Written answers

Monday, 5 October 2009

  • International Development

    • G20: Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Chancellor of the Exchequer on the agenda for the forthcoming...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Engines: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which organisations operating at what locations have green goddess fire engines previously used to provide emergency fire...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans she has to review the operation of the War Pensions Scheme.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Resignations

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which (a) senior officials, (b) commissioners and (c) members of the Audit Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission have resigned in the...

    • Equality: Applications

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the new public duty in the Equality Bill to address socio-economic disadvantage will be a material consideration in the assessment of (a)...

      Travelling People: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment has been made of the likely effects of the introduction of the new public duty in the Equality Bill to address socio-economic...

  • Home Department

    • Family Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many family intervention projects at each level of intervention have been set up in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Castle Point; and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Millennium Compliance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent from the public purse on steps to (a) encourage UK businesses to prepare for the millennium date...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Class Sizes: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were taught in classes of more than 30 pupils in (a) the North East, (b) Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough...

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on services from Royal Mail in each year since it was established.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage young people to enter further education.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 747-51W, on geography: GCE A level, how many and what...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of students in comprehensive schools achieved GCSE English, English literature and mathematics at...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who achieved a GCSE in core science and one of (a) geology, (b) psychology, (c)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students achieved Grade B or above in both GCSE English and mathematics in 2008.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which five non-core curriculum subjects the number of GCSE entries was highest in each (a) comprehensive, (b) selective and...

      GCSE: History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible to receive free school meals have been entered for GCSE history in each year since...

      GCSE: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) persistent truants and (b) all pupils gained fewer than five A* to C grades at GCSE in 2008.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many head teachers left the profession for reasons other than retirement in each of the last 10 years.

      History: GCSE/A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils in (a) independent and (b) maintained comprehensive schools achieved a grade A history A level in 2008;...

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils are studying for the International Baccalaureate at each school which provides the course; (2) in which...

      Languages: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of maintained mainstream schools offering A level tuition in (a) German, (b) French and (c)...

      National Curriculum Tests: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in each index of multiple deprivation decile achieved a Level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics in...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average expenditure per school pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority area in...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been closed for each reason for closure since 1997.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the allocation for (a) Redbridge and (b) Waltham Forest for (i) dedicated school grant and (ii) guaranteed funding per...

      Science: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 1073W, on GCE A level, how many and what percentage of...

      Science: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 1073W, on GCE A level, (1) how many and what percentage of...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who achieved a GCSE in double award science at each grade were educated in the (a)...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils who achieved a GCSE in double award applied science at each grade in 2007 were educated in...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who achieved a GCSE in core science and one of (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c)...

      Science: Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 900W, on specialist schools: science, how many of the...

      Science: Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 900W, on specialist schools: science, how many of the...

      Science: Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 900W, on specialist schools: science, how many of the...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department plans to make a submission to the Scottish Executive's National Conversation consultation on Scotland's...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of students educated to GCSE level in the independent sector taking up places...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified teachers have left the maintained sector since 1997.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified (a) teachers and (b) male teachers under the age of 60 years are not teaching.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to paragraph C. 76, page 242 of Budget 2009, if he will place in the Library a copy of the actuarial advice he...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the meaning is of each (a) acronym and (b) abbreviation used on the editorial policy section of her Department's CabWeb intranet site.

    • Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times (a) Mr Derek Draper and (b) Mr Charlie Whelan has visited the Cabinet Office/Downing Street complex in the last six months.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged more than 50 years old were claiming jobseeker's allowance in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each month of...

      Voluntary Work: Vetting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the Office of the Third Sector guidelines on Criminal Records Bureau checks for volunteers issued to local...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff from his Department are based in the provincial reconstruction team base in Lashkar Gar; what proportion of such staff (a) have left the...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contacts there were between British forces and anti-coalition militia in Afghanistan in each month since June 2006.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) between what dates the reported 84 per cent. increase in helicopter hours available to UK forces in Afghanistan was achieved; (2) between what...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Defence Medical Service personnel were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) Cyprus and (f) Germany in...

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Royal Naval Medical Services were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) other...

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Army Medical Services were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) other countries...

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Royal Air Force Medical Service were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) other...

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists in Defence Medical Services have been...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to paragraph C.76, Page 242 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2009, if he will place in the Library a copy of the actuarial...

      BVT Surface Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for which shipbuilding projects BVT has exclusivity under the terms of its business agreement.

      BVT Surface Fleet: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate how much of the planned annual expenditure under the terms of business agreement with BVT will be spent in Scotland in each of the...

      Defence Medical Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in the Defence Medical Services are based in Scotland.

      Defence Science and Technology Laboratory: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have been employed in Scotland in each year since 1997.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date Bernard Gray was commissioned by his Department to review military equipment procurement; on what date Mr. Gray delivered a draft report to...

      Departmental Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of his Department's science, innovation and technology budget was spent in Scotland in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armed service personnel and (b) administrative staff were employed by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Guided Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost of a missile testing camp at Hebrides Range was in the five years (a) before and (b) after the implementation of his Department's...

      Guided Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost of a missile firing test taking place (a) in the Falklands Islands and (b) at the Hebrides Range was in the latest period for...

      Guided Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many missile tests took place at Hebrides Range in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what missiles were tested in each test.

      Met Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ban the payment of bonuses to staff at the Met Office when the office makes incorrect long-term forecasts.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1400W, to the hon. Member for Moray, on nuclear submarines, which nuclear submarines...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the British Armed Forces are in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they facilitate home leave in the home country of United Kingdom military personnel when their home country is not the United Kingdom.

      Central Asia: Regional Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities towards Kazakhstan as regards (a) regional security and stability, (b) good governance, and (c) energy security.

      Central Asia: Regional Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities towards Uzbekistan as regards (a) regional security and stability, (b) good governance, and (c) energy security.

      Central Asia: Regional Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities towards Kyrgyzstan as regards (a) regional security and stability, (b) good governance, and (c) energy security.

      Central Asia: Regional Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities towards Tajikistan as regards (a) regional security and stability, (b) good governance, and (c) energy security.

      Central Asia: Regional Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities towards Turkmenistan as regards (a) regional security and stability, (b) good governance, and (c) energy security.

      Central Asia: Regional Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities towards the central Asia region as regards (a) regional security and stability, (b) good governance, and (c) energy security.

      Charity Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Crawley on 10 July (WA 177—8), whether the methods for resolving disputes set out by the chief executive of the...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the article by Mr Christopher Booker in the Sunday Telegraph on 5 July entitled “Is the state guilty of child kidnap?”, whether they will...

      Education: Pupil Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments and agencies are authorised to access information held by the Department for Children, Schools and Families under the Education (Information...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions there are or are proposed on former employees of the Financial Services Authority obtaining employment in institutions regulated by the authority.

      International Conventions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will ratify (a) the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, and (b) the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 6 July (WA 111-12) concerning 170 efficiency initiatives identified by the Northern Ireland Office...

      Northern Ireland Office: Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 6 July (WA 111—12) concerning the identification of 170 efficiency initiatives by the Northern...

      Pakistan: Christians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made this year to the Government of Pakistan concerning alleged use of the blasphemy laws against Christian minorities in that country.

      Pakistan: Christians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the Government of Pakistan concerning the attacks on the Christian settlement in Taiser Town (Khuda ni Basti),...

      Pakistan: Christians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether representatives of Her Majesty's high commissioner in Pakistan have made or will make a fact-finding visit to the Christian village of Bahmani Wala,...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission asked them to make provision for pensions for all or any of commissioners; if so, when; and whether they will...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why it took seven years for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to decide not to proceed with the...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Police Service of Northern Ireland sent the files to the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for the prosecution of Larry Zaitschek for the...

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Russia about the assassination of Natalia Estemirova, in the context of mutual commitments to human rights.

      Seeds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect regulation 12(2A) of the Seeds (National List of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations (SI 2009/1273) will have on the national collection of seeds and...

      Seeds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Regulation 12(2A) of the Seeds (National List of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations (SI 2009/1273) will mean that companies offering seeds and plants...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of deaths and diseases among Tamils held in camps organised by the Government of Sri Lanka, and the number of families...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any aid or humanitarian agencies have been given access to the camps in Sri Lanka holding Tamils; and, if so, which agencies.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to promote confidence-building measures with the president of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir, following the cancellation of...

      Transport: Prison Vans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all prison vans are allowed to use bus lanes when transporting prisoners to and from court in London; whether there is a restriction for smaller vans; and why.

      Transport: Prison Vans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have escaped while being transported in prison vans in London in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Transport: Prison Vans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number or proportion of prison vans transporting prisoners to court in London arrive late on the most recent figures available.

      Turkey: Democratic Society Party

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to ascertain from the government of Turkey how many members or supporters of the Democratic Society Party (DTP) have been...

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to communicate why the British Armed Forces are in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what help is available to the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan immediately after their death.

      Armed Forces: Cadet Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effect of the closure of the Fremington Camp on the air cadet training programme, as there is no other facility in Somerset and Devon.

      Armed Forces: Christmas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the arrangements for families of military personnel serving overseas to send gifts and receive telephone calls during the Christmas...

      Armed Forces: Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the advantages and the disadvantages of allowing home leave for military personnel after shorter intervals of service in operations...

      Armed Forces: Stress-related Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide for the families of military personnel serving overseas in order to reduce the incidence of stress-related illness, including those...

      Armed Forces: War-related Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation there has been with ex-service organisations concerning letters sent by lawyers acting for the Ministry of Defence to service men and women...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring systems are in place to prevent banks in the private and public sectors from awarding excessive bonuses.

      Banking: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives are available to encourage banks to provide financial support to small businesses.

      Bats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the two bridges for bats constructed on the Dobwalls bypass in Cornwall, (a) what was the purpose of the bridges; (b) how much they cost to build;...

      Bigamy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much is paid annually to members of bigamous Islamic families in housing benefit and other social security payments.

      Businesses: Overseas Relocation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which British companies have moved their domicile to other countries in each of the last three years; and what is the estimated loss of tax revenue from those moves.

      Channel Islands: Food Supplements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Medicines (Human and Veterinary) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2008 has come into force in Guernsey; and whether the Government of Guernsey have given a...

      Children: Children's Commissioner

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the post of Children's Commissioner for England is compliant with the United Nations principles relating to the status and...

      Children: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to communicate to Parliament for consideration and further action the concluding observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of...

      Children: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure that all legislation is compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and how those...

      City of London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Myners on 2 July (HL Deb, col. 328), what is their estimate of the contribution to United Kingdom tax made by firms in the City of...

      Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many private students from (a) India, (b) Pakistan, and (c) Bangladesh came to the United Kingdom to study in (1) universities, and (2) colleges of further and...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to protect the United Kingdom from volatile energy prices, in the light of their plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 34 per cent.

      EU: Financial Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have estimated the amount of tax which may be lost as a result of United Kingdom financial companies relocating outside the United Kingdom in...

      EU: Financial Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 20 July (WA 278), how many firms have relocated to Switzerland from the City of London in (a) the last year,...

      EU: Financial Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Myners on 2 July (HL Deb, col. 328), when they expect to receive the European Commission's impact assessments on its draft Directive...

      EU: Fraud and Financial Mismanagement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Myners on 20 July (WS 147), when there will be a debate on the Statement on the 2009 EC budget and measures to combat...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what banks are operating in the United Kingdom which are not regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

      Health: Botox

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what quantities of botulinum toxin products have been imported into the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available; and from which countries.

      Incitement to Disaffection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation to repeal the Incitement to Disaffection Act 1934. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation...

      Licensing: Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) student unions, (b) clubs and associations, (c) church halls and community centres, (d) pubs and inns, (e) small clubs, (f) hotels and (g) restaurants...

      Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why data on allocation of National Insurance numbers were removed from the UK Border Agency's quarterly Bulgarian and Romanian accession statistics; and where they...

      Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Romanian and Bulgarian nationals who are self-employed in the United Kingdom have registered their business activity with HM Revenue and Customs in (a)...

      National Lottery: Big Lottery Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money the Big Lottery Fund has awarded to brass bands in Wales.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure of the National Offender Management Service head office and regional offices in financial years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08,...

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the judgment in Barnet v The Parking Adjudicator [2006] EWHC 2357 that penalty charge notices which did not carry two dates (date of contravention and...

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to ensure that the same standard of compliance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 in respect of traffic...

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when officers of the Department for Transport and its predecessors have addressed meetings of the Joint Committee of Parking And Traffic Regulations Outside...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 7 May (WA 145—6), whether in their second consultation on implementing the judgment of the European Court...

      Probation Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure of the Probation Service in England and Wales in financial years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09.

      Probation Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff by grade are employed by the Probation Service in England and Wales; and what are the projected workforce employment figures for (a) 31 March 2010,...

      Schools: Exclusion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have carried out into the use of informal exclusion of children by schools and the impact of that on children's education.

      Sport: Active People Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many interviews were undertaken in each London borough in compiling the Active People Survey I and the Active People Survey II.

      Sport: Active People Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the Borough of Lewisham responded to the Active People Survey I and the Active People Survey II.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 8 July (WA 173—4), what percentage of the respective populations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern...

      Taxation: Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to prevent companies leaving the United Kingdom in the light of Europe's intellectual property tax laws.

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what improvements have been made to the quality of life of elderly people, disabled people, black and ethnic minority people and those living in relative poverty...

      G8: Gleneagles Aid Commitments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure the aid commitments from the Gleneagles G8 Summit in 2005 are met.

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Department for International Development or its agencies have been advertised in each of the past five years; how much was spent in each...

      India: Dalits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made concerning the Dalit Christian families who were victims of murder, persecution and the destruction of homes and churches...

      International Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of their international development assistance is allocated to the least developed countries; and whether they will maintain that proportion in...

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual payment from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the past 10 years.

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual payment from each Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs agency to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the past 10 years.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the legal status of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games; who owns it; and what will be its status after the Olympic Games in 2012.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many construction-related road vehicles and of what sizes and types are expected to access each of the main Olympic sites in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011,...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many construction-related road vehicles and of what sizes and types accessing the main Olympic sites are expected to travel along which key roads in Greater...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring arrangements the Olympic Delivery Authority has in place to measure air quality along key public roads used by construction-related road traffic...

      Olympic Games 2012: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in using biomass from waste food or crops to provide power for the Olympic Park at Stratford.

      Olympic Games 2012: Shooting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what person or organisation is responsible for specifying the equipment to be installed in the 2012 Olympic shooting venue; what meetings that person or...

      Olympic Games 2012: Shooting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to secure a legacy for shooting from the 2012 Olympic Games, other than reuse of equipment.

      Parliaments: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost of maintaining (a) the House of Commons; (b) the House of Lords; and (c) the European Parliament, with the cost to the United Kingdom...

      Revenue and Customs: Fraudulent E-mails

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of fraudulent e-mails circulating under the designation HM Revenue and Customs with an e-mail address hmrc@hmrc-refund.com.uk and a...

      Sport: Active People Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the methodology and questionnaire format being used by IPSOS MORI in compiling the Active People Survey 3, showing how the sample of 500...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why an engineer registered under the Warm Front Scheme may carry out a boiler replacement that is eligible for a £300 voucher but may not do the same work if...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why engineers registered under the Warm Front Scheme have a £50 administrative charge debited from each £300 voucher they present for payment.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether engineers registered under the Warm Front Scheme will be able to claim tax allowances for administrative charges debited from £300 vouchers in the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many engineers are registered under the Warm Front Voucher Scheme; how many under the full grant scheme; and how many in the former category have carried out...

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what unclassified internal and external reports have been commissioned by the Home Office on the work of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism since...

      DNA Database

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they propose to continue to retain DNA profiles of those arrested but not convicted in relation to serious, violent, or terrorist offences.

      Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the Home Office assesses the United Kingdom’s foreign policy to have on levels of violent extremism within the United Kingdom.

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Interception Modernisation Programme and the Mastering the Internet programme will interact operationally and financially.

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to intercept the content of internet communications; and, if so, what methods they are considering.

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs the Interception Modernisation Programme will entail for communications service providers; and whether they will provide financial assistance to...

      National Security Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration was given to the threat to the critical national infrastructure of a high-intensity electromagnetic pulse, produced by malign intent or as...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to date of remote passport personal interviews.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report and the number of right-wing extremist groups in Europe.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they take account of the colour, ethnicity or religion of suspects when deciding whether to prosecute them for crimes relating to terrorism.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust's report Still Destitute and its conclusion that the new asylum model is not working.

      Children: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to allocate responsibility for co-ordinating and evaluating the application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the...

      Coroners: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time between deaths and related coroners' proceedings in Northern Ireland.

      Coroners: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many coroners' inquest verdicts have been outstanding in Northern Ireland for (a) one year, (b) two years, and (c) three years.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 15 July, what are smart grids; how those benefit the consumer; how smart meters will function; whether...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Home Office or its agencies have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in each case; and which were carried...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Department for Transport or its agencies (and its predecessors) have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in...

      Licensing: Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many competitors were prevented from performing at the Llangollen International Music Festival because they did not have a visa.

      Ofsted: Learning and Skills

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) allocates to its Learning and Skills division; what proportion...

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the closed circuit television system of Westminster City Council has been prohibited from use for civil parking enforcement.

      Protests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by Lord West of Spithead on 23 April (HL Deb, col. 1672), when he will write concerning the review of a Home Office document by a private...

      Shipping: MV Canna

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Maritime and Coastal Agency knew that the MV Canna, a ferry between Ballycastle and Rathlin, operated from 5 September 2008 to 11 September 2008...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to adopting a comprehensive plan of action for implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (a) in...

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Innovation Investment Fund and the Regional Venture Capital Funds have improved the flow of money to small, potentially fast-growing businesses.

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make public information regarding the performance of Regional Venture Capital Funds.

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to encourage other NATO members to increase their armed forces' commitments to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many service personnel have been wounded in Afghanistan in the past year such that they will not be able to return to front line duty.

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 7 July (WA 121), what evidence there is that Iran provides arms and funding to the Taliban or other...

      Armed Forces: Chief of the General Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of providing (a) accommodation, and (b) chauffeur-driven cars, for the Chief of the General Staff in the last 12-month period for which figures...

      Armed Forces: Chief of the General Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions and for what purposes the Chief of the General Staff travelled by helicopter in the United Kingdom in the last 12-month period for which...

      Armed Forces: Cultural Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider appointing staff to ensure the protection and conservation of ancient monuments and works of art in territories where British troops are...

      Armed Forces: Pensions and Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation and the War Pensions Committees in informing the Ministry...

      Banking: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will help small businesses not securing finance from their banks due to differing lending policies.

      Cabinet Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants in the Cabinet Office are assigned to covering changes to the machinery of government.

      Cabinet Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports the Cabinet Office has prepared or commissioned into past changes to the machinery of government.

      Channel Islands: Food Supplements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by the Minister of State for Health, Phil Hope, on 5 May (HC Deb, col. 54WH), whether they have received (a) a timetable for the...

      EU: Complementary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the European Union's herbal medicines and food supplements directives and other European Union legislation on complementary medicine.

      Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been (a) spent to date on, and (b) committed to purchase, (1) drugs to combat swine flu, (2) related equipment, (3) new or extended systems for...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Department of Health or its agencies have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in each case; and which were...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Department for Work and Pensions or its agencies have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in each case; and...

      Health: Botox

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring exists of imports to the United Kingdom of the botulinum toxin and products containing it, such as Botox.

      Health: Commissioning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 15 July (WA 232), what checks are in place to establish whether primary care trusts are commissioning...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 16 July (WA 252—3), what were the different denominations contained in the representations by the...

      Health: Generic Substitution of Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to conduct a public consultation on proposals for generic substitution of medicines; and for how long the consultation period will last. To ask Her...

      Health: Race Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the 27 NHS organisations in the South East Coast Region which were found to be non-compliant with race equality legislation in the...

      Health: SHA Chairmen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many one-on-one meetings chairmen of strategic health authorities had with Members of Parliament in their regions, by region, in the past year.

      Health: Stress-related Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to assess and treat stress-related illnesses in (a) military personnel, and (b) other public servants.

      Health: Vaccines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what involvement the vaccine industry will have in discussions with the NHS Chief Executive when reviewing incentives, including payment by results, to accelerate...

      NHS: Chief Executives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by strategic health authority, how many chief executives of NHS trusts (including primary care trusts and foundation trusts) left the employment of their trusts in...

      NHS: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 4 July (WA 206) listing 44 NHS trusts with historic debts, how many of those trusts they expect to have...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of NHS expenditure on hospital services was covered by the tariff in (a) 2008—09, and (b) each of the previous two years; and what plans they...

      NHS: Finances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in each of the past three financial years, how many (a) NHS hospital trusts, and (b) primary care trusts, have been required by the Government to re-order their...

      NHS: Targets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which hospital trusts in 2008—09 did not meet national targets for (a) accident and emergency four-hour maximum waiting times, (b) 18 weeks overall waiting...

      NHS: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce tariffs for community health services provided by primary care trusts.

      NHS: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will retain the national tariff and system of payment by results in any reforms of the National Health Service beyond the next Comprehensive Spending...

      Older People: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the Prime Minister has received from Mr Ken Mack of Wrexham about the response of the Department of Health to his and parliamentarians'...

      Quangos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions have been given to chief executives of quangos regarding their communications with opposition parties in the run-up to a general election.

      Armed Forces: Chief of the General Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the Ministry of Defence received for additional helicopters in Afghanistan from the Chief of the General Staff prior to June; and what were...

      Channel Islands: Food Supplements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances the Office of Fair Trading would consider taking civil enforcement action against companies repeatedly distributing mail order catalogues...

      Employment: Absence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will close the gap between the rates of private and public sector employee absence, in the light of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's...

      Framework for Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding (a) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, (b) the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, (c) the Department for Education...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or its agencies (and their predecessors) have been advertised in each of the last five...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of HM Revenue and Customs or its agencies (and their predecessors) have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Department for Children, Schools and Families or its agencies (and their predecessors) have been advertised in each of the past five...

      Government: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government bodies in the last 12 months have received outside funding to carry out their statutory functions similar to the funding received by the Northern...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 June (WA 14) saying "the department has contacted the Whips' Office about a further debate on the...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 June (WA 14) on the Government's response to the report of the Independent Public Inquiry on...

      Probation Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the total caseloads of the Probation Service in England and Wales on (a) 31 December 1997, and (b) 31 December 2008. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of each document in file MH 55/2377 Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill 1961: drafts and papers; later...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of each document in (a) file MH 156/16 Abortion Bill: correspondence with Home Office; (b) file MH...

      Afghanistan: Fatalities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 16 July (WA 245), what are the statistics, as at 13 July, of the fatalities suffered by the United...

      Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many interpreters have been (a) killed, and (b) seriously wounded, while working with United Kingdom forces in Afghanistan.

      Agriculture: Disinfectant Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 June (WA 101), whether the rise in the charge for disinfectant tests for foot and mouth disease and...

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are seeking a time extension from the European Union for complying with European Union limiting values for particulate matter 10 and nitrogen dioxide in...

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities in Greater London are in breach of the requirement to declare an Air Quality Management Area for all places within their area where...

      Alternative Investment fund Managers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted an impact assessment on the implications for the British pensions industry and British pensioners of the European Commission's proposed...

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people over the age of retirement are in receipt of the Unemployability Supplement from the War Pension Scheme; and how many such people were in receipt...

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrears payments have been made by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency to war pensioners over the age of retirement in receipt of the...

      Banking: Asset Protection Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which external lawyers have been used by HM Treasury to assist with the Asset Protection Scheme; and how much has been paid to each firm or is due to paid to each...

      Banking: Asset Protection Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which external bankers have been used by HM Treasury to assist with the Asset Protection Scheme; and how much has been paid to each firm or is due to paid to each...

      Banking: Asset Protection Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which external consultants have been used by HM Treasury to assist with the Asset Protection Scheme; and how much has been paid to each firm or is due to paid to...

      Banking: Asset Protection Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how (a) Lloyds Banking Group, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, and (c) HM Treasury can withdraw from the Asset Protection Scheme; and what fines would have to be...

      Banking: Asset Protection Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what conditions UK Financial Investments Ltd would allow (a) Lloyds Banking Group, and (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, to withdraw from the Asset Protection...

      Commission for Racial Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former staff of the Commission for Racial Equality received redundancy payments; and how many of those were subsequently employed by the Equality and...

      Defence Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the report on defence procurement by Mr Bernard Grey.

      Department of Health: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments were made to McKinsey and Company for their report on efficiency saving in the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to replace the skills and expertise lost from the Equality and Human Rights Commission following the recent resignations of several commissioners.

      EU: Taxpayers Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use their veto against any proposal from the European Commission to give all 27 member states direct access to United Kingdom taxpayers' data.

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 June (WA 14), whether, there having been no debate in the House of Lords on the Department of Health's...

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives by the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and its agencies were advertised in each of the last five years; how much was...

      Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to regulation 12(3) of the draft Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, whether permits granted before the draft Regulations come into...

      Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to regulation 17(2) of the draft Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, whether the cost of acquiring information that does not normally...

      Groundwater Regulations (England and Wales) 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many permits covered by the draft Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009 are outstanding in each region in England and Wales.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 27 April (HL Deb, cols 8—10) and the Written Answers by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 18 June (WA 226) and 21 July...

      Health: Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many dental appointments were missed by patients in each of the last five years; what is the estimated cost of them to the National Health Service in each...

      Health: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why strategic health authorities differentiate between the funding of drug prescriptions in prisons and the funding of prescriptions in primary care trusts.

      Health: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why strategic health authorities allocate less funding per capita for prison medical facilities than NHS trusts.

      Health: Vaccines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are to include vaccines in the "Innovation Pass" programme announced by the Office for Life Sciences.

      HMRC: High Net Worth Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Revenue and Customs' High Net Worth Unit will look at individuals who are (a) non-domiciled, and (b) non-resident for tax purposes.

      HMRC: High Net Worth Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many customer relationship managers are employed within HM Revenue and Customs' High Net Worth Unit; and what the forecast rise in tax receipts is as a result...

      HMRC: High Net Worth Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used by HM Revenue and Customs to identify individuals who would be covered by the High Net Worth Unit.

      IPP Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of days that prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection with a tariff of two years or less are serving over their...

      IPP Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection are expected to be over tariff in each of the calendar years 2009 to 2012.

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated costs of the Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq; and what is the basis of calculation of the costs.

      Met Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to pay bonuses to staff at the Met Office this year; and, if so, on what basis.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS patients have the right to know whether doctors and nurses working for the National Health Service are in favour of (a) abortion, and (b) assisted suicide.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 7 July (WA 143-4), whether they will ensure that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission...

      Northern Ireland: Sectarian Attacks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sectarian and other attacks upon people and property in the Fountain area of Londonderry have been reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in...

      Operation Ocean Shield

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of Operation Ocean Shield, in terms of assisting states to combat piracy and in contributing to lasting...

      Parole Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated increase in Parole Board resources required to ensure that all prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection have hearings...

      Prisoners: Indeterminate Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated annual cost of providing all prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection with additional rehabilitation resources. To ask...

      Prisoners: Indeterminate Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated increase in prison resources needed to ensure that all prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection have access to the...

      Railways: August Bank Holiday

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of those involved in the railway planning process, in the light of the travel disruption over the August bank holiday.

      Railways: Diesel Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 29 June (WA 22), when the procurement process for 202 new diesel train carriages will be advanced sufficiently for...

      Railways: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered an alternative to the ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Priced) system for assessing the costs of railway safety enhancements.

      Roads: A303

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 21 July (WA 365), whether the A303 Wincanton bypass has been resurfaced with "low noise" surfacing; and, if not,...

      Royal Household: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much expenditure by Prince William and Prince Harry on official business, broken down by category, was deducted from the Prince of Wales’s taxable...

      Shipping: Light Dues

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 21 July (WA 367), whether Raven Trading Ltd consulted shipping companies during their investigation, The Impact of...

      Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the results of the latest consultation on reforming the Social Fund.

      Swine Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the name and address of anyone collecting Tamiflu on behalf of a person diagnosed by telephone as suffering from swine flu has been recorded; whether the data...

      Victims: Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (a) victim organisations, and (b) relatives of crime victims responded to the consultation Making Sure that Crime Doesn't Pay, published in November 2006.

      Afghanistan: Air-dropped Ordnance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much ordnance was air-dropped by United Kingdom forces in Afghanistan in (a) August 2008, and (b) August 2009.

      Afghanistan: Rifles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of SA80 rifles jamming have been reported to junior officers in Afghanistan this year; and how many SA80 rifles have been withdrawn for...

      Afghanistan: Sniffer Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sniffer dogs are deployed in Afghanistan to detect ordnance; and what impact the climate has had on their effectiveness.

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have brought to the attention of the Competition Commission the provisions in the Local Transport Act 2008 concerning partnership operations...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what approach they will take towards the proposal for a new European Union regulation on bus and coach passenger rights.

      Cabinet Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Office issues any guidance to departments when they are being restructured or merged with other departments.

      Energy: Electricity Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide for more cross-channel power cables to be installed to allow for the import of electricity from other European sources.

      Energy: Gas Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much natural gas storage there is in the United Kingdom; how many weeks’ supply that represents; how much natural gas storage they anticipate will be...

      Financial Services Authority: Takeovers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds the Financial Services Authority would prevent or delay a Kazakh legal entity from taking over a London-listed public company.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance the Cabinet Office’s Propriety and Ethics Team has given to departments on the presumptions to be applied for and against disclosure when...

      Great Scotland Yard

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for using the vacant buildings in Great Scotland Yard.

      Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for accession worker cards, registration certificates, sector-based schemes and seasonal agricultural workers schemes have been approved...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 20 July (WA 288—9), what are their proposals for passport personal interview offices.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the number of applications for remote passport interview facilities, what are their intentions regarding those facilities.

      Roads: M5

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate the necessity of closing the northbound carriageway of the M5 for six hours on 28 August in response to a threat from a man to jump...

      Transport: Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 21 July (WA 336), why the consultation period for the Department for Transport's High Speed 1...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review Tier four of the Points Based System for visas in order to address the refusal rates for students from China, India and the United States.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will evaluate the work capability assessment; and when they will publish their interim findings.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they identify and measure mental health ability under the work capability assessment.

      Afghanistan: Blood Transfusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much blood was required for transfusions by United Kingdom medical staff in Afghanistan during July and August. To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion...

      Afghanistan: Drug Traffickers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to create a “kill or capture” list of Afghan drug traffickers and task the Armed Forces to pursue them.

      Children: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether children’s rights’ impact assessments are regularly conducted in order to evaluate whether the allocation of budgets is proportionate to the...

      Children: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for systematic training on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for the children's workforce and all employees who work...

      Crime: Guns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many crimes involving the use of guns were reported in the last five years in the five largest United Kingdom cities; and what action they are taking to reduce...

      Education: Unauthorised Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students from (a) India, (b) Pakistan, and (c) Bangladesh have been affected by the activities of “bogus colleges”; and what help they have...

      Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths were recorded in 2008 as a result of flu-like illnesses among (a) children, (b) pensioners, and (c) other adults.

      Health: Botox

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of botulinum toxin products imported into the United Kingdom is already prepared for cosmetic use, as opposed to bulk supplies intended to be put...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham (HL5072), how much freight is transported from the Barking consolidation centre to the Stratford site by (a)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the procurement policy of the Olympic Delivery Authority is required to comply with European Union procurement rules for public sector works; and, if not,...

      Railways: First Great Western

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how First Great Western's proposed 20 per cent increase in off-peak fares and 25 per cent increase in car parking charges accord...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Department for Children, Schools and Families have had with Northumberland Council concerning the Local Government Ombudsman's report of 18...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review legislation prohibiting the smoking of tobacco in public places with a view to allowing establishments which serve alcoholic drinks and...

      World Class Places

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of producing printed copies of the report World Class Places, published in May by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Communities and...

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