Written answers
Tuesday, 12 June 2012

  • Wales
    • Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on the updating of published data in line with the Government's transparency agenda in each month since September 2011.
    • Mutual Societies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from her Department's workforce to a mutual in (a) 2011-12 and (b)...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Employment Schemes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will institute systematic, independent checks with placement hosts before payments are made under the Mandatory Work Activity scheme.
    • Employment Schemes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) prime contractors and (b) sub-contractors have pulled out of the Work programme since June 2011; and how many in each such...
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many buildings owned by his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible have been empty for more than two years; and if he will...
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non- departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11,...
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a statement of his Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps his Department is taking to avoid...
  • Treasury
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the cost to his Department to be of (a) providing an online calculator for, (b) providing guidance to and (c) sending a letter to...
    • Earnings
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many people earn £68,000 or more per year; and what proportion of total earners this represents.
    • Equitable Life
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of eligible Equitable Life policy holders have (a) been notified of their entitlement under the compensation scheme and (b) have received,...
    • Excise Duties: Fraud
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) he or his Ministers, (b) his officials and (c) HM Revenue and Customs officials have met representatives of the tobacco industry and discussed...
    • Fraud
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting his Department's spending in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he...
    • Insurance: Motor Vehicles
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for regulation of the cost of car insurance premiums by the Financial Services Authority.
    • Non-domestic Rates
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of extending small business rate relief until 2015.
    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services (1 annotation)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of calling the 0845 3000627 HM Revenue and Customs hotline number is from (a) a BT landline, (b) a pay-as-you-go mobile telephone and (c) a...
    • Third Sector
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in income of the voluntary and charitable sector in each region due to (a) decisions in Budget 2012 and (b) spending...
  • Scotland
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Office spent on the updating of published data in line with the Government's transparency agenda in each month since September 2011.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Office; and if he will make a statement.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many buildings owned by his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible have been empty for more than two years; and if he will make a...
    • Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting his Department’s spending in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12;...
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
    • Mutual Societies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department’s workforce to a mutual in (a) 2011-12...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a statement of his Department’s expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps he is taking to avoid an annual...
  • Transport
    • Commuters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of the average amount of time spent commuting to work in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much bad debt was written off by her Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.
    • Home Working
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many civil servants in her Department will be working from home during the London 2012 Olympics; (2) how many civil servants in her...
    • Large Goods Vehicles: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department plans to introduce legislative proposals for a heavy goods vehicle charging scheme.
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what target she has set to reduce headcount across her Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b)...
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of her Department's expenditure on procurement has gone to small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK since May 2010.
  • Northern Ireland
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters to Ministers in his Department were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered within three...
    • Diamond Jubilee 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding his Department has allocated for the celebration of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Northern Ireland.
    • Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on the updating of published data in line with the Government's transparency agenda in each month since September 2011.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many buildings owned by his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible have been empty for more than two years; and if he will...
    • Immigrants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Iranian citizens live in Northern Ireland.
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2012, Official Report, column 353W, on manpower, what the grades and job titles are of the 84 staff directly...
    • Official Visits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on accommodation for Ministers and officials during official visits to Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.
  • Justice
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many buildings owned by his...
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish a statement of his Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps he is taking to avoid an annual underspend.
  • Home Department
    • Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting her Department's spending in (i) 2010-11 and (ii)...
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what target she has set to reduce headcount across her Department, its non-departmental public bodies and Executive agencies in (a) 2010-11,...
    • Stop and Search
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 844, what consideration she has given to widening the scope of the Association...
    • Stop and Search
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped and searched by the police under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, by ethnicity in...
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the UK Border Agency has been of the Country Escort contract in each of the last 10 years.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...
    • Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting his Department's spending in (i) 2010-11...
    • Housing: Construction
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the number of residential planning permissions granted by local planning authorities is for each quarter from quarter 1 in...
    • Departmental Administration Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the administration of his Department in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.
    • Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish regulations on the procedures for referenda on Neighbourhood Plans.
    • Social Rented Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants have moved through the HomeSwap Direct scheme since its launch.
    • Temporary Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total amount spent by his Department on employing temporary staff has been since May 2010.
    • Written Questions: Government Responses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer question 106889 tabled by the hon. Member for Blaydon on 10 May 2012 for answer on 14 May 2012.
  • Cabinet Office
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Public Sector: Procurement
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of public procurement tenders have been awarded to companies outside the EU and the European Free Trade Association since...
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that payments to public sector contractors hired by his Department are made within 30 days.
  • Leader of the House
    • Electronic Government: Petitions
      To ask the Leader of the House whether (1) he has considered moving responsibility for administering the e-petitions system from the executive to the House of Commons; (2) whether he has...
  • Prime Minister
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Prime Minister how many letters to Ministers in his Office were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered within three months in (i) 2010-11 and (ii)...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Carbon Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, columns 687-8, on the low-carbon economy, if he will place a copy of his...
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Energy: Meters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the number of households which have had (a) an electricity and (b) a gas prepayment meter fitted in...
    • Fuel Poverty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce the levels of fuel poverty in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency and (c)...
    • Health Insurance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff working in his Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package.
  • Attorney-General
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Attorney-General how much bad debt was written off by the Law Officers' Departments in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice, assistance and financial aid the Government provides bilaterally to the security forces in the Democratic Republic...
    • Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting his Department's spending in (i) 2010-11...
    • Guinea-Bissau
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the political situation in Guinea-Bissau; and if he will make a statement.
    • Iran
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he is next due to meet his EU counterparts to discuss the implementation of EU sanctions to prevent EU countries from...
    • Mali
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Mali.
    • Nato
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his position at the North Atlantic Council that NATO’s external audit, currently provided under the...
    • Olympic Games 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to make use of the opportunity of world leaders and senior politicians attending the 2012 Olympics...
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through...
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the internally displaced persons (IDPs) covered under the UNHCR’s contract with Sri Lanka;...
    • Usa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has had discussions with Mitt Romney and his team about facilitating a meeting with the Prime Minister.
    • Western Sahara
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 457W, on Western Sahara, whom his Department talks to on matters...
  • International Development
    • Africa
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department is undertaking to support the African Union Donor Pledging conference in June 2012; and whether any Ministers...
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which areas he visited during his recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    • Developing Countries: Equality
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the millennium development goals in relation to gender equality.
    • Developing Countries: Family Planning
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure the London summit on family planning improves education, economic empowerment and...
    • Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on the updating of published data in line with the Government's transparency agenda in each month since...
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many buildings owned by his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible have been empty for more than two years; and if...
    • EU Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the Government plans to respond to the International Development Committee Report on European Union Development Assistance.
    • Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting his Department's spending in (i) 2010-11 and...
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department's workforce to a mutual in...
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a...
    • Mozambique
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial aid his Department has given to Mozambique in each of the last five years; and what categories of projects this aid...
    • Mozambique
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what technical and financial support his Department has given to Mozambique in support of the development of its mining and...
    • Nigeria
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with senior Nigerian government officials on improving resource allocation in the education...
    • Departmental Administration Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on the administration of his Department in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial assistance the Government provides to Gaza through (a) humanitarian assistance and (b) relevant budget lines of the...
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to extend current levels of funding for the de-mining of the Kilinochchi minefield in Sri Lanka for an...
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has provided funds for the improvement of health care services in Sri Lanka.
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee
    • Allowances
      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Board...
    • Meetings
      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the dates were of each IPSA Board meeting in the last 12...
  • Health
    • Public Health Outcomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what indicators he plans to put in place to measure improvements in public health by the end of the decade.
    • Regional Pay Variation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on regional pay variation in the NHS.
    • NHS Trusts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the financial sustainability of NHS trusts.
    • Health and Social Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on delivering health and social care in the community; and if he will make a statement.
    • Herbal and Homeopathic Medicine
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on access to herbal and homeopathic medicine.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Royal College of Surgeons' conclusions and recommendations on the role of dental...
    • Breasts: Plastic Surgery
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is to the NHS of performing a single operation to remove and replace PIP breast implants; and how much of this cost is made up of...
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters to Ministers in his Department were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered within three months in (i)...
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Dementia: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the £66 million of research funding outlined in the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge will be allocated over the next three years; (2)...
    • Diabetes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that its cost data captures the full costs of diabetes nationally.
    • Diabetes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure standards in (a) patient education, (b) diabetes training for NHS staff and (c) provision of diabetes...
    • Diabetes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to produce high-quality cost data on local diabetes services.
    • Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on the updating of published data in line with the Government's transparency agenda in each month since September 2011.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many buildings owned by his...
    • Freud Communications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value is of his Department's communications contract with Freud Communications; for how long the contract will last; what information his...
    • Gender Recognition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the effect will be on the level of funding for transgender treatment facilities of (a) the efficiency initiative to save £20 billion in...
    • Health Services: Harlow
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the change in the level of spending on NHS services in Harlow constituency since May 2010.
    • Homeopathy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the benefits of homeopathy and its role in healthcare treatment.
    • Hospitals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 77W, on hospitals, how many other consultants' financial review reports have been carried...
    • Hospitals: Infectious Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the effectiveness of the regulation of the hand sanitiser industry.
    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider taking steps to ensure that men who have sex with men are vaccinated against the human papillomavirus.
    • Medical Equipment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what processes are in place to monitor and publicly report on the quality and safety of (a) breast implants and (b) pacemakers approved for use in the UK.
    • Mental Illness
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) stress and (b) mental illness levels in (i) the long-term unemployed and (ii) those who work more than 50 hours a week.
    • NHS: Information and Communications Technology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the procurement of IT equipment in the NHS.
    • NHS: Negligence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many clinical negligence claims involving amputation were made in each year since 1997-98 in each NHS trust; and what the monetary value was of...
    • NHS: Negligence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence cases were brought by NHS patients arising from treatment in (a) NHS foundation trusts, (b) all other NHS trusts and (c)...
    • NHS: Negligence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence proceedings have been brought against the NHS in each financial year since 1997-98; to which types of adverse incident each...
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the proposed increase in registration fees for their members in practice.
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department’s expenditure was in each of the last 36 months; and what steps he is taking to avoid an annual underspend.
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) circulars and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department in each of the last two years.
  • Deputy Prime Minister
    • Constituencies
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason his proposed changes to the size of parliamentary constituencies are based on the number of registered voters rather than the number of potential...
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many letters to Ministers in his Department were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered within three months in (i) 2010-11...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish a statement of his Office's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps he is taking to avoid an annual underspend.
  • Defence
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress was made on building a stable Afghanistan at the recent NATO Summit in Chicago.
    • Aircraft Carriers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of testing the US Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System.
    • Aircraft Carriers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items his Department has ordered relating exclusively to the conversion of the aircraft carrier to a Catapult Assisted Take Off Barrier Arrested...
    • Armed Forces: Domestic Violence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what work has been done to identify the extent of domestic abuse in military quarters; (2) what research his Department has commissioned on the...
    • Armed Forces: Mental Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been implemented as a result of the recommendations of Dr Andrew Murrison's independent study into the provision of mental health...
    • Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of post traumatic stress disorder amongst serving and former soldiers.
    • Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to monitor the incidence of post traumatic stress disorder amongst serving and former soldiers.
    • Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of how many soldiers who are currently on operational duties suffer from post traumatic stress disorder; and what measures he...
    • Armed Forces: Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel who have served in Afghanistan have been made redundant to date.
    • Armed Forces: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of a recruit completing Phase 2 and 3 training in the (a) Royal Armoured Corps (b) Infantry, (c) Army...
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many letters to Ministers in his Department were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered within three months in (i)...
    • Defence Equipment: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) aircraft support vehicles, (b) Royal Maritime Auxiliary service ships, (c) fire trucks, (d) rapid intervention crash vehicles, (e) cars and...
    • Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on the updating of published data in line with the Government's transparency agenda in each month since September 2011.
    • Empty Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many buildings owned by his...
    • Firing Ranges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many firing ranges are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the Defence Infrastructure Organisation; on how many such ranges licensed civilian gun...
    • Germany: Military Bases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his Department's estimate is of the cost of the withdrawal of British military bases from Germany; (2) what his Department's timescale is for...
    • Gibraltar: Spain
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times vessels from the Spanish Guardia Civil attempted to intercept or escort any vessel in British Territorial Waters off Gibraltar in the last...
    • HMS Vanguard
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of repairs to HMS Vanguard was following its collision at sea with French submarine Le Triomphant in February 2009.
    • Lost Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Military Police
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether defence community police officers are covered by the provisions of the Armed Forces Covenant.
    • Nato
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK contributed to NATO's budgets and programmes in each of the last five years; and what (a) proportion of NATO's overall budget was...
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing...
    • Official Visits: Plymouth
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether any military assets were used as part of his official visit to Plymouth on 26 March 2012; (2) what the total cost to his Department was of...
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) circulars and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department in each of the last two years.
    • Radar
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of all Giraffe AMB Air search radar systems.
    • Submarines
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Public Policy Exclusion Orders under the Competition Act 1998 (a) he and (b) his predecessors have approved since January 2002.
    • Veterans: Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procurement processes his Department uses to provide employment to (a) Erskine and (b) other charitable organisations which assist disabled...
  • Education
    • Academies: Food
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on those academies which allow junk food to be available for purchase by pupils.
    • Adoption: Ethnic Groups
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Black and minority ethnic children are awaiting adoption in Leicester.
    • Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
    • Dyslexia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department provided to improve teachers' skills and knowledge in supporting dyslexic students in each of the last five years.
    • Dyslexia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps his Department is taking to support children with dyslexia; (2) what steps his Department is taking to support early identification...
    • Financial Services: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will initiate discussions with businesses in the financial services sector to encourage them to support the teaching of financial literacy in...
    • Financial Services: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will encourage Teach First to include the teaching of financial literacy as part of their teacher training; (2) if he will provide funding...
    • Free School Meals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has conducted into whether some households feel embarrassed about claiming free school meals.
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12...
    • Mutual Societies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department and its non-departmental public bodies'...
    • Office of the Children's Commissioner Independent Review
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) advice and (b) representations he has received from the Office of the Children's Commissioner on the review of its operation by John Dunford.
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons the pupil premium is awarded on the basis of numbers receiving free school meals; and for what reasons other measures of deprivation...
    • Schools: Governing Bodies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the answer of 7 March 2012, Official Report, column 807W, on schools: governing bodies, when he plans to publish the updated version...
    • Schools: Mesothelioma
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what process will be followed in the event that a former pupil or non-employee from an academy or free school develops mesothelioma and makes a...
    • Secondment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff of his Department are seconded to the Cabinet Office to work (a) in the Reward, Efficiency and Reform Group and (b) on regional pay...
    • Special Educational Needs: Warrington
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department is providing to the development of better provision for special educational needs in Warrington.
  • House of Lords
    • Armed Forces: Aircraft
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the report by the United States Senate Armed Services Committee on the number of Chinese fake components found in United States military aircraft,...
    • Department for Work and Pensions: Forums
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for Work and Pensions Forums have been disbanded.
    • e-bullying
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking action to combat sexually explicit peer-to-peer e-bullying, and to educate young people about its dangers.
    • Food Standards Agency: Contractors
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the 2012-13 charge-out rate for a meat hygiene inspector employed by the Food Standards Agency comprises the combined salary and national...
    • Food Standards Agency: Contractors
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the 2012-13 charge-out rate for a contracted official veterinarian comprises the cost paid by the Food Standards Agency to the contractor; what...
    • Gibraltar
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the details of any Royal Navy activity in British sovereign waters off Gibraltar in the seven days to 21 May. To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the...
    • Gibraltar
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the details of the rules of engagement for Royal Navy vessels charged with patrolling and protecting British waters off Gibraltar.
    • Gibraltar
      To ask Her Majesty's Government who makes the decision as to whether or not Royal Navy vessels respond to any incursions into British sovereign waters by the Spanish Guardia Civil.
    • Government Departments: Smoking
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements there are for officials of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who smoke during office hours.
    • Health: Coeliac Disease
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal of Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to discontinue funding prescriptions for gluten-free foods for people with coeliac...
    • Health: PET Scanners
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the past three years for which data are available, what was the average patient waiting time for use of a positron emission tomography scanner, both...
    • Health: Podiatry
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS Trusts do not have dedicated inpatient footcare team services; and what guidance they issue on best practice on reducing amputation levels amongst...
    • Health: Primary Care Practices
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the continuance of the NHS London project monitoring the quality of individual primary care practices in London.
    • High Hedges
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the workings of high hedges legislation contained in Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and, if so, when.
    • Mental Health
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there is a causal link between prolonged economic recession and mental health problems.
    • NHS: London Ambulance Service
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, over the last 12-month period for which figures are available, how many emergency calls to the London Ambulance Service resulted in an instruction to stand off...
    • Railways: European Rail Traffic Management System
      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for funding the supply and installation of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) equipment in train cabs of (1) passenger franchise...
    • Regional Development Agencies
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the abolition of regional development agencies, how many staff have transferred to government departments or to other non-departmental bodies; and at...
    • Reptiles
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, according to Eurostat, how many reptiles were imported into the European Union in total (of both CITES and non-CITES listed species) in each year from 2001 to 2011.
    • Schools: Foreign Exchange Students
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decline in one-to-one family-based foreign exchanges for maintained school pupils, in furtherance of their modern language...
    • Scotland: Referendum
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they agree with the Scottish Government that a referendum in Scotland on independence should be held in 2014; whether they will have any input as to the...
    • Scotland: Referendum
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed a date with the Scottish Government for a referendum on Scottish independence.
    • Scotland: Referendum
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed with the Scottish Government on the question or questions to be put to the Scottish people in the forthcoming referendum on Scottish...
    • Teachers: Qualifications
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each year between 2006 and 2011, how many of the students who completed initial teacher training qualifications did so by way of (1) the graduate teacher...
    • Teaching
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what schemes and incentives are in place to attract graduates into the teaching profession.
    • Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether recent changes in penalties for road traffic offences have led to a reduction in the number of heavy goods vehicles breaking the law on the A55 in North Wales.
    • Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been killed or seriously injured as a result of contact with heavy goods vehicles on the A55 in North Wales since European Union Regulations...
    • Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many heavy goods vehicles have been stopped by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency examiners on the A55 in North Wales since European Union Regulations...
    • Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the prohibitions by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency examiners issued to drivers of heavy goods vehicles on the A55 in North Wales since European...
    • Welfare: Women
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that women are not disproportionately affected by changes in the welfare system.
    • Youth Centres
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many youth centres belonging to local authorities were closed in (1) 2010, (2) 2011, and (3) 2012 to date.