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Written answers

Thursday, 11 March 2010

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions she has had with the trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund on its exercise of shareholder voting rights during annual...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long on average it took the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service to bring a criminal case to court following the submission of papers...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department's buildings in each year since 2005.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department has commissioned since 2005; and what the cost was of each such...

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Northern Ireland prison population formerly served in the UK armed forces.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals paid off arrears to the Child Support Agency by credit card in each of the last three years.

    • Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit paid to (a) local authority tenants, (b) housing association tenants and (c) private sector tenants was in...

  • Treasury

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value of receipts from the Climate Change Levy has been in each of the last five years.

    • Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the recommendation in the Public Accounts Committee report on the Equality and Human Rights Commission published on 4 March 2010...

      Tax Allowances: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has plans to amend the categories of equipment eligible for support under the Enhanced Capital Allowance Energy Scheme to include low energy loss...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many submissions were received to the technical consultation on the draft legislation and guidance on the ending of Furnished Holiday Lettings relief...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether consultants have been contracted to carry out public participation activity on behalf of his Department in the last three years;...

    • Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Gordon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many enquiries from households in Gordon constituency have been received by the Digital UK Help Scheme; and how many of those...

      Irish Language Broadcast Fund: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided to the Irish Language Broadcast Fund in each of the last five years.

      Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Stroud constituency, the effects on that...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff his Department and its agencies are seconded to trade unions; what facilities are made available to them; how many days...

      Ulster Scots: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided for the promotion and development of Ulster Scots language and culture in each of the last...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) effect on time taken for passengers to pass through security of the use of...

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent on advertisements on television and commercial radio on campaigns run by the Department since 2005.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department and its agencies in each year since 1997; what proportion...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many staff from BAA (a) are seconded to his Department and (b) were so seconded in each of the last five years; what the roles were of...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many thefts from his Department have been recorded in the last two years.

      Official Cars: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the annual cost to the public purse is of the provision by the Government Car and Despatch Agency of official cars with drivers to...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to bring A-roads under the responsibility of the Highways Agency for the purposes of removal of roadside litter.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much of the £6 billion allocated has been spent on completion of schemes funded under the first tranche of the National Roads Programme.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of the increase in capacity provided by the Thameslink Programme will be attributable to the (a) Key Output 0, (b) Key...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund money by Nottinghamshire...

    • Compost: Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with Bassetlaw council on the prosecution of mushroom composters in breach of...

      Noah's Ark Farm Zoo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to ensure the compliance of Noah's Ark Farm Zoo, North Somerset, with section 7.13 of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in his Department...

    • Departmental Paper

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his...

      Insolvency: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses employing fewer than 50 people went into administration in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point...

      Met Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to page 27 of the document Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government, what underlying data for...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many sub-postmasters have had back-payments collected from them by Post Office Ltd. in relation to ATMs...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to announce the appointment of a new chief executive for Royal Mail Group; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in the Government Equalities Office in each of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information technology projects initiated by (a) her Department and (b) its agency were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and...

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people have moved from being (a) unemployed and (b) economically inactive to employed in each quarter in each (i) region and (ii) country of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Birmingham City Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with Birmingham city council on its financial situation.

    • Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 247W, on community development: finance, if he will place in...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on the relocation of staff from posts in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency in each of...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade are employed by his Department to assist special advisers.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders: Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been produced by his Department on whether an Empty Dwelling Management Order may be issued in respect of a...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the fire and rescue service per 100,000 population in each local authority area in the last 12 months.

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects...

      Hackney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency,...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many port businesses have paid the assessments for business rates for 2009-10; how many such businesses have paid a first...

      Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Stroud constituency, the effects on that...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the merits of making the provision of assistance to the Congolese army conditional on progress...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of providing assistance for accountability mechanisms in Democratic Republic of Congo...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the merits of extending the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1698 (2006) to include...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the arrest in January 2010 of Lutu Mabangu.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on the relocation of staff from posts in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency in each of...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade are employed by his Department to assist special advisers.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to seek to ensure safe passage of the Free Gaza flotilla through international waters.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made in its policy of supporting the provision of compensation by the Libyan government for...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days staff of his Department and its agencies spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his counterparts in North Africa on the effects of the Western Sahara dispute on the...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projects his Department is operating to encourage the responsible consumption of alcohol; and how much is being spent on each.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) received the maximum available fine for the offence of not obeying an...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions on the purchase, production, sale or misuse of alcohol introduced in legislation since 1 May 2007 have not yet been brought...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued for the offence of consuming alcohol in a designated public place in each of the...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department takes steps to ensure that monkeys imported for scientific research from (a) China and (b) Vietnam have been bred in...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many companies in (a) China and (b) Vietnam are designated as breeding and supply establishments to supply non-human primates to the UK...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of antisocial behaviour police forces in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England...

      Arrest Warrants: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse has been of enforcing European arrest warrants issued in each other EU member state in each year since...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies incurred on translators in each year since 1998.

      Firearms: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests for possession of a firearm and (b) gun-related incidents were recorded in each year since 1997.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the guidelines issued by his Department to officers of those intelligence services which fall within his responsibilities on...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has discussed with Post Office Ltd. the award of the contract set out in tender notice 2009/S 247-354963.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he made an assessment of awarding the contract set out in tender notice 2009/S 247-354963 to Post Office Ltd outside the competitive...

      Prisoners: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) youths, (b) adult males and (c) adult females in custody following...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff were based in each overseas country on 1 December 2009.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether he plans to bring forward proposals to set minimum standards for energy loss from distribution transformers in respect of...

    • Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of homes which require (a) additional loft insulation, (b) cavity wall...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households have had works funded by the Warm Front scheme in each month since January 2009.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of UK electricity that will come from (a) onshore and (b) offshore...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the gross internal floor area (a) before and (b) after rebuilding was of each school that has been rebuilt under the...

    • Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contracts his Department has with private hire taxi companies; and what expenditure his Department has incurred on such...

      Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Stroud constituency, the effects on that...

      Support for All: The Families and Relationships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been allocated to fund specialist relationship counselling services for families with disabled children as referred...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the duration is of his Department's contract with Purple Foodservice Solutions for armed forces food supply; and when that contract will be reviewed...

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British soldiers have been treated at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British soldiers have been treated in Selly Oak Hospital in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK's long-distance fixed-wing search and rescue capability following the withdrawal from service of...

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operational radius is for Sea King helicopters based at RAF Lossiemouth for the search and rescue task.

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what multi-agency radio communication equipment is available for RAF C-130 Hercules aircraft for communication with fishing and merchant vessels...

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions a UK-based Hercules C-130 has been called out on a search and rescue mission in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on (a) how many occasions and (b) for what duration search and rescue assets at RAF Gannett have been unavailable during the last 12 months; and on...

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (a) how many S-92 helicopters his Department plans to procure for the UK-based search and rescue helicopter task and (b) where those helicopters will...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicle urgent operational requirements of each type have been (a) ordered and (b) delivered to Headquarters Land Forces since 2006.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the delivery of the order for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle to be completed; (2) pursuant to the written ministerial...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information technology projects initiated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and...

      Departmental Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Pashto and (b) Dari interpreters are employed by his Department.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future procurement of the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Land Mines: Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the provision of pre-deployment mine detection training.

      Military Aircraft: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum flight endurance time without mid air refuelling is for a (a) Typhoon eurofighter, (b) Harrier GR9, (c) Tornado GR4 and (d) Super...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of pilots was for (i) Apache, (ii) Chinook and (iii) Merlin helicopters on the latest date for which...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with its (a) New Zealand and (b) Australian counterparts on joint co-operation in the procurement of (i) the...

  • Health

    • Baby Care Units: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the number of neonatal nurses.

    • Dental Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of the (a) child and (b) adult population resident in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point constituency attended an appointment...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on the relocation of staff from posts in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental marketing, how much his...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months.

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of services provided by his Department which are targeted at people living in rural areas; (2) what...

      Health Visitors: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors have been employed in each primary care trust in the South East in each year since 1997.

      HIV Infection and Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are working on policy on (a) HIV, (b) hepatitis B and (c) hepatitis C.

      HIV Infection and Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what epidemiology and surveillance studies commissioned by his Department are being undertaken into (a) HIV, (b) hepatitis B and (c) hepatitis C;...

      Influenza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that the findings from his assessment of the swine influenza pandemic campaign will inform planning for the NHS response to...

      Mentally Ill: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients subject to community treatment orders were referred to a doctor for a second opinion within 28 days of being released from...

      Methadone: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 6 July 2009, Official Report, column 589W, on methadone: young offenders, if he will take steps to record information on...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of user minutes on the Lorenzo software system at each of the NHS sites at which it is installed in the...

      Respite Care: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the amount of funding received by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust as a result of the additional funding for respite care...

  • Justice

    • Blackmail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of the offence of blackmail since 1990 were sentenced to a period of imprisonment of seven years or more.

    • Information Commissioner's Office: Complaint

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints made to the Information Commissioner's Office had not been investigated within eight months of the complaint having been made in (a)...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether an assessment has been made of the appropriateness of funding by legal aid of concluded MMR vaccine litigation; (2) whether an assessment...

      National Offender Management Services: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of the licences purchased by the National Offender Management Service from (a) MPLC and (b) Filmbank.

      Property: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 940W, on property: sales, how many property transactions took place where the sale price...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of sentences handed down to (a) juveniles and (b) young adults of each sex from (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) Crown...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has received a copy of the National Audit Office's draft report on custody placements in young offenders institutions; if he will...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Department for International Development's budget for Afghanistan was allocated to (a) Helmand province, and (b) other provinces of Afghanistan, in...

    • Afghanistan: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Department for International Development's budget for Afghanistan was allocated to each sector of development in each of the past three financial years.

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official residence of the First Sea Lord during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) MPs,...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Adjutant General during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) Ministers, (c) other senior officers,...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Commander-in-Chief Air during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) Ministers, (c) other senior...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Chief of the Air Staff during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) Ministers, (c) other senior...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Deputy Commander-in-Chief Personnel (Royal Air Force) during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) Ministers, (c) other...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) Ministers, (c)...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the United Kingdom Military Representative to NATO during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Commander Joint Force Command Headquarters Brunssum during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Deputy Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b)...

      British Wind Energy Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money each department provides to the British Wind Energy Association; and for what purposes.

      Child Abduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given or plan to give to the family of Nassima Sadia, who was taken from the United Kingdom to Algeria in 2007.

      Children, Schools and Families Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Children, Schools and Families Bill will place a requirement on Catholic, Jewish, Anglican and Muslim voluntary aided schools to provide children with...

      Chile: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many emergency service personnel from the United Kingdom have been deployed to assist in Chile following the recent earthquake.

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the partnership arrangement between the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council for access to SOCA's ELMER database...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what public or private bodies other than the Government security services and the police have direct access to the ELMER database of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Energy: Carbon Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010, whether large organisations and the public sector will be expected to reach the same level of...

      Energy: Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the fundamental review of the GB Security and Quality of Supply Standards for the planning and operation of the electricity transmission system to...

      European Protection Order

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will decide whether to opt in to the proposal for a European Protection Order.

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Communities and Local Government, its predecessors and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each...

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department of Health and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the past three years;...

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Department for International Development and its agencies in each of the past five years.

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Ministry of Justice, its predecessors and its agencies in each of the past five years.

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for Communities and Local Government, its predecessors and its agencies in each of the past five years.

      Health: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consultant posts exist for the diagnosis and treatment of autism; and whether there are plans to increase that number. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      Health: Clinical Physiologists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 July 2008 (WA 28-9), what progress they have made towards the statutory regulation of clinical...

      Hereditary Peers: Writ of Summons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the means by which the writ of summons of an hereditary peer can be overridden or annulled.

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 10 February (WA 154), what are the estimated net and gross annual export earnings for the higher...

      Information Commissioner's Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 1 March (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1187), what public information is provided on the functions...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria by which Commissioners of the Infrastructure Planning Commission are recruited; and what are the professional and other qualifications and...

      Magna Carta

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions of the Magna Carta remain in force in Scotland.

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which applications for NHS Foundation Trusts ministers approved to go forward to Monitor in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, and (c) 2009-10; and which of those...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the categories of bonuses which have been available to officials of the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past four financial years; how much was...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Jerusalem Centre for Photography in Jenin, the Zakat Hospital in Tulkarem, the Prosthesis Factory in Qalqilia, the Islamic Relief for Care of Orphans...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue a direction under Article 14 of the Town and Country Planning Act (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 (SI 1995/419) to Surrey Heath...

      Police: National Computer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are recorded on the police national computer.

      Prisoners: Sexual Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which prisoners in custody in England and Wales are victims of rape or other sexual violence.

      Religion: Anti-conversion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, a comparative assessment of the effects of religious anti-conversion laws in Indian states and the proposed...

      Safeguarding Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children.

      Schools: Male Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to increase the number of male teachers in primary schools.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent estimate of (a) the costs, and (b) the total financial effects by income decile, of increasing the stamp duty threshold to £250,000...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union negotiators dealing with Turkey's membership application have received assurances concerning (a) a timetable for constitutional and...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to negotiations involving the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration for the...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Turkey about any effect of the return of refugees to Turkey on peaceful resolution of the Kurdish situation.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose in the appropriate international fora the establishment of a professionally facilitated and independent process of conflict resolution...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with the government of Turkey when the human rights package of 19 January by Turkey's Minister for the Interior will be fully implemented.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union presidency received a response from the Government of Turkey to their statement of 11 December 2009; and, if so, in what terms.

      Universities: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist universities in helping any staff who have to leave as a result of reduced budgets cuts by providing advice on job placements...

      Universities: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist universities to meet reduced budgets by introducing more cost-effective approaches to teaching.

      Universities: Multi-disciplinary Courses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage universities to offer multi-disciplinary courses.

      Universities: Multi-disciplinary Courses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will examine how multi-disciplinary courses such as those in United States and Scottish universities could be introduced more widely in English...

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