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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 1 December 2009

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 1 December 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 1 December 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 1 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 1 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 1 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what definition of (a) economic and (b) social impact is used for the purposes of assessment under the Research Excellence Framework.
(301918)
2
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what date the Secretary of State notified the Permanent Secretary of hospitality received from Lord Rothschild in August 2009; and what advice the Secretary of State received from the Permanent Secretary on the matter.
(303588)
3
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the estimated cost to the public sector is of the implementation of the EU Agency Workers Directive.
(303196)
4
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many bingo clubs have closed in (a) England and (b) North East Cambridgeshire since 1 January 2008.
(303642)
5
N
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward measures to reduce the costs of operating national telephone help lines to (a) Government agencies and (b) charities.
(303427)
6
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the monetary value was of (a) outstanding student loans held and (b) student loan repayments made by students from (i) the UK, (ii) other EU member states and (iii) non-EU countries in each of the last five years.
(303590)
7
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people not domiciled in the UK have outstanding loans with the Student Loans Company; how many such loans are in arrears; and in respect of how many such loans no repayments were made in the last 12 months.
(303616)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
8
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for (i) her Department and (ii) the Prime Minister's Office.
(303592)
9
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the (a) Civil Service Code and (b) a Civil Service Management Code was found to have been breached following investigations of the activities of a member or members of departmental boards in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(303192)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
10
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the first compensatory payments to be made in respect of Wales under the Barnett formula following his reconsideration of convergence in spending per head.
(303429)
11
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria his Department uses to determine whether Wales is disproportionately disadvantaged in the allocation of funding under the Barnett formula.
(303430)
12
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue from each tax was raised by his Department from receipts in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England in each of the last five financial years; and how much such revenue was spent in each part of the UK in each such year.
(303431)
13
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the full assessment of the extent of convergence under the Barnett formula in respect of Wales as part of his evaluation of the relative position of Wales in respect of the level of funding allocated to parts of the UK under that formula to be published.
(303432)
14
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to undertake the first evaluation of the relative position of Wales in respect of the level of funding allocated to parts of the UK under the Barnett formula.
(303433)
15
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303607)
16
N
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the European Commission on the legal status of the furnished holiday letting rules.
(302808)
17
N
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legal advice his Department took in advance of the decision to abolish tax relief on furnished holiday lettings.
(302809)
18
N
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the effect on the tourism industry of the abolition of (a) the furnished holiday lettings rules and (b) tax relief on furnished holiday lettings.
(302810)
19
N
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the repeal of furnished holiday letting rules on persons operating holiday lets.
(302983)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
20
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been allocated to each children's services department in each local authority for implementation of the early years single funding formula in 2010-11.
(302159)
21
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much capital funding for nursery provision has been allocated to (a) Poole Borough Council, (b) Bournemouth Borough Council and (c) Dorset County Council in the last three years.
(302160)
22
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much revenue nursery grant funding has been allocated to (a) Poole Borough Council, (b) Bournemouth Borough Council and (c) Dorset County Council in each of the last three years; and what other sources of revenue funding for early years activities have been made available to each council in each such year.
(302161)
23
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the estimated cost to his Department of the implementation of the EU Agency Workers Directive is.
(303198)
24
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303593)
25
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many local authorities have developed a joint protocol on homeless teenagers between children's and housing services in order to comply with the House of Lords decision in R (G) v London Borough of Southwark [2009].
(303618)
26
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what requirements there are on schools to record alleged racist statements and actions which take place on their grounds; and if he will make a statement.
(303553)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
27
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many empty (a) private and (b) public homes there were in each region of the UK in each of the last two years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(303204)
28
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association in its role as selector under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.
(303205)
29
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to extend Total Place pilots to include (a) the Stroud district and (b) other rural areas.
(303206)
30
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what events the Government Office for London has hosted in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of hosting each such event.
(303638)
31
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303594)
32
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 866W, on housing: building regulations, whether his Department has revisited the impact assessment of funding for overground oil tanks.
(302387)
33
N
Malcolm Wicks (Croydon North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the circumstances necessitating Croydon Council's loan of £145.6 million from the Public Works Loans Board; and if he will make a statement.
(303436)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
34
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the inbound tourism figures were for the first three quarters of (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.
(303194)
35
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the revenue generated by tourism in the British uplands in each of the last five years.
(303630)
36
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303595)
37
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many publicly-maintained athletic tracks there are in each (a) district and (b) unitary council area in the East of England.
(303639)
38
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many publicly-maintained sports halls there are in each (a) district and (b) unitary council area in the East of England.
(303640)
39
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2009, Official Report, columns 37-8W, on the UK School Games, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the estimated final cost of the £3.3 million spent on the UK School Games in 2009.
(303370)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
40
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts his Department has entered into since January 2009; and what the (a) name of the contracting company, (b) monetary value, (c) purpose and (d) date of each was.
(303350)
41
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the policy is of each of the armed forces on the confirmation of acting ranks held by members of the armed forces killed in active duty.
(303617)
42
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether humanitarian work carried out by the Military Stabilisation Support Team in Helmand is counted towards the UK's 0.7 per cent. of gross domestic product.
(303193)
43
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopter callouts of each type from each search and rescue station there were in each of the last 10 years; and how many (a) day and (b) night time hours off-station each call out entailed.
(303634)
44
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to (a) conclude negotiations and (b) award contracts for the provision of search and rescue services from 2012 onwards.
(303635)
45
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303596)
46
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to what specific purposes revenue raised from the sale of Chelsea barracks in 2007-08 has been allocated.
(303195)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
47
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303597)
48
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to his Oral Statement of 9 November 2009, Official Report, columns 30-33, on energy national policy statements, which generation technology will be used at each of the 20 gigawatt generation facilities which are under construction or have been consented to.
(303555)
49
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to amend the system of pricing for pre-payment fuel meter customers.
(303644)
50
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much on average a household in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK with a pre-payment meter paid for (i) electricity and (ii) gas in each of the last three years.
(303645)
51
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK had (i) electricity and (ii) gas pre-payment meters in each of the last 10 years.
(303646)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
52
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of ships departing from UK ports carrying live animals have been subject to inspection for animal welfare purposes in each of the last five years.
(303611)
53
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims of under (a) £300 and (b) £500 have been made under the Single Payment Scheme in 2009.
(303612)
54
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on public consultations in the last two years.
(303613)
55
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on administering non-compliance penalties issued under the Single Payment Scheme in each of the last five years.
(303614)
56
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of food (a) spoiled and (b) disposed of in each of the last six years.
(303615)
57
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration his Department has given to introducing a sustainable seafood public procurement policy.
(303619)
58
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the level of use of the practice of using antibiotics as a surrogate for growth promoters in livestock.
(303620)
59
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average time taken to process a claim made under the Single Payment Scheme was in each of the last five years.
(303621)
60
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on research on a bovine tuberculosis vaccine in each of the last five years.
(303622)
61
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cheques under the Single Payment Scheme have been issued by the Rural Payments Agency for less than (a) £60, (b) £40, (c) £20, (d) £10 and (e) £1 in each year since 2001.
(303623)
62
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he made of the costs associated with the Rural Payments Agency's practice of resizing fields in each of the last three years.
(303624)
63
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives his Department provides for dairy farmers to establish supplier co-operatives.
(303625)
64
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the average amount of personal debt incurred by farmers due to late Single Payment Scheme payments.
(303626)
65
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department has provided for the protection of the Herdwick indigenous sheep flock in each year since 1997.
(303627)
66
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the digitalised farm maps used by the Rural Payments Agency for the purpose of making payments under the Single Payment Scheme.
(303628)
67
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on farmers of late payments under the Single Payment Scheme.
(303629)
68
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of farmers in the English uplands required to maintain adequate land management capacity.
(303631)
69
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303598)
70
N
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of maps issued have been returned due to error during the course of the 2009 update of the Rural Land Register; what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of work arising from maps returned due to error; and if he will make a statement.
(302807)
71
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assess the environmental impact of genetically modified crops in England; if he will list the research projects commissioned or completed since the conclusion of the Goverment-funded farm scale evaluations, that are designed to repeat or built on the research on the environmental impacts of those trials; and what scientific conclusions were reached.
(303372)
72
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the implications for his Department's policies on genetically modified foods of the editorial in the Scientific American in July 2009 which asserts that it is impossible to verify that genetically modified crops perform as advertised because agritech companies have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers.
(303373)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
73
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303599)
74
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 161W, on departmental pay, how much was paid out in total under his Department's main bonus scheme in each year since 1997; how much was paid out on average under the main bonus scheme to each of those whose received money from it in each year since 1997; how much the highest amount paid out to an individual under the main bonus scheme was in each year since 1997; how many individuals received a payment under the main bonus scheme in each year since 1997; how much was paid out in total under the in-year bonus scheme in each year since 1997; how much was paid out on average under the in-year bonus scheme to each of those who received money from it in each year since 1997; what the highest amount paid out to an individual was under the in-year bonus scheme in each year since 1997; and how many individuals received a payment under the in-year bonus scheme in each year since 1997.
(303591)
75
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 161W, on departmental pay, how much his Department has paid out in bonuses to staff in each year since 1997.
(303632)
76
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of rearmament of rebel groups in the Darfur region; and if he will make a statement.
(302981)
77
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the Sudanese government and (b) the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur on the Sudanese government's policies towards UN peacekeeping patrols in the Darfur region in 2009.
(302982)
78
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to monitor the forthcoming trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
(303200)
79
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Russian Federation government about the imprisonment and trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
(303201)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
80
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on human health of exposure to the construction material known as SMR; and if he will make a statement.
(302980)
81
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost to his Department of the implementation of the EU Agency Workers Directive is.
(303197)
82
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303600)
83
N
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 673W, on tranquilisers, when he expects to publish the results of his Department's review of policy on addiction to prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
(303557)
84
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts had a (a) budget surplus, (b) budget deficit and (c) balanced budget in each of the last three years.
(303582)
85
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts have provided funding to local highway authorities to grit local roads in 2009-10.
(303583)
86
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding provided by primary care trusts to local authorities to grit roads in 2009-10.
(303584)
87
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research projects funded by (a) his Department and (b) the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in the last 10 years on which he relies to fulfil his responsibility to ensure that genetically modified food is safe to eat have been designed specifically to show whether there are risks of adverse health effects for people for the consumption of genetically modified food.
(303374)
88
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure pay parity between pharmacy contractors and appliance contractors.
[R] (303199)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
89
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions there have been between the UK Government and the government of the Republic of Cameroon to facilitate the monitoring by UK High Commission staff of those returned to Cameroon from the UK.
(303428)
90
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date he expects the target of deciding all applications for a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national within six months to be met.
(303647)
91
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that the target of deciding all applications for a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national within six months is met.
(303648)
92
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applications for a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national remained outstanding six months after the application was made in each quarter since 2007.
(303649)
93
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applications for a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national had been decided within six months on the latest date for which figures are available on his Department's website.
(303650)
94
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the minutes of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs meeting in November 2008 are not available.
(303651)
95
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303601)
96
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Criminal Record Bureau checks that were in progress on 30 September of each year since 2006 had been made (a) less than one month previously, (b) between one and three months previously, (c) between three and six months previously and (d) over six months previously.
(303349)
97
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the processing of Criminal Records Bureau checks was tendered to the private sector; when the contract with Capita for processing Criminal Records Bureau checks will next be reviewed; and what arrangements have been put in place to ensure that Capita processes such checks in a timely manner.
(303637)
98
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries were recorded by police in (a) England and (b) North East Cambridgeshire in each of the last 10 years.
(303641)
99
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of grievous and actual bodily harm were recorded by police in (a) England and (b) North East Cambridgeshire in each of the last 10 years.
(303643)
100
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 206W, on asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo, how many investigations arising from specific allegations have taken place in each of the last four years.
(303556)
101
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy not to detain asylum seekers and immigrants whose deportation is not imminent and who are not considered to be a serious threat to society; and if he will make a statement.
(303633)
102
N
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's letter of 28 September 2009 on the case of Yuet Chun Yeung, reference B35067/9.
(303202)
103
N
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's letter of 28 July 2009 on the case of Rochelle Riley, reference B27707/9.
(303203)
104
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) criminal offences and (b) civil offences at all levels (i) were committed and reported and (ii) are estimated to have been committed but not reported in the last year for which figures are available.
(303434)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
105
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303602)
106
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's programmes in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(303352)
107
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2009, Official Report, column 27W, on the United Nations: females, if his Department will prepare a list of UK women nationals to be considered for nomination to senior positions on (a) the Committee on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and (b) the United Nations Agency for Women.
(303347)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
108
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions Ministers in his Department had with interested parties prior to the publication of the consultation on the introduction of a statutory debt management scheme.
(302761)
109
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations his Department has received to its consultation on debt management schemes to date.
(302762)
110
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the generation of profits from debt management schemes operating under the provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(302763)
111
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to publish his Department's response to its consultation on debt management schemes.
(302874)
112
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 85W, on prisoners release, when he expects (a) his Department's investigations to be concluded and (b) the hon. Member for West Chelmsford to be given a summary of the findings.
(302657)
113
N
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made in the review of Prison Rule 39 on privileged prisoner correspondence recommended by the Blakey Review on disrupting the supply of illicit drugs into prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(303435)
114
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303603)
115
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people in each year group to 18 charged with each category of offences have been placed on remand for (a) less than one month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three and six months, (d) between six and 12 months and (e) over 12 months in each year since 1997.
(303348)
116
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people in each age group to 18 have been placed on remand and (a) subsequently not convicted or (b) convicted but given a non-custodial sentence in each year since 1997, broken down by the period of time spent on remand.
(303351)
117
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were detained at (a) HMP Peterborough and (b) Young Offender Institution Peterborough as at (i) 31 December 2008, (ii) 31 March 2009, (iii) 30 June 2009 and (iv) 30 September 2009; what proportion of capacity at the relevant institution these figures represent; and if he will make a statement.
(303550)
118
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign prisoners were detained at HMP Peterborough as at (a) 31 December 2008, (b) 31 March 2009, (c) 30 June 2009 and (d) 30 September 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(303551)
119
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Prison Service on the transfer and subsequent absconsion of Jane Andrews from HMP East Sutton; and if he will make a statement.
(303207)
120
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what interest rate the Legal Services Commission is allowed to charge when taking possession of houses; and if he will make a statement.
(303552)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
121
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303604)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
122
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303605)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
123
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303606)
124
N
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what the outcomes are of his Department's monitoring of the effects on train services of First Capital Connect train drivers choosing to work only their contracted hours; what assessment he has made of the effects of such action on routes other than the Bedford to Brighton route; how many other routes have been affected to date; what steps he is taking to resolve the situation; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which First Capital Connect can deliver on its franchise requirements while such action persists.
(303263)
125
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what requirements his Department makes of cars registered abroad to have (a) road tax and (b) insurance when being driven on UK roads; and if he will make a statement.
(303554)
126
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, if he will bring forward measures to amend the terms of the CrossCountry franchise agreement to include a requirement for the train operating company to provide catering facilities between Penzance and Plymouth.
(303371)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
127
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department.
(303608)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
128
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what revisions were made to the Explanatory Notes to the Equality Bill following Committee stage; and what the reasons were for each such revisions.
(303585)
129
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for the Government Equalities Office.
(303609)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
130
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for her Department.
(303610)
131
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes she plans to make to the work capability assessment; what steps she is taking to ensure such changes take into account the needs of those with (a) autism and (b) fluctuating conditions; and what estimate she has made of the change in the number of people receiving employment support allowance as a result of such changes.
(303636)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
132
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest estimate is of the UK market share of the top five companies in (a) retail banking, (b) corporate banking, (c) mortgages, (d) insurance and re-insurance, (e) government bonds, (f) currencies and (g) credit swaps and derivatives.
[Transferred] (303346)
133
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will set targets for the time taken by organisations to transfer child care voucher payments to childcare providers.
[Transferred] (303345)

 
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