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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 10 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 10 December 2009
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 10 December 2009


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 10 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 Thursday 10 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 10 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships there were in Leeds West constituency in each year since 1997.
(306587)
2
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships there were in Leeds in each year since 1997.
(306592)
3
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students from Leeds city area (a) attended university courses and (b) received student loans to attend university courses in each year since 1996-97.
(306593)
4
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what percentage of 16 to 19 year olds in Leeds West constituency were (a) in education, training or employment and (b) registered as unemployed in each year since 1992.
(306597)
5
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students from Leeds West constituency (a) attended university courses and (b) received student loans to attend university courses in each year since 1996-97.
(306599)
6
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people applied for places at universities in Leeds for the academic year 2009-10; and how many studied at such universities in 2008-09.
(306602)
7
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students from (a) the city of Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England graduated in each year since 1997.
(306603)
8
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of companies in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds and (c) West Yorkshire which provide childcare facilities.
(306604)
9
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306719)
10
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department will decide on the Competition Commission's recommendation on the establishment of a Groceries Supply Code of Practice Ombudsman.
(305713)
11
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices have lost a placement in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(306565)
12
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of work placements for Level 3 apprenticeships.
(306566)
13
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small and medium-sized businesses in the London Borough of Bexley are employing apprentices.
(306567)
14
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the announcement on 17 November 2009 on the Making Public Data Public initiative, what steps are being considered by the Government to increase the availability of public sector information to business, individuals and community organisations.
(306350)
15
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the terms of reference are for his Department's Making Public Data Public initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(306484)
16
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which public sector information holders are being considered under his Department's Making Public Data Public initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(306485)
17
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what methodology was used to calculate the estimate that the implementation of the Making Public Data Public initiative could contribute £1 billion to the economy.
(306486)
18
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many places were available on English for Speakers of Other Languages courses for immigrants in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.
(306000)
19
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has made an assessment of the merits of extending the Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Advice and Trade Unions to include local government.
(306732)
20
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what timetable he has set for the implementation of the new Post Office Horizon system; and what his most recent estimate is of the cost of implementing that system.
(306493)
21
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanisms are in place for independent audit and checking of the new Post Office Horizon system prior to its implementation.
(306494)
22
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the likely savings to the Exchequer consequent on the implementation of the new Post Office Horizon system.
(306495)
23
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Post Office Horizon system will be examined by independent auditors prior to its replacement.
(306496)
24
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003.
(306489)
25
N
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(305720)
26
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material to the British music industry in each year since 1999; if he will publish his Department's analysis upon which such an estimate is based; and if he will make a statement.
(306055)
27
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to hold (a) residential customers and (b) businesses legally responsible for the security of their wireless internet router under the provisions outlined in the Digital Economy Bill.
(306056)
28
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding his Department has allocated for bonuses for staff in 2009-10.
(306391)
29
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what bonuses were paid to (a) consultants and (b) contractors engaged by executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department and its predecessors were responsible in each of the last three years.
(306461)
30
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions each Minister in his Department has visited a (a) higher and (b) further education institution in the last 12 months.
(306661)
31
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many applications for student loans were outstanding from the Student Loans Company on 1 December 2009.
(305794)
32
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he expects all outstanding student loan applications to be processed by 31 December 2009.
(305795)
33
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of second instalment student loans he expects to be paid by 28 January 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(305796)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
34
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed in the service sector in Leeds.
(306583)
35
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed in the financial sector in Leeds.
(306584)
36
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed in commerce in each industry sector in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) Leeds.
(306585)
37
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed in manufacturing in each industry sector in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) Leeds.
(306586)
38
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the gross domestic product per head of the resident population in the City of Leeds was in each year since 1992.
(306589)
39
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff of her Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306718)
40
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much her Department spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (a) subject and (b) location of each away day was.
(306401)
41
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the energy efficiency rating is for each of her Department's buildings in London.
(306310)
42
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when she expects the Emergency Response and Recovery Guidance to be revised to reflect the new arrangements for recovery and Local Resilience Force, in accordance with recommendation 80 of the Pitt Report.
(306332)
43
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in her Department in each year since 2003.
(306456)
44
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in the Office of the Leader of the House in each year since 2003.
(306460)
45
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much No. 10 Downing Street spent on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants in 2008-09.
(306278)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
46
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306711)
47
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the maximum amount of tax was that each of the banks in which the Government has a stake could save by off-setting previous losses at the latest date for which figures are available.
(305801)
48
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the losses for tax purposes of each of the banks in which the Government has a stake were at the latest date for which figures are available.
(305802)
49
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the repeal of the furnished holiday lettings rules on farmers who have diversified into tourism and related businesses.
(306005)
50
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he intends to take following the National Audit Office's conclusion that net lending to business by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will not meet the legally binding targets agreed between RBS and the Government in negotiating the Asset Protection Scheme.
(306057)
51
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure that changes in the opening times at tax enquiry centres do not adversely affect (a) pensioners, (b) people with disabilities and (c) other vulnerable groups less likely to use the internet or the telephone.
(306467)
52
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the UK are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of child tax credit.
(306560)
53
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306402)
54
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306438)
55
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many wind farms are on the Valuation Office Agency (a) local rating list and (b) national rating list; and what criteria are used to determine the list on which a hereditament is placed.
(306728)
56
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will bring forward proposals to extend the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to include company registrars as bodies which may be investigated and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and the Financial Services Ombudsman.
(306267)
57
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the proportion of revenue accruing to the Exchequer through indirect taxation from persons in the (a) bottom quintile and (b) top quintile of earners.
(306564)
58
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2007.
(306434)
59
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1672W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, what the average rateable value in each sub-location (a) was on the 2005 and (b) is on the draft 2010 Rating List.
(306549)
60
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 521W, on business improvement districts, whether the Valuation Office Agency has increased the rateable values of properties in the recent 2010 revaluation consequent on improved activity undertaken by business improvement district.
(306557)
61
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher & Walton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will waive the back payments of value added tax and gaming machine duty on category B3A gaming machines owed by not-for-profit sports and social clubs.
(306355)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
62
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of trends in truancy rates in (a) Lewes constituency, (b) East Sussex, (c) the South East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(305616)
63
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much revenue has accrued from the sale of school playing fields since May 1997; and what area of such fields has been sold in Leeds West constituency in that period.
(306591)
64
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff were employed in Leeds local education authority schools in each year since 1997.
(306594)
65
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure was per (i) primary and (ii) secondary pupil in schools in Leeds local education authority areas (A) in cash terms and (B) at current prices in each year since 1992-93.
(306595)
66
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of year 11 pupils at state schools in Leeds city area achieved five or more A* to C GCSEs in each year since 1992.
(306596)
67
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of year 11 pupils at state schools in Leeds West constituency achieved five or more grade A* to C GCSEs in each year since 1992.
(306598)
68
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students in post-16 education in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) West Yorkshire are in receipt of education maintenance allowance.
(306605)
69
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of Sure Start children's centres in reducing child poverty.
(306606)
70
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people use Sure Start children's centres in Leeds West constituency.
(306607)
71
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent representations he has received on increasing the number of Sure Start children's centres.
(306608)
72
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teaching assistants there are in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) West Yorkshire.
(306609)
73
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans his Department has to support the development of after-school clubs.
(306610)
74
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of after-school clubs in improving academic achievement.
(306611)
75
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of after-school clubs in reducing levels of youth crime.
(306612)
76
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent estimate he has made of the average number of after-school activity clubs in schools in Leeds West constituency.
(306613)
77
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans his Department has to extend the provision of free school meals.
(306614)
78
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils receive free schools meals in Leeds West constituency.
(306615)
79
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were permanently excluded in (i) Leeds West constituency and (ii) West Yorkshire in the 2008-09 academic year.
(306616)
80
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to rebuild and refurbish (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Leeds West constituency, (ii) Leeds City and (iii) West Yorkshire.
(306617)
81
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Leeds West constituency and (ii) West Yorkshire have been rebuilt or refurbished since 1997.
(306618)
82
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many young people are studying for 14 to 19 diplomas in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) West Yorkshire in academic year 2009-10.
(306619)
83
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) West Yorkshire are below the National Challenge benchmark following the 2009 GCSE results.
(306620)
84
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many 16 year-olds completed a BTEC First Diploma in each subject in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England in each of the last five years.
(306621)
85
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 16 year-olds did not achieve five GCSEs at grades A* to C in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England in 2009.
(306622)
86
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what information his Department holds on the number of childcare providers in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) West Yorkshire who take part in the childcare voucher scheme.
(306623)
87
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties there are in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England.
(306624)
88
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Sure Start children's centres for low income families.
(306625)
89
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306706)
90
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether formal training in recognising and dealing with all forms of bullying is offered to all trainee teachers in each of the teacher training routes.
(306007)
91
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what qualifications are equivalent to one or more GCSE passes; and if he will make a statement.
(305997)
92
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(306148)
93
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of Building Schools for the Future funding has been spent on laboratories for practical science in each of the last four years; and whether he has plans to prioritise school science in the next Building Schools for the Future funding round.
(306265)
94
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers have (i) applied for and (ii) obtained the National Professional Qualification for Headship in each of the last 10 years.
(306470)
95
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, columns 914-5W, on educational attainment: children in care, for what reasons his Department does not collect information on A-level examination attempts and achievements for looked-after children.
(305628)
96
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 799W, on Office for Criminal Justice Reform, for what reason data from 1997 to 1999 are currently unavailable in that format.
(305629)
97
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of schoolteachers earn more than £18,000 a year.
(306336)
98
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on other schools and colleges in east Lancashire of the proposed establishment of the Mohiuddin International Girls' College; and if he will make a statement.
(306337)
99
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in East Lancashire 80 per cent. or more pupils are from visible ethnic minorities.
(306338)
100
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been placed in an Ofsted category under the new inspection framework.
(306283)
101
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have received a limiting judgement arising from safeguarding issues under the new Ofsted inspection framework.
(306284)
102
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been placed in a category by Ofsted arising from safeguarding issues (a) in the last 12 months and (b) each of the previous five years.
(306285)
103
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department and its predecessor in each year since 2003.
(306454)
104
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he will respond to Question 301338, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 19 November 2009, on departmental working practices.
(305880)
105
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what sanctions will be taken against language schools which use host families for foreign students who have not undergone vetting and barring scheme or Criminal Records Bureau checks.
(306472)
106
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many representations he has received from language schools on the application of the vetting and barring scheme and Criminal Records Bureau checks for host families for foreign children in the last six months.
(306473)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
107
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to increase the number of dwellings available for low-cost home ownership in the West Yorkshire area.
(306573)
108
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to increase the number of dwellings available for low-cost home ownership in the Leeds city area.
(306574)
109
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many long-term empty properties there were in Leeds in each year since 1990.
(306588)
110
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of people classed as homeless and in priority need are under the age of 25 years in Leeds city area; and if he will make a statement.
(306600)
111
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many long-term empty properties there were in Leeds West constituency in each year since 1990.
(306601)
112
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306707)
113
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency have received assistance through the Mortgage Protection Scheme.
(306653)
114
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the merits of proposals for a fabric energy efficiency standard for zero carbon homes.
(306328)
115
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has held with housebuilders on the merits of including grey water recycling systems in new build homes.
(306329)
116
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to revise Ordnance Survey's Business Strategy published on 23 April 2009 with reference to the announcement of 17 November 2009 on access to Ordnance Survey data.
(306348)
117
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the announcement of 17 November 2009 on the Making Public Data Public initiative, when he expects to begin the consultation regarding access to Ordnance Survey data.
(306349)
118
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations he has received on accountability mechanisms for local authority (a) strategic partnerships, (b) safeguarding boards and (c) partnership bodies.
(306352)
119
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 30 November 2009, Official Report, column 499W, on departmental contracts, which bodies are recorded as having contracts with the Homes and Communities Agency.
(306722)
120
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1109W, on council housing: finance, whether local authorities which reduced their council tax discount on empty homes will be permitted to retain the additional revenue raised under the recalculation of the council tax base for the 2011-12 settlement.
(306723)
121
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 1 December 2009, Official Report, column 643W, on floods: Cumbria, whether expenditure incurred by local authorities below the 0.2 per cent. threshold in respect of the recent flooding in Cumbria will be reimbursed under the Bellwin scheme.
(306724)
122
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1107W, on Atherton Associates, whether Ministers in his Department have met representatives of Atherton Associates in the last 36 months to discuss unitary restructuring.
(306725)
123
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated level of rough sleeping in England was in March 2001.
(306726)
124
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many completed sales there have been under the Social Homebuy scheme since April 2006; and how much had been spent on that scheme on the latest date for which figures are available.
(306727)
125
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many funding streams relating to (a) housing, (b) regeneration and (c) social exclusion are overseen by his Department and its agencies.
(306729)
126
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse was of the Government Office for the East of England staff away day in Chilford Hall in November 2009; how many staff attended that away day; and for what reason that location was chosen for that away day.
(306730)
127
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what definition his Department uses of a Rent to HomeBuy (a) sale and (b) completion.
(306731)
128
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date each chief executive of the Thames Gateway Delivery Unit took up the appointment.
(306747)
129
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of new completed dwellings in England have been flats in each year since 2000.
(306748)
130
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the Audit Commission and (b) local authorities of the Comprehensive Area Assessment regime to date.
(306749)
131
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of homes which have not reached the decent homes standard referred to in the Green Paper on Housing published by his Department's predecessor in 2000 by 2010.
(306750)
132
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what timetable has been set for the restructuring of local government in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon.
(306751)
133
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he expects the new duty to tackle socio-economic disadvantage proposed in the Equality Bill to require local authorities to (a) adjust their housing waiting list policies and (b) complete an equality impact assessment of changes they propose to make to their housing waiting list policies; and whether he has made an assessment of the likely effects on the powers of local authorities in respect of the priority given to local residents in such policies.
(306752)
134
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2211W, on advanced corporation tax relief, what the monetary value is of the additional sum that has been provided to mitigate the effect of the abolition of advanced corporation tax relief on the local government pension scheme in each year since 1998.
(306753)
135
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's press release of 7 December 2009, what other sources of data will be used to produce the report on the nation's civic health; which Department has lead responsibility for that report; what the budget is for that programme; and whether he plans to commission new research for that report.
(306754)
136
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the incidence of housing benefit fraud in East Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.
(306450)
137
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities are planning to (a) remove and (b) reduce from 2009-10 levels the discretionary rate relief available to sports clubs in 2010-11.
(305792)
138
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will develop a national strategy for retirement housing.
(306271)
139
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will instruct local authorities to provide residential wardens for sheltered housing schemes in circumstances in which existing residents signed tenancy agreements on the understanding that such wardens would be provided.
(306272)
140
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003.
(306455)
141
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many right to buy sales there were in rural areas in each year since 1997; what the average discount available to buyers was; and what the average discount was as a percentage of the value of such property.
(306012)
142
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in rural areas have been demolished in each year since 1997.
(306013)
143
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effect on housing waiting lists of the recession.
(306385)
144
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what primary description codes the Valuation Office Agency uses for classifying hereditaments for business rates.
(306386)
145
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage rise in rateable values for an average hereditament from the 2005 Rating List to the draft 2010 rating list would entail a real terms revenue neutral change in business rates based on the 2010-11 standard rating multiplier.
(306387)
146
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effect of the removal of the needs test in planning guidance on levels of out-of-town development.
(306388)
147
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much public funding the regional assemblies and their successor bodies will receive in 2010-11.
(306389)
148
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority swimming pools were on the Valuation Office Agency's rating list in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.
(306390)
149
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much public funding has been provided to political parties and their associated political groups under the Be a Councillor programme.
(306395)
150
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of refurbishing an average home to meet the lifetime homes standard.
(306396)
151
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community asset transfers have taken place since the publication of the Quirk review.
(306397)
152
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the names and addresses are of each organisation that supplied goods or services to the Audit Commission in 2008-09.
(306398)
153
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many long-term empty private homes there were in each Government office region in each year since 2003.
(306399)
154
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local planning authorities have land with green belt designation.
(306400)
155
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which 20 local authorities have the highest level of (a) long-term empty social housing and (b) long-term empty private housing.
(306408)
156
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff will be directly employed by the Tenant Services Authority; and what the estimated number is of staff who will conduct inspections for the authority without being employed by it.
(306409)
157
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many funding streams to local authorities and social landlords for housing there are (a) in total and (b) managed by the Homes and Communities Agency.
(306410)
158
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the new requirements to publish efficiency information on council tax bills; and whether research was conducted before implementation of the requirements on the comprehensibility of the information.
(306411)
159
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has budgeted for supporting the home information pack programme between 2008 to 2011; and how much of that funding will go to local authorities.
(306412)
160
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the ratio of lower quintile house prices to lower quintile earnings was in each year since 1997.
(306413)
161
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether an assessment has been made of the effect of the reduction of gilt yields resulting from quantitative easing on the levels of Local Government Pension Scheme pension deficits.
(306414)
162
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 525W, on housing, how many first time buyers purchased a home with a mortgage in the UK in each year from 1979 to 1995.
(306416)
163
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1136W, on council tax: standards, what data collections outside the national indicator set (a) are still being collected and (b) have been discontinued by his Department.
(306433)
164
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire on 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 948W, on eco-towns, what other information on eco-towns published by external bodies (a) has been and (b) is planned to be funded by his Department.
(306435)
165
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's publication Amending the accounts and audit regulations 2003 (SI 2003 No. 533) to improve the transparency of reporting of remuneration of senior officials in public bodies: Summary of responses and Government response, if he will place in the Library a copy of the full response from the (a) Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, (b) Association of Local Authority Chief Executives, (c) Association of Principal Fire Officers, (d) Audit Commission, (e) Broads Authority, (f) Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, (g) Fire Officers' Association, (h) GMB-Britain's General Union, (i) Greater Manchester Pension Fund, (j) Information Commissioner's Office Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, (k) Local Government Employers, (l) Merseyside Pension Fund, (m) National Association of Local Councils and Somerset Association of Local Councils, (n) North Yorkshire Pension Fund Committee, (o) Police Authority Treasurers' Society, (p) Society of County Treasurers, (q) Society of District Council Treasurers, (r) Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Enterprises and (s) UNISON.
(306437)
166
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 1070W, on the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, what the timetable is for the other regional assemblies to be redesignated as new regional planning bodies.
(306542)
167
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside of 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 75W, on non-domestic rates: ports, if he will place in the Library a copy of the communication received from the trade association.
(306548)
168
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 968W, on the English Regions Network, for what purposes his Department will provide funding to the English Regions Network.
(306550)
169
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, columns 965-8W, on fetes, how many (a) forms and (b) permits are required for the purposes of operating a fete.
(306551)
170
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 965W, on council tax, whether he has made an estimate of the effects on the revenue of each local authority with a below-average council tax collection rate of their collection rate.
(306552)
171
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, columns 974W, on non-domestic rates: Greater London, what the title was of the guidance note from which the section on sub-location codes was obtained; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that note.
(306553)
172
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the recent protocol to the Charter of Local Self-Government; and what steps will be required to implement the Charter's provisions in England.
(306554)
173
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's publication of statistics for DSO 3.7: Overall Employment rate (working age population) at neighbourhood level (in deprived areas), England, what the employment rate was in each individual deprived neighbourhood in (a) April 2007 to March 2008, (b) July 2007 to June 2008, (c) October 2007 to September 2008, (d) January 2007 to December 2008 and (e) April 2008 to March 2009.
(306555)
174
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many public houses of special category codes 226 and 227 and primary description code CL were on the Valuation Office Agency's Rating List in each local authority area in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.
(306556)
175
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 972W, on local government services: elderly, how much funding from each programme budget will be drawn from the reprioritised central budgets; and what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the (a) efficiency savings and (b) funds released by reprioritisation by local authorities.
(306558)
176
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many housing project developments have been approved in areas of outstanding natural beauty (a) in the first instance by local council planning authorities and (b) on appeal in each of the last three years; how many houses were involved in each project; and if he will make a statement.
(306155)
177
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he expects to lay before Parliament an order to implement unitary local government in Devon, Norfolk or Suffolk.
(306471)
178
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take under the Adult Autism Strategy to meet the housing needs of people with autism.
(306287)
179
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which section of his Department is responsible for implementation of the Autism Strategy in relation to housing.
(306288)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
180
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306708)
181
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of associated expenditure in local economies from visitors in self-catering accommodation.
(306004)
182
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the repeal of the furnished holiday lettings rules on the quality of tourism products and services.
(306006)
183
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to sign the co-production treaty concerning the film industry with the government of Israel.
(305358)
184
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on artwork in the last 12 months; and what works of art were purchased.
(306448)
185
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of his budget for C&Binet for 2009-10 was spent on the event held at The Grove between 26 and 28 October 2009.
(305622)
186
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on (a) leisure facilities and (b) sports facilities in each district and unitary council area in the Eastern region in the last 12 months.
(306465)
187
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the membership is of the new Olympic Legacy board announced in his Department's press release of 2 October 2009; how many times the board has met; and on how many occasions (a) Sir Steve Redgrave and (b) each of the other six Olympic and Paralympic medallists has attended the board's meetings.
(305790)
188
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003.
(306457)
189
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by his Department on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants in each of the last three years.
(306146)
190
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding Arts Council England has received from the National Lottery in each of the last five financial years.
(306658)
191
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding Arts Council England has received from his Department through grant-in-aid in each of the last five financial years.
(306659)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
192
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306720)
193
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that the sale of Kentigern House, Glasgow on a sale and leaseback basis (a) ensures value for money for the public purse and (b) protects jobs within the building.
(306466)
194
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times a search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor was operational off the coast of Pembrokeshire in (a) day time and (b) night time in each of the last five years.
(306655)
195
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times a helicopter from (a) RAF Valley, (b) RNAS Culdrose and (c) Solent Coastguard assisted in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Pembrokeshire in each of the last five years.
(306656)
196
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of reduced operational hours at RMB Chivenor on search and rescue operations in Pembrokeshire.
(306657)
197
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the helicopter flying time from (a) RMB Chivenor, (b) RAF Valley, (c) RNAS Culdrose and (d) Solent Coastguard to Pembrokeshire.
(306665)
198
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest assessment is of the helicopter fleet's fitness for purpose; and if he will make a statement.
(306419)
199
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration he has given to the merits of UK (a) support for and (b) work with Eurocorps deployments.
(306451)
200
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution UK forces make to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; and if he will make a statement.
(306452)
201
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average annual cost is of deployment of servicemen and women in Afghanistan since 2001.
(306453)
202
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the role for Eurocorps in EU security; and if he will make a statement.
(306458)
203
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft in the UK helicopter fleet are contracted from the private sector; how many of each type; and what the duration of each hire is.
(306459)
204
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the contribution of Eurocorps in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(306481)
205
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what joint missions UK armed forces are undertaking with Eurocorps; and if he will make a statement.
(306487)
206
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK force deployment of the deployment of Eurocorps to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(306488)
207
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the contribution of Eurocorps to Kosovo.
(306490)
208
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent assessment is of helicopter availability to the armed forces; what equipment assessment was made in each of the last five years; and what forecast he has made of changes to helicopter availability in the next five years.
(306543)
209
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the helicopter availability requirements of the armed forces in the next 18 to 60 months.
(306546)
210
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the capability of the private sector to provide helicopters to complement existing UK defence capability in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq, (c) the Balkans and (d) Somalia; and if he will make a statement.
(306547)
211
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to which UK location the Camp Bastion War Memorial will be returned following the cessation of hostilities.
(306478)
212
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306447)
213
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306755)
214
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made any payments to protect the provision of supplies to UK forces in Afghanistan from Pakistan.
(306477)
215
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the percentage shortfall of (a) trained requirement, (b) trained strength and (c) fit for duty strength of each pinch point trade is.
(306797)
216
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) personnel in other ranks in each regular infantry and Royal Marine battalion were unfit for duty at the latest date for which figures are available.
(305723)
217
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) required and (b) actual trained strength is of each (i) regular infantry and (ii) Royal Marine battalion.
(305724)
218
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at which of his Department's bases in the UK weapons were reported as having been (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last 12 years; and how many and what type of weapon was involved in each case.
(305627)
219
N
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the security situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(306468)
220
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.
(306431)
221
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the order of battle of the Naval Strike Wing is; where it is based; and what its command structure is.
(306742)
222
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration his Department is giving to changing the Mastiff vehicle suspension to improve its off-road performance.
(306744)
223
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Javelin missiles, (b) multiple rocket launcher rockets and (c) mortar rounds have been fired in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost is of each missile fired in each category.
(306745)
224
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the tribal origins of the (a) officers and (b) other ranks in the (i) present and (ii) expected future Afghan National Army; and what proportion are (A) currently serving and (B) expected to serve in Helmand province.
(306746)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
225
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306709)
226
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he will be consulting on the Renewable Heat Incentive.
(306003)
227
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with house builders on inclusion of (i) solar water heating and (ii) photovoltaic electricity generation technology in new build homes.
(306339)
228
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate has been made of the effects of cigarette smoking on levels of carbon dioxide emissions.
(306343)
229
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Ofgem, (b) EDF Energy and (c) the Energy Ombudsman on the power cuts at Dartford Creek cable bridge on 20 July 2009.
(306568)
230
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306445)
231
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department and its agencies spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306756)
232
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons his Department ceased to accept applications for funding for photovoltaic projects under phase two of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme on 30 November 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(306668)
233
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he has taken to ensure the continuous availability of funding for solar photovoltaic projects; and if he will make a statement.
(306669)
234
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what grant assistance is available for non-domestic users of solar photovoltaic energy.
(306670)
235
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he expects the clean energy cash-back scheme to be launched.
(306671)
236
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he plans to publish the (a) tariff levels and (b) other final proposals relating to his Department's clean energy-cash back scheme.
(306675)
237
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(306149)
238
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in 2009.
(306429)
239
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he will respond to Question 301323, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 19 November 2009, on departmental working practices.
(305879)
240
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent by his Department on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants since it was established.
(306144)
241
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band is of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies.
(306432)
242
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what additional infrastructure will be required to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Oldbury to the National Grid; where it will connect to the National Grid; and if he will make a statement.
(306062)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
243
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department (a) concluded and (b) expects to publish its most recent assessment of the status of the Biodiversity Action Plan, Priority Species and Priority Habitats.
(305797)
244
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he has put in place to halt biodiversity loss beyond the expiry of the EU's 2010 targets; and if he will make a statement.
(305798)
245
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress since February 2009 towards meeting the objectives set out in the EU's 2010 targets to halt biodiversity loss; and if he will make a statement.
(305799)
246
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306717)
247
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of litres of (a) soft drinks, (b) mineral water and (c) fruit juice were consumed per person in each of the last five years.
(306561)
248
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the outcomes of the International Union for Conservation of Nature meeting held on 26 November 2009.
(305623)
249
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the proposed sites for tree-planting as recommended by the National Assessment of Forestry and Climate Change.
(305624)
250
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to take steps to increase the area of woodland in the West Midlands.
(305625)
251
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the spread of pests and diseases of woodland trees.
(305626)
252
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation his Department undertook with the under 10 metre fishing industry regarding the introduction of the 500kg cod lottery draw.
(306058)
253
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his most recent assessment is of the likely effects on the under 10 metre fishing industry of the introduction of the 500kg cod lottery draw.
(306059)
254
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306444)
255
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306757)
256
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the study commissioned to explore technological or process improvements that can be made to speed up drying out and stabilising building recovery after a flood; and when he expects a programme of work based on that study to be established.
(306331)
257
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 in respect of their provision for the metal recycling sector.
(306333)
258
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to extend the end of waste criteria for the purposes of including recycled metal.
(306334)
259
N
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he is considering to increase the amount of home-grown horticultural produce; and if he will make a statement.
(305583)
260
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.
(306430)
261
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on developing guidance on the labelling of food products sold in England which are produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement.
(305714)
262
N
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(305718)
263
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) smallest and (b) largest penalty for cross-compliance is that has been applied to a payment under the Single Payment scheme in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(306418)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
264
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306716)
265
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was levied in fines against the UK by EU institutions in the first six months of 2009.
(306060)
266
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306443)
267
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306758)
268
N
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the UK delegation to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has included a Minister since 1997.
(305726)
269
N
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions a Minister has appeared before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to discuss the UK's report as a state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child since 1997.
(305727)
270
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the European Court of Justice in respect of the application by the government of Gibraltar to reverse the designation by Spain of Gibraltarian territorial waters as a site of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region for which Spain is responsible.
(306662)
271
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to his Malaysian counterpart on Malaysia's policy on Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.
(306143)
272
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare's letters of 25 August, 1 October and 2 November 2009 on behalf of his constituent Mr John Dunster.
(306344)
273
N
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist the work of trades unions overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(306469)
274
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.
(306428)
275
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the part the Government is playing in the Middle East Peace Process.
(306743)
276
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice he has received on whether the blockade of Gaza constitutes collective punishment within the meaning of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
(306771)
277
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the conclusion of the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict in respect of the blockade of Gaza.
(306772)
278
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the blockade of Gaza by (a) HM Ambassador to Israel and (b) HM Consul General to the Palestinian Authority; and on what date each most recently visited Gaza.
(306773)
279
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the blockade of Gaza on (a) the level of separation between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and East Jerusalem, (b) efforts to establish a two-state solution in the Middle East, (c) the security situation in (i) Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and (ii) the Middle East and (d) the likelihood of war in the region.
(306774)
280
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has reviewed the compatibility of the blockade of Gaza with the obligations of Israel in respect of trade and human rights under (a) the EU-Israel Association Agreement, (b) the EU-Palestinian Authority Interim Association Agreement and (c) its membership of the World Trade Organisation.
(306775)
281
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) the number of incidents in which Israeli military forces have fired on Gazan (i) farmers and (ii) fishermen in each of the last four quarters and (b) the resultant injuries.
(306776)
282
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice he has received on whether (a) Israel, (b) Hamas and (c) Egypt are in breach of the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1860; and if he will make a statement.
(306777)
283
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Gaza blockade on efforts to reach peace in the Middle East.
(306778)
284
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to end the blockade of Gaza.
(306779)
285
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last requested the Israeli government to end the blockade of Gaza.
(306780)
286
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the (a) number of rockets or mortars fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel and (b) injuries resulting from such attacks in each of the last four quarters.
(306781)
287
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) the number of incidents of (i) Israeli military incursions, (ii) rocket mortar or tank fire from Israel into Gaza, (iii) bombing and (iv) sound bombs in each of the last four quarters and (b) fatalities and injuries that have resulted.
(306782)
288
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the introduction of the Israeli buffer zone in Gaza.
(306783)
289
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Israeli naval restrictions on Gazan fishermen.
(306784)
290
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to intensify efforts to provide (a) arrangements and (b) guarantees to ensure the sustained reopening of crossing points on the basis of the 2005 Agreement on Movement as required under action 6 of UN Security Council Resolution 1860; and what arrangements and guarantees have been put in place in the last 12 months.
(306785)
291
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his comments on the BBC World at One programme on 30 December 2008, what assessment he has made of whether the objectives he has set for the Government's policy in respect of Hamas have been achieved; and what the benefit is of this policy.
(306786)
292
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions in 2009 at the Erez crossing (a) British and (b) EU diplomats were shot at by Israeli or Palestinian forces; and what steps the Government has taken to reduce the risk of such incidents in future.
(306787)
293
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) UK nationals and (b) nationals of other European countries involved in shooting incidents at the Erez crossing in 2009.
(306788)
294
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether HM Ambassador to Israel plans to (a) support and (b) attend the Gaza Freedom March on 31 December 2009.
(306789)
295
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he most recently reviewed the Government's policy on Gaza.
(306790)
296
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) his representatives have had with the UN Secretary-General on the publication of the UN Secretary-General's report on the cost of damages to UN buildings and equipment in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead; and whether he has asked the UN Secretary-General to (i) publish his report and (ii) seek damages from the parties responsible.
(306791)
297
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to visit Gaza.
(306792)
298
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice he has received on the legal status of territorial waters off Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
(306793)
299
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when HM Ambassador to Israel most recently visited the Karni crossing.
(306794)
300
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions (a) he and (b) the Prime Minister have raised Gaza access issues with their Israeli counterparts; and on what occasions the Israeli government has acceded to requests for access in the last 12 months.
(306795)
301
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on Israeli controls on access to Gaza.
(306796)
302
N
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(305719)
303
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest assessment is of the political situation in Moldova; and if he will make a statement.
(306054)
304
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the number of trade unionists murdered in Colombia in the last 12 months; what steps he is taking to assist the Colombian government to reduce this figure; and if he will make a statement.
(306156)
305
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the status in international law of the extent of Gibraltar territorial waters; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (306760)
306
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the government of Gibraltar's application to the European Court of First Instance against Commission Decision 2009/95/EC updating a list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (306761)
307
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department had with (a) the Gibraltarian government, (b) the Spanish government and (c) the European Commission prior to Commission Decision 2009/95/EC updating a list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (306762)
308
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the Gibraltarian government, (b) the Spanish government and (c) the European Commission on Commission Decision 2009/95/EC updating a list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region since the decision was made; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (306763)
309
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the government of Gibraltar's application for the annulment of the Spanish site of Community importance known as Estrecho Oriental; and if he will make it his policy to challenge any new decision by the European Commission adopting an updated list of such sites which does not recognise the sovereignty of Gibraltar over its territorial waters.
[R] (306764)
310
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Israel on (a) the use of sand pits to hold Palestinian detainees and (b) the transfer into detention within Israel of Palestinian detainees (i) during and (ii) following Operation Cast Lead.
(306676)
311
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the Government has received in respect of (a) military activity at al-Quads hospital in Gaza on 15 January 2009, (b) the use of white phosphorous shells during the attack by Israeli forces on (i) al-Quads hospital and (ii) al-Wafa hospital and (c) the use made of the site of (A) the el-Bader flour mill and (B) the Atta Abu Jubbah cement packaging plant in the Gaza Strip prior to their targeting by Israeli forces during January 2009.
(306677)
312
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence his Department has evaluated on the uses to which the Palestinian Legislative Council building in Gaza was put before December 2008.
(306678)
313
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the directions given to civilians in Gaza by Palestinian armed groups in respect of going to or remaining at sites targeted for attack under Operation Cast Lead.
(306679)
314
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the use of (a) hospital facilities and (b) ambulances by (i) the authorities in Gaza and (ii) Palestinian armed groups during Operation Cast Lead.
(306680)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
315
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department expects to (a) publish and (b) respond to Professor Ian Gilmore's review of prescription charges.
(306534)
316
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the spending per head on GP-prescribed (a) tranquillisers and (b) anti-depressants was in (i) each primary care trust area and (ii) England in each of the last three years.
(306578)
317
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) male-only wards, (b) female-only wards, (c) mixed sex wards and (d) wards divided by partition into sexes there are in each hospital in Leeds.
(306579)
318
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the financial position of (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts in Leeds in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(306590)
319
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306715)
320
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that monoclonal antibody therapy is available to NHS patients diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
(305803)
321
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the number of children who have neuroblastoma.
(305804)
322
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has allocated to research to find a cure for neuroblastoma.
(305805)
323
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in reducing the incidence of smoking in the 11 to 15 year old age group over the last three years.
(306562)
324
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have given up smoking through NHS programmes in each of the last three years.
(306563)
325
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of future demographic changes on the provision of free personal care; and if he will make a statement.
(306151)
326
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the geographical distribution of the provision of free personal care; and if he will make a statement.
(306152)
327
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department defines eligibility in relation to the provision of free personal care; and if he will make a statement.
(306153)
328
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what models his Department has commissioned to assess the future provision of free personal care for those people with the highest needs; and if he will make a statement.
(306154)
329
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306406)
330
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306442)
331
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been allocated to the provision of cognitive behavioural therapy in each primary care trust in each of the last five years.
(305483)
332
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures his Department has put in place to assess patient satisfaction with hospital meals.
(306672)
333
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people being treated for depression in Lancashire Primary Care Trust.
(306673)
334
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance vehicles are based in each English county; what the ratio of ambulances to people is in each county; and if he will make a statement.
(306417)
335
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(306147)
336
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons general practitioners are required to provide monthly returns to his Department on swine influenza injections giving the (a) date of birth, (b) diagnostic code and (c) date of injection of each patient; and to what use this information is required.
(306330)
337
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research into cerebral inhibition soothing behaviours and the compromised capacity of persons who are autistic undertaken by autism spectrum experts his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated; and if he will make a statement.
(305721)
338
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions the Mental Capacity Act 2005 has been invoked in order to modify the situation pertaining to someone with disability in order to maximise their individual capacity; and if he will make a statement.
(305722)
339
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) funding and (b) capital funding allocation was made to each hospital site within the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each year since 1997.
(306674)
340
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 17 of the Explanatory Notes for the Personal Care at Home Bill, which budgets within his Department will fund the Department's £420 million contribution in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and by how much in each case.
(306014)
341
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Tables 1 and 2 of the impact assessment for the Personal Care at Home Bill, from which paragraphs of the report by the Personal Social Services Research Unit the figures were taken; and which figures in the impact assessment were taken from modelling which has not yet been published.
(306479)
342
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the impact assessment for the Personal Care at Home Bill, if he will publish in full modelling commissioned by his Department from the Personal Social Services Research Unit.
(306480)
343
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.
(306427)
344
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on proposals to allow general practitioners to sell over-the-counter medicine.
(306482)
345
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the use of ultraviolet tanning equipment by minors; and if he will make a statement.
(306483)
346
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to continue minimally-invasive oesophagectomy (MIO) research conducted at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in the event that MIO procedures are moved from that hospital to Derriford Hospital.
(306569)
347
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the long-term survival rate for (a) minimally-invasive oesophagectomy and (b) open oesophagectomy is.
(306570)
348
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mortality rate for (a) minimally-invasive oesophagectomy and (b) open oesophagectomy is.
(306571)
349
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average recovery time for (a) minimally-invasive oesophagectomy and (b) open oesophagectomy is.
(306572)
350
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by Leicestershire Primary Care Trust on (a) diabetes prevention measures, (b) treatment of diabetes and (c) treatment of diabetes-related illnesses in each of the last three years.
(306342)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
351
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the National Policing Improvement Agency has spent on advertising and marketing in each of the last five years.
(306358)
352
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information will be held on the National Identity Register on identity card holders that is not held on the UK Passport Database in respect of passport holders.
(306359)
353
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have voluntarily applied for an identity card (a) since 30 November 2009 and (b) to date.
(306360)
354
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of incidents of recorded crime resulted in a conviction in each of the last 10 years.
(306361)
355
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what records are kept of the number of cautions issued for assault on a police officer.
(306362)
356
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been assaulted in each of the last 10 years.
(306394)
357
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers from regional crime squads have been transferred to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in each of the last three years.
(306392)
358
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers of the Serious Organised Crime Agency were attached to regional crime squads on 1 December 2009.
(306393)
359
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warranted officers of the Serious Organised Crime Agency were based (a) in the UK and (b) overseas on 1 December 2009.
(306626)
360
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the asylum backlog; whether any additional staff have been assigned to this task in the last three months; and if he will make a statement.
(306627)
361
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations were able to access data on the National DNA Database on 1 December 2009.
(306628)
362
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on the removal process between 1 January and 1 December 2009.
(306629)
363
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306441)
364
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306759)
365
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of full implementation of all of proposals of his Department's Together we can end violence against women and girls strategy.
(305410)
366
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated amount was of (a) support costs, (b) administration costs, (c) housing costs, (d) legal costs, (e) deportation costs and (f) other costs of the asylum system in each year since 1997.
(305999)
367
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) found guilty of employing illegal immigrants in each month of (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009.
(306001)
368
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many time-limited visas of each type have been issued in each year since 1997.
(306002)
369
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects his Department to publish figures on occurrences of anti-Semitic incidents.
(306341)
370
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the data breach notification requirements in the EU E-privacy Directive will be transposed into UK law; what sanctions are available under current law against organisations or individuals who breach data privacy; and if he will make a statement.
(306537)
371
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what co-operation is taking place with other governments to facilitate best practice in countering hacking of computer systems; and if he will make a statement.
(306538)
372
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for offences related to phishing attacks in each of the last three years.
(306540)
373
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for offences related to spamming in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(306541)
374
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps an individual who has been subject to (a) a phishing attack, (b) installation of malware or adware and (c) other interference with their computer activities should take to report the incident for criminal investigation; how many such incidents were reported in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(306544)
375
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there were for offences involving the deceptive installation of adware on to computer systems in each of the last three years.
(306545)
376
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to ensure that any changes to Tier 4 of the points-based system do not reduce the attractiveness of the UK as a study destination to foreign students.
(306345)
377
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people charged with carrying an offensive weapon in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in 2008-09; and what sentences those convicted of such offences received.
(306268)
378
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what normal level of security clearance is required for UK nationals involved in dealing with human resources for police forces.
(306346)
379
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of security clearance is required for IT specialists employed on temporary visas by IBM (India) who work in Somerset with access to private information about staff of Avon and Somerset Police.
(306347)
380
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many temporary visas have been issued to foreign nationals employed by IBM (India) to fulfil contracts between IBM and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
(306351)
381
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young people under the age of 18 have been stopped and searched in each police force area under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2000; and how many have subsequently been (a) arrested (i) under that Act and (ii) for another reason and (b) prosecuted (i) under that Act and (ii) for another reason, in each such area.
(305998)
382
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the delay by the UK Border Agency in determining the case of a constituent of the hon. Member for Thurrock, reference N11 0518-CRTL5 included in the Agency's backlog of older cases; and how many other cases are to be determined by the Agency prior to this case.
(305800)
383
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his letter to the hon. Member for Thurrock of 1 June 2009 in respect of case reference W1035264 - CTS M11279/9, handled by the UK Border Agency's Case Resolution Team, for what reason the undertaking to conclude the case within three months has not been complied with; and if he will make a statement.
(305806)
384
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were reported to police on suspicion of shoplifting offences in (a) each division in Cambridgeshire and (b) England in each of the last 10 years.
(306353)
385
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) grievous bodily harm and (b) actual bodily harm were recorded by each police division in Cambridgeshire in each of the last 10 years.
(306354)
386
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes involving the use of a knife were recorded by each police division in England in each of the last 10 years.
(306464)
387
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of police officers earn more than £18,000 a year.
(306335)
388
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.
(306436)
389
N
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants on bail have broken the conditions of their bail in the last five years.
(305793)
390
N
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(305716)
391
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) genetically modified animals and (b) animals with a harmful genetic defect were used in regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Wales in 2008.
(306290)
392
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were conducted in Wales in 2008.
(306291)
393
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Wales in 2008 were performed in (a) public health laboratories, (b) universities and medical schools, (c) national health service hospitals, (d) Government departments, (e) other public bodies, (f) non-profit making organisations and (g) commercial organisations.
(306292)
394
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Wales in 2008 were conducted for (a) fundamental and applied studies other than toxicology and (b) toxicity tests or other safety and efficacy evaluation.
(306293)
395
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Wales in 2008 involved (a) cats, (b) dogs, (c) rabbits, (d) horses and other equids, (e) New World primates and (f) Old World primates which (i) were genetically modified and (ii) had a harmful genetic defect.
(306294)
396
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) mice, (b) rats, (c) guinea pigs, (d) hamsters, (e) rabbits, (f) horses and other equids, (g) sheep, (h) pigs, (i) birds, (j) amphibians, (k) reptiles, (l) fish, (m) cats, (n) dogs, (o) New World primates and (p) Old World primates were used in procedures conducted in Wales and regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in 2008.
(306295)
397
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual animals were used in procedures regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Wales in 2008.
(306296)
398
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the project licences granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in force in Wales at the end of 2008 were in the (a) mild, (b) moderate, (c) substantial and (d) unclassified severity banding.
(306297)
399
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of procedures regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 carried out in Wales in 2008 were conducted without anaesthesia.
(306298)
400
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places in Wales were designated as (a) a supplying establishment, (b) a breeding establishment and (c) a scientific procedure establishment under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 at the end of 2008.
(306299)
401
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences in respect of work to be carried out in Wales were granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in 2008; and how many such project licences were in force at the end of 2008.
(306300)
402
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many infringements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Wales were recorded in 2008; and how many of those resulted in a prosecution.
(306301)
403
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the primary purpose was of each (a) procedure and (b) field of research carried out on animals in Wales in 2008 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 involving (i) fish, (ii) pigs and (iii) genetically modified animals; and what the reasons were for the increase in the number of procedures carried out on (A) fish, (B) pigs and (C) genetically modified animals in Wales in that year in relation to the previous year.
(306302)
404
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many procedures carried out on animals in Wales in 2008 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 involved (a) New World primates and (b) Old World primates; and what the primary purposes of those procedures were.
(306303)
405
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Ministers in his Department have signed authorisations for the continued detention of children at immigration removal centres beyond 28 days which provide for the detention of children during Christmas 2009.
(304866)
406
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UK Border Agency has made any arrangements in respect of children detained at immigration removal centres during Christmas 2009.
(304867)
407
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many families he expects to be detained at immigration removal centres during Christmas 2009.
(304868)
408
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements have been made to residential and operational staffing of immigration removal centres over Christmas 2009 and the New Year period.
(304953)
409
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a new chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs will be appointed; and if he will make a statement.
(306008)
410
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a Government response to future recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
(306009)
411
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors he takes into consideration when assessing recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
(306010)
412
N
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what basis he rejected the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that cannabis should remain a class C drug.
(306011)
413
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his most recent estimate is of the average time taken by the UK Border Agency to process an application for leave to remain in the UK.
(305715)
Questions to the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
414
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the House of Commons Commission will consider the merits of providing a resident cat.
(306270)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
415
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306714)
416
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (a) subject and (b) location of each away day was.
(306405)
417
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306440)
418
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2007.
(306426)
419
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions he has raised Gaza access issues with his Israeli counterpart in the last 12 months; and on what such occasions the Israeli government has acceded to requests for access.
(306801)
420
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which governments contributed to the delivery of aid supplies provided by his Department in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009, and what steps the Government took in consequence in each case.
(306802)
421
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports he has received of the aid supplies destined for Gaza in respect of which access to Gaza has been (a) blocked and (b) delayed since the start of the blockade; and what items were involved in each case.
(306803)
422
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid supplies for Gaza funded by (a) the UK and (b) the EU have been denied passage to Gaza in 2009; what estimate he has made of the cost to Gaza of such denials; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such denials on the intended recipients of such supplies.
(306804)
423
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what channels of delivery he has considered for the provision to Gaza of aid supplies being held in Israel.
(306805)
424
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid his Department has provided to Gaza in each of the last five years.
(306474)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
425
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason Network Rail was not made subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a result of his recent review of the scope of the Act.
(305620)
426
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, where each (a) community legal aid centre and (b) community legal advice network is located.
(304833)
427
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306713)
428
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have access to satellite television broadcasts in their cells.
(306660)
429
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people charged with offences since 1997 had previously been released from prison on parole.
(306663)
430
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences have been committed by those on home detention curfews since 1997.
(306664)
431
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) murders and (b) other crimes of violence against the person have been committed by those released from prison on early release since 1997.
(306666)
432
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 470W, on crime, how many people were (a) found guilty at all courts and (b) cautioned for all offences in (i) 1987 and (ii) 1988.
(306415)
433
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contingency plans his Department has for the eventuality of a strike by prison officers in England and Wales.
(305783)
434
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether prisoners allowed out of prison on resettlement overnight release licences are included in his Department's prison population figures.
(305784)
435
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of members of the judiciary have a criminal record; and how many members of the judiciary have been dismissed for committing a criminal offence in each of the last 10 years.
(305785)
436
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has for the harmonisation of the conditions of service of probation service staff in the event of the establishment of an all-Wales probation trust.
(306475)
437
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the likely change to the number of (a) probation officer and (b) probation service officer posts in Wales in financial year 2010-11.
(306476)
438
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of people serving custodial sentences who were formerly children in care.
(305621)
439
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date the Ministry of Justice issued advice to Government departments to (a) always consult his Department's Crown Dependencies Branch before making any statements on answers to parliamentary questions about Crown Dependencies and (b) where a UK policy initiative requires consultation with Crown Dependencies, to allow sufficient time for their governments to make consultation effective; on what date and in what manner he received notification from the Department of Health prior to its decisions to abrogate the reciprocal NHS arrangements with (i) Guernsey and Jersey with effect from 1 April 2009 and (ii) the Isle of Man from 1 April 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(305811)
440
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what conclusions his Department drew from its 2007 Survey of Burial Grounds regarding cemetery provision for Islamic burial sites in London.
(306266)
441
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans there are for future burial site provision for Islamic people in London.
(306275)
442
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken following its 2007 Survey of Burial Grounds in respect of cemetery provision for Islamic burial sites in London.
(306276)
443
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people working in the Information Commissioner's Office are secondees from (a) his Department, (b) the Cabinet Office and (c) other Government departments.
(305725)
444
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in work group six in the Information Commissioner's Office are secondees from the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Ministry of Justice.
(305728)
445
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what arrangements have been made to enable members of the armed forces to participate in the 2010 general election through (a) campaign contact by candidates (i) in person and (ii) through literature and (b) voting in (A) the UK, (B) other European Union member states and (C) overseas beyond the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(306053)
446
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.
(306423)
447
N
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(305717)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
448
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress has been made on devolution of responsibility for criminal justice and policing in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(306277)
449
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
(306404)
450
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306446)
451
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.
(306150)
452
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.
(306424)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
453
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many groups in the Government Olympic Executive have responsibility for 2012 Olympic legacy matters; what the (a) membership is and (b) responsibilities for Olympic legacy matters of each such group are; and how many times each such group has met in the last 12 months.
(305789)
454
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, who is responsible for the planning of sports events in the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Olympics.
(305791)
455
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in the Government Olympic Executive in each year since its inception.
(306420)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
456
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (a) subject and (b) location of each away day was.
(306403)
Questions to the Solicitor General
457
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Solicitor General, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments in each year since 2003.
(306421)
458
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Solicitor General, how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants in 2008-09.
(306279)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
459
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, for what reason the target of 25 new light rail schemes by 2010 was abandoned; and how many such schemes he is now progressing.
(305617)
460
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what target he has set for the construction of miles of new (a) road and (b) rail by 2015.
(305618)
461
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many new (a) bypasses and (b) major local road schemes he plans to construct by 2015.
(305619)
462
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306712)
463
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many accidents involving vehicles in the other motor vehicle category have been recorded by his Department in each of the last five years.
(306491)
464
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2009, Official Report, column 264W, on invalid vehicles: accidents, which types of vehicle his Department includes in the other motor vehicle category.
(306492)
465
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of financial support for station improvements identified for priority improvement by the Station Champions that will come from (a) local authorities, (b) industry and (c) central government.
(306280)
466
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of financial support for station improvements at Stockport Railway Station which will come from (a) local authorities, (b) rail industry and (c) central government.
(306281)
467
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, whether station improvements on the 10 major interchange stations identified for priority improvement by the Station Champions would go ahead without financial support from local government and industry.
(306282)
468
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the ability of (a) local authorities and (b) local industry to provide financial support for station improvements at railway stations as part of the new £50 million fund.
(306286)
469
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, by what date he expects to announce the amount of funding from the new £50 million fund to be distributed for station improvements at Stockport railway station.
(306340)
470
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many injuries resulting from passengers falling on buses were reported in (a) England and (b) Greater London in the last five years.
(306289)
471
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003.
(306462)
472
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, when he will respond to Question 301331, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 19 November 2009, on departmental working practices.
(305878)
473
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how much has been spent by his Department on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants in each of the last three years.
(306145)
474
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Severn River Crossing plc on toll charges in 2010.
(306304)
475
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the level of toll charges on the Severn Crossing.
(306305)
476
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of freezing the levels of Humber Bridge tolls on (a) businesses, (b) jobs and (c) inward investment in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
(306306)
477
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what mechanism governs the calculation of new annual tolls for the Severn Crossings.
(306307)
478
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Severn Crossing toll on businesses in Wales.
(306308)
479
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what his reasons were for rejecting proposed increases in toll charges on the Humber Bridge in 2010.
(306309)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
480
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (a) subject and (b) location of each away day was.
(306407)
481
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in 2009.
(306535)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
482
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in the Government Equalities Office in each year since its inception.
(306422)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
483
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Leeds city area claimed attendance allowance in each of the last five years.
(306575)
484
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Leeds West constituency claimed attendance allowance in each of the last five years.
(306576)
485
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in West Yorkshire received winter fuel payments in 2008-09.
(306577)
486
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Leeds city area received winter fuel payments in 2008-09.
(306580)
487
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Leeds West constituency received winter fuel payments in 2008-09.
(306581)
488
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was for which claimants resident in Leeds West constituency were in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) each of the last five years.
(306582)
489
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to extend autism awareness training to all disability employment advisers at Jobcentre Plus.
(304961)
490
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training in autism awareness personal advisers at Jobcentre Plus receive.
(304962)
491
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff of her Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.
(306710)
492
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received assistance through the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme in Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency since the scheme was launched.
(306654)
493
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that people over 60 years of age receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
(306559)
494
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.
(306439)
495
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of households in England in which each member is in receipt of at least one of income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance, pension credit or income-related employment and support allowance.
(305786)
496
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of households in England in which all resident adults (a) have a child under 16 years and (b) are pregnant women with maternity certificate MAT-B1 and are in receipt of at least one of income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance, pension credit and income-related employment and support allowance.
(305787)
497
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of households in England in which all members are in receipt of at least one of working tax credit for those on incomes of less that £15,460 per annum including a disability element, disability living allowance, child tax credit for those with an income of less than £15,460 per annum, housing benefit including a disability premium, income support including a disability premium, council tax benefit including a disability premium, war disablement pension including a mobility supplement or constant attendance allowance or attendance allowance.
(305788)
498
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the average net change in income of a pensioner receiving no more than the basic state pension in each year since 1997.
(306269)
499
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for which benefits and allowances administered by her Department a retired grandparent is entitled to claim in respect of a grandchild who is being fostered by that grandparent.
(306721)
500
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in her Department in each year since 2003.
(306463)
501
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants in each broad market rental area receive local housing allowance in excess of (a) £385 and (b) £965 per week.
(305850)
502
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she will respond to Question 301334, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 19 November 2009, on departmental working practices.
(305877)
503
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria will be used to determine which of those aged 18 to 24 years old will be covered by (a) the young person's guarantee and (b) the flexible New Deal; and if she will estimate the number in each such group in 2010-11.
(306356)
504
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedure her Department has established to monitor and record the number of weeks a young person remains in a job created under the Future Jobs Fund; and if she will make a statement.
(306357)
505
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of (a) pensioners and (b) working age adults (i) with and (ii) without children who have received (A) means-tested benefits and (B) more than 50 per cent. of their income from means-tested benefits in (1) 1979, (2) 1983, (3) 1987, (4) 1992, (5) 1997, (6) 2001, (7) 2005 and (8) the latest year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(306667)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
506
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December, Official Report, column 655W, on health professions: pay, for what reasons (a) pharmacy contractors are and (b) appliance contractors are not zero-rated for value added tax.
[R] [Transferred] (306061)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
507
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Prime Minister has received a response to his joint letter of 16 October 2009 with President Sarkozy to his Israeli counterpart on the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission to Gaza; and whether the Israeli government has taken any of the actions requested in the letter.
[Transferred] (306798)
508
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Prime Minister last asked his Israeli counterpart to end the blockade of Gaza.
[Transferred] (306799)
509
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Prime Minister plans to visit (a) Gaza and (b) Israel, including the Karni crossing.
[Transferred] (306800)
510
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request his Israeli counterpart to allow aid items into Gaza.
[Transferred] (306806)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
511
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children under the age of 16 years have been convicted of criminal offences in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (306449)
512
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislation to make custodial sentences mandatory for serious offences of breach of privacy and confidentiality through negligent loss, sale or abuse of personal data.
[Transferred] (306539)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Transport
513
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what progress has been made in amending legislation to provide for the transfer of responsibility for authorising routes for UK rallies from the Royal Automobile Club to the Motor Sports Association; and when that process is likely to be completed.
[Transferred] (306536)

 
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