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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 3 November 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 Tuesday 3 November 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 3 November 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 3 November 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 Tuesday 3 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 3 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2009, Official Report, column 1433W, on public bodies: finance, what the return profit from the portfolio of investments in companies and loans held by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, known as NESTA Investments, was in each year since 1998.
(296232)
2
N
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage trade and investment between the UK and Afghanistan.
(297327)
3
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate has been made of the revenue Royal Mail lost as a result of industrial action (a) in 2007 and (b) between January and October 2009.
(297498)
4
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1527W, on Royal Mail: industrial disputes, how many working days the Royal Mail lost as a result of industrial action on (a) 22 to 23 October 2009 and (b) 29 to 31 October 2009.
(297499)
5
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Communication Workers Union has received from Royal Mail in each of the last 10 financial years.
(297670)
6
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost was of maintaining his Department's website in 2008-09; and what forecast he has made of the cost of maintaining these websites for which his Department is responsible in 2009-10.
(297742)
7
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether Government cars have been provided for the use of special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months.
(297743)
8
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work for and (b) provide assistance to his Department.
(297744)
9
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many external consultants work for his Department.
(297745)
10
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(297746)
11
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of delivery of the universal service commitment of two megabits per second by 2012; and from which of his Department's budgets the funding for the commitment will be drawn.
(297656)
12
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost of delivery of next generation broadband to at least 90 per cent. of homes and businesses by 2017; what proportion of that cost will be funded from the public purse; and what arrangements he plans to make for such funding.
(297657)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
13
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what procedure governs the imposition of sanctions on respondents who fill in their census return incorrectly.
(297472)
14
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans there are to ensure delivery of census forms in the event of disruption of postal services.
(297473)
15
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many under 25 year olds in Teignbridge constituency claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) 1997, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.
(297658)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
16
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which legislative provision authorises the Financial Services Authority to require qualified independent financial advisors to submit themselves for qualification under fresh criteria.
(297707)
17
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Financial Services Authority has made of the number of qualified independent financial advisers who will not meet the criteria for fresh qualification; and if he will make a statement.
(297708)
18
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much alcohol duty has been collected since the increase in the level of duty implemented in April 2009.
(297474)
19
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much alcohol duty has been collected since the increase in the level of duty implemented in December 2008.
(297475)
20
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is estimated to be collected in alcohol duty in the next 12 months.
(297476)
21
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions officials of his Department have had with representatives of the public house industry on alcohol duty; and if he will make a statement.
(297477)
22
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2009, Official Report, column 1391W, on council tax: valuation, if he will place in the Library an electronic version in Excel format of the information on the value of properties with each individual dwellinghouse code and each value significant code for all local authority areas in England.
(297500)
23
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration he has given to delaying the proposed revision of the Furnished Holiday Lettings rules until after April 2010 in order to consult with the tourism industry.
(297684)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
24
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of supply of guardians in the family courts; and if he will make a statement.
(296505)
25
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) evaluated on the educational achievement of children of (i) Bangladeshi and (ii) Pakistani origin in the last five years.
(296939)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
26
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 872W, on community relations: finance, how much funding each organisation will receive from the Community Leadership Fund in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.
(297546)
27
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 479W, on community relations, how much his Department plans to spend on each type of national Prevent-related project in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how much funding each organisation undertaking such projects will receive for that work in each such year.
(297547)
28
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 345W, on non-domestic rates, how many assessment deletions were made in each region in each year on the grounds that the property (a) had been demolished, (b) was incapable of beneficial occupation, (c) was being used for residential purposes, (d) was exempt from rating, (e) had been split into two or more separate rateable premises and (f) had been combined with another property into a new, merged rateable premises; and how many assessment deletions were made for any other reason.
(297291)
29
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) theme parks and (b) other amusement parks (i) there were on the 2005 Rating List and (ii) there are on the draft 2010 Rating List; what method the Valuation Office Agency used to rate each of the premises for each list; and what the (A) postal address and (B) rateable value is of each of the parks included on each list.
(297717)
30
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many zoos and safari parks (a) there were on the 2005 Rating List and (b) there are on the draft 2010 Rating List; what method the Valuation Office Agency used to rate each of the premises for each list; and what the (i) postal address and (ii) rateable value is of each zoo or safari park included on each list.
(297718)
31
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the turnover rate of tenancies held from (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities in each of the last five years.
(297691)
32
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average council tax bill for a home for social rent owned by (a) a registered social landlord and (b) a local authority was in each year since 1997.
(297693)
33
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) registered social landlords and (ii) local authorities on a national social housing exchange system in each of the last six months.
(297694)
34
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date the consultation on draft statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England closed; how many responses to the consultation were received; if he will place in the Library a copy of each response; and if he will make a statement.
(297695)
35
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes for social rent at each council tax band there were in each local authority area in each year since 1997.
(297696)
36
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of (a) social and (b) private domestic tenancies in each of the last five years.
(297711)
37
N
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations within the Operational Efficiency Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(296854)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
38
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward proposals to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
(297661)
39
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to promote the Island Games in the Isle of Wight.
(297662)
40
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297741)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
41
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on the design of the next generation of the nuclear deterrent; what schedule has been prepared for its development and introduction into service; and if he will make a statement.
(296940)
42
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Ocean is expected to leave service with the fleet.
(296941)
43
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Pakistan on Taliban activity in the border regions.
(296942)
44
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel have been (a) killed and (b) seriously wounded in Afghanistan in each year since UK forces entered Helmand province; and how many such casualties were caused by (i) roadside or other pre-positioned devices and (ii) enemy fire in combat.
(297021)
45
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason no Minister was present at the launch of the Type 45 destroyer Defender on 21 October 2009.
(297022)
46
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297739)
47
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who his senior military adviser on the Territorial Army is; and at what rank that advisor serves.
(297480)
48
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average monthly rent is for properties rented under the substitute single living accommodation scheme.
(297362)
49
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civil servants and (b) military personnel participate in the substitute single living accommodation scheme.
(297386)
50
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is entitled to assistance under the substitute single living accommodation scheme.
(297387)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
51
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the quantity of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the import of coal to the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.
(297697)
52
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on the establishment of a European Commission Directorate General for energy and climate change; and if he will make a statement.
(297502)
53
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to promote on-site micro-generation projects.
(297709)
54
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his Department's policy is on the promotion of micro-generation projects powered by (a) bio-diesel produced from used cooking oil and (b) other waste-derived products.
(297710)
55
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment he has made of the interaction between the Renewables Obligation and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.
(297668)
56
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the Government's cross-departmental approach to the promotion of the use of renewable energy in transport.
(297669)
57
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297740)
58
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what biofuel partnership agreements there are between the Government and the government of (a) Brazil, (b) Mozambique and (c) South Africa; how much funding the Government has committed under each such agreement; what assessment he has made of the likely benefits to the UK of such agreements; and if he will make a statement.
(297665)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
59
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date the investigation into the recent loss of confidential data from the Rural Payments Agency (a) began and (b) concluded.
(297654)
60
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) data tapes, (b) CDs, (c) memory sticks, (d) laptops and (e) other equipment containing data of each type have been lost from (i) his Department and (ii) each of his Department's agencies in each of the last five years.
(297655)
61
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date the recent loss of confidential data from the Rural Payments Agency was discovered.
(297674)
62
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Wells of 26 January 2009, Official Report, columns 48-49W, on lighting, what the title is of the implementing measure agreed by EU member state experts in December 2008; if he will place in the Library a copy of the measure adopted by the European Parliament and the European Council; what steps have been taken to implement the measure in UK law; and if he will make a statement.
(297689)
63
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the quantity of recovered fuel oil which was exported to other European countries in the last three years.
(296855)
64
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many single payment scheme claims made in (a) 2008, (b) 2007, (c) 2006 and (d) 2005 remain outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
(297663)
65
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what date he expects the Rural Payments Agency to have completed payments against Single Farm Payment Scheme claims made in (a) 2008, (b) 2007, (c) 2006 and (d) 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(297664)
66
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average cost of processing a Single Farm Payment scheme claim was in each of the last four years for which figures are available; how many such claims were made in each such year; what the (a) mean, (b) median, (c) minimum and (d) maximum claim was in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(297666)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
67
N
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is giving to the government of Afghanistan on negotiating trans-national contracts for the supply of raw materials.
(297328)
68
N
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the establishment of a UK Trade and Investment representation in Afghanistan.
(297329)
69
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on diplomatic action against Iran following the sentencing of Hossein Rassam.
(297573)
70
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what aims and objectives he has set for UK foreign policy in respect of Brazil.
(297481)
71
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 67W, on Colombia: trade unions, what the cost was of his visit to Bogota.
(297471)
72
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on counter-narcotics assistance in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(297478)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
73
N
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 101W, on dental services, if he will place in the Library a copy of the notes seen by officials of his Department in relation to the visits by the Chief Dental Officer or his representatives to (a) maxillofacial and (b) dental hospitals which were subsequently used in the production of the report by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board on oral and maxillofacial surgery.
(297659)
74
N
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 101W, on dental services, on what date each unit was visited; for what reasons each unit was selected for a visit; who the representatives of the review body were at each visit; what the role of each such representative was during the visit; in what format the data was collected in each case; and in what format the data was passed to the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board secretariat.
(297660)
75
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) guidance and (b) advice his Department plans to issue to (i) GPs and (ii) pregnant women to assist each in making an informed decision on swine influenza vaccination in individual cases; and if he will make a statement.
(297544)
76
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors he took into account when assessing the risks to pregnant women arising from (a) administration of the swine influenza vaccination and (b) contracting swin influenza; and if he will make a statement.
(297545)
77
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of administering the NHS prescription charging system in each of the last three years.
(297716)
78
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department operates any Twitter accounts.
(297720)
79
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) hospitals and (b) general practices provide ultra sound screening for aortic aneurysms, with particular reference to screening for men over 60 years old; and if he will make a statement.
(297482)
80
N
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS patients in England who are housebound.
(297501)
81
N
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many district nurses are employed by (a) primary care trusts, (b) acute trusts and (c) GP practices.
(297550)
82
N
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many district nurses were working in (a) general practices, (b) hospitals and (c) other health settings.
(297551)
83
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish in full the statement his Department's spokesperson issued to the Daily Mail on 19 October 2009 in response to that newspaper's publication of a report on the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service; what assessment his Department has made of the effect on levels of patient care of the operation of the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service; and if he will make a statement.
(297685)
84
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse of the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service has been since its inception.
(297686)
85
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department were first informed of the operations within the NHS of the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service; and if he will make a statement.
(297687)
86
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the operation of the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service; and if he will make a statement.
(297688)
87
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what involvement his Department had in the establishment of the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service in the NHS.
(297712)
88
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust since 1 January 2009 on the availability of cancer medicines from the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(297713)
89
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) Ministers and officials of his Department and (b) officials of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have had with the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service.
(297714)
90
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which cancer drugs the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has (a) recommended and (b) not recommended for NHS use since 1 November 2008; how long the appraisal of each took; and whether the pharmaceutical company supplying each such drug offered to make it available on a risk-sharing basis.
(297715)
91
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297738)
92
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has directed NHS trusts to implement the provisions of the October 2005 joint statement on Agenda for Change and NHS Contractors Staff; and if he will make a statement.
(297723)
93
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS bodies in the South East have implemented the provisions of the October 2005 joint statement on Agenda for Change and NHS Contractors Staff.
(297724)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
94
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the police have spent in (a) England and Wales and (b) Essex on interpreters for (i) suspects, (ii) charged individuals and (iii) victims of crime who are unable to speak English in each of the last three years.
(296938)
95
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of sexual offences committed by drivers of unlicensed cabs in each of the last 12 years.
(297672)
96
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many academic staff from each overseas country have applied for visas to (a) work and (b) lecture in the UK in each of the last 12 months; how many such applications were refused; and if he will make a statement.
(297721)
Questions to the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
97
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the energy rating of each building on the House of Commons part of the parliamentary estate was in (a) 2004 and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are available.
(297671)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
98
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial arrangements were in place for the seeding of CDC Group plc's sub-Saharan power assets in the new $750 million infrastructure fund announced by his Department on 6 October 2009; and whether a profit share was earned by the private equity company Actis for this transaction.
(297549)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
99
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on the establishment of an employers' liability insurance bureau as an insurance fund of last resort for persons disabled by asbestos; and if he will make a statement.
(297719)
100
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent by (a) HM Courts Service and (b) his Department in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Essex on interpreters for (A) suspects, (B) charged individuals and (C) victims of crime who are unable to speak English in each of the last three years.
(296937)
101
N
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 2063W, on treatment programmes, what the disaggregated figures for (a) detoxification and (b) maintenance are for (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.
(297673)
102
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 October 2009, Official Report, columns 53-54WS, on temporary transfer of prisoners prior to inspection, whether the prisoners moved between HMP Pentonville and HMP Wandsworth were transferred by private contractors; and what record was kept of (a) the transfer of each prisoner and (b) the physical condition of each prisoner upon (i) departure and (ii) arrival.
(297722)
Questions to the Leader of the House
103
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Leader of the House, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 21 July 2004, Official Report, column 35WS, on I Will Write replies, whether the arrangements for publication in Hansard of I Will Write letters remain in force; and whether they apply to letters written by chief executives of Government agencies and non-departmental public bodies providing information in response to parliamentary questions.
(297667)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
104
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of the illegal vice trade in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.
(297725)
105
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted on charges related to vice in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
(297726)
106
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal brothels in operation in each local authority area in Northern Ireland.
(297727)
107
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297737)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
108
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many staff of (a) her Office and (b) the Government Olympic Executive have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297736)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
109
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of the staff seconded to his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297735)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
110
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many road traffic incidents involving stretch limousines and involving death or serious injury have been reported in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(297483)
111
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Transport for London, (b) London Travel Watch, (c) the Mayor of London and (d) other organisations on the proposed withdrawal of passenger rail services from the South London Line.
(297690)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
112
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297734)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
113
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many staff of the Government Equalities Office have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.
(297733)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
114
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will estimate the saving to the Exchequer of increasing the age of entitlement to winter fuel payments to 65 years in each of the next five financial years.
(297548)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
115
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent assessment is of the level of growth in the UK economy compared with those of other OECD economies; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (297059)
116
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effect on the UK freight industry of changes in the taxation of aviation.
[Question Unstarred] (297058)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
117
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homeless children aged 16 years and under were accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation provided by local authorities for more than six weeks in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (297692)

 
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