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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 18 June 2009

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 18 June 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 18 June 2009


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

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


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will request the inspectors investigating MG Rover to produce a progress report setting out (a) the estimated length of time required to complete the inquiry, (b) the estimated additional cost to complete the inquiry and (c) an explanation of the time taken to complete the inquiry.
(281152)
2
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department and its predecessors have taken to (a) assist small businesses, (b) assist medium-sized businesses, (c) develop the skills base, (d) facilitate innovation and (e) facilitate business start-ups in Coventry in the last two years.
(280718)
3
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding his Department has allocated to facilitate universal provision of high-speed broadband in 2009-10; and from which budget.
(281196)
4
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question 280003, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Automotive Assistance Programme.
(281283)
5
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question 280004, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.
(281284)
6
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question 280005, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Capital for Enterprise Fund.
(281285)
7
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question 261386, tabled on 3 March 2009, on the Working Capital Scheme.
(281286)
8
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which Minister in his Department will take over responsibility for the Digital Britain agenda from Lord Carter of Barnes; and if he will make a statement.
(281313)
9
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question 273970, tabled on 5 May 2009, on the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow.
(281292)
10
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for St Albans of 25 February 2009 on the St Albans Business Summit.
(281183)
11
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses in (a) each district in Cumbria and (b) the UK using tips as a means of ensuring their employees receive the national minimum wage; what estimate his Department has made of (i) the number of employees involved and (ii) the monetary value of such tips in the last 12 months; what steps his Department plans to take on the matter; and what assessment has been made of the effects of the practice on expenditure on benefits.
[R] (281337)
12
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the cost to businesses of compliance with (a) EU and (b) UK regulations in 2009-10 to date.
(281426)
13
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many public consultations have been conducted by his Department and its predecessors since 27 June 2007; what the title of each was ; how many responses were received to each; and what estimate he has made of the cost incurred for each consultation.
(280915)
14
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 30 March 2009, transferred from HM Treasury, PO reference: 1/70034/2009, on banks.
(281131)
15
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students resident in North West Cambridgeshire constituency were in higher education in each of the last 10 years.
(281160)
16
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question (a) 265951 and (b) 265952, tabled on 18 March 2009, on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.
(281348)
17
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills' Departmental Report for 2009 to be published.
(281295)
18
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether cars which are 10 years old and which were first registered on the Isle of Man and are now registered in the UK are eligible for the car scrappage scheme.
(281128)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
19
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the time taken by the Financial Ombudsman Service to deal with complaints; what monitoring takes place of the time taken by the Financial Ombudsman Service to respond to complaints; and if he will make a statement.
(280917)
20
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the year in which the UK's national debt will return to its 2008 level as proportion of gross domestic product.
(281431)
21
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his Department's officials work on calculating the UK's fortnightly payment to the European Communities budget; and how much the last such payment was.
(281432)
22
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of servicing the UK's national debt was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(281433)
23
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of public-private partnership liabilities in 2009-10.
(281434)
24
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to answer Question (a) 279978 and (b) 279979, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Asset Protection Scheme.
(281280)
25
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to answer Question 279980, tabled on 10 June 2009, on Northern Rock.
(281281)
26
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to answer Question 279981, tabled on 10 June 2009, on public sector contracting.
(281282)
27
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to answer Question (a) 279857 and (b) 279858, tabled on 10 June 2009, on road fuel duty.
(281291)
28
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 637W, on banks: tax avoidance, to which sentences of the Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 654, on G20 Finance Ministers' meeting, the Answer refers.
(280693)
29
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average waiting time for a caller to each of HM Revenue and Customs 0845 telephone numbers was in each of the last 12 months; how much the average call to such an 0845 number cost the caller in each of those months; and how many callers received a recorded message telling them to call back later after having been put on hold in each of those months.
(280653)
30
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the amount of advertising expenditure deducted from profits before tax by businesses producing alcoholic drinks in 2008-09.
(280655)
31
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had at EU level on the contents of the National Audit Office's 2009 report on financial management in the European Union.
(281235)
32
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons he decided to increase duty on beer in Budget 2009.
(281266)
33
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue that would accrue to the Exchequer from applying the value added tax regime in force on the mainland to goods brought in from the Channel Islands.
(281273)
34
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision there is for tax credits for those between 18 and 24 years old without children.
(281440)
35
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Chief Secretary to the Treasury plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15 April 2009, on funding for services for people with learning disabilities.
(281133)
36
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Legal Services Commission on best value tendering; and if he will make a statement.
(281324)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
37
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1847W, on carbon emissions, what cross-departmental co-operation her Department is supporting.
(281306)
38
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases of cancer have been diagnosed in (a) England and (b) each ward of Henley constituency in each year since 2000.
(281174)
39
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance her Department provides to other Government departments on best practice for departments and their agencies in making grants.
(281236)
40
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point were unemployed for a period in each of the last five years.
(281320)
41
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point were in employment for a period in each of the last five years.
(281321)
42
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average unemployment rate among the working age population in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point was in each of the last five years.
(281322)
43
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) males, (b) females and (c) single parents were (i) in employment and (ii) unemployed for a period in (A) Essex and (B) Castle Point in each of the last five years.
(281323)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
44
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in apprenticeships became unemployed in (a) the last six months for which figures are available and (b) the six-month period a year before that six-month period.
(281435)
45
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many complaints against teachers have been (a) investigated, (b) upheld and (c) rejected by the General Teaching Council in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(281177)
46
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average time taken for the General Teaching Council to complete its investigation of a teacher following a complaint was in the latest period for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(281178)
47
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many investigations by the General Teaching Council following a complaint against a teacher took more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) 12 months and (d) 18 months to complete in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(281179)
48
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers have been struck off the teaching register following an investigation by the General Teaching Council in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(281180)
49
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many maintained (a) primary and (b) secondary schools operate entirely from (i) temporary and (ii) pre-1919 buildings; and if he will make a statement.
(281181)
50
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children attend (a) primary and (b) secondary schools housed in temporary buildings; and if he will make a statement.
(281182)
51
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many maintained schools have fewer than (a) 40, (b) 50, (c) 60, (d) 70, (e) 80, (f) 90 and (g) 100 pupils; and if he will make a statement.
(281305)
52
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the new framework for the integrated children's system.
(281261)
53
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has evaluated for benchmarking purposes on comparative nutritional standards in school meals in EU member states.
(281242)
54
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the experience in schools of children with long-term medical conditions.
(281247)
55
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of children who go missing from care homes.
(281163)
56
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2009, Official Report, column 1067W, how many of the children who have gone missing from care have not been found.
(281167)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
57
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will review the operation of the Disabled Facilities Grant scheme for the purposes of assessing (a) the effects on the operation of the scheme of changes in mechanisms for ring-fenced funding of the scheme and (b) progress towards the target of completing (i) the assessment by an occupational therapist required under the scheme within six months and (ii) adaptation work undertaken under that scheme within 12 months.
(281223)
58
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is on who should be responsible for making council tax payments for private sector rented properties.
(280909)
59
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance is provided to local councils on the level of council tax that should be paid on second homes.
(280914)
60
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 March 2009, Official Report, columns 71-2WS, on local authority rents, which local authorities have applied for financial support for reduced rent increases for council tenants; and if he will make a statement.
(281328)
61
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to answer Question 280051, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Home Owner Mortgage Protection Scheme.
(281287)
62
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient housing is built in rural areas.
(281338)
63
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what date he expects all Copeland properties leased by social landlords to be at the decent homes standard.
(281339)
64
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes leased by social landlords in Copeland are below the decent homes standard.
(281340)
65
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Housing Market Renewal funding has been awarded to organisations operating in Copeland.
(281341)
66
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that privately rented housing meets the decent homes standard.
(281342)
67
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department plans to take to meet the demand for social rented housing in Copeland.
(281343)
68
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will undertake research into levels of compliance with building regulations relating to energy efficiency.
(281240)
69
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an estimate of the expenditure from the public purse incurred by (a) local authorities and (b) other public sector organisations for which his Department is responsible in the South West in the last 12 months.
(281268)
70
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the allocation by them of resources for the purposes of communications and public relations.
(281271)
71
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of involvement of young people in the work of local authorities and other local public bodies for which his Department is responsible.
(281272)
72
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department provides to the retail sector for the encouragement of innovative town centre redevelopment.
(281410)
73
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of direct elections of local authority mayors.
(281414)
74
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1690W, on eco-towns: internet, how many (a) unique visitors and (b) page impressions have been received by the ecotownsyoursay.direct.gov.uk website to date.
(280652)
75
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1690W, on eco-towns: internet, what the cost to his Department of the ecotownsyoursay.direct.gov.uk website has been to date.
(280722)
76
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what he expects the average amount of grant per unit for the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme to be.
(281203)
77
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what mechanism the book value of land in relation to applications made by housing developers via the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme will be defined.
(281204)
78
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanism is in place to ensure that bank loan finance for housing development schemes has been maximised before financial support is granted via the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme.
(281205)
79
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanism exists to ensure that new homes built by developers with funding from the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme meet Homes and Communities Agency standards.
(281206)
80
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average grant per unit from the £100 million fund for local authorities to build social homes in 2009-10.
(281207)
81
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications for funding from the £100 million fund for local authorities to build social rented housing have been received from applicants in each region.
(281208)
82
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications for funding support via the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme have been received in each region.
(281209)
83
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many bidders for funding under the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme have applied for (a) equity and (b) loan investment support.
(281210)
84
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Homes and Communities Agency debt is to be repaid as a priority under the terms of the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme.
(281211)
85
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether provision exists for developers to pay interest on loans from the Homes and Communities Agency in relation to the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme.
(281212)
86
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of bidders for funding from the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme have applied for support via (a) Affordable Housing Grant, (b) Investment Support and (c) Homebuy Direct; and if he will make a statement.
(281213)
87
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what role regional development agencies will play in the distribution of funding via the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme.
(281214)
88
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the likely total cost of the due diligence process for the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of the operation of the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme.
(281251)
89
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the definition of a housing-led scheme is in respect of applications for funding made under the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme.
(281252)
90
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been applied for by bidders under the Kickstart Housing Delivery programme has been to date.
(281253)
91
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Regent's Park and Kensington North of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 456W, on housing: City of Westminster, what funding his Department has provided to each local authority for housing in each of the last five years; from what budgets such funding was drawn; and for what purposes such funding was allocated.
(281334)
92
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 20W, on housing, in which local authorities the schemes are being operated.
(281326)
93
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of disabled facilities grant funding has been spent on alternative accommodation during building work in each year since the scheme was introduced; and if he will make a statement.
(281164)
94
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average length of time between receipt of an application for a disabled facilities grant and the completion of the home improvements funded by the grant was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(281165)
95
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) implementation and (b) management of the home improvements - disabled facilities grant scheme since its introduction.
(281166)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
96
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been made available for Bournemouth through the Sea Change Initiative; and what plans there are for further such expenditure.
(280913)
97
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department made available to maintain and improve sporting facilities in (a) the borough of Test Valley and (b) Southampton in each of the last five years.
(281452)
98
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress has been made on the implementation of the UK-Israel Film Co-production Treaty.
(281298)
99
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of Israel on collaboration between the UK and Israeli film industries.
(281299)
100
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of a 14 to 25 academic hub for the creative industries.
(280657)
101
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of progress on the Creative Britain project; how many apprenticeships have been created under the project; and if he will make a statement.
(280659)
102
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who will take decisions on tenders for the pilot independently-financed news consortia announced in the Digital Britain White Paper.
(281448)
103
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of establishing a media commission for Wales.
(281449)
104
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies on administration of the making of grants as a proportion of the amount of grants made in 2008-09.
(281237)
105
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what procedures his Department and its agencies have to assess the cost-effectiveness of grants which they make.
(281238)
106
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the impact of changes in the budget of Visit Britain since 2007 on the (a) tourist industry and (b) economy.
(281248)
107
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's latest assessment is of the size of the regulatory burden on the tourism industry; and what steps he is taking to reduce that burden.
(281250)
108
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department and its agencies provide to local authorities on the provision of events to attract tourists and visitors.
(281270)
109
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of his Department's staff at each grade have worked primarily on matters related to tourism in each of the last 12 years.
(281274)
110
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department plans to spend on encouraging international travellers to visit the UK during the London 2012 Olympics.
(281276)
111
N
Derek Twigg (Halton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made in identifying files and documents it holds relating to the Hillsborough disaster that can be released.
(279539)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
112
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria his Department uses in deciding whether to fund archaeological and cultural heritage projects; and if he will make a statement.
(281169)
113
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has his Department has spent on archaelogical and cultural heritage projects in each of the last five years.
(281170)
114
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to ensure the preservation of archaeological and cultural heritage sites on land it owns; and if he will make a statement.
(281171)
115
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the number of casualties sustained by forces from each NATO member state participating in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan in each of the last three years.
(281197)
116
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements his Department has made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.
(281168)
117
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military vehicles of each type were reported (a) stolen and (b) missing in the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.
(281441)
118
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to conduct its next strategic defence review.
(281442)
119
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the UK has commanded Regional Command South in Afghanistan since 2003; and how many UK troops were part of that command on each occasion.
(281443)
120
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received on the recent incident at RAF Brize Norton, in which a TriStar Ascot 833 made an emergency landing and was immobilised on the runway, resulting in a Vulcan aircraft being diverted to RAF Lyneham; and if he will make a statement.
(281228)
121
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of the single runway at RAF Brize Norton being put out of action after the transfer of the fleet from RAF Lyneham; and what contingency arrangements are in place to avoid the immobilisation of the Air Transport fleet in such circumstances.
(281279)
122
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers were stationed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(281333)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
123
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what position Mike Anderson holds within his Department.
(281307)
124
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Billericay's letters of 13 March, 23 April and 25 May 2009 on his constituent Mr A Bridgen.
(280691)
125
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department has taken to source renewable energy supplies for Coventry.
(281148)
126
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department has taken to assist research into green technology in Coventry.
(281149)
127
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned on strategies to deliver a low-carbon economy.
(281296)
128
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many reports of breaches of exclusion zones around nuclear facilities by airborne craft have been filed by operators of civil nuclear installations in each year since 2003; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such report.
(281297)
129
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how the review of tidal energy in the River Severn plans to take into account the views of people resident beside the river.
(281349)
130
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans he has for the future use of the former nuclear laboratories site at Berkeley; and when he expects the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to present proposals for that future use.
(281350)
131
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the potential effect of measures in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill on (a) tidal stream technology and (b) off-shore wind power generation.
(281351)
132
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he plans to answer Question (a) 273929, (b) 273930, (c) 273931 and (d) 273932, tabled on 5 May 2009, on the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow.
(281294)
133
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he plans to require energy companies to equalise their prepayment tariffs with those charged to quarterly customers; and if he will make a statement.
(281173)
134
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the Low Carbon Buildings Programme will receive the £45 million of additional funding allocated in Budget 2009.
(280996)
135
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assistance his Department has provided to the solar photovoltaic industry since Budget 2009.
(281130)
136
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the level of contribution of changes in household energy use towards achievement of UK carbon dioxide emission reduction targets for (a) 2020 and (b) 2050.
(281241)
137
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of progress in introducing energy-efficient domestic appliances in the UK.
(281264)
138
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many houses in (a) North West Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire constituency, (c) the East of England region and (d) Peterborough have had insulation installed under the Warm Front scheme in each of the last five years.
(281162)
139
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's latest estimate is of the average cost of installing a smart meter.
(281453)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
140
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which (a) organisations and (b) individuals were consulted during the development of his Department's bee health research Rationale, Objectives, Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation statement.
(280723)
141
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of Government funding for research related to the honey bee was allocated to (a) the National Bee Unit and (b) higher education institutions in each of the five financial years to 2007-08.
(280724)
142
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) farmers and (b) farm businesses which are at risk of entering administration as a result of Dairy Farmers of Britain being taken into receivership.
(281356)
143
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made in identifying pilot sites for the roll-out of badger bovine tuberculosis vaccines.
(281357)
144
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings the bovine tuberculosis eradication panel has had; if he will publish the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of each meeting; and what opportunities there have been for members of the public to make representations to the panel.
(281358)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Newcastle City Council on its decision not to pursue the incineration option for its disposal of waste.
(281428)
146
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans there are to improve sea defences at Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth.
(280910)
147
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment Ofwat has made of the performance of water companies in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
(280792)
148
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of waste arising in each local authority area in the ceremonial county of Hampshire was recycled in each of the last five years.
(281371)
149
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department allocated for the development of environmentally-sustainable farming in the Test Valley borough in each of the last five years.
(281374)
150
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department allocated for the support of farmers in the Test Valley borough in each of the last five years.
(281375)
151
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to make his Department carbon-neutral; and what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on making their Departments carbon-neutral.
(281230)
152
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to make his Department's agencies carbon-neutral; what his latest estimate is of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from those agencies; and what steps he plans to take to reduce them.
(281231)
153
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his latest estimate is of the level of greenhouse gas emissions from (a) his Department and (b) other Government departments; and what steps he is taking to seek to achieve reductions in emissions in each case.
(281258)
154
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations govern the combustion of (a) diesel and (b) used cooking oil that has been classified as being end-of-waste; and if he will make a statement.
(281362)
155
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued on whether an end-of-waste product manufactured from used cooking oil requires a permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 1:1; and if he will make a statement.
(281363)
156
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to amend the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 1:1 in the light of the European Court of Justice ruling in the 2000 ARCO Chemie case; and if he will make a statement.
(281364)
157
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what expenditure under the budget heading of communication his Department (a) incurred in 2007-08 and (b) is likely to incur in 2010-11; and for what purposes.
(281263)
158
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish a summary of representations he has received from members of the public on water rates in the last five years.
(281239)
159
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will meet a delegation of inshore fishermen and fish merchants to discuss ways to enable fishing to continue when fish merchants are unable to report landing details within the required time.
(280656)
160
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2009, Official Report, column 1056W, on dairy farming: finance, what estimate he has made of the cost of obtaining the information requested.
(281318)
161
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of buildings on Canvey Island which (a) are not flood-resistant and (b) are flood resilient.
(281325)
162
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2009, Official Report, column 1057W, on livestock: finance, what estimate he has made of the cost of obtaining the information requested.
(281327)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
163
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, with particular reference to the forthcoming (a) elections in Sudan and (b) referendum on the future of South Sudan.
(281352)
164
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government last made representations to the government of Eritrea on human rights issues.
(281353)
165
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on progress on peace negotiations between the Lords Resistance Army and the government of Uganda.
(281354)
166
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Pakistan on the treatment of minorities in that country.
(281355)
167
N
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which subjects his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) conducted opinion polling in each of the last two years; which such polls canvassed opinion from Departmental employees; and what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on such polling.
(280717)
168
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Bermudan authorities on the four people released from the US detention centre at Guantánamo and resettled in Bermuda; and what steps he plans to take on the matter.
(281316)
169
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many consulate staff his Department employs in Israel.
(281330)
170
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many consulate staff his Department employs in Egypt.
(281331)
171
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed Israel's conditions for the establishment of a Palestinian state with the Palestinians.
(281335)
172
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the establishment of a Palestinian state.
(281344)
173
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will assess the merits of holding national elections to determine the UK's European Commissioner.
(281429)
174
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) the stability of the Iraqi government and (b) respect for human rights in Iraq of the assassination of Harith al-Obaidi; what discussions he has had with the government of Iraq on the assassination of Harith al-Obaidi; and if he will make a statement.
(281347)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
175
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to primary care trusts on the application of premises criteria to the designation of general practice surgeries.
(281359)
176
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the implementation of the new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on access to chiropractice.
(281360)
177
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by his Department on fire response training for NHS staff in each year since 2003.
(281444)
178
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what fire response training is being provided for NHS staff in 2009-10.
(281445)
179
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to NHS trusts on the staff-to-patient ratio required to evacuate a hospital in an emergency.
(281446)
180
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms there are for hospitals where fires have occurred to share information with other hospitals about those fires.
(281447)
181
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors from Southampton General Hospital have been seconded to the independent sector treatment centre in Southampton in each month since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(281376)
182
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the time taken to make available the national pandemic influenza service; on what date he expects the service to be available; and what contingency arrangements have been made for circumstances in which swine influenza spreads at a rate more rapid than that assumed for the purposes of his Department's existing arrangements for the distribution of anti-viral treatments.
(281136)
183
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to parents of (a) preparing and providing formula milk as the only or main food for and (b) breastfeeding an infant from birth to six months of age.
(281476)
184
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of permitting the purchase of infant formula with Healthy Start Scheme vouchers on (a) attitudes towards breastfeeding and (b) the number of mothers who breastfeed.
(281477)
185
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 404W, on weather, what the costs were of (a) revising each of the three web-based documents and (b) printing and posting the leaflet.
(281260)
186
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the NHS bowel cancer screening programme; and if he will assess the merits of extending it to people between the ages of 50 and 59 years old.
(281315)
187
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions there have been for (a) male and (b) female patients with diagnosis code (i) F30, (ii) F31, (iii) F32, (iv) F33, (v) F34, (vi) F35, (vii) F36, (viii) F37, (ix) F38 and (x) F39 (A) under 14, (B) aged 14 to 17 and (C) aged 18 years and over in each (X) region and (Y) primary care trust in each of the last five years; and what the mean waiting time for admission was in each case.
(281147)
188
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions there have been for (a) male and (b) female patients with diagnosis code (i) F20, (ii) F21, (iii) F22, (iv) F23, (v) F24, (vi) F25, (vii) F26, (viii) F27, (ix) F28 and (x) F29 (A) under 14, (B) aged 14 to 17 and (C) aged 18 years and over in (X) each region and (Y) each primary care trust in each of the last five years; and what the mean waiting time for admission was in each case.
(281150)
189
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in NHS organisations (a) there were and (b) were occupied in each ward type in each of the last five years.
(281151)
190
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions there have been for alcohol-related conditions for (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 10, (ii) 10 to 13, (iii) 14 to 17 and (iv) 18 or more years old in (A) each region and (B) each primary care trust in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(281300)
191
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions there have been for (a) male and (b) female patients aged (i) under 14, (ii) 14 to 17 and (iii) 18 or more years old with diagnosis code (A) K70.0, (B) K70.1, (C) K70.2, (D) K70.3, (E) K70.4, (F) K70.5, (G) K 70.6, (H) K70.7, (I) K70.8 and (J) K70.9 in (1) each region and (2) each primary care trust in each of the last five years.
(281301)
192
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer Question (a) 273965, (b) 273966, (c) 273967 and (d) 273968, tabled on 5 May 2009, on the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow.
(281289)
193
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department allocated to research into (a) cancer and (b) ovarian cancer in the last five years.
(281329)
194
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 341W, on in vitro fertilisation: standards, what assessment he has made of the level of compliance of assisted fertility centres with the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in respect of witnessing clinical and laboratory practices during in vitro fertilisation treatment; and if he will make a statement.
(281224)
195
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the acceptance of sponsorship from private enterprises; and how much each PCT received in private sponsorship in the latest period for which figures are available.
[R] (280654)
196
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts on the criteria applicable to the job specification for dental practice advisers; and if he will make a statement.
(281172)
197
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) extent and (b) incidence of malnutrition in England.
(281243)
198
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking in co-operation with other Government departments and agencies to reduce levels of malnutrition.
(281244)
199
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to NHS bodies on the diagnosis of malnutrition.
(281245)
200
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating diseases related to malnutrition in the last year for which figures are available.
(281246)
201
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) male and (b) female average weekly alcohol consumption in each of the last 15 years.
(281277)
202
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to inform primary care trusts of the Moving Beyond Sponsorship programme; and if he will make a statement.
(281175)
203
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts have participated in the Moving Beyond Sponsorship programme to date; and if he will make a statement.
(281176)
204
N
Derek Twigg (Halton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for knee replacement operations was in (a) Halton, Cheshire and (b) England in each year since 2001.
(279535)
205
N
Derek Twigg (Halton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made in identifying files and documents it holds relating to the Hillsborough disaster that can be released.
(279538)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
206
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the UK's level of compliance with the standards for the detention of children established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in respect of immigration removal centres.
(281227)
207
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 8 June 2009, Official Report, columns 21-22WS, on the Forensic Science Service, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed restructuring of the Forensic Science Service on employees of the service based in Chorley; and what arrangements he plans to make to retain the skills of employees at the service's laboratory in Chorley.
(281135)
208
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 8 June 2009, Official Report, columns 21-22WS, on the Forensic Science Service, what account this proposed restructuring of the Forensic Science Service has taken of the relationship between forensic science research at the University of Central Lancashire and the activities of the service (a) in Chorley and (b) elsewhere; what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the proposed restructuring on recruitment to the service from the University of Central Lancashire; and if he will publish the approved business plan for the proposed restructuring.
(281137)
209
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to answer Question (a) 273961, (b) 273962, (c) 273963 and (d) 273964, tabled on 5 May 2009, on the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow.
(281288)
210
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will require universities to report on student progress under the Tier 4 rules on immigration.
(280660)
211
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for overseas student visas from people of each nationality were refused in each month (a) since 31 March 2009 and (b) between 31 March 2008 and 30 March 2009.
(280661)
212
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to restrict the means by which business may promote alcohol consumption.
(281267)
213
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines have been issued in each police authority area for refusing to obey an instruction to stop drinking in a Designated Public Place order area in each of the last five years.
(281269)
214
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms there are to ensure the standardisation between offices of procedures for the processing of applications for visas for leave to remain in the UK.
(281430)
215
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 28 April 2009, reference: M10251/9, on asylum and immigration policy.
(281132)
216
N
Derek Twigg (Halton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made in identifying files and documents it holds relating to the Hillsborough disaster that can be released.
(279536)
217
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) crimes of burglary, (b) violent crimes and (c) vehicle crimes were reported in (i) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (ii) Cambridgeshire and (iii) Peterborough in each of the last five years.
(281198)
218
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to answer Question 272236, tabled on 27 April 2009, on highly-skilled migrants.
(281259)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
219
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people applied for Government-funded National Vocational Qualification courses in the construction industry in each of the last five years.
(281184)
220
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people on Government-funded National Vocational Qualification courses in the construction industry left the course early in each of the last five years.
(281185)
221
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what percentage of per candidate funding National Vocational Qualification training providers received in advance in each of the last five years.
(281186)
222
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on Government-funded National Vocational Qualification courses in the construction industry in each of the last five years.
(281187)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
223
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development assistance his Department is providing to (a) the government of national unity in Sudan and (b) the government of Southern Sudan.
(281200)
224
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development assistance his Department is providing for Sahrawi refugees and internally displaced people in Western Sahara; and whether such assistance is channelled through the government of (a) Morocco and (b) Algeria.
(281201)
225
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development assistance his Department has provided to the government of Mauritania in each of the last three years.
(281202)
226
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to discuss with his G8 counterparts their plans to meet their commitments on (a) assistance to Africa, made at the Tokyo G8 summit in July 2008 and (b) reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
(281225)
227
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that levels of development assistance provided to Africa by his Department are maintained during the economic downturn.
(281226)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
228
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what budget his Department has set for expenditure on external consultants in 2009-10.
(281153)
229
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure on external consultants in 2008-09 was incurred on each project or programme.
(281154)
230
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) category B and (b) category C prisoners have escaped from prison in each of the last 12 years; and how many such offenders remain at large.
(281155)
231
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1339W, on prisoner escorts: prisoner escapes, for what offences each of the 13 prisoners who are still at large had been convicted.
(281156)
232
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the feasibility studies carried out by his Department on quantifying re-offending rates among former prisoners of each prison in England and Wales.
(281157)
233
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences committed within one year of release by former prisoners of each prison cohort since 2000 were not (a) identified as incidents of re-offending for more than six months after the offence was committed and (b) taken into account in the calculation of published re-offending rates.
(281158)
234
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ratio of offenders to probation service staff in the Hampshire probation area was in each of the last five years.
(281377)
235
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many high-risk (a) male and (b) female offenders in each age group there were in the Hampshire probation area in each of the last five years.
(281378)
236
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what budget was allocated to the Hampshire probation area in each of the last five years.
(281379)
237
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) probation service officers and (b) probation officers there were in the Hampshire probation area in each of the last five years.
(281380)
238
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the re-offending rate for offenders in each age group in the Hampshire probation area was in each of the last five years.
(281381)
239
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ratio of (a) male to female offenders and (b) male to female probation staff in each age range is in the Hampshire probation area.
(281382)
240
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants were unrepresented cases heard in each magistrates' court in each of the last three years.
(281302)
241
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of unrepresented defendants as a result of the recent changes in the rules on eligibility for legal aid.
(281303)
242
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many representations he received in response to his recent consultation on means testing in Crown court cases; and how many of those submissions were (a) in support of and (b) against the introduction of such testing.
(281304)
243
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for the West Mercia Probation Trust of the proposed merger of the Staffordshire and West Midlands trusts; whether it is his policy to organise the Probation Service on a regional basis; and if he will make a statement.
(281312)
244
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the sentencing guidelines for offences related to (a) child abuse, (b) child neglect and (c) sexual abuse of children.
(281345)
245
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much on average it cost to keep a (a) category A, (b) category B and (c) category C prisoner in prison in 2008.
(281346)
246
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what mechanisms his Department uses to measure the effectiveness of referral orders in the youth justice system; and what assessment he has made of that effectiveness.
(281233)
247
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will consult on the merits of direct elections to the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as part of his programme for constitutional renewal; and if he will make a statement.
(281249)
248
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Courts plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 28 April 2009 on the Probation Service.
(281134)
249
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many parents in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point have appeared in court on charges related to the unauthorised absence from school of their child in the last (i) six, (ii) 12 and (iii) 24 months.
(281319)
250
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants aged (a) under 21 years old and (b) 21 years old and over were charged with section 18 grievous bodily harm offences and subsequently pleaded guilty to and were sentenced for a section 20 offence after plea bargaining with the Crown Prosecution Service.
(281308)
251
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence for a (a) section 18 and (b) section 20 grievous bodily harm offence for those aged (i) 21 years and over and (ii) under 21 years old was in 2007-08.
(281309)
252
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants aged (a) 21 years and over and (b) under 21 years old were charged with a section 20 offence in 2007-08; and how many of those subsequently pleaded guilty and were sentenced for a section 47 offence after plea bargaining with the Crown Prosecution Service.
(281310)
253
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence for those over the age of 21 years convicted of a section 47 offence was in 2007-08.
(281311)
254
N
Derek Twigg (Halton): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made in identifying files and documents it holds relating to the Hillsborough disaster that can be released.
(279537)
255
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1252W, for what reasons his Department decided not to collect centrally data on complaints about ClearSprings properties received by his Department and its agencies.
(281161)
256
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers were employed by Dyfed Powys Probation Area at 31 March in each of the last five financial years.
(281438)
257
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) community and (b) custody caseload for Dyfed Powys Probation Area was at 31 March in each of the last five financial years.
(281450)
258
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders resident in Dyfed Powys Probation Area were categorised as Tier 4 in each of the last five financial years.
(281451)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
259
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many foreign national prisoners were released from Northern Ireland prisons in each of the last five years.
(281332)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
260
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will publish all reports relevant to the consideration of the National Shooting Centre, Bisley as a location for target shooting at the London 2012 Olympics.
(280694)
261
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympics archery event at Lord's Cricket Ground.
(278867)
Questions to the Prime Minister
262
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Prime Minister, what criteria he plans to use to decide on his next nominee for the post of European Commissioner.
(281436)
263
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Prime Minister, what criteria he plans to use in deciding on the UK's preferred candidate to be the next President of the European Commission.
(281437)
264
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits to the United Kingdom of its participation in the Iraq war and occupation.
(281454)
265
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will assess the merits of transferring responsibility for tourism to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
(281275)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
266
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to answer Question (a) 273945, (b) 273946, (c) 273947 and (d) 273948 tabled on 5 May 2009 on the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow.
(281413)
Questions to the Solicitor General
267
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Solicitor General, who else attended the meeting on 13 March 2003 between the then Attorney-General, Lord Falconer, and Baroness Morgan; what subjects were discussed at that meeting; what the duration of the meeting was; and whether an official record of the meeting was kept.
(281455)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
268
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 21W, on aviation: disabled, if he will seek discussions with the European Commission to reduce or end restrictions and extra charges by airlines on passengers who require supplementary oxygen.
(281317)
269
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what plans he has for the development of an integrated transport system.
(281129)
270
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when he expects to receive the report on the evaluation of the re-doubling of the Swindon-Kemble line; and if he will make a statement.
(281361)
271
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what funding his Department has allocated to improve public transport in (a) Test Valley borough and (b) Southampton in 2009-10.
(281373)
272
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal road traffic accidents were recorded on roads in (a) Southampton and (b) Test Valley borough in each of the last five years.
(281383)
273
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 12W, on driving tests: motorcycles, how many (a) injury and (b) non-injury incidents have occurred during the swerve and stop element of the motorcycle test since 15 May 2009.
(280882)
274
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many moped riders aged (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19 and (e) 20 years old were (i) injured and (ii) killed in road traffic accidents (A) in the London Borough of Wandsworth, (B) in London and (C) England in each of the last five years.
(281368)
275
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many moped riders aged (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19 and (e) 20 years old took compulsory basic training in (i) England, (ii) the London Borough of Wandsworth and (iii) London in each of the last five years.
(281369)
276
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what percentage of (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19 and (e) 20 years old resident in (i) the London Borough of Wandsworth, (ii) London and (iii) England hold a provisional moped licence.
(281370)
277
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, whether the premium payments announced in respect of the East Midlands rail franchise awarded to Stagecoach in June 2007 were based on an assumption that unregulated fares would rise by on average of RPI plus 3.4 per cent.
(281138)
278
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, whether the premium payments announced in respect of the Inter City East Coast rail franchise were based on the assumption that unregulated fares would rise by RPI plus 2.1 per cent.
(281139)
279
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 May 2009, Official Report, column 1489W, on departmental conditions of employment, what timetable he has set for the consideration of the standardisation of processes in areas such as travel and subsistence claims and annual performance.
(281159)
280
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when he plans to answer Question 279865, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Health and Safety Executive.
(281293)
281
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much funding the Government provided to each train operating company franchise per passenger mile in 2008-09.
(281234)
282
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to consult young people on decisions relating to transport provision; and what other steps he is taking to increase levels of involvement of young people in decisions affecting their use of transport.
(281265)
283
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, whether his Department has targets for the proportion of domestic freight and passenger transport made by rail.
(281427)
284
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 30 April 2009, transferred from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, reference: 134438/SW on ecodiesel.
(281101)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
285
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he plans to publish his Department's revised Welsh language scheme.
(281199)
286
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has appointed a special adviser since taking office.
(281456)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
287
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many organisations have applied for funding to the Special Fund for rape crisis centres for 2009-10; and how much such funding has been applied for.
(281439)
288
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what contribution the Government Equalities Office has made to the cross-Government consultation, Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls; and what steps her Office is taking to ensure adequate funding for specialist voluntary sector organisations dealing with violence against women.
(281411)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
289
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Future Jobs Fund in relation to jobs in culture and the creative industries.
(280658)
290
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to answer Question (a) 273933, (b) 273934, (c) 273935 and (d) 273936, tabled on 5 May 2009, on the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow.
(281290)
291
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1636-8W, on the departmental internet, how many (a) unique visitors and (b) page impressions were received by each website operated by her Department in each of the last 12 months.
(280793)
292
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the radius is of public information zones surrounding (a) large-scale petrol storage depots and (b) onshore non-nuclear major hazard installations; and if she will make a statement.
(280692)
293
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit offices were in operation in each year since 1998; and how many offices scheduled for closure in each such year had the closure suspended.
(280916)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
294
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many convictions there were for offences relating to tax evasion in each local authority area in the latest year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (281278)
295
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average cost to the public purse was of managing the estate of a person dying intestate without relatives in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the average time taken to distribute such an estate was in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (281314)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
296
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many registered voters there were in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (281367)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
297
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the causes of youth criminality.
[Transferred] (281232)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
298
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contribution his Department has made to the cross-Government consultation, Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate funding for specialist voluntary sector organisations dealing with violence against women.
[Transferred] (281412)
Questions to the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
299
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Electoral Commission spent on (a) television, (b) radio and (c) poster advertisements promoting (i) voting and (ii) voter registration in the period up to the (A) 2005 general election and (B) 2009 elections to the European Parliament.
[Transferred] (281365)
300
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Electoral Commission plans to spend on (a) encouraging voter registration and (b) encouraging voting through (i) television, (ii) radio and (iii) poster advertisements in advance of the next general election.
[Transferred] (281366)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
301
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many tractor registrations there were in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (281262)

 
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