged by MyChoiceHomeBuy (a) funders and (b) providers has been since the scheme began.
(265011)
152
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many MyChoiceHomeBuy providers there are in each region.
(265012)
153
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) the Government and (b) its partners have provided for the First-Time Buyers Initiative; and how much will be provided in each of the next three years.
(265013)
154
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date she expects the Homebuy Direct scheme to launch; and how many expressions of interest have been received from potential purchasers.
(265014)
155
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) the Government and (b) its partners have provided for the MyChoiceHomeBuy scheme; and how much will be provided in each of the next three years.
(265015)
156
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent on the HomeBuy Direct scheme to date.
(265016)
157
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) the Government and (b) its partners have provided for the HomeBuy Direct scheme; and how much will be provided in each of the next three years.
(265017)
158
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) the Government and (b) its partners have provided for the OwnHome scheme; and how much will be provided in each of the next three years.
(265018)
159
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average income has been of a (a) first-time buyer, (b) social tenant and (c) key worker taking part in the (i) MyChoiceHomeBuy, (ii) HomeBuy Direct and (iii) OwnHome initiative.
(265020)
160
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have applied for assistance via the New Build HomeBuy scheme; how many applications have been granted; and what the average level of support has been.
(265021)
161
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have applied for assistance via the Rent to HomeBuy scheme; how many applications have been granted; and what the average level of support has been.
(265022)
162
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have applied for assistance via the My ChoiceHomeBuy scheme; how many applications have been granted; and what the average level of support has been.
(265068)
163
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many HomeBuy agents have taken part in the First Time Buyers Initiative; and if she will make a statement.
(265069)
164
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been built on land formerly owned by (a) the Ministry of Defence, (b) the National Health Service, (c) schools and (d) other government bodies in each year since 1997.
(265070)
165
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's net spending on equity loan schemes in each region was in each of the last three years.
(265071)
166
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's net spending on shared ownership schemes was in each region in each of the last three years.
(265072)
167
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many equity loan completions there were in each region in the last 12 months.
(265073)
168
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many shared ownership completions there were in each region in the last 12 months.
(265074)
169
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many responses to the current consultation on eco-towns have been received; and what proportion are in favour of the schemes.
(265075)
170
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent against its Objective 4 to deliver a better balance between housing supply and demand in each of the last five years; and what each figure represents in 2008-09 prices.
(265076)
171
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers, (c) full-time equivalent departmental staff and (d) others were responsible for her Department's Objective 4 to deliver a better balance between housing supply and demand in each of the last five years.
(265077)
172
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the net change in local authority housing stock was in each year since 1997.
(265078)
173
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes from local authority housing stock were disposed of in each year since 1997.
(265079)
174
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what expenditure her Department incurred as a result of overhanging debt repayments in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(265080)
175
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funds were (a) allocated to and (b) drawn down by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessors in each of the last five years expressed in (i) cash terms and (ii) 2008-09 prices.
(265081)
176
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department plans to spend on improving the supply and quality of housing in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 in (i) cash terms and (ii) 2008-09 prices.
(265082)
177
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what payments were made to local authorities under the Housing Defects Scheme in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(265083)
178
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's liability relating to annual gap-funding agreements for negative value transfers of council housing stock was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(265084)
179
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) social and (b) private enterprise homes were built in each region in each of the last 20 quarters.
(265088)
180
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to revise the Government's targets for (a) new social rented housing and (b) new homes.
(265089)
181
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research has been commissioned by her Department on likely changes in housing (a) need and (b) demand arising during the recession; and if she will make a statement.
(265096)
182
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's target is for the number of new homes to be built in each of the next three years; and if she will make a statement.
(265097)
183
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have applied for assistance via the HomeBuy Direct scheme; how many applications have been granted; and what the average level of support has been.
(265098)
184
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have applied for assistance via the OwnHome scheme; how many applications have been granted; and what the average level of support has been.
(265099)
185
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have applied for assistance via the First Time Buyers intiative; how many applications have been granted; and what the average level of support has been.
(265100)
186
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many private sector properties were leased by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in order to house homeless households in each year since 1997.
(265241)
187
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 549-50W, on departmental surveys, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's most recent staff survey (a) results and (b) analysis.
(265256)
188
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's (a) management statement and (b) financial memorandum in respect of the (i) Tenants Service Authority and (ii) Homes and Communities Agency.
(265257)
189
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) dates and (b) locations of the planned regional events to be hosted by the Tenants Service Authority during phase 1 of its National Conversation are.
(265258)
190
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date recruitment for the (a) Tenant Services Authority and (b) Homes and Communities Agency commenced; and by what date she expects each process to have been completed.
(265259)
191
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the restructuring processes involving (a) the Tenant Services Authority and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency to have been completed.
(265260)
192
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the Tenant Services Authority to launch its National Conversation; and what budget has been allocated to it.
(265261)
193
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on (a) the Design for Manufacture Competition and (b) the Competition's website in each year since 2004.
(265262)
194
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date the Design for Manufacture competition was (a) opened and (b) closed; and if she will make a statement.
(265263)
195
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what interest was earned on deposits held by the Homes and Community Agency and its predecessors in each of the last five years.
(265264)
196
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many properties have been purchased via Social HomeBuy in each region in each of the last 12 quarters; what the monetary value of the transactions in each such period was; and if she will make a statement.
(265265)
197
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent on acquiring unsold stock for affordable housing in each of the last 12 months; and how many properties have been purchased.
(265266)
198
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department plans to spend on providing social rented housing in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next three years.
(265267)
199
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding to support schemes and initiatives related to housing her Department has brought forward from (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and if she will make a statement.
(265268)
200
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average price per hectare of land for new build development was in each local authority area in each of the last five years.
(265269)
201
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Level (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3, (d) 4, (e) 5 and (f) 6 sustainable homes have been built in each quarter since the Code for Sustainable Buildings was implemented; and how many homes at each level she expects to be built in each of the next three years.
(265270)
202
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the costs of the improvements to the A391 in respect of the St Austell eco-town development.
(265273)
203
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the likely costs of the on-site utilities to be proposed for the eco-town at Pennbury.
(265274)
204
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of acquiring the land at Whitehill Bordon owned by the Ministry of Defence.
(265275)
205
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of the rail strategy of the Ford Airfield eco-town proposal.
(265276)
206
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the promoters of the St Austell eco-town development have applied for under the Community Infrastructure Fund; and when a decision on the application is expected.
(265283)
207
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much public funding she expects to be provided for the St Austell eco-town development; and which organisations she expects to support the scheme.
(265284)
208
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of each of the base case assumptions made in respect of each proposed eco-town development as part of her Department's financial viability study.
(265286)
209
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on its financial viability study for eco-towns, broken down by cost category.
(265287)
210
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many training courses were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the last three years; and what the cost of such training was in each year.
(265302)
211
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate she has made of the number of new domestic properties which will be (a) started and (b) completed in each of the next three years; and what proportion she expects to be affordable homes.
(265323)
212
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the net change in the number of (a) households, (b) individuals and (c) children on social housing waiting lists in each of the last 20 quarters.
(265324)
213
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) households, (b) individuals and (c) children on social housing waiting lists in each of the last 20 quarters.
(265325)
214
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the Tenant Services Authority and other interested parties to agree timescales for the process for the inclusion of local authorities and arms-length management organisations in the revised regulatory regime for social housing.
(265326)
215
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will undertake a review of planning law relating to caravan parks, mobile homes and chalets; and if she will make a statement.
(264840)
216
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what definition of a caravan is used in relation to decisions under planning regulations.
(264841)
217
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will review the effectiveness of building regulations as they relate to the environmental performance of foundation systems.
(265333)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
218
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) public relations and (b) media advisers his Department employed (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the most recent date for which figures are available.
(264778)
219
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether local authorities which have currently opted out of the Government's free swimming scheme will have the opportunity to access funding from it at a later date.
(265413)
220
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in British seaside resorts which are dependent on the tourism industry.
(265489)
221
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote family-friendly holidays at traditional seaside resorts.
(265491)
222
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of visits made to the English coast for the purpose of outdoor recreation in each of the last three years.
(265492)
223
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much VisitBritain spent in promoting British seaside destinations in each of the last five years.
(265493)
224
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations he has received on seaside amusement machines; and if he will make a statement.
(265496)
225
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many training courses were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years; and what the cost of training was in each year.
(265306)
226
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what expenditure (a) Arts Council England, (b) Sport England, (c) UK Sport, (d) English Heritage and (e) the Royal Parks Agency incurred on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which organisation carried out each such survey.
(265387)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
227
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were deployed in Northern Ireland on the latest date for which figures are available.
(265120)
228
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel he expects to be deployed in Iraq after August 2009.
(265121)
229
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the food provided for armed forces personnel came from UK sources in 2007-08.
(265122)
230
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of British special forces were deployed outside the UK on the latest date for which figures are available.
(265126)
231
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships were deployed in the Persian Gulf on the latest date for which figures are available.
(265143)
232
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent military actions have been undertaken by the Royal Navy against piracy in (a) the Red Sea, (b) the Gulf of Aden and (c) the Indian Ocean; and what the result has been of such actions.
(265309)
233
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military engagements there have been between UK armed forces and Taliban insurgents in the last two months.
(265311)
234
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK armed forces are using unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan.
(265312)
235
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there have been any changes to the number of military personnel on duty in Northern Ireland since the murders of the two soldiers at Massereene army base on 7 March 2009.
(264734)
236
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to hold events in Northern Ireland to mark Veterans Day on 27 June 2009.
(264780)
237
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has contributed to the Africa Programme of the Conflict Prevention Pool in each year since 2001.
(265123)
238
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the recruitment (a) target and (b) level achieved was for each pinch point trade in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force in each of the last five years.
(265132)
239
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel are stationed overseas, broken down by location.
(265133)
240
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel have been admitted to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court (a) in each year since 2005 and (b) in each of the last 14 months.
(265134)
241
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has given to the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society Combat Stress in each year since 2005.
(265135)
242
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average interval between operational tours for each medical regiment was in the latest period for which information is available.
(265136)
243
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on the contracting of service mental health provision to the Priory Clinic in each year since 2003.
(265137)
244
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel at each rank were referred to the Priory Clinic as (a) inpatients and (b) outpatients in each year since 2005.
(265138)
245
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average working hours for personnel in each service have been in each year since 2005.
(265139)
246
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many orders were placed for new (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels in each year since 1979.
(265140)
247
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fast jet aircraft of each type there are in (a) the Royal Air Force and (b) the forward fleet; and how many are fit for purpose.
(265141)
248
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on basing Gurkha soldiers in Brunei Darussalam in each year since 2005.
(265145)
249
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether service members (a) wounded and (b) killed on operations whilst wearing non-issued body armour are entitled to compensation.
(265146)
250
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Gurkhas retired from the armed forces to (a) the UK, (b) Nepal and (c) other locations in each year since 1997.
(265147)
251
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the (a) purchase and (b) use on operations of personal kit by members of the armed forces.
(265148)
252
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on entertainment and hospitality in each financial year since 2001.
(265405)
253
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many departmental (a) computers, (b) laptops and (c) memory sticks were lost in each year since 2007; and what the value of such equipment was.
(265408)
254
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) inflow, (b) outflow and (c) voluntary outflow rate of each volunteer reserve force was in each year since 2001.
(265410)
255
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since 1997.
(265411)
256
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1520W, on the Air Force: military bases, when he now expects an announcement to be made regarding Programme Belvedere.
(264868)
257
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to receive a recommendation on the preferred option for Programme Belvedere.
(264869)
258
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours were undertaken by each helicopter type in the forward fleet in each year since 2001.
(264955)
259
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of helicopters by type in the forward fleet were fit for purpose in each year since 2001.
(264956)
260
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military exercises were cancelled in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and what the reasons were for cancelling each exercise.
(264957)
261
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of (a) Warrior, (b) CVR(T) and (c) Saxon vehicles have been fit for service in each year since 2005.
(264958)
262
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Snatch 2A vehicles have been withdrawn from service outside the wire on operations.
(264959)
263
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the assessment phase for the Future Rapid Effects System Scout vehicle to conclude.
(264960)
264
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on a ballistic missile defence shield in Europe to provide security against Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(264961)
265
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made since the Anglo-French summit of 27 March 2008 on the aspects of defence co-operation that were agreed there; and if he will make a statement.
(264962)
266
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the defence budget which will be spent on running costs of the current Trident nuclear deterrent and the procurement of a sucessor system in the years immediately following the maingate decision to procure new submarines.
(264963)
267
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks there are in each pay range at each level in the armed services.
(264964)
268
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average pay is for (a) officers and (b) other ranks at each level in the armed services.
(264965)
269
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the minimum pay (a) range and (b) level is for armed forces personnel serving on the frontline in Iraq or Afghanistan.
(264966)
270
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Victorious is scheduled to visit the United States for missile tests and missile loading.
(264967)
271
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on (a) European defence cooperation and (b) the Anglo-French defence partnership; and if he will make a statement.
(264968)
272
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of spending on the replacement for Trident which will go to US companies.
(264971)
273
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the date was of each meeting of each sub-group of each Joint Working Group since 2001; and what the purpose was of each meeting.
(265112)
274
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which years since 1990 experiments have been carried out with the United States on US warhead designs and nuclear weapons technology.
(265113)
275
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1150W, on nuclear weapons, how much was spent on the visits in each year; and how much was paid for by the Government in each year.
(265114)
276
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the costs of co-operation with the United States on nuclear weapons technology are shared under the co-operation terms of the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement.
(265115)
277
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) total combined costs and (b) costs to the Government of co-operation with the United States on nuclear weapons technology have been in each of the last 30 years under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement.
(265116)
278
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 71W, on USA: military alliances, on what date and at which location the next Stocktake meeting between the Government and the US administration under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement will take place.
(265154)
279
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 337W, on AWE Burghfield: planning permission, on what dates he expects to submit planning applications for the proposed Enriched Uranium Facility and Hydrodynamics Facility at AWE Aldermaston to the local planning authority.
(265155)
280
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 964W, on AWE Aldermaston, if he will place in the Library a copy of any Preliminary Safety Report prepared by the Directorate of Major Projects when it has been completed at AWE Aldermaston for the proposed Enriched Uranium Facility and Hydrodynamics Facility at AWE Aldermaston which has been provided to the Health and Safety Executive.
(265156)
281
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reports his Department has received of the loss of a service will in each year since 2004.
(264889)
282
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 176W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, for what reasons he does not publish information on individuals captured outside multi-national Division South-East.
(265409)
283
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Interim Storage of Laid-Up Submarines Group will commence its programme of dismantling the UK's defuelled nuclear powered submarines.
(265166)
284
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the strategic capacity for storing nuclear submarines in Rosyth Dockyard will be reached.
(265167)
285
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the strategic capacity for storing nuclear submarines in Devonport Royal Dockyard will be reached.
(265168)
286
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether new facilities for defuelling and de-equipping submarines at Devonport Royal Dockyard will be completed by 2012.
(265169)
287
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in meeting the 2010 date for a storage solution for the nuclear waste from the seven UK nuclear vessels at Rosyth Dockyard.
(265170)
288
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what other locations have been proposed as alternative storage sites for decommissioned nuclear submarines at Rosyth Dockyard.
(265171)
289
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost of moving the seven decommissioned UK nuclear submarines at Rosyth Dockyard to another site in the UK.
(265172)
290
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the next UK nuclear submarine is due to be taken out of service; and whether it will be berthed at Rosyth Dockyard.
(265173)
291
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all decommissioned submarines in Rosyth and Devonport Dockyards have been surveyed for possible holes.
(265174)
292
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what collisions involving a UK nuclear powered submarine and (a) another submarine, (b) another naval vessel, (c) a private vessel and (d) a merchant vessel have taken place since 1979.
(265175)
293
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what fires have taken place on UK nuclear powered submarines since 1979.
(265176)
294
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what grounding incidents involving UK nuclear-powered submarines have taken place since 1979.
(265177)
295
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effects on the environment of moving the seven decommissioned British nuclear powered submarines from the Rosyth Dockyard.
(265194)
296
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was discussed at the seventh meeting of the Interim Storage of Laid-Up Submarines Group on Wednesday 11 March 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(265195)
297
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many decommissioned UK nuclear-powered submarines with nuclear fuel in their reactors are at Devonport Royal Dockyard.
(265499)
298
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the UK nuclear-powered submarines located at Devonport Royal Dockyard will be housed after they have been defuelled.
(265500)
299
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a decision will be made on the movement of decommissioned British nuclear powered submarines from Rosyth Dockyard.
(265501)
300
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what properties (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing developments.
(265108)
301
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training courses were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total cost of training was in each year.
(265301)
302
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which ICT projects costing more than £1 million his Department has initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 2003-04; what costs were incurred in each project; who the main contractor for each project was; on what date each (a) commenced and (b) was abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(265512)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
303
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to ensure that electrically-powered cars and other vehicles have ready access to electric points for charging batteries.
(265131)
304
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans he has for future levels of nuclear energy generation in the UK.
(265440)
305
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking further to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired power stations.
(265441)
306
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he has received reports on potential (a) health and (b) other hazards caused by environmentally-friendly light bulbs.
(265442)
307
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much pooled funding is available to support cross-departmental co-operation on building a low carbon economy.
(265213)
308
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made on the Johannesburg Summit agreement on phasing out energy subsidies which inhibit sustainable development; and if he will make a statement.
(265218)
309
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to ensure that global fossil fuel subsidies are reduced as part of a post-2012 agreement at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference of parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen in December 2009.
(265219)
310
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 523W, on the Energy Saving Trust, how his Department monitors the annual performance of the the Energy Saving Trust; and on what basis the Trust's estimates of annual and lifetime carbon dioxide savings are calculated.
(264844)
311
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much bio-ethanol was imported from Brazil to meet bio-gas requirements in the latest period for which figures are available.
(265299)
312
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how his Department assesses the value for money of services provided under the Warm Front scheme.
(265378)
313
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the level of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK was in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change from 1997 was in each year.
(264851)
314
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much coal was imported from each country of origin in each of the last 10 years.
(265029)
315
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to meet demand for solar photovoltaic applications under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
(264888)
316
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many renewable energy plants serving urban areas there are in the UK.
(265443)
317
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent by his Department on the development of energy efficient insulation (a) technology and (b) initiatives to assist households since its establishment.
(265445)
318
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to monitor levels of private sector investment in the electricity grid, with particular reference to (a) maintenance and (b) new capital projects.
(265481)
319
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many manufacturing jobs there were in the renewable energy industry in each of the last 10 years.
(265509)
320
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many responses to the Heat and Energy Saving Strategy Consultation had been received on the latest date for which figures are available.
(265085)
321
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much he expects his Department's Heat and Energy Saving Strategy Consultation to cost.
(265086)
322
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much was spent by his Department on (a) furniture and (b) renovation and decoration for departmental buildings since its establishment.
(265406)
323
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will publish a list of (a) respondents and (b) responses to the Government's consultation on the UK Renewable Energy Strategy.
(264633)
324
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to paragraph 4.6.14 of the UK Renewable Energy Strategy consultation document, what recent assessment he has made of the potential cumulative effect on air quality of fine particles and nitrogen dioxide emissions from the future large-scale deployment of biomass appliances or plant.
(264735)
325
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to paragraph 7.4.6 of the UK Renewable Energy Strategy consultation document, what recent assessment he has made of greenhouse gas emissions associated with biomass in relation to the reporting requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on carbon-neutral energy sources.
(264736)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
326
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of changes in the roe deer population in the last five years.
(265144)
327
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to prevent the spread of (a) oak and (b) rhododendron diseases; and if he will make a statement.
(265199)
328
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to assist British Waterways to encourage use of the canal network for (a) leisure and (b) freight transport in the summer months of 2009.
(265200)
329
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of pig farmers who ceased to trade in 2007-08.
(265201)
330
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the costs to farmers arising from implementation of the EU Nitrates Directive.
(265202)
331
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the likely effects of the implementation of the European Working Time Directive on the numbers of seasonal workers required by farmers to assist them with harvesting.
(265328)
332
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the reintroduction of beavers into the wild.
(265482)
333
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of changes in the wild rabbit population in the last five years.
(265483)
334
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of levels of rabbit damage in the last five years.
(265484)
335
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve bio-security on farms.
(265330)
336
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many water meters were installed by water supply companies in houses in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each of the last three years.
(264975)
337
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of domestic (a) meat, (b) eggs, (c) bread, (d) wheat, (e) fruit, (f) vegetables, (g) milk and (h) total food production that was exported in each year since 1997.
(264583)
338
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of food disposed of from his Department's premises in the last 12 months.
(264584)
339
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislation to prohibit the use of non-domesticated animals in circuses; and if he will make a statement.
(265344)
340
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with non-governmental organisations which have objectives to reduce littering on the subject.
(264859)
341
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on levels of litter.
(264860)
342
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what average fine was imposed for littering offences in England in each of the last three years.
(264861)
343
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what average fine has been issued as a fixed penalty notice under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 by (a) Kensington and Chelsea, (b) Westminster, (c) Liverpool, (d) City of York and (e) Doncaster local authorities were in the last 12 months.
(264862)
344
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has commissioned on the potential health effects of composting.
(264863)
345
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the potential health effects of composting.
(264864)
346
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the risk posed to seaside communities by rising sea levels; and if he will make a statement.
(265498)
347
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) capital and (b) resource funds his Department has brought forward from its (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 budgets for use in (A) 2008-09 and (B) 2009-10; and what schemes this funding is being used to support.
(265104)
348
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Environment Agency is taking to investigate the circumstances of the spillage at the Canvey Island Calor Gas site on 15 October 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(265451)
349
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which pieces of land have been registered as a town green under the Commons Act 2006.
(264922)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
350
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on holding discussions with (a) Hamas and (b) Hezbollah.
(265389)
351
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the government of Bahrain on the granting of asylum to Bahraini citizens in the UK.
(265391)
352
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on (a) completion of the Treaty of Lisbon ratification process and (b) implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon by EU member states.
(265392)
353
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on the political situation in Iran.
(265394)
354
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last had discussions with the South African government on the government of Zimbabwe.
(265397)
355
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on the political situation in North Korea.
(265398)
356
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the US administration the likely effects of recent developments in the political situation in Israel on the Middle East peace process.
(265399)
357
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the President of Pakistan in the last four weeks.
(265436)
358
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to hold discussions with the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on the political situation in that country.
(265449)
359
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official contact there has been between the Government and representatives of Hezbollah in Lebanon in the last two months.
(265450)
360
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to increase the number of British nationals working in European Union institutions.
(265217)
361
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief on reported violations of religious freedom in Burma, with particular reference to reported discrimination and persecution of Christians and Muslims.
(264919)
362
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Burmese government over the recent closure of house churches and Christian-run orphanages in Rangoon.
(264920)
363
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of orphanages and child care centres run by Christian groups in Rangoon that have recently closed down.
(264921)
364
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the number of political prisoners in Burma.
(265357)
365
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to discuss the political situation in Burma with his colleagues in the United Nations Security Council.
(265358)
366
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the implementation of the EU Common Position on Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(265359)
367
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Supplementary Understanding reached by the government of Myanmar with the International Labour Organisation in assisting people forced into labour.
(265360)
368
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UN/African troops are in Darfur.
(265361)
369
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths by violence in Darfur in 2008.
(265362)
370
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Sudanese government about its use of the Press Act 2004 to censor newspapers and limit freedom of expression.
(265364)
371
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of political prisoners in Zimbabwe.
(265365)
372
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of deaths from cholera in Zimbabwe in 2008.
(265366)
373
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of EU sanctions on Uzbekistan.
(265368)
374
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what part his Department has played in the EU-Uzbekistan Human Rights Dialogue.
(265369)
375
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Uzbekistan (a) officials and (b) politicians are subject to the EU visa ban.
(265370)
376
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the number of political prisoners in Uzbekistan.
(265371)
377
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the number of extra-judicial killings by members of the security forces in Colombia in 2008.
(265372)
378
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Colombia.
(265373)
379
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the level of violence against women in Colombia.
(265374)
380
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the incidence of forced abortions for women guerilla combatants in Colombia.
(265375)
381
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Colombia on human rights.
(265376)
382
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on the human rights situation in Colombia.
(265377)
383
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Zimbabwean (a) politicians, (b) civil servants, (c) judges and (d) members of the armed forces are prohibited from entering the UK.
(265452)
384
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what EU sanctions are in place in respect of Zimbabwe.
(265455)
385
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of extra-judicial executions in Zimbabwe in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(265456)
386
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made through (a) the Commonwealth and (b) the United Nations Security Council on the arrest and detention in Zimbabwe of Roy Bennett.
(265457)
387
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of people convicted of the crime of social dangerousness in Cuba in each of the last five years.
(265458)
388
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of political prisoners in Cuba.
(265459)
389
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Nepal.
(265462)
390
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nepal; and if he will make a statement.
(265463)
391
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress made with the Comprehensive Peace Accord in Nepal.
(265464)
392
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of people who received the death penalty in North Korea in each of the last five years.
(265465)
393
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of political prisoners in North Korea.
(265466)
394
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Chinese government on the issue by the International Criminal Court of an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President Bashir.
(265471)
395
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has had contact with the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Myanmar since 1 January 2009.
(265475)
396
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he proposes to take with his EU colleagues to impose sanctions on the government of Sudan.
(265476)
397
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the EU and (b) the UN Security Council on the prospects of bringing President Bashir to trial before the International Criminal Court following the issue of an arrest warrant for him.
(265477)
398
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Zimbabwean (a) politicians, (b) civil servants, (c) judges and (d) members of the armed forces have assets frozen in UK banks or other financial institutions.
(265478)
399
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the matter of the political situation in Zimbabwe at the United Nations Security Council.
(265479)
400
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on the political situation in that country.
(264123)
401
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with governments in the region on the political situation in Zimbabwe.
(264124)
402
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Burmese authorities on the political situation in Burma.
(264125)
403
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Ethiopia on its economy.
(265332)
404
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Taliban on securing peace in Afghanistan.
(264763)
405
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has contributed to the Africa Programme of the Conflict Prevention Pool in each year since 2001.
(265124)
406
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) UN Security Council and (b) Commonwealth on the standing of the government of Sri Lanka in (i) the international community and (ii) each institution.
(265382)
407
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the Government has spent on legal assistance for African states to develop the Pelindaba treaty.
(264969)
408
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1195-6W and 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 358W, on Colombia: armed forces, for what reason the per capita cost of providing training to members of the Colombian armed forces decreased between 2006-07 and 2007-08.
(265158)
409
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which year the Government ceased to provide counter-insurgency advice to the Colombian armed forces.
(265159)
410
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Kenya on the role of the International Criminal Court in investigations of post-election violence in Kenya.
(264591)
411
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what military involvement the United Nations has had in co-ordination with Congolese and Rwandan troops during their joint operation against the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda.
(264592)
412
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to support the achievement of the objectives of the UN Resolution 1820 on Women and peace and security.
(264905)
413
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each ICT project initiated by his Department was for systems serving departmental processes in the UK that cost more than £1 million in each year since 2003-04; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project.
(265510)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
414
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the number of NHS staff in each professional role whose working practices will be affected by the implementation of the revised European Working Time Directive.
(265298)
415
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people over 60 years who received a vaccination against influenza in 2007-08.
(265327)
416
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to develop a commissioning pathway for rheumatoid arthritis and supporting toolkit in order to provide robust and consistent standards of care throughout the patient journey.
(265101)
417
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to promote greater integration of knowledge about rheumatology treatment between primary care teams and specialist rheumatology professionals in order to (a) enable and (b) support patient self-management.
(265102)
418
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) policy advisers, (b) special advisers, (c) other individuals and (d) other groups have provided advice to his Department on the subject of tranquillisers in the last two years; and what expertise each has to advise on that subject.
(264896)
419
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 368W, on antidepressants, what amendments were made in December 2008 to strengthen the requirements upon marketing authorisation holders to report on drug safety information emerging from clinical trials (a) in and (b) outside the UK.
(264951)
420
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many psychiatric beds for the treatment of prisoners with mental health disorders there are in each prison institution; and if he will make a statement.
(264952)
421
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children of each age under 17 years old have become deaf in each of the last 10 years.
(264910)
422
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children of each age under 17 years old have been prescribed glasses in each of the last 10 years.
(264911)
423
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for (a) antidepressants and (b) antipsychotic drugs of each type have been made in respect of under 18 year olds of each sex and age in each of the last five years.
(264914)
424
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department's publication, Trans: A practical guide to the NHS cost, to produce.
(264915)
425
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes were diagnosed in each age group in the NHS Wiltshire area in each of the last five years.
(264865)
426
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) healthcare provider area had diagnosis codes of (i) W32, (ii) W33, (iii) W34, (iv) W50, (v) X93, (vi) X94, (vii) X95 and (viii) X99 or Y00 in each of the last six years.
(265486)
427
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by his Department in providing primary care in each of the last 10 years.
(265028)
428
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged under 16 years old were prescribed anti-depressant medication in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last five years.
(265338)
429
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been admitted to hospital with knife wounds in each year since 1997.
(265412)
430
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of its budget the Medical Research Council plans to spend on researching neonatal mortality in 2008-09.
(265414)
431
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of its budget the National Institute for Health Research plans to spend on researching neonatal mortality in 2008-09.
(265415)
432
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of its budget his Department's Policy Research Programme plans to spend on researching neonatal mortality in 2008-09.
(265416)
433
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives have become fully qualified in England in each year of the last 10 years.
(265417)
434
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts and primary care trusts about the provision of support to parents whose children are stillborn.
(265418)
435
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is being spent by the Government on researching the causes of neonatal and stillbirth deaths in 2008-09.
(265419)
436
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist neonatal intensive care units there are in each strategic health authority area in England.
(265420)
437
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual salary is of a neonatal nurse employed by the NHS in England; and if he will make a statement.
(265421)
438
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neonatal vacancies there were in (a) the National Health Service and (b) each strategic health authority area in England on the latest date for which figures are available.
(265422)
439
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to prevent stillbirths and neonatal deaths in England; and if he will make a statement.
(265423)
440
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has spent on antenatal care in each of the last 10 years.
(265424)
441
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist neonatal nurses are employed in (a) the National Health Service and (b) each strategic health authority area in England.
(265425)
442
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent neonatal nurses are employed by (a) the National Health Service and (b) each strategic health authority area in England.
(265426)
443
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 40W, on the Stabilisation Aid Fund, whether the £15,350,000 transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is counted for the purpose of the calculation of total expenditure on overseas development assistance; and if he will make a statement.
(264858)
444
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) evaluated, (b) commissioned and (c) undertaken on the effects on health of the regular use of khat.
(264904)
445
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has funded research on the potential for a link between prolonged night working and the incidence of female breast cancer.
(264907)
446
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people regularly using khat.
(264908)
447
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what properties (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) NHS trusts have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing developments.
(265117)
448
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training courses were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total cost of training was in each year.
(265307)
449
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of personal antimicrobial products used (a) before entry to hospital for elective patients and (b) during hospital stays in combating health care-acquired infections; and if he will make a statement.
(264890)
450
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the changes in the incidence of (a) lung and (b) cardiovascular diseases in rural populations attributable to changes in levels of air pollution in each of the next 10 years if the Government's target of 39 TWh of renewable energy generation from biomass plant by 2020 is achieved.
(264632)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
451
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many charges relating to the glorification of terrorism have been brought in England since 2007.
(265293)
452
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in England were engaged in personal protection duties on the latest date for which figures are available.
(265294)
453
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many commissioned police officers there were in England in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1996-97.
(265310)
454
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of detention without charge for over 21 days on suspicion of terrorist activity there have been in England since October 2008.
(265313)
455
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of arrests on terrorist charges involved persons of Somali origin (a) in the latest period for which figures are available and (b) in the comparable period five years earlier.
(265314)
456
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ascertain what proportion of crimes involving knives are carried out using domestic kitchen utensils.
(265315)
457
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to distinguish between the military and political wings of Hezbollah for the purposes of specifying proscribed organisations.
(265485)
458
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average estimated cost for the Criminal Records Bureau to complete a single check was in the latest period for which information is available.
(264954)
459
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what target her Department has set for the length of time taken to process a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure application; and how long on average it took to process such an application in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(265390)
460
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Criminal Records Bureau checks were received in each year since 2002; and how many such checks were completed in each such year.
(265448)
461
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates the National Fraud Reporting Centre has made of the present level of financial crime.
(264731)
462
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many identity papers of those claiming to be citizens of A8 countries were later found to be false in each year since 2004; and in which countries the false papers purported to be issued.
(264733)
463
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what designation the UK Border Agency uses to classify persons of Tibetan origin who wish to enter the UK.
(264126)
464
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for visitor visas from individuals in Pakistan are (a) being processed and (b) awaiting processing; and what the average waiting time between application and decision for such application was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(264627)
465
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time for processing (a) immigration and (b) citizenship applications was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(264628)
466
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals are awaiting decisions on their immigration status while present in the UK from each country of origin.
(264629)
467
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many accidents resulting in serious injuries or death involving members of the public and officers of (a) Wiltshire Police and (b) the Metropolitan Police in the course of their duties there were in each of the last 10 years.
(264867)
468
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 250112, on Operation Pentameter, tabled by the hon. Member for Beaconsfield on 19 January 2009.
(264897)
469
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1773W, on closed circuit television (CCTV), how many of the 44 recommendations in the national CCTV strategy have been implemented.
(264898)
470
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1642W, on telecommunications: databases, when the public consultation process will commence.
(264899)
471
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question (a) 241867, on personal data, (b) 241874, on departmental procurement, (c) 241656, on visas, (d) 241601, on work permits, (e) 241609, on business visitors and (f) 241610, on business visitors tabled by the hon. Member for Beaconsfield on 4 December 2008.
(264900)
472
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on the advertising and marketing of the Policing Pledge in England and Wales.
(265488)
473
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward proposals for the change in Government policy necessary for the UK to comply with the European Court of Human Rights' decision in the case of S and Marper.
(265331)
474
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of cannabis seizures in each of the last 10 years was analysed by the Forensic Science Service.
(265318)
475
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of cannabis seizures by (a) number and (b) weight or volume analysed by the Forensic Science Service contained significant quantities of cannabidiol in each of the last 10 years.
(265319)
476
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of cannabis seizures by (a) number and (b) weight or volume analysed by the Forensic Science Service had a tetrahydrocannabinol content of (a) less than three per cent., (b) four to six per cent., (c) seven to 10 per cent. and (d) 11 per cent. and over in each of the last 10 years.
(265320)
477
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs have expertise in the links between drug use and psychosis.
(265321)
478
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria she uses to assess nominees to her Department's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
(265322)
479
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) women and (b) teenage girls have reported being victims of domestic violence in (i) England and Wales, (ii) the North East, (iii) Tees Valley district and (iv) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last 12 months.
(265342)
480
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) teenage boys have reported being victims of domestic violence in (i) England and Wales, (ii) the North East, (iii) Tees Valley district and (iv) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last 12 months.
(265343)
481
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in each police authority area have received the specialist training necessary to work on child protection.
(265225)
482
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions are in place on the sale of ball-bearing guns to children.
(265178)
483
N
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Rotherham's letter sent on 22 February 2009, on whether Mr Ismail Kamal Edirise was deported or removed from the United Kingdom to Germany after his detention in 2007.
(264623)
484
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Ministers attended her summit on violence against women on 9 March 2009.
(265193)
485
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 925W, on terrorism, how much (a) has been spent and (b) is expected to be spent by police forces in England and Wales on the delivery of counter-terrorism local profiles.
(265404)
486
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 78W, on official residences, how much the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside paid to cover rent at South Eaton Place; what period the payment covered; and what the estimated market rental value of the property was for that period.
(264849)
487
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on persons convicted of an offence involving dishonesty while serving as a police officer; and if she will make a statement.
(264978)
488
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with chief constables on recognising (a) transience and (b) visitor numbers when allocating policing resources to seaside and coastal towns.
(265494)
489
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will consider the merits of (a) controlling and (b) prohibiting the sale of khat under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
(264909)
490
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what properties (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing developments.
(265118)
491
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by (i) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in the last 12 months.
(265308)
492
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2009 to Question 260378, when she expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Totnes of 24 November 2008 and 22 January 2009 on advice to the Government on the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings.
(264781)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
493
N
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will assess the adequacy of provision of occupational health and welfare services in the House for (a) hon. Members and their staff and (b) civil servants who work on the Parliamentary Estate.
(264699)
494
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the mail screening contract for Parliament will next be re-tendered.
(265447)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
495
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students from other EU member states in receipt of (a) full, (b) partial and (c) no maintenance grants (i) from each local authority in England and (ii) attending English universities there (A) were in 2007-08 and (B) are in 2008-09.
(264457)
496
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of apprentices completed their apprenticeships in the latest period for which figures are available.
(265346)
497
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprentices completing their training were still in a job relevant to the apprenticeship undertaken (a) 12 months and (b) 24 months after completion of the course in the latest period for which figures are available.
(265347)
498
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make representations to the University of Liverpool on its proposal to close its departments of politics, philosophy, communications and statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(264773)
499
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, in which universities the two-year student leadership pilot being run by Youth at Risk is operating; and how much his Department has spent on the pilot.
(264887)
500
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much funding was allocated for research and development by his Department and its agencies into renewable energy sources in each year for which figures are available.
(265444)
501
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what (a) capital and (b) resource funds his Department has brought forward from its (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 budgets for use in (A) 2008-09 and (B) 2009-10; and what schemes this funding is being used to support.
(265107)
502
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the ability of higher education institutions to raise finance on private markets.
(265252)
503
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by (i) civil servants and (ii) Ministers in his Department in the last 12 months.
(265304)
504
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what rates of interest have been charged to students who have loans with the Student Loans Company over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(265384)
505
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 1014W, on Learning and Skills Council, if he will place in the Library a copy of each set of minutes of the Learning and Skills Council's National Council meetings which his Department holds.
(264924)
506
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure the Government's policy on public funding for students taking equivalent or lower qualifications takes into account the needs of employers during the recession.
(264925)
507
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when he expects to receive the report by Andrew Foster on capital spending in further education.
(264926)
508
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of young people identified as gifted and talented went on to higher education in the latest year for which figures are available.
(264927)
509
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many first-time male entrants to higher education first degree courses there were in each year since 1998.
(264928)
510
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of the cost of further education college rebuilding projects in England has been funded by (a) the Learning and Skills Council and (b) colleges themselves in each year since 1998.
(265050)
511
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many complaints have been made against the Student Loans Company by people on the Repayment of Teachers' Loans Scheme.
(265051)
512
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many complaints have been made against the Student Loans Company for their use of bailiffs in error in cases where former students have not defaulted on their payments in the last 12 months.
(265052)
513
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 544W-545W, on foreign students: USA, when the arrangements on grants for English-domiciled students travelling to the United States to study were introduced.
(265053)
514
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of UK domiciled full-time students enrolled on (a) first-degree and (b) other degree courses at an English higher education institution who left their course for financial reasons in each of the last 10 years.
(264843)
515
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of adult education courses available in England in each year since 1997.
(264845)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
516
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that humanitarian and reconstruction aid provided by his Department is delivered in Gaza without delay owing to the application of political conditions to the provision of such assistance.
(265446)
517
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is on the provision of (a) loans and (b) loan guarantees by multilateral development banks to fossil fuel projects overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(265215)
518
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on overseas projects for the extraction and transport of fossil fuels through the (a) World Bank Group, (b) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, (c) European Investment Bank and (d) other Government-funded financial institutions in the last five years.
(265216)
519
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of displaced persons in Darfur in each of the last five years.
(265363)
520
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has made to the Sudanese government on the expulsion of aid agencies from Sudan.
(265396)
521
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the amount of EU cross-border aid to Burma in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(265453)
522
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the level of UK humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe will be in 2009-10.
(265454)
523
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of internally-displaced people in Nepal.
(265460)
524
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of child soldiers in Nepal.
(265461)
525
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the monthly death rate in Darfur from (a) violence and (b) disease or malnutrition.
(265472)
526
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the level of UK humanitarian aid to Darfur was in each of the last five years.
(265473)
527
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate he has made of the number of internally displaced persons in camps in Darfur.
(265474)
528
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the distribution of aid to that country.
(264774)
529
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has contributed to the Africa Programme of the Conflict Prevention Pool in each year since 2001.
(265125)
530
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms to ensure co-ordination between countries which give aid to developing nations the UK participates in; and if he will make a statement.
(264833)
531
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 328-32W, on public opinion, if he will place in the Library a copy of each document held by his Department relating to each of the opinion polls and focus groups listed in the Answer.
(264624)
532
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is providing for non-governmental organisations and charities working to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
(264906)
533
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by (i) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in the last 12 months.
(265305)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
534
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assistance is available to witnesses who give evidence in cases of alleged anti-social behaviour by neighbours, to protect them against possible retaliatory action by those neighbours.
(265380)
535
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in each age group have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of driving offences of each type in (i) Southampton and (ii) the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.
(264913)
536
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pregnant women in each age group spent time in prison under sentence in each of the last 10 years.
(264917)
537
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women in each age group spent time in prison under sentence in each of the last 10 years.
(264950)
538
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contribution he expects each of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) business areas to make to its performance and efficiency programme.
(264637)
539
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the meaning is of the reference to reduced scope of proposed plans on page 36 of the NOMS Stategic and Business Plans 2009-10 to 2010-11.
(264638)
540
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to increase the number of prison officers at HM Prison Wymott.
(264830)
541
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many custodial sentences which terminated in each of the last five years had been reduced by virtue of the time spent by the convict on curfew while on remand.
(265317)
542
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders have been (a) fined, (b) imprisoned and (c) given community service following convictions for domestic violence in the last 12 months.
(265336)
543
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the services provided to victims of crime.
(265337)
544
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many individuals were prosecuted for (a) attempted murder, (b) manslaughter and (c) rape in (i) England and Wales, (ii) the North East, (iii) Tees Valley district and (iv) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997.
(265340)
545
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what percentage of the (a) male and (b) female prison population received their sentence for committing drugs offences.
(265164)
546
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners are serving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection in each prison in England and Wales.
(265165)
547
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) staff and (b) ministerial away days were organised by his Department in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was in each year.
(265103)
548
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Land Registry received from sales of title (a) registers and (b) plans in each of the last three years.
(265243)
549
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people the Land Registry (a) employs and (b) employed in each of the last five years.
(265244)
550
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many properties registered with the Land Registry changed ownership in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) median and (b) mean price paid in such transactions was in each such year.
(265245)
551
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many properties registered with the Land Registry changed ownership in each month since January 2006.
(265246)
552
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) mean and (b) median sale price in 2008-09 prices was of house sales registered with the Land Registry in each year since 2000.
(265247)
553
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual running costs were of Larne Magistrates' Court in each of the last five years.
(265160)
554
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been employed by the Northern Ireland Courts Service to work in Larne Magistrates' Court in each of the last five years.
(265161)
555
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been brought before the small claims court in Larne in each of the last five years.
(265162)
556
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the running costs of Strabane Magistrates' Court have been in each of the last five years.
(265163)
Questions to the Leader of the House
557
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Leader of the House, which training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by (i) civil servants and (ii) Ministers in her Office in the last 12 months.
(265303)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
558
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) staff and (b) ministerial away days were organised by his Department in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was in each year.
(265111)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
559
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many sports clubs have been awarded the Inspire mark.
(265400)
560
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many sports projects have been awarded the Inspire mark.
(265401)
561
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many projects have been awarded the Inspire mark.
(265402)
Questions to the Prime Minister
562
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on missile defence (a) facilities in the UK and (b) deployment in the EU; if he will hold discussions on these matters when he next meets President Obama; and if he will make a statement.
(264918)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
563
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on furniture for departmental buildings in each of the last five years.
(265395)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
564
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the airport runway capacity required in the South of England to remove the need for aircraft to be held in stacks.
(265127)
565
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of accidents on trunk roads caused by vehicles travelling between 50 and 60 miles per hour in the last year for which figures are available.
(265128)
566
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of heavy goods vehicles on UK roads which were registered (a) in the UK, (b) elsewhere in the EU and (c) outside the EU in 2007-08.
(265129)
567
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to encourage the use of environmentally-friendly cars.
(265130)
568
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of accidents in England on untreated roads during wintry conditions since 19 December 2008.
(265437)
569
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of train (a) delays and (b) cancellations as a result of snow and freezing conditions there have been since 19 December 2008.
(265439)
570
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of drivers who have used a mobile telephone whilst driving in the last 12 months.
(264891)
571
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average inter-city train speed was for each train operating company in each year since 1997.
(264892)
572
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation has been paid by Network Rail to train operating companies for delays in each year since 2000.
(264893)
573
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation has been paid to passengers by each train operating company for delays in each year since 2000.
(264894)
574
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to business of (a) road and (b) rail congestion in the latest year for which figures are available.
(264895)
575
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles he estimates heavy goods vehicles registered (a) in and (b) outside the UK have travelled on roads in the UK in each year since 1997.
(265385)
576
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in his Department are responsible for monitoring the expenditure of each of its executive agencies.
(264727)
577
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on changes to mechanisms and fees for goods vehicle testing.
(264728)
578
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of managing the estates of the (a) Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and (b) Driving Standards Agency in the last year for which figures are available.
(264729)
579
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was of vehicle testing in each of the last five years; and how much VOSA received in fees for vehicle testing in each such year.
(264730)
580
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the application of the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 relating to the physical fitness of drivers to persons with multiple sclerosis.
(265093)
581
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving licences which would have expired on the holder's 70th birthday have been revoked consequent on changes in application of the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to drivers with multiple sclerosis.
(265094)
582
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes have been made in the application of the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in respect of the renewal of the driving licences of drivers with multiple sclerosis; and when each change was implemented.
(265095)
583
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average journey time by train was from London to (a) Newcastle, (b) Cardiff, (c) Birmingham, (d) Manchester and (e) Plymouth in each year since 1997.
(265090)
584
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department collects on the insurance status of drivers involved in road traffic accidents in each police authority area; and if he will make a statement.
(265091)
585
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of cycle lanes have been introduced in each county in the North East since 2001.
(265025)
586
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public transport is accessible to people with disabilities in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(265339)
587
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Putney of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1608W, on Heathrow airport, how many individual pieces of correspondence intended for the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation were received from members of the public resident in Maidenhead constituency.
(265092)
588
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to improve transport links to seaside resorts.
(265490)
589
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) capital and (b) resource funds his Department has brought forward from its (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 budgets for use in (A) 2008-09 and (B) 2009-10; and what schemes this funding is being used to support.
(265106)
590
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars the Government Car and Despatch Agency has (a) purchased and (b) sold in each of the last five years.
(265248)
591
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government Car and Despatch Agency spent on fuel in each of the last five years.
(265249)
592
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of the Government Car and Despatch Agency was in each year since 1997; and how much has been allocated to the agency for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.
(265250)
593
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars the Government Car and Despatch Agency (a) owned and (b) leased in each of the last five years.
(265251)
594
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the promoters of the Whitehill Bordon eco-town on (a) transport costs in the initial years of the development, (b) the (i) viability and (ii) cost of the proposed A325 fast bus link works and (c) levels of car use in the area.
(265279)
595
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department and its agencies have had with the developers of the Ford Airfield eco-town development on (a) a bypass on the A27, (b) a link from the site to the A259 and (c) the development's rail stategy.
(265280)
596
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) his Department and (b) Network Rail have had with the developers of the St Austell eco-town development on a rail strategy for the site.
(265281)
597
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) his Department and (b) the Highways Agency have had with the developers of the St Austell eco-town development on the proposed improvements to the A391; and if he will make a statement.
(265282)
598
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), how many of the 12,500 long-term jobs he estimates will be created or safeguarded by the contract to re-equip the East Coast and Great Western Main Lines with new inter-city express trains will be in (a) train maintenance and (b) the supply chain.
(265031)
599
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), how much he expects to be invested in the UK by Agility Trains following the award of the contract.
(265032)
600
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), what discussions he has had with Agility Trains on (a) the proposed sites for the new maintenance depots and (b) upgrades to existing maintenance depots following the award of the contract.
(265033)
601
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), how many of the carriages to be supplied by Agility Trains for the contract for new inter-city express trains will be manufactured solely in Japan.
(265034)
602
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), whether the (a) body shells, (b) engines and (c) bogies for the contract to supply new inter-city express trains are to be manufactured in the UK.
(265035)
603
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), whether an environmental impact assessment was made of the specifications for the supply of new inter-city express trains contained in bids submitted by (a) Agility Trains and (b) Bombardier Trains.
(265036)
604
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), when he expects Agility Trains to establish facilities for friction stir welding.
(265037)
605
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), when he expects to announce the location of the new train assembly and manufacturing facility to be established by Agility Trains following the award of the contract.
(265040)
606
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), whether production of the new inter-city express trains in the UK will be at (a) a manufacturing facility and (b) an assembly facility.
(265054)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
607
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what (a) capital and (b) resource funds his Department has brought forward from its (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 budgets for use in (A) 2008-09 and (B) 2009-10; and what schemes this funding is being used to support.
(265105)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
608
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 156, on rape crisis centres, on what date her officials initiated discussions with Rape Crisis England and Wales and the Survivors Trust on rape crisis centre funding for the forthcoming financial year; which Ministers she has met to discuss funding for rape crisis centres since 1 January 2009; and how many such meetings have been held.
(265023)
609
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, which organisations she has met to discuss the Equality Bill since 3 December 2008.
(265142)
610
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission recognises the Church of Scientology as a religion or faith.
(264850)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
611
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of the recession on levels of employment in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.
(265295)
612
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of changes in levels of unemployment on staffing levels in (a) his Department and (b) Jobcentre Plus.
(265296)
613
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who registered as jobseekers in the last six months who were under 40 years of age.
(265297)
614
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the merits of extending cold weather payments to other categories of income-related benefits.
(264732)
615
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were receiving disability benefit in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London Borough of Bexley and (c) Greater London in each of the last five years.
(264972)
616
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many and what proportion of child maintenance cases in Birkenhead constituency payments were made correctly and on time in the latest year for which figures are available.
(264776)
617
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) pensioners and (b) people of working age who are not eligible for council tax benefit live in households where no one is eligible to pay income tax.
(264630)
618
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of applicants for council tax benefit whose application was successful in the latest period for which figures are available.
(264631)
619
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the effect on the public purse would be of raising the applicable amounts at which households begin to start paying council tax to (a) £116 per week for a (i) single person aged under 25, (ii) single person aged over 25 and (iii) couple of working age, (b) £174 per week for a single person aged between 65 and 74 years old and (c) £177 per week for a single person aged 75 years and over.
(264762)
620
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of people diagnosed with autism who were in employment in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(264835)
621
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of retirees who took a 25 per cent. tax-free lump sum from their pension fund on retirement in the latest period for which figures are available.
(264777)
622
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who successfully claimed asylum since 1997 have (a) claimed and (b) been granted benefits.
(265345)
623
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much he expects to pay to pensioner households in Houghton and Washington East constituency in winter fuel payments in 2008-09.
(265026)
624
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job vacancies were advertised in the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland job centre in each month of 2008; and for what average length of time each job was advertised.
(265334)
625
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints he has received on the operation of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission's CS2 computer system.
(265480)
626
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of applications for community care grants were rejected in the most recent period in each of the smallest geographic areas for which figures are available.
(264589)
627
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time taken to (a) process community care grant applications and (b) review community care grant decisions is in each of the smallest geographic areas for which figures are available.
(264590)
628
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) staff and (b) ministerial away days were organised by his Department in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was in each year.
(265110)
629
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on housing benefit in each year since 1997 expressed in 2008-09 prices.
(265288)
630
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many housing benefit recipients there have been in each region in each year since 1997.
(265388)
631
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were (a) recruited and (b) made redundant by Jobcentre Plus in each region in (i) January and (ii) February 2009.
(264852)
632
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many formal complaints were received by Jobcentre Plus in each region in each of the first three quarters of 2008-09.
(265042)
633
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many EU citizens working in the UK paid sufficient national insurance contributions to earn a potential entitlement to the state pension in each year since 1997.
(265049)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
634
N
Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to support the British manufacturing industry during the economic downturn; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (264488)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
635
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of establishing his Department's Lenders' Panel was; and how much he expects his Department to spend on the Panel in each of the next three years.
[Transferred] (264981)
636
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions his Department's Lenders' Panel has met; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting.
[Transferred] (264983)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
637
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number of non-EU nationals who have entered the UK since 2004.
[Transferred] (265300)
638
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the average weekly income was in each ward in each principal seaside town in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last month for which figures are available, listed in descending order in each case.
[Transferred] (265495)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
639
N
Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with Government Ministers on levels of utility charges on places of worship.
[Question Unstarred] (264464)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
640
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (265335)
Questions to the Solicitor General
641
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Solicitor General, how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions for acts of domestic violence there were in (i) the Test Valley Borough, (ii) Southampton and (iii) the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of the offences were (A) males assaulting females, (B) females assaulting males, (C) males assaulting males and (D) females assaulting females.
[Transferred] (264916)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
642
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), if he will make representations to his Japanese counterpart on the market access for the export of trains and rolling stock to Japan.
[Transferred] (265038)
643
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), how many UK-based suppliers he estimates will benefit indirectly from the contract with Agility Trains.
[Transferred] (265039)

 
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