Written answers

Thursday, 17 June 2010

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by his Department at each civil service pay grade.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to encourage each professional football club to allow a representative of a registered football...

      Football: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials of his Department will attend the World cup in...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) telephone calls, (b) meetings and (c) correspondence (i) he and (ii) other Ministers and officials in his...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will take steps to track and monitor claimants who apply for the employment and support allowance and are found fit to work;...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes he plans to make to the employment and support allowance system; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget for the single work programme planned by his Department will be in 2010-11; and what the previously planned total expenditure...

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on training Jobcentre Plus personal advisers on the circumstances and needs of lone parents under the single work programme.

      Employment Schemes: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of voluntary job clubs in helping people into employment.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations his Department have received from professional organisations on the funeral payment.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he has received from his Department on the (a) efficiency and (b) cost-effectiveness of the future jobs fund; and if he will...

      Jobcentre Plus: Rapid Response Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of women who took paid maternity leave in the last five years for which figures are available; what the...

      Social Security Benefits: Stirling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of the working age population of Stirling constituency are claimants of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b)...

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of 24 May 2010 and pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2010, Official Report,...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the doubling of the operational allowance for armed forces personnel serving in Afghanistan is a permanent measure; and to what date the doubling...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of doubling the operational allowance for armed forces personnel serving in Afghanistan.

      Air Misses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) near misses and (b) dangerous incidents involving military aircraft were reported in each year since 2007.

      Air Misses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what AIRPROX incidents have taken place in the last five years; and what the (a) location and (b) aircraft type was in each incident.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is planning to take to observe the principles of the military covenant.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable has been set for completion of work with Help for Heroes on the purpose-built centre for injured soldiers in (a) Catterick, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department allocated to the development of Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in each of the last five years; and...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable has been set for completion of work on supported housing for service leaders in Catterick.

      Armed Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces were born in or are domiciled in (a) Aberavon constituency and (b) Wales.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on his Department's outstanding bills relating to Ascension...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the objectives are of the business review under way at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Defence Equipment: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value of receipts from the Disposal Services Authority has been in each year since 1993.

      Defence Equipment: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value of receipts from the e-disposals service has been in each year for which figures are available.

      Defence Equipment: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value was of goods sold to (a) Government Departments, (b) non-departmental public bodies and (c) other public sector organisations...

      Defence Equipment: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual operating cost of (a) the Disposals Services Authority and (b) e-disposals has been in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many days persons employed on consultant contracts worked for his Department, its agencies and the armed services in the last 12 months; at what...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many meetings his officials have had with Lockheed Martin on the procurement of the Joint Strike Fighter in the last six months; and what was...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effect on costs of delays in the Joint Strike Fighter programme.

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review his Department's contract for the Lynx Wildcat project to ensure it represents value for money.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the change has been in the number of helicopter hours available to commanders in the last three years.

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in his Department's Guard Service.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) US personnel visited the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) and (b) AWE staff visited US establishments under the terms of the US-UK...

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to keep wildlife off the runways at RAF Kinloss.

      RAF St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to complete negotiations on the development of the Defence Training College at St Athan.

      War Pensions Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the regional War Pension Committees; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Pay

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

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 137W, on Government Departments: reviews, what reviews his Department is...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Official Cars

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

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in her Department are entitled to the use of (i) a car with a dedicated driver, (ii) a car from the...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with Ministers and officials of the Ministry of Justice on the siting of a prison in North Wales.

  • Education

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether any domestic properties in the gift of the Government have been allocated to the use of Ministers in his Department.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on maintaining present levels of funding for schools, Sure Start and 16 to 19 education in 2011-12.

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much it cost to rename his Department.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for which policy areas each member of his ministerial team is responsible.

      Flags

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

  • Health

    • Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate has been made of the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their babies (a) in the Strelley/Broxstowe Sure Start area and (b) nationally.

    • Carers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a review of the level of support provided to carers with particular reference to carers who are pensioners.

      Coroners: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified paediatric pathologists were practising in each coroner's district in each of the last five years; how many pathologists are being...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the use of preventative measures to reduce the number of people developing mental health problems.

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the capital allocation of £924,116 granted to Nottinghamshire Hospice to support the end of life care strategy will be made.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent seizing and kennelling dogs under section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 by (a) the Metropolitan...

    • Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 137W, on Government Departments: reviews, what reviews her...

      Eunomia Research and Consulting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) title, (b) cost including value added tax and (c) subject was of each project commissioned from the...

      Floods: Sandwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will request the Environment Agency to report on the status and timing of the commencement of work on flood defence...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to hold a public consultation on the effectiveness of the operation of the Hunting Act 2004.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on nanotechnology; and from what budgets funding is drawn for implementation of that policy.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department plans to spend on nanotechnology in the next five years.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future role of nanotechnology in her Department's policies.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on implementing the EU prohibition on conventional battery cages for laying hens in January 2012.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the ban on beak-trimming of laying hens will come into force.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to decide on whether to ban beak-trimming for laying hens.

      River Lymington: Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the most recent estimate of adverse effects on the Lymington River Ramsar site by ferry...

      River Lymington: Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will appoint a competent authority for the purposes of the impact assessments and environmental assessments to...

      Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to (a) ensure compliance with the EU Water Framework Directive and (b) to protect...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anguilla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 96W, on Anguilla, what decision has been reached in the work...

    • British Overseas Territories: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 98W, on British Overseas Territories: equality, whether all new...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public diplomacy work on climate change is being undertaken by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote a low carbon, high growth global economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what receptions have been hosted by his Department since he came to office; and what the cost was of each.

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many bottles of wine in the Government wine cellar were personal gifts from a serving French President to a serving Prime...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the entries in the Government wine cellar database.

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support proposals to establish a human rights monitoring mechanism in relation to Iran, with particular reference to...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps at the United Nations he (a) has taken since his appointment and (b) plans to take in the next six months in...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sanctions against Iran by the United Nations Security Council.

      Mexico: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Government of Mexico plans to amend laws governing drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British embassies operate a bursary scheme for foreign students to study in the UK.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • British Constitution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward proposals for the adoption of a written constitution for the United Kingdom.

    • Cabinet Committees: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he next expects the Cabinet Committee on Nuclear Deterrence and Security to meet.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Parliamentary Privilege

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the scope will be of his proposed review of the law on parliamentary privilege; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to review the operation of the executive prerogative powers of the Crown.

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce rights to vote at elections for prisoners.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what budget has been established for the proposed Coalition Press Office.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2010, Official Report, column 52W, on purchasing of PR Week, for how many staff members Chartered Institute of Public...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps are taken to protect the security of the (a) mobile telephone, (b) personal digital assistant and (c) computer equipment issued to staff...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2010, Official Report, column 50W, on departmental travel, if he will publish the disaggregated figures which are...

      Electoral Register: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of people eligible to vote not registered to vote in (a) the County of Greater Manchester, (b) the...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many EU nationals working in the UK (a) entered and (b) left the country in each month since May 2004.

      Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2010, Official Report, column 51W, on Ministers: codes of practice, how many Ministers have (a) returned and (b) not...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2010, Official Report, column 52W, on non-departmental public bodies, if he will publish the names and addresses of...

      Office for National Statistics: Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make it his policy to ensure that all national statistics are published in a machine-readable open format.

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many employees there are in the UK public sector.

      Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of 24 May 2010 and pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2010, Official Report, column 69W,...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of air conditioning systems operating at over 250 kilowatts had been inspected for energy efficiency by 4...

    • Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the adequacy of arrangements for local authority trading standards officers to monitor the...

      Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average cost to businesses of compliance with the arrangements for inspecting the energy...

      Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in emissions from the use of air conditioning systems arising from full...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to continue with the FireControl project; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the project on (a)...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse has been of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder programme in each year since 2008.

      Land Use: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue revised planning guidance to prevent the development of the best and most versatile farmland in all but...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to replace the Local Authority Business Growth Initiative.

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will undertake a review of local development frameworks in light of the ending of regional spatial strategies.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the future of the local area agreement process following changes he announced to Reward Grant...

      Local Government Finance: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely change to his Department's capital investment allocation for Barnsley in (a) percentage...

      Local Government Finance: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely change to his Department's aggregate external finance allocation for Barnsley in (a)...

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the effect on staffing levels of (a) Tameside metropolitan borough council and (b)...

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce the 12 English cities which he is to propose should have an elected mayor.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to retain the £18,000 rateable value below which empty property rates are not payable; and if he will make...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government plan to implement the draft Planning Policy Statement on (a) Planning for a Healthy and Natural...

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2010, Official Report, column 454, on affordable housing, whether the £170 million of...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Accidents: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made in complying with the European Union requirement under Article 18 section 2b of Regulation (EC) No....

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are employed by Advantage West Midlands; how many people compose the non-executive Board of Advantage West...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people in (a) Wigan constituency, (b) the North West region and (c) England started an apprenticeship in each...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the apprenticeship places announced since May 2010 are to be allocated to each region; and if he will make a statement.

      Arts: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the provision of support to the creative sector in the North East.

      Better Regulation Executive: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many ideas for better regulation have been submitted to his Department through the Better Regulation Executive web pages...

      Better Regulation Executive: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many unique visits have been made to the Better Regulation Executive web pages since 7 May 2010.

      Better Regulation Executive: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much it cost his Department to maintain the Better Regulation Executive web pages in the latest period for which figures are...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what definition of the term super fast broadband he uses.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to expand the provision of broadband in rural areas.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which section of his Department is responsible for policy on (a) Royal Mail and (b) the review of employment law.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on his Department's review of employment law to date.

      Copyright: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to extend the artist's resale right to the estates of deceased artists.

      Debt Relief Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the eligibility criteria for the establishment of a debt relief order for the purposes of removing the...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which Ministers in his Department have been issued with (a) a Blackberry, (b) an iPhone, (c) another make of mobile telephone...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which universities each Minister in his Department has visited since their appointment.

      Manufacturing Industries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to support the manufacturing sector.

      Northwest Regional Development Agency: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2010, Official Report, columns 234-36W, on the North West Regional Development Agency: Wigan,...

      Northwest Regional Development Agency: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to which projects in the Wigan local authority area the North West Regional Development Agency is considering allocating funding...

      Northwest Regional Development Agency: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which projects in the Wigan local authority area have been allocated funding by the North West Regional Development Agency in...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post office branches have become Post Office Essentials branches in the last 12 months.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria are used in determining whether to change post office branches into Post Office Essentials branches.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will extend the Network Subsidy Scheme beyond 2011.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on establishing a Postbank.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what savings his Department requires (a) Yorkshire Forward and (b) each other regional development agency to make in the...

      UK Trade and Investment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding allocation his Department made to UK Trade and Investment for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what allocation it...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Internet

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

    • Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 137W, on Government Departments: reviews, what reviews his Department...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the UK paid in contributions to the (a) International Atomic Energy Agency and (b) Euratom Supply Agency in the last 10 years.

      Trade Unions

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

  • Women and Equalities

    • Rape: Defendants Anonymity

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the implications for women of proposals to extend anonymity to defendants in rape cases.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent representations she has received on the granting of asylum to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons under threat of legal...

      Equal Pay Act

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will bring forward proposals to mark the 40th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act 1970; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Food: Procurement

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the House of Commons Commission is taking to set high standards of animal welfare for the...

    • Former Members: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what guidance was issued to hon. Members in the last Parliament who have not been returned to the House on...

  • Treasury

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has to reform the requirement to purchase annuities at the age of 75 years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to restrict access to bonus payments in excess of £30,000 per annum for employees of banks in receipt of public funding; (2)...

      Business: Thanet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses (a) were registered, (b) were newly registered and (c) ceased to be registered for value added tax in South Thanet in each year since...

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      National Assembly for Wales: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish details of the calculations that underpin the consequential changes to the funding of the National Assembly for Wales as announced on 24...

      VAT: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to reduce the level of value added tax on building repair and maintenance work.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) premises and (b) independent retailers (i) nationally, (ii) in the East Midlands and (iii) in Leicester have been fined for...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many charges there were for alcohol-related offences of antisocial behaviour in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport in the last 12 months;...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many databases managed by her Department hold information relating to at least 100,000 people.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were detained in the course of immigration proceedings in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas have been issued to (a) EU and (b) non-EU students in academic year 2009-10.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future allocation of identity cards to foreign nationals.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the likely level of savings to the public purse consequent on the cancellation of the identity card...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of her Department's expenditure on identity cards since the inception of the national identity scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity cards had been issued to foreign nationals on 31 May 2010.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Wigan constituency have been issued with an identity card by her Department.

      Illegal Immigrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; how many such people have been...

      Immigration Cases: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at what proportion of general immigration cases the Secretary of State has not been represented at appeal stage in the last 12 months; and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to decide the level at which the cap on non-EU economic migrants to the United Kingdom will be set.

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former members of the Brigade of Gurkhas who have chosen to settle in the UK since the change in the immigration rules are aged (a)...

      Language Analysis Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what proportion of asylum cases the UK Border Agency had used language analysis testing when such testing was suspended on 31 March 2010;...

      Motoring: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been levied in fines for exceeding the average 50 mph on stretches of motorway where a 50 mph limit is in place on the basis of...

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of jobs of the Government's policy not to proceed on the next phase of biometric...

      Passports: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what categories of information currently held on the National Identity Register she does not plan to hold on the UK Passport Database;...

      Passports: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to provide a cheaper and more compact alternative to the British passport for travel within the EU.

      Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle poaching; and if she will consider the merits of establishing a task force on the issue.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely change to the number of police officer posts following the changes to her Department's budget...

      South Africa: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Crown Prosecution Service staff are being funded by her Department to attend the football World Cup final in South Africa; how much...

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid he plans to provide to each UK Overseas Territory in 2010-11.

    • Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to continue the previous Administration's work to publish and disseminate a toolkit on inclusive education for...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made on developing guidance with the multilateral development banks to screen development expenditure...

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on overseas projects for the extraction and transport of fossil fuels through (a) the World Bank...

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget is spent through direct payments to the European Union; and what steps he is taking to...

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding programmes for galleries and museums in the UK he plans to reduce in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to provide funding for an airport on St Helena.

  • Transport

    • HGV Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the merits of revising the system for heavy goods vehicle road user charging.

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the merits of expanding capacity at Heathrow airport; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that slots at Heathrow for flights from UK regional airports are retained.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's plans are for the future funding of fixed speed cameras; and if he will make a statement.

      Traffic Congestion: Glossop and Tintwistle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will prioritise funding for a solution to traffic congestion in Glossop and Tintwistle.

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to proceed with the proposed upgrade of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      High Speed 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to consult those whose property is affected by the preferred route for High Speed 2.

      Community Railways Initiative: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the future of community rail partnerships in the North West.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the merits of designating electric vehicle charging points as regulated assets.

      Transport: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what applications for grants from (a) Wigan metropolitan borough council and (b) other local authorities in the North West region are under...

      Transport: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the amount of funding for transport provided to Worcestershire county council will remain at the planned level of £46 million to 2016; and...

      Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants his Department has allocated to Wigan metropolitan borough council in each of the last five years.

  • Justice

    • Coroners: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many inquests into child deaths were delayed due to staff shortages in each coroner's district in the last five years; (2) what the average...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Justice 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 Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 137W, on Government Departments: reviews, what reviews his Department is undertaking; and...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints made by children about the quality or quantity of the food in Feltham Young Offenders' Institution were received in the last 12 months.

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what powers he has in relation to (a) recommending and (b) amending minimum life sentences for offenders convicted of murder.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which probation services Ministers in his Department have visited since their appointment; (2) which prisons each of the Ministers in his...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women have been received into prison each year on indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPPs) since IPPs were introduced.

      Prison Sentences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many men of (a) between 15 and 17, (b) between 18 and 20 and (c) over 20 years were sentenced to custody by courts in Wales in the last 10 years.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of the Critical Public Protection Case Notification Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many victims of rape in England and Wales whose cases resulted in a conviction in each of the last five years were aged (a) under 18 and (b) under...

      Rape: Defendants Anonymity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) organisations and (b) individuals have informed his Department that they are in favour of anonymity for rape defendants; and if he will make...

      Rape: Defendants Anonymity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of each piece of written evidence he considered before deciding to bring forward proposals to extend anonymity to...

      Rape: Defendants Anonymity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he has had with (a) members of the judiciary and (b) organisations representing victims of crime on proposals to grant anonymity to...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of integrated offender management schemes in reducing levels of re-offending.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding he has allocated to commence new integrated offender management schemes in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how many such schemes he...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what integrated offender management schemes were operating in England and Wales as at 1 May 2010.

      Sentencing Guidelines Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his plans are for the future of the Sentencing Guidelines Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of 24 May 2010 and pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2010, Official Report, column 69W,...

  • House of Lords

    • Alphonse Semo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Alphonse Semo, a convicted rapist of Congolese nationality, will be deported.

    • Asset Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of asset confiscation orders imposed since April 2005. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount unpaid on asset...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to settle out of court in the case Chagos Islanders v the United Kingdom (Application 35622/04), to be considered by the European Court of...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in light of European Union funds for which the United Kingdom is eligible to apply to help with their resettlement, they will allow the Chagossians to...

      Economy: National Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which persons or bodies own the United Kingdom national debt; and what proportion of those are foreign.

      EU: UK Rebate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take action to maintain the level of the United Kingdom's European Union rebate.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about the humanitarian elements of the cargo intended for Gaza carried by ships recently detained by Israel; whether they will act...

      Health: Independent NHS Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of establishing and running an independent NHS board to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidelines.

      Health: Independent NHS Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many public sector employees would be involved in an independent NHS board to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidelines; and at what salaries...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will complete the review of detention of children in the asylum system.

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the detention of children for immigration purposes has ceased; if not, how many children are being detained; and in which centres.

      Marine Environment: Conservation Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their programme for designating and establishing marine conservation zones under the Marine and Coastal Protection Act 2009; and what is their estimate of...

      National Gulf Veterans and Families Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has received from Shaun Rusling of the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association since taking...

      National Lottery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to examine the case for a gross profits tax on the National Lottery.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Office for Budget Responsibility was formally established; what legal form it takes; and how that ensures its independence. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual resource budget for the Office for Budget Responsibility. To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources are available to the Office for Budget...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where the offices of the Office for Budget Responsibility are located.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of employment of the three named members of the Office for Budget Responsibility; and how many days per week they are required to work.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of civil servants pay into the nuvos pension scheme; what are the respective employee and employer contributions to that scheme; and what are the...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request a report from the chief constable of South Wales Police on why he did not take witness statements offered by members of the public and...

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