Written answers

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

  • Scotland

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution issues the Advocate-General has considered; and if he will make a statement.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the devolution settlement.

      General Election

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the Government's plans to schedule a general election on the first Thursday of May 2015.

      Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for the future of the Scotland Office.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Mail on mail deliveries and post offices in Scotland.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the URL is of each website managed by his Department.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on the use by Ministers in his Department of cars allocated from (a) his Department's pool and (b) the Government car pool which...

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister how many requests by hon. Members from each party for their constituents to be given a tour of No. 10 Downing Street have been (a) made and (b) granted since the...

    • Andy Coulson and Jonny Oates

      To ask the Prime Minister to what (a) expenses, (b) allowances and (c) pension provision his Director of Communications is entitled.

      Andy Coulson and Jonny Oates

      To ask the Prime Minister whether (a) Andy Coulson and (b) Jonny Oates (i) have been subject to positive vetting and (ii) will have access to situation reports from military commanders.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Early Day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost of administering and processing early day motions was in the latest period for which figures...

    • Early Day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission how many early day motions had (a) between one and five, (b) between six and 10, (c) between 11 and 50,...

      Early Day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission how many early day motions were tabled in each parliamentary session since 2000-01.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made in reducing levels of corruption in Afghanistan.

    • Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) programmes his Department supports and (b) discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in other Government...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that payments made through the Child Support Agency contribute directly towards the welfare of children.

    • Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on flying the Union flag each day from each official building for which his Department is responsible.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of young people who have been placed into training, employment or work experience through the Future Jobs Fund are (a)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to amend the regulations on the award of local housing allowance to (a) registered drug addicts and (b) those undergoing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to amend the regulations on (a) the award of local housing allowance and (b) the payment of local housing allowance to...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on the use by Ministers in his Department of cars allocated from (a) his Department's pool and (b) the...

    • Digital Broadcasting: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with (a) Digital UK and (b) broadcasters on compensation to viewers in respect of...

      Supporters Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Football Association, (b) Football League and (c) Premier League on...

  • Wales

    • Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State +for Wales what her most recent estimate is of the number of pensioners living in poverty in Wales.

  • Transport

    • Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he estimates the extension work to phases 3a and 3b of the Manchester Metrolink will be completed; (2) what evaluation has been made of the...

    • Transport: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to maintain the £88 million Access to Oxford funding for local transport schemes.

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on assessing the suitability of section 19 permit holders in the provision of home-to-school...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied child asylum seekers were deported to each destination from the UK in each month over the last five years.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plans to review arrangements for the removal of unaccompanied child asylum seekers from the UK.

      Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the use of vehicular x-ray scanners by the UK Border Agency.

      Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the UK Border Agency budget was spent on vehicular x-ray scanners in the latest period for which figures are available.

      British Citizenship: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those resident in the London borough of Bexley have been granted British citizenship in each year since 2005.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 1,023 failed asylum applicants released from prison who were referred to in the then Home Secretary's announcement of 25...

      Entry Clearances: Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitor visa applications were received by the UK Visa Application centre in Jakarta in the last 12 months; how many such...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the Forensic Science Service (FSS) was in each financial year since 2005-06; and what the projected budget for the FSS is...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions Ministers in her Department have had with the Identity and Passport Service on identity cards since 10 May 2010.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity cards had been issued to British citizens on 31 May 2010; and how many people have registered for an appointment to enrol...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the monetary value of payments which will be required to pay to companies contracted to undertake work on...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) region have bought an identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity cards have been issued on a voluntary basis to applicants in (a) the North West and (b) Blackpool.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of illegal migrants in the UK; what recent research she has evaluated on this subject; and if...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many annual allocations of certificates of sponsorship were requested by employers for the second year of the points-based system in...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted permission (a) in-country and (b) overseas to work in the UK under each category of Tier One and Tier Two of...

      Immigration: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for leave to remain were received from those resident in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London...

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the English language requirement for those wishing to settle in the UK will apply to former members of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former members of the Brigade of Gurkhas have chosen to settle in the UK since the change in the immigration rules; and at what cost...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any language requirements apply to migrant spouses from other EU countries seeking to settle in the UK.

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to ensure that drivers disputing a fine issued in relation to the immobilisation of a vehicle on private land...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what cap she plans to place on the charge levied by vehicle immobilisation businesses for the release of a vehicle.

      Passports: Missing Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport applications are known to have gone missing in the post in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008 and (e) 2009.

      Stansted Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce queues and waiting times of passengers on arrival at Stansted Airport.

      UK Border Agency: Dover Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has for the continuance of Operation Evian by the UK Border Agency in Dover.

      UK Border Agency: Dover Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is for the operations of the UK Border Agency in the Port of Dover in 2010-11.

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review her Department's recent decision to reduce the number of people employed by the UK Border Agency in Folkestone.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on (a) all treatments and (b) long-term treatments of alcohol-related illnesses (i) nationally, (ii) in the East Midlands and...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons aged (a) over 18 and (b) 18 and under were treated for alcohol-related illnesses (i) nationally, (ii) in the East Midlands and (iii) in...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) adults and (b) adults aged under 30 who exceeded the recommended maximum for alcohol consumption (i)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths attributable to alcohol misuse there were (a) nationally, (b) in the East Midlands and (c) in Leicester in each of the last five years.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of people screened for early detection and diagnosis of cancers in (a) Hartlepool constituency and...

      Care Homes: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are for the future of Douglas House in Bournemouth.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients other than those who are terminally ill qualify for continuing health care.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use by Ministers in his Department of cars allocated from (a) his Department's pool and (b) the Government car pool which are...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on maximum permitted dose levels for vitamins and minerals under the EU food supplements...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to develop a GM-free food labelling scheme similar to schemes in operation in Germany and Austria; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to increase the number of nurse-led clinics in villages; (2) what steps he is taking to increase access to healthcare in...

      Health: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on levels of health inequality in Harlow constituency in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay's letter of 27 May 2010 on his constituent, Mrs Hazel Berry.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) NHS London and (b) other strategic health authorities in meeting patient need.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to create an independent NHS board; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of receipts from hypothecated tobacco tax was ring-fenced for spending on the costs of NHS care for patients with smoking-related diseases...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take under the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 to (a) prevent children and young people from using unstaffed sunbed salons and (b)...

      Tuberculosis: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on measures to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis.

      Tuberculosis: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry; (2) how many cases of tuberculosis...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local councillors sit on both county councils and district councils.

    • Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the presumed minimum hours of work are for local councillors remunerated for cabinet responsibilities.

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local councillors hold five or more paid public sector positions.

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 10 local councillors receive the highest remuneration from the public purse.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the URL is of each website managed by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body and agency for which...

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the use by Ministers in his Department of cars allocated from (a) his Department's pool and (b) the...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) documents and (b) other information for which (i) his Department and (ii) its associated public bodies are...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) name and (b) version is of each computer software package used by his Department to calculate its expenditure on...

      Derelict Land and Green Belt: Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the acreage of (a) brownfield and (b) greenfield land in South Thanet constituency was (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the latest...

      Housing and Planning Delivery Grant: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated from the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant to Wigan Metropolitan borough council to date.

      Local Government Finance: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total funding reduction for the city of Sheffield will be consequent on the reduction in grants to local authorities...

      Local Government: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the legislation relating to compulsory purchase orders for local authorities.

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many port companies which had been separately rated have (a) paid their new assessments, (b) paid a contribution under the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to freeze the back-rating of business rates in respect of port businesses.

      Planning: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on open source planning.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce legislative proposals to enable members of the public in local communities to have the right to buy public...

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 10 June 2010, on local government savings package, how much has been provided...

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 June 2010, Official Report, columns 15-17WS, on the local government...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which non-departmental public bodies report to his Department; and what (a) remuneration is given to the chair and to members of...

    • Departmental Official Cars

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the use by Ministers in his Department of cars allocated from (a) his Department's pool and (b) the...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on implementation of the Doha Declaration paragraph 31 commitment to reduce or eliminate tariffs and...

      Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which fossil fuel energy projects the Export Credits Guarantee Department is supporting; in which country each projected is...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the post office closures implemented in the last three years for the purpose of re-introducing services in...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Government's plans are for the social payment network for post offices; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices: Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post office branches there were in South Thanet constituency (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which...

      Renewable Energy: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to increase take-up of the Export Credits Guarantee Department's £50 million annual underwriting...

      Train to Gain Programme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) employers and (b) employees received support from the Train to Gain programme in (i) Hartlepool constituency, (ii)...

      Train to Gain Programme: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) employers and (b) employees received support under the Train to Gain programme in the west midlands in 2009-10;...

  • Leader of the House

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions he has had with the House authorities on necessary long-term work to the Palace of Westminster; and if he will publish advice he has received on...

    • Petitions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make provision for online submission of petitions to the House.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will discuss with the authorities of both Houses provision for combining the publication of ministerial answers to written questions asked in the House of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

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

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the use by Ministers in his Department of cars allocated from (a) his Department's pool and (b) the Government...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individual car journeys have been made on ministerial duties by Ministers in his Department in the last four weeks.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of insurance indemnities to the nuclear industry in the latest period for which...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) industry and (ii) local authorities on...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for renewable heat incentive schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his Department's answer of 10 June 2010, Official Report, column 223W, on renewable energy: feed-in tariffs, if he will...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers of 11 Light Brigade have been (a) killed, (b) very seriously injured and (c) seriously injured during the brigade's operations in...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number of service personnel stationed in (a) Germany and (b) Cyprus.

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the dogs deployed by each armed service to undertake each function; (2) how...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 2 March 2010, Official Report, column 1081W, on the Atomic Weapons Establishment: floods,...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what staffing targets for the Atomic Weapons Establishment for (a) permanent staff, (b) temporary staff and (c) consultants have been set for each of...

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action was taken to assess levels of off-site radioactive contamination resulting from scouring of drains or other causes following the 2007 floods...

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to replace radioactive waste facilities at HM Naval Base Clyde; whether new waste facilities will be operational by 2014; and how much...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his planned timetable is for holding a strategic defence review.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review defence procurement contracts; how many contracts will be reassessed on value-for-money grounds; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the URL is of each website managed by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body and agency for which his Department is responsible.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) documents and (b) other information for which (i) his Department and (ii) its associated public bodies are responsible are published or...

      Military Bases: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking in response to the safety concerns raised by the Ship Environment and Safety Board in their recent report to the Defence...

      Military Bases: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the licence to store ordnance munitions and explosives at each applicable one of his Department's facilities will expire.

      Military Bases: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Defence Ordnance Safety Board's report of limited assurance on ordnance munitions and explosives; and what steps he is...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) date, (c) location and (d) grade is of each nuclear weapons emergency exercise being organised by his Department in (i) 2010...

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definitions his Department uses for the four categories of special nuclear materials.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first Nimrod MRA4 will be operational at RAF Kinloss.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to review the relationship between the UK and its Overseas Territories; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the URL is of each website managed by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body and agency for which...

      North Korea: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the state of the UK's diplomatic relationship with North Korea.

      Overseas Territories Consultative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to hold an Overseas Territories Consultative Council in 2010.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Pakistan on the treatment of Ahmadi Muslims in that country.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress towards securing the release of Paul and Rachel Chandler.

      South America: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2010, Official Report, column 27W, on South America: embassies, for what reason he has no...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what public consultation will take place before proposals are made for the redrawing of electoral boundaries.

    • General Election 2010: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his most recent estimate is of the incidence of (a) postal and (b) proxy vote fraud in the May 2010 general election.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans a reformed House of Lords to be a wholly or substantially elected second Chamber.

      Members: Conduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to announce the mechanism by which members of the public may exercise a right to recall hon. Members in cases of serious financial wrongdoing; and...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account will be taken of the Hayden Phillips proposals in his proposed review of political party funding.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Government support for the banking and financial sector.

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of levels of bank lending to small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands; and what...

      Charities: Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer if charitable status was removed from privately-funded schools.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for Child Trust Fund accounts after 1 January 2011.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the URL is of each website managed by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body and agency for which his Department is responsible.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable he has set for providing compensation to Equitable Life policyholders; and if he will make a statement.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of people in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland likely to be affected by the proposed scheme...

      Financial Services Authority: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 10 June 2010, Official Report, column 15WS, on Financial Services Authority (Annual Report), what the...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase foreign direct investment in the economy in (a) Redditch and (b) nationally.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what salary will be paid to Sir Alan Budd in his capacity as head of the Office for Budget Responsibility; and for what bonus payments he will be eligible.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to (a) analyse the distributional impact of public expenditure cuts he is considering and (b) publish the analysis.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are being used in his review of the capital expenditure projects announced between 1 January 2010 and the dissolution of the last Parliament;...

      Research and Development Tax Credit: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was claimed in research and development tax credits by (a) clean technology companies and (b) green technology companies in 2008-09.

      Tax Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the annual amount lost to the Exchequer consequent on tax (a) avoidance and (b) evasion; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with representatives of the aviation industry on the possible impact of a per-plane tax on (a) their levels of business...

  • Education

    • Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to alter the number of 16 and 17 year-olds who (a) start and (b) complete apprenticeships in (i) Dudley and (ii) the west midlands;...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent discussions have been held by his Department with Essex Education Authority on proposals for the reorganisation of secondary schools...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in public expenditure on (a) schools and (b) school building plans in Nottingham.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent representations he has received from local authorities on plans for the Buildings Schools for the Future programme; (2) which...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to determine the future of the Building Schools for the Future programme (a) for secondary education in Cornwall and (b) nationally.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what plans he has for schools in Dudley to be included in the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: North-East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the (a) Building Schools for the Future and (b) Primary Capital Programme in (i) Hartlepool constituency and (ii)...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made on the effects on practitioner time expended per child of the introduction of the ContactPoint database.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether young people studying in further education institutions will be eligible for the proposed pupil premium planned for children from disadvantaged...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the use by Ministers in her Department of cars allocated from (a) her Department's pool and (b) the...

    • Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) legislative and (b) other proposals she plans to bring into effect the decision to end charges for household waste.

  • Justice

    • Courts: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to ensure the provision of a courthouse in Salford.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in 2009-10.

      Rape: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evidence on the introduction of anonymity for defendants in rape cases he considered before the announcement of the policy.

      Repossession Orders: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders for the repossession of homes in each ward in the Harlow constituency were issued in each year from 1997 to 2009.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what part they will play in the review proposed by President Karzai of all Afghan prisoners and detainees; and whether the review will include persons originally...

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research has been conducted into the rate of degradation of glyphosate in the soil; and what were the findings of any such research.

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research has been conducted into whether the application of glyphosate to plants modified for resistance to the product can stimulate the growth of plant...

      Agriculture: Sheep Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the supervision of the issuing of sequential numbers for electronic identification tags for sheep is centrally based for the whole of the United Kingdom or...

      Agriculture: Sheep Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether data on the movements of electronically identified sheep to markets and slaughterhouses will be transmitted to the recording service electronically or manually.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to rotate Royal Navy crews while maintaining Her Majesty's ships on station away from United Kingdom waters.

      Asset Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve enforcement of asset confiscation orders.

      Aviation: BAA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a request for financial assistance from BAA in respect of losses incurred due to volcanic ash; and, if so, for how much.

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial support they have paid to depositors in Icelandic banks; and how much of that has been retrieved.

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the amount likely to be recovered from Iceland in respect of payments made on behalf of Iceland by the Financial Services Compensation...

      Burundi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent elections in Burundi; how much financial and logistical assistance they gave for those elections; and whether that...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have proposals which may increase the cost of travel by bus; and, if so, whether the impact on passenger numbers of any such action is being taken...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider alternative criteria for the concessionary bus fares scheme, or making a small charge for using the concession, to prevent local...

      Cambodia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Cambodia about the lifting of parliamentary immunity of certain Cambodian opposition MPs by the Cambodian...

      Cambodia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Cambodia about the alleged political persecution of Sam Rainsy and members of his party; and, if so,...

      Children: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many child protection cases awaiting court hearings there were in each of the past three years for which figures are available.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Deposit Guarantee Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to bring the guaranteed protection for ISAs in line with the guarantees on bank deposits.

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of paragraph 3 of Schedule 4 to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (on the power to force entry to...

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will revoke paragraph 3 of Schedule 4A to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (inserted by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (on the...

      Drugs: Heroin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering introducing supervised injectible heroin in combination with psychosocial support to vulnerable women with heroin addiction working in...

      Elections: Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of progress towards Rwanda's presidential elections in August; and how much financial and logistical assistance they are providing for...

      Enforcement of Road Traffic Debts Order 1993

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued guidance on article 5(1) of the Enforcement of Road Traffic Debts Order 1993 (SI 1993/2073) on the information that should appear on the...

      EU: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring European Union regulations within the purview of the review of regulation being undertaken by the Secretary of State for Business,...

      Financial Services: Equities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of algorithmic or high frequency trading of equities to liquidity or its effect as a potential source of...

      Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency intends to take to ensure that herbal practitioners may still commission the manufacture of...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 237), on what dates correspondence was exchanged between the blood policy team in the...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the answers by Earl Howe on 2 June (Official Report, cols. 247-8), whether officials in the Department of Health have met officials in the Republic of...

      Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider terminating and recovering all funds paid which were the subject of the grant offer issued on 17 December 2009 to Independent Networks...

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Indonesia about that government's payments to Aceh under the oil and gas sharing agreement, and about...

      International Criminal Court Statute

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a signatory country to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court may seek a referral to the Court of a country which is not a signatory.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the availability of family legal aid practices in England and Wales. To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the change in the...

      Police: Pursuits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the code of practice on the management of police pursuits will be issued to police forces.

      Public Bodies and Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the 20 non-departmental public bodies and agencies being reviewed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for possible abolition or merger.

      Public Bodies and Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the 13 non-departmental public bodies or agencies reporting to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills described by the Secretary of State for...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the public expenditure cuts announced for 2010-11 directly relate to waste and inefficiency.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the latest research on the price elasticity of railway fares; and what effect such research will have on rail fares policy.

      Railways: Value for Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the report on value for money on the Intercity Express project.

      Refugee and Migrant Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to public funds of any closure of Refugee and Migrant Justice and other not-for-profit organisations due to legal aid...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many academies with sixth form students do not offer A-levels in (a) English language, (b) English literature, (c) mathematics, (d) biology, (e) chemistry, (f)...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will "facilitate inclusive admissions policies in as many [faith] schools as possible", as set out in The Coalition: Our Programme for Government; what...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss whether to recognise the independence of Somaliland within the boundaries of former British Somaliland with countries in the region and...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the situation in Uganda and reports that the Allied Democratic Forces are regrouping in eastern Congo near the Ugandan border area...

      UK Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of establishing and running the commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill of Rights. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Government of South Africa's new requirement that St Helenians holding a British overseas territory citizen's passport must apply...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist the efforts of the Government of St Helena to persuade the Government of South Africa to relax the new requirement for visas...

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