Written answers
Wednesday, 29 February 2012

  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Departmental Regulation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on the Red Tape Challenge; and which regulations have been (a) abolished and (b) revised as part...
    • Electricity: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce the electricity prices paid by energy intensive industry.
    • Electricity: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider capping the amount end consumers pay in respect of green taxes and charges via their electricity bill.
    • Energy: Meters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that any objections to the Draft Technical Specification by the European Commission or other EU...
    • Exhaust Emissions: Shipping
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the European Commission proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.
    • Fuel Poverty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance the energy company obligation will provide to people on low pay who are at risk of fuel poverty but are not receiving...
    • Gas: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the unit cost of disposal of advanced gas-cooled spent reactor fuel; and what the cost would be for the...
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what incentives he proposes to introduce to encourage take-up of the Green Deal.
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Economic Situation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely level of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions due to the 2008-10 recession.
    • Housing: Insulation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department has given to a transition period for the move from subsidies for cavity wall and loft insulation to...
    • Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 479W, on renewable energy: feed-in tariffs, what estimate he has...
    • Sellafield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the (a) future of Sellafield and (b) long-term storage and handling of spent fuel; and if he will make a statement.
    • Wind Power: Yorkshire East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what has been the total cost to the public purse of the Lissett windfarm in East Yorkshire.
  • Transport
    • Departmental Recruitment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many households (a) nationally, (b) in Warwickshire and (c) in North Warwickshire constituency have received assistance from the HS2 Exceptional...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in her Department are working only on the High Speed 2 project; and how many hours they spent working on the project in (a) 2009,...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to announce the route of the Y-route of High Speed Two.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Nature Reserves
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider all available information on (a) sites of environmental importance and (b) nature reserves and local wildlife sites when a...
    • M25: Hertfordshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks on the M25 near South Mimms to be completed and all carriageways opened; and if she will make a statement.
    • Motor Vehicles: Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport has not responded to correspondence from Martyn Faulds on red indicators on...
  • Scotland
    • Action for Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) value is of each such contract.
    • Departmental Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are paid (i) £100,000...
  • House of Commons Commission
    • Drinking Water: Costs
      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the annual cost is of bottled water supplied to (a) committee rooms and (b)...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Action for Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) value is of each such contract.
    • Departmental Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are paid (i)...
    • Members
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times (a) he and (b) the Minister of State have received correspondence using House of Commons notepaper from hon. Members who have not...
    • Political Parties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with representatives of political parties in Northern Ireland on entitlement to allowances for parties whose Members...
  • Wales
    • Broadband
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) others on the provision of broadband in Wales.
    • Inward Investment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps she is taking to promote Wales as a destination for inward investment.
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Telecommunications: Competition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on competition and consumers of the cost to smaller providers of submitting appeals...
    • Telecommunications: Competition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what comparative assessment he has made of the competitive advantage to larger telecoms providers, as compared to smaller...
    • Telecommunications: Competition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the average cost of appeals submitted under the current telecoms appeals regime.
    • Telecommunications: Competition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed amendments to the telecoms appeals framework on (a) the number of...
    • Telecommunications: Competition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he expects (a) amendments to the telecoms appeals framework in order to introduce a more streamlined and efficient...
    • Telecommunications: Competition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the commercial effect on smaller telecoms providers of time taken for Ofcom regulation due to...
    • Television: Licensing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many pensioners in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley received a free...
  • Home Department
    • Action for Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts her Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract.
    • Arrest Warrants
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European arrest warrants have been issued for arresting and bringing to the UK a suspect from each EU country in each of the last...
    • British Nationality: Assessments
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Life in the UK citizenship tests have been sat in each year since 2007; and what the number and proportion was of such tests which...
    • Civil Disorder
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the recovery of small businesses affected by the public disorder of August 2011; and if she will make a statement.
    • Civil Disorder
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with police authorities on compensation for people affected by riots
    • Databases: Telecommunications
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any legislative proposals in respect of the communications capabilities development programme will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.
    • Databases: Telecommunications
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she consulted the Information Commissioner on the communications capabilities development programme.
    • Departmental Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the Sixth Defence Scientific Advisory Council Sub-Committee statement on the medical implications...
    • Departmental Senior Civil Servants
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many senior civil servants left her Department and its public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are; what the rate of...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many checks have been carried out on Tier 4 sponsors in the last three months.
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inspections of Tier 4 colleges have been carried out in the last three months.
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 sponsors (a) have been found to be breaking the terms of their licence and (b) had their licences revoked as a result in the...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) unannounced and (b) announced inspections were carried out on Tier 4 colleges, in each of the last twelve months.
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 colleges have been (a) found to be bogus and (b) closed as a result in the most recent period for which figures are available.
    • Foreign Nationals: Offenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national offenders who were released since May 2010 have subsequently been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted for...
    • Foreign Nationals: Offenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national offenders due to be removed on release were awaiting removal in (a) May, (b) September and (c) December 2011.
    • Forensic Science Regulator: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department allocated to the Forensic Science Regulator in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and how much it plans to...
    • Knives: Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidences of knife crime were recorded by the Metropolitan police force in each London borough in each month since May 2008; and if...
    • Proceeds of Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total value was of criminal assets (a) frozen and (b) recovered by (i) each police force in England and Wales, (ii) the Serious...
    • Proceeds of Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the total value was of criminal assets that were (a) frozen and (b) recovered in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) the year...
    • Terrorism: International Cooperation
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the (a) maintenance and (b) utility of the directory of specialised competences in...
  • Health
    • Allergies: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that GPs are aware of the risk of food allergies in children; and what measures are in place to ensure testing occurs.
    • Allergies: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding and assistance is given to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust to help children with severe allergies.
    • Antenatal Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) parents who attend (i) part and (ii) all of the ante-natal and post-natal classes available to them and...
    • Cardiovascular System: Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on improving care pathways for cardiac services between district general hospitals and specialist units.
    • Departmental Internet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public services his Department delivers online only.
    • Departmental Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are paid (i) £100,000 and...
    • Diabetes: Chiropody
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Leicester East of 6 February 2012, Official Report, column 143W, on diabetes: chiropody, if he will...
    • Diabetes: Orthopaedics
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Leicester East of 6 February 2012, Official Report, column 143W, on diabetes: orthopaedics, what...
    • Health Services: Ex-servicemen
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on monitoring the health and wellbeing of returning veterans in each of the last 10 years.
    • Hospices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the newest hospice was built.
    • Hospices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of his £40 million of capital funding for hospices in 2010-11 has been spent; (2) which hospices have benefited from his £40...
    • Hospitals: Waiting Lists
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled by hospitals in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England in the last 12 months.
    • IVF: Leeds
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure sufficient provision of NHS-funded in-vitro fertilisation treatment in Leeds.
    • McKinsey and Company
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution by the Secretary of State for Health of 22 February 2012, Official Report, column 909, on McKinsey and Company, what access...
    • Medical Treatments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect of a patient's level of optimism on their ability to fight (a) infectious and (b) cardiovascular diseases.
    • Mental Health Services: Per Capita Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust spent on mental health per head in each of the last five years.
    • Neurology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with (a) Parkinson's disease, (b) multiple sclerosis, (c) epilepsy, (d) muscular dystrophy and (e) motor neurone disease died from (i)...
    • NHS: Reorganisation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial cost to his Department was of the appeal against the Information Commissioner's ruling on 2 November 2011.
    • NHS: Reorganisation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the National Health Service Transition Programme on the morale of NHS staff; what representations he has...
    • Obesity: Bexleyheath
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to help tackle obesity in (a) adults and (b) children in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.
    • Organs: Donors
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the shortfall in organ donations to meet demand for transplantation; (2) what steps he plans to take to...
    • Organs: Donors
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were registered as organ donors in the most recent period for which figures are available.
    • Physiotherapy: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) changes in numbers of physiotherapy training places in London and (b) the closure of physiotherapy...
    • Primary Health Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely proportion of primary health care commissioning being undertaken by (a) public sector employees directly employed...
    • Prostate Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve survival rates for men with advanced prostate cancer; and if he will make a statement.
    • Prostate Cancer: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the draft guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence proposing to refuse...
    • Transplant Surgery
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were awaiting transplantation surgery requiring (a) lungs, (b) a pancreas, (c) a heart, (d) kidneys and (e) a liver in the most recent...
  • Treasury
    • Banks: Loans
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) proportion of successful appeals made to banks under the banking lending independent appeals...
    • Child Tax Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people received child tax credit over-payments in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year...
    • Departmental Internet
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public services his Department delivers online only.
    • Income Tax: Gillingham
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Gillingham and Rainham constituency pay income tax at (a) 20 per cent., (b) 40 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent; (2) what the revenue...
    • Income Tax: National Insurance
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had on (a) the alignment of national insurance contributions with income tax and (b) the removal of the upper earnings limit cap on...
    • Revenue and Customs: Closures
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much he has allocated to the support of staff affected by redundancy at HM Revenue and Customs in each year between 2012 and 2014; (2) what steps...
    • Tax Avoidance: Ghana
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports he has received on the use of Ghana as a location for tax avoidance schemes.
    • Taxation: Aviation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer if (a) fuel duty was levied on (i) international and (ii) internal...
    • Taxation: Self-assessment
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to assist people living in rural constituencies without access to the internet who are required to submit a self-assessment tax...
    • Taxation: Self-assessment
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to simplify the self-assessment tax form.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Coastal Communities Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology his Department used to determine the amount of funding for each coastal constituency in the Coastal Communities...
    • Departmental Food
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of food purchased by his Department was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.
    • Departmental Internet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public services his Department delivers online only.
    • Departmental Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent procuring products and services in 2010-11.
    • Departmental Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of the total value of contracts issued or to be issued by his Department in 2011-12 have required...
    • Departmental Regulation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress his Department has made on the Red Tape Challenge; and which regulations have been (a) abolished and (b)...
    • Departmental Travel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 January 2012, Official Report, column 31WS, on cost of ministerial cars,...
    • Electoral Register
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role (a) district auditors and (b) the local government ombudsman have in relation to complaints of maladministration in...
    • Email
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to encourage the use of e-mail in preference to printed correspondence for communications between his...
    • Environment Protection: Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to give guidance to local planning authorities on the National Ecosystems Assessment.
    • Fire Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage more people to sign up to become on-call retained firefighters.
    • Fire Services: Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the findings of (a) the report entitled Pension Schemes in the Fire Service and the Independent...
    • Fire Services: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of fire service response times, from time of call to time of first attendance, were of a duration...
    • Homelessness: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent estimate he has made of the cost of providing temporary accommodation to homeless people in (a) the London...
    • Housing: Repairs and Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people (a) applied for and (b) were awarded home repairs assistance in England in financial years (i) 2009-10 and (ii)...
    • Local Authorities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to force local authorities to divest themselves of assets which are not necessary for their core...
    • Local Authorities: Airports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he considers it appropriate that local authorities should own or hold an interest in an airport; and if he will make a...
    • Planning Permission: Travellers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of new planning guidance on travelling showpeople's sites on appeals lodged before the...
    • Planning Permission: Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals in respect of wind turbines were considered by the Planning Inspectorate in each planning category for...
    • Private Rented Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of buy-to-let mortgages on the size of the private rented sector.
    • Recycling: Shropshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice and assistance he is giving to Shropshire council to help them to collect and recycle cardboard.
    • Social Rented Housing: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments have been made from the public purse to each (a) housing association and (b) social housing provider in each of...
    • Wind Power: Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of the presumption in favour of sustainable development on appeals to overturn...
    • Departmental Billing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of his Department's invoices from its private sector suppliers were paid (a) within 14 days, (b)...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Action for Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts her Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract.
    • Birds of Prey
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the population of each species of birds of prey in each of the last five years.
    • Common Fisheries Policy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) other EU member states on fisheries partnership...
    • Departmental Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2012, Official Report, column 80W, on departmental data protection, what data or...
    • Droughts: Lincolnshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to mitigate the effects of any potential drought in Lincolnshire.
    • Droughts: London Olympics 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she is making contingency plans for the potential effects of drought on the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she...
    • Environment Agency: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of the Environment Agency are assigned to dealing with shale gas issues.
    • Environment Agency: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in the Environment Agency in each year since 2008; and how many she expects the agency to...
    • Fisheries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department received any external advice on the prospect of assembling a case to support a request to the European...
    • Floods: Pendle
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to mitigate the effects of flooding in Pendle constituency.
    • Fly-tipping: Cycling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations her Department has received on fly-tipping; and whether her Department has assessed the effects...
    • Food: Packaging
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce the use of packaging in the food industry.
    • Food: Waste
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will set a date by which it intends to achieve its long-term vision that no food waste is sent to landfill...
    • Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many strains of genetically modified crops are licensed for use in the UK.
    • Landfill
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the minimum permitted membrane thickness of a landfill site is; and what steps she would expect the Environment Agency...
    • Landfill
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of insurance her Department requires companies who (a) operate on and (b) operate landfill sites to hold in...
    • Landfill: Arpley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has put in place to (a) monitor and (b) minimise emissions of (i) inorganic compounds, (ii) dioxin...
    • Landfill: Lancashire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the likely total volume of waste going to landfill produced in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) East...
    • Landfill: North West
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the likely total volume of waste going to landfill produced by (a) Merseyside, (b) Greater...
    • Marine Stewardship Council: Consumers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the effect of Marine Stewardship Council certification on consumer behaviour.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to answer the hon. Member for Harrow West's letter about the answering of a parliamentary question on senior...
    • Morocco: Fishery Agreements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reference is made to Western Sahara in the documents provided by Morocco on the effect on the Saharawi people of the...
    • Morocco: Fishery Agreements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ask the European Commission to consult representatives of the Saharawi population on the proposed EU-Morocco...
    • Pesticides
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Chemical Regulation Directorate applies the precautionary principle when (a) assessing the risks of the use of...
    • Pollution: Incinerators
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that pollution from the incinerators constructed by Veolia in the UK are effectively...
    • Rhydymwyn Valley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date she plans to publish the final vision document for the future of the Rhydymwyn Valley site.
    • Rhydymwyn Valley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from organisations on the future of the Rhydymwyn Valley site since 1 January 2011.
    • Rhydymwyn Valley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the next meeting of the joint consultative committee for the Rhydymwyn Valley site to take place; who the...
    • River Rom: Conservation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conservation work her Department has carried out on the River Rom; and what future work is planned.
    • Rural Areas: Broadband
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department provides for the provision of broadband other than superfast broadband in rural areas.
    • Rural Areas: Private Finance Initiative
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for a second round of Rural Growth...
    • Scallops
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 499W, on scallops, whether the conditions for (a) seeking...
    • Seas and Oceans: Technology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of emergent technologies on (a) coastlines and the seabed,...
    • Third Sector
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to implement the principles of the Best Value Statutory Guidance in respect of (a) giving...
    • Water Companies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of the infrastructure needed to connect neighbouring water companies.
    • Water Supply: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of spending (a) by each water company and (b) in each constituent part of the UK on improvements...
    • Water: Pollution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what safeguards exist to ensure that traces of cytotoxic drugs do not enter the water supply chain.
    • West Africa: Fisheries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department provides funding to governments in West Africa to help them protect their waters from illegal fishing.
    • West Africa: Fisheries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage a sustainable EU policy towards the exploitation of West African fish stocks through...
    • Western Sahara: Fisheries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received of British trawlers using flags of convenience to fish in the waters off western Sahara.
    • Western Sahara: Fisheries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to ensure that trawlers from EU member states fishing off the coast of West Africa act in...
  • Justice
    • Appeals: Employment and Support Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time was between an applicant lodging an appeal against a decision on entitlement to employment and support allowance and the...
    • Barristers: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which 10 barristers' Chambers earned the most from criminal legal aid in the last year; and how much they earned.
    • Children: Custody
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children have been returned to the UK voluntarily following wrongful retention by a parent living abroad in each year between 2002 and 2012.
    • Courts: Crimes of Violence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many violent incidents were recorded in each (a) court and (b) tribunal in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2011.
    • Courts: Security
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many security staff were employed by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011 by each individual court and tribunal.
    • Criminal Proceedings: Translation Services (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many interpreters on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters have worked for his Department under its framework agreement with Applied...
    • Death Certificates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the case for bringing forward legislative proposals for England based on the Presumption of Death (Scotland) Act 1977 to...
    • Departmental Internet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what public services his Department delivers online only.
    • Employment Tribunals Service
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) unpaid employment tribunal awards and (b) unpaid ACAS settlements were passed to High Court Enforcement Officers in (i) 2010-11 and (ii)...
    • Employment Tribunals Service
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) single claims, (b) multiple claims and (c) multiple claim cases were accepted by employment tribunals in each year since 2000-01; (2)...
    • EU Staff: Corruption
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many EU officials were convicted of corruption offences in the UK in each of the last five years; and what assessment his Department has made of the...
    • Judicial Conduct
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the relationship between the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman and the Office of Judicial Complaints; and...
    • Legal Aid Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget for criminal legal aid was in the last year.
    • Legal Profession: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which 25 lawyers earned the most from criminal legal aid in the last year; and how much they earned.
    • Prison Sentences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what offences prisoners were serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) who have served longer than their minimum tariff in the...
    • Prison Sentences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving (a) an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) and (b) a life sentence have been directed to be (i) released and...
    • Prisoners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will provide a breakdown of the prison population by (a) race, (b) age and (c) gender in the latest period for which figures are available.
    • Prisoners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection in England and Wales were assessed as suitable to be held in open conditions...
    • Reoffenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce re-offending of people sentenced to one year or less in custody.
    • Sentencing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of people were sentenced to (a) custody and (b) community sentences in each magistrates' court in the latest period...
    • Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken provide children held in the secure youth estate with alternative means of providing accounts of restraint where they are unable...
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's press release of 6 September 2011 on apprenticeships, what the names are of the 20 companies...
    • Bus Services: Brighton
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has (a) held discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on and (b) made an assessment of how the...
    • Bus Services: Competition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to implement in full the recommendations made in the local bus services market investigation...
    • Business
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 545W, on business, if he will place in the Library the...
    • Business: Government Assistance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people have registered to receive assistance from his Department's Get Mentoring scheme in (a) England, (b)...
    • Departmental Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are...
    • Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the information he holds on the take-up of the enterprise finance guarantee.
    • Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) the value was of exports in 2011 and (b) objectives he has set for the level of exports by 2015 to (i) Bangladesh, (ii)...
    • Public Houses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made on introducing a statutory code of practice that includes (a) a free-of-tie-in option and (b) an...
    • Public Houses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made on the commissioning of an independent body to review the self-regulation of the pub industry in...
    • Student Loans Company: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the Student Loans Company has agreed to account for PAYE and national insurance at source for the salary of its...
    • Students: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans the Student Loans Company has to change the application process for disabled students' allowances and childcare grants...
  • Leader of the House
    • Members: Pay
      To ask the Leader of the House whether he has plans for a debate on payments to hon. Members who have not taken their seats.
  • Women and Equalities
    • Equality and Human Rights Commission
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission is fulfilling its public sector equality duty under the Equality Act...
    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Manpower
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many and what proportion of employees at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission were (a) male, (b) female, (c) white, (d) from mixed or...
    • Homophobia: Sports
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on homophobia and transphobia in sports.
  • Education
    • Adoption
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the rate of disruption in adoption services within the (a) UK and (b) Milton Keynes unitary authority area.
    • Children: Allergies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures are in place to ensure that teachers and classroom assistants are aware of the risk of food allergies in children.
    • Dyslexia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidelines he issues on testing for dyslexia.
    • Education: Assessments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what powers he has to (a) issue guidance on and (b) oversee the maintenance of standards for the marking of examinations in (i) Wales, (ii) Scotland...
    • Grammar Schools: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils aged 11 to 15 years were in publicly-funded secondary schools in each of the last five years; and what proportion were in...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to answer the hon. Member for Harrow West's letter about the answering of a parliamentary question on senior staff being paid through a...
    • Schools: Inspections
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has made an assessment of the cost of the proposed reinspections of schools by Ofsted that have been graded as outstanding overall but not...
    • Schools: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost per pupil was of school transport (a) in each local education authority with a wholly selective admissions system and (b) on average in...
    • Teachers: Ex-servicemen
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on his proposal to recruit former members of the armed forces as teachers; and if he will make a statement.
  • Defence
    • Armed Forces: Skilled Workers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Work and Pensions and (b) Business, Innovation and Skills on recognition of the skills...
    • Radar: Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 336W, on radar: wind power, if he will list the location of the three new...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Departmental Pay
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are paid (i) £100,000...
    • Departmental Recruitment
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made towards employing private sector non-executives to departmental boards; and what remuneration package is provided for each...
    • Government Departments: Freedom of Information
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he intends to publish updated guidance on private email accounts and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
    • Government Departments: Offices
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress he has made with his planned disposal of surplus Government offices and other buildings.
    • Grace and Favour Housing
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Ministers in his Department have the use of grace and favour homes.
    • Prostate Cancer: Death
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many men in (a) Wellingborough constituency and (b) England died from advanced prostate cancer in each of the last five years.
    • Public Bodies: Manpower
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed by departmental public bodies in each of the last five years.
  • International Development
    • Bangladesh
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on social protection programmes intended to improve nutritional outcomes for (a) children and (b)...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Atos Healthcare: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Which Atos assessment centres are located in Scotland; and which such centres employ mental health champions.
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what revenue his Department expects to raise (a) in the current spending review period until 2014-15 and (b) in the following spending review...
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost of collecting a £20 application fee to access the future statutory maintenance system in...
    • Cold Weather Payments: Reading (Berkshire)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Reading West constituency have received a cold weather payment in each of the last three years.
    • Disability Living Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will add 22q11.2 deletion syndrome to the list of medical conditions in the medical guidance for disability living allowance and...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Leeds North West constituency, (b) the Yorkshire region and (c) England were in receipt of housing benefit in each year...
    • Housing Benefit: Pension Credit (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether one or both of a couple in receipt of housing benefit have to have reached the pension credit qualifying age in order to be exempt from...
    • International Pension Centre
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of fraud have been identified by (a) the International Pension Centre and (b) International Pension Service officers based in UK...
    • International Pensions Centre
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has any plans to review the operation of International Pension Service officers located at UK embassies and high commissions.
    • International Pensions Centre
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of savings made through early detection of fraudulent or erroneous claims by International Pension Centre...
    • New Enterprise Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of take-up has been of the (a) new enterprise allowance and (b) New Enterprise Allowance Loan in (i) Skipton and Ripon...
    • Pensions: Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of fraudulent overseas pensions claims in the latest period for which figures are available.
    • Public Sector: Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people made redundant from a job in the public sector since January 2010 who have subsequently been...
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total household income including working tax credit, child tax credit, child benefit and council tax benefit of a...
    • Widowed Parents Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that entitlement to widowed parents allowance is not affected by the introduction of income-related criteria...
    • Winter Fuel Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of higher rate taxpayers who were in receipt of (a) a free television licence and (b) winter fuel allowance in...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those awarded points under Activity 7, Understanding Communication, in work capability assessments undertaken between April and...
    • Work Capability Assessment: Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which providers are performing work capability assessments in Northern Ireland.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • A4e
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract.
    • Departmental Internet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public services his Department delivers online only.
    • Departmental Responsibilities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 73W, on Adam Werritty, what the (a) subject and (b) purpose...
    • Departmental Responsibilities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 73W, on Adam Werritty, who else attended the dinner on 6...
    • Kosovo: Serbia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress of talks between Kosovo and Serbia on normalising relations between those...
    • Western Sahara
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UN special rapporteurs have visited Western Sahara since the renewal of the MINURSO mandate.
    • Western Sahara
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to to ask the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression to visit occupied Western Sahara.
  • House of Lords
    • Civil Service: Staff
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount paid to civil servants by way of bonuses in the last financial year for which figures are available. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...
    • Civil Service: Staff
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the practice of paying bonuses to civil servants commenced.
    • Cyclists
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will arrange a trial of cyclists being allowed to go through red lights to turn left or go straight on within zones with a 20 miles per hour speed...
    • Energy: Smart Meters
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the publication of the enrolment criteria for foundation phase smart meters.
    • Government: Publications
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of all documents they have published in printed form in the year to date.
    • India
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom's aid programme in India is related to a policy of improving economic ties between the United Kingdom and India.
    • India
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the course of building trade and investment links with India, they are allocating part of the aid budget to public-private partnerships which are not...
    • India
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what part of the United Kingdom's annual £280 million aid to India has been related to competitive efforts to achieve the sale of combat aircraft to India.
    • Railways: Rolling Stock
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they envisage next placing an order for the delivery of new railway rolling stock.
    • Religious Freedom
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of religious freedom in Egypt.
    • Religious Freedom
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of religious freedom in Uzbekistan.
    • Saudi Arabia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Saudi Arabia for the International Committee of the Red Cross to have access to all prisoners and...
    • Somalia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what priority will be given at the forthcoming London Somalia conference to counter-terrorism and counter-piracy.
    • Somalia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government who has been invited to attend the forthcoming London Somalia conference from Somalia and the Horn of Africa.
    • Somalia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government who the lead contributors will be at the forthcoming London Somalia conference.
    • Somalia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, at the forthcoming Somalia conference in London, they will press for substantial increases in the number of monitors in Somalia from the Office of the...