Written answers

Thursday, 22 July 2010

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in his Department in (a) May and (b) June 2010.

    • Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to reduce the running costs of his Department since his appointment.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Speeches

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

  • Justice

    • Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he plans to publish guidance for businesses on the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010; (2) how he plans to consult on implementing the...

    • Corruption: Public Service;

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2010, Official Report, column 161W, on corruption: public service; if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a)...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals that all EU citizens in a prison in the UK be deported to their home country immediately.

      High Cost Case Unit: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by the High Cost Case Unit on the 10 most costly case proceedings in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      High Cost Case Unit: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the High Cost Case Unit spent on (a) solicitors' costs, (b) counsels' fees and (c) disbursements in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      High Cost Case Unit: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by the High Cost Case Unit on case proceedings in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Legal Services Commission: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many of the Legal Services Commission offices in the South East given immigration new matter starts from October 2010 are in (a) Slough, (b)...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) court rooms and (b) court rooms in use there are in (i) Denbigh magistrates court and (ii) Rhyl county court.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the court utilisation rate was for (a) Denbigh magistrates court and (b) Rhyl county court in the last 12 month period for which figures are...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what HM Courts Service's most recent estimate is of the likely case load of (a) Denbigh magistrates court and (b) Rhyl county court in each of the next...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the Court Users Survey in respect of (a) Denbigh magistrates court and (b) Rhyl county court.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the future caseload of Llwynypia magistrates court.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were heard in (a) Denbigh magistrates court and (b) Rhyl county court in each of the last three financial years.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were disposed of in chambers in (a) Denbigh magistrates court and (b) Rhyl county court in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases have been transferred to other courts from (a) Rhyl county court and (b) Denbigh magistrates court in each of the last three years.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were heard in the magistrates court in Llwynypia in each of the last five years.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many witnesses and defendants failed to attend court at (a) the Llwynypia magistrates court, (b) the county court in Pontypridd, (c) the...

      Magistrates Courts: Ammanford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 1 July 2010, Official Report, column 615W, on magistrates' courts: Ammanford, 12 July 2010, Official Report, column 582W, on...

      Magistrates Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what staff-related costs will be incurred by the closure of (a) Denbigh magistrates court and (b) Rhyl county court in respect of (i) additional fares,...

      Magistrates Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the cost of the maintenance backlog was included in his estimate of the likely level of savings to the public purse of the closure of (a)...

      Magistrates Courts: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff are employed at Llwynypia magistrates court.

      Magistrates Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what maintenance costs were incurred by his Department in respect of (a) Denbigh magistrates court and (b) Rhyl county court in each of the last three...

      Magistrates Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maintenance costs of the magistrates court in Llwynypia were in each of the last five years.

      Magistrates Courts: Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of court fines in each (a) region, (b) county and (c) magistrates court area levied in each of the last three years were...

      Magistrates Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases originally listed for hearing at Pwllheli magistrates court were transferred for hearing before Caernarfon magistrates court in each...

      Magistrates Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs of Pwllheli magistrates court were in each year from 2006 to 2009.

      Magistrates Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what capital expenditure his Department incurred in maintenance of the venue for Pwllheli magistrates court in each year from 2006 to 2009; and if he...

      Prisons: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the level of (a) numeracy and (b) literacy in the prison population in England and Wales.

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on Wales of his Department's planned spending reductions.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the time taken by contractors employed by it to pay the invoices of their...

    • Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much the Olympic Delivery Authority has spent on (a) polling and (b) focus groups in each of the last three years.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future use of the analogue spectrum after digital switchover.

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which Commonwealth organisations his Department provides grant funding; and how much it has provided to each in each of the last 10...

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what instructions have been issued by the private office of each Minister in his Department on the preparation of briefing, speeches...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on the Government Car Service since the Government took office.

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations have received funding from his Department as part of the aid mission following the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to ensure that overseas aid is used for its intended purposes.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Location

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

    • Departmental Offices

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

      Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to reduce the running costs of his Department since his appointment.

      Natural Gas: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to increase the number of gas energy suppliers.

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from what budget payment for costs of dealing with nuclear waste exceeding (a) the fixed unit price for waste disposal and (b) the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to require energy companies to display on customers' bills the proportion of the total cost used to subsidise...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the role of biomass combustion through gasification in the future renewables mix in the UK.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will commission a review of the comparative efficiency of (a) biomass gasification and (b) anaerobic digestion.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on the proposal to provide a new manufacturing line at the Sellafield MOX plant; and if he will make a...

      Wind Power: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many onshore wind turbines have been built in each constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years; and if...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for the role of UK personnel in the current counter-insurgency campaign in Afghanistan of reports that...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the 1998 Strategic Defence Review identified aircraft carriers as central to the future configuration of UK armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the effect on service personnel families who have received payments from the Child Trust Fund of the June 2010 Budget.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to improve the standard of service family accommodation in Kingston.

      Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial support his Department provides to small and medium-sized businesses who allow reservists time off to train and engage in active service.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Bromwich East of 15 June 2010, Official Report, column 347W, on Astute-class submarines, what...

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed (a) by Defence Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS), (b) as DFRS Locally Employed Civilians, (c) as Royal Navy Aircraft...

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which private contractors provide fire protection services at his Department's (a) nuclear storage facilities, (b) ammunition storage facilities...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to reduce the running costs of his Department since his appointment.

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy to support international efforts to ensure transparency in the use of depleted uranium munitions in the 1991 Gulf War...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will include in his Strategic Defence and Security review a review of the UK's cyber security defensive and offensive capability.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the future provision of his Department's firing ranges in the Uists will be considered as part of the strategic defence and security review.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the terms of reference are for the Trident value for money review; what the timetable is for that review; which Departments will contribute to...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will request the National Audit Office to evaluate the (a) assumptions on which the Trident value for money review will be based and (b)...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will lay before Parliament before the summer recess the report of the value-for-money study being undertaken into the Trident nuclear weapons...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research and design work will need to be authorised in the assessment phase that will follow an initial gate decision to replace the Vanguard...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has visited the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers since his appointment.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his plans are for the use of Government funds earmarked for New Deal for Communities programmes in (a) England, (b) the...

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts were awarded to suppliers in respect of the FiReControl project; and what the monetary value of each such...

      Government Office for the North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the budget for the Government Office of the North West for 2010-11 will be used to promote enterprise in (a)...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of all homeless applicants to local authority housing departments had as the recorded principal ground of...

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which 12 English cities it is intended to introduce elected mayors; and what the (a) geographical area of and (b)...

      National Parks: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the adequacy of arrangements to encourage economic development in national parks through the...

      Parliament Square: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of cleaning the camp site on Parliament Square; and if he will...

      Parliament Square: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who has responsibility for the restoration of Parliament Square following the eviction of protestors camped in the square; and...

      Small Resort Benchmarking Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when Professor Steven Fothergill's report The Small Resort Benchmarking Study in England and Wales is to be published.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 531W, on the Working Neighbourhood Fund: Birmingham, what...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Members: Data Protection

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what assessment has been made of the extent of liability of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity: Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on levels of biodiversity of higher level stewardship schemes; and how such...

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which Commonwealth organisations her Department provides grant funding; and how much it has provided to each in each of...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs were destroyed in (a) England, (b) London and (c) the London Borough of Ealing following seizure under the...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs are being kennelled in (a) England, (b) London and (c) the London borough of Ealing while their status under...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) her Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on legal...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) date of establishment, (b) number of staff employed and (c) annual budget is of each of her Department's...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many of her Department's contracts with its suppliers are under review as a result of the recently announced...

      Leeds-Liverpool Canal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the proposed partial closure of the Leeds-Liverpool canal due to a lack of rainfall.

      National Parks: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to undertake a public consultation as part of its review of the governance arrangements of...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will bring forward proposals for the compulsory labelling of horticultural composts to indicate the percentage...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the contribution of peat soils (a) in storing carbon dioxide, (b) as habitats for wildlife...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will estimate the effect on the level of carbon dioxide emissions of restoring peat extraction sites to...

      Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure compliance with regulations on the use of pesticides.

      Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to enforce regulations on spray drift of pesticides.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of progress of her Department's research project on electric pet training devices; and...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the beak-trimming of laying hens.

  • Scotland

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any consequential adjustment to payments to Scotland under the Barnett Formula arise from the changes to the Building Schools for the Future...

    • Constituency Size: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on the implementation in Scotland of plans to equalise the size of constituencies in Scotland.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate his Department has made of its expenditure on travel undertaken in an official capacity by (a) him and (b) each other Minister in his...

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between the Government and the Scottish Executive under the devolution settlement.

      Economic Situation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with CBI Scotland on the condition of the Scottish economy.

      VAT: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the sum to accrue to the Exchequer from Scotland attributable to the proposed increase in the standard rate of value added...

      VAT: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what models he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on the Scottish economy of the proposed rise in the standard rate of value added tax.

      Wind Power: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect on the Scottish economy of planned reductions in funding to the Offshore Wind Capital Grants Scheme.

      Wind Power: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on reductions in funding to the Offshore Wind Capital Grants Scheme.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in (a) Bristol, (b) South Gloucestershire and (c) Bath and North East Somerset local authority areas have expressed an interest in...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the oral statement of 5 July 2010, Official Report, column 49, on education funding, by what date he expects the review of his...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Reorganisation

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

      Educational Psychology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the number of educational psychologists expected to complete their training in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and...

      Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the significant premium for disadvantaged pupils will be per pupil; and when he plans to make it available.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in England (a) are grammar schools, (b) are controlled, foundation, voluntary-aided or voluntary-controlled and (c) have sixth...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether it is his policy that outstanding schools will not be subject to Ofsted inspection unless standards at those schools start to deteriorate.

      Schools: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the financial effect on maintained schools of the increase in the rate of value added tax in 2011.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to pilot a social work manager support programme in 2011.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to involve children and young people in the development and delivery of his Department's social work reform programme.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department plans to allocate to social work reform as outlined in Building a safe and confident future: Implementing the...

      Teachers: Rights of Accused

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has received recent representations on granting anonymity to teachers accused of a sexual offence by pupils; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Service Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on increasing recruitment to the civil service from black, Asian and other minority ethnic people.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what her estimate is of the mileage she travelled in a Government car in (a) May and (b) June 2010.

      Education: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) educational achievements and (ii) achievements in working life of women;...

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what her policy is on adoption of measures to assist people from ethnic minorities to obtain senior positions in the public and private sector.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps he has taken to reduce the running costs of his Office since his appointment.

  • Transport

    • Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the long-term financial viability of the rail network.

    • Todmorden Curve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress he has made on the Todmorden Curve rail project.

      Rail Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of local transport authorities on the electrification of the Wrexham to Bidston rail line; and...

      Rail Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the Government's review of rail franchising; and if he will make a statement.

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department and its agencies have spent on the installation of automatic number plate recognition cameras to date.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to achieve agreement at EU level on reducing aviation emissions.

      Crossrail Line: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on Crossrail from (a) the public purse and (b) private sources to date; and what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effects on (a) levels of employment, (b) economic growth and (c) the environment of reductions in (i) direct...

      Heathrow Airport: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the legal limit on night flights has been breached at Heathrow airport in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      London-East Grinstead Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics his Department holds on (a) punctuality and reliability and (b) passengers in excess numbers for rail services on the East Grinstead...

      London-Haywards Heath Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics his Department holds on (a) punctuality and reliability and (b) passengers in excess numbers for rail services on the Haywards Heath...

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what correspondence his Department has had with Network Rail officials on how Network Rail plans to reduce its expenditure by £100 million in...

      Network Rail: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings he has had with Network Rail since his appointment; and whether executive pay at Network Rail was included on the agenda of those meetings.

      Railways Stations: Bromsgrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take account of the level of funding per head from central Government between 2000 to 2010 for Bromsgrove district council and...

      Railways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring the East Anglia and Essex Thameside franchises into public ownership in March 2011 in order to ensure continuity of service for the...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the cost in 2010 prices of electrifying (a) the Great Western railway line from Swansea to London, (b) the...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to increase the proportion of the rail network that is electrified.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give precedence to railway infrastructure projects where funding was previously agreed by central and regional authorities over those where...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to alter the rail franchise bidding process so that the track record of the bidders is taken into account.

      Railways: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the compliance of train operating companies with the provisions on recycling set out in their franchise agreements.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on (a) the punctuality and reliability of and (b) passengers travelling in excess numbers on rail services from...

      Roads: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths there were in work-related road traffic incidents in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the construction and use requirements are for rescue boats to be classified by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as approved vessels.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Maritime and Coastguard Agency issues guidance to operators on the construction and use requirements of their rescue boats.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Streatham of 7 July 2010, on the Thameslink railway line, if he will ensure that Network Rail's...

  • Treasury

    • Accelerated Development Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to undertake a trial of an accelerated development zone.

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the aggregates levy tax to include peat.

      Allergies: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimates he has made of the cost to the UK economy of (a) absences from work due to allergies and (b) lost production due to allergies;...

      Coinage: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the face value of counterfeit coins seized was in each year since 1997.

      Coinage: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the face value of counterfeit coins in circulation.

      Coinage: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of counterfeit (a) £1 and (b) £2 coins in circulation.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effects on levels of alcohol fraud of implementation of proposals to ban below-cost selling of alcohol.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to track the movement of beer under duty suspense (a) within the UK and (b) to other EU member states.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many seizures of alcohol for offences of alcohol fraud took place in each region in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; (2) how many seizures of...

      Income Tax: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford and (b) the London Borough of Bexley who will pay no income tax as...

      Job Creation: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology was used to estimate the number of private sector jobs forecast to be created in the next five years.

      Maternity Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Sure Start maternity grants were made to mothers in Stirling constituency for a second or subsequent child in 2009-10.

      Maternity Payments: Durham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Sure Start maternity grants were made in City of Durham constituency to mothers for a second or subsequent child in 2009-10.

      Personal Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has conducted any analysis of the effect of the direct personal tax and benefit measures in the June 2010 Budget on (a) men and (b)...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Health in Pregnancy grants were made in City of Durham constituency in 2009-10.

      Private Sector: Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the (a) evidence and (b) analysis underpinning the Office for Budget Responsibility's projections for private sector job creation in...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to ensure the accuracy of the allocation of Barnett consequentials; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average amount of Government spending per person was in (a) Scotland and (b) Warrington in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast his Department has made of the effect of (a) the proposals in the 2010 Budget and (b) proposed changes to public expenditure on levels of...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce project bank accounts as a standard arrangement for all public sector projects.

      Public Sector: Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on which organisations in receipt of Government funding have not had their accounts approved by auditors in each of...

      Public Sector: Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department provides to public bodies on provision of funding to organisations with accounts that have not been approved by auditors.

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether funds for the Regional Growth Fund have been drawn from the budget allocated to regional development agencies.

      Rent a Room Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to increase the income threshold of the Rent a Room scheme in London.

      Taxation: Wimbledon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of people in Wimbledon constituency who will benefit from the increase in the threshold for basic rate income tax; and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • PIMS: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that web links in PIMS are kept...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of North Kent Criminal Justice System area are subject to antisocial behaviour orders.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects on the e-borders programme of ending the second generation biometric passport programme; and if...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many control orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in each of the last two years.

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010, Official Report, columns 385-86W, what role (a) the National Statistician and (b) the UK Statistics...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an estimate of the monetary value of the contracts between her Department and private sector companies which will be...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on maintaining its Twitter feed in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in her Department are engaged in maintaining her Department's social media and networking sites; and what estimate she has...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on maintaining its Flickr channel in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Legal costs

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

      Departmental Location

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff her Department employed in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to analyse the distributional effect of the options for reductions in her Department's expenditure.

      Departmental Speeches

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Domestic Violence: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK under the domestic violence rule (a) since the rule was introduced and...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will lead the review of extradition arrangements between the UK and the US administration; and what the terms of reference will be of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects on the level of service provided by front line policing of the proposed reductions in numbers of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procurement procedures each police force in England and Wales uses.

      Police Custody: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued by the National Policing Improvement Agency on standards for custody suites;...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) dismissed and (b) suspended on full pay from each police force in England and Wales in each of the last two years.

      Police: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has held with Durham police authority on changes to the number of police officers in Durham constabulary consequent on...

      Police: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the damping element of police grant will be paid to Durham constabulary for 2010-11.

      Police: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hand-held IT devices are in use in each police force in England and Wales.

      Police: Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were the subject of employment tribunals in 2009.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has provided to police authorities on the likely percentage change in their budgets in the next four years.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average proportion of police force funding spent as (a) capital and (b) revenue in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide financial support to police authorities which have had their grant for 2010-11 reduced and which have (a) below-average...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police constables, (b) sergeants, (c) inspectors, (d) police community support officers and (e) support staff there are in...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average annual salary was for police officers based in (a) north Kent and (b) the Metropolitan police district in the latest...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average salary was of a police officer in (a) the Thames Valley and (b) the Metropolitan police area in the latest period for...

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days sick leave were taken by (a) police constables, (b) sergeants, (c) inspectors, (d) police community support officers and...

      Security Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research into the level of public trust in the security service.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to amend the National Police Records (Recordable Offences) Regulations 2000 to provide for police powers to take DNA and...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) charges were made and (b) prosecutions were brought consequent on discoveries following searches undertaken under section 44...

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped and searched under the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on detention conditions in US prison establishments at Bagram in...

    • Andrei Lugovoi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Department's officials in the Russian Federation on Andrei Lugovoi.

      Asia and East Africa: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on water rights and allocations (a) between the Nile states and (b) in Asia.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were murdered while abroad in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the operation of his Department's Low Carbon, High Growth programme.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on climate change programmes in 2009; and how much he expects it to spend on such programmes in...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how his Department plans to secure alternative sources of funding for its Low Carbon, High Growth programme.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much his Department spent on maintaining its YouTube channel in the last 12 months; (2) how much his Department spent...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what residential properties maintained by his Department have been (a) refurbished and (b) redecorated since the Government...

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the accession of (a) Turkey, (b) Iceland and (c) the former...

      Israel: Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on expansion of the British-Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership for its next round.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer by the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Cambridge of 23 June 2010, Official Report, column 291...

      Trinidad and Tobago: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on capital punishment with the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what instructions have been issued by the private office of each Minister in his Department on the preparation of briefing, speeches and...

      Departmental Location

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of its expenditure on travel undertaken in an official capacity by each Minister in his Department during...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of decisions on applications for disability living allowance were (a) appealed and (b) reversed on appeal in the latest...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) adults and (b) children with autism have received disability living allowance in each of the last 10 years.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of each (a) component and (b) level of disability living allowance there are in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii)...

      Disability Living Allowance: Greater London

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

      Disability Living Allowance: Stirling

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those who applied for employment and support allowance failed to complete the application process in each of the last five years.

      Employment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to improve employment prospects for 18 to 24 year olds in (a) North Wales and (b) rural communities.

      Funeral Payments: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monetary value of funeral payments reclaimed in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Dudley borough was in each year since 2000.

      Future Jobs Fund: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding has been allocated from the Future Jobs Fund to organisations in (a) Dudley borough and (b) Dudley North constituency.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) pensioners, (b) people of working age who are (i) employed and (ii) unemployed, (c)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of non-dependants living in households in Edinburgh East constituency where the main occupier is...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of proposed changes to housing benefits on the number of people moving home in each year from...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of proposed changes to the level of housing benefit announced in the June 2010 Budget on levels of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new housing benefit claims were made in each local authority area in England in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average payment from local housing allowance in each local authority for (a) a shared room, (b) a single room, (c) a one bed...

      Housing Benefit: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the level of under-occupation in social sector housing in Edinburgh East constituency in which the main...

      Housing Benefit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effects on levels of homelessness of his proposed changes to the housing benefit system.

      Housing Benefit: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of housing benefit in (a) Sunderland and (b) Houghton and Sunderland South constituency; and how many are (i)...

      Housing Benefit: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have made representations to his Department on the effects of proposed changes to housing benefit and local housing...

      Housing Benefit: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to mitigate the negative effects on vulnerable people of reductions in entitlement to housing benefit; and if he...

      Independent Living 2006 Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the new eligibility criteria for support from the Independent Living Fund do not disadvantage carers...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

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

      Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average change in the level of private pensions of increasing them in line with the consumer price index in...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in workless households in Great Yarmouth constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty (a) before housing costs and (b) after housing costs in the Great Yarmouth constituency in each year...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what locations medical examinations and reassessments will be undertaken of people in receipt of incapacity benefit and income support...

      Social Security Benefits: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to assist those with rheumatoid arthritis who are able to work to find employment.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has undertaken an assessment of the reasons for the increase in the number of applications to the Independent Living...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

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

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances migrants from other EU countries may continue receiving UK benefit payments after returning to their countries of...

      Social Security Benefits: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the effects on women of proposed reductions in his Department's welfare spending.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what medical qualifications specialists undertaking medical examinations for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average time taken to complete the medical tests and appeals used to reassess benefit entitlements.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of incapacity benefit and employment support allowance claimants in each English constituency have a mental health-related...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many people in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) income support in northern Scotland he expects claims to be...

      Unemployment Benefits: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will undertake research into the merits of replacing out of work benefits for problem drug users with exchangeable vouchers.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of extending eligibility for the winter fuel allowance to (a) cancer patients and (b) carers.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average monthly number of appeals following the introduction of work capability assessments for existing...

      Working Conditions: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on use by employers of loop systems for the deaf and hard of hearing in the workplace.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Academies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether academies are considered to be in the private sector for the purposes of compiling the national (a) accounts, (b) economic and (c) labour...

    • Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to reduce the cost of running his Department since his appointment.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of electors were added to the electoral register during the period 1 December 2008 to 1 September 2009 in each local...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many elector records were deleted from the September 2009 electoral register following the second year of non-response to canvass in each local...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were registered to vote for parliamentary elections in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many electors there were on the register in each local authority area on (a) 1 September 2009 and (b) 1 December 2009.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many were on the electorate registered in each parliamentary constituency in (a) February 1997, (b) February 2001, (c) December 2004 and (d)...

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) non-UK EU nationals and (d) non-EU nationals of working age were in employment in the (i) public...

      Government Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish each item of correspondence sent by his Department since 12 May 2010 requesting details of non-payroll staff from (a) Government...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his estimate is of the number of lone parents in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in Liverpool, Wavertree constituency.

      Life Expectancy: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what average male life expectancy was in (a) Tottenham Green Ward, Haringey, (b) Northumberland Park Ward, Haringey, (c) Alexandra Ward, Haringey and...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether military aid overseas is being considered as part of the Strategic Security and Defence Review.

      Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on Wales of his Department's planned spending reductions.

  • Health

    • Cerebral Palsy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children resident in Bedfordshire have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy in each year since 2000.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to assist those with chronic fatigue syndrome; (2) how much was spent by the NHS per capita on treatment of...

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions have been issued by the private office of each Minister in his Department on the preparation of briefing, speeches and replies to...

      Departmental Lighting

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

      Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to reduce the running costs of his Department since his appointment.

      Departmental Training

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

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make representations to the European Commission to require the European Food Safety Authority to pay compensation to UK firms affected by...

      Doctors: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors working in GP practices in England are foreign nationals.

      Fluoridation: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is to consumers of the fluoridation of the water supply.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which parts of the nutrition functions of the Food Standards Agency were not located in his Department prior to the establishment of that Agency.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the food industry on the future of the Food Standards Agency.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation he plans to undertake with the Scottish Executive on the transfer of public health functions of the Food Standards Agency.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which functions and responsibilities of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland are reserved.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he plans to make for policy officials of the Food Standards Agency working on nutrition issues to publish advice issued to Ministers...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he had with individuals and organisations outside his Department on his plan to incorporate the Food Standards Agency nutrition functions...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Food Standards Agency ensures continuing professional development for its nutritionist staff.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the future of the Food Standards Agency (FSA); who will have responsibility in the future for each function currently carried out...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that imported food is produced to the same standards as local produce.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the evidence base is for his proposals for a GP-led commissioning system; and if he will publish the research undertaken by his Department into...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures will apply to general practices wishing to move from one commissioning consortium to another.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report columns 661-63, on the NHS White Paper, what provision he plans to make for the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report, columns 661-63, on the NHS White Paper, whether GP consortia will be able to make...

      General Practitioners: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's latest estimate is of the proportion of GPs' working time which is spent on administration.

      General Practitioners: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are working in the NHS; and how many are expected to be working in the NHS in 2015.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GPs will be provided with training for the exercise of their proposed roles as commissioners of health care.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible for commissioning healthy lifestyle services relating to (a) exercise, (b) smoking cessation and (c) weight management after...

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Oral Statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report, columns 661-63, on the NHS White Paper, if he will make additional funding available to...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the maximum time an NHS patient may have to wait from initial diagnosis to the commencement of treatment; and if he...

      Health Services: Witham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of residents of Witham constituency (i) registered with a GP and (ii) with access to an...

      Kidney Patients: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many kidney dialysis patients have acquired hospital-borne infections in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has set targets for the optimum proportion of births at each maternity unit by (a) caesarean section, (b) medical induction, (c)...

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Justice an increase in support for NHS staff treating mental health patients in the Prison Service.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what services meeting internationally-agreed Standards of Care the NHS provides for young people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy making the...

      Neuroblastoma: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on treating patients with neuroblastoma in each of the last five years.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 5q of his Department's White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, by what mechanisms he will limit the powers of...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what continuing mechanisms there are to evaluate whether that (a) generic and (b) other drugs represent value for money.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the NHS have responsibility for purchasing drugs; and how much their salaries were in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the recent Health White Paper, what steps he plans to take to ensure that commissioning consortia do not underspend allocated financial...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the guidance issued by his Department to professionals working with incidents of self-harm...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abattoirs and meat cutting plants are subject to inspection by staff of the Food Standards Agency; and how many such plants are not required to...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the meat industry of a meat hygiene inspector was in each of the last three years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees in his office attended Civil Service Live in 2010; what estimate he has made of the number of early leavers taken up in such attendance; and...

    • Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to reduce the running costs of his office since his appointment.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by the Government on encouraging people to register to vote in each of the last five years; and how much is planned to be spent on this in 2010-11.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on measures to increase levels of bank lending to small businesses.

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to bring forward proposals to increase the flow of credit to small and medium-sized enterprises; and if he will...

      Clasado: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make representations to the European Commission to review time taken by the European Food Safety Authority to assess...

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to which Commonwealth organisations his Department provides grant funding; and how much it has provided to each in each of the...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employees of his Department and its predecessors attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of its expenditure on travel undertaken in an official capacity by each Minister in his...

      Departmental Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i)...

      Diamond Jubilee 2012: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will encourage large retailers to close their shops on the day appointed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty...

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the number of jobs created of implementation of the Agency Worker...

      English Language: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's budget for English as a Second or Other Language training is for 2010-11; what plans he has for the budget...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which countries have paid recoveries to the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 2000; how much has been paid by each...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to businesses based in Israel seeking to invest in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanisms are in place to protect small and medium-sized enterprises against the effects of insolvencies upstream in a...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received on the establishment of (a) a Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and...

      Manufacturing Industries: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide funding to attract private manufacturing capital in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

      National Composites Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his plans are for the future of the National Composites Strategy.

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) England had an NVQ3 level or above on 1 April in each year...

      National Vocational Qualifications: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley were awarded an NVQ...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to support the PRIME initiative of events and training to return older people to work.

      One NorthEast: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of the grants made by or organised through One NorthEast went to organisations in (a) the public sector...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has guidelines to ensure a geographical spread of projects funded by regional development agencies across...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to make a decision on the future ownership arrangements for assets purchased as part of regeneration programmes...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) science and innovation and (b) industry of proposed reductions in regional...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to reallocate funding previously allocated to regional development agencies.

      Strategic Investment Fund: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much each organisation in the London Borough of Haringey has received from the Strategic Investment Fund.

      Wind Power: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to proceed with the £500 million grant to the renewable wind energy industry in the North East announced in...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will assess the extent to which the planning system accommodates diversification plans of farmers; and whether they will take action to allow more...

    • Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons travelling in the United Kingdom have been searched using body scanners or have had their luggage screened at international airports in the United...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the bank levy to be imposed by the Government of the United States on banks operating there falls within the definition of a tax for the purposes of double...

      Banks: Stress Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of using generic assumptions common to assets in all markets on the utility of the European Union bank stress tests....

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost of the Overseas Territories Environment Programme in each territory; and what assessment they have made of the success of the programme.

      Budget Responsibility Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Treasury informed Mr Geoffrey Dicks and Mr Graham Parker when they were appointed to the Budget Responsibility Committee on 8 June that Sir Alan Budd...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the report Crimes against humanity in Western Burma: the situation of the Rohingyas by the Irish Centre for Human Rights, about...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will invoke the Responsibility to Protect mechanism to address human rights and humanitarian concerns in the ethnic areas of Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Governments of Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on the situation of the Rohingya people in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any British companies are investing in Burma; and, if so, which companies.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Commission to ensure officials adhere to agreed European Union policy on Burma.

      Businesses: Government Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to reduce the bureaucracy involved for businesses applying for government contracts.

      Care Services: Malnutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , with reference to the Care Quality Commission's consultation document Assessments of Quality 2010-11, whether they will ask the commission to undertake a special...

      Child Abduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether judicial protocols on child abduction have been made with Bangladesh or India, similar to the United Kingdom-Pakistan judicial protocol.

      Children: Childminders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to increase the number of registered childminders in England.

      Children: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of India the report in the Sunday Times of 11 July on the alleged illegal employment of 50,000 children for companies...

      Church of England: Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers the Prime Minister has when names are submitted to him by the Church of England for appointment as a bishop or archbishop to reject both names and...

      Civil Service: Trade Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants from each department are seconded to which trade unions; whether their salaries are paid by the Civil Service; and what are the costs involved.

      Courts Service: Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what performance and other measures will be considered during the consultation on the proposed closure of Guisborough Magistrates' Court.

      Crime: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they considered on the anonymity of rape defendants before the recent announcement on that matter.

      Economy: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of data published by the Office for National Statistics on (a) the United Kingdom economy in general, and (b) gross...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 225) and Earl Howe on 8 July (WA 68-9), why the information held by the Human Fertilisation...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the age discrimination elements of the Equality Act 2010 will be implemented in full in 2012.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Equality and Human Rights Commission to appoint a permanent chief executive.

      EU: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what stance they will take on proposals to give the European Systemic Risk Board or the European Supervisory Authorities power to make decisions or give directions...

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 6 July (WA 39), whether they intend to re-examine European Union legislation on the statute book to...

      Food: Codex Alimentarius

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their stance on the work of the Codex Alimentarius.

      Former Ministers: Earnings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 22 June (WA 167), what percentages of requests for advice by former Ministers to the Advisory...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many government departments have acting permanent secretaries; and what action will be taken to recruit new permanent secretaries from the private sector and...

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministerial visits have been made to Brussels by Eurostar using first class since 11 May.

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries the United Kingdom's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment visited in an official capacity in each financial year since...

      Health: Malnutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (a) prevalence, and (b) costs, of malnutrition in England.

      Health: Malnutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to improve the quality of data collected on malnutrition.

      Health: Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that there is a minimum standard of knowledge for prescribing morphine required of doctors providing out-of-hours service.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is meant by the term "a grandfathering system for peers" on page 27 of The Coalition: AProgramme for Government.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they considered the impact of any withdrawal of the Migration Impacts Fund on the welfare of migrants.

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the contracts of the members of the Independent Commission on Banking will be published.

      Independent Networks Co-operative Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedure was used by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in awarding grants to Independent Networks Co-operative Association on 17 December...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Her Majesty's High Commissioner in New Delhi to arrange for a member of his staff to attend the hearing on 3 August in the New Delhi High...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their interpretation of the forecast in Chart 5.13 of the Bank of England's May inflation report; and what use they have made of the Bank's forecast of...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens are detained in Iranian prisons.

      Justice: Legal Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review (a) the operation of conditional fees, and (b) the advertising of legal services.

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new national insurance numbers have been issued to non-United Kingdom citizens since 11 May.

      NHS: Health Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have to intervene in relation to the safeguarding of the future of the Finsbury Health Centre, in the event that the Islington Primary Care Trust...

      NHS: Medical Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the training of doctors in caring for the dying; and what proportion of training is dedicated to that purpose.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of North Korea about the well-being of Aijalon Mahli Gomes and about securing his early release from prison.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what bonuses are available to staff of the Northern Ireland Office; and what proposals they have to reduce or remove such payments following the Secretary of State...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average Civil Service pension; what is the average length of service on which it is based; and how many people are in receipt of pensions (a) below and...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 13 July (WA 125), whether the value of employer contributions paid into the Principal Civil Service...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the influence of neighbourhoods in the planning system.

      Price Indexes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the gap between the Consumer Price Index and the Retail Prices Index over the next five years.

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the answer by Lord McNally on 9 June (Official Report, col. 643), how they have assessed the extent of public support or opposition to the proposed...

      Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that all major public appointments are based on ability, experience, expertise, suitability and party political independence.

      Racism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the membership of the bodies in Schedule 1A to the Race Relations Act 1976 in each region are from ethnic minorities. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Racism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by public bodies in meeting the duty in Section 71(1)(b) of the Race Relations Act 1976, as inserted by the...

      Religious Groups: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the estimated cost to the Exchequer in the past financial year of allocating funds to the (a) Anglican, (b) Islamic, and (c) Roman Catholic religions.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the impact of passive smoking on children.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the Government of Syria about the arrest of the novelist Raghdah Sa'id Hassan, being held by the...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce a dynamic model to assess the impact of tax changes on Exchequer revenues.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed, or intend to discuss, with the Government of Turkey the latter's bar on women applying for judicial positions in the higher courts.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the community-led voluntary sector will provide support, services and facilities to meet the needs of deprived local communities as part of the programme set...

      Youth Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will complete their assessment of arm's-length bodies that operate in the criminal justice system, including the Youth Justice Board for England and...

      Youth Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many custodial places for under-18-year-olds have been decommissioned by the Youth Justice Board in the last two years; what is the total saving made from the...

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