MPs receive latest written answers

16 September 2009

Over 160 responses to MPs' questions from 17 government departments and other bodies were published as Written Answers on 15 September

Business, Innovation and Skills


  • Business Links' health check service
  • Government assistance for those with high levels of personal debt
  • higher education: university admissions and graduate employment
  • vehicle scrappage scheme

All Business, Innovation and Skills answers

Cabinet Office


  • number of senior civil servants who resigned to work in the private sector
  • details of the public relations firms on the Central Office of Information's accredited list each year since 1997

All Cabinet Office answers

Children, Schools and Families


  • expenditure on Sure Start Children’s Centres
  • state schools in England which take children aged three to 18 years old
  • special educational needs and disabilities

All Children, Schools and Families answers

Communities and Local Government

  • Government's reasons for not proceeding with housing reform green paper

Communities and Local Government answer

Culture, Media and Sport


  • number of community amateur cricket clubs registered in England
  • second round of the Government's free swimming capital modernisation programme
  • operational timing on the Government's proposed 12 pilot community music rehearsal spaces

All Culture, Media and Sport answers



  • Afghanistan operations: equipment, troop numbers
  • bullying in the armed forces
  • armed forces mental health services
  • global positioning system and missile tracking

All Defence answers

Energy and Climate Change


  • vulnerability of the electricity supply network to malicious damage
  • number of households in fuel poverty in England in 2006

All Energy and Climate Change answers

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


  • potential effects on human health of smells from agricultural muck-spreading
  • implementation of codes of practice for animal welfare under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • plans for, and expenditure on, flood defences 2009-11
  • number of municipal waste incinerators operating in England

All Environment, Food and Rural Affairs answers

Foreign and Commonwealth Office


  • cost of campaigns since 2001 aimed at Britons travelling abroad
  • the new Foreign and Commonwealth Office-Libya IRA Compensation Unit
  • piracy in Somalia and the steps taken by the the Government

All Foreign and Commonwealth Office answers



  • number of emergency hospital admissions 2007-08 following an asthma attack
  • level of funding provided for breaks for carers and for carers' grants in 2009-10
  • representations received on the age at which cervical cancer screening should start
  • proportion of adults with learning disabilities in settled accommodation

All Health answers

Home Office

  • consideration of the disposal of the former Police Training College at Cwmbran

Home Office answer

International Development


  • number of staff working in Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan poppy cultivation and prices

All International Development answers



  • final proposals on House of Lords reform should be published later this year
  • average daily allocation of funding for food for a prisoner in England
  • prisoner transfers applications made and received; prisoner transfer agreements between this administration and foreign governments since 1979
  • numbers of prisoners since 2004 who have attempted, or committed, suicide while serving a custodial sentence

All Justice answers



  • national bus concessionary travel in England
  • effects of the ethanol and bio-content of some modern fuels on fibreglass fuel tanks and bonding glue

All Transport answers



  • non-domestic rates on firms in ports
  • Valuation Office Agency treatment of all information about domestic property (number of bedrooms/bathrooms, floors etc) as personal data

All Treasury answers

Work and Pensions


  • how many people in England and Wales applied for, and received, a crisis loan in 2008-09
  • value of payments of incapacity benefit to recipients in each year since 1997
  • The number of claims for incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance and employment and support allowance begun since 1 January 2007

All Work and Pensions answers

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