Written answers

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

  • Scotland

    • Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2010, Official Report, column 552W, on the Future Jobs Fund, which projects the Future Jobs Fund is supporting in...

    • Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the economic effects in England of the tax proposals set out in paragraphs 4.13 to 4.39 of Scotland's Future in the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency have provided to (i) Tewkesbury council and (ii) Gloucestershire...

    • Floods: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency have provided to (i) Tewkesbury council and (ii) Gloucestershire...

      Seals: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last discussed the seal hunt in Canada with the Canadian Government.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Forestry Commission to assist in the acquisition and replanting of agricultural land...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Forestry Commission to reduce the number of trees planted per acre for new growth.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2010, Official Report, column 565W, on departmental internet, what the cost was of the website...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department has commissioned since 2005; and what the cost was of...

      Greater Manchester

      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 Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on that...

      Local Government: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 341W, on local government finance, what performance data local...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the tourism industry on the merits of introducing British Summer Time and Double British Summer Time.

      Tourism: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to the promotion of tourism (a) in Poole and (b) nationally in each year since 1997.

  • Wales

    • Business: Montgomeryshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many businesses were registered in Montgomeryshire in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will assess the merits of introducing a concessionary bus travel scheme for persons aged (a) up to 15 years old and (b) between 16...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2010, Official Report, column 1363W, on departmental internet, what the cost was of the website redesign.

      Departmental Internet

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

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make an assessment of the merits of increasing capacity for (a) passengers and (b) freight on the East Coast Main Line, with...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has been of administering the free prize draw for motorists renewing their vehicle...

      National Bullying Helpline

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what contacts the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has had with the National Bullying Helpline since 2004; and whether the agency has...

      Railways: Chesham

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects construction work on the High Speed Two route in Chesham and Amersham constituency to (a) commence and (b) be completed.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he expects the electric multiple unit trains cascaded from Thameslink stock for services in the North West to be in service by March...

  • Solicitor-General

    • BAE Systems: Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what the total cost to the Serious Fraud Office was of the recently-settled case against BAE Systems; (2) what estimate she has made of the total cost to the...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Bearwood Corporate Services

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission from which (a) legal firms, (b) Queen's counsel and (c) other sources the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the oral answer of 11 March 2010, Official Report, columns 428-30, on a day nursery, whether the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single living accommodation units for service personnel in Scotland are in each standard for condition.

    • Armed Forces: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have had limbs amputated in the last six months.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will guarantee the provision of funding at current levels for the Academies programme in the next spending round.

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how long each local authority's Director of Children's Services has been in post.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its agencies spent on font licensing in the last three years.

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months;...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and which telephone helplines received funding from his Department in 2009; (2) how many telephone calls were (a)...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which companies were contracted by his Department and its predecessor for the provision of temporary staff in each of the last...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, columns 1087-8W, on departmental written questions, by what...

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects on the welfare of children of the provisions in the Children, Schools and...

      National Youth Community Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Prime Minister's speech at Britain's Everyday Heroes Book Launch of 24 July 2007, what progress has been...

      Office for Standards in Education: Children's Services and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the system of inspection operated by Ofsted.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the cost of providing one-to-one or small group tuition to every child not reaching the...

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of fires reported in schools in each year since 2005; (2) what his most recent...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to reduce the (a) administrative burden on teachers and (b) number of national performance...

      Secondary Education: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average staff to pupil ratio is in secondary schools in (a) North East Hertfordshire and (b) England.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) median and (b) mean salary in (i) nominal and (ii) real terms was of a teacher in a maintained school in each...

      Teachers: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools which were assessed as (a) inadequate, (b) satisfactory and (c) outstanding by Ofsted in each of the...

      Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his assessment is of the effectiveness of the system for the monitoring and appraisal of teacher performance.

  • International Development

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much emergency funding his Department is providing to (a) Niger and (b) Chad to alleviate the current food shortages.

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has contributed to (a) Niger and (b) Chad (i) in each sector and (ii) via each implementing partner in...

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much funding the UK's partner bilateral and multilateral agencies plan to contribute to the West Africa Humanitarian Response...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the steps taken by the Democratic Republic of Congo towards validation of the Extractive Industries...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 877W, on departmental internet, what the cost was of the website redesign.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the operations of British companies in Ethiopia; and if he will make it his policy to seek to...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for being drunk and disorderly there were in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in the next six months to protect the Jewish community from anti-Semitic attacks; and if...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of antisocial behaviour were reported to the police in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued by courts in York since the introduction of such orders; and how many people who were...

      Crime Prevention: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to design security systems and ensure safe environments for small retailers and traders.

      Crime: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were reported to North Yorkshire Police in each year since 1980.

      Crimes of Violence: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes took place on Merseyside in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the travel guidance issued to staff of each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Detention Centres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated to the Alternatives to Detention pilot in Glasgow in 2007 to 2010; and how much funding has allocated to...

      Detention Centres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many families are included in the Alternatives to Detention pilot being run in Glasgow; and whether there are plans to increase the number.

      Detention Centres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) families, (b) individuals, (c) children aged under 18, (d) children aged under 16 and (e) children aged under 10 have taken...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who have not been convicted of an offence have particulars of their DNA recorded on the national DNA database.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the British Crime Survey takes into account in its methodology the nature of domestic violence abusers when gathering information on...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of drug-related offences there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England...

      Police: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers there were in Birmingham in each year since 1997 and (b) police community support officers there were in...

      Police: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department provided for (a) policing and (b) victim support services in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

      Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department holds on which major retailers accept the UK CitizenCard as proof of age.

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicle-related thefts have been reported in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and...

  • Treasury

    • Income Tax Personal Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last reviewed the levels of the income tax personal allowance; and if he will make a statement.

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the basic rate of income tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of those in receipt of (a) working tax credit only, (b) child tax credit only and (c) working tax credit and child tax...

      Economic Growth Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on forecasts for economic growth.

      Government Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on his Department's programme for reducing the level of Government debt; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on motorists of the level of fuel duty.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other ministerial colleagues on the mechanism to determine the level of public...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of expenditure from the public purse in 2008-09 was spent in each constituent part of the UK.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) tax revenue and (b) other monies collected by his Department in 2008-09 came from (i) Wales, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Northern Ireland...

      Budget Deficit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the current and future level of the budget deficit; and if he will make a statement.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects on savers of low interest rates.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the level of activity in the manufacturing sector.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have used the Enterprise Investment Scheme in each year since its inception.

      Child Tax Credit: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families living in the City of York local authority area receive the child element of child tax credit; in respect of how many children that credit...

      Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the number of UK citizens who have permanent residence in the UK that have retained domicile in (a)...

      Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 161W, on employee benefit trusts, what the evidential basis is for HM Revenue and...

      Inheritance Tax: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 769W, on inheritance tax: housing, (1)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many port businesses were physically inspected when the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) began to rate port businesses separately; how many were notified...

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses have applied for research and development tax relief in each of the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to improve data security at HM Revenue and Customs premises since 2008-09.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of staff of HM Revenue and Customs were (a) on fixed term appointments and (b) agency workers in each of the last three years.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he made of the implications for his Department of the judgment of the House of Lords in the case of Furniss v Dawson in 1984; and what...

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on the (a) removal and (b) reduction of tax relief on pensions savings for people paying income tax at the 40 per cent. rate; (2)...

      Taxation: Self-assessment and PAYE

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many errors in the calculation of tax based on (a) Pay-As-You-Earn and (b) self assessment were identified in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv)...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints from UK businesses HM Revenue and Customs has received regarding its plans to make submission of value added tax returns online...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Foreigners

      To ask THE Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit paid to (i) non-British EU nationals resident in...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 684W, on abortions, for what reasons national health service numbers are not...

    • Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of rheumatoid arthritis services; what steps his Department is (a) taking and (b)...

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the training provided to GPs in respect of rheumatoid arthritis; what funding his Department is providing...

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of progress towards meeting the 18-week waiting time target for access to rheumatoid arthritis services; what...

      Bridlington Hospital: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the shuttle bus service between Bridlington and Scarborough hospitals and funded by the NHS has ceased operating; and when he expects the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 242W, on cancer: drugs, (1) what period elapsed from the licensing of each...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the policy is of the Care Quality Commission on assessment of a care home after a change in its rating.

      Carers: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been received in Birmingham (a) to enable breaks for carers and (b) from the New Deal for Carers programme in each year since 1997.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated any research on a relationship between myalgic encephalomyelitis and blood-related disorders.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that Staffordshire has adequate specialist clinics for the treatment of myelgic encephalomyelitis and chronic...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, columns 224-25W, on dementia: drugs, what the salary is for the post of National Clinical...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 225W, on dementia: drugs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 866W, on departmental internet, what the cost was of the website redesign.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 design.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the...

      Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of illness or other ailments in children attributable to the operation of electromagnetic fields have been reported since 2001; and if he...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to retain the age of eligibility for free NHS sight tests for women at 60 or over when the female state pension age rises...

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) classifies (a) unfertilised eggs and (b) immature human eggs that have not been used to...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 350W, on health services: reciprocal arrangements, by what means his Department made the...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will meet the co-chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, the right hon. Member for Torfaen, to discuss the contents of his recent...

      Home Care Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 25 February 2010, Official Report, column 751W, on home care services, how much he estimates...

      Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of operations in NHS hospitals which were postponed consequent on the detection of high blood pressure in the...

      Influenza: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the number of pensioners from York who have received influenza injections in the last 12 months.

      Injuries: Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated at (a) an accident and emergency department and (b) an urgent care centre following an attack by a dangerous dog in the...

      Medical Records: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department had spent on leafleting campaigns relating to the Summary Care Record in (a) London and (b) England on the latest date for which...

      Medical Treatments: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for all treatments was in each year since 1997.

      Medicine: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to review its restrictions on access to post-graduate medical education by non-EEA graduates.

      NHS: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what mechanisms adherence to the NHS Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Healthcare Workers is (a) monitored and (b) enforced;...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contractual negotiations his Department is engaged in with (a) Computer Sciences Corporation and (b) BT in relation to the National Programme...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of women whose symptoms were initially misdiagnosed by their GP and who went on to develop terminal ovarian cancer...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people with (a) terminal cancer and (b) another terminal condition who receive...

      Pregnant Women: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births to women addicted to (a) prescription, (b) non-prescription and (c) illegal drugs there were in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Psychiatry: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts do not employ any child and adolescent psychotherapists; (2) which primary care trusts employ child and adolescent...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many free Quit Kits the NHS has distributed since the start of the Smokefree scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports his Department has received on the treatment of religious minorities in Afghanistan.

    • Bangladesh: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has had discussions with the government of Bangladesh on recent reports of arrests and forced displacements of...

      Burma: Dams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with the Chinese government on the construction of dams on the Irrawaddy river by the...

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on deportations from Thailand to Burma of ethnic Karen people; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had (a) at EU level, (b) with the US administration and (c) with the Burmese government on the...

      Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the (a) treatment of opposition parties in Burundi and (b) activities of the youth...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions Capita Group plc tendered for contracts let by his Department in each of the last five years; how many...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Colombia on (a) the arrest, (b) the imprisonment and (c) due process in...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Colombia on academic freedom in that country.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request the government of Colombia to produce the evidence it holds to substantiate the claim that Miguel Angel...

      Counter-terrorism: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the international coalition against terrorism; and if he will make a...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo on implementation of the Extractive...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in his Department in each...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 840W, on departmental internet, what the cost was of the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department has commissioned since 2005; and what the cost...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent in (a) legal fees and (b) compensation on legal cases concerning remuneration of its...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had in each of the last five years with his Argentine counterpart on sovereignty over the Falkland...

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights situation of Jewish people in Iran since October 2009; and if he will make a...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Iraq on the situation in Camp Ashraf; and if he will take steps to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 20 January 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton regarding Mr. M Kirkham.

      Morocco: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many volunteer workers at the Village of Hope/Village de l'Espérance at Ain Leuh ordered to leave by the government of...

      Morocco: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for future EU-Morocco relations of the decision of the government of Morocco to...

      Morocco: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Morocco on its decision to expel all foreign volunteers, including EU...

      Morocco: Orphans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will undertake an investigation into the treatment of British staff at the Christian orphanage in Fez.

      North Korea: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the number of people held in North Korean labour camps.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Gaza.

      Repatriation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used to decide whether a country receives funding from the Returns and Reintegration Fund; what role the (a)...

      Repatriation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding (a) his Department, (b) the Department for International Development and (c) the UK Border Agency has...

      South Africa: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with Ministerial colleagues steps to raise levels of awareness of people travelling to the 2010 World Cup...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with its US counterpart on allegations of war crimes during the military conflict...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer to the hon. Member for Walsall North of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column...

      Thailand: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to seek to secure the accession of Thailand to the Hague Convention on international child abduction; and...

      Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in how many instances the Government has opted into a proposed measure presented to the Council of Ministers pursuant to Title V...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Algerian counterpart on (a) the decision to close land borders with Morocco since 1994 and...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on (a) Sahrawi refugees in the...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the powers the Moroccan government has offered to devolve to Western Sahara in the...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on major infrastructure projects which have been undertaken by Morocco in Western Sahara...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the political situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what volume of carbon dioxide emissions has been recorded in the UK on an environmental accounts basis in each year since 1990.

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the merits of withdrawing subsidies from suppliers of Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme...

      Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent research his Department has undertaken into the (a) cost-effectiveness of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme and...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost was of each full-page advertisement taken out by his Department in a national newspaper in (a) October and (b) November...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 903W, on departmental internet, what the cost was of the website redesign.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department has commissioned since its inception; and what the cost...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade in his Department spent on first class travel in the last 12 months.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effect on domestic fuel bills of the Renewable Heat Incentive in each of the next five years.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to require energy suppliers to account for expenditure on meeting their carbon emissions reduction...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he made of the level of fossil fuel dependency in the latest year for which figures are available; and what information...

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on...

      Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been disbursed from the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund to date.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has taken steps to establish a forum for non-governmental organisations to consider issues arising from proposals for the...

      Office of Gas and Electricity Markets: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials (a) his Department and (b) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets employed on the latest date for which figures...

      Stroud

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

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the fee accompanying an application for a wind turbine development is provided to the local authority responsible...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Leader of the House how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet her Office has commissioned since 2005; and what the cost was of each such design.

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many and what proportion of its shares the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund held in (a) British Petroleum and (b) Royal Dutch Shell on the latest date...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what (a) circumstances and (b) proportion of cases interest is applied to arrears owed by non-resident parents in cases managed by the...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many absent parents in (a) Scotland and (b) Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the Child Support Agency (CSA) has imposed a sanction of (a) deduction of earnings orders, (b) deduction from bank accounts,...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many thefts from her Department have been recorded in the last two years.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 97 of the pre-Budget report 2009, what temporary employment programmes will be phased out by 2012-13; and what estimate...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had their claims for jobseeker's allowance processed in (a) five or fewer days, (b) between six and 10 days; (c) between 11...

      Lighthouse Project: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding her Department has provided to the Lighthouse project in each year since it was set up.

      Nuclear Submarines: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date her Department received the request from the Health and Safety Executive to review the radius of the emergency pre-planning zone...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the number of people who have not made sufficient savings for their retirement; and what such estimates her...

      Social Security Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 78W, on Social Security Advisory Committee: finance, how much the Social...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of known fraud debt stock was fraud debt her Department recovered in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her latest estimate is of the monetary value of benefit fraud committed by people living outside the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support, (c) incapacity benefit and (d) employment and support allowance...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small businesses there were in (a) England, (b) Eastern England and (c) Southend West constituency in each year since 1997.

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what consideration she gave to the introduction of changes to the Civil Service Compensation scheme to apply to new entrants to the civil service.

      Civil Servants: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent civil servants have been employed in (a) City of York and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997.

      Deaths: Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 159W, on death: cancer, for what reasons age-standardised mortality rates for 2008...

      Deaths: Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many women died of ovarian cancer in East Lancashire in each year since 2005.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she made of the number of people in employment who were (a) UK born, (b) non-UK born, (c) a UK national and (d) a non-UK national in...

      Government Departments: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the threat to the Government's critical infrastructure of an electromagnetic pulse strike caused (a) deliberately and...

      Government Departments: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons the threat of an electromagnetic pulse strike caused (a) deliberately and (b) through solar activity was not included in the...

      Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if she will make available to the Public Administration Select Committee all papers and other documents relating to the undertaking given by Lord...

      Personal Income: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average household disposable income was in York in (a) cash and (b) real terms in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the latest 12 months for which figures...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, columns 995-6W, on unemployment, how many economically inactive people of working age who were...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason the time series data produced by the Office for National Statistics on the number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming jobseeker's allowance...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what liabilities the Homes and Communities Agency has in relation to rent subsidy for tenants signed up to the Rent to HomeBuy...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many Rent to HomeBuy tenants are expected to purchase a share in their home in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Homes and Communities Agency grant for Rent to HomeBuy properties is paid (a) at the start or (b) on an ongoing...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1127-28W, on affordable housing: finance, what estimate he has...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the provision of family-sized affordable homes.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable family-sized homes have been built in each year since 1997.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department plans to take to assist local authorities to increase provision of family-sized affordable homes.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the pathfinder areas in increasing provision of family-sized...

      AXA Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with AXA and its subsidiaries since 2005.

      Council Tax: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties there are in each council tax band in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne; and how many in each such band are...

      Council Tax: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much on average has been charged in respect of band D council tax in City of York in each year since 2002-03 expressed...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on office refurbishments in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 632W, on...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have made submissions to his Department for funding under the Bellwin scheme as a result of the recent...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many architectural assessments of each Kickstart development were made; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what scores were given to each Kickstart development during its first assessment; for what reason each was subsequently...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in Birmingham have received assistance through (a) the Mortgage Rescue Scheme, (b) the Homeowners Mortgage...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, column 1152W, on non-domestic rates: ports, what assessment has been...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on Planning Policy Statement 25, on flooding; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the appropriateness of statutory standards on overcrowding in social housing.

      Social Rented Housing: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in Sheffield are still awaiting completion of Decent Homes work for which funding has been allocated; and how...

      Social Rented Housing: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent under the Decent Homes programme in Sheffield through (a) Sheffield Homes and (b) other housing...

      Social Rented Housing: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in Sheffield have been improved under the Decent Homes programme to date.

      Social Rented Housing: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money Sheffield city council has been allocated for building new social housing in the last two years; and what...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many curfew orders have been issued by courts in York since the introduction of such orders; and how many of those people have been proceeded against...

    • Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children under 18 years of age who are the subject of (a) pre-court and (b) court orders are not in education, employment or training.

      Convictions: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted at York (a) magistrates court and (b) Crown court in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest 12 months for which figures are...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the virtual court pilot at Camberwell Green magistrates court of (a) police officers, (b)...

      Custodial Treatment: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a custodial sentence at York (a) magistrates court and (b) Crown court in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures...

      Dangerous Dogs: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in Lancashire for offences in connection with allowing a dog to attack a person in the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department and its predecessor have commissioned since 2005; and what the cost was...

      Employment Tribunal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunal hearings were (a) scheduled and (b) completed at each centre in each of the last three years.

      Employment Tribunal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements there are for the management of information technology at the Employment Tribunal Service; and for what reason the service has ceased...

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on that constituency of...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to provide for flexibility in the number of matter starts which may be allocated to take account of increased demand at...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that the requirements of vulnerable people receiving services under the new Legal Services Commission contracts are met.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to the Jackson review of litigation costs.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors have spent in (a) legal fees and (b) compensation on legal cases concerning remuneration of its employees...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offending behaviour programmes are (a) offered in each category of prison and (b) assessed as suitable for offenders...

      Prisons: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for a new prison in East Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what guidance he issues to magistrates on the activation of suspended sentences of imprisonment where the defendant is found guilty or pleads...

      Victim Support Schemes: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on supporting victims of crime and witnesses who were party to proceedings at York (a) magistrates court and (b) Crown court in (i)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely (a) price and (b) availability of credit to small businesses in the second...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small businesses in each constituency in the East of England have applied for financial assistance under the...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Glasgow North East constituency have received support from the Government since 2008.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) the North West, (b) the City of Manchester and (c) Manchester Central constituency have...

      Business: York

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses there were in City of York (a) unitary local authority area and (b) constituency in each year...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a detailed breakdown of his Department's expenditure on entertainment in each of the last 12 months.

      Exports: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies in Milton Keynes exported goods or services to (a) other EU countries and (b) non-EU countries in...

      Further Education: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average staff to student ratio is in (a) York College and (b) further education colleges in England.

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Manchester, Gorton constituency,...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many first year undergraduate places in universities the Government plan to fund in academic year 2010-11; and if...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of foreign students who (a) were offered and (b) accepted a...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students who do not speak English as a first language (a) were offered and (b) accepted a place on a degree...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he made of the number of English domiciled part-time undergraduate students who received a full fee...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of English-domiciled part-time undergraduate students who did...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of English-domiciled part-time undergraduate students (a) with...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much his Department spent on (a) fee and (b) course grant payments for English-domiciled part-time...

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings on university targets (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have attended.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list for each regional development agency (RDA) the total amount spent on (a) start-up and (b) support in...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many social enterprises were (a) established in and (b) assisted by each regional development agency in each of...

      Pay: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much on average (a) men and (b) women in full-time employment in Milton Keynes were paid each week (i) in...

      Personal Income: York

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average weekly gross earnings of full-time (a) men, (b) women and (c) people in York were (i) in 1996-97...

      Physics: Higher Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from the public purse per physics undergraduate was allocated to universities in each of the last...

      Students: Radicalism

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has allocated funding to combating Islamic extremism in educational establishments in 2009-10.

      Unemployment: Wellingborough

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of young people in (a) Wellingborough constituency and (b) the UK who...

      Weather: Industry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the contribution to the economy of the private weather sector.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many improvised explosive devices have been successfully defused by British forces in Helmand province this year.

    • Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will address the concerns of British aid agencies about the ability of soldiers from the provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan to manage...

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) Warthog vehicles, and (b) Viking vehicles, will be deployed to Afghanistan by the end of (1) 2010, (2) 2011, and (3) 2012.

      Armed Forces: Four-star Generals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many four-star generals there are in the Army; and what responsibilities are undertaken by each of them.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the locations of the 140 trained Pashtun speakers serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces who are not deployed to Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many personnel deployed to Afghanistan are capable in the following languages: (a) Farsi, (b) Hazaragi, (c) Uzbek, and (d) Pashto.

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given by the Ministry of Defence to dispensing with the 10 official service residences as part of the defence review.

      Armed Forces: Redeployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees of Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations who are remunerated by the Ministry of Defence are in a redeployment pool.

      Armed Forces: School Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children of service background attending private schools in the United Kingdom are paid for out of public funds; of those, how many are children of (a)...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the context of the provisions of the Belfast Agreement, what discussions they have had about funding to the Irish and Ulster-Scots communities in Ireland.

      Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses were registered in each region and country in the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 2006, and (c) 2009.

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation has taken place with the Scottish Executive on the 2011 census; and whether they were asked for their views on including a question on Scottish...

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in Northern Ireland access the Northern Ireland Court Service website each week.

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Court Service consultation document entitled Public Prosecution Service to commence proceedings without recourse to a lay magistrate...

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consultation documents were published by the Northern Ireland Court Service during the past five years; and, of those, how many were published (a) on the...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 March (WA 363), what independent involvement there is in the three investigations into...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of alleged race or sex discrimination, bullying or victimisation were lodged against the Crown Prosecution Service with employment tribunals in (a)...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff of the Crown Prosecution Service were disciplined in (a) 2008, and (b) 2009, for breaches of the staff code of conduct with regard to race or sex...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 March (WA 364), whether there has been any independent assessment of the Crown Prosecution...

      Cuba: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they made representations to the government of Cuba about the recent death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died in prison after an 80-day hunger strike; and...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following reports of recent attempts by North Korea to sell weapons and military equipment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, what is their assessment of the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo the case of Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda, a senior FARDC army officer, who is...

      Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 February (WA 210-11), why the provision of passport numbers on confirmation of acceptance for studies...

      Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days there are between the close of nominations for elections to the National Assembly for Wales and (a) the last day for receipt of postal vote...

      Estate Agents: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Office of Fair Trading has decided that estate agents do not require regulation.

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by (a) the Local Better Regulation...

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Office for Government Commerce has made of the total public sector procurement budget for (a) stationery, and (b) photocopier paper.

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

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

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, its predecessors and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs...

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

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

      Government Departments: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the total cost of office energy bills to departments.

      Government: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers are required to respond to correspondence addressed directly to them on matters of policy rather than delegate responses to chief executives of...

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has visited the United States on official business since 1 January; if so, when; for what purpose; and at what cost.

      Justice: Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 22 February (WA 233-4), which European Union countries have asked for information from them about...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of funding by legal aid of research carried out on the claimants and controls in connection with the measles,...

      Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the dates of the research sources for the numbers of professional musicians in 2006 and 2008 cited in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's report...

      Media: Newspapers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spend annually on recruitment advertising in the Guardian.

      Mohammad Amin Valian

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the government of Iran for clemency for Mr Mohammad Amin Valian, who was sentenced to death after admitting throwing stones at security forces.

      Nagorno-Karabakh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether as a United Nations Security Council member they support Armenia or Azerbaijan in their respective claims regarding Nagorno-Karabakh.

      Northern Ireland Office: Opinion Polls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Northern Ireland Office minister determined the requirements of and sanctioned the opinion poll conducted by the Northern Ireland Office during the week...

      Northern Ireland Office: Opinion Polls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister or official in the Northern Ireland Office devised the wording of questions used in the opinion poll conducted during the week beginning 1 March;...

      Northern Ireland Office: Opinion Polls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the recent poll carried out for the Northern Ireland Office about the transfer of policing and justice powers to the Executive cost; how many people were...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the ethnic breakdown of the employees of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission.

      Nuclear-powered Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the report on the collision between the British and French nuclear submarines in the Bay of Biscay in 2007.

      Officers' Training Corps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officer cadets serving in the Officers' Training Corps (a) regularly attended training prior to the suspension of their pay, and (b) regularly attend...

      Orange Halls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Orange halls have been attacked in the last 12 months.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the comments by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward, about withdrawing £800 million of funding for policing and justice gave...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time serving officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland speak (a) Irish Gaelic, and (b) Mandarin or Cantonese.

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the responses to their second public consultation on prisoners' voting rights, which concluded on 29 September 2009; and what is their evaluation of the...

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prison Service has expressed concerns about enabling sentenced prisoners to vote in parliamentary elections.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 3 March (WA 354-5), what importance they attach to educational qualifications; and why they do not...

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual salary of (a) primary head teachers, and (b) secondary head teachers, in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester.

      UN: Territorial Integrity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in their activities in the United Nations they give greater weight to territorial integrity than to self determination.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 local authorities have the highest rate of unemployment in the United Kingdom.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the levels of (a) unemployment, and (b) youth unemployment, in each parliamentary constituency in the north east of England in (1) April 1997, (2) June...

      Universities: Foreign Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to persuade universities to encourage students to study less favoured European languages such as Polish, Italian, Serbo-Croat and the Baltic...

      Victoria and Albert Museum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received or made in relation to the future of the musical instrument collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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