Written answers

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

  • Defence

    • 3D Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions since January 2008 officials of his Department have met representatives of the Norwegian company 3D Radar; and what the (a) agenda and...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies manufacture the (a) battlefield clothing and (b) boots worn by British troops serving in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the two year contract extension awarded by his Department to Purple Food Service Solutions includes a requirement for them to procure British...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will require armed services personnel to receive a psychological assessment immediately prior to leaving the services.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on (a) organisation of and (b) attendance at conferences in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to relocate officials working in his Department from central London to Bassetlaw.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on postage in 2009.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the Typhoon Fighter programme on the UK's core military aerospace capability.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the effects of maintaining a UK production line for the Typhoon Fighter on UK exports; and what account will be taken of this...

      National Defence Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who attended the National Defence Industries Council meeting on 21 June 2010; and in what capacity each such person attended.

      Shipbuilding: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies have been awarded contracts and sub-contracts for construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales; at which sites he expects...

      Shipbuilding: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of people directly working on the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 23 frigates are equipped with 2087-equipped Sonar; and whether these ships are providing the capability formerly undertaken by the Nimrod MR.2.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Anaerobic Digesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what priorities she has set for research and development expenditure on encouraging the development of anaerobic digesters.

    • Countryside Quality Counts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of the Countryside Quality Counts project; whether she plans to maintain the public...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what training has been provided for Ministers in her Department since the formation of the present administration; and at...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to organise a floods summit in 2010.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will undertake a review of the effectiveness of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of local authority recycling rates for (a) domestic and (b) commercial food waste in the latest...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received on the decision of the International Whaling Commission to hold part of the proceedings of its...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she expressed to her Japanese counterpart the Government's policy on the commercial fishing of dolphins and porpoises...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which Ministers in his Department have used an allocated ministerial car to travel between the Department and the House of Commons on each day since 21...

    • Local Government Services: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received on the effects of the proposed value added tax increase on public services in Scotland.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Speeches

      To ask the Leader of the House which (a) (i) civil servants and (ii) special advisers in his Office and (b) other individuals are employed to write speeches for each Minister in his Office.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Educational Visits: Parliament

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, answering for the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will take steps to increase the number of places available for...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the expenditure of the Government Equalities Office on (a) organisation of and (b) attendance at conferences in each...

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office has spent (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of travel she has undertaken in an official capacity in (a) May 2010 and (b) June 2010.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether she plans to bring forward proposals for secondary legislation to implement gender pay audits.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Tottenham of 27 May 2010 on betting shops in Tottenham...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on website design in each year since...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his (a) Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on logo design in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 May 2010, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on savings (2010-11), under...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which of his Department's regulations are under review; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which (a) (i) civil servants and (ii) special advisers in his Department and (b) other individuals are employed to write...

      EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the cost to his Department of compliance with regulations arising from EU obligations in the last 12 months.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of fixed odds betting terminals in operation in bookmakers.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on gambling, whether he discussed fixed odds betting...

      Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of the net proceeds from the disposal of the Tote he plans to return to horse racing organisations.

      Olympic Games 2012: Folk Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether proposals will be invited for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics to include items featuring...

      Olympic Games 2012: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what assessment he has made of the likely legacy for the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley and its residents from the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China: 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 China.

    • Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the foreign bribery briefing document provided by his Department to outgoing...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much funding he expects to be allocated to his Department's counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programmes in...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on catering in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers in his Department have used an allocated Ministerial car to travel between his Department and the House of...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many of his Department's contracts with its suppliers are under review as a result of the recently announced...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 May 2010, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on savings (2010-11), under what...

      Israel: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on relaxing the restrictions on border crossings with the Gaza Strip.

      Overseas Aid: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent from his Department's overseas counter-terrorism budget for 2010-11.

      Pakistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much he expects to be spent from the Counter-Terrorism and Radicalisation Programme budget in Pakistan in 2010-11.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Israel on the three British citizens arrested on board the Gaza Freedom...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to secure the return of the property confiscated from British citizens on board the Gaza...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget has been set for his Department's overseas counter-terrorism programme in 2010-11.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract for the Luton Dunstable busway project; (2) pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010,...

    • Chesterton Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies his Department has undertaken of Chesterton station to decide whether it should be included in the High Level Output Specification for...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the access to roads for (a) cyclists and (b) the public during competitive cycling races.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which projects his Department has funded for improvements to the Dartford crossing since 2000; and what the total cost was of each project on the...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of levying tolls in one direction only in order to increase capacity at the Dartford crossing.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to relocate (a) civil servants and (b) Government bodies for which his Department is responsible (i) out of London and (ii) to the...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Ministers in his Department have used an allocated ministerial car to travel between the Department and the House of Commons on each day since 21...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the mileage travelled by each Minister in his Department in a Government car in (a) May and (b) June 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 May 2010, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on savings (2010-11), under what budgetary headings the...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what training has been provided for Ministers in his Department since the formation of the present administration; and at what cost.

      Freight: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the annual (a) monetary value and (b) contribution to the economy of freight to and from the Port of Southampton.

      Highways Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many call handlers are employed to operate the Highways Agency Information Line; and how many calls the line has received in the last 12 months.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the M54 to M6 toll road link; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorways: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government plan to take to reduce litter on motorways; and if he will make a statement.

      Network Rail: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department provides to Network Rail on responding to enquiries from hon. Members.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the alternative systems to the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) set out in the Review of the Intercity Express Programme, published on 7 July...

      Railways: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expected completion date is for the electrification of the rail network between Liverpool and Leeds; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Wessex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Wessex rail route to reach capacity.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) road humps and (b) other traffic calming measures as a means of reducing road traffic...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the monetary value of savings attributed to the prevention of road death and injury at monitored speed camera sites in...

      Roads: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of not proceeding with (a) planned improvements to White Rose Way in Doncaster and (b) the...

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of increasing the penalties applied to speeding offences.

      Speed Limits: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish (a) a record of each meeting he has held with other Ministers in his Department and (b) each submission he has received from (i)...

      Transport: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of his Department's capital projects is being reviewed in 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of offences related to anti-Semitic...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of claimants for asylum advised by Refugee and Migrant Justice before it went into...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds have been provided to Maxim Bakiyev following his application for asylum in the UK.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the time taken to publish Compass programme contract notices relating to the commissioning of services for asylum...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what alternatives to the detention of families whose asylum applications have been rejected her Department is considering.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to assess the market for new providers of asylum accommodation services for the purposes of achieving greater...

      Asylum: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tamils have been granted (a) asylum and (b) indefinite leave to remain in the last five years.

      British Nationality: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which types of offence were taken into consideration in the decision to refuse UK citizenship to persons on the grounds of involvement in war...

      Deportation: EC Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EEA nationals from each country were (a) removed and (b) advised to leave the country because (i) they did not possess (A) a valid...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number of DNA matches made with the national DNA database since 4 December 2008 in respect of individuals whose DNA...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, columns 850-2W, on entry clearance, what the equivalent figures are for...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to ensure that offences under the Hunting Act 2004 are recorded correctly under the National Standard for...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity cards have been provided to people employed at (a) Manchester Airport other than direct employees of Manchester Airport...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to (a) fully reimburse and (b) partly reimburse people who have purchased identity cards.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of persons in the United Kingdom illegally resident in (a) Weaver Vale constituency,...

      Immigration: Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of immigration rules have been committed by people entering the UK under the Chernobyl Children's Project in each of the...

      Maxim Bakiyev

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the status is of Maxim Bakiyev under UK law; (2) what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in 2009; and how much revenue her Department obtained as a result.

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will encourage the use of (a) restorative justice and (b) psychological support programmes as an alternative to the imprisonment of children.

    • Ammanford Magistrates Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made an estimate of the number of people who will be resident 15 or more miles away from their nearest magistrates court as a result of...

      Ammanford Magistrates Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases Ammanford magistrates court has heard since 2005.

      Ammanford Magistrates Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs were for Ammanford magistrates court in each of the last three years.

      Animal Welfare: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research on cautions and convictions for offences in relation (a) animal cruelty and (b) child abuse.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who received a custodial sentence of six months or less in the last 12 months were convicted of (a) violence against the person, (b)...

      Court Utilisation Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the court utilisation rate was for (a) Beverley, (b) Bridlington, (c) Hull and (d) Goole in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 May 2010, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on savings (2010-11), under what budgetary headings the...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the cost to his Department of compliance with regulations arising from EU obligations in the last 12 months.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has undertaken research into any link between the location of magistrates courts and defendants and witnesses not attending hearings.

      Magistrates Courts: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an estimate of the effects on the (a) cost and (b) duration of journeys between Keighley police station and court of the merging of...

      Magistrates Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will hold discussions with Nottinghamshire police on the opportunity cost in police time of closing Worksop and Retford magistrates court.

      Magistrates Courts: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average annual rate of non-attendance by (a) defendants and (b) witnesses in criminal cases in each magistrates...

      Magistrates Courts: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the geographical catchment area is of each magistrates court in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Magistrates Courts: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his latest estimate is of the average annual number of (a) criminal cases, (b) individual hearings in criminal cases and (c) non-criminal cases...

      Prisoners: Breach of Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of the prison population are (a) fathers and (b) mothers imprisoned for non-payment of child maintenance.

      Rape: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2010, Official Report, column 615W, on rape: Greater London, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Attorney-General how much (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) their agency spent on information and communication technology in each year since 1997.

    • Departmental Lighting

      To ask the Attorney-General how much (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) their agency spent on light bulbs in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Attorney-General how much (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) their agency spent on hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Attorney-General how much (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) their agency spent on security in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Stationary

      To ask the Attorney-General how much (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) their agency spent on stationery in each year since 1997.

      Law Officers' Departments

      To ask the Attorney-General which regulations of the Law Officers' Departments are under review; and if he will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a table showing the cost per tonne of carbon emissions reduced by (a) cavity wall insulation, (b) technologies...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the emissions factor applied to electricity under the Standard Assessment Procedure rating system for dwellings...

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to businesses of participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme.

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to bring forward proposals to extend the criteria for steps taken by businesses to improve their energy efficiency to...

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effects on numbers of jobs of participation by businesses in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the effects of the requirements of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme on small companies...

      Energy Conservation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes which would have to be retro-fitted with energy saving materials and...

      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, which official in his Department is...

      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 solar power...

      Natural Gas: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what work his Department has commissioned from consultants on the security of gas supply in the last three years.

      Nuclear Power Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review whether the provisions of the Nuclear Installations (Excepted Matter) Regulations 1978 remain relevant; and what his...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage the take-up of renewable heating systems.

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of public sector pensions in the next 25 years.

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the proposals in the June 2010 Budget intended to increase economic growth; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to stimulate economic growth.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recent growth projections of the UK economy by the International Monetary Fund in its World Economic Outlook; and if he...

      Defence Manufacturing Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of the defence manufacturing sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his G20 counterparts on efforts to reduce levels of Government borrowing.

      Budget Implications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of employment of implementation of the measures proposed in the June 2010 Budget.

      Economic Growth: East Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to support economic growth in the East Midlands.

      Capital Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether public opinion on capital projects is taken into account by his Department in deciding whether to authorise funding for such projects.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of his Department's regulations are under review; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he takes of the health of consumers of alcohol as a factor in determining the application of taxes and duties on alcohol.

      Green Investment Bank: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding for the Green Investment Bank will be drawn from the (a) public purse and (b) private sector.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the combined effect of the proposed public spending limits and changes in taxation and benefit measures in the 2010 Budget on...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the combined effect of the public spending measures in the 2010 Budget on the level of (a) household income per income decile...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 May 2010, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on savings (2010-11), whether changes have been made to the...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to table 48 of the Pre-Budget Forecast prepared by the Office for Budget Responsibility, on what planning assumptions relating to (a) wages...

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland in each year since 2005.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many local offices run by HM Revenue and Customs have been closed in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland in each year since 2005.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent research he has commissioned on (a) current levels of tax avoidance and (b) measures to close loopholes used by those avoiding tax; (2)...

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to end the sale of goods worth less than £18 free of value added tax by companies based in the Channel Islands to...

      VAT: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the number of jobs in the economy in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Dudley borough of raising the rate of...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Bristol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in Bristol East constituency receive tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Bristol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in Bristol East constituency with an annual income of (a) less than £20,000, (b) between £20,000 and £24,999, (c)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Bristol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families are in receipt of the baby element of tax credits in Bristol East constituency.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Durham

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

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies: Boundary Commissions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding he plans to provide for the boundary commissions in each of the next three years.

    • Constituencies: Boundary Commissions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether an equality impact assessment will be produced for his legislation to change parliamentary constituency boundaries.

      Constituencies: Boundary Commissions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes there will be to the procedures and processes used by the Boundary Commission in its work reviewing constituency boundaries and reducing constituency...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to relocate officials working in his Office from central London to Bassetlaw.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what training has been provided for Ministers by his Office since the formation of the present administration; and at what cost.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many eligible voters who are missing from the electoral register he estimates will have been added to the register by December 2010.

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on his proposal to speed up implementation of individual voter registration.

      Electoral Systems: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Members of the House of Lords would be eligible to vote in a proposed referendum on the alternative vote system.

      Electoral Systems: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether prisoners would be eligible to vote in a proposed referendum on the alternative vote system; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Systems: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he has (a) sought and (b) received from the Electoral Commission on the simultaneous holding of the referendum on reform of the electoral...

      Electoral Systems: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he has (a) sought and (b) received from the Electoral Commission on the wording of the proposed question in the referendum on reform of the...

      Electoral Systems: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) the Scottish Executive, (c) the Welsh Assembly Government, (d) the...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2010, Official Report, column 478W, on House of Lords: reform, whether he plans to propose a power for electors to recall...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his proposals for the reform of the House of Lords will be revenue-neutral.

      Members: Conduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will consider the merits of introducing a power for electors to recall (a) a Member of the London Assembly, (b) a local councillor and (c) a Member of...

      Photographs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Office has spent on official photographs of Ministers since the formation of the present administration.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Childbirth: Wakefield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many live births there were in Wakefield constituency in 2009-10.

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of public sector employees in Wales who will be directly affected by the implementation of the proposed changes...

      Construction: Self-employed

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the most recent estimate is of the number of people registered as self-employed and working in the construction industry.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on televisions in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on legal advice in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Lighting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on light bulbs in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans to relocate (a) civil servants and (b) Government bodies for which his Department is responsible (i) out of London and (ii) to the...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which of his Department's regulations are under review; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on stationery in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff in the Cabinet Office are on temporary civil service contracts.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency and non-departmental public bodies spent on employee away days in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his (a) Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on travel for employees in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have been driven by the Government Car Service since the Government took office; and how much...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what work his Department's European and Global Issues Secretariat undertakes on international negotiations on the United Nations Collaborative Programme...

      Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what work his Department's European and Global Issues Secretariat undertakes on global energy subsidy reform.

      EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the cost to his Department of compliance with regulations arising from EU obligations in the last 12 months.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps the Government Communications Network plans to take to ensure communications from Government departments and other public sector...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents there are in (a) Ashfield, (b) Argyll and Bute and (c) Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency.

      Lone Parents: Lewisham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents there are in Lewisham East constituency.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Conduct

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether any special advisers have been disciplined for (a) bullying, (b) breaching the law and (c) breaching of the code of conduct for special...

      Office of Government Commerce Common Minimum Standards for Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the outcome was of the review of Office of Government Commerce Common Minimum Standards for Construction; and if he will ensure that all Government...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Advantage West Midlands has spent on grants in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Stafford constituency in each year since 1999.

    • Advantage West Midlands: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Advantage West Midlands has spent on (a) grants and (b) administration for grants in each year since 1999.

      Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has for the future of (a) Business Link and (b) Business Link North West.

      Business: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any businesses in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley have received loans...

      Business: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to reduce the gender gap between men and women in setting up new businesses.

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to establish female entrepreneurial role models.

      Business: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average costs of operating an office in (a) London, (b) Bassetlaw and (c) other places...

      Business: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to support rural businesses.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what market testing his Department undertook in relation to Form IN01, Application to Register a Company prior to its...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department are entitled to the use of (i) a car with a dedicated...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal background note relating to each parliamentary question tabled by the hon....

      East of England Development Agency: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the East of England Development Agency has spent on the provision of (a) live and (b) recorded music at hospitality...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness of rules on the disposal of waste electrical and electronic...

      EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been allocated to the North East from the EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel in each of the last five years.

      Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2010, Official Report, column 190W, on fossil fuels: export credit guarantees, when he plans...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what research and development grants his Department has provided for the development of genetically modified potatoes...

      Northwest Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from local authorities in Merseyside on the abolition of the North West Development Agency.

      Northwest Regional Development Agency: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance the North West Regional Development Agency has provided to businesses in Wirral West constituency in (a) 2008,...

      Overseas Trade: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase trade between the UK and the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

      Post Offices: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Federation of Sub-Postmasters and Postmistresses regarding Camelot's...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to exempt professional degree programmes from the conditions of the Equal or Lower Qualifications policy.

      Science: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support (a) the engineering industry, (b) science, technology, engineering and...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what factors he took into account in his review of the decision to provide Sheffield Forgemasters with an £80 million...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to increase the level of the student maintenance loan in line with the increase in the rate of value added tax.

      UK Commission for Employment and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with the (a) Chair and (b) Chief Executive of the UK Commission for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many absent parents were sent to prison for non-payment of child maintenance in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many buildings his Department occupies in (a) London and (b) the UK.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the mileage travelled by each Minister in his Department in a Government car in (a) May and (b) June 2010.

      Departmental Speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which (a) (i) civil servants and (ii) special advisers and (b) other individuals are employed in his Department to write speeches for each...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there will be any changes to attendance allowance as a result of his proposed changes to disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether a person whose condition worsens following a medical assessment for disability living allowance will be required to undergo a...

      Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether those in receipt of disability living allowance will be required to undergo a further medical assessment following his proposed reforms...

      EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to his Department of compliance with regulations arising from EU obligations.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what employment and support allowance is payable to a person with rheumatoid arthritis.

      Employment Schemes: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made any estimate of the average annual cost of (a) supporting a person with learning disabilities into employment and (b) a...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010, Official Report, column 110W, on housing benefit, how many households in (a) England, (b) Scotland...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology his Department uses to estimate the cost to the economy of occupational illnesses; and if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average percentage of a health and safety inspector's working time was spent inspecting workplaces in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Industrial Injuries: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days absent from work were caused by a workplace injury in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what he expects the staffing level at Jobcentre Plus to be in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on using temporary and agency staff in Jobcentre Plus front offices.

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of jobseeker's allowance have had that allowance withdrawn following a failure to meet each condition attached to receipt...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) lone parents and (b) others in Bristol East constituency who will have been on jobseeker's...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) lone parents and (b) others who will have been on jobseeker's allowance for over 12 months by...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) lone parents, (b) people under the age of 24 years and (c) others in East Lothian...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the amount which will be paid in jobseeker's allowance in the next (a) 12, (b) 24 and (c) 36 months to...

      Lone Parents: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents there are in Bristol East constituency.

      Lone Parents: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents there are in East Lothian constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are not able to work receive the appropriate benefit.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the status is of applications made for Independent Living Fund (ILF) support prior to the new criteria coming into force; and for what...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receive (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) employment and support allowance in East Lothian...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Bristol North West constituency are in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases reported to the National Benefit Fraud Hotline in (a) Stafford constituency, (b) Staffordshire and (c) the West Midlands have...

      Unemployment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposals in Budget 2010 on levels of economic inactivity in (a) Wales and (b) Bridgend...

      Work Choice Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has approved the Work Choice programme for implementation.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to increase the number of new build affordable homes in (a) England and (b) Coventry.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the level of availability of affordable housing in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands.

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes to be sold under low cost home ownership schemes were built in each local authority area in England in each of...

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he expects the decision on the bid for funding for the Wood Road Local Authority New Build Scheme to be announced;...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 5 July 2010, Official Report, columns 1-2WS, on public spending control, under...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to assist first-time buyers to enter the housing market.

      Housing: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of the level of demand for housing in areas (a) with and (b) without access to fast...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) homes and (b) affordable homes were completed in each county in the East of England region in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 July 2010, Official Report, columns 4-5WS, on regional strategies, what the...

      Local Government: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have used their power to dispose of land at less than best consideration in each year since the power...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses in each local authority area were licensed under (a) mandatory, (b) additional and (c) selective licensing in...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many social rented homes were built under section 106 agreements in each of the last five years; (2) how many low...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his plans are for the future use of section 106 planning powers; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Rented Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to help low-income households in receipt of housing benefit to find accommodation in the private...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when the decision was taken to abolish the Tenant Services Authority; (2) for what reasons the announcement of the...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the £200 million additional funding for Afghanistan recently announced is to be allocated to humanitarian and...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to meet the Government's commitment to help fund free primary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on legal advice in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on office refurbishment in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on televisions in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much his (a) Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on employee training in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on information and communication technology in each year...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on website design in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on light bulbs in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his (a) Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on logo design in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on security in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on stationery in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on employee away days in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) electricity, (ii) water, (iii) heating and (iv)...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much overseas development aid and assistance is planned to be provided by (a) other Government departments and (b) agencies...

      Forests: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is giving to carbon finance mechanism pilot projects to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation.

      Gambia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development programmes in the Gambia his Department (a) is running and (b) plans to run in future years.

      South Africa: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking in relation to the situation in South Africa involving the clearance of unauthorised dwellings by...

      UN Millennium Development Goals: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of progress in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in advance of the Millennium Development...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what mechanisms other than the Change4Life programme his Department plans to change the (a) physical, (b) economic and (c) social environment to...

    • Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government has spent on funding (a) research and (b) education programmes on the links between cancer and (i) diet, (ii) physical activity...

      Care Quality Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will require the Care Quality Commission to commence its public consultation on its future fees structure prior to 30 September 2010; (2)...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of his Department's regulations are under review; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on stationery in each year since 1997.

      Diseases: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to implement the provisions of the Council Recommendation for a European Action on rare diseases (2009/C 151/02).

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to enforce clearer food labelling to raise public awareness of the use of trans fats in the food industry.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum size will be of GP commissioning boards; (2) what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of staff...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research projects involving genetically-modified (a) food and (b) feed have been funded by the Food Standards Agency since 1997; what the (i)...

      IVF and Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) IVF and (b) abortion services (i) nationally and (ii) by each primary care trust in the last 12 months.

      Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that organisations in receipt of funding from his Department should not lobby his Department.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) process and (b) timeline is for review of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines are overdue for review; and what the reason is for the time taken to...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guideline on multiple sclerosis is updated...

      National Diet and Nutrition Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the contribution of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey programme to his Department's policies; and when he plans to...

      National Specialised Services Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the remit is of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services.

      NHS Trusts: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) Enfield Primary Care Trust and (b) Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust spent on (i) marketing and (ii) internal and external...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the highest 100 salaries of employees and officials of the National Health Service were in 2009-10.

      Nutrition: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have made to the European Commission on the provision of guidance by the European...

      Patient Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to meet the Government's objective of increasing patient responsibility.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations were made by those opposed to the introduction of automatic generic substitution during his Department's consultation; and if...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to encourage people to undertake self-care for minor ailments; (2) what steps his Department has taken to...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many sexually transmitted infections were diagnosed in genito-urinary medicine clinics in England in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department took to mark the United Nations World Sickle Cell Day on 19 June 2010; (2) what (a) recent steps have been taken and...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) conduct and (b) commission research on changes to (i) the prevalence of tobacco use and (ii) the incidence of lung cancer in (A) the UK...

      Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display) (England) Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to revoke the Tobacco Authority and Promotion (Display) (England) Regulations 2010.

      West Kent Primary Care Trust: Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS homeopathic treatment by West Kent Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2010, Official Report, column 484W, on Afghanistan, how many organisations accepted the invitation to accompany him on this visit.

    • Departmental Petitions

      To ask the Prime Minister when the 10 Downing street e-petition system will be operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Speeches

      To ask the Prime Minister which (a) (i) civil servants and (ii) special advisers in his office and (b) other individuals are employed to write speeches.

      Kazakhstan: Foreign Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to visit Kazakhstan.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 20 May 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr D. Moody.

      New School Network

      To ask the Prime Minister who was invited to attend the New School Network reception held at 10 Downing street on 30 June 2010.

  • House of Lords

    • Building Societies: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England or the Financial Services Authority has power to investigate salaries and bonuses paid to building society chairmen, directors and...

    • Buses: Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether bus drivers can prevent would-be passengers with well-behaved dogs from boarding on the ground that one or more individuals on the bus may object to dogs...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, including with local authorities, to prevent children in care who are thought to have been trafficked absconding from their placements.

      Civil Service: Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to continue the practice of granting honours automatically to civil servants occupying certain senior posts on their retirement.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration has been given to selling the Commonwealth Development Corporation in order to reduce the deficit.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 1 July (WA 295) concerning the gender balance in the Crown Prosecution Service, whether the latest...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has spent on new consultancy since 11 May; what new spending on consultancy of over £20,000...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord De Mauley on 7 June (Official Report, col. 498), which measures in the Budget are designed to ensure that manufacturing and other...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the education maintenance allowance.

      EU: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which European Union Commissioners and officials receive a higher salary than the Prime Minister.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Israel about not granting visiting rights since June 2007 to the families of 800 Gazans detained in...

      Government Departments: Female Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Department for International Development has experienced any problems relating to policy and action as a result of...

      Government: Special Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which special advisers to Ministers have been appointed since 11 May; to which Minister each reports; and what is the general area of policy covered by each adviser.

      Health: Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the quality of care for patients with hip fractures.

      Health: Venous Thromboembolism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE) were diagnosed in each of the past five years; how many of those cases resulted in deaths; and what plans they have...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent alleged breaches of international law by Israel, including the deportation from east Jerusalem of four elected members of the...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to the Government of Libya about the proposed departure of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what agreements they have with Libya concerning migration, refugees and deported persons (a) bilaterally, and (b) through the European Union; and whether Libya has...

      Local Authorities: Neighbourhood Councils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to encourage urban local authorities to establish neighbourhood councils.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the remuneration arrangements for the chairman and members of the interim Office for Budget Responsibility; and how many days per week they are contracted...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for creating mechanisms to give British people a direct say in how an element of the aid budget is spent, as set out in The Coalition: Our...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 22 June (WA 171), whether they will commission research on the savings to be made if the pension age...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 17 June (WA 134), what equivalent amount of employer contributions were paid into the Principal Civil Service...

      Potomac Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers or officials in HM Treasury have met or had contact with the Potomac Group, its representatives or agents.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 24 June (WA 210), what steps they will take to encourage bids from mutual companies for railway franchises.

      Tanzania

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Tanzania and in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation about the ecological...

      Taxation: Double Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the speed with which applications by individuals to avoid double taxation by other European Union member states are dealt with.

      Transport: Vehicle Testing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether obligations under vehicle testing regulations in the United Kingdom exceed those required by the relevant European Union directives; and whether they have...

      Transport: Vehicle Testing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the costs and benefits of the requirement for new vehicles to be tested after three years and annually thereafter.

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