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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 8 April 2010

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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 8 April 2010
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 8 April 2010


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 8 April of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 8 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 8 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for small businesses in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in the last two years.
(325767)
2
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises located in Coventry on their access to credit.
(325768)
3
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what additional assistance his Department provided to small and medium-sized enterprises located in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands during the recent recession.
(325769)
4
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether measures to limit imports into the UK from countries which have not enacted legislation equivalent to the Climate Change Act 2008 are permissible under Article XX of GATT.
(325862)
5
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many places on higher education courses in (a) England and (b) Essex have been awarded to Tier 4 (General) student visa holders; and how many such students did not attend their course.
(325839)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
6
N
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Croydon Central constituency, the effects on that constituency of her Department's policies since 2005.
(325835)
7
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time equivalent civil servants were employed in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point by each Government department and executive agency in each year since 1996.
(325837)
8
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many businesses were registered for value added tax in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since 1997.
(325846)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
9
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will direct UK Financial Investments to request from (a) Northern Rock, (b) Halifax, (c) Bank of Scotland, (d) Lloyds Bank and (e) Royal Bank of Scotland (i) the number of (A) businesses and (B) retail account holders of each who were resident in York in 2009 and (ii) an estimate of the monetary value of the holdings in each bank by residents of York at 31 December 2009.
(325841)
10
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the aggregates levy applies to the construction of outside tracking and hard standings in wind farms when using materials excavated from (a) a borrow pit and (b) the foundations for turbine towers.
(325855)
11
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Box C4, page 213 of the Budget 2010, what estimate he has made of the net fiscal cost of the Government's financial sector interventions as at 24 March 2010; and when he expects to publish the detailed calculations.
(325869)
12
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claims for higher rate tax relief on pensions were rejected by HM Revenue and Customs in financial year 2009-10 on the basis that the period within which claims were required to be submitted had expired.
(325858)
13
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter dated 3 March 2010 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent Mr L. Stridgen.
(325873)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
14
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects to answer Question 324573, on Ofsted, tabled on 23 March 2010.
(325886)
15
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what formula is used to decide the amount of funding provided to local authorities for children taken into care by social services; and if he will make a statement.
(325840)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
16
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require local authorities to clean and maintain unadopted alleyways; and if he will make a statement.
(325877)
17
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been sold to first-time buyers under Government schemes in each year since 1997.
(325856)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
18
Mr William Cash (Stone): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to refuse consent to Camelot to offer a facility to make cash payments for utilities and other services through National Lottery terminals.
(325863)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
19
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff of his Department presently employed in Kentigern House in Glasgow are engaged (a) solely on duties relating to military staff based in Scotland and (b) on duties relating to (i) military and (ii) civilian staff based (A) elsewhere in the UK and (B) overseas.
(325857)
20
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army recruits in Northern Ireland have been waiting to commence phase one recruit training since September 2009; and when it is expected they will all have received such training.
(325864)
21
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons Territorial Army potential officer training was transferred from the Regional Training Centre in Ballykinler to Queen's University.
(325870)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
22
N
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020.
(325617)
23
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020.
(325626)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
24
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effects of climate change on the UK's wildlife and habitat.
(325614)
25
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) homes and (b) businesses are registered to receive warning messages from the Environment Agency's Floodline Warnings Direct; and how many properties have received such warnings since the Floodline was established.
(325838)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
26
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the discovering of 21 foetuses and baby bodies in the Guangfu river, Jining City, China; whether he has made representations to the government of China on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(325867)
27
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the operation of a one child policy by the government of China; and if he will make a statement.
(325868)
28
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in the British Embassy in China have had with the government of China on the case of Chen Guangcheng; and if he will make a statement.
(325878)
29
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on its population planning policies; and if he will make a statement.
(325879)
30
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions officials in the British Embassy in China have had with Chinese officials on (a) forced abortion and sterilisation and (b) birth control quotas in China; and if he will make a statement.
(325880)
31
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of China to relax its population planning policy; and if he will make a statement.
(325881)
32
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the Minister with lead responsibility for the Government's work to tackle violence against women overseas will have in the Government's cross-departmental strategy to tackle violence against women.
(325866)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
33
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients of each ethnicity there were in (a) Arnold Lodge, (b) Ashworth Hospital, (c) Auckland Park Hospital, (d) Barnsley Hall Hospital, (e) Barnwood House Hospital, (f) Bedford Lunatic Asylum, (g) Bethlem Royal Hospital, (h) Bootham Park Hospital, (i) Broadmoor Hospital, (j) Brookwood Hospital, (k) Bushey Fields Hospital, (l) Central Hospital, Hatton, (m) Cheadle Royal Hospital, (n) Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, (o) Earls House Hospital, (p) Epsom Cluster, (q) Fairfield Hospital (Arlesey), (r) Fulbourn Hospital, (s) Haleacre Unit, (t) Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum, (u) Hanwell Asylum, (v) Hellingly Hospital, (w) Holloway Sanatorium, (x) Leavesden Mental Hospital, (y) Long Grove Hospital, (z) Longview Psychiatric Unit, (aa) Loring Hall, (bb) Manchester Royal Lunatic Asylum, (cc) Mary Dendy Hospital, (dd) Maudsley Hospital, (ee) Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Adolescents, (ff) Napsbury, (gg) Northfield Hospital, (hh) Northgate Hospital, (ii) Oakwood Hospital, (jj) Park Prewett, (kk) Powick Hospital, (ll) Rampton Secure Hospital, (mm) The Retreat, (nn) Royal Earlswood Hospital, (oo) St Andrew's Hospital, (pp) St Ann's Hospital, (qq) St Ann's Hospital (Dorset), (rr) St Crispins Hospital, (ss) St Luke's Hospital (Middlesbrough), (tt) St Michael's Hospital (Warwick), (uu) Severalls Hospital, (vv) Springfield Hospital, (ww) Stone House Hospital, (xx) Tindal Centre, (yy) Warlingham Park Hospital, (zz) Warneford Hospital, (aaa) West London Mental Health NHS Trust, (bbb) West Park Asylum and (ccc) Winterton Hospital as at 1 March 2010.
(325843)
34
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to primary care trusts on the use of full pelvic examinations in cases of suspected cervical cancer.
(325888)
35
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on the detection and diagnosis of cervical cancer (i) in general and (ii) among those aged between 20 and 24 years in the last 12 months.
(325889)
36
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts provide services for clinical depression; and if he will make a statement.
(325890)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
37
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-2W, on the UK Border Agency's War Crimes Unit, what the country of origin is of those recommended for refusal/exclusion.
(325859)
38
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-2W, on the UK Border Agency's War Crimes Unit, how many people whose cases the Border Agency referred to the Metropolitan Police are still in the UK.
(325860)
39
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-2W, on the UK Border Agency's War Crimes Unit, how many people the Border Agency recommended for refusal/exclusion are still in the UK.
(325861)
40
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) Operation Greenfly and (b) Operation Calais.
(325585)
41
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Assistant Director of the UK Border Agency did not reply to the hon. Member for Thurrock's letter of 23 September 2009 (re CTS Ref B34288/9 and Z1048050) until 26 March 2010; why her letter was not despatched until 29 March 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(325844)
42
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to Question 324858, tabled on 23 March 2010, on Group 4 Securicor (G4S).
(325871)
43
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people held in immigration removal centres (IRCs) pending removal from the country were transferred to another IRC before being removed in the last 12 months.
(325854)
44
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates his Department monitored each UK fishing port to assess whether employees were working illegally in the last 12 months; and what the results of such monitoring were.
(325893)
45
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons he has not provided a substantive response to Question (a) 325183 on human trafficking and (b) 325031 on the European Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
(325891)
46
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many judicial reviews of decisions made by the competent authority in relation to human trafficking cases were (a) initiated and (b) completed between 1 April 2009 and 28 February 2010.
(325892)
47
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the pilot project for women with no recourse to public funds will be extended beyond August 2010; and whether he plans to make that initiative permanent.
(325865)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
48
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department has allocated to the (a) International Planned Parenthood Federation and (b) United Nations Population Fund in each year since 1997.
(325882)
49
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department places restrictions on the use of funds allocated by it to the (a) International Planned Parenthood Federation and (b) United Nations Population Fund; what guidance his Department has issued to each such organisation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(325883)
50
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations Population Fund in promoting non-coercive approaches to family planning in China since October 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(325884)
51
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the United States administration on its decision to (i) reinstate the US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund and (ii) rescind the Mexico City policy; and if he will make a statement.
(325885)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
52
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners there were of each ethnicity in each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution in England and Wales as at 1 March 2010.
(325842)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
53
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland crossed the border into the Irish Republic in March 2010 and stopped cars there; and if he will make a statement.
(325845)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
54
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when he plans to regulate audio-visual information systems on local bus services, as set out in the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000.
(325887)
55
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Transport for London, (b) local authorities in England and (c) other transport authorities on the time taken to process (i) applications for and (ii) renewals of concessionary travel passes to those aged over 60 years; and if he will make a statement.
(325872)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
56
N
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Croydon Central constituency, the effects on that constituency of the policies of the Government Equalities Office since it was established.
(325836)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
57
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Na-h-Eileanan an Iar constituency received attendance allowance in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2007-08.
(325847)
58
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Na-h-Eileanan an Iar constituency received carer's allowance in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2007-08.
(325848)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
59
N
Angela Watkinson (Upminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020.
[Question Unstarred] (325618)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
60
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Oral Answer to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight on 4 November 2009. what steps have been taken to ensure that local health authorities are reimbursed for the additional costs of guarding prisoners who require health care outside prison.
[Transferred] (325894)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
61
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to establish (a) standards and (b) targets to encourage the adoption of unadopted alleyways; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (325874)
62
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, under what legislation a local authority can adopt an alleyway; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (325876)

 
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