Written answers

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Attorney-General what information he holds on the time taken by contractors employed by the Law Officers' Departments to pay the invoices of their sub-contractors under prompt payment...

    • Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Attorney-General how many employees of the Law Officers' Departments attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the (i)...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees of her Department attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what estimate she has made of the (i) employee...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in England have (a) applied for and (b) been granted (i) in full and (ii) in part a licence to control...

    • Birds: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much it has cost to administer the individual licensing arrangements for the culling of herring gulls and greater...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fish were discarded for the purpose of meeting EU quotas in 2009.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications were received for assistance under the hill farm allowance scheme in 2009.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications have been received for the Upland Entry Level Scheme.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of what area of land in England hill farm allowance payments were made in 2009.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what area of land is eligible for applications for Uplands Entry Level Scheme payments.

      Marine Disposal: Rame Head South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the location of marine disposal site PLO31 at Rame Head South; and if she...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to continue to (a) phase out the use of peat by 2020 and (b) reduce the use of peat by 90 per cent. by 2010.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information his Department holds on the time taken by contractors employed by it to pay the invoices of their sub-contractors under prompt...

  • Scotland

    • Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Government plans to take to support access to high-speed broadband in Scotland.

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in his Department in respect of (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) telephone...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland to what newspapers and periodicals his Department subscribes; and at what cost in the last 12 months.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he (a) has had and (b) plans to have discussions with the US administration on an offer to loan or transfer to NATO allies a package of...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the highest amount paid by service personnel for (a) service family and (b) single living service accommodation was in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total monetary value was of rent subsidies provided for service accommodation in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse of (a) repairs, (b) water and sewage rates and (c) council tax in respect of service accommodation was in the last...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to the Royal British Legion's request to publish details of the proposed upgrade of armed forces accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to improve support for those in the armed forces at risk of post-traumatic stress.

      Army: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army radios have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last 12 months.

      Chiefs of Staff: Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to publish the expenses of senior members of the armed forces on a quarterly basis; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the £19 million funding for dismounted close combat equipment announced by his Department on 7 July 2010 will provide equipment...

      Ex-Servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to increase the level of support available to veterans provided by his Department.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances hon. Members who have visited (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan on official business are eligible to receive operational service medals.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many permanent UK military headquarters there are; where each is located; who has command at each such headquarters; and what the staff is of each.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of the outcomes of the recent test firing of Type 45 missile systems; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • A338

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the roadworks on the A338 between Ringwood and Bournemouth.

    • Departmental Lighting

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

      Driving: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons his Department plans to introduce mandatory eco-driving training as part of the driver certificate of professional competence; what...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to encourage the development of the infrastructure needed for electric cars.

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage a modal shift of freight from road to rail.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the M1 motorway to be free of roadworks between junctions 1 and 32; and if he will make a statement.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons two separate sections of contraflow are in operation on the M1 north and south of Toddington services; what consideration was given to...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the roadworks north of junction 10 of the M1 to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Merchant Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 July 2010, Official R eport, column 14WS, on Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers)...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to ensure registered keepers of private cars pay vehicle excise duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take in response to the Greater Anglia rail franchise: what passengers want report produced by Passenger Focus in April 2010;...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the merits of putting a legal limit on the number of passengers who can travel in a train carriage.

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to reduce the incidence of cable theft close to railway lines in the North East.

      Roads: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what road improvements will take place on the A1 in Nottinghamshire in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rescue boats operating in the UK are not operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution but have the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will issue guidance to local authorities and Transport for London on the implementation of his policy not to fund additional speed cameras; and...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to require that his Department is consulted on any proposals to introduce average speed camera checks; and if he will...

      Vehicle Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the Vehicle Operator Services Agency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many micro-grants the International Security Assistance Force has made to Afghan citizens who own businesses in the last two...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of active fighters in the Haqqani network.

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of reintegration shura which have taken place in (a) Marjah and (b) Helmand...

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the absence of provincial governors from the Kabul Peace Jirga; and if he will make a statement.

      Asia: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards setting a date for the trilateral meeting between the governments of Afghanistan, Iran and...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the time taken by contractors employed by it to pay the invoices of their...

      English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to oppose any proposals to change the name of the English Channel at the next United Nations...

      European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement on European Parliament Transitionary Protocol of 6 July 2010, Official Report,...

      European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement on European Parliament Transitionary Protocol of 6 July 2010, Official Report,...

      European Parliament Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 July 2010, Official Report, columns 6-7WS, on the European Parliament...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of forced marriages which occurred in the UK in 2009-10; and if he will make a...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for peace in Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Israel to sign the Nuclear...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his counterpart in (a) the government of Israel and (b) the Palestinian Authority the evacuation...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to the government of Mogadishu on (a) the influence of al-Qaeda in Somalia, (b) the...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made recent representations to (a) the UN and (b) the Government of Morocco on a referendum on the future...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his most recent assessment is of the effects on the arts industry of the recession.

    • Departmental ICT

      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 information and communication...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff his Department employed on (a) full-time and (b) part-time contracts in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      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 hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the (a) financial and (b) other effects on local radio stations of the switch off of...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his most recent estimate is of the average number of people in each age group who use a local library each month.

      London 2012 Business Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to review the operation of the London 2012 Business Network.

      Public Libraries: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount of public funding allocated to public libraries in (a) England and (b) Coventry in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the television licence fee.

      Theatres: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what expenditure his Department has incurred on the provision of (a) theatre, (b) opera, (c) musical and (d) film for...

  • Home Department

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to amend the law to allow religious music and readings at civil weddings and civil partnerships.

    • Departmental Official Cars

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations her Department has received on the level of the conviction rates in cases of domestic violence.

      Domestic Violence: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet organisations assisting women subject to domestic abuse who have no recourse to public funds to discuss a permanent...

      Domestic Violence: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the outcomes to date of the pilot scheme implemented in December 2009 and extended until August 2010 to...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to control the availability of guns in England.

      Forensic Science: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on the 2007 review of forensic practices involving low copy number DNA.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the terms of reference of her Department's consultation on the proposed limits on non-EU economic immigration;...

      Immigration: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Education, (b) Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce the outcome of her review of wheel clamping legislation.

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions in statute law govern (a) wheel clamping and (b) other forms of vehicle immobilisation on (i) public and (ii) private land.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of knives on the streets.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with representatives of businesses on controls on the sale of knives.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many British citizens who have committed sexual crimes against children overseas have been subjected to notification requirements...

      Sojourner Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if her Department will continue funding the Sojourner Project beyond September 2010.

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additions to the sex offender register have been made other than by a recommendation at the time of sentencing in each year since 1997.

      Violent and Sex Offender Register: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether British citizens who have committed sexual crimes against children overseas are required to register on the Violent and Sex Offenders...

  • Health

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the time taken by contractors employed by it to pay the invoices of their sub-contractors under prompt payment...

    • Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees of his Department attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the (i) employee...

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has made to the European Commission on the time taken by the European Food Safety Authority to process assessments of the...

      Doctors and Nurses: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards his Department requires in respect of (a) competence in the English language and (b) professional standards from (i) doctors and (ii)...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means he plans to implement his proposal to abolish the Food Standards Agency.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were located at each office of the Food Standards Agency in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2010, Official Report, column 400W, on general practitioners, whether information on the number of GP appointments for...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken for benchmarking purposes into health service provision in other countries in the last 12 months.

      Macfarlane Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for future funding of the Macfarlane Trust.

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to assist veterans with combat stress which is diagnosed a decade or more after discharge from the armed forces; (2)...

      NHS: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) cost of abortions carried out for non-EU nationals on the NHS in 2009.

      NHS: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report, columns 661-681, on NHS White Paper, (1) what (a) funding and (b) other resources will be...

      Patients' Rights: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to participate in the European Project for Assessing Patients' Rights.

      Streptococcal Infections: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newborn babies were diagnosed with group B streptococcal infections in (a) London and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Sunbeds: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to bring into force each of the powers to protect young people from sunbed use available under the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010.

      Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected deficit of NHS Sutton and Merton is for (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14; when he expects to receive the full strategic...

      Swine Flu: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who died as a result of (a) misdiagnosis of bacteriological infections as swine flu and...

      Swine Flu: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when remaining stocks of swine influenza (a) antivirals and (b) vaccines will pass their use-by dates; (2) what proportion of swine influenza...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the number of lives saved as a result of the vaccination programme against influenza A subtype H1N1; and if he will make a...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the efficacy of the influenza A subtype H1N1 vaccine (a) as a prophylactic and (b) in reducing the symptoms of...

      Wharfedale Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of Wharfedale hospital.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employees of his Department attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what estimate he has...

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2010, Official Report, column 375W, on the Decentralisation and Localism Bill, if he will...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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 Communities and Local Government 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 Communities and Local Government 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 Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to reduce the cost of running his Department since his appointment.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in remuneration in total to civil servants in his Department in 2009-10.

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his (a) Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on travel for...

      EU Law

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

      Faiths Consultative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the members are of the Faiths Consultative Council; and when it last met.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to end (a) the FiReControl project and (b) the regionalisation of the fire service.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been incurred in cancellation changes by his Department in respect of each of the contracts awarded under the...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to protect the Green Belt in (a) the UK and (b) Coventry.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households with children were directed into private sector accommodation under schemes to prevent homelessness in each...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much has been paid in homelessness grants (a) to local authorities and (b) to the voluntary sector in each year to...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the effects on employment in the construction sector in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12 of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the letters sent by the then Minister for Housing and Planning to the Communities and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives his Department will provide to encourage local authorities to increase the stock of new build housing.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the exemption of new housing developments for older people from (a) section 106 requirements and (b)...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty residential properties there were in Peterborough City Council area on 1 April in each year since 2006; and if he...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to continue with the housing regeneration scheme in the Bransholme North area of Kingston upon Hull North...

      Local Government Finance: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the likely in-year change to his Department's capital allocation to each local authority in...

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his definition is of an essential frontline service for local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what mechanism local authorities may review target figures for the extraction of minerals.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which housing associations have participated in the Mortgage Rescue Scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the visitors to mortgagehelp.direct.gov.uk used the Create your action plan tool in the latest period for which...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2010, Official Report, column 497W, on mortgages: government assistance, how many absolute...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has made an estimate of the effect of the changes proposed to the level of assistance under the Support...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount of erased back-dated business rates which will relate to port companies.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to complete his review of successor arrangements to regional development agencies; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has carried out an assessment of the potential effect of the operation of (a) Articles 93 and 107 of the...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the level of unmet need for Travellers' sites in the Bristol area; and whether the Government...

      Yorkshire Dales National Park: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on involvement of members of the public in planning decisions made in respect of the...

  • Justice

    • Hillsborough Disaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to release documents held by his Department in relation to the Hillsborough disaster.

    • Legal Aid: Clinical Negligence Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much legal aid funding was spent on clinical negligence cases in the last three years.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on his review of magistrates courts.

      Prison Officers: Pay and Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Prison Officers Association on pay and pensions of prison officers.

      Court Cases: Adjournment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of cases in magistrates and Crown courts were subject to an adjournment in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many asylum claimants who had been represented by Refugee and Migrant Justice as at 30 June 2010 have been allocated to alternative legal...

      Convictions: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a criminal conviction for offences under section 53 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in (a) 2008 and (b)...

      Convictions: Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of offences related to fly-tipping in each London borough since 1997.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) Crown and (b) magistrates courts are served by which prisons.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was outstanding in unpaid fines and other financial penalties to the courts at the end of each of the last five years.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of fines and other financial penalties uncollected by Her Majesty's Court Service.

      Courts: Video Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which (a) Crown and (b) magistrates courts have video links to which prisons; (2) what the monetary cost to his department was the installation...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employees of his Department attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and ( c) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the (i) employee...

      Gary Critchley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department or its predecessor has had discussions with the Criminal Cases Review Commission on the case of Gary Critchley since its inception.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what risk assessment tools are used by the (a) National Probation Service and (b) Prison Service.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what budget headings he calculated his estimate of £123,555 for the running costs of Wisbech magistrates court in 2009-10.

      Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions of (i) men and (ii) women who have been in breach of a non-molestation injunction order...

      Offences Against Children: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foster parents have been (a) investigated for, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of child cruelty offences in each of the last five years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the prison population in England and Wales was comprised of prisoners sentenced to (a) six months imprisonment or less and (b)...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff in HM Prison Service have transferred to work in the National Probation Service since the creation of the National Offender...

      Prison Service: Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has flowed from (a) the Prison Service budget to the probation budget and (b) from the probation budget to the Prison Service budget in each...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) drug and (b) alcohol-dependent prisoners in the prison population in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of detaining a person in prison compared with the cost of such people serving...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research from (a) internal and (b) external sources his Department has (i) commissioned and (ii) evaluated on the effectiveness of sentences of...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Delyn of 6 July 2010, Official Report, columns 171-4W, on prison sentences, in respect of how many...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Law Officers, (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (c) the Secretary of State for the Home...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Delyn of 6 July 2010, Official Report, columns 171-74W, on prison sentences, which of the offences...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent advice he has received on the appropriateness of community sentences; and if he will make a statement.

      Tribunals: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of appeals and tribunals relating to disability living allowance in respect of (a)...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women have been prosecuted under section 1 of the War Crimes Act 1991 in each year since the Act entered into force. [R]

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish his Department's implementation plans for achieving a 20 per cent. year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions...

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on the Government Car Service since the Government took office.

      Departmental Regulations

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish his Department's Structural Reform Plan.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to increase the number of officials seconded from his Department to the EU institutions.

      Departmental Training

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

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to announce the national policy statement on energy.

      Energy: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to encourage the use of heat pumps in Government buildings, including the implementation of air source and ground...

      National Grid: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will discuss with Ministerial colleagues the introduction in the UK of grid protection measures similar to those in the US...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on funding the...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last made an assessment of the value for money and relevance of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Radioactive Waste...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what cost recovery arrangements the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is applying to the agreement made in June 2010 with the Nuclear...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provisions of the EU Renewable Energy Directive in supporting the use of waste...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of the UK energy supply comes from renewable generation; and what the equivalent figure is projected to be (a) in each...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to implement the recommendations of the National Audit Office report on Government funding for developing...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to introduce local targets for the generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to revise the 2009 UK renewable energy strategy to include targets for 2050.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to (a) limit the maximum height of wind turbines and (b) introduce a proximity rule on...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Location

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether she plans to relocate civil servants working for the Government Equalities Office (a) out of London and (b) to the West Midlands; and if she...

    • Equal Pay: Gender

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will require businesses with more than 250 employees to disclose gender pay information by 2013 if they have not done so already.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Early Day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost of administering and processing early day motions was in each year between 1997-98 and 2008-09.

    • House of Commons Commission: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what discussions the House of Commons Commission has had on (a) its budget for 2010-11 and (b) the changes...

      House of Commons: Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reasons the cabling work was undertaken in the underground car park during a period when the House...

      Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission how many expressions of interest in obtaining childcare places in the House of Commons Nursery have been...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he made of the merits of making the content of the Your Freedom website available in languages other than English.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) local government and (b) central Government databases electoral registration officers may use in undertaking their registration functions.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate has been made of the proportion of (a) black and ethnic minority people, (b) students, (c) people living in social housing, (d) unemployed...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance is provided to local authority electoral registration officers on their use of telephone calls to increase levels of electoral registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to encourage sixth formers...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities (a) used and (b) did not use door to door canvassing for the purpose of electoral registration in their most recent registration exercise.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure the accuracy of the electoral register in each constituency.

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made in his consideration of implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on the right of prisoners to vote in UK...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance the Electoral Commission has provided to electoral registration...

    • Labour Party: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much funding from the public purse the Labour Party will receive under the Policy...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the contribution to gross domestic product of the Bank of England's Asset Purchase Scheme in fiscal years (a)...

    • BP: Gulf of Mexico

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effects on tax revenues to the Exchequer of liabilities of companies involved in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in...

      Coinage: Anniversaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with the Royal Mint the striking of a coin to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer in 2012.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the time taken by contractors employed by it to pay the invoices of their sub-contractors under prompt payment...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees of his Department attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the (i) employee...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to increase the number of officials seconded from his Department to the EU institutions.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 May 2010, Official Report, columns 1-2WS, on Equitable Life, what progress he has made on his plans to...

      Housing: Rents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage change in market rents for (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four bedroom properties in each broad market...

      Public Sector: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of the working population in (a) Hartlepool constituency and (b) the North East employed in the public...

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his plans are for the future of research and development tax credits.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change to the level of the state pension following the restoration of the link with earnings.

      Sterling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to counter the rise of sterling relative to the euro and its effect on the exporting of British goods in the eurozone.

      VAT: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that listed places of worship will be able to reclaim value added tax incurred on repairs and maintenance following the...

      VAT: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in value added tax by residents in each income group in each constituency in North Wales in 2009-10.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Members: Addresses

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority what steps the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is...

    • Members: Claims

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (1) what assessment the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

      Members: Training

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority for what reasons the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

  • Education

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what processes apply to the issuing of grants to charities by his Department.

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2010, Official Report, column 396W, on departmental reorganisation, (1) what the itemised components are of the...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2010, Official Report, column 396W, on departmental reorganisation, how much was spent under each budget heading on...

      Departmental Utilities

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

      EC Law

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department's guidance notes for discretionary learner support funds for 16 to 18 year olds and adults will be published.

      Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's definition is of lower priority projects in relation to reductions in the 14 to 19 education budget.

      Free School Meals: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children in (a) Worsley and Eccles South constituency and (b) Salford who would have been eligible for a...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether he plans to reform AS Level qualifications; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether he plans to reform the format and structure of...

      GCSE: Enfield North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils in each school in Enfield North constituency obtained five GCSEs at grades A* to C in each of the last five years.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of schools did not enter pupils for standard assessment tests in 2009 owing to industrial action by teaching unions.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanism was used to establish threshold levels for standard assessment tests in 2009-10; and whether the industrial action by teaching unions...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect on procedures for (a) completion and (b) analysis of data from standard assessment tests in 2009-10 (i)...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the fairness of the application of the school funding mechanism for rural shire counties in comparison with other...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if the Government will bring forward proposals for legislation for school transport for pupils with special educational needs to ensure greater account...

      Short Stay Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age have been in short stay schools for more than six months in each local authority area.

      Short Stay Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age with non-statemented special educational needs are placed in short stay schools in each...

      Special Educational Needs: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to improve the training of teachers in special educational needs.

      Young People: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what spending changes he plans to make to the Youth Taskforce budget; what his policy is on future Youth Taskforce funding; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations his Department has received on the effects on poor people in developing countries of fluctuations in food prices...

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's objectives are for the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York on water and sanitation.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to revise the partnership principles for the disbursement of UK aid.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on (a) his Department's budget and (b) levels of official...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Glasgow Central constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK claim carer's allowance.

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to undertake a review of the carer's allowance system.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the likely effects on those carers in receipt of carer's allowance of the (a) programme of expenditure...

      Departmental Official Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on official photographs of Ministers since the formation of the present administration.

      Departmental Reorganisation

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees on temporary contracts (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies had on the latest...

      Disability Living Allowance

      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 Liverpool,...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants of employment and support allowance who were receiving treatment for rheumatoid arthritis during the assessment phase...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2010, Official Report, columns 434-35W, on employment schemes: West Midlands, what his definition of...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who would have received the two-year jobseeker's guarantee this year had it not...

      Flexible Working: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to enable disabled people the right to request flexible working.

      Funeral Payments: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in funeral payments in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Dudley borough in each year since 2000.

      Funeral Payments: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average size of funeral payments made to applicants in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Dudley borough has been since 2005.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his evaluation of the Future Jobs Fund will be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people previously unemployed for one year or more found employment in each Government department in each of the last five years.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the extent of over-occupation in social sector housing in West Lancashire constituency in households where the main...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010, how many of his Department's customers received the maximum local housing allowance rate of £1,800...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Liverpool, Walton constituency receive housing benefit of more than (a) £200 per week for a one, (b) £290...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many local housing allowance (LHA) claimants there was a shortfall between their amount of LHA and actual rent charged; and what the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households are in receipt of local housing allowance in each local authority area in England.

      Housing Benefit: Ashton-in-Makerfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pensioners, (b) people of working age in work, (c) people of working age who are unemployed,...

      Housing Benefit: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in housing benefit to residents in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley in each...

      Housing Benefit: Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people and (b) people with children currently in receipt of housing benefit have been on jobseeker's allowance for a year or...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobcentres and Jobcentre Plus offices have telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845 and (b) 0870.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Greater London

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

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of people who will have been on jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months in Liverpool, Wavertree...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of lone parents in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in Hornchurch and Upminster constituency.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents resident in Peterborough constituency were in receipt of jobseeker's allowance on 1 April in each year since 2008; and if...

      Maternity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Sure Start maternity grants were made to mothers for their second or subsequent child in Lewisham East constituency in 2009-10.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of residents of Liverpool, Walton constituency in receipt of (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's...

      Pension Credit: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Dudley borough and (c) Dudley North constituency claim pension credit.

      Pensioners: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Bristol North West constituency receive (a) the basic state pension and (b) pension credit.

      Pensioners: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Edinburgh East constituency are in receipt of (a) the basic state pension and (b) pension credit.

      Pensioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners receive (a) the basic state pension and (b) pension credit in Hornchurch and Upminster constituency.

      Pensioners: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners resident in Liverpool, Wavertree constituency receive (a) the basic state pension and (b) pension credit.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of awards of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) disability living allowance were awarded on appeal in...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of applications for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) disability living allowance were rejected in West Suffolk...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Suffolk constituency have made claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) disability living allowance in...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many approvals were granted of funding from the Independent Living Fund to persons working more than 16 hours per week in (a) the...

      Social Security Benefits: Liverpool

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

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to assist part-time workers who want to move into full-time employment.

      Unemployment Benefits: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many problem drug users resident in (a) the UK, (b) Sussex and (c) Brighton and Hove received each of the out of work benefits in (i)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in St Albans district in receipt of out-of-work benefits as a result of (a) alcohol and (b)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of the adult further education budget was spent on 19 to 24 year olds studying (a) Level 3 programmes on...

    • Adult Education: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to provide a remission of course fees for adult learners in receipt of incapacity benefit.

      Apprentices: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to assist the construction sector to create and retain local (a) jobs and (b) apprenticeships.

      Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to work with small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Dudley borough and (c) Dudley...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide financial assistance to those construction companies whose contracts under the Building Schools for the Future...

      Business: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2010, Official Report, column 534W, on business: EU law, what the monetary value is of 31% of...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the long-term future of the Grant for Business Investment Scheme.

      Civil Servants: Location

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

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the state of the construction industry; and what steps he plans to take to assist the industry.

      Credit: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions the courts have cancelled a credit agreement under the unfair credit relationship provisions of the...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staffing costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of...

      Departmental NDPBs

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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 Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies spent on public consultations in each of the last five...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have been driven by the Government Car Service since the Government...

      East of England Development Agency: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what websites have been (a) operated and (b) commissioned by the East of England Development Agency in each year since...

      Farnborough Airshow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which countries have been invited by UK Trade and Investment to send delegates to the Farnborough International Airshow in 2010;...

      Farnborough Airshow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department has provided to the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow for the purposes of (a) meeting the costs...

      Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase employment in the manufacturing sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorsport and Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take in response to the recommendations in the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee's Sixth...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of (a) cosmetics, (b) biocidal products, (c) food products and (d) human medicines marketed in the UK...

      National Composite Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the future of the National Composite Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) current and (b) basic bank account transactions in respect of accounts of high street banks were undertaken...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what mechanism the regional growth fund will be administered.

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the terms of reference are of each sector skills council; and what assessment he has made of the performance by each in...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the process followed by each sector skills council in taking into account the...

      Sunday Trading: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ensure there is no relaxation of restrictions on Sunday trading on Boxing Day 2010.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of people aged 16 to 24 years were not in education, employment or training in each (a) region and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lone Parents: Durham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents there are in City of Durham constituency.

    • Lone Parents: Newport

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

  • House of Lords

    • Abdul Baset Al Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has monitored the location and health of Abdul Baset Al Megrahi; whether they have made representations to the Scottish...

    • Africa: Lords Resistance Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are discussing with the Government of the United States and regional governments in central and east Africa the movements of Joseph Kony and other...

      Agriculture: Pigs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any European Union law applies to the swill feeding of pigs; and, if so, in which countries such feeding of pigs takes place.

      Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will pursue preparatory work for badger culling in the district of Mendip and Bath and North East Somerset.

      Bank of England: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many extra staff they expect the Bank of England to employ as a result of taking over certain responsibilities of the Financial Services Authority. To ask Her...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the intellectual capital and expertise of British companies which have helped to restructure foreign banks and reform the...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom based central clearing parties for over-the-counter derivatives have access to euro funds from the European Central Bank or whether such...

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 8 July (WA 66-7), what suitable alternatives have been proposed for users of cheques before the system is phased out.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 29 June (WA 243), whether they will commission research on the health and ethical issues involved in providing...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in 2009-10 in (a) incapacity benefit, and (b) employment and support allowance.

      Budget Responsibility Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether positions on the Budget Responsibility Committee will be advertised, as for positions on the Monetary Policy Committee, the Court of the Bank of England...

      Budget Responsibility Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Sir Alan Budd and other members of the Budget Responsibility Committee have had access to information on the economy and public finances not made public.

      Children: Early Learning and Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the early years foundation stage curriculum. To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce regulation of, and...

      Children: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any exploitation of overseas child labour in producing goods for British retailers; and what measures they intend to introduce to...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which global temperature series they use in formulating policy on global warming.

      Debt Management Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Debt Management Office will issue long-dated gilts indexed to the Consumer Price Index.

      Debt: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deal with illegal money lending at high rates of interest.

      Deep Sea Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their stance on the regulation of deep sea mining in international waters.

      Direct Selling Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 7 July (WA 59), whether members of the Direct Selling Association are subject to the European Services Directive.

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the reservation to Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in the context of their...

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their "proportionate system of review" of arrangements for appointing a person to collect social security payments on behalf of an individual with a mental...

      Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Lamb inquiry into special educational needs and parental confidence, published in December 2009.

      Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 20 June (WA 279), whether qualifying Commonwealth citizens given leave to enter the United Kingdom will on taking...

      Elections: Voting System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 14 June (WA 65), what assessment they have made of whether, under an alternative vote system where...

      Energy: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union has competence to require member states to cease issuing new permits for deep water oil drilling, as suggested by the European Union...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered giving notice to the European Union that, in accordance with their policy of reducing departmental expenditure by 25 to 40 per cent,...

      EU: Finance Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 5 July (WA 39-40), what powers they have agreed to give to European institutions regarding surveillance and...

      EU: Subsidiarity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will measure the application of subsidiarity in returning decision making from the European Union to the United Kingdom.

      Finance: Derivatives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether steps will be taken to ensure that central clearing parties for derivatives apply common margining policies.

      Finance: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to improve the support Britain's small businesses receive from building societies.

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to help British universities meet demand for higher education places from Indian students.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Hanham on 8 July (Official Report, col. 334) that decisions on housing matters will be passed down to local authorities, whether...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to increase the level of social housing construction. To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the availability...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since 12 May pilots have refused to carry persons due to be deported from the United Kingdom from (a) British airports, and (b) transit airports.

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the transparency of the company pre-packaged administration system.

      Ira

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 28 June (WA 216) on the terrorist attack on the Grand Hotel, Brighton, whether they have established...

      Ira

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ask the Government of the Republic of Ireland to apologise for any part they played in providing arms and funding to the IRA.

      Ira

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 9 July (WA 83), whether they have considered whether to ascertain the number of people killed and...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assisted, or intend to assist, the Government of Kenya in paying for the costs of the detention and trial of alleged pirates and the imprisonment...

      Kyrgyzstan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their stance on proposals for an independent investigation under the aegis of the United Nations to examine the recent events in southern Kyrgyzstan.

      Kyrgyzstan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to prevent further destabilisation of the situation in southern Kyrgyzstan and a repetition of recent events there; and whether those...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will issue their mandate for the next review of the national minimum wage by the Low Pay Commission; and whether they plan to review the constitution and...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Parliament resolution on human rights in North Korea.

      Northern Ireland Office: Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the number of civil servants employed by the Northern Ireland Office.

      Nuclear Fusion: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the original estimate of the costs of the experimental fusion reactor ITER has increased from €2.7 billion to €7.2 billion; and whether the...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received recent evidence of Israeli authorities using fake United Kingdom passports.

      Pedlars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as all certified pedlars have the right to trade anywhere in the European Union under the European Union services directive, they have asked the other...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 9 July (WA 84) about the composition of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, whether they plan to...

      Prudential Regulatory Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether employees of the proposed Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) will be employed in the public or private sector; and whether their terms of employment,...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of the Severn Tunnel for carrying high-speed electrified train services; and what studies have been undertaken to...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 24 June (WA 210), whether the terms of the franchise agreement between the Secretary of State and the train...

      Rats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 8 July (HL902), what risk and socio-economic criteria need to be met in order to use rodenticides.

      Roads: Animal Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many accidents involving deer there have been on primary roads in the most recent year for which figures are available. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      Roads: Animal Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many traffic accidents occur each year as a consequence of pedestrians crossing primary roads.

      Roads: Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the contract for the A1 Peterborough to Blyth grade separated junctions road scheme was awarded in 2005-06; how the tender was advertised; what criteria were...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider applications for free school status from middle schools in Suffolk.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases have been recorded in each year since 1999 of primary school teachers being physically assaulted on school premises in (a) England and Wales as a...

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases have been recorded in each year since 1999 of secondary school teachers being physically assaulted on school premises in (a) England and Wales as a...

      Sellafield: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the mutual aid deployment protocol between Cumbria Constabulary and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary based at Sellafield was last reviewed.

      Steven Willcox

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Thailand about the length of the sentence given to Steven Willcox, which is being served in HM Prison Rye Hill.

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have given in financial support to St Helena in each of the past five years for which figures are available; and what support they will provide each...

      Turks and Caicos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions will be placed on those being investigated for corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands on their candidature in elections to the Islands'...

      UK Credit Rating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to preserve the United Kingdom's government debt AAA credit rating.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will maintain the opt-out from the working time directive in respect of the motorsport sector.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals the European Union will make at the mini-summit of Kimberley Process (KP) participants to be held during the World Diamond Council annual meeting in...

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