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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 27 March 2009

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Friday 27 March 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 27 March 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 27 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 Friday 27 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 27 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesss have made successful applications for a Small Firms Loans Guarantee; and how much has been guaranteed under the scheme in each year from 2002-03 to 2007-08.
(267578)
2
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which former (a) hon. Members who have left Parliament since 1997 and (b) Members of the House of Lords from each party have been appointed to positions on public bodies within his Department's responsibility; and who made each appointment.
(267540)
3
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the proportion of workers in the bricklaying industry who are (a) British citizens, (b) nationals of (i) A8 countries, (ii) A2 countries and (iii) other EU countries and (c) non-EU nationals.
(267735)
4
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of conducting equality impact assessments in respect of the East of England Development Agency in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(267755)
5
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much Advantage West Midlands has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267660)
6
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the East of England Development Agency has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267661)
7
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the East Midlands Development Agency has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267662)
8
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the South East England Development Agency has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267663)
9
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the London Development Agency has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267664)
10
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the North West Regional Development Agency has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267665)
11
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much One North East has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267666)
12
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the South West of England Regional Development Agency has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267667)
13
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much Yorkshire Forward has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.
(267668)
14
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of small and medium-sized enterprises of the holiday entitlements to take effect from 1 April 2009.
(267420)
15
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 the increase in holiday entitlement from 1 April 2009.
(267467)
16
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effect on car dealerships should LDV go into receivership.
(267252)
17
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many postal operators have expressed interest in forming a strategic partnership with Royal Mail to date.
(267048)
18
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will have discussions with representatives of the mobile phone industry to discourage the use in the manufacture of mobile phone batteries of minerals which may have come from conflict zones; and if he will make a statement.
(267297)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
19
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many holders of offshore bank accounts have declared unpaid tax bills under the partial amnesty announced by his Department; and what his estimate is of the revenue foregone by the Exchequer arising from such unpaid tax liabilities in the last five years.
(267830)
20
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) effect on tax revenue of and (b) number of employees affected by the introduction of the requirement that a company have fewer than 250 employees in order to grant options under the Enterprise Management Incentive scheme.
(267719)
21
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the uptake and availability of tax-free regular savings among (a) those on low incomes and (b) senior citizens.
(267389)
22
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward measures to ensure that elderly people paying towards a funeral plan can be issued with a paid-up policy rather than continue to pay premiums in excess of the sum assured.
(267740)
23
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take on remuneration policies of banks in receipt of recapitalisation from the public purse in light of the recommendations of the Turner Report on the regulatory response to the global banking crisis.
(267590)
24
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes he plans to make to the arrangements for (a) registration, (b) supervision and (c) accountability of credit rating agencies in light of the Turner Report on the regulatory response to the global banking crisis.
(267591)
25
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to give any new (a) powers and (b) responsibilities to the Financial Services Authority in respect of the recommendations made by Lord Turner in his report on the regulatory response to the global banking crisis.
(267592)
26
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the conclusion of the Turner Report on the regulatory response to the global banking crisis that a complete legal distinction of narrow banking from market-making activities is not feasible.
(267630)
27
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of time taken by the Adjudicator's Office to process reviews of decisions taken by HM Revenue and Customs was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(267876)
28
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 419W, on public expenditure, on what date his Department's withdrawal of support for the Overseas Price Mechanism took effect; and if he will make a statement.
(267825)
29
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money the Government has provided to the Royal Bank of Scotland in the last 12 months.
(267761)
30
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent assessment is of the extent to which banks which have been recapitalised by the Government are complying with their agreements to provide mortgages and commercial loans at 2007 levels.
(267586)
31
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will prohibit the payment of bonuses by banks in receipt of public funds until such monies have been repaid in full.
(267120)
32
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that any bank proposed for receipt of public funds (a) should be required to stop using tax havens for tax avoidance purposes and (b) should provide a legal statement guaranteeing that it has ceased such practices and has disbanded its departments responsible for establishing such schemes before it receives funds from the public purse.
(267121)
33
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information UK Financial Investments holds on the level of lending to the non-financial private sector by (a) HSBC, (b) Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) Lloyds TSB, (d) HBOS, (e) Northern Rock and (f) Bradford and Bingley in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008; what the change in the average level of such lending by each institution has been since its receipt of public funds; and what proportion of each institution's lending in 2007 that figure represents.
(267171)
34
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what means a person can obtain (a) by telephone and (b) by post a list of the years of their working life for which they have made some National Insurance (NI) contributions but not enough for a qualifying year towards their state pension, together with an estimate of the cost of turning each such year into a qualifying year through payment of Class 3 NI contributions where such an option is still available; and if he will make a statement.
(267296)
35
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the development of new combined heat and power (CHP) plants of the extension of Enhanced Capital Allowances to all potential CHP developers including licensed electricity suppliers.
(267631)
36
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the development of new combined heat and power (CHP) plants and their contribution towards UK CHP targets of a cessation of climate change levy exemptions for electricity outputs after March 2013.
(267632)
37
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of existing combined heat and power plants of a cessation of climate change levy exemptions for electricity outputs after March 2013.
(267633)
38
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects of exempting electricity outputs of combined heat and power plants from the climate change levy on (a) managing the energy costs of UK manufacturing and (b) achieving carbon dioxide emissions savings in energy production.
(267634)
39
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what benchmark financial cost per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions saved he uses when appraising expenditure on greenhouse gas abatement measures.
(267635)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
40
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children have been in local authority care homes in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) England in each year from 1997.
(267829)
41
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much had been spent on ContactPoint on the latest date for which figures are available.
(267466)
42
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children in maintained schools diagnosed with (a) dyslexia, (b) dyscalculia, (c) dyspraxia, (d) dysgraphia, (e) Asperger's syndrome, (f) attention deficit disorder, (g) attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, (h) Meares-Irlen syndrome and (i) epilepsy.
(267741)
43
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when the inquiry into the findings of the Sutherland Report undertaken by the board of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority will be completed.
(267670)
44
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many notifications under the Education Act 2002 his Department and its predecessor (a) received from (i) independent schools and (ii) grant maintained schools and (b) sent to the schools inspectorate in each case in each year since April 2005.
(267293)
45
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which former (a) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 and (b) Members of the House of Lords from each party have been appointed to positions on public bodies within his Department's responsibility; and who made each appointment.
(267541)
46
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on what sites (a) posters and (b) other promotional material for the 14-19 diploma have been placed.
(267521)
47
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on advertising for the 14-19 diploma; on what date each advertising campaign was commissioned; how much each cost; and what type of advertising was used.
(267526)
48
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much on average it cost for a child under the age of five years to be looked after by (a) a local authority and (b) foster parents in the latest period for which figures are available.
(267653)
49
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children in Lancashire have a special guardianship order; and how many of those orders include financial assistance from Lancashire County Council.
(267654)
50
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many times the UK Council for Child Internet Safety has met; who was present at each meeting; and what was discussed at each meeting.
(267367)
51
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he plans to publish the Child Internet Safety Strategy.
(267368)
52
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pupils who may be eligible for free school meals but whose parents have not applied for them; and if he will make a statement.
(267737)
53
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of (a) secondary and (b) primary school headteachers were (i) male and (ii) female in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(267743)
54
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of (a) secondary and (b) primary school teachers were (i) male and (ii) female in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(267744)
55
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what (a) capital funds 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.
(267418)
56
N
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many disabled children have been statemented in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(267519)
57
N
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent estimate is of the number of children with special educational needs who do not have a statement.
(267520)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
58
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1666-7W, on employment, how many and what proportion of (a) UK born UK nationals, (b) non-UK born UK nationals, (c) UK born non-UK nationals and (d) non-UK born non-UK nationals there were in the working population in each year since 1997.
(267739)
59
Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the (a) unstandardised and (b) standardised mortality rate from prostate cancer in each (i) Government Office region and (ii) Parliamentary constituency was in each year since 1997.
(267745)
60
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many deaths by overdose from drugs in Class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(267865)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
61
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department has taken in response to allegations made to it of bullying by members of one trade union of members from another trade union in the Fire and Rescue Service.
(267681)
62
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has plans to rename the Preventing Violent Extremism programme.
(267682)
63
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the minimum number of staff required (a) in each regional control centre and (b) to staff the national network of regional control centres to meet the needs of national resilience; on what date each regional control centre was completed; what expenditure has been incurred in respect of each regional control centre since its completion; what estimate she has made of such costs in the period between completion and cut over for each centre; and what expenditure her Department has incurred on consultants engaged to work on the FiReControl project to date.
(267875)
64
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations her Department has received on the effects on local businesses and residents of the re-opening of the railway line between Bedford and Cambridge.
(267639)
65
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will have discussions with the Department for Transport on the implications for regional spatial and economic strategies of the proposed East-West rail project.
(267680)
66
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of conducting equality impact assessments in respect of (a) the Government Office for the East of England and (b) Opportunity Peterborough in 2008-09; and if she will make a statement.
(267756)
67
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has made an assessment of the implications of the Major Incident Investigation Board report on Buncefield for land use planning policy.
(266658)
68
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the evidential basis is for the statement in paragraph 76 of the technical annex to her Department's Planning for renewable energy: companion guide to PPS22 that shadow flicker effects have been proven to occur only within 10 rotor diameters of a turbine.
(267874)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
69
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1340-1W, on tourism: South West, how much of the £3.5 million funding was allocated to each regional development agency.
(267360)
70
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has provided for the regeneration of seaside towns in each of the last three years; and what plans there are for such funding in the next funding round.
(267580)
71
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what professional sporting events with (a) male and (b) female participants he has attended in an official capacity in the last 12 months.
(267683)
72
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the results of his Department's video games consultation.
(267369)
73
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many publicly-owned buildings are included on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk register.
(267370)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
74
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Lutyens war memorial in Bury to be replaced with an alternative structure; whether he plans to consult publicly on the form of that replacement; and if he will make a statement.
(267241)
75
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria the Government uses when determining to which countries arms may be sold; and if he will make a statement.
(267685)
76
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure women are not discriminated against in the armed forces.
(267686)
77
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure members of ethnic minorities are not discriminated against in the armed forces.
(267687)
78
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what opportunities exist for non-commissioned personnel to become commissioned officers in the armed forces.
(267688)
79
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which former (a) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 and (b) Members of the House of Lords from each party have been appointed to positions on public bodies within his Department's responsibility; and who made each appointment.
(267539)
80
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of France rejoining the military structure of NATO on (a) UK and (b) NATO policy on nuclear disarmament.
(267638)
81
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of single family accommodation units were in condition (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3 and (d) 4 in each of the last five years.
(267644)
82
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many single family accommodation units have dropped one or more condition levels in each of the last five years.
(267645)
83
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the average cost of upgrading a single family accommodation unit.
(267646)
84
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on upgrading service family accommodation in 2008-09.
(267647)
85
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned spending on upgrading service family accommodation is in each of the next five years.
(267648)
86
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average pay of (a) lance corporals and (b) privates was at the latest date for which figures are available.
(267649)
87
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of (a) lance corporals, (b) privates, (c) corporals, (d) sergeants, (e) warrant officer 2s, (f) staff sergeants and (g) warrant officer 1s are in the (i) higher and (ii) lower pay spine; and what criteria are used to determine an individual's appropriate spine.
(267650)
88
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average pay was for (a) lance corporals and (b) privates serving in Iraq and Afghanistan at the latest date for which information is available.
(267651)
89
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Jackal armoured vehicle in protecting frontline service personnel in Afghanistan from blasts.
(267298)
90
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Veterans Agency spent in each of the last five years.
(267734)
91
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget of the Veterans Agency was in each of the last five years; and how many people it employed in each such year.
(267832)
92
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Veterans Agency spent on legal representation in each of the last five years.
(267833)
93
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on examining matters raised by Gulf War veterans in each of the last five years.
(267834)
94
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of his Department's average expenditure on a tribunal case related to veterans in the last 12 months.
(267835)
95
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the average cost to his Department of commissioning psychological reports in connection with cases raised by veterans in the last 12 months, broken down by category of expenditure.
(267836)
96
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) veterans' tribunals and (b) reviews of cases before veterans' tribunals there have been in each year since 2000.
(267837)
97
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report for 2009 will be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the report.
[R] (267235)
98
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report for 2009 was submitted to the Prime Minister.
[R] (267236)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
99
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations his Department has received from (a) Warm Front contractors and (b) recipients of Warm Front grants on the reliability of Ravenheat boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme; what analysis his Department has made of such representations; and if he will make a statement.
(267826)
100
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many sub-contracts Eaga has let to sub-contractors for installing Ravenheat boilers under the Warm Front scheme.
(267827)
101
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of Ravenheat boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme which have developed a fault within 12 months of installation.
(267828)
102
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he plans to reply to the letters of 5 November 2008 and 9 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Canterbury, sent on behalf of a constituent, Mr Scott Collins.
(264429)
103
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which former (a) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 and (b) Members of the House of Lords from each party have been appointed to positions on public bodies within his Department's responsibility; and who made each appointment.
(267538)
104
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much each contractor appointed under the Warm Front scheme has received under the scheme in each of the last three financial years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(267693)
105
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of Warm Front grants awarded in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England were subject to an excess payment in 2008.
(267762)
106
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people awarded Warm Front grants in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England were asked to make an excess payment in 2008.
(267763)
107
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people are receiving assistance under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme.
(267736)
108
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the net present value of the Coal Health Compensation Scheme is; and if he will make a statement.
(267760)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
109
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent reports he has received of groups or individuals releasing foxes captured in urban areas into the countryside; and if he will make a statement.
(267748)
110
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding is provided by his Department to promote rural tourism.
(267579)
111
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which former (a) hon. Members who have left Parliament since 1997 and (b) Members of the House of Lords from each party have been appointed to positions on public bodies within his Department's responsibility; and who made each appointment.
(267542)
112
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on his Department's study of the use of animals in circuses.
(267636)
113
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the importation of elephants to perform in circuses; and whether his Department issues guidance on such imports.
(267637)
114
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis in the next 12 months.
(267808)
115
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how long he expects his Department's scheme for the vaccinations of badgers against bovine tuberculosis to operate for.
(267809)
116
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which 10 local authority areas experienced the greatest tonnage of fly-tipped waste in the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available.
(267810)
117
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of badgers which will be vaccinated against bovine tuberculosis under his Department's vaccination scheme.
(267811)
118
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in which areas of the country he expects his Department's scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis to operate.
(267812)
119
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with farmers on his Department's scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis.
(267813)
120
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the Countryside Alliance on his Department's scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis.
(267814)
121
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of his Department's badger vaccination scheme on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle.
(267815)
122
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle fly-tipping; and if he will make a statement.
(267816)
123
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on (a) prevention and (b) clean-up of fly tipping.
(267817)
124
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent countering fly tipping measures in each of the last five years.
(267818)
125
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the incidence and severity of flooding in the south east of England.
(267819)
126
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the rate of (a) phytophthora ramorum and (b) phytophthora kernoviae infestations in gardens.
(267820)
127
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on tackling (a) phytophthora ramorum and (b) phytophthora kernoviae in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(267821)
128
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on diseases caused by (a) phytophthora ramorum and (b) phytophthora kernoviae.
(267822)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
129
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(267771)
130
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the membership of the UK's delegation to the Durban Review Conference on Racism in Geneva in April 2009 will be; and whether he plans to consult on proposals to be put forward by the delegation prior to the Conference.
(267843)
131
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 227W, on terrorism: finance, to which (a) countries and (b) projects the £20 million spent in 2008-09 on tackling radicalisation and promoting understanding overseas was allocated.
(267423)
132
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 226-7W, on terrorism: finance, if he will publish details of the monitoring process agreed between the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and the National Audit Office.
(267424)
133
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2009, Official Report, column 778W, on British Council: finance, if he will publish details of the professional evaluation in place to monitor the British Council's Reconnect Programme.
(267425)
134
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the return of aid agencies expelled from Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(267730)
135
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 28W, on Hezbollah, on what basis he concluded that political contacts with Hezbollah's political wing would now be productive; and if he will make a statement.
(267731)
136
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, columns 843-4W, on departmental public expenditure, from which budgets the additional funds required by overseas posts to maintain the purchasing power of their local budgets in 2008-09 and 2009-10 will be drawn; and if he will make a statement.
(267732)
137
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, how much of the planned expenditure in the Middle East in 2009-10 has been allocated to stabilisation activities in Iraq.
(267733)
138
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 625W, on departmental public expenditure, what activities have been (a) delayed in 2008-09 and (b) identified for delay in 2009-10 at embassies in (i) Amman, (ii) Lagos, (iii) New Delhi and (iv) Brussels.
(267824)
139
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 29W, on Iran, in what ways the Iranian authorities have obstructed the activities of staff at the British Embassy in Tehran; what activities have been obstructed; and if he will make a statement.
(267842)
140
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham of 13 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, WA288, on Israel, what the remit of his Department's assessment of arms exports is; and when he expects the assessment to be complete.
(267844)
141
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what his Department's definition of the geographical area of wider Europe is; what the programme cost for peacekeeping and conflict resolution in each country in the wider Europe area was before the revision announced in the Statement; and on what activities such expenditure was expected to be incurred.
(267868)
142
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what the allocation for South Asia and Afghanistan was before the revision announced in the Statement.
(267869)
143
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what proportion of the additional £71 million to be provided for peacekeeping activities by his Department, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence will be drawn from his Department's budget.
(267870)
144
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what the projected rise in peacekeeping costs for 2009-10 is; and what percentage increase on costs incurred in 2008-09 this represents.
(267871)
145
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what his Department's expenditure on the programme for peacekeeping and conflict resolution in Latin America was in each of the last five years; and in which countries and on what activities such expenditure was incurred.
(267872)
146
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what expenditure his Department had allocated to peacekeeping and conflict resolution in each country in Africa before the revision announced in his Statement; how much such expenditure was incurred in each country in Africa in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and which programmes in West and Southern Africa will no longer be pursued.
(267873)
147
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of continuing Taliban insurgency in Pakistan on the Government's policies on the region.
(267673)
148
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contracts for reconstruction projects in Iraq have been awarded to UK businesses.
(267422)
149
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conditions he will require to be satisfied before British troops may be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
(267877)
150
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to reply to the letter of 14 February 2009 from Mr Colin Adams of Newport Pagnell, a constituent of the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes.
(267750)
151
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on delivery of the CONTEST programme overseas in each financial year since 2006-07; how much has been allocated for such expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; which (i) projects and (ii) organisations received money under the programme in each year since 2006-07; how much each received; and if he will make a statement.
(267523)
152
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what procedures he has put in place to ensure (a) financial audit and (b) value for money in expenditure made as part of the CONTEST programme overseas.
(267524)
153
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to involve UK Muslims in discussions on British foreign policy.
(267525)
154
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what the Government's expenditure on conflict resources in financial year 2008-09 was; and what proportion of this total was spent through the (a) Conflict Prevention Pool, (b) Stabilisation Aid Fund and (c) Treasury Reserve for Peacekeeping.
(267720)
155
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what the breakdown is of the costs incurred under each peackeeping mission to which the UK is committed; and if he will make a statement.
(267721)
156
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what estimate has been made of the effect on the costs to the Government of its commitments to international institutions caused by the fall in the value of sterling; and if he will make a statement.
(267722)
157
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what proportion of the additional £71 million for conflict prevention, stabilisation and discretionary funding will be met by (a) his Department, (b) the Department for International Development and (c) the Ministry of Defence; and if he will make a statement.
(267723)
158
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, under the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, what the original planned total allocation was for (a) South Asia, including Afghanistan, (b) Africa, (c) Europe and (d) the Middle East; and if he will make a statement.
(267724)
159
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what level of funding will be provided for conflict prevention work in the Balkans; and if he will make a statement.
(267725)
160
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what a reduced level of commitment to EU and OSCE operations in the Balkans and the Caucasus will entail; how much funding is required for this reduced level of commitment; how much funding was originally planned under the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will make a statement.
(267726)
161
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what proportion of the revised budget for the Middle East programme will be spent in (a) Iraq, (b) Israel-Palestine and (c) Lebanon; and if he will make a statement.
(267727)
162
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what schemes are being funded under the Conflict Prevention Pool programme in Latin America; and what assessment he has made of the impact of the withdrawal of UK funding on these schemes.
(267728)
163
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what changes have been made to the funding for thematic programmes; what proportion of this funding will be allocated to (a) security sector reform advisory, (b) peacekeeping training, (c) defence education in priority countries and (d) the United Nations' Rule of Law Unit; and if he will make a statement.
(267729)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
164
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of providing medical services to British citizens living abroad in each of the last 10 years.
(267831)
165
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drug-related hospital admissions were attributable to each drug in class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(267866)
166
N
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of those who participated in routine blood donations have died of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease since 1997.
(266419)
167
N
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consider the introduction of a blood screening test for blood donors in place of blood filtering; and if he will make a statement.
(266420)
168
N
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether family members of those who have died of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) are encouraged to take a blood screening test for vCJD; and if he will make a statement.
(266421)
169
N
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission a prevalence study of EP-vCJD tests in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(266516)
170
N
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consider the introduction of EP-vCJD tests in routine blood donations; and if he will make a statement.
(266517)
171
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities were re-testing digital hearing aids before the issue of guidance on the matter in 2007.
(267671)
172
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has issued target durations for re-testing of digital hearing aids.
(267672)
173
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were working in (a) patient-facing and (b) non patient-facing roles in the NHS on the latest date for which figures are available.
(267694)
174
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendation in Lord Crisp's report on global health partnerships in respect of creating healthcare links between the UK and developing countries; and what projects have been established as a result.
(267838)
175
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have (a) no, (b) fewer than five, (c) between five and 10 and (d) 10 or more dentists accepting NHS patients.
(267746)
176
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the funding allocation for dentistry is in each primary care trust area in each of the next two years.
(267747)
177
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for planned treatment in the NHS was in each region in each year since 1997-98.
(267697)
178
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) patient care and (b) clinical priorities of the four-hour waiting time target for accident and emergency departments.
(267698)
179
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of deliveries resulted in (a) a baby with low birthweight and (b) stillbirth in each lower layer super output area in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(267699)
180
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent (a) doctors and (b) nurses worked in accident and emergency departments in England in each year since 1997; and how many such staff worked in each NHS organisation in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(267701)
181
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department was first informed of the conclusions of the Healthcare Commission's investigation into patient care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
(267702)
182
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he has set for (a) responding to the consultation on wheelchair services undertaken as part of the review of the care services efficiency delivery retail model and (b) establishing the new procurement strategy for children's equipment.
(267464)
183
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he has set for the introduction of the new arrangements for stoma and incontinence products under Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and if he will make a statement.
(267465)
184
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Eastbourne of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 416W, on care homes: standards, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on the review of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care.
(267823)
185
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 878W, on NHS manpower, what definition his Department uses of (a) cases involving NHS staff and (b) actions against NHS staff; and if he will make a statement.
(267878)
186
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received on the extent to which contracts under the NHS IT programme may bind subsequent administrations.
(267879)
187
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts fund non-latex condoms on prescription.
(267880)
188
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish each document concerning Airwave which he has sent to ambulance trusts since November 2008.
(267881)
189
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to reach a settlement with Fujitsu over its withdrawal from the NHS IT programme.
(267882)
190
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sums BT has (a) received and (b) been promised for taking over elements of Fujitsu's contract under the NHS IT programme.
(267883)
191
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence relating to folic acid and cancer risk his Department has published in 2009; and when he expects the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition to publish its final advice on folic acid and cancer risk.
(267884)
192
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of NHS employees and former employees who will have their NHS occupational pension entitlement amended in the next 12 months and (b) the greatest reduction in entitlement which will be made for such a person; and what proportion of such adjustments he expects will have been determined by the commencement of the 2009-10 tax year.
(267885)
193
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS Information Centre plans to publish information on the number of patients seen by dentists in each primary care trust area; when the information was first scheduled for publication; what the reasons are for the time taken to publish this data; and if he will make a statement.
(267887)
194
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely effect of setting levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements under Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive on the number of independent health food retailers in the UK; and what recent representations he has received from (a) right hon. and hon. Members and (b) others about the effects of this legislation on UK businesses and consumers.
(267684)
195
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department provided for (a) the Eileen Trust and (b) the MacFarlane Trust in 2008-09.
(267738)
196
N
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to private nursing home providers on their statutory obligations towards nursing home residents in their care.
(267363)
197
N
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure extra resources are made available to publicly-owned nursing homes and local primary care trusts where private nursing home providers withdraw their provision.
(267364)
198
N
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has compiled a list of approved private nursing care home providers.
(267365)
199
N
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are in place to alleviate pressure on beds in the NHS caused by private nursing care home providers ending provision of services.
(267366)
200
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) teenagers and (b) people were admitted to psychiatric units for mental health problems associated with cannabis use in each of the last 15 years.
(267652)
201
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) teenagers and (b) people have been treated for addiction to cannabis in each of the last 15 years.
(267674)
202
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding the charity Drugscope has received from the Government in each of the last 10 years.
(267676)
203
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) drug charities, (b) drug bodies and (c) scientific authorities provide drug information to the drugs advice organisation, FRANK.
(267677)
204
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was provided for the drugs advice organisation FRANK in the last 12 months.
(267678)
205
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is provided for the advisers at the drugs advice organisation FRANK; and what qualifications such advisers are required to have.
(267679)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
206
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of (a) the conditions in which monkeys are held at Nafovanny, Long Thanh, Vietnam and (b) the appropriateness of allowing the importation of monkeys from that facility under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(267754)
207
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of passport applications approved by the Post Office check and send service were subsequently rejected by the Passport Office in the last 12 months.
(264786)
208
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional training is proposed for employees of (a) civil nuclear facilities, including research laboratories, and (b) military bases in support of the resilience strategy set out in the report, The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering International Terrorism.
(267593)
209
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contribution (a) the Department for Energy and Climate Change and (b) the Office for Civil Nuclear Security made to her Department's report, The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering International Terrorism; and to which overseas offices and institutions representing British interests the report has been distributed.
(267594)
210
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) police dog and handler teams and (b) specialist explosive search dogs which will be deployed to provide security for the London 2012 Olympics.
(266418)
211
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which drugs fall into Class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and what estimate she has made of the number of users of each drug in each class.
(267858)
212
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 116W, on dual nationality, where the information requested is held; and if she will collect and publish it.
(267361)
213
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average processing time for residence card applications for family members of EEA nationals.
(267839)
214
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for residence cards for family members of EEA nationals took longer than six months to process in each of the last three years.
(267840)
215
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for residence cards for family members of EEA nationals are being processed.
(267841)
216
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with (a) the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and (b) the Metropolitan Police Authority on the steps to be taken by the Metropolitan Police Service following the High Court judgment in the case of Babar Ahmad.
(267170)
217
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average cost to the Metropolitan Police of an unsuccessful attempt to arrest an individual subsequently found to be in custody in the last 12 months.
(267577)
218
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria apply to decisions on whether to grant asylum to a Bahraini national.
(267845)
219
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Bahrain nationals have been granted asylum in the UK.
(267846)
220
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) boys and (b) girls aged 14-15 years old who have used cannabis in each of the last 10 years.
(267675)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
221
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much it cost to process hon. Members' applications for expenses in the last year for which figures are available.
(267419)
222
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the maximum number of tours of Parliament organised through the central tours office is that may take place on each day from Monday to Friday during sitting periods.
(267237)
223
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, which individuals have booked tours of Parliament through the central tours office in the last four weeks.
(267238)
224
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much advance notice is required to book a tour of Parliament through the central tours office.
(267239)
225
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, which categories of people are able to book tours of Parliament through the central tours office.
(267240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
226
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1007-8W, on loans, if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on his Department's assistance programmes for smallholders in (a) Malawi and (b) Africa of recent increases in the price of fertiliser.
(267362)
227
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on entertaining in (a) Kenya and (b) Tanzania in 2007-08.
(267764)
228
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of his Department's operations in Latin America in 2007-08 was.
(267765)
229
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of his Department's operations in Africa in 2007-08 was.
(267766)
230
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) budget and (b) staffing costs of his Department's operations in Kenya in 2007-08 were.
(267767)
231
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the administrative budget for his Department's UK-based staff in 2007-08 was.
(267768)
232
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of his Department's operations outside the UK in 2007-08 was.
(267769)
233
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) budget and (b) staffing cost of his Department's operations in Tanzania in 2007-08 was.
(267770)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
234
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects the protocol governing the consultation process between Clearsprings Management Limited and local authorities with regard to its bail accommodation and support service accommodation to be completed; and when he will publish it.
(267294)
235
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, from which local authorities his Department has received complaints regarding the consultation process used by Clearsprings Management for the selection of properties for its bail accommodation and support service.
(267295)
236
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will set a timetable for the closure of the end-of-custody licence scheme.
(267656)
237
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Torbay of 19 May 2008, Official Report, columns 71-3W, on Walton Prison: cemeteries, what steps his Department has taken to resolve (a) any outstanding exhumation and funeral costs of and (b) matters relating to DNA testing in respect of George Kelly.
(267859)
238
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) role and (b) payband is of the official in his Department responsible for resolving any outstanding issues in the George Kelly case.
(267860)
239
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will direct the Corporate Management Board of his Department to make an assessment of his Department's handling of matters relating to the George Kelly case in the light of the representations it has received on the matter.
(267861)
240
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many submissions have been made to Ministers in his Department and its predecessor in respect of the George Kelly case, and on what dates; and what the (a) role and (b) payband was of each official who (i) drafted and (ii) was copied in on each submission.
(267862)
241
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff of his Department's Democracy, Constitution and Law directorate responded to the questions in its recent staff survey on (a) the chance of getting their views heard, (b) putting their priorities on the agenda, (c) identifying things most important to them and (d) identifying thoughts on how the directorate could be a great place to work.
(267795)
242
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff in his Department's Democracy, Constitution and Law directorate have legal qualifications; and how many are qualified (a) solicitors and (b) barristers in England and Wales.
(267796)
243
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many requests for Central Clearing House advice on freedom of information requests have been received in each quarter since January 2005; what information his Department holds on such requests; what procedures are in place to request central clearance; whether any changes have been made to such procedures since the Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force; and who within his Department is responsible for providing Central Clearing House advice.
(267797)
244
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff of his Department's Democracy, Constitution and Law Directorate there are at each (a) Senior Civil Service and (b) other Civil Service payband.
(267798)
245
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many personnel work in the Democracy, Constitution and Law Directorate of his Department; how many have (a) joined and (b) left the Directorate since its creation; and how many are expected to leave in the next 12 months.
(267799)
246
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the payband was of each member of his Department's Democracy, Constitution and Law Directorate who attended its awayday on 29 September 2008; which senior managers in the Directorate attended; where the awayday took place; what the cost to his Department of the awayday was; and what priorities for the Directorate have been set (a) consequent upon and (b) subsequent to the event.
(267800)
247
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many responses to requests to his Department for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been delayed because of consideration of the public interest test in each year since the Act's entry into force; and how many such requests have subsequently been refused on the basis of a Ministerial certification under section 36 of the Act.
(267801)
248
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings have taken place between the Information Commissioner's Office and his Department since 1 January 2008; and what records his Department holds of the matters discussed at each meeting.
(267802)
249
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many requests for decision notices under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the Information Commissioner's Office has received in each year since the entry into force of the Act; how many have been determined; how many have been (a) withdrawn and (b) not progressed to a formal decision notice; and how many remain outstanding.
(267803)
250
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many requests to the Information Commissioner's Office for decision notices under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made in respect of (a) his Department and (b) its predecessor; how many have resulted in the issue of decision notices; and how many requests remain outstanding.
(267804)
251
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff at each grade in his Department work in its Information Directorate; how many such staff work in its Data Access and Compliance Unit; what changes in the personnel of (a) that unit and (b) any other unit undertaking such work there have been since January 2007; and what the reason for each change was.
(267805)
252
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the intervention by the Information Commissioner in March 2008 in respect of handling of freedom of information requests by his Department; and what steps have been taken as a consequence.
(267806)
253
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff awaydays his Department has held since its creation.
(267807)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
254
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents of hate crime were recorded in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005 and (b) 2008.
(267387)
255
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many owners of personal protection weapons in Northern Ireland had their renewal applications (a) approved and (b) declined in 2008.
(267388)
256
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the Police Service of Northern Ireland was Roman Catholic as at 1 January 2009.
(267390)
257
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the actual cost per prisoner place in Northern Ireland was in 2008-09; and what target cost per prisoner place was set for that year.
(267391)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
258
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the objectives are of his forthcoming visit to China.
(267011)
259
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the objectives of his forthcoming visit to China.
(267012)
260
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when his decision to join the Scottish Council for Development and Industry's trade delegation to China was taken.
(267013)
261
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on which date his travel to and from China as part of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry's trade delegation was booked.
(267014)
Questions to the Solicitor General
262
N
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Solicitor General, how much the Crown Prosecution Service has spent to keep victims informed of prosecution decisions since 2002.
(267421)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
263
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent estimate the Electoral Commission has made of how many and what proportion of people aged (i) 18 to 24, (ii) 25 to 34, (iii) 35 to 44, (iv) 45 to 54, (v) 55 to 64, (vi) 65 to 74, (vii) 75 to 84, (viii) 85 to 94 and (ix) 95 years and over voted in the last general election.
(267886)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
264
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the 217 new carriages announced for London Midland in August 2008 are in use.
(267640)
265
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the 1,300 new rail carriages announced by the Government in August 2008 are in use on the rail network.
(267641)
266
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail users (a) complained about and (b) received compensation for overcrowding on trains in the latest period for which figures are available.
(267642)
267
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reported incidents of passengers being (a) taken ill and (b) injured on board trains as a result of overcrowding there were in the latest period for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(267643)
268
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of March 2009, Official Report, columns 1611-2W, on rolling stock, whether the additional vehicles for South Central and South Eastern listed in his Department's Rolling Stock Plan will be cascaded ex-Thameslink stock.
(267669)
269
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) lone drivers in each age group and (b) drivers in each age group with passengers were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(267757)
270
N
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the analysis his Department has made of high speed rail using the criteria set out in his Department's New Approach to Transport Appraisal.
(267522)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
271
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 1843W, on hospitality: Equality and Human Rights Commission, if she will publish a breakdown by event of the £6,151 spent on hospitality in 2008-09.
(267426)
272
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will issue guidance to employers on the provision of information to newly-appointed staff on (a) their company's gender pay gap and (b) their company's gender pay gap at the grade to which the new employee has been appointed.
(267696)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
273
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the merits of reopening Jobcentre Plus branches in market towns more than 15 miles from the nearest branch.
(267585)
274
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Pontypridd of 23 March 2009, Official Report, columns 173-4W, what proportion of the time expended by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate on the generic design assessment work conducted in the third and fourth quarters of 2008-09 has been recovered from the applicants to date; and what the monetary value of the recovered resource is for each quarter.
(267753)
275
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time between submission of a claim for jobseeker's allowance and the claimant receiving the first jobseeker's allowance payment was in the last period for which figures are available.
(267700)
276
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to inform the public to the change in the scheme for registrations of gas fitters from Corgi to the Gas Safe Register.
(267742)
277
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the police have been called to jobcentres in each year since 1997; and what the reasons were, broken down by category.
(267695)
278
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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.
(267417)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
279
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons there is a six year limit for contributions to National Insurance shortfalls in relation to the state pension.
[Transferred] (267751)
280
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) extending and (b) abolishing the deadlines for contributions to National Insurance shortfalls in relation to the state pension.
[Transferred] (267752)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
281
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many Warm Front contractors are employed in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.
[Transferred] (267758)
282
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the monetary value of Warm Front grants awarded in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England was in 2008.
[Transferred] (267759)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
283
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that full measures of beer are served in pubs.
[Transferred] (267749)
284
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was refunded to account holders by the Student Loans Company in respect of overpayments made at the end of the loan period in each financial year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (267867)

 
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