Written answers

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

  • Wales

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by her Department; and at what civil service pay grade in each such case.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) place of manufacture is of the car allocated for the use of each Minister in her Department.

  • Transport

    • Boats: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the financial interests of the individuals reviewing the Boatmasters regulations for the Marine and Coastguard Agency; and if he will...

    • Bus Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on local authority regulation of local bus services. [R]

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of invoices from suppliers to his Department were paid within 10 days of receipt in (a) March and (b) April 2010.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the (a) implementation of penalty clauses and payments in its contracts and (b) potential...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many special advisers (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department (i) has appointed to date and (ii) plans to appoint.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will include the East Midlands, Sheffield and Leeds in his proposals for a high speed rail network.

      Woodhead Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that the Woodhead tunnels be maintained in a manner which ensures their suitability for future rail use.

  • Health

    • NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on funding the provision of e-learning materials in the NHS, with particular reference to the e-Learning for Health programme.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by her Department; and at what Civil Service pay grade in...

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Ministers in her Department have been issued with (a) a BlackBerry, (b) an iPhone, (c) another make of mobile...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) place of manufacture is of the car allocated for the use of each Minister in her...

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on tackling noise pollution; and if she will make a statement.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the prohibition of the trimming of beaks of laying hens to take effect; and if she will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will (a) review the law on libel and (b) lay formal proposals for reform to provide that it shall not prevent media in the UK from reporting...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of invoices from suppliers to his Department were paid within 10 days of receipt in (a) March and (b) April 2010.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial recompense chief executives of local authorities receive for assuming responsibility for electoral matters in respect of (a) local and...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to reduce staffing levels in prisons in financial year 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      Rape: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans the Government has to grant anonymity to defendants in rape cases.

      Rape: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of contested prosecutions for rape in Lancashire police force area have resulted in a conviction in each of the last five years.

      Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to make a commencement order to bring into force the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010.

      Youth Justice: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the public purse of processing a case of a child through the criminal justice system from arrest to sentence was in (a) the...

  • Home Department

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of adapting the e-Borders system to take account of the use of non-biometric passports.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects on the operation of e-border and wider border control checks of the ending of the...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of invoices from suppliers to her Department were paid within 10 days of receipt in (a) March and (b) April 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of the (a) implementation of penalty clauses and payments in its contracts and (b)...

      Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the annual cost to her Department of redundancy payments for (a) front-line and (b) other staff...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were (a) released from prison and (b) removed from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were detained in immigration removal centres on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Islamabad applied for (a) visitor visas and (b) permanent settlement in each year since 1997.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department's staff who have been employed in administering the identity cards programme she estimates will be (a) redeployed...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of cancelling contracts with companies undertaking work for her Department...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether those persons who have received an identity card will be able to continue using it for its stated purposes until its expiry...

      Passports: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to include fingerprint information in British passports from 2012; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from (a) the Association of Police Authorities, (b) police authorities and (c) organisations...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department intends to provide to police authorities in respect of the requirement upon them to publish detailed monthly...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2010, Official Report, column 13W, on work permits, how many work cards (a) have been allocated and (b)...

      Sexual Offences: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will consider the merits of broadening the definition of sexual offences in Schedule 3 to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to include...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to consult trade unions in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies concerning deficit reduction plans.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of invoices from suppliers to his Department were paid within 10 days of receipt in (a) March and (b) April 2010.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget his Department has allocated for entertainment, including alcohol, in each of the next three years.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the (a) implementation of penalty clauses and payments in its contracts and (b)...

      Employers' Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond to the consultation on Accessing compensation: supporting people who need to trace employer's liability insurance.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have been employed through the Future Jobs Fund in each constituency since its inception.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the payment of housing benefit to tenants; and what plans he has to renew the effectiveness of the scheme under which...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance; and if he will take steps to ensure that...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department budgeted for advertising tackling benefit fraud in each of the last three financial years.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to consult trade unions in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies concerning deficit reduction plans.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Chen Guangcheng

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department had had discussions with the Government of China on the case of Chen Guangcheng; and if he will make a...

    • Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements he has in place to supply the foreign policy component of the Strategic Defence Review.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) plasma and (b) LCD televisions there are in ministerial offices in his Department.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers in his Department have been issued with (a) a BlackBerry, (b) an iPhone, (c) another make of mobile telephone...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) political appointments and (b) other personal appointments he has made since his appointment; and at what...

      Embassies: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to sell property owned by his Department which is used as British embassies and residences overseas; and if he...

      Linda Carty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consular contact his Department maintains with Linda Carty in Mountain View Unit, Gatesville, Texas; what assessment he has...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of resolutions of the UN Security Council of which the Government of Israel...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise at the UN Security Council the matter of the restrictions placed by the Government of Israel on access for...

      Mordechai Vanunu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Israeli government on the incarceration of Mordechai Vanunu.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his contribution of 26 May 2010, Official Report, column 181, whether he plans to establish procedures to allow the...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of security of UK maritime operations in the Gulf of Aden; and if he...

  • Northern Ireland

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) front-line and (b) other staff were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies in the latest...

    • Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether any domestic properties in the gift of the Government have been allocated to the use of Ministers in his Department.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many special advisers (a) he and (b) each named Minister in his Department (i) has appointed to date and (ii) plans to...

      Gambling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many gambling licences were in effect in (a) Tottenham constituency and (b) Greater London (i) in September 2007 and...

  • Education

    • Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the post of Children's Commissioner.

    • Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to make an announcement on his plans for a pupil premium.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) per capita and (b) per pupil funding level in the (i) primary and (ii) secondary sector was in each local education authority in each of...

      Seaham School of Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure that planned funding for Seaham School of Technology under the Building Schools for the Future programme is maintained.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to consult trade unions in his Department on cost reduction plans.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by his Department at each Civil Service pay grade.

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Ministers in his Department have been issued with (a) a BlackBerry, (b) an iPhone, (c) another make of mobile telephone...

      Derelict Land and Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish separate guidance on the preservation of green belts in local plans; and against what criteria local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 May 2010 on spending announcements, for which local...

      Local Government Finance: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by how much and in what proportion he expects to amend the grant from his Department to each local authority in the North East...

      Local Government: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanism will be used to enable people in a local authority area to veto a proposed rise in council tax above a defined level.

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects each planned city referendum on elected mayoral authorities to take place.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future ownership of Ordnance Survey.

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to review the operation of section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

      Second Homes and Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the (a) planning and (b) taxation rules in respect of (i) second and (ii) holiday homes to control the...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for his plans to abolish the Standards Board for England.

  • Prime Minister

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for examining the case for a UK Sovereignty Bill.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by his Department; and at what Civil Service pay grade in each such case.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the distribution losses of electricity over the National Grid in each of the last five years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition his Department uses of a successful completion of the armed forces' operations in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been recruited into the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Northern...

      Chiefs of Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of travel by the (a) Chief of the General Staff and (b) Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in the last 12 months.

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Government grant to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the names are of those participating in the strategic defence review; and when he expects that review to be completed.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the (a) number of and (b) number of hours worked by officials of his Department of the proposal to...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for future ownership arrangements of the Defence Support Group.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of invoices from suppliers to his Department were paid within 10 days of receipt in (a) March and (b) April 2010.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) plasma and (b) LCD televisions there are in ministerial offices in his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent staff at each civil service grade are employed in the private office of each Minister in his Department.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Government (a) cars and (b) drivers are allocated to Ministers in his Department.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effect on his Department's expenditure on official cars for (a) civil servants and (b) service personnel in 2010-11 of...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when and in what form he plans to publish a list of all items of expenditure by his Department over £25,000.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost to the public purse was of (a) accommodation and (b) travel of the Veterans Minister's visit to France on 29 and 30 May 2010; and...

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in respect of how many wind farm developments (a) in North Carmarthenshire and (b) nationally his Department has made an agreement with the developer...

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department spent on (a) rail, (b) road and (c) air travel by staff of the Met Office in the last 12 months; (2) how much his...

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Met Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Met Office and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff at the (a) Met Office and (b) Hydrographic Office earn more than £100,000.

      Met Office and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the remuneration and benefit arrangements are of the non-executive directors of the (a) Met Office and (b) Hydrographic Office.

      Met Office and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for staff of the (a) Met Office and (b) Hydrographic Office in the last 12 months.

      Met Office and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff at the (a) Met Office and (b) Hydrographic Office are entitled to use official cars.

      Met Office and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the remuneration and benefits arrangements are of the chief executive of the (a) Met Office and (b) Hydrographic Office; and if he will make a...

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what aircraft will replace the Nimrod R1.

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on the purchase of the RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft.

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on air travel of each class by staff at the Hydrographic Office.

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) rail, (b) road and (c) air travel by staff of the Hydrographic Office in the last 12 months.

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Hydrographic Office; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what senior posts, at what salary bands, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has advertised in the last two months; (2) what the annual...

    • Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals to encourage the engagement of young people in the political process.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what mechanisms he plans to use to review the effectiveness of non-departmental public bodies.

    • Admiralty Arch

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans to derive revenue for the public purse from the apartments in Admiralty Arch held by the Government.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library a copy of the menus for the canteen in 10 Downing Street for the week of 17 May 2010.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) plasma and (b) LCD televisions there are in ministerial offices in his Department.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many special advisers (a) he and (b) each other Minister assigned to responsibilities in his Department (i) has appointed to date and (ii) plans...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has for the future of the (a) Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, (b) National School of Government and (c) Central Office of Information;...

      Government Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce Government expenditure on recruitment advertising.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many special advisers of each nationality are employed by Government departments; (2) how many non-UK citizens are employed as special...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to establish an independent commission on the separation of retail and investment banking; what discussions he has had with potential...

    • Bradford & Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on the status of subordinated bondholders in Bradford & Bingley in the event of settlement; (2) which former private banking...

      Business: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the limited liability companies which ceased operations in the last financial year owed money to HM Revenue and Customs.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many children in Streatham constituency have received assistance from the Child Trust Fund; (2) what steps his Department takes in respect of...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking in respect of payment of compensation to Equitable Life policyholders.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable has been set in respect of ex gratia payments to equitable Life policyholders who experienced losses.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on the taxation of road fuel; (2) if he will initiate a public consultation on reform of the taxation of road fuel; (3) if he...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors he took into account when appointing Sir Alan Budd as head of the Office for Budgetary Responsibility.

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of households in (a) the UK and (b) Bristol East constituency who will be eligible for the proposed...

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the recognition of marriage in the taxation system.

      Taxation: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to introduce a levy on financial transactions in the UK.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of implementing the recent temporary reduction in the rate of value added tax.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the future of the Aimhigher programme.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what role the Government has in (a) determining the legal implications of setting a minimum price per unit of alcohol in...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what legal advice he has received regarding the minimum pricing per unit of alcohol; and what steps he is taking to ensure that...

      Apprentices: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of levels of demand for apprenticeships in the London Borough of Bexley.

      Business: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to assist small and medium-sized businesses in Reading East constituency.

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any domestic properties in the gift of the Government have been allocated to the use of Ministers in his Department.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to ring-fence funding for further education.

      Further Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the change in the number of students studying at further education colleges in the west midlands...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of students studying for a higher education qualification in (a) a further education college and...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to make in-year changes to his Department's budgetary provision for each university in the West Midlands in 2010-11.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people were in higher education in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii) the...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the change in the number of students studying at universities in the west midlands between academic...

      Northwest Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he plans to decide whether to abolish the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which individual (a) programmes and (b) grants in each regional development agency he has identified as lower-value expenditure...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the merits of Advantage West Midlands' plans to allocate funding to Castle Hill in Dudley;...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from local authorities in the west midlands on the work of Advantage West Midlands.

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will maintain the present level of financial support from his Department for Sheffield Forgemasters.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many EU nationals have claimed a maintenance loan while attending university in the UK in the last 10 years; and how...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to consult trade unions in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on cost reduction plans.

      Vocational Training: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to increase the skills levels of the workforce in (a) Hartlepool constituency and (b) the North East.

  • House of Lords

    • ACS: Law Solicitors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will (a) regulate the activities of ACS: Law Solicitors, and (b) oversee their access to Norwich Pharmacal orders by courts.

    • Algeria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, or propose to take, to encourage religious freedoms in Algeria.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds have been made available to BAE Systems for development work on unmanned aerial vehicles.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action the United Kingdom has taken over the past five years to help Bangladesh combat the impact of rising sea levels and river erosion resulting from...

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the board of Broadband Delivery UK appointed to serve under the interim chief executive; and what are their (a) positions, (b) relevant...

      Civil Service: Redeployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to outsource civil service jobs and to move public service jobs offshore.

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the economically active population are in part-time employment; and whether resources to increase flexible working are intended to achieve more...

      EU: Financial Assistance to Member States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that United Kingdom taxpayers will not be required to make financial contributions to eurozone countries which are experiencing financial...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commission an independent cost-benefit analysis of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.

      EU: UK Presidency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they are undertaking to prepare for the UK presidency of the Council of Europe in 2011; and what will be their priorities for that presidency.

      European Gendarmerie Force

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the European Gendarmerie Force; what is its purpose; and whether they plan for it to be deployed in Britain.

      Government Departments: Ministerial Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which ministers provided written instructions to departmental accounting officers under paragraph 5.5 of the Ministerial Code since the beginning of 2010; and what...

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Andrew Robathan, did not use the Eurostar and local transport to attend the 70th anniversary event in...

      Independent Networks Co-operative Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the National Audit Office to investigate the formation, management and accounts of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA);...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences for inflation of an increase in the VAT rate to 20 per cent.

      NHS: Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to retain the Co-operation and Competition Panel; and when they propose to convert Monitor into an economic regulator.

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, or propose to take, to encourage religious freedoms in Nigeria.

      Northern Ireland: Operation Banner

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of Operation Banner.

      Papal Visit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they have drawn from the recent remarks by Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials about the forthcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will initiate a review of the Rural Payments Agency.

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Trinity House spent on strengthening lighthouse foundations to cope with rising sea levels in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009, and (e) 2010.

      Transport: Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give on whether the same organisation can carry out the environmental impact assessment and the route design for a road project.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the Government of Turkey about allegations of discrimination against the Alevi adherents of Shia Islam.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the Government of Turkey about allegations of discrimination against members of the Greek Orthodox Church.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, or propose to take, to encourage religious freedoms in Uganda.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the effect on unemployment levels of an increase in the VAT rate to 20 per cent.

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