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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 9 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 Monday 9 November 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 9 November 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 9 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 Monday 9 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 9 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 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 116W, on departmental internet, what Twitter accounts are maintained by his Department; and what estimate he has made of the cost of maintaining and updating each such account in 2009-10.
(296856)
2
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 650W, on ministerial responsibility, how many hours per week and what proportion of his working time the Minister for Digital Britain spent discharging his ministerial duties as Minister for Digital Britain.
(296857)
3
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what financial support the Government has offered to the construction industry during the current economic downturn; and if he will make a statement.
(298404)
4
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the construction industry to the economy; and if he will make a statement.
(298405)
5
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to support the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.
(298406)
6
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what criteria were applied to the award of a bonus to the Chief Executive of Royal Mail in 2008.
(298312)
7
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average bonus paid to Royal Mail staff at the lowest grade was in 2008.
(298313)
8
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 339W, on exports: white phosphorus, in respect of which countries of destination a licence was granted for export of white phosphorus in the (a) ML3a and (b) ML4a category.
(298705)
9
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his most recent assessment is of the extent of recovery of the manufacturing sector in Coventry.
(298305)
10
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the timetable of the new proposed consultation on the future provision of services by the Post Office will be.
(298560)
11
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of (a) the greatest, (b) the lowest and (c) the average number of hours spent by an undergraduate in contact with teaching staff at institutions of tertiary education in each year since 1997.
(298417)
12
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many hours of contact time with education staff his Department uses to define full-time study in institutions of tertiary education.
(298418)
13
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what criteria institutions of tertiary education use to define student-faculty contact time.
(298419)
14
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what means his Department informed the (a) Confederation of British Industry, (b) Engineering Employers Federation, (c) British Chambers of Commerce, (d) Recruitment and Employment Confederation and (e) Institute of Directors of his decision to delay implementation of the Agency Workers Directive in the UK until 2011.
(298670)
15
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to inform (a) the Trades Union Congress, (b) Unite, (c) Unison, (d) the GMB, (e) the Communication Workers Union and (f) other trades unions of the proposed implementation date of late 2011 for the Agency Workers Directive in the UK.
(298671)
16
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which universities received Higher Education Funding Council for England funds to support old and historic buildings as a fixed targeted allocation in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(298723)
17
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2009, Official Report, column 432W, on party conferences, how much each of his Department's non-departmental bodies spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009; and whether prior permission was sought from the Cabinet Office in each case.
(298714)
18
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Secretary of State will respond to the Competition Commission following its referral to him on 4 August 2009 in respect of its Grocery Market Inquiry.
(299045)
19
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office of Fair Trading in ensuring fair trading throughout the grocery supply chain.
(299056)
20
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which orgnaisations or companies (a) he and (b) his Department's officials (i) have had meetings with (A) since the publication of the Competition Commission's report on the Grocery Market but before it issued its referral to him on 4 August 2009 and (B) since that referral and (ii) plan to have meetings with before he formally responds to the Competition Commission; and if he will provide the dates of meetings and names of attendees in each case.
(299187)
21
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what timetable he has set for the establishment of the National Investment Corporation.
(298802)
22
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding has been allocated for the National Investment Corporation; and from which budget such funding will be drawn.
(298855)
23
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when staff in his Department started work on the establishment of a National Investment Corporation.
(298856)
24
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what criteria the proposed National Investment Corporation will provide assistance to businesses; and how many businesses he expects to receive such assistance.
(298857)
25
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to enable the Post Office to provide banking services.
(298858)
26
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new jobs for young people his Department expects to be created in each of the next five years.
(298860)
27
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's definition is of a skilled internship; how many skilled internships his Department plans to create by (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015; how long each skilled internship will last; and whether people on a skilled internship will be paid.
(298942)
28
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding Royal Mail has contributed to the National Federation of Sub Postmasters in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.
(298944)
29
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many green British jobs his Department expects to be created in each of the next five years.
(298945)
30
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many commercial customers Royal Mail has had in (a) each of the last six financial years and (b) in 2009-10 to date.
(298946)
31
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298760)
32
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff in his Department and its predecessors were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much was spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299134)
33
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of the UK lime manufacturing industry.
(298886)
34
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question 294676, on Royal Mail, tabled on 15 October 2009.
(298981)
35
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to answer Question 295215, on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, tabled on 20 October 2009.
(298983)
36
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) representations he has received and (b) contact he has had with the Office of Fair Trading on trends in the price of foam supplied to UK furniture manufactures in the last 12 months.
(299169)
37
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1523W, on further education: Hampshire, if he will ensure that copies of letters from the Learning and Skills Council responding to Parliamentary Questions are always sent to the Official Report for publication.
(298685)
38
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with which organisations his Department and its predecessors have had exclusivity agreements relating to information technology (a) hardware and (b) software in each of the last five years.
(298365)
39
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from representatives of small businesses on fees charged to them by insolvency consultants and lawyers.
(298811)
40
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will establish a task force to examine the service provided to small businesses by insolvency specialists and solicitors.
(298812)
41
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to research into fusion energy in each of the last five years; and how much funding he plans to allocate for such purposes in each of the next five years.
(298000)
42
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) contribution to the economy of the UK lime manufacturing industry and (b) the economic viability of that industry; and if he will make a statement.
(298372)
43
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many young people who had been in local authority foster care in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority (i) enrolled in and (ii) completed a further education course in each of the last five years.
(298793)
44
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent research his Department has undertaken into assistance given to universities in exploiting intellectual property.
(297859)
45
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his most recent estimate is of the cost per student of a course leading to a higher education qualification in (a) a university and (b) a further education college.
(299046)
46
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of students studying for higher education qualifications in further education colleges had previously attended (a) a maintained school, (b) an independent school, (c) a further education college, (d) a sixth form college and (e) a university in the latest period for which figures are available.
(299047)
47
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Higher Education Funding Council for England may fund modules of higher education in (a) universities, (b) higher education colleges and (c) further education colleges.
(299048)
48
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance of further education colleges in providing higher education courses.
(299101)
49
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of students who complete a higher education qualification at a further education college who take up (a) further study and (b) employment.
(299102)
50
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of students in further education colleges were studying for a (a) Bachelor of Arts honours degree, (b) Bachelor of Science degree, (c) foundation degree, (d) higher national diploma and (e) higher national certificate qualification on the latest date for which figures are available.
(299103)
51
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the Strategic Investment Fund he plans to allocate to skills training and higher education.
(299104)
52
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his most recent estimate is of the average cost per undergraduate student of (a) management and administrative staff and (b) other administrative expenditure by a university.
(299105)
53
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of students studying for higher education qualifications at further education colleges was studying (a) part-time and (b) full-time on the latest date for which figures are available; and what proportion of such students was aged between (i) 19 and 24, (ii) 25 and 59 and (iii) over 60 years.
(299106)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
54
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer from the Secretary of State for Defence of 2 November 2009, Official Report, column 576, and the Answer of 28 October 2009, Official Report, columns 272-3, what the evidential basis was for the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence that the Government had not amended the ranking of Ministerial offices; and if she will make a statement.
(298606)
55
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will request the Committee on Standards in Public Life to place in the Library a copy of each paper relating to the legal advice (a) sought and (b) received in respect of its inquiry into MPs' expenses and allowances.
(298622)
56
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the ratio of female to male earnings in Great Britain.
(298741)
57
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of postal services for her Department and its agency were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298806)
58
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in her Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298759)
59
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations her Department has received in response to the proposals for the Civil Service Compensation Scheme contained within Fairness for All; and if she will make a statement.
(298740)
60
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what account she took of other severance arrangements in the public sector when proposing changes to severance arrangements in the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
(298882)
61
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's future roadshow event in Liverpool on 27 July 2009; and what the cost of the event was.
(299070)
62
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in the North East on 20 July 2009 ; and what the cost of the event was.
(299071)
63
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in Yorkshire and the Humber on 27 July 2009 ; and what the cost of the event was.
(299072)
64
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in Leicester on 1 July 2009 ; and what the cost of the event was.
(299073)
65
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in the office of the Minister for the Olympics were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to her Department in each year since 2005; and how much that office spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299126)
66
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in the Prime Minister's office were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to her Department in each year since 2005; and how much that office spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299127)
67
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in her Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to her Department in each year since 2005; and how much her Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299135)
68
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what her most recent estimate is of the number of people eligible to register to vote in (a) local, (b) European and (c) UK Parliamentary elections.
(299166)
69
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in London on 29 June 2009; and what the cost of the event was.
(299176)
70
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in Portsmouth on 10 July 2009; and what the cost of the event was.
(299177)
71
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in Bristol on 28 July 2009; and what the cost of the event was.
(299178)
72
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in Ipswich on 22 July 2009; and what the cost of the event was.
(299179)
73
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local authorities and (d) (i) invited and (ii) non-invited members of the public attended the Building Britain's Future roadshow event in the West Midlands on 29 July 2009; and what the cost of the event was.
(299180)
74
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the policy is of (a) her Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on the provision of bottled water for official meetings.
(298601)
75
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of postal services (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers supplied to the Office of the Leader of the House (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298710)
76
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) average earnings and (b) average house price was in each region in each of the last 20 quarters for which figures are available.
(298674)
77
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) median and (b) mean income of households that were (i) social renters, (ii) private renters and (iii) owner occupiers was in each region in each of the last five years.
(298677)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
78
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to add the estimated surplus on the housing revenue account (HRA) subsidy to the council house capital debt that is being considered for distribution to local authorities for repayment as part of the review of the HRA subsidy system.
(299158)
79
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Exchequer of tax relief on employer-supported childcare has been in each year since the scheme's inception.
(298469)
80
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of employees who have taken part in a childcare voucher scheme since the introduction of such schemes; and if he will make it his policy to collect data on employer-supported childcare.
(298786)
81
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with Lloyds Banking Group on competition in the retail banking sector; and if he will make a statement.
(298841)
82
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) the Competition Commission have had on competition in the retail banking sector; and if he will make a statement.
(298842)
83
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Lloyds Banking Group on divestments of its retail banking operations further to those announced on 3 November 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(298843)
84
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which indicators of competition in the UK retail banking sector his Department monitors; and if he will make a statement.
(298844)
85
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the effects on the economy of the rates of interest applied to current accounts at (a) Lloyds Banking Group, (b) RBS, (c) Barclays and (d) HSBC; and if he will make a statement.
(299007)
86
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of postal services for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298732)
87
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are (a) in each income tax band and (b) paying no income tax in 2009-10.
(298939)
88
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the effect of increases in air passenger duty on small regional airports.
(298940)
89
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was received from (a) air passenger duty, (b) tax on insurance and (c) all indirect taxation in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298941)
90
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax schemes have been closed as a result of the retrospective application of legislation since 1997.
(298739)
91
N
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the sale of subsidiaries of RBS and Lloyds Banking Group on employment in Doncaster and the Yorkshire region.
(298627)
92
N
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the sale of subsidiaries of RBS and Lloyds Banking Group on retail lending and banking activities in Doncaster and the Yorkshire region.
(298628)
93
N
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) financial and (b) due diligence checks will be undertaken in relation to any new entrant into the UK financial services market arising from the sale of branches or subsidiaries of RBS or Lloyds Banking Group.
(298629)
94
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Government lending to Northern Rock has been repaid to date.
(298630)
95
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to take steps to assist UK citizens who have lost funds invested in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander, Isle of Man which were subsequently transferred to London.
(298895)
96
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children were eligible for a Child Trust Fund Account in each year since the policy was introduced.
(298411)
97
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the amount spent by UK businesses on business interruption insurance in each of the last 10 financial years.
(298943)
98
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298745)
99
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299130)
100
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of indebtedness of (a) RBS, (b) Lloyds Banking Group and (c) Northern Rock is.
(298247)
101
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of postal services provided for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298731)
102
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies was in each year for which figures are available.
(299173)
103
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, columns 783-84W, on taxation: corporate hospitality, when his Department plans to publish its guidance on businesses claiming tax back on corporate entertainment in lapdancing clubs referred to by the Minister for Women and Equality in media interviews in September 2009; and what steps his Department is taking to prevent the use of receipts which do not disclose the nature of the entertainment provided in order to reclaim VAT paid on corporate entertainment in lapdancing clubs.
(298241)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
104
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of providing 10 hours of free childcare to 250,000 two year olds; and in which year he expects such provision to commence.
(298467)
105
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to assist more local authorities to implement the recommendations of the Bercow Review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communications needs; and if he will make a statement.
(298787)
106
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will review the terms of the education maintenance allowance to take into account the circumstances of households with triplets in 14 to 19 education.
(298904)
107
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of postal services for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298803)
108
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding was allocated to schools in the current academic year for children with special needs in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09.
(299082)
109
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people are enrolled on a diploma course in each subject in (a) Barnsley and (b) South Yorkshire.
(298957)
110
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will initiate a survey of school discipline.
(298663)
111
N
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the concurrent planning scheme developed by Coram; and if he will make a statement.
(298626)
112
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of progress towards his Department's targets under its policy of extended secondary and primary schools.
(298642)
113
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the likely effect on expenditure of local authorities in England of any increase in the number of children removed from families for their own safety or welfare.
(298661)
114
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many secondary schools in each region had more than (a) 1,000 and (b) 2,000 pupils in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298314)
115
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many primary schools in each region had more than (a) 400, (b) 500, (c) 600 and (d) 700 pupils in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298315)
116
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether a school may receive funding from (a) his Department and (b) local authorities without (i) a registration number and (ii) having been inspected.
(298316)
117
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average time taken for a school to receive an official registration number from his Department was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298317)
118
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department plans to spend on schools in each of the next five years.
(298859)
119
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what sanctions are planned to apply to parents whose children breach an anti-social behaviour order.
(298947)
120
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what sanctions will apply to families which do not comply with the conditions of a family intervention project.
(298948)
121
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many family intervention projects his Department plans to undertake in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012, (e) 2013, (f) 2014 and (g) 2015.
(298949)
122
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298758)
123
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on hotel bills in 2008-09.
(299148)
124
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent representations he has received on proposed primary school closures in West Lancashire.
(299107)
125
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on the Sure Start programme in Chorley constituency since the introduction of the programme.
(299113)
126
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the Sure Start programme; and if he will make a statement.
(299145)
127
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many staff in his Department and its predecessor were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much was spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299136)
128
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools in the Milton Keynes area are operating the Target Mental Health Schools programme; and whether there are plans to extend the programme to other schools in the area.
(299186)
129
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people are enrolled on a diploma course in each subject.
(298813)
130
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils enrolled on a diploma course were eligible for free school meals in the latest period for which information is available.
(298814)
131
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools are not part of a consortium which offers diploma courses; and if he will make a statement.
(298815)
132
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many independent schools are part of a consortium to offer diploma courses; and if he will make a statement.
(298816)
133
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many maintained nurseries have closed in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(298817)
134
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) children's centres and (b) Sure Start centres have closed in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(298818)
135
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which local authorities have received no funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if he will make a statement.
(299037)
136
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools inspected since September 2009 were rated as inadequate; and if he will make a statement.
(299038)
137
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools inspected in 2009 had their procedures for safeguarding rated as inadequate; and if he will make a statement.
(299039)
138
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 16 year-olds are (a) employed and (b) non-employed apprentices on (i) Level 2 frameworks and (ii) Level 3 frameworks.
(299040)
139
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 17 year olds are (a) employed and (b) non-employed apprentices on (i) Level 2 frameworks and (ii) Level 3 frameworks.
(299041)
140
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost was of free school meals in (a) all schools and (b) school sixth forms in the last year for which figures are available.
(299042)
141
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will estimate the percentage of time spent by Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service practitioners in direct contact with children and families in the course of their official duties in the last 12 months for which information is available.
(298687)
142
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the training budget for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service practitioners has been (a) in total and (b) per head in each of the last two years.
(298688)
143
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many temporary and agency workers the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has employed since April 2008; and at what cost.
(298689)
144
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children attended more than three primary schools in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.
(298736)
145
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupil referral units in each local authority area have closed in each year since 2004 having had (a) no inspections and (b) one inspection at which they were judged (i) unsatisfactory, (ii) satisfactory, (iii) good and (iv) outstanding.
(298737)
146
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been given notices to improve by Ofsted since 1 September 2009.
(298738)
147
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which (a) primary maintained, (b) secondary maintained and (c) special schools were classified by Ofsted as having (i) outstanding and (ii) inadequate leadership at their most recent inspection.
(298772)
148
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many kinship care foster placements broke down in each local authority in England in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.
(298773)
149
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons special schools classified as outstanding by Ofsted are subject to inspection every three years; and if he will make a statement.
(298774)
150
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what programmes his Department has to support the families of those who are in prison.
(298706)
151
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Sure Start children's centres have programmes in place to provide appropriate support for the families of those who are in prison.
(298707)
152
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will bring forward proposals for a national programme for schools counselling in England.
(298371)
153
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent representations he has received from the charity Islamic Help on the establishment of a girls' boarding school and teacher training facility in Nelson.
(298621)
154
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress his Department is making in the implementation in the UK of the European telephone number for missing children; and if he will make a statement.
(299078)
155
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with which organisations his Department has had exclusivity agreements in relation to information technology (a) hardware and (b) software in each of the last five years; and whether such agreements were breached in each of those years.
(298669)
156
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pilot schemes his Department has commissioned in each year since 1997.
(298636)
157
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what information his Department holds on the number of young people who have been in foster care who have completed an undergraduate course.
(298638)
158
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people have taken a 14 to 19 diploma course in each subject in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority in each year since the introduction of those diplomas.
(298647)
159
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many young people who had been in local authority foster care in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority enrolled in an undergraduate course in each of the last five years.
(298792)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
160
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the (a) methodology and (b) underlying data used in the calculation of the efficiency values attributed to heat pumps in the draft Standard Assessment Procedure 2009; and from what sources the underlying data were derived.
(298725)
161
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the calculation of the efficiency values attributed to heat pumps in the draft Standard Assessment Procedure 2009 included an assessment of the likely use of the pumps for periods of cooling.
(298726)
162
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding was originally planned for the ALMO decent homes programme in respect of those ALMOs gaining two stars on their first inspection in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what is the revised amount.
(299154)
163
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the possible addition of future estimated surpluses on the housing revenue account subsidy to the council house capital debt considered for distribution to local authorities for repayment.
(299155)
164
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been transferred from the ALMO decent homes programme budget in order to fund new build in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.
(299156)
165
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the total debt to be distributed amongst local authorities in order for local authority-owned housing to be self-financing.
(299157)
166
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 13 October 2009, Official Report, column 776W, on social housing: standards, whether (a) Sutton and (b) Havering arms' length management organisations will receive funding under the Decent Homes programme in 2009-10.
(299159)
167
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the net balance of the housing revenue account subsidy system in each year to 2019-20.
(299161)
168
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the debt additional to historic council housing debt which is to be distributed among local authorities in order for local authority housing to be self financing.
(299210)
169
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost to the public purse would be of extending the council tax single person discount to households where one or more member is serving with the armed forces overseas.
(298242)
170
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost to the public purse would be of extending council tax single person discount to households where one or more member is in prison.
(298243)
171
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what account was taken of the effect of council tax on the families of (a) military personnel serving overseas and (b) prisoners on remand when setting the conditions for the single person discount.
(298244)
172
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households received council tax single person discount where the single adult's spouse was (a) engaged in military services overseas and (b) in prison in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298245)
173
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of postal services for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298804)
174
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department has made available for regeneration schemes at (a) Grahame Park, (b) West Hendon and (c) Spur Road and Stonegrove in Hendon constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(298702)
175
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will assess the performance of Barnet Homes in delivering the Decent Homes initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(298703)
176
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding for (a) Decent Homes, (b) Kick Start, (c) housing capital allocations and (d) other housing capital schemes has been provided by (i) his Department and (ii) the Homes and Communities Agency to (A) Barnet Council and (B) Barnet Homes arms length management organisation in the last 10 years; what the name was of each identifiable scheme which received funding; how much was provided for each such scheme; and how many (1) social rented, (2) low-cost purchase and (3) full-cost purchase properties there were in each such scheme.
(298907)
177
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to raise the standard of social housing in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in the next 12 months.
(299083)
178
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what categories of community land trust are recognised by his Department.
(298602)
179
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will consider the merits of extending his Department's Kickstart Housing Delivery fund to rural areas.
(298603)
180
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made establishing a community land trust at Cashes Green in Stroud; and what discussions he has had on the matter with the Homes and Communities Agency.
(298871)
181
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community land trusts are in operation; where each is located; how many houses each has built; and how long each trust took to establish.
(298872)
182
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will provide guidance on the determination of rents to those housing associations whose rent reviews are linked to the retail price index.
(298238)
183
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community wardens were in post in Doncaster (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in each year since their introduction.
(298640)
184
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2009, Official Report, column 474W, on party conferences, how much each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009.
(298684)
185
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 allocate in total to Prevent-related (a) national projects, (b) local authority projects and (c) community leadership fund projects in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11.
(298513)
186
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his announcement of the £12 million Connecting Communities Programme on 14 October 2009, how much money has been allocated to each of the 27 areas announced to date; which local groups will receive funding for which projects in each area; and how the effectiveness of funding in each case will be assessed.
(298514)
187
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his announcement of the £12 million Connecting Communities Programme on 14 October 2009, how much of the £12 million represents additional funding; what proportion of this funding will be spent in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(298515)
188
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, if he will provide a breakdown of the £8.5 million his Department spent on Prevent-related projects in 2008-09.
(298517)
189
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) takeaway food outlets (predominantly off premises), (b) restaurants and (c) cafes there were on the (i) 2005 and (ii) draft 2010 rating list; what the total rateable value was of the properties in each category at each revaluation; what methodology the Valuation Office Agency used to rate the properties in each category at the (A) 2005 and (B) 2010 revaluation; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that methodology.
(298308)
190
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) lifeboat stations and (b) coastguard stations there were on the (i) 2005 and (ii) draft 2010 rating list; what the total rateable value was of stations in each such category at each revaluation; what methodology the Valuation Office Agency used to rate those stations at the (A) 2005 and (B) 2010 revaluation; if he will place in the Library a copy of that methodology; and what the (1) address and (2) individual rateable value on the (x) 2005 and (y) draft 2010 rating list was of each station.
(298309)
191
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) wine bars, (b) vineyards/wineries, (c) public houses/pub restaurants (national scheme) and (d) breweries (national scheme) there were on the (i) 2005 and (ii) draft 2010 rating list; what the total rateable value was of properties on each category on each list; what methodology the Valuation Office Agency used to rate each property in each category; if he will place in the Library a copy of that methodology; and what the (A) address and (B) rateable value on the (1) 2005 and (2) draft 2010 rating list was of each (x) vineyard/winery and (y) brewery (national scheme).
(298310)
192
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) pet grooming parlours, (b) kennels and catteries and (c) animal boarding establishments there were on the (i) 2005 and (ii) draft 2010 rating list; what the total rateable value was of the properties in each category at each revaluation; what methodology the Valuation Office Agency used to rate properties in each category at the (A) 2005 and (B) 2010 revaluation; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that methodology.
(298311)
193
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298757)
194
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from his Department made in 2008-09; and at what cost.
(298744)
195
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which 50 individual hereditaments in the local authority area of Peterborough had the greatest percentage increase in rateable value from the 2005 Rating List to the draft 2010 Rating List; and what the (a) address and (b) rateable value in each list was of each.
(298680)
196
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average rateable value was for an (a) average hereditament, (b) hereditament classed as a small business and (c) hereditament paying the standard rating multiplier in the local authority area of Peterborough according to the (i) 2005 Rating List and (ii) draft 2010 Rating List.
(298681)
197
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated (a) average rateable value on the (i) 2005 and (ii) draft 2010 Rating List and (b) percentage change in rateable values between the two lists was for hereditaments in each special category code in the local authority area of Peterborough or nearest comparative local unit of administration.
(298682)
198
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) local authority-owned homes and (b) homes owned by other social landlords there were in (i) Birmingham, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England in (A) 1980, (B) 1990, (C) 1995, (D) 2000, (E) 2005 and (F) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(299114)
199
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many right-to-buy sales there were in (a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990, (d) 1995, (e) 2000 and (f) each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what total of capital receipts was received by local authorities in each such year.
(299115)
200
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average (a) council and (b) private sector rent was in (i) Birmingham, (ii) the West Midlands, (iii) inner London, (iv) outer London and (v) England excluding London in (A) 1980, (B) 1990, (C) 2000 and (D) each of the last five years.
(299116)
201
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299137)
202
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, columns 768-70W, on homelessness, which local authorities have not (a) conducted a street count and (b) provided an estimate of rough sleepers in their area in 2009.
(298240)
203
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many complaints relating to (a) shared home ownership, (b) anti-social behaviour, (c) repairs, (d) social housing allocations, (e) occupancy rights and (f) estate services were received by the Housing Ombudsman in each of the last three years.
(298318)
204
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of victims of domestic violence who are in refuge accommodation.
(298319)
205
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with which organisations his Department has had exclusivity agreements relating to information technology (a) hardware and (b) software in each of the last five years.
(298364)
206
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent by the Homes and Communities Agency Academy on (a) developing, (b) publicising and (c) providing continuing support for the foundation degree in sustainable communities offered by Salford University; and if he will make a statement.
(298675)
207
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent by the Homes and Communities Agency Academy on (a) developing, (b) publicising and (c) conducting its online introductory course for place-making; and if he will make a statement.
(298676)
208
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the mean (a) income and (b) house price in each local authority area in each of the last three years.
(299160)
209
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2009, Official Report, column 1060W, on council housing, how many social homes have been (a) built, (b) acquired, (c) sold and (d) demolished in each year since 1997.
(299181)
210
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for City of York of 4 November 2009, Official Report, column 1062W, on homelessness, on what date he expects to publish data on new lets for 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(299182)
211
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department have responsibility for (a) the mortgage rescue scheme, (b) the homeowner mortgage support scheme, (c) the low cost home ownership scheme, (d) homelessness and (e) home information packs.
(299193)
212
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what services the Audit Commission has provided for the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Tenant Services Authority in the last 12 months; and how much was paid to the Audit Commission in respect of each service.
(299205)
213
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many appeals against a Valuation Office Agency decision to place rateable values on parking spaces in (a) East Devon constituency, (b) Devon and (c) England have been successful in each of the last five years.
(298652)
214
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many car parking spaces listed as domestic properties were exempt from the non-domestic rate under the Local Government Finance Act 1988 in (a) East Devon constituency, (b) Devon and (c) England in each of the last five years.
(298656)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
215
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of his Department's non-departmental bodies sent representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009.
(298717)
216
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects the pilots of the proposed independently funded news consortia to start; which English region will host a pilot scheme; what plans he has to fund such pilot schemes; and what plans he has to make provisions in relation to the existing regional news employees in the pilot area.
(298906)
217
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to provide money from the Digital Switchover Helpscheme Fund to pay for other services; and how much he expects to provide initially.
(298930)
218
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to take steps to prevent (a) playing fields, (b) other sports facilities and (c) libraries being disposed of in the Government's proposed sale of public assets.
(298931)
219
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with local authorities on the Government's proposed sale of public assets.
(298932)
220
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the (a) Tate, (b) British Museum, (c) British Library and (d) British Film Institute will be expected to release from their reserves to fund their building extension plans.
(298933)
221
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298756)
222
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from the Department made in 2008-09; and at what cost such flights were taken.
(298237)
223
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many page hits have been recorded by the (a) English Heritage, (b) Heritage Lottery Fund and (c) National Heritage Memorial Fund website in each year since their creation.
(298845)
224
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many page hits have been recorded by the Ofcom website in each year since its creation.
(298846)
225
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many page hits have been recorded by the (a) Arts Council England and (b) British Film Council website in each year since their creation.
(298847)
226
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many page hits have been recorded by the (a) Sports England, (b) UK Sport, (c) Football Foundation and (d) Youth Sport Trust website in each year since their creation.
(298848)
227
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many page hits have been recorded by his Department's website in each year since its creation.
(298849)
228
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what timetable he has set for a public consultation on exemptions from the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 for low risk live entertainment.
(298884)
229
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299138)
230
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on employing an independent consultant to review and report on the Correspondence Management Unit in his Department in September 2009.
(298159)
231
N
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what official visits he has made to the European Capital of Culture in 2009; and at what cost to the public purse.
(298239)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
232
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice he received from (a) the Chief of General Staff, (b) operational commanders and (c) other senior Army personnel on the decision to sell the Army's stock of Gazelle helicopters.
(299043)
233
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a retired former regular member of the armed forces who is now a member of the regular reserve force is entitled to additions to the existing pension on completion of additional service.
(298468)
234
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he expects any changes to Territorial Army operational training in Northern Ireland to result from the restoration of the training budget.
(298599)
235
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the diet provided to troops on active service in Afghanistan.
(298958)
236
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of (a) sleeping bags and (b) other kit for troops on active operations in Afghanistan.
(298959)
237
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the use of Snatch Land Rovers in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(299044)
238
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to (a) participate in the US Navy Conventional Trident Modification programme and (b) equip Trident missiles with conventional warheads.
(298617)
239
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 258W, on AWE Burghfield, how many of the work packages remain uncompleted.
(298618)
240
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298755)
241
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on hotel bills in 2008-09.
(299149)
242
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what amount of in-year savings he expects the Royal Air Force to achieve in 2009-10; and in which principal areas.
(299118)
243
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, columns 569-70, on pre-deployment training, what his definition is of an unacceptable balance of risk.
(299119)
244
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what offers of helicopters he has received from the private sector in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(299120)
245
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the level of immediately available combat air power.
(299146)
246
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have joined the (a) army, (b) navy and (c) RAF from (i) the North West, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Chorley in each year since 1997.
(299097)
247
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299139)
248
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the Met Office Review Group has met; and if he will make a statement.
(298877)
249
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meetings of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement.
(298878)
250
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the members are of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement.
(298879)
251
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any Ministers have attended meetings of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement.
(298880)
252
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 831W, on armed forces: housing, what the average monthly rent for properties in the Greater London area rented under the substitute single living accommodation scheme is.
(298516)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
253
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the potential of use of biochar to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and if he will make a statement.
(298407)
254
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information his Department holds on the accredited achieved efficiencies of heat pumps.
(298716)
255
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the five incidents were that were made under section 10 of the Nuclear Industry Security Regulations 2003 and which warranted further investigation, as referred to in paragraph 12, pages 3 to 4, of the Annual Report on the State of Security in the Civil Nuclear Industry April 2008-March 2009.
(298665)
256
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what percentage of postal services provided for his Department were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) between the establishment of his Department's correspondence unit and 30 June 2009 and (ii) after 1 July 2009.
(298775)
257
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the evidential basis is for the estimates made of average carbon dioxide emissions reductions under the Warm Front scheme; whether arrangements are made for the external audit of such estimates; and what the (a) estimated and (b) actual reductions were in each of the last five years.
(298604)
258
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will assess the merits of potential substitutes for natural gas supplies for (a) domestic and (b) industrial consumption in the UK.
(298605)
259
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will introduce a home insulation programme, including fitting insulation in properties over 10 years old, to be made available to all relevant householders.
(298662)
260
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2009, Official Report, column 278W, on party conferences, how much the (a) Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and (b) Chair of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009; and whether prior permission was sought from the Cabinet Office for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
(298683)
261
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298754)
262
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department spent on hotel bills in 2008-09.
(299150)
263
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from his Department made in 2008-09; and at what cost.
(298743)
264
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons conventional electricity meters are still being installed by energy companies.
(299055)
265
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he plans to take to implement a personal carbon incentive scheme; when the scheme will be introduced; and how it will operate.
(299068)
266
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he plans to take to implement a green communities challenge; when it will be introduced; and how it will operate.
(299069)
267
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he expects to publish his proposals to encourage the installation of renewable heat technologies in respect of (a) domestic and (b) commercial properties.
(299170)
268
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, in which geographical areas the community energy savings programme is to operate; what the allocation and timescale of funding to each area is; what recent assessment he has made of progress in the implementation of the programme; and if he will make a statement.
(299175)
269
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in his Department have been employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department since its inception; and how much was spent on the management of such requests.
(299140)
270
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether his Department has taken steps to help park home residents reduce their emissions and heating bills.
(298362)
271
N
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assistance with energy costs the Government provides to those diagnosed with cancer.
(298885)
272
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what percentage of postal services provided for his Department were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) between the establishment of his Department's correspondence unit and 30 June 2009 and (ii) after 1 July 2009.
(298776)
273
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to promote the production of sustainable biofuels in the UK.
(298368)
274
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the potential contribution of biodiesel produced from used cooking oil to the production of renewable electricity and heat.
(298370)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
275
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential use of biochar as a means of promoting agricultural production; and if he will make a statement.
(298408)
276
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK pair trawlers currently fish for bass beyond 12 nautical miles in the Western Channel.
(298985)
277
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leominster of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1002W, on cetaceans, what information his Department holds on the recipients of the video and photographic material collected by the Sea Mammal Research Unit.
(298986)
278
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's latest assessment is of the effects of koi herpesvirus disease on fish stocks; and if he will make a statement.
(298987)
279
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Marine and Fisheries Agency has spent on work by (a) external consultants and (b) other staff from (i) his Department and (ii) other Government departments in connection with the establishment of the Marine Management Organisation on Tyneside.
(298988)
280
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Marine and Fisheries Agency staff have asked for a transfer to another department in preference to accepting a position at the new Marine Management Organisation.
(298989)
281
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the transfer of the Marine and Fisheries Agency and other agencies to the Marine Management Organisation to be completed.
(298990)
282
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Marine and Fisheries Agency staff have accepted (a) permanent and (b) temporary posts in the new Marine Management Organisation.
(298991)
283
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisations the Environment Agency has consulted on the provision of hydro power on rivers.
(298993)
284
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leominster of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1004-5W, on cetaceans, whether (a) Ministers, (b) advisers and (c) officials in his Department have seen the photographic and video evidence of cetaceans being caught in nets collected by the Sea Mammal Research Unit.
(298995)
285
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many foreign-registered vessels have pair trawled within the UK's 12 mile limit in each month since the ban on British pair trawlers inside the 12 mile limit was implemented; and when he next plans to discuss with the European Commission the extension of the ban to the vessels of other EU member states.
(299005)
286
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leominster of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1004-5W, on cetaceans, whether photographic and video evidence of cetaceans being caught in nets collected by the Sea Mammal Research Unit as part of Government-funded research has been destroyed; and what his policy is on the (a) retention and (b) publication of the outcomes of research funded by his Department.
(299065)
287
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leominster of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1004-5W on cetaceans, for what reasons evidence of cetaceans being caught in nets collected as part of Government-funded research is not made publicly available; and what account he take of obligations under the EU Habitats Directive on decisions on whether to make available such evidence.
(299066)
288
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leominster of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1004-5W, on cetaceans, what photographic and video evidence of cetaceans being caught in nets has been collected by the Sea Mammal Research Unit as part of Government-funded research since July 2008; and if he will (a) obtain and (b) make publicly available the photographic and video evidence of cetaceans being caught in nets collected by the Sea Mammal Research Unit.
(299067)
289
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to improve the animal welfare standards of cattle; and if he will make a statement.
(298900)
290
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to improve training for those involved in maintaining the welfare of cattle.
(298901)
291
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) funded into the relationship between standards in animal welfare and farm profitability.
(298902)
292
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many landowners in each designated area (a) were requested to take part in, (b) took part in and (c) refused to take part in the bovine TB vaccination programme for badgers; and what financial incentives are available to land owners to encourage them to participate in the programme.
(298903)
293
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to provide to community organisations and parish councils which own community buildings the same concessionary water collection charges as church and scout organisations.
(298631)
294
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 804W, on party conferences, how much each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences.
(298929)
295
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298753)
296
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many megalitres of water were supplied to water companies serving the East of England from reservoirs in that region in (a) 1997, (b) 2002, (c) 2007 and (d) the most recent 12 months for which figures are available; and what the average cost of each megalitre was in each such period.
(299188)
297
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299141)
298
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further steps the Government plans to take to improve the regulatory framework for fine particle PM2.5 emissions in the UK.
(298678)
299
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to implement the objectives under the EU Air Quality Directive and the UK's Air Quality Strategy of monitoring and reducing exposure to industrial fine particle PM2.5 emissions.
(298679)
300
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the use of recovered fuel oil as a substitute for the use of fossil fuels.
(298887)
301
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of plants compliant with the Waste Incineration Directive can accept recycled fuel oil as a fuel.
(298888)
302
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the improvements to (a) lakes, (b) estuaries and (c) coastal waters required by the draft Regional Management Plans; and if he will make a statement.
(298153)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
303
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to help protect UK aid workers working in dangerous parts of the world.
(298799)
304
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of postal services for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298729)
305
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on a framework agreement between the EU and Libya; and if he will make a statement.
(298936)
306
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the African Union on UK foreign policy in relation to Africa.
(298937)
307
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his most recent assessment is of the state of relations between the UK and each country in North Africa.
(298938)
308
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with which countries his Department has liaised about the Know Before You Go campaign.
(298413)
309
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much money his Department has spent on the Know Before You Go campaign in each year since its inception in 2001.
(298414)
310
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civil servants of each grade have been seconded from his Department to (a) the private sector, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) other organisations in each year since April 2003; and what the (i) dates and (ii) locations of each secondment were.
(298711)
311
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Chevening scholarships were awarded to individuals from (a) Bangladesh, (b) Nepal, (c) India, (d) China and (e) Pakistan in each of the last 10 years.
(298770)
312
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298752)
313
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from his Department made in 2008-09; and at what cost.
(298742)
314
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 21 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms M Dolan.
(299054)
315
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens he expects will leave India as a result of his Department's recent advice to them to consider doing so; what support and advice his Department is offering to British citizens asking to leave; and if he will make a statement.
(299009)
316
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299143)
317
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to governments of Arab states to secure the release of Gilad Shalit.
(298555)
318
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with human rights organisations on Gilad Shalit since July 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(298561)
319
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the Arab League on Gilad Shalit.
(298562)
320
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he, (b) Ministerial colleagues and (c) officials of (i) his Department and (ii) other Government departments have had recent discussions with representatives of (A) the Palestinian authority, (B) Hamas and (c) Hezbollah on Gilad Shalit.
(298563)
321
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Iraqi locally employed civilians have been killed by militias in Iraq.
(298607)
322
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department received reports that Iraqi civilians employed as locally-engaged staff had been killed because they worked for the UK.
(298608)
323
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department first received reports of threats to the lives of Iraqi locally employed civilians.
(298609)
324
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how long on average elapsed between the announcement of the (a) asylum and (b) financial payment scheme for former Iraqi locally employed civilians and the first former Iraqi locally employed civilians leaving Iraq for a neighbouring country under the scheme.
(298612)
325
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many former Iraqi locally employed civilians have (a) accepted financial payments from the UK Government and (b) had their applications for assistance under the scheme rejected.
(298613)
326
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many former Iraqi locally employed civilians have been granted asylum in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(298615)
327
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of human rights organisations on the persecution of Christians in (a) India and (b) Pakistan.
(298686)
328
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of postal services provided for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298728)
329
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2009, Official Report, column 334W, on the Locate system, if he will place in the Library a copy of the audit of the system undertaken in March 2009.
(298415)
330
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2009, Official Report, column 253W, on the British Council: manpower, how many temporary staff are employed by the British Council; and if he will make a statement.
(298416)
331
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2009 to the hon. Member for Winchester, Official Report, column 381W, on departmental telephone services, how many call handlers are employed to operate his Department's travel advice telephone information line.
(298625)
332
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for how many advisers to the Turks and Caicos Islands his Department provides funding; what the cost to the public purse is of the annual salaries of such advisers; and if he will make a statement.
(298641)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
333
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much local service providers have been paid for the (a) set-up costs and (b) running costs of each of the Lorenzo systems deployed in NHS trusts; and what his latest estimate is of the average cost per site of deploying the Lorenzo software system.
(299006)
334
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the average number of hours per week that users of the Lorenzo software system are logged in at (a) Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, (b) Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, (c) University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, (d) Hereford Hospitals Trust and (e) South Birmingham Primary Care Trust.
(299168)
335
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected lifetime costs are in respect of each contractor under the National Programme for IT in the NHS; and how much each such contractor had been paid on the latest date for which figures are available.
(299189)
336
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent estimate is of the highest number of live concurrent users of the Lorenzo software system at NHS Bury (a) at any one time and (b) on any one day.
(299192)
337
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people identified as disabled by thalidomide are resident in each (a) primary care trust area and (b) local authority area.
(298883)
338
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) information and (b) guidance his Department produces to carers on supporting the nutritional needs of those for whom they care.
(299098)
339
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce alcohol-related deaths.
(298797)
340
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the protection of hospital staff from attack.
(298808)
341
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of smoking-related deaths.
(298809)
342
Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of making it an offence for a young person aged under 18 years to attempt to buy cigarettes and tobacco for the purposes of preventing such behaviour; and if he will make a statement.
(298657)
343
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of postal services for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298796)
344
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the unused capacity for NHS dental services in Barnet Primary Care Trust.
(298697)
345
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are for the improvement of services at Edgware Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(298698)
346
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make representations to Northwick Park Hospital to take up the opportunities open to it for the treatment of its patients at Edgware Community Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(298699)
347
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests for treatment outside service level agreements were made to Barnet Primary Care Trust in each of the last three years; what estimate was made of the cost of meeting such requests in each such year; how many requests were (a) granted and (b) refused in each year; what the cost was of the treatment provided in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(298700)
348
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Barnet Primary Care Trust spent on pharmaceutical drugs in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(298701)
349
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of clinical activity at the Colindeep Lane Clinicentre; what treatments are available at the centre; and how many patients from each postcode area have been treated at the centre.
(298873)
350
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on plans for the redevelopment of Finchley Memorial Hospital.
(298874)
351
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on plans for GP-led health centres in Barnet; and if he will make a statement.
(298875)
352
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS body determines the proportion of GP appointments at a practice which may be booked in advance; what guidance his Department has issued on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(298876)
353
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients from Mid Bedfordshire constituency have had transplant surgery in the UK since (a) January 2009 and (b) August 2009.
(299080)
354
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 60 years and over in (a) England and (b) Mid Bedfordshire constituency who had at least one emergency readmission to hospital in (i) 1999, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2008 and (iv) the most recent 12 months for which information is available.
(299081)
355
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of people who have been inoculated against influenza and pneumococcal disease; and if he will make a statement.
(298762)
356
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been inoculated against influenza in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each of the last five years.
(298763)
357
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he has set for statutory registration of professional herbalists; and if he will make a statement.
(298157)
358
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2009, Official Report, column 1268W, on party conferences, how much the Care Quality Commission spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009; and whether the Care Quality Commission obtained prior permission from the Cabinet Office to attend.
(298713)
359
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Government's objectives of improving capacity to work amongst those with chronic debilitating conditons.
(299194)
360
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298751)
361
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he has set for his Department's consultation on generic substitution; and what the scope of that consultation will be.
(299190)
362
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies on generic substitution.
(299191)
363
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has given to NHS trusts on maintaining sufficient capacity to deal with swine influenza cases; whether any such advice is mandatory or advisory; and if he will make a statement.
(298248)
364
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299142)
365
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of all documents held by his Department relating to the decisions on priority access groups for the swine influenza vaccine.
(298962)
366
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget of the NHS Counter Fraud Service was in each of the last five financial years.
(298963)
367
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were assigned to the NHS Counter Fraud Service in each of the last five financial years.
(298964)
368
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been recovered by the NHS Counter Fraud Service in each of the last five years.
(298965)
369
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases were investigated by the NHS Counter Fraud Service in each of the last five years.
(298966)
370
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of charges relating to fraud against the NHS in each of the last five years.
(298967)
371
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions the Care and Quality Commission has carried out inspections of (a) acute trusts and (b) private healthcare providers to ensure compliance with the Care and Quality Commission's core standard C4b in the last 12 months.
(298968)
372
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) acute trusts and (b) private healthcare providers were found to be compliant with the Care and Quality Commission's core standard C4b at the time of their most recent inspection by the Commission.
(298969)
373
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bed days on adult eating disorder units were recorded for patients under the age of 16 years in each quarter of the last three years.
(299203)
374
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects Sir Michael Marmot's review of health inequalities to be published.
(299204)
375
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 1985W, on health services (overseas residence), what estimate he has made of the (a) non-reciprocal income received and (b) bad debts and claims abandoned in respect of overseas patients in relation to Newark in each of the last 10 years.
(299165)
376
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which countries the UK has bilateral health agreements under paragraphs 4(m) and 4(o) of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989.
(299167)
377
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) between 45 and 55, (b) between 55 and 65 and (c) 65 years and over were readmitted to hospital within three days of being discharged in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298666)
378
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many older people had a delayed discharge from hospital as a result of malnutrition in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298667)
379
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged over 65 years received services under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298668)
380
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community treatment orders have been (a) challenged, (b) overturned after a challenge and (c) over-ruled following a second opinion.
(299057)
381
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 309W, on contraceptives, for what reasons the best practice guidance on reproductive healthcare has not been issued; what plans he has to issue such guidance on reproductive healthcare; and if he will make a statement.
(299058)
382
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total number of and (b) net ingredient cost of each type of (i) contraceptive and (ii) contraceptive device dispensed in the community was in each primary care trust area in England in each year since 1997.
(299059)
383
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated average annual spend on community contraceptive services was for women (a) aged under 20 and (b) aged 20 years and over in each primary care trust area in England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(299060)
384
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been recalled from a community treatment order since they were introduced.
(299061)
385
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been subject to a community treatment order.
(299062)
386
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) patient safety and (b) waiting times of proposals to differentiate standards of proficiency for counselling and psychotherapy; and if he will make a statement.
(298363)
387
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many courses the Social Care Skills Academy offers; how many enrolments that academy has recorded; and what the cost to the public purse of that academy was on the latest date for which figures are available.
(299202)
388
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease; what screening takes place to identify those with the disease; how much the NHS spent on (a) identifying and (b) treating those with coeliac disease in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(298150)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
389
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date he first discussed with Professor David Nutt his concerns about Professor Nutt's public statements on the Government's policy on drugs.
(297879)
390
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on whether the (a) Chairman and (b) members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs may comment in public on the Government's policy on drugs.
(297880)
391
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) job description and (b) remit is of (i) the Chairman and (ii) the members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
(297881)
392
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the actions of the Chairman and members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs are governed by a code of conduct.
(297906)
393
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration he has given to the development of a password system to reduce the number of crimes which involve bogus doorstep callers.
(298691)
394
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of crimes detected on the basis of a DNA profile of a person who had no previous convictions which had been retained on the National DNA Database in the last year for which figures are available.
(298922)
395
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which 50 parliamentary constituencies the UK Border Agency received the highest number of enquiries regarding migration cases that are (a) legacy cases, (b) non-legacy cases and (c) out-of-country visa applications ranked from highest to lowest in each of the last four years.
(299112)
396
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals are serving prison sentences in England and Wales.
(298899)
397
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged between 16 and 18 have (a) been given and (b) breached an anti-social behaviour order in Mid Bedfordshire constituency in each year since their inception.
(299183)
398
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty fines (a) have been issued and (b) remain outstanding or not paid in (i) Ribble Valley parliamentary constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (ii) England in each of the last five years.
(298761)
399
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Doncaster, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England since their introduction.
(298632)
400
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parenting orders have been issued in (a) Doncaster, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England since their introduction.
(298633)
401
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which local authority area the most (a) anti-social behaviour orders and (b) parenting orders have been issued since their introduction; and how many such orders were issued in each of those areas.
(298634)
402
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidance to local authorities and the police recommending that a parenting order should automatically be attached to an anti-social behaviour order or acceptable behaviour contract which is applied to a peson under the age of 18 living at home.
(298637)
403
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers were in post in Doncaster on the most recent date for which figures are available; and how many (i) police officers were in post in each year since 1997 and (ii) police community support officers were in post in each year since 2002 in Doncaster.
(298639)
404
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward proposals to enable proceeds of crime recovered in individual police force areas to be used for local community organisations in those areas.
(298658)
405
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298750)
406
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many student visa applications were received by the visa application centre in Beijing between January and September 2009; and how many entry clearance (a) officers and (b) managers are employed at the British Embassy in Beijing to work on such applications.
(298722)
407
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Stroud of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1518W, on animal experiments, what recent representations he has received on the practice of using death as an experimental endpoint in projects licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and if he will make a statement.
(298645)
408
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 24 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Adnan Khakoo.
(299051)
409
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 3 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Ejaz Haider.
(299052)
410
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 29 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Moudgal Sudhindra Gollahalli Venkatanarayaner.
(299053)
411
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were per head of population in each police force area in the East Midlands in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(299162)
412
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299124)
413
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal raves have taken place in the Milton Keynes local authority area in each of the last five years; and how many (a) crimes and (b) accidents were reported in conjunction with such events.
(299184)
414
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes of each category were committed by young people aged (a) under 16 and (b) between16 and 18 years in the Milton Keynes local authority area in each of the last five years.
(299185)
415
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of applications for an identity card required for the scheme to be wholly funded from application fees; what methodology was used to make that estimate; and how many and what proportion of people in Manchester have applied to participate in the scheme.
(298800)
416
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications for asylum by former Iraqi locally employed civilians were rejected for having failed to amass 12 months' continuous service; and how many such applications fell short by periods of one month or under.
(298611)
417
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of former Iraqi locally employed civilians who have applied for asylum in the UK remain outstanding.
(298614)
418
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those convicted of (a) killing and (b) abusing children who were (i) known and (ii) not known to the victim had been subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check in each of the last five years.
(298771)
419
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to answer Question 295745, on car parking, tabled on 21 October 2009.
(298984)
420
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to answer Question 295742, on stolen vehicles, tabled on 21 October 2009.
(299076)
421
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Question 295744, on tracking devices, tabled on 21 October 2009 for answer on 26 October.
(299077)
422
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place for the sharing of information on online images of child abuse with (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries.
(298917)
423
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Crown Prosecution Service on the number of prosecutions for offences of viewing online images of child abuse which have not been pursued.
(298918)
424
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) guidance and (b) training has been provided to the police on the relationship between viewing images of child abuse online and child abuse.
(298919)
425
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of his Department's budget has been allocated to tackling child abuse and the viewing of images of child abuse online in each of the last five years.
(298920)
426
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead dated 13 May 2009 on employment policy and visas.
(298720)
427
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward proposals for the reform of the National DNA Database in light of the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights; and if he will make a statement.
(299152)
428
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 29 September 2009, reference: P 1185 I27 (CTS reference B27551/9).
(298154)
429
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on policing in Norfolk in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.
(298960)
430
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in Norfolk constabulary in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.
(299021)
Questions to the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
431
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much public subsidy has been paid in respect of meals provided in the Press Gallery cafeteria since 2004.
(298908)
432
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the notional value was of the facilities used by newspaper journalists in the House of Commons in the latest period for which figures are available.
(298909)
433
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether newspapers make payments for the use of facilities provided to them in the House of Commons; and if he will make a statement.
(298928)
434
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much used cooking oil was produced by the Refreshment Department in each year since 2001; and what percentage was recycled in each year.
(298369)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
435
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to encourage pharmaceutical companies to participate in the UNITAID patent pool to make HIV medicines more affordable.
(298905)
436
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps he has taken to reduce food shortages in northern Kenya.
(298795)
437
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had on food shortages in northern Kenya.
(298798)
438
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had on the role of scientists in policy-making in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.
(298810)
439
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of postal services for his Department were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298730)
440
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many first-class flights were taken by Ministers of his Department in 2008-09; which Minister took each such flight; what the (a) origin and (b) destination was of each such flight; and what the cost to the public purse was in each case.
(298366)
441
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299122)
442
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of postal services provided for his Department were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009.
(298733)
443
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations his Department has had exclusivity agreements with in respect of information technology (a) hardware and (b) software in each of the last five years; how many such agreements were breached in each year; and what the cost to his Department was of each breach.
(298764)
444
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many first-class flights (a) he, (b) the Minister of State and (c) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State took on official business between 1 January and 1 October 2009; and what the (i) destination, (ii) purpose and (iii) cost of each flight was.
(298881)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
445
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the fee income of the Court Funds Office was in 2008-09.
(297988)
446
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) fee income and (b) full cost was of Lands Tribunal services relating to (i) rating appeals, (ii) land compensation references, (iii) restrictive covenants, (iv) appeals from leasehold valuation tribunals, (v) appeals from residential property tribunals, (vi) appeals against determinations of the value of land by HM Revenue and Customs, (vii) rights of light cases, (viii) references by consent, (ix) blight notices and objections and (x) compulsory purchases of property whose owner is unknown, absent or untraceable.
(297989)
447
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what fees and charges were covered by the reference to fees and charges levied by the Court Funds Office on page 96 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2008-09.
(297990)
448
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the fee income of the Court Funds Office in 2008-09 related to (a) court of protection cases, (b) payments into court and (c) unclaimed balances.
(297991)
449
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) corporate tax and (b) other tax cases were heard by the Tax Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal and its predecessor in each financial year since 1995-96.
(298840)
450
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were transferred between prisons in Northern Ireland and (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.
(298600)
451
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what percentage of postal services for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298805)
452
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans to extend to private prisons the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(298646)
453
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will direct HM Courts Service to record the number of injunctive orders granted by the courts which provide that the existence of the injunction may not be disclosed; and if he will make a statement.
(298704)
454
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been transferred from prisons in England or Wales to Northern Ireland to serve out remaining sentences in each year since 2005.
(298896)
455
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people from Northern Ireland are serving sentences in prisons in England and Wales.
(298897)
456
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers from England and Wales have been (a) transferred permanently to and (b) seconded to prisons in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
(298898)
457
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) cautions were given and (b) fines were imposed for offences of (i) vandalism, (ii) littering and (iii) anti-social behaviour in Mid Bedfordshire constituency in each of the last eight quarters for which records are available.
(299079)
458
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has been made of the merits of applying community sentencing to people aged under 17 years.
(298659)
459
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many care applications have been issued in (a) Doncaster, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England in (i) the last quarter for which figures are available and (ii) the equivalent quarter in the previous year.
(298660)
460
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298749)
461
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been involved in incidents of disorder of each type in each year since 1997.
(298794)
462
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners at each prison were found in possession of a sharp instrument in each year since 1997.
(298801)
463
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his most recent assessment is of progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the recent report on HM Prison Garth.
(299099)
464
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects the National Offender Management Service to publish its response to the report on HM Prison Garth.
(299100)
465
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish his response to the Election Day: Weekend Voting consultation.
(299074)
466
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate has been made of the cost of planned British values roadshow and consultation events.
(299075)
467
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299123)
468
Alun Michael (Cardiff South & Penarth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the self regulation of debt management schemes in protecting those who are in financial difficulties.
(299144)
469
Alun Michael (Cardiff South & Penarth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of statutory regulation on debt management schemes as proposed in Option 3 of his Department's consultation published on 18 September 2009.
(299151)
470
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information on the dependent children of prisoners is held on the C-NOMIS database.
(298708)
471
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made in the implementation of reducing re-offending pathways.
(298709)
472
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 October 2009, Official Report, columns 53-4WS, on temporary transfer of prisoners prior to inspection, whether the cases have been referred to the police for investigation under Prison Service Order 1300; and if he will make a statement.
(298916)
473
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): 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, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the investigation into allegations of transferring vulnerable prisoners when the investigation is concluded; and if he will make a statement.
(298921)
474
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): 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, to whom the investigation into the allegations will report; who will decide on any disciplinary action to be taken if warranted; and if he will make a statement.
(298923)
475
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): 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, for what reasons he did not decide to hold an independent inquiry into the allegations; and if he will make a statement.
(298924)
476
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): 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, for what reason the then Governor of HM Prison Wandsworth has not been either (a) suspended or (b) placed on detached or alternative duties under Prison Service Order 8460 in respect of the allegations made; and if he will make a statement.
(298934)
477
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): 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 any Prison Service staff have been (a) suspended and (b) placed on detached or alternative duties whilst the disciplinary investigation is carried out; and if he will make a statement.
(298935)
478
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic property transactions were recorded by the Land Registry in each region in each of the last four quarters for which figures are available.
(298672)
479
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many properties registered with the Land Registry changed ownership in each of the last six months.
(298673)
480
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies was in each of the last five years.
(299174)
481
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to respond to the Reunite report entitled Relocation which was funded by his Department and published in July 2009.
(298619)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
482
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people with previous convictions for murder received after their release a further conviction for either manslaughter or murder.
(298155)
483
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications for EU funding submitted in respect of projects based in Northern Ireland there were in each year since 2005; and how much EU funding was allocated to such projects in each such year.
(298623)
484
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much additional funding the EU allocated in respect of Northern Ireland other than its planned allocation in each financial year since 2005.
(298690)
485
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what definition of cleared crimes is used by (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) his Department for official figures.
(298889)
486
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many offences of (a) murder, (b) manslaughter, (c) grievous bodily harm and (d) rape committed in Northern Ireland in each year since 2005 (i) were classified as cleared, (ii) resulted in a conviction and (iii) are still being investigated.
(298890)
487
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted of (a) murder, (b) manslaughter, (c) grievous bodily harm and (d) rape in each year since 2005.
(298891)
488
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many offences involving a knife in Northern Ireland resulted in convictions in each year since 2005.
(298892)
489
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his latest estimate is of the level of knife crime in Northern Ireland.
(298893)
490
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of knife amnesties in Northern Ireland.
(298996)
491
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many knives were handed in during the three most recent knife amnesties in Northern Ireland.
(298997)
492
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what work his Department has undertaken together with the Department for Education in Northern Ireland on education of young people in relation to knife crime.
(298998)
493
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have (a) died and (b) been injured as a result of crimes involving the use of knives in each year since 2005.
(298999)
494
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received on changes on electoral law relating to local authorities in Northern Ireland.
(299000)
495
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.
(299001)
496
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been (a) added and (b) deleted from the electoral register for each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland in each year since 2005.
(299002)
497
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many schools have (a) co-operated and (b) declined to co-operate with the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to seek to ensure that all pupils over the age of 18 years are registered to vote.
(299003)
498
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on advertising to encourage voter registration (a) in the press, (b) on television and (c) on the radio in each year since 2005.
(299004)
499
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298748)
500
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299125)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
501
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, with which providers her Office held contracts to provide postal services (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1 July 2009.
(298768)
Questions to the Prime Minister
502
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will instruct the Iraq Committee of Inquiry to investigate the treatment of former Iraqi locally employed civilians by Government (a) departments and (b) agencies.
(298610)
503
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Prime Minister, whether a member of the Government is required to be a UK resident for tax purposes.
(298156)
504
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Prime Minister, how much has been paid to Ministers on leaving the Government since 1997 who have subsequently been re-appointed to a Ministerial post.
(298620)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
505
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with which providers his Department held contracts to provide postal services (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1 July 2009.
(298766)
506
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298747)
507
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299128)
Questions to the Solicitor General
508
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Solicitor General, with which providers the Law Officers' Departments held contracts to provide postal services (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1 July 2009.
(298765)
509
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases of viewing online child abuse images have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in each of the last five years; what proportion of cases relating to the viewing of online child abuse images were not pursued by the CPS in the last five years; and for what reasons such cases were not pursued.
(298911)
510
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Solicitor General, whether guidance is provided to the Crown Prosecution Service on the relationship between viewing online child abuse images and child abuse.
(298912)
511
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Solicitor General, how much and what proportion of the budget of the Law Officers' Departments for 2009-10 has been allocated to the prosecution of offences of viewing online images of child abuse; and if she will make a statement.
(298913)
512
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of postal services provided to the Law Officers' Departments were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009.
(298734)
Questions to the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
513
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, when the Electoral Commission plans to publish its guidance on the new provisions on non-resident donors in the Political Parties and Elections Bills.
(298643)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
514
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, if he will estimate the number of drivers who regularly use a mobile telephone while driving.
(298367)
515
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what representations he has received from hon. and right hon. Members of each party in favour of (a) a third runway at Heathrow Airport, (b) a second runway at Gatwick Airport, (c) further expansion of Stansted Airport and (d) a new airport in the Thames Estuary.
(298409)
516
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the Crossrail project were it to be abandoned in June 2010.
(298410)
517
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of trains which were cancelled in each of the last five years by each train operating company; and how many of these cancellations occurred on (a) peak, (b) weekday off-peak and (c) weekend services.
(298420)
518
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Richmond Park of 21 October 2006, Official Report, column 1447, what consideration is being given to the diversion to platforms 20 to 24 of trains currently terminating at London Bridge, with a view to expanding capacity for trains from the Sussex coast at that station.
(298510)
519
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on official business in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.
(298712)
520
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many road traffic accidents in the UK involved drivers with driving licences from each other EU member state in 2008.
(299063)
521
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many road traffic accidents in the UK involved a foreign driver who did not hold a driving licence issued in the UK or another EU member state, broken down by nationality of driver.
(299064)
522
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many cycling officers there are in each local authority.
(298951)
523
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, which urban areas have received Safer City funding; and which of them have produced an evaluation report on the use of that funding.
(298952)
524
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what settlements have been designated as cycling communities; and how much funding his Department has allocated to each since their designation.
(298953)
525
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many road traffic accidents were reported on (a) the A2 in Bexley borough, (b) the A20 in Bexley borough, (c) Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, (d) Okehampton Crescent, Welling, (e) Gravel Hill, Bexley, (f) Upper Wickham Lane, Welling, (g) Knee Hill, Abbey Wood, (h) Park View Road, Bexleyheath, (i) Broadway, Bexleyheath, (j) Avenue Road, Bexleyheath, (k) Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath, (l) Long Lane, Bexleyheath, (m) Colyers Lane, Erith, (n) Thames Road, Crayford, (o) North End Road, Erith and (p) Erith Road, Bexleyheath in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.
(298556)
526
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of road safety in (a) the London Borough of Bexley, (b) Greater London and (c) Kent.
(298557)
527
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1446W, on party conferences, how much Passenger Focus spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009; and whether prior permission was sought from the Cabinet Office for Passenger Focus to attend.
(298715)
528
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the Government Car and Despatch Agency of the implementation of new working time regulations.
(298778)
529
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when he expects Bedford station to have capacity for 12 carriage trains as a result of the Thameslink programme.
(299196)
530
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many construction jobs the Thameslink programme has created.
(299197)
531
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many additional train drivers will be employed in order to operate the full Thameslink service on completion of the Thameslink programme.
(299198)
532
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many additional seats will be available for passengers travelling between Bedford and London St Pancras International stations during the morning peak period on completion of the Thameslink programme.
(299199)
533
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when he expects the first new train to enter into passenger service under the Thameslink rolling stock project.
(299200)
534
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what his most recent assessment is of the total cost of the Thameslink programme.
(299201)
535
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what his most recent estimate is of the level of passenger overcrowding on the Thameslink route of the First Capital Connect franchise.
(299206)
536
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what the most recent performance statistics are for the Thameslink route of the First Capital Connect franchise.
(299207)
537
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the proposed changes to Blackfriars station under the Thameslink programme.
(299208)
538
Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Bedford borough council on changes to Bedford station under the Thameslink programme.
(299209)
539
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what the administrative cost to the Government of running the national concessionary bus fares scheme has been in each year since its introduction.
(298158)
540
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2009 to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet, Official Report, column 2279W, on motorway service areas, when he plans to publish the detailed valuation study; and if he will make a statement.
(299008)
541
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298746)
542
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many deaths in road traffic accidents there were in each (a) district, (b) local authority and (c) metropolitan borough in each of the last five years; and what proportion of those deaths were of people under 25 years old.
(298616)
543
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, if he will make representations to the European Commission on the policy of the French government in offering an exclusive contract to operate the Paris Metro to a state-owned monopoly; and if he will make a statement.
(298558)
544
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of treatment by specific surface preservation treatments in reducing surface noise levels on motorways.
(298692)
545
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Lochaber): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many Driving Standards Agency occasional use test centres offer module two of the new two-part motorcycle test; and how many such tests have been (a) requested and (b) conducted at each centre since the revised arrangements came into effect in April 2009.
(298559)
546
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, for what reason a temporary 50 mph speed limit has been introduced on the A1 at Wyboston at times when no road works are taking place and no lanes are coned off; on what date the temporary speed limit was introduced; what the reason is for the duration of the restriction; for what reasons the limit has been in place for several weeks; and if he will make a statement.
(298246)
547
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many fixed cameras are in use on the M42 motorway; for what purposes such cameras are used; and for what reason this number of cameras is deemed necessary.
(298249)
548
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of the A1079 in East Yorkshire; and what plans he has to upgrade it.
(298250)
549
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many driving licences were suspended following the accumulation of penalty points in each of the last five calendar years.
(298251)
550
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299129)
551
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what percentage of postal services provided for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009.
(298727)
552
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had on the merits of setting outline design parameters for wheelchairs to allow for their access to and secure fixing in taxis.
(298970)
553
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies was in each of the last five years.
(299171)
554
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A11 Fiveways to Thetford improvement, (ii) A14 Ellington to Fen Ditton improvement, (iii) A21 South Pembury to Hastings route improvements, (iv) A21 Tonbridge to Pembury dualling scheme and (v) A23 Handcross to Warninglid improvement; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298819)
555
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A30 Temple to Higher Carblake improvement, (ii) A38 Derby Junctions scheme, (iii) A45/46 Tollbar End improvement scheme, (iv) A57/A628 Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle bypass and (v) M1 junctions 10 to 13 improvements; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298820)
556
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A5-M1 Link (Dunstable Northern Bypass), (ii) M23 Hooley junction improvement, (iii) A1 Peterborough to Wittering junction improvement, (iv) A453 widening (M1 junction 24 to A52 Nottingham) scheme and (v) Chichester area and A27 transport proposals; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298821)
557
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) M6 Bescot Viaduct and (ii) A419 Covingham and Kingsdown noise fences; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298822)
558
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A49 Stapleton Crossroads junction improvement scheme, (ii) A5/A444 Red Gate junction improvement, (iii) M5 junction 3 to Newton farm resurfacing scheme, (iv) A11 Ketteringham Station Lane improvements and (v) A1 Tuxford filter drain refurbishment; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298823)
559
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A20 New Dover Road lay-by improvements, (ii) A56 Haslingden gas pipeline, (iii) A40 Churcham flood relief scheme, (iv) A40 Highnam Woods slope stabilisation scheme and (v) M11 junctions 8 to 9 major maintenance scheme; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298824)
560
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A1 Cawledge Burn wildlife crossing, (ii) A27 Southerham railway bridge refurbishment, (iii) A45/A452 Stonebridge Island Disability Discrimination Acts compliance work, (v) M4 junctions 18 to 19 central reserve barrier replacement and (v) M5 junctions 15 to 17 central reserve barrier replacement; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298825)
561
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) M5 junctions 18 to 18a Lawrence Weston overbridge replacement, (ii) A1 Colsterworth to Little Ponton gap closures, (iii) M6 hard shoulder strengthening works, (v) A38 Carkeel Roundabout footbridge and (v) M6 junction 7 to Perry Barr southbound resurfacing; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298826)
562
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) M6 junctions 18 to 17 resurfacing works, (ii) A1 Stamford heavy goods vehicles overtaking ban, (iii) M25 junction 24 link overnight safety work, (iv) M5 junctions 25 to 26 Poundisford drainage and resurfacing scheme and (v) A12 Witham major maintenance and improvement scheme; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298827)
563
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) M1 junctions 32 to 35a managed motorway scheme, (ii) A2 Kingston Bridleway bridge, (iii) A483 Pant Embankment stabilisation and carriageway repairs, (v) A13-A1089 safety improvements near Thurrock and (v) A21 Pembury Bypass slip road widening works; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298828)
564
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A66 Bowes Interchange, (ii) A1/A69 Denton Interchange, (iii) M5 junction 29 east of Exeter improvement, (iv) M62 junctions 25 to 30 managed motorway scheme and (v) A56 lay-by improvements; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298829)
565
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) M25 north viaduct maintenance at junction 28 and the A12 Brook Street interchange, (ii) A160/A180 improvements at Immingham, (iii) A1 East Ancroft to Cat Inn scheme, (iv) A66 Cross Lanes to Lowfields scheme and (v) A66 Southorpe to Hutton Magna scheme; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298830)
566
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A21 Riverhead Bridge refurbishment, (ii) A1 Newlands Burn otter crossing, (iii) A1 Newton Burn otter crossing, (iv) A1 Oxford to Scremerston scheme and (v) A1 River Aln wildlife crossing; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298831)
567
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A66 Viewley Hill to Long Newton scheme, (ii) M1 junctions 28 to 31 managed motorways scheme, (iii) M4 junction 19 to 20 and M5 junctions 15 to 17 managed motorways scheme, (iv) M6 Birmingham Box Phase 3 managed motorways scheme and (v) M25 junctions 17 to 10 controlled motorway scheme; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298832)
568
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A1 Birtley to Eighton Lodge scheme, (ii) A194(M) Whitemare Pool interchange microprocessor optimised vehicle activation scheme, (iii) A184 Whitemare Pool interchange, (iv) A66(M) Darlington Spur scheme and (v) A1 Blaydon to Kenton Bar scheme; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298833)
569
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A50/A500 Queensway Island road marking works, (ii) A63 Castle Street improvement, (iii) A5111 Raynesway River bridge works, (iv) M60 junctions 15 to 12 lane gain and (v) A14 Kettering Bypass widening; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298834)
570
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A1 Belford Bypass road renewal, (ii) M62 junctions 35 to 36 major road renewal, (iii) A19/A1058 Coast Road junction improvement, (iv) A180 Croxton to Ulceby scheme and (v) A27 Southwick Tunnel 2009 closures; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298835)
571
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on (i) M11 junctions 6 to 8 improvements, (ii) M11 and A120 Stansted Generation 2 airport access, (iii) A556 Knutsford to Bowdon environmental improvement, (iv) A1(M) major maintenance at Sawtry and (v) M6 junction 32 to 33 bridge maintenance; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298836)
572
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A27 Southerham Bridge works, (ii) M6 junctions 11A to 19 scheme, (iii) M54 to M6/M6 toll link road, (iv) M1 junction 19 scheme and (v) A1/B6387 Twyford Bridge junction improvement; and what the projected cost of each is.
(298837)
573
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) M25 junctions 5 to 7 widening, (ii) M20 junction 10A scheme, (iii) A21 Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst improvement, (iv) A1 Elkesley Junctions improvement and (v) A1 Gateshead and Newcastle western bypass; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298838)
574
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on the (i) A64 York to Scarborough proposed dualling, (ii) A19/A1067 Seaton Burn junction improvements, (iii) A19 Testos junction improvements, (iv) A47 Acle Straight and (v) M25 junctions 23 to 27 widening; and what the total projected cost of each is.
(298839)
575
N
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what decisions his Department has made on what technology to use to facilitate the forthcoming hard shoulder running projects.
(298511)
576
N
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with UK companies about tendering to supply technology for the forthcoming hard shoulder running projects.
(298512)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
577
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with which providers his Department held contracts to provide postal services (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1 July 2009.
(298769)
578
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299131)
579
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department was in each of the last five years.
(299172)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
580
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, with which providers the Government Equalities Office held contracts to provide postal services (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1 July 2009.
(298767)
581
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in the Government Equalities Office in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298914)
582
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office spent on hotel bills in 2008-09.
(299147)
583
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many staff in the Government Equalities Office were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to her Department in each year since 2005; and how much that office spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299132)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
584
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job vacancies were notified to Chelmsford Jobcentre Plus in each of the last six months for which figures are available.
(298791)
585
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to secure employment for those in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in Coventry.
(298306)
586
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of those resident in Coventry are economically inactive; and if she will make a statement.
(298307)
587
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the staffing level of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security was (a) at the time of its merger with the Nuclear Safety Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive and the UK Safeguards Office in April 2007 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available.
(298664)
588
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Better Off in Work pilot in Yorkshire; and when she plans to implement the scheme nationwide.
(298789)
589
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the charge per minute is of a telephone call to Jobseekers Direct from (a) at BT landline, (b) a landline operated by another provider and (c) a mobile telephone; and which organisation holds the contract for operating the Jobseekers Direct telephone service on behalf of Jobcentre Plus.
(298961)
590
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research her Department has undertaken on couples known as Living Apart Together and its effect on (a) numbers of benefit claims, (b) amount of benefits claimed and (c) incentives to work.
(298644)
591
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what studies her Department has undertaken on changes in the household income of lone parents who move into work over the five year period after entering work.
(298653)
592
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made towards fulfilling the guarantee that any person moving from welfare into work will be better off.
(298654)
593
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents with school-age children have moved from welfare into work (a) in the Doncaster local authority area and (b) in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(298655)
594
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health to reduce the number of benefit recipients who have chronic debilitating conditions being brought into the productive workforce.
(299195)
595
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many first class flights were taken by each Minister in her Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight.
(298915)
596
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 29 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs Nazia Aftab.
(299049)
597
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 15 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Burt.
(299050)
598
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in her Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to her Department in each year since 2005; and how much her Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year.
(299133)
599
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to answer Question 295425, on age discrimination, tabled on 20 October 2009.
(298982)
600
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what pilots are in place to test arrangements to improve links between housing organisations and Jobcentre Plus services.
(298718)
601
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many 18 year olds with a previous history of not being in employment, education or training entered the New Deal early on a (a) voluntary basis since April 2008 and (b) a mandatory basis since April 2009.
(298724)
602
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to introduce (a) a skills screen for employment and support allowance claimants after the start of a claim and (b) a mandatory skills health check at a later point in their claim when appropriate.
(298777)
603
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department introduced (a) mandatory Pathways to Work interviews and (b) new work capability assessments for existing incapacity benefit claimants under 25 years old; and how many and what proportion of such claimants have undergone (i) mandatory Pathways to Work interviews and (ii) new Work Capability Assessments.
(298779)
604
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former incapacity benefit or employment and support allowance claimants have claimed a return to work credit since its introduction.
(298780)
605
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to introduce pilots of mandatory basic skills and job-focused training courses for jobseeker's allowance claimants who have been on benefit for six months.
(298781)
606
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to introduce training allowances for long-term jobseeker's allowance claimants to attend intensive employability-focused training of up to eight weeks.
(298782)
607
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to introduce pilots for mandatory skills health checks for long-term jobseeker's allowance claimants.
(298783)
608
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to introduce a skills screen for all new jobseeker's allowance claimants.
(298784)
609
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has for the future of the better off in work credit.
(298785)
610
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new lone parent income support claimants have attended a full skills health check.
(298788)
611
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new lone parent income support claimants have received a skills screen as part of their work focused interview.
(298790)
612
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of participants in the New Deal for Lone Parents have (a) undertaken a work trial and (b) undertaken a work trial for six weeks.
(298861)
613
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents have received support and guidance from personal advisers since it became available nationally for all lone parents once they have moved into work.
(298862)
614
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received funding from the Work Emergency Discretion Fund since it became available nationwide.
(298863)
615
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received upfront benefit costs in London since the provision was introduced.
(298864)
616
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of eligible lone parents have received the in-work credit since it was introduced.
(298865)
617
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have participated in Back to Work Seminars since their introduction.
(298866)
618
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received a better off in work credit since the pilots began.
(298867)
619
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of households (a) in total and (b) with at least one person of working age which were in receipt of benefits in excess of (i) £15,000, (ii) £20,000, (iii) £25,000, (iv) £30,000, (v) £40,000, (vi) £50,000 and (vii) £75,000 in each year since 1997.
(298868)
620
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people in each (a) region, (b) local authority and (c) parliamentary constituency who are in part-time work because they have been unable to find full-time employment.
(298869)
621
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of local housing allowance recipients who are in receipt of the local housing allowance rate for a five bedroom property; and what the rate for a five bedroom property is in each (a) local authority area and (b) broad market rental area.
(298870)
622
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reported assaults of each type there were on staff of (a) her Department and (b) each of her Department's agencies in 2008-09.
(298910)
623
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent guidance has been issued to staff at Jobcentre Plus on assisting people diagnosed with autism into work; and if she will make a statement.
(298151)
624
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help people diagnosed with autism into employment; and if she will make a statement.
(298152)
625
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of postal services provided for her Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009.
(298735)
626
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of local housing allowance in each local authority area.
(298412)
627
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many responses she has received to the consultation document Changes to the local housing allowance: consultation on draft regulations.
(298648)
628
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average excess payment is which is made to claimants of local housing allowance.
(298649)
629
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local housing allowance claimants receive the maximum excess payment of £15.
(298650)
630
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost to local authorities of administering the proposed withdrawal of excess payments to local housing allowance claimants.
(298651)
631
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, column 724W, on employment schemes, how many employers have entered into formal agreements with Jobcentre Plus to provide work trials in each of the last 24 months; and if she will make a statement.
(298721)
632
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many crisis loans in each of the last 24 months were for (a) living expenses, (b) items and (c) living expenses and items; and if she will make a statement.
(298850)
633
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of calls made to crisis loan application lines at each benefit delivery centre were answered in each of the last six months; and if she will make a statement.
(298851)
634
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of calls made to crisis loan application lines which were answered after a wait of (a) under one minute, (b) between one and two minutes, (c) between two and three minutes, (d) between three and four minutes, (e) between four and five minutes, (f) between five and six minutes and (g) over six minutes.
(298852)
635
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many crisis loan decision makers were in post in each of the last 24 months; and if she will make a statement.
(298853)
636
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of the payment of the basic state pension to all those reaching the state retirement age in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.
(298854)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
637
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many benefit claimants have skills accounts.
[Transferred] (298719)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
638
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many green job placements his Department expects will have been created by (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015.
[Transferred] (298950)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
639
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to maintain levels of funding for the arts during the recession.
[Question Unstarred] (298014)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
640
Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many former mine workers in (a) Don Valley, (b) Doncaster and (c) South Yorkshire have received payments under the coal miners compensation scheme; and how much has been paid out to former miners in each of those areas.
[Transferred] (298635)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
641
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many incidents the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has investigated since 1997.
[Transferred] (298992)
642
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many fishermen have died on (a) under 10 and (b) over 10 metre fishing vessels in UK waters since 1997.
[Transferred] (298994)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
643
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of housing benefit rent rebates was in (a) England and (b) London in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 1995 and (iv) in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (299117)
644
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of housing allowance are in rent arrears.
[Transferred] (299163)
645
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of people in receipt of (a) rent allowance and (b) housing benefit are in rent arrears.
[Transferred] (299164)

 
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