Written answers

Monday, 5 July 2010

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Access

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission when the security entrance between the Victoria Embankment and Norman Shaw Buildings will be reopened.

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission how much the House of Commons Commission has (a) budgeted and (b) spent on security for the Palace of...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission what access is granted to staff of Government departments who hold parliamentary passes to the (a) Palace...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission under what circumstances a Palace of Westminster pass may be (a) suspended and (b) revoked; and if he...

      Parliamentary Estate

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission on what date each property on the Commons part of the Parliamentary Estate was opened for occupation by...

      Parliamentary Network

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will consider the merits of providing access to BBC and ITV regional...

      Publications: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission by what time on each sitting day the text of (a) the previous day's Official Report, (b) the Summary...

      Standing Committees: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 20 July 2009, Official Report, columns 747-8W, on standing committees:...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Internet

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

  • Transport

    • A5: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of the replacement of the streetlights on the A5 between junction 9 of the M1 and Flamstead.

    • Apperley Bridge Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on plans for development at Apperley Bridge Railway Station since planning permission was granted.

      Association of Chief Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his meeting with the Association of Chief Police Officers last week.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the global environmental impact of biofuels sourced from palm oil and jatropha oil.

      Bus Services: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cancellation fee for the Luton Dunstable busway project was agreed with his Department.

      Carbon Emissions: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to assist the West Midlands to move towards low-carbon forms of transport.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of proposed reductions in numbers of non-front line staff in his Department and its agencies.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) front line and (b) other staff were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies in the latest year for which figures...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2010, Official Report, column 68W, on departmental manpower, what the salary range is of staff employed at each grade...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reviews he has commissioned since taking up his post.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has considered the merits of introducing legislation to make compulsory the display of (a) MOT and (b) insurance information...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to publish its response to the North Committee report on road safety and the drink-driving limit.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the maximum blood alcohol limit for driving.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation has been made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995; how many new drivers have had their...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on the development of battery technology for electric-powered vehicles.

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to regulate further the usage of mobility scooters; and if he will make a statement.

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies his Department has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on injuries caused to pedestrians by mobility scooters in the last five years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for which major local authority projects within his Department's responsibility funding has been suspended until the completion of the Government's...

      London-Birmingham Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to consult residents in the West Midlands on the proposed high speed rail link between London and Birmingham.

      London-Birmingham Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent assessment is of the environmental effects in the West Midlands of the proposed high speed rail link between London and...

      M1: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether fixed speed cameras are still to be installed on the M1 between junctions 25 and 28.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he has plans for improvements at Warrington Bank Quay railway station; (2) whether he has plans for improvements at Preston railway...

      Railway Stations: Barking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans for improvements at Barking railway station.

      Railway Stations: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to undertake major structural upgrades to Birmingham New Street railway station.

      Railway Stations: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans for improvements at Liverpool Central railway station.

      Railway Stations: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans for improvements at Luton railway station.

      Railway Stations: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to undertake a major structural upgrade at Reading railway station.

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans for improvements at Crewe railway station.

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans for improvements at Manchester Victoria railway station.

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the Better Rail Stations programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of the future high speed rail project including a line linking Birmingham with the East Midlands and...

      Railways Stations: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the recommendations in the Better Rail Stations report on guaranteed minimum standards at railway stations.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects construction of phase one of the proposed north-south high speed rail network to commence.

      Road Traffic: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received on the use by heavy goods vehicles of the A628 Woodhead Pass in the last 10 years.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on construction of new roads using private sector funding.

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a roadworks programme setting out the latest cost estimates and dates for the start and end of major works on motorways and trunk roads.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a recent estimate of the average age of the rolling stock of each rail franchise.

      Shipping: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold discussions with the International Maritime Organisation about measures to increase anti-piracy security for cruise ships.

      South East Airports Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects the South East Airports Task Force to publish its findings; (2) whether the terms of reference of the South East Airports Task...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has for use of variable speed limits on trunk roads and dual carriageways; (2) whether he plans to extend the use of variable...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to introduce a 20 miles per hour speed limit on all urban roads; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from what date he expects fixed-speed cameras to be in operation on the M1 in Hertfordshire.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy not to introduce tolls on existing roads or motorways in (a) 2010-11 and (b) the period covered by the next...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consult trade unions on departmental cost reduction plans.

      Transport: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has allocated in area-based grants to transport safety partnerships in each year since 2007.

      Transport: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he plans to take to improve transport infrastructure in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry; (2) what steps he plans to take to...

      Transport: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the transport infrastructure in the West Midlands.

  • Wales

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Prime Minister on her appointments to Cabinet committees.

    • Departmental Lost Property

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

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what quasi-judicial functions (a) the Secretary of State, (b) the Minister of State, (c) the Secretary of State and the Minister of State together will...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average cost to the public purse of the Secretary of State's overnight accommodation on visits to Cardiff has been in the latest period for which...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the safety of Afghan women who are parliamentary candidates and wish to visit their proposed...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in planning for undertaking the Kandahar operation; what contribution the Afghan government will...

      Chechnya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the human rights situation in Chechnya; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for a long-term strategic dialogue between China and the UK.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet the President-elect of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the issue of an arrest warrant for murder against the President-elect of Colombia, Juan Manuel...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on postage in 2009.

      Eastern Europe: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what events in Eastern Europe for the promotion of equality UK embassies (a) have participated in and (b) expect to...

      Eastern Europe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote stability in the Western Balkans.

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in how many cases before the European Court of Justice (a) the UK and (b) a UK-based company is a party; and how many such...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the number of his Department's staff who will be seconded to the European External Action...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs where each EU embassy of the European External Action Service is located; and what UK diplomatic representation is available at...

      European Union Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's officials are working on preparations for the European Union Bill.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Iran's uranium enrichment programme; and if he will make a statement.

      New Zealand: Shechita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the prohibition on the practice of shechita in New Zealand; and if he will make a statement.

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to attend this year's Ministerial conference of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

      Pope Benedict XVI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of the forthcoming visit to the UK by Pope Benedict.

      Pope Benedict XVI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the visit to the UK of Pope Benedict XVI; what recent discussions he has had with his Vatican...

      Private Military Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to ban the use of private military security companies in combat and combat support in...

      Private Military Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to introduce legislation to regulate private military and security companies.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to work with African governments to reduce the incidence of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Department's officials in the region on the political situation in Somalia; and if...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on recognition of Somaliland.

      Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what advice he has received from lawyers in his Department on the legal effect of any United Kingdom Sovereignty Act; (2)...

      Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Chinese counterpart the case of the imprisonment of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, with particular reference...

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of other permanent members of the UN Security Council on reform of the...

  • Scotland

    • Scotland Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many officials of his Department are working on preparations for the Scotland Bill.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the planned reduction to the UK's carbon dioxide emissions by at least 30 per cent. by 2020 will involve (a) using carbon...

    • Carbon Emissions: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2010, Official Report, column 139W, on carbon emissions: departmental coordination, who the members...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made by the Government on implementing commitments made at the Copenhagen climate change summit to limit the...

      Departmental Human Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on human resources in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2010, Official Report, column 18-19W, on departmental manpower, how many full-time equivalent staff...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to prevent any future shortfall in UK electricity generation.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to increase the security of the UK's energy supply.

      Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2010, Official Report, column 56W, on energy: subsidies, what agreements were made on energy subsidy...

      Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on subsidies for nuclear power in...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to extend his policy to reduce levels of fuel poverty to cover people who use oil and liquefied petroleum gas for...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable has been set for the establishment of the Green Investment Bank; and what recent progress has been made on implementing...

      Home Energy Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the future of the home energy efficiency programme.

      Redfern Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2010, Official Report, column 56W, on human tissue analysis in UK nuclear facilities inquiry, for...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Eaga on the management of the Warm Front scheme and the delays experienced...

  • Health

    • Ataxia-Telangiectasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons have been diagnosed with Ataxia-Telangiectasia in each of the last 10 years; what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b)...

    • Botulinum Toxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued for medicines with botulinum toxin A as the active ingredient in the last three years for which figures are available;...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in establishing the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to revise the Cancer Reform Strategy.

      Cardiovascular Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department received PH25 prevention of cardiovascular disease guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence;...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average number of members of family and friends who visited each resident in (a) small group homes, (b)...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Swindon South of 7 June 2010, Official Report, column 46W, on care homes, whether the Commission will...

      Departmental Human Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on human resources in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider relocating civil servants in his Department who are currently working in central London to Leeds.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the address is of the head office of each non-departmental public body for which his Department is responsible.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on EU proposals to end the sale of eggs and other food products by number rather than by weight; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that the Food Standards Agency's single, integrated, front-of-pack traffic light colour-coded system is adopted as the...

      Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials of his Department are working on preparations for the Health Bill.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will require health professionals to record and monitor the number of people with hearing impairment as a result of using personal music...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the maximum appropriate waiting time between the date of referral and the date of an operation for NHS patients.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is of each current project in Iraq funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Making It Better Programme: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse has been of the review of the Making It Better Programme in Greater Manchester.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on summary care records; and how much remains to be spent on the project.

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring forward proposals for the repeal of section 141 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members of the board of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust were on 18 March 2009; and whether he plans to replace any members of the board.

      North Tees and Hartlepool Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2010, Official Report, columns 406-7W, on hospitals: Durham, (1) what representations he received that informed his...

      Nutrition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children and young people under the age of 16 years are not exposed to marketing, advertising and...

      Older People: Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the health of elderly people of the Government's decision to end free swimming for people aged over 60.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce a new funding system for social care.

      Stomach Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve services for people diagnosed with stomach cancer.

      Stomach Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of survival rates for stomach cancer; and what steps he is taking to improve these survival rates.

      Strokes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of action by NHS organisations to improve public and professional awareness of stroke since 2007.

  • Prime Minister

    • UN Millennium Development Goals: Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to attend the UN Millennium Development Goals meeting to be held in New York from 20 to 22 September 2010.

    • Colombia

      To ask the Prime Minister when he next expects to meet the President-elect of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 June 2010, Official Report, columns 32-4WS, on special advisers, when he next expects to update the...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Prime Minister what estimate has been made of the cost of him and the Deputy Prime Minister writing to every public sector worker.

      Russia: Bilateral Discussions

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he raised the matter of extent of respect for human rights in the Russian Federation in bilateral conversations with President Medvedev during the recent...

  • International Development

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will take steps to establish a complementary mechanism to the Three Diseases Fund to ensure aid reaches border areas...

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on catering in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent through the International Monetary Fund on overseas projects for the extraction and transport of...

      International Assistance: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department plans to provide for education in developing countries which have experienced conflict and natural...

      International Assistance: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the timetable is for the Ministerial review of his Department's Education for All: Education Strategy for 2010-15.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Opportunities: Candidates

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether she plans to extend the provisions of the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002 beyond 2015; and whether she has commissioned...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting Shops: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2010, Official Report, column 107W, on betting shops: licensing, what the proposed location...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff worked in his Department's ministerial support office on (a) 1 May 2010 and (b) 1 July 2010.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which Ministers in his Department have used an allocated ministerial car to travel between the Department and the House of...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 23 June, Official Report, column 212W, on departmental official cars, how many (a) civil servants...

      English Heritage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding English Heritage has received from his Department through grant in aid in the last 12 months.

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to publish online the names of all listed buildings in England.

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which buildings have been granted listed building status since 12 May 2010.

      National Lottery: Disposable Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the average proportion of disposable income spent on National Lottery games and...

      Olympic Games 2012: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he plans to have with the Northern Ireland Executive on the contribution of Northern Ireland to the London...

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2010, Official Report, column 243W, on Olympic Games 2012: tickets, how many tickets the...

      Tennis: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with the Lawn Tennis Association on increasing participation in tennis by children from state schools.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in each parliamentary constituency who are eligible to be on the electoral roll but are not on it; and...

    • Polling Stations: Access

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to require that all polling stations to be used at the next general election are fully accessible to the disabled.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff worked in his Department's ministerial support office on (a) 1 May 2010 and (b) 1 July 2010.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the roles and responsibilities are of each Minister in his Department.

      Employment: Retail Trade

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of (a) full and (b) part-time employees working in corner shops and small convenience stores.

      Former Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost has been of resettlement payments made to Ministers from each Department who left office at the general election.

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons non-departmental public bodies were not included in the Central Office of Information's report on Government on the internet.

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many requests he has received to open new Government websites since 12 May 2010; (2) if he will publish a list of Government websites which...

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what Government websites his Department has identified for closure by September.

      Government Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2010, Official Report, column 450W, on government departments: manpower, which organisations at what addresses were...

      Lord Lieutenancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Lord Lieutenancies in each constituent part of the UK are (a) filled and (b) vacant; what the reasons are for each vacancy; and when he expects...

      Transparency Board

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will publish each (a) paper and (b) email note produced for consideration at the transparency board meeting of 24 June 2010; (2) if he...

  • Education

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether higher level special needs provision in new academy schools will be financed by the local education authority or by the school.

    • Departmental Reviews

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will appoint a trade union representative to the new taskforce for food and farming regulation.

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department (a) holds and (b) has requested on the effect of pesticides on bee brains and the bee...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will undertake an investigation to establish whether mobile telecommunications masts have any effects on populations...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to protect threatened species in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands; (2) what...

      Biodiversity: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to announce her decision on the badger vaccine deployment project in the Stroud area; and what assessment...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of the effectiveness of (i) badger...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department estimates it will spend on (a) the badger vaccination demonstration projects and (b) bovine...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the address is of the head office of each non-departmental public body for which her Department is responsible.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2010, Official Report, column 53W, on departmental manpower, what the salary range is of...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to analyse the distributional effect of the options for reductions in her Department's expenditure.

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to encourage households to increase the amount that they recycle.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage self-sufficiency in food production in the UK.

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the cost to Government Departments of the introduction of a policy that all food procured by...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission on its review of EU legislation on genetically modified food.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research and development grants her Department has provided for the development of genetically modified potatoes...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research and development grants her Department has provided for the development of genetically modified potatoes...

      Mackerel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what instructions she has given to her negotiating team for the 29 June 2010 meeting of the Fisheries Council on the UK...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to provide dairy farmers with a greater margin on milk sold in supermarkets.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research and development grants her Department has provided for the development of agronomic methods for controlling...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department will visit the Sárvári Research Trust's blight resistant...

      Six-Day Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale of 24 June 2010, Official Report, column 412,...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value is of the fund accumulated from water abstraction charges through the environmental improvement unit...

      Water: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable she has set for the transfer of responsibility for private drains and sewers to water companies; and if she...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take (a) to ensure the conservation of whales and (b) to oppose commercial whaling.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the government of Japan on the moratorium on commercial whaling; and if she will...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an estimate of the number of individuals involved in committing offences related to wildlife crime...

      Wind Power: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change steps to mitigate the effects on the UK fishing...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring forward proposals to end the testing of household products on animals.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring forward proposals to reduce the use of animals in scientific research.

      British Nationality: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for an offence of fraud in connection with lying on immigration or citizenship application forms about...

      British Nationality: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Preseli, Pembrokeshire of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-52W, on the UK...

      British Nationality: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Preseli, Pembrokeshire of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-52W, on the UK...

      British Nationality: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-52W, on the UK...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to (a) reduce the use of cannabis inhaling devices and (b) restrict the availability of devices which...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to review the effectiveness of safer neighbourhood team policing.

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) people and (b) foreign nationals were subject to a control order in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2008, (v) 2009 and...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals are subject to a control order.

      Counter-terrorism: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place for the sharing of information gathered from monitoring undertaken under Project Champion in Birmingham, Hall...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department are working on the Identity Documents Bill; and how many are working on preparations for (a) the Police...

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the revenue cost of each project sponsored by her Department under the private finance initiative over the lifetime of...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department's contracts with its suppliers are under review as a result of the recently announced reductions in public...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department are working on renegotiating contracts for the supply of goods and services to the Department as a...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of proposed deportation extradition or other transfer of foreign nationals from the UK have been stopped by the UK court or...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals who are in prison or who have been convicted of a criminal offence but are not serving a custodial sentence are...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) with which countries the UK has a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the return of foreign nationals without the risk of torture...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases of (a) homicide, (b) rape, (c) sexual assault and (d) serious violence which took place in 2008-09 a sample from the...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas students were awaiting a decision on their application for a visa to study in the UK at the latest date for which figures...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the terms of reference are of the ministerial review of the points-based immigration system rules applied to visa application forms for...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity cards have been provided free of charge under the provisions of the Identity Cards Act 2006.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity cards have been provided to employees of (a) Manchester Airport Group, (b) London City Airport Group, (c) her Department...

      Immigration Act 1971

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under section (i) 5(1), (ii) 5(2), (iii) 5(3), and (iv) 20(1)(d) of the...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for an annual limit on the number of immigrants to the UK.

      Immigration Controls: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what documents people making immigration applications as spouses and partners will be required to show to demonstrate that they have reached...

      Immigration Controls: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the adequacy of teaching and examination facilities for the English language A1 standard examination...

      Immigration: Hungary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effect on levels of inward migration to the UK of the decision of the Hungarian government to...

      National Referral Mechanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been referred to the National Referral Mechanism to date; and how many such people were subsequently indentified as...

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to announce the outcome of commercial negotiations with suppliers of second generation biometric passport technology; and...

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to increase the powers and responsibilities of Police Community Support Officers.

      Police: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on proposals to increase police numbers in Ashfield constituency.

      Police: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers Nottingham Constabulary has assigned to Ashfield constituency; and...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the average annual amount of time taken by police officers on administrative tasks.

      Police: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice she has received from chief constables and other senior police officers on her plans to introduce elected police commissioners.

      Police: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there are in (i) Stockport and (ii) Tameside; and how many she...

      Police: Jet Skis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many jet-skis are in use by police forces in England and Wales; how much was spent by each police force on purchasing jet-skis in each of...

      Police: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department provides to the police on participation in television documentaries; and what her policy is on remuneration of...

      Police: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the change in the amount of value added tax police forces in England and Wales will be required to pay in...

      Pre-charge Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people suspected of offences related to terrorism were held in pre-charge detention for more than 14 days in (a) 2005, (b) 2006,...

      Pre-charge Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people suspected of committing offences relating to terrorism have been held for 28 days in pre-charge detention and subsequently...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for future numbers of special constables; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Portsmouth: Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the previous administration's decision to baseport frigates at Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.

    • Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs in the defence sector in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on reducing the level of homelessness among former members of the armed forces.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to procure defence equipment from British-based companies.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Snatch Vixen and (b) Snatch Land Rover vehicles are in use in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's officials are working on preparations for the Armed Forces Bill.

      Army: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information (a) his Department's and (b) the Army's website gave to the presentation of new colours to (i) the Yorksire Regiment on 18 June 2010...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable he has set for completion of the Strategic Defence and Security Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Bromwich East of 17 June 2010, Official Report, column 501W, on departmental mobile phones, what the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which 150 social housing developments are under review, broken down by local authority area; (2) what housing...

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2010, Official Report, column 29W, on affordable housing: construction, if he will take steps...

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the council houses authorised by the previous administration for construction in 2010-11 (a) have been started,...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to permit local authorities which retain their housing stock to retain (a) rent revenues and...

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of decorating his Department's building with England flags during the Football World cup.

      Government Office for the North West: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget is of the Government Office for the North West for 2010-11.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were provided with assistance in finding or retaining accommodation as an alternative to making a...

      Housing: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homes in the West Midlands which contain asbestos.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made a decision on Kickstart funding for new homes on the Clapham Park Estate shortlisted for funding under round...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his plans are for the Kickstart housing delivery programme.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether district councils which meet the criteria for Government incentives to build houses may retain the (a) full and (b)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to initiate a review of the local government finance formula.

      Local Government Finance: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan that were previously earmarked for capital grant will now be subject to the...

      Local Government Finance: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what capital projects in the metropolitan borough of Wigan funding has been agreed by his Department but not yet...

      Local Government: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his plans are for the future of the (a) Manchester City-Region pilot scheme and (b) proposals for a Combined Authority...

      Local Government: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost was of communications staff in local government in (a) financial year 1996-97 and (b) the most recent...

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with representatives of local authorities on the effects on levels of employment in local government...

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether he plans to introduce elected mayors at the district level across Greater Manchester; (2) whether he plans to...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many landlords have been prosecuted under legislative provisions governing the operation of houses in multiple occupation in...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation governing houses in multiple occupation in (a) protecting the...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment his Department has made of the views of tenants in houses in multiple occupation on the implementation of...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the law relating to houses in multiple occupation.

      Planning Permission: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he gave to the provisions of Blackpool's local plan in his decision not to call in for determination the...

      Planning Permission: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what aspects of the development application to Blackpool borough council (No. 09/0740) were relevant to his assessment of...

      Planning Permission: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the abolition of regional spatial strategies on the outcomes of the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many paid officials in his Department are full-time trade union officials; and what the (a) salary and (b) expenses...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that the views of residents in areas affected by proposed wind farms are taken into...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions he has had with his departmental officials on proposals to introduce a minimum separation distance...

  • Treasury

    • Benefits: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the measures in the 2010 Budget on those resident in Denton and Reddish who are in receipt of tax...

    • Business Services Association

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) Ministers and (b) officials within his Department have met the Business Services Association since he took office.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the additional revenue that would be generated in one year if capital gains tax were set at (a) 30 per cent., (b)...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the total revenue generated by capital gains tax was paid by those who pay income tax at the (a) basic and (b) higher rate in the...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in line with what measure of the rate of inflation the annual exempt amount for capital gains tax will rise.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average real terms change per child in 2010 prices of freezing child benefit payments in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households with annual incomes of over (a) £20,000, (b) £25,000 and (c) over £35,000 are in receipt of child tax credits in (i)...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by his Department at each Civil Service pay grade.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the names are of the special advisers in his Department appointed since 10 June 2010.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Financial Statement of 22 June 2010, Official Report, columns 166-80, what the evidential basis is for his statement that there are...

      Personal Savings: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to bring forward proposals to (a) encourage and (b) provide incentives for children and young people to save; (2) what steps he...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Health in Pregnancy grants were made to people in (a) Bishop Auckland and (b) Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency in 2009-10.

      Private Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of private sector jobs, directly and indirectly, on the reductions in departmental spending announced...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which ongoing capital projects allocated funding by his Department are under review in each constituency; and what the monetary value is of each such project.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the distributional effects of the proposed reductions in public expenditure by income decile of the population in...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Chief Secretary's Statement of 17 June 2010, Official Report, columns 1040-42, which spending commitments for 2010-11 where funding was...

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of public sector jobs of the reductions in departmental spending announced in the budget.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2010, Official Report, column 482W, on research and development tax credit: environmental protection, if he will bring...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to close the loopholes used by stamp duty land tax mitigation schemes.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the revenue foregone by the Exchequer consequent on stamp duty land tax mitigation schemes in the latest period for...

      Taxation: Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned research on the likely effect on the public purse of (i) the banking levy and (ii) the...

      Taxation: Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on retail banks based in the UK of changes to their taxation arrangements announced in the 2010 Budget in...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net effect (a) in cash terms on and (b) as a proportion of the average annual income of (i) the bottom income decile, (ii) the...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the number of jobs in the country which will result from his proposal to increase value added tax to 20 per cent.

      VAT: Birmingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department consulted small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency and (b) other parts of Birmingham on his...

      VAT: Birmingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency and (b) other parts of Birmingham will be affected by the proposed...

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much value added tax was paid by charities located in (a) Wrexham, (b) Wales and (c) the UK in each of the last three years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Bishop Auckland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in receipt of tax credits in (a) Bishop Auckland and (b) Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency have an income of over £30,000.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in receipt of tax credits have an income of over £30,000 in West Lancashire constituency.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Stirling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Stirling in the income band (a) £10,000 to £20,000, (b) £21,000 to £30,000, (c) £31,000 to £40,000,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • BP: Gulf of Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on UK pension funds; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

    • BP: Gulf of Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations his Department has received on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on UK pension funds; whether he plans to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was obtained by (a) the Child Support Agency and (b) the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission from absent parents who were...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the address is of the head office of each non-departmental public body for which his Department is responsible.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2010, Official Report, column 72W, on employment and support allowance (ESA), how many of the 425,770 ESA...

      Floors: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of (a) the number of workplace accidents caused by slipping, (b) the number of days off work, (c) the cost...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the measures in the 2010 Budget on those resident in the (a) Metropolitan Borough of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many householders in the private rented sector (a) of working age, (b) above working age, (c) in each bedroom size property and (d) in...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2010, Official Report, column 282W, on incapacity benefit, in what area he intends to trial the reassessment...

      National Employment Savings Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his policy is on the National Employment Savings Trust; (2) what his policy is on the National Employment Savings Trust.

      National Employment Savings Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to review (a) the role of, (b) the structure of and (c) auto-enrolment into the National Employment Savings Trust; and if...

      Oil: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) safety incidents, (b) injuries and (c) dangerous occurrences at each of the 10 Transocean rigs operating in UK waters have been...

      Oil: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) fatalities, (b) major injuries, (c) three-day injuries and (d) dangerous occurrences classified as (i) unplanned close, (ii)...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2010, Official Report, columns 393-94W, on state retirement pensions, for what reasons the month of...

      Unemployed People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to expedite the training procurement processes carried out by JobCentre Plus for specialist training for job...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Financial Statement of 22 June 2010, Official Report, column 174, how many families in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c)...

  • Justice

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government's Commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill of Rights will include within its terms of reference (a) the Human...

    • Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider relocating civil servants in his Department who are currently working in central London to Leeds.

      Copyright Tribunal: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the criteria are for the appointment of the new Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal.

      Court Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on court dispute resolution of the more effective use of technology.

      Courts: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has in place to improve disability access on court premises.

      Defamation: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will introduce measures to reduce success fees in defamation cases.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of his Department's budget is allocated to its equality, diversity and human rights division.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to analyse the distributional effect of the options for reductions in his Department's expenditure.

      Detention and Training Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children have died (a) while serving the community part of a detention and training order under the supervision of a youth offending team and...

      Diamond Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Diamond Districts programme in tackling crime.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under section (i) 25(1), (ii) 25(2), (iii) 25(3), (iv) 25(4) and (v) 25(5) of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget is of each current project in Iraq funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) core and (b) non-core staff are employed by each Director of Offender Management; (2) what the annual costs of staff employed by...

      Poppy Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Poppy Project bed days were unused in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      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 North Wales in the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners are detained in the prison estate.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners of each nationality there were on 6 May 2010.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners he expects to be in prison on 1 May (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on making a prisoner transfer agreement with (a) South Africa, (b) China and (c) Nigeria.

      Prisoners: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Nigerian citizens held in UK prisons he expects to be returned to Nigeria in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been returned to their home countries under the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Prisoner...

      Probation Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation boards have assumed trust status; and which probation boards have had their application for trust status rejected.

      Rape: Rights of Accused

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to grant anonymity to defendants in court cases involving allegations of sexual abuse of children.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours of unpaid work requirements were supervised by (a) the public sector, (b) the private sector and (c) the voluntary sector in each of...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency have participated in the Working Capital Scheme since...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses (a) in Great Yarmouth constituency, (b) in the East of England and (c) nationally have received loans...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many projects (a) in Great Yarmouth constituency, (b) in the East of England region and (c) nationally have been supported...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what properties his Department and its non-departmental public bodies (a) own and (b) lease overseas; whether those properties...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on catering in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much each directorate of his Department and its predecessor spent on each type of catering in each of the last five years for...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what catering facilities for internal meetings have been available in his Department and its predecessors for internal meetings...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2010, Official Report, column 82W, on departmental manpower, what the salary range is of staff...

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to amend or replace the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to protect Jewish university students from anti-Semitic attacks; what recent reports he has received...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what projects in Iraq are being funded by his Department; what the budget of each such project is; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the responsibilities of his proposed local enterprise partnerships will be.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable has been set for (a) the submission of bids for local enterprise partnerships and (b) the coming into operation...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what incentives will be offered for local enterprise partnerships to raise some of their own funding under his proposals for such...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what mechanisms will be used to determine the funding for each local enterprise partnership; (2) what the economic...

      Newton Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students receive Newton scholarships; and what estimate he has made of the number of students who would not be able to...

      One NorthEast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of One NorthEast's capital programme budget has been spent in each year since its inception.

      One NorthEast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of One NorthEast in attracting investment into the region from (a) other...

      Postal Services Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials of his Department are working on preparations for the Postal Services Bill.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the uprating of statutory redundancy pay.

      Retail Trade: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which regulations introduced by the previous Government he plans to repeal to reduce the regulatory burden on small...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what advice his Department obtained from third parties on the £80 million loan to Sheffield Forgemasters (a) before...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what evidence his Department holds on the relationship between the change from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time and the...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to amend or replace the Working Time Regulations 1998.

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance he has issued on the maximum number of on-call hours that an employee may be required to stay on their employer's...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest statistics they have on when abortions take place most often as regards (a) the marital status of the woman, (b) the age of the woman, (c) the...

    • Agriculture: Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many farmers have taken part in the Entry Level Stewardship environmental scheme and the Higher Level Stewardship environmental scheme in each year from 2004...

      Armed Forces: Overseas Bases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost in each of the past five years of (a) United Kingdom Armed Forces and attached civilian personnel stationed in Germany by service, and (b)...

      Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their stance on (a) assisted suicide, and (b) voluntary euthanasia.

      Assured Tenancies (Amendment) (England) Order 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be any retrospective element to the change made by the Assured Tenancies (Amendment) (England) Order 2010 (SI 2010/908) when it comes into force...

      Aviation: Regulatory Framework

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to update the regulatory framework for aviation; and, if so, when.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates since presenting her credentials Her Majesty's Ambassador to Azerbaijan has called officially in a bilateral capacity on the President of Azerbaijan;...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what priorities Her Majesty's Ambassador to Azerbaijan has followed in relation to policy towards Azerbaijan.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Her Majesty's Ambassador to Azerbaijan will finish her tour of duty; and what proven experience criteria they will use in selecting a successor.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations Her Majesty's Ambassador to Azerbaijan has made to the President of Azerbaijan and the Deputy Foreign Minister, Araz Azimov, about the status...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they supported (a) United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 822, (b) UNSCR 853, (c) UNSCR 874, (d) UNSCR 884, and (e) United Nations General...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the size of the Azerbaijan contingent to NATO's operations in Afghanistan; and for how long they have served.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England will have power to require the Prudential Regulatory Authority to restrict the availability or cost...

      Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what directions they have given to those banks in which they have a stake as a result of the banking crisis about the supply of overdrafts to businesses.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have asked the Government of the United States whether they envisage any security problems with Chagossians resettling on the outer isles of the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Burma about the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 17 June (WA 128), whether they will apply for funds to support the economic and social development of...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of child poverty used in the statement "We will maintain the goal of ending child poverty in the UK by 2020", in The Coalition: Our...

      Crime: Drink-Driving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond Sir Peter North's review of drink-drive limits.

      Crime: Drink-Driving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Transport is taking to reduce the number of instances of drink-driving.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consultants were employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as of 11 May; and what percentage of that number they expect still to...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 21 June (WA 141-2), what is the schedule of government consultations, including dates, times and venues, on ways...

      Elections: Voting System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 22 June (WA 166), what is their estimate of the percentage of the total United Kingdom electorate in (a)...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 June (WA 99-100), why the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 June (WA 100), what steps the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has taken to monitor the number...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 June (WA 144), whether they will review their decision not to collect details of the number of IVF procedures...

      Environment: Uplands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the Commission for Rural Communities report, High Ground, High Potential-A Future for England's Upland Communities.

      EU: Coal Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be their stance on proposals by the European Union to extend subsidies for the coal industry until 2023.

      EU: Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated United Kingdom contribution to European Union plans to build an advanced high voltage, direct current network dedicated to renewable power....

      European Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the statement by European Union Commission President José Manuel Barroso that the Commission is "the economic Government of Europe".

      European Commission: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 23 June (HL534), how many fines have been levied by the European Commission on (a) the United...

      Finance: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the financial regulatory structure proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Mansion House speech accords with the European Union's approach to...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the agreement by the European Parliament to proposals requiring all meat, poultry, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables to carry labels...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether individual responses to their consultation on the potential for greater efficiencies in public services, announced on 24 June, will be subject to the...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will co-ordinate action by the Middle East quartet to remove restrictions on exports from Gaza and on fishing within its territorial waters.

      Government Departments: Female Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have experienced any problems relating to policy and action as a result of having no...

      Government: Efficiency Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Lord Browne of Madingley has been approached to head a new Whitehall efficiency review; and whether they intend to make that appointment.

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 9 June (WA 46), why the embassy car for the Calais to Dunkirk journey would have cost £1,600; whether...

      Health: Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether mixed-sex wards have been eliminated in NHS hospitals.

      Iraq: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Iraq the provision of facilities and incentives to enable refugees in Syria, Jordan and other countries to return...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the deportation from east Jerusalem of four members of the Palestine Legislative Council, who...

      Justice: Non-custodial Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that judges and magistrates are aware of the availability of non-custodial sentences in their area. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Local Government: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of discretionary government revenue grants to each principal local authority in England this year; and under which categories and...

      NHS: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Earl Howe on 23 June (Official Report, col. 1314), whether they will publish the research on the effects of labelling prescribed...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission and Equality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for the future of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Equality Commission.

      Planning: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Hill of Oareford on 21 June (Official Report, col. 1185-6), what mechanisms and instruments will be used to carry out the "reform...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Minister of State for Transport, Theresa Villiers, on 17 June (Official Report, Commons, col. 58WS) that the procurement...

      Railways: High Speed 1

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to encourage private bidders for High Speed 1 to attract new operators serving new routes; and whether such incentives will apply to freight traffic.

      Railways: National Express

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps will be taken to secure an improvement in passenger satisfaction with National Express East Anglia during the period of its extended franchise.

      Railways: Public Subsidy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria by which they and the Office of Rail Regulation measure the success and value for money of public subsidies paid to train operating companies.

      Railways: Public Subsidy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the public subsidy paid to the First Group is allocated to overnight rail sleeper services operated by First Great Western and First ScotRail.

      Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many communications they have sent to (a) maintained secondary schools, (b) maintained primary schools, (c) maintained special schools and (d) academies in...

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proportion of students with a statement of special educational needs in schools rated outstanding by Ofsted; and how that percentage compares with...

      Taxation: Carried Interest Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether carried interest payments made to general partners in private equity are treated as compensation arising from employment, or as a capital gain arising from...

      Taxation: Property Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to introduce property tax reforms.

      Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that employers at prospective academies consult staff as required under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the Government of Turkey about the judicial process and imprisonment pending trial in the case of...

      Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many lorries on the A55 in north Wales were involved in accidents in 2009; and whether they were travelling to or from the port of Holyhead.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider seeking authorisation from the European Commission to extend the transitional arrangements for visa restrictions on Bulgarians and...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether nationals of the A8 countries will enjoy the same freedoms and rights in the United Kingdom as other European Union nationals after the end of the worker...

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