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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 25 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 Wednesday 25 November 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 25 November 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 25 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 Wednesday 25 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 25 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much Government funding has been allocated to (a) scientific and (b) engineering research in each year since 1996-97.
(301735)
2
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301930)
3
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding from the Strategic Investment Fund has been (a) disbursed and (b) allocated to projects in each (i) constituency, (ii) local authority area and (iii) Government Office region since the inception of that Fund.
(301874)
4
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many company liquidations there were in each (a) constituency and (b) region in (i) the fourth quarter of 2008 and (ii) each quarter since.
(301771)
5
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, on which projects the £23,489.94 funding provided to the Insolvency Service by his Department in 2007-08 was spent other than on the Enabling the Future programme.
(301773)
6
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students applied for loans through Student Finance England for the academic year 2009-10; how many students were waiting for student loan payments on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(301653)
7
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects all eligible students waiting for loan payments to have received such payments; and what assistance (a) Student Finance England and (b) his Department provides to students who are waiting for such payments.
(301654)
8
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many inward investment projects have been established in Norwich North constituency in each year since 1997.
(301707)
9
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has made an assessment of the risk to the directors of defunct companies of identity theft from the data held on the Companies House register.
(301731)
10
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many individuals (a) registered for and (b) successfully completed an English for speakers of other languages approved course in England in each of the last three years.
(301733)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
11
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in her Department.
(301929)
12
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations she has received on the proposals published by her Department to reform the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
(301996)
13
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions her Department is having with trade unions on the future of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
(301997)
14
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment the UK Statistics Authority has made of the accuracy of the population projections at the 20-year range which it and its predecessors made in the last 50 years.
(301651)
15
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been diagnosed with liver cancer since 2005.
(301875)
16
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors her Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301858)
17
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate has been made of the number of people who were born into poverty in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997.
(301817)
18
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Office of the Third Sector originally allocated in its budget to provide grants and funding for the voluntary and community sector for the 2009-10 financial year; how much of this has so far been allocated; and how much remains for the rest of the financial year.
(301962)
19
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether her decision to divert funding from the Campaigning Research Programme to the Hardship Fund was made in accordance with Compact principles.
(301964)
20
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment she has made of the application of Cabinet Office guidelines by the Department of Health in respect of its consultation on the Draft Pharmacy Order 2009.
(301820)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
21
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302023)
22
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which bodies the Government has asked to perform functions on behalf of the consumer financial education body to be established by the Financial Services Bill.
(301714)
23
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of those in receipt of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit pay income tax.
(301788)
24
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the hon. Member for Stroud's correspondence with the Director of HMRC National Insurance Contributions Office ref DCT/158006, when he expects resolution of the matter to enable the hon. Member's constituent Mrs Campbell to receive her pension; and if he will make a statement.
(301759)
25
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the gross gaming yield from remote gambling has been in each month since the Gambling Act 2005 came into force.
(301768)
26
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301851)
27
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the Exchequer of (a) withdrawing the tax exemption for employer supported childcare, (b) the extension of the free childcare entitlement for two-year olds and (c) claims for the childcare element of working tax credit in the next 12 months.
(301760)
28
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of employers which will close their childcare vouchers scheme as a result of the removal of the tax exemption for employer-supported childcare.
(301761)
29
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parents who use childcare vouchers also claimed the childcare element of working tax credit in the last 12 months.
(301762)
30
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency have claimed child tax credits in each year since their introduction.
(301816)
31
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what timetable he has set for bringing forward proposals to enable the Post Office to provide more banking services.
(301965)
32
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make the appointment of directors of banks the responsibility of bank employees, borrowers or depositors.
(301783)
33
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the provision of (a) mortgages and (b) other loans by UK banks to existing borrowers who have not defaulted on their mortgages; and if he will make a statement.
(301712)
34
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to amend the rate of alcohol duty consequent on the return of the rate of value added tax to 17.5 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(301663)
35
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanisms are in place for the valuation of non-market impacts; and if he will make it his policy to collect data on happiness levels in respect of each income decile.
(302031)
36
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek through discussions at EU level to exempt from value added tax the development of brownfield sites.
(301828)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
37
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301928)
38
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on what criteria the 250,000 nursery places for two-year olds which the Prime Minister announced on 29 September 2009 will be allocated.
(301655)
39
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects constituency level data on GCSE and equivalent results for the 2008-09 academic year to be published.
(301876)
40
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils obtained level two or above in Key Stage 1 (a) English and (b) mathematics tests in 2005 but did not obtain level four or above in Key Stage 2 tests in 2009.
(301963)
41
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301850)
42
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of withdrawing the tax exemption for employer supported childcare on the amount of money claimed for the childcare element of working tax credit.
(301763)
43
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) out-of-school and (b) holiday play schemes for children there were in (i) Houghton and Washington East constituency and (ii) Sunderland in each of the last five years.
(301727)
44
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many childcare places have been created in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997.
(301932)
45
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what response he has received from North East Lincolnshire local authority in respect of his proposal to bring forward from 2010-11 to the current financial year capital funding for building schools; and what proportion of the available funding North East Lincolnshire local authority has taken up.
(301767)
46
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) boys' and (b) mixed-sex Muslim boarding schools there are; and how many pupils attend each.
(301867)
47
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what all-Muslim girls' boarding schools there are in England; and how many pupils attend each one.
(301880)
48
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make an assessment of the potential effects on the incidence of family breakdown of trends in the level of geographical mobility.
(302033)
49
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will bring forward proposals for the measurement of emotional intelligence of school pupils.
(302034)
50
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in how many households in Norwich North constituency a child under the age of 18 years fulfils the role of a carer for a disabled parent.
(301705)
51
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many computers with broadband access there are in each school in Norwich North constituency; and what the average pupil:computer ratio is in each such school.
[R] (301706)
52
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many parents have received childcare vouchers (a) at the latest date for which information is available and (b) in each year since their introduction.
(301886)
53
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children under the age of 16 years were being educated at home (a) at the latest date for which information is available and (b) in each year since 1997.
(301887)
54
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment his Department has made of the merits of non-formal learning; and if he will make a statement.
(301869)
55
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he plans to establish a system of formal accreditation for the non-formal learning undertaken by children outside school.
(301870)
56
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost of educating a secondary school child in a pupil referral unit in (a) England and (b) each local authority area.
(301871)
57
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of children who have been excluded or at risk of exclusion from school who are subsequently classified as not in education, employment or training; and if he will make a statement.
(301872)
58
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the causes of exclusion of children from school; what recent steps his Department has taken as a consequence of that assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(301873)
59
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps are being taken to ensure that local authorities have information about third sector providers of alternative curriculum provision for excluded children or those at risk of exclusion; and if he will make a statement.
(301945)
60
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children in (a) Crewe and Nantwich constituency and (b) Cheshire East local authority area have been identified as gifted and talented since 2007.
(301776)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
61
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302028)
62
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations he has received on the potential for closer co-operation between local authorities and national park authorities.
(301755)
63
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid in empty property rates on properties owned by banks with shares managed by UK Financial Investments Limited in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.
(301723)
64
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301849)
65
N
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 30 June 2008, Official Report, columns 43-44WS, on how many occasions in each region the Secretary of State has exercised powers to recover a planning appeal under section 79 of and paragraph 3 of Schedule 6 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 where the main reason for recovery was because the proposal was for a residential development of over 150 units which would have a significant impact on the Government's planning objective on housing supply balance and communities set out in the Statement.
(301664)
66
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in (a) Peterborough constituency, (b) Peterborough City Council area and (c) Cambridgeshire have taken up the Homeowners Mortgage Protection Scheme.
(301994)
67
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many shared ownership purchases have been made by people on social housing waiting lists in (a) Peterborough constituency, (b) Peterborough City Council area and (c) Cambridgeshire in each year since 2001; and what proportion of all such sales in each of those areas this represented in each such year.
(301995)
68
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the overcrowding pathfinders in tackling overcrowding and severe overcrowding.
(301764)
69
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential effects on community cohesion of trends in the level of geographical mobility.
(302032)
70
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps are being taken to reduce levels of homelessness in each region.
(301704)
71
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 11 November 2009, Official Report, columns 525-6W, on housing, how many first-time buyers there were in (a) Norwich North constituency and (b) each region in each year since 1997.
(301758)
72
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homeowners there were in (a) Norwich North constituency and (b) each region in each of the last 10 years.
(301885)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
73
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302027)
74
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been allocated by Sport England to each of the national governing bodies for the (a) Grow, (b) Sustain and (c) Excel element of Sport England's strategy.
(301765)
75
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what percentage of the total workforce of each sport governing body in receipt of public funds are women.
(301766)
76
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many self-exclusions have been (a) in operation and (b) breached in relation to gaming machines in each of the last five years.
(301769)
77
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2009, Official Report, columns 248-9W, on sports, how many people of each (a) sex and (b) ethnic group participated in each funded sport according to Active People Survey 3 results.
(301777)
78
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many gaming machines of each category have been located in (a) betting shops, (b) bingo halls, (c) family entertainment centres, (d) adult gaming centres and (e) pubs, clubs and other social venues in each of the last five years.
(301829)
79
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301848)
80
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much and what proportion of National Lottery grant funding has been provided to the London 2012 Olympics in each year since 2005.
(301710)
81
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much additional revenue the new National Lottery Millionaire's Raffle is expected to generate; and what percentage of that revenue will be provided to fund the London 2012 Olympics.
(301711)
82
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the time spent by (a) children and (b) adults on watching television in each of the last 10 years.
(302038)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
83
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301927)
84
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how much is expected to be made from the sale of and (b) what the projected costs to the public purse are over the 20 year lease period of the sale and leaseback of the MoD Kentigern House site.
(301958)
85
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultation was held with the Public and Commercial Services union prior to the decision being made to market the Kentigern House site on a sale and leaseback basis.
(301959)
86
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future status of employees of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if he will make a statement.
(301657)
87
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Defence Medical Services Manning Statistics from (a) April and (b) October 2009.
(301832)
88
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many families have been evicted from service family accommodation for failing to vacate the premises during the agreed 93-day notice to vacate period in each of the last five years; and for what reason each family was being asked to vacate premises.
(301862)
89
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving military personnel in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force have been placed in temporary accommodation as part of an authorised reconciliation period in each of the last five years.
(301863)
90
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of serving military personnel of each sex in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force have changed personal status category in each of the last five years.
(301864)
91
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of serving military personnel in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force there were in each personal status category in each of the last five years.
(301865)
92
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301847)
93
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving infantry soldiers there are in the Army.
(301960)
94
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure his Department incurred on the employment of special advisers to Ministers in the last 12 months.
(301949)
95
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on the provision of defence training in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Belarus, (c) Burma, (d) China, (e) Colombia, (f) Cuba, (g) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (h) the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, (i) Iran, (j) Iraq, (k) Israel, (l) Palestine, (m) Pakistan, (n) Russia, (o) Saudi Arabia, (p) Somalia, (q) Sudan, (r) Syria, (s) Turkmenistan, (t) Uzbekistan, (u) Vietnam and (v) Libya in each year since 2003; what training activities were provided; and which (i) provider and (ii) recipient organisation participated in each activity.
(301953)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
96
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the level of carbon emissions was from (a) housing and (b) other buildings in respect of (i) heating and cooling, (ii) hot water, (iii) lighting , (v) appliances and (v) other sources in the latest year for which figures are available.
(301943)
97
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what mechanisms are in place to collect information on an annual basis to monitor the progress that is being made towards meeting emissions targets for housing and other buildings.
(301944)
98
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301926)
99
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301846)
100
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households within the City of Sunderland received assistance under the Warm Front programme in 2008-09; and how many such households he estimates will receive such assistance in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.
(301729)
101
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the estimated (a) operating reserves and (b) proved recoverable reserves are of coal in each coalfield in the UK.
(301750)
102
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on what dates the Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee has met.
(301715)
103
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average waiting times were for (a) surveying of property, (b) completion of insulation improvements and (c) completion of heating improvements under the Warm Front scheme for each of the last 18 months, broken down by local authority.
(301950)
104
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people applied for a Warm Front grant in each of the last 18 months, broken down by local authority; and how many such applications have not been processed to date.
(301951)
105
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many recipients of Warm Front grants in each local authority area waited longer than (a) three months and (b) six months for heating improvements to be completed in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2008 and (v) 2009; and how long such recipients have waited in each case.
(301952)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
106
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301925)
107
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Local Government Association and (b) the Association of National Park Authorities on the potential for closer co-operation between local authorities and national parks.
(301756)
108
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301845)
109
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) flood watches, (b) flood warnings and (c) severe flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency in each county in each of the last 10 years.
(301716)
110
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on potential or actual applications by EU member states for additional time to phase out conventional laying cages for hens.
(301717)
111
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on discussions on the introduction of an intra-Community trade ban on eggs and egg products produced by hens housed in conventional cages after 1 January 2012; and if he will make a statement.
(301718)
112
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to enable private sewers to be transferred to water and sewerage undertakers; and if he will make a statement.
(301133)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
113
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302026)
114
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to oppose a free trade agreement between the EU and Colombia unless human rights in Colombia are judged to meet international standards.
(301877)
115
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the principles of the Oslo Accords of the proposal for a Palestinian state made by the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.
(301833)
116
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the proposal for a Palestinian state made by the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority to peace negotiations beween Israel and the Palestinians.
(301834)
117
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on (a) levels of unemployment, (b) changes in the level of GDP growth, (c) export volumes and (d) crime rates on the West Bank.
(301835)
118
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the number of Hezbollah (a) troops, (b) rockets and (c) training camps in southern Lebanon.
(301836)
119
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the level of threat to Israel of attacks from the West Bank.
(301837)
120
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the Palestinian Authority in its police and security functions.
(301838)
121
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on recent progress by the Israeli government in removing checkpoints and security barriers on the West Bank.
(301839)
122
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on changes in the levels of trading and economic activity on the West Bank following the removal by Israel of checkpoints and security barriers.
(301840)
123
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the (a) EU, (b) US and (c) Russian Federation on the proposal for a Palestinian state made by the Palestinian Prime Minister.
(301859)
124
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of an attack on the South Sudanese Minister Dr Samson Kwaje; what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Southern Sudan; and whether he has had recent discussions with President Salva Kiir of southern Sudan on the security situation in that area.
(301724)
125
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 29 October 2009, Official Report, column 506W, on Middle East: armed conflict, what are the challenges of interdiction referred to in the Answer.
(301966)
126
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 14 May 2009, Official Report, column 922W, on Somalia: fisheries, if he will propose (a) EU and (b) international action to assess the scale and source of illegal fishing in Somali waters.
(301967)
127
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, column 666W, on Somalia: piracy, if he will place in the Library a copy of the final report of the regional needs assessment mission to the Horn of Africa in September 2009.
(301968)
128
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, column 662W, on Iran, on how many occasions the UK has interdicted Iranian weapon shipments in Afghanistan in the last three years.
(301971)
129
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what aims and objectives he has set for UK foreign policy in respect of the United Arab Emirates.
(301972)
130
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made towards the signing of a EU free trade agreement with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council; and if he will make a statement.
(301973)
131
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the (a) provenance and (b) destination of the shipment of arms seized by the Israeli navy off the coast of Cyprus in November 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(301974)
132
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of Iranian compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions banning the export of arms from Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(301975)
133
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the security situation in northern Yemen; and what the Government's policy is on the matter.
(301976)
134
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Yemen and (b) Saudi Arabia on the security situation in northern Yemen.
(301977)
135
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments he has (a) sought and (b) received from the Afghan government regarding political reform and action against corruption; and if he will make a statement.
(301978)
136
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the UK has not been able to meet the commitment made by the Prime Minister on 19 January 2009 to provide naval resources to monitor and stop arms traffic and arms entering Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
(301979)
137
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 19 January 2009, what steps the UK has taken to (a) deal with unexploded bombs in Gaza and (b) provide monitoring support at crossings into Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
(301980)
138
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proportion of homes damaged or destroyed during the December 2008 conflict in Gaza which have been rebuilt since the end of the conflict.
(301981)
139
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of Serbia's co-operation with the International War Crimes Tribunal; and if he will make a statement.
(301982)
140
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of the Ahtisaari Plan for the supervised independence of Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(301983)
141
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the effect on his Department's budget on adverse currency movements following the withdrawal of the Overseas Price Mechanism in Autumn 2007.
(301984)
142
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department conducted a formal assessment of the effect of the proposed withdrawal of the Overseas Price Mechanism during negotiations for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will make a statement.
(301985)
143
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on foreign currency transactions in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(301986)
144
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of managing the system of forward purchases of currencies in the latest year for which figures are available; and how many staff have responsibilities connected to this function.
(301987)
145
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions between 28 June 2007 and 9 October 2007 he held meetings to discuss the Overseas Price Mechanism and proposals for its withdrawal.
(301988)
146
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was (a) claimed from and (b) returned to the Treasury under the Overseas Price Mechanism in each year since the mechanism's adoption.
(301989)
147
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 219W, on departmental public expenditure, how many UK overseas posts have required additional funding to maintain the purchasing power of their local budget since Autumn 2007; and how much additional funding was provided for that purpose.
(301999)
148
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 10 March 2009, column 219W, on Departmental public expenditure, which UK posts overseas have reported a further decline in the purchasing power of their local budget since that Answer was given; and what the value in UK sterling was of the total reported decline.
(302000)
149
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301852)
150
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed any internal or external reports on the effectiveness of its work in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(301939)
151
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has commissioned or assessed any internal or external reports on the effectiveness of its work to tackle corruption in Afghanistan.
(301940)
152
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to combat corruption in Afghanistan.
(301941)
153
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) British and (b) Afghan speakers of each Afghan language are employed in Afghanistan by his Department.
(301942)
154
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Ugandan government on its proposed legislation to (a) increase penalties for homosexuality and (b) introduce the death sentence for HIV positive homosexuals.
(300314)
155
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British (a) embassies, (b) high commissions and (c) consulates have closed since 1997; what arrangements have been made to safeguard British interests in these circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(301878)
156
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Canadian citizens have sought the protection or assistance of British embassies and high commissions in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(301879)
157
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many honorary consuls there are; and if he will make a statement.
(301881)
158
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) the deportation from Morocco of Aminatou Haidar and (b) the offence for which she has been deported; and if he will make a statement.
(301732)
159
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the use by Morocco of antipersonnel mines in those areas of Western Sahara under its occupation; and if he will make a statement.
(301734)
160
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which country the UK has recognised as the administering power de facto in that part of the territory of Western Sahara that is not occupied by Morocco.
(301866)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
161
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to ensure that the Cerner software system at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust does not encounter post-installation problems similar to those which arose at Barts and the London NHS Trust and at Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(301775)
162
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding has been allocated to medical research in each year since 1996-97.
(301736)
163
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301924)
164
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 1031W, on mentally ill children, if he will place in the Library a copy of the figures for the 2008 calendar year.
(301757)
165
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for its forthcoming clinical strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
(301998)
166
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301854)
167
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breast cancer referral patients have been seen within the two-week waiting time for (a) urgent and (b) routine referrals in each of the last three years.
(301709)
168
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public expenditure on healthcare was as a proportion of gross domestic product in each year since 1997.
(301752)
169
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are using NHS services to help them stop smoking in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(301754)
170
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library details of (a) arrangements, (b) contracts and (c) tariffs relating to the commissioning by the Isle of Man government of elective health service treatments handled by North West Specialist Commissioning team of the NHS that have been in operation over the past decade; and if he will make a statement.
(300313)
171
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) the total monetary value was of elective health treatment purchased from the NHS by the Isle of Man government in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(301050)
172
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research on the potential effects on a person's mental health of trends in geographical mobility.
(302030)
173
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the criteria relating to donation of (a) blood and (b) bone marrow for the purposes of increasing the number of people eligible to donate.
(302036)
174
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals for a pilot project for the registration of stem cell donors (a) up to the age of 60 years and (b) who are blood donors at blood centres.
(302037)
175
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of physical assaults on nurses and other hospital staff.
(301818)
176
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department plans to give to the Royal College of Nursing's Nursing counts campaign.
(301819)
177
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of nurses working in NHS hospitals.
(301821)
178
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking (a) to increase the level of access to specialist nursing care and (b) reduce hospital admission rates.
(301822)
179
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the drop-out rate of student nurses; and if he will take steps to increase the level of support given to student nurses.
(301823)
180
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of (a) school nurses and (b) health awareness campaigns in schools.
(301824)
181
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS services are fully funded during the recession.
(301825)
182
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to (a) strengthen whistleblowing procedures for hospital staff and (b) encourage constructive criticism of working practices from hospital staff.
(301826)
183
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of protected training time for (a) healthcare assistants and (b) nurses.
(301827)
184
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of primary care trusts met his Department's target of screening all elective patients for MRSA by March 2009.
(301831)
185
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to publish figures on the incidence of healthcare-associated infections in each hospital.
(301882)
186
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of people of each sex between the ages of 15 and 24 years were screened for chlamydia in the West Midlands in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(301883)
187
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of women were provided with the result of a cervical screening test within 14 days in the latest period for which figures are available.
(301884)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
188
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on victims of a serious sexual offence of the decision not to introduce national indicator 26, specialist support to victims of a serious sexual offence.
(301708)
189
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what qualitative and quantitative data on people referred to sexual assault referral centres such centres are required to report to his Department.
(301790)
190
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of crimes detected in which evidence from closed circuit television was the primary factor in the last 12 months.
(301791)
191
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of closed circuit television in (a) preventing and (b) prosecuting crime.
(301792)
192
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department (a) provided in the last 12 months and (b) intends to provide in the next 12 months on promoting the Policing Pledge in respect of each medium of communication.
(301793)
193
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under the age of 16 years have been convicted of an offence under section 1(10) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1988 in each of the last five years.
(301794)
194
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under the age of 16 years received an anti-social behaviour order in each of the last five years.
(301795)
195
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parenting orders have been issued under section 8 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 where (a) an anti-social behaviour order has been made, (b) a child or young person has been convicted of an offence and (c) in any other relevant proceedings in each of the last three years.
(301796)
196
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been convicted of an offence under section 9(7) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in each of the last five years.
(301797)
197
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of anti-social behaviour orders issued to those under the age of 16 years which were breached where (a) a parenting order and (b) an individual support order was also issued in the last 12 months.
(301798)
198
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of anti-social behaviour orders issued to those under the age of 17 years in 2008 had an individual support order attached.
(301799)
199
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) individual support orders and (b) intervention orders in preventing anti-social behaviour.
(301800)
200
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has spent on (a) individual support orders and (b) intervention orders in each of the last three years.
(301801)
201
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department (a) made available in 2009-10 and (b) plans to make available in 2010-11 to support (i) independent sexual violence advisers and (ii) independent domestic violence advisers; and if he will make a statement.
(301802)
202
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department expects to provide to support the operation of existing sexual assault referral centres in 2010-11.
(301803)
203
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the outcomes of the pilot of national indicator 26, Specialist support to victims of a serious sexual offence.
(301804)
204
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new Sexual Assault Referral Centres he expects to be opened in the period to April 2011.
(301805)
205
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department (a) has provided in the last 12 months and (b) intends to provide in the next 12 months for the establishment and operation of the Sexual Violence National Support Team.
(301806)
206
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what performance measures the effectiveness of (a) each independent sexual violence adviser, (b) each sexual assault referral centre and (c) the Sexual Violence National Support Team will be assessed; and if he will make a statement.
(301807)
207
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of sexual violence have been referred to each Sexual Assault Referral Centre for (a) examination and (b) support in the last 12 months.
(301808)
208
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the proportion of referrals to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre for (a) examination and (b) support which have resulted in criminal charges.
(301809)
209
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department makes available to post-pubertal adolescent victims reporting sexual violence within a week of an alleged assault.
(301810)
210
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of victims of sexual violence referred to sexual assault referral centres who were intoxicated by alcohol at the time of the alleged assault in the last 12 months.
(301811)
211
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which 20 non-EU nationalities received the most work permits for (a) doctors and (b) nurses in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) four quarters.
(301780)
212
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has a policy on future population (a) growth and (b) size in the UK.
(301782)
213
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for UK citizenship were refused on the grounds that the applicant was not of good character in each of the last three years; and of them how many were so refused on (a) grounds of national security and (b) grounds other than national security.
(301784)
214
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to protect women with an insecure immigration status from domestic violence.
(300621)
215
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Government has made on its review of the 20 day proposal for conditional funding for victims of domestic violence.
(300622)
216
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women of insecure immigration status the Government estimates experienced domestic violence in 2008.
(300623)
217
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what interim measures the Government has put in place to aid women of insecure immigration status who experience domestic violence until their immigration status is resolved.
(300624)
218
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were supported in accommodation in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland on the latest date for which figures are available.
(301730)
219
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 591W, on travel requirements, how many of the 6787 people who arrived at UK airports without documentation in the last three years were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted of an offence.
(301722)
220
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 20 May 2009, Official Report, column 1462W, on dual nationality, whether any steps have been taken by his Department to ascertain the numbers of British passport holders who also hold Pakistani nationality.
(301969)
221
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries the UK has a visa waiver agreement.
(301990)
222
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301844)
223
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted under section (a) 28(1) and (b) 29(2) of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.
(301656)
224
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 11 November 2009, Official Report, columns 25-28WS, on DNA and fingerprint retention, whether those stopped and searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 will have their DNA retained.
(301933)
225
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 11 November 2009, Official Report, columns 25-28WS, on DNA and fingerprint retention, whether all those arrested and not charged under counter-terrorism legislation will have their DNA retained beyond the six-year limit.
(301934)
226
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Banbury of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 332W, on asylum, how many files are in the UK Border Agency's overall file holding.
(301935)
227
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals who are not required to have a compulsory identity card and do not work for his Department, its executive agencies, or sponsored non-departmental public bodies, have voluntarily applied for a voluntary national identity card.
(301936)
228
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will publish its response to the Chilcot Review into intercept evidence.
(301937)
229
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials work in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism; how many flights (a) within Great Britain and (b) overseas officials in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse.
(301938)
230
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure his Department has incurred on the provision of security for the right hon. Tony Blair in each year since 1997.
(302044)
231
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students have been (a) served with enforcement notices and (b) deported since the implementation of Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system.
(301658)
232
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost to the UK Border Agency is of processing (a) a postal and (b) a premium application for further leave to remain under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system.
(301659)
233
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) postal and (b) premium applications for further leave to remain have been made under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system since 5 October 2009; and how much revenue has accrued from fees for applications of each type since that date.
(301660)
234
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria students who are travelling to the UK to study for a period of less than 26 weeks must meet to be permitted to enter the UK under the student visitor route as an alternative to entering under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system.
(301661)
235
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students of each nationality have (a) applied for, (b) been granted and (c) been refused visas under arrangements for the post-study work route of entry to the UK in each month since June 2008.
(301662)
236
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police custody cells there are in (a) Dacorum and (b) Hemel Hempstead; what his plans are for the future number of such cells in each area; and if he will make a statement.
(301774)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
237
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301923)
238
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 931W, on Afghanistan: UK Trade and Investment, if he will provide (a) a breakdown of the £30 million his Department has contributed to the Harakat investment and (b) a statement of the aims and objectives of the financial contribution.
(301970)
239
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of levels of access to (a) clean water and (b) electricity in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
(301991)
240
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the £47 million pledged by the UK for immediate humanitarian assistance, early recovery and reconstruction in Gaza has been disbursed; and what assessment has been made of the effect of this funding on the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
(301992)
241
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on efforts to repair the sewage and water treatment plant in Gaza.
(301993)
242
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301857)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
243
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302025)
244
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of arrangements for co-ordination of information and technology systems available to the Probation Service.
(301253)
245
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in Norwich North constituency have been disqualified from driving following an offence of (a) speeding, (b) dangerous driving and (c) drink-driving in each year since 1997.
(301699)
246
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines for speeding offences have been (a) issued to and (b) paid by residents of Norwich North constituency in each year since 1997.
(301700)
247
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions of residents of Norwich North constituency for each type of motoring offence have resulted in a custodial sentence since 1997.
(301701)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
248
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302024)
249
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301856)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
250
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what estimate has been made of the (a) compensation and (b) other costs associated with the closure of the River Thames for the duration of the rowing events at the London 2012 Olympics.
(302045)
Questions to the Prime Minister
251
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, whether any allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing have been reported to his Office by its staff since 6 June 2006.
(302041)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
252
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302020)
253
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301843)
254
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary regarding immigration into Scotland.
(301049)
Questions to the Solicitor General
255
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Solicitor General, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in the Law Officers' Departments.
(302029)
256
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Solicitor General, whether she has considered the merits of the Serious Fraud Office operating a leniency progamme similar to that operated by the Office of Fair Trading.
(301931)
257
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Solicitor General, what representations the Serious Fraud Office has received in respect of Vodafone's merger with Ghana Telecom; and if she will make a statement.
(301946)
258
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Serious Fraud Office plans to investigate Vodafone's merger with Ghana Telecom; and if she will make a statement.
(301947)
259
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Solicitor General, what discussions the Serious Fraud Office has had with representatives of Vodafone on its merger with Ghana Telecom in the last 12 months.
(301948)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
260
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what the percentage change in bus fares was in (a) London and (b) England in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.
(302039)
261
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what percentage of flights (a) arriving at and (b) taking off from Heathrow Airport were late in 2008; and what the (i) maximum and (ii) average delay was in that year.
(302040)
262
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(301922)
263
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the revised London City Airport standard instrument departure procedures on the number of aircraft flying over areas of Waltham Forest; and which areas of Waltham Forest have been affected by such changes.
(302042)
264
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301855)
265
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what proposals he has for (a) improvements to the A160 and (b) the resurfacing of the A180.
(301830)
266
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of progress on the West of England Partnership's Weston Package bid; and when he expects it to be granted programme entry.
(301778)
267
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when his Department plans to respond to the Napoli public inquiry conducted by Devon County Council.
(301868)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
268
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.
(302022)
269
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301842)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
270
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors the Government Equalities Office's website received in 2008-09.
(301841)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
271
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in her Department.
(302021)
272
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had on the possibility of enabling the local housing allowance to be paid into a Post Office Card Account.
(301954)
273
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the merits of enabling the local housing allowance (LHA) to be paid into the Post Office Card Account (a) for tenants receiving LHA, (b) for tenants who do not have bank accounts, (c) for local authorities and (d) for the Post Office.
(301955)
274
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations she has received on the possibility of enabling the local housing allowance to be paid into a Post Office Card Account.
(301956)
275
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of people receiving local housing allowance who do not have a bank account.
(301957)
276
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for national insurance numbers have been refused national insurance numbers following right-to-work interviews in each quarter since July 2006.
(301779)
277
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what overseas visits she has undertaken since taking up her post.
(301781)
278
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals who commenced a claim for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) work-related employment and support allowance and (c) support group employment and support allowance in each of the last (i) five years and (ii) four quarters had been in receipt of income support immediately prior to their claim commencing.
(301785)
279
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) work-related employment and support allowance and (c) support group employment and support allowance aged under 25 years old there were in each of the last (i) five years and (ii) four quarters.
(301786)
280
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals aged under 25 years commenced a claim for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) work-related employment and support allowance and (c) support group employment and support allowance in each of the last 12 quarters.
(301787)
281
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of children have been in poverty in accordance with the Government's definition of child poverty in each (a) year since 1999 and (b) of the last eight quarters.
(301789)
282
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors her Department's website received in 2008-09.
(301853)
283
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average period was during which jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants resident in (a) Houghton and Washington East constituency and (b) Sunderland received JSA was in each of the last five years.
(301726)
284
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long on average it took an 18 to 24 year old on jobseeker's allowance to get a full-time paid job in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.
(301751)
285
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's expenditure as a proportion of the UK's gross domestic product was in each year since 1997.
(301753)
286
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) children, (b) people and (c) elderly people in (i) rural areas and (ii) England who live in poverty.
(301860)
287
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of farmers in England who live in poverty.
(301861)
288
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parents of young children have requested flexible working in (a) each region and (b) Norwich North constituency since the Employment Act 2002 came into force.
(301695)
289
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in Norwich North constituency on the latest date for which information is available.
(301696)
290
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many vacancies have been reported to Jobcentres in (a) Norwich North constituency and (b) each region (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) in 2009 to date.
(301697)
291
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people under 25 years old were not in employment, education or training in (a) 1997, (b) 2007 and (c) during 2008-09 in (i) Norwich North constituency and (ii) each region.
(301698)
292
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Dartford who have submitted claims for employment and support allowance since its introduction have appealed against the outcome of the work capability assessment (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully.
(301770)
293
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Dartford who have submitted claims for employment and support allowance since its introduction have (a) not met the work capability assessment qualification criteria, (b) met the work capability assessment criteria for the work-related activity group and (c) met the work capability assessment qualification criteria for the support group.
(301772)
294
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many additional staff have been recruited by Jobcentre Plus from outside her Department in each region in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(301719)
295
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons she has decided to exempt lone parents from benefit conditionality when their child is receiving the care component of disability living allowance; when she intends to bring forward regulations setting out the exemptions; and if she will make a statement.
(301720)
296
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons she has decided not to exempt from benefit conditionality lone parents of children receiving the mobility component of disability living allowance; when she intends to bring forward regulations setting out the exemptions; and if she will make a statement.
(301721)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
297
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanisms are in place to ensure the independence of (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts in providing scientific advice to the Government.
[Transferred] (301728)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
298
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will commission research on the possible effects on levels of community engagement of time spent watching television.
[Transferred] (302035)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
299
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that sufficient numbers of specialist nuclear engineers are being trained.
[Transferred] (301748)
300
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many courses there are in the country to train nuclear engineers.
[Transferred] (301749)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
301
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued to those under the age of 18 years and in the care or supervision of local authorities in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (301713)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
302
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many road incidents where one or more drivers did not have insurance took place in Norwich North constituency in the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (301702)
303
Chloe Smith (Norwich North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many speed cameras there were in Norwich North constituency on the latest date for which information is available.
[Transferred] (301703)

 
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