Written answers

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women aged (a) 14 to 16, (b) 17 to 21, (c) 22 to 24, (d) 25 to 30, (e) 31 to 35, and (f) 36 to 40, in each region after taking mifepristone, experienced...

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scrutiny applications for genetically modified approvals from Monsanto are given by the Food Standards Agency, in light of its rating by the Swiss company...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the studies submitted by applicants for consent for genetically modified foods and crops are required (a) to demonstrate certified good practice, (b) to...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 March (WA 11), what is their assessment of the experimental protocols and integrity of animal feeding...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether applicants for consents for genetically modified crops and foods are required to submit studies that highlight any potentially adverse health,...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices have received or are receiving a building craft apprenticeship by working on any part of the 2012 Olympic Games project. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose that prospective appointees to the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England should be subject to the...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 20 July (HL Deb, cols 906-08), whether Ministers have brought the views of HM Treasury to the attention of other...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approach of banks to decisions on bonus payments to senior employees and traders.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the level of benefits available for single persons dependent on drugs or alcohol.

      Broadband Industry Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of those attending the Broadband Delivery UK Industry Day on 15 July at the Department for Business,...

      Budget Responsibility Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any restrictions will be placed on members of the Budget Responsibility Committee working in the hedge fund or investment banking sector immediately upon...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian assistance they provide to the Rohingya people in northern Arakan and along the Bangladesh-Burma border.

      CCTV

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate closed-circuit television. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reduce the number of closed-circuit television...

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current statutory redundancy rules and restrictions in the civil service in terms of service length, age and amounts of compensation.

      Communities: Preventing Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures will be put in place to ensure that members of the Muslim community with moderate beliefs are not victimised under the Prevent counterterrorism programme.

      Communities: Preventing Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to investigate any allegation of spying under the Prevent counterterrorism programme.

      Communities: Preventing Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to ensure that the Prevent counterterrorism programme does not have a negative impact on community cohesion. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the cost-effectiveness of the Elmer database of suspects held by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the result of the review in April of the partnership agreement between the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review by the Information Commissioner of the procedures for handling suspicious activity reports held by the Serious Organised Crime Agency has...

      Cumbrian Shooting Incident

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an investigation will take place into the circumstances of the recent shootings in Cumbria involving Mr Derrick Bird. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Cumbrian Shooting Incident

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate and report on the decision to deploy the Civil Nuclear Constabulary during the course of the actions of Mr Derrick Bird on 2 June. To...

      Cumbrian Shooting Incident

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fully crewed armed response vehicles operated by Cumbria Constabulary were deployed at the start of the shooting incidents on 2 June involving Derrick...

      Department for Transport: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of redundancy payments for staff in the Department for Transport and its agencies in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, and (c) 2009-10; how many...

      Economy: Stabilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to encourage securitisation and the issuance of covered bonds to address increases in the value of maturing commercial mortgage-backed bonds.

      Employment: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why students granted leave to enter the United Kingdom are permitted to have national insurance numbers and to seek employment; under what criteria; and whether...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of European Union proposals on a sustainability certification for bio-fuels.

      Energy: Power Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure there will be sufficient graduate engineers to meet demand from new large-scale power generation facilities, including coal,...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 19 July (WA 165), whether they will consider how to implement the Equality Act 2010 in the interests of...

      Finance: Derivatives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and what percentage of financial derivative trades involving United Kingdom banks are cleared through central clearing parties on an annual basis; and...

      Finance: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of not adopting common global accounting standards on systemic financial risk and regulatory arbitrage.

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of the Department for Work and Pensions; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b)...

      Government: Ministerial Posts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to create a single ministerial post and department for the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Offices.

      Health: Assessors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of (a) the contract between Atos Healthcare and the Department for Work and Pensions on the provision of...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of certain cancer patients having to cease their treatment when their insurer refuses further funding even though the patient is...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prostate cancer trials involving genomics have been approved in the past two years.

      Health: Contraception

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the regulations on the availability of information about new forms of emergency hormonal contraception.

      Health: Contraception

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to allowing women to obtain the contraceptive pill at pharmacies without prescription.

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new Advisory Group for National Specialised Services will have a cost threshold when assessing and making recommendations on the use of ultra orphan...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual cost of drug treatments recommended to treat patients suffering from osteosarcoma in the National Health Service.

      Health: Epilepsy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the clinical and cost effectiveness of the use of specialist epilepsy nurses. To ask Her Majesty's Government to what...

      Health: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many European Union nationals are registered with general practitioners in England and Wales; and how many have registered in the last five years from each...

      Health: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the proposed Consumer Protection and Markets Authority to conduct an early review into the terms and conditions of private health insurance...

      Health: Nursing and Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (2005/36/EC) prevents regulators of healthcare professionals such as the...

      Health: Pregnancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women aged (a) 14 to 16, (b) 17 to 21, (c) 22 to 24, (d) 25 to 30, (e) 31 to 35, and (f) 36 to 40, died from pregnancy-related diseases in each year since...

      Health: Specialist Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health's guidance Long Term Neurological Conditions: A good practice guide to the development of the multidisciplinary team and the value...

      Higher Education: Foundation Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost allowed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for a two-year foundation degree in (a) further education colleges, (b)...

      Higher Education: PhDs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens applied to United Kingdom universities to study for a PhD in each of the past three years; and how many were successful.

      Higher Education: PhDs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many first-time PhD students were funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England or the Research Councils to study in each of the past three years;...

      Higher Education: PhDs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many science, engineering or mathematics PhD places they will fund from Higher Education Funding Council for England or Research Council grants.

      House of Lords: Broadcasting

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will seek to amend the agreement with BBC Parliament so that it has discretion to broadcast live proceedings in the House of Lords, rather than live...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what annual numerical cap they will set for skilled migration.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial incentives there are for potential illegal entrants to the United Kingdom who have reached northern France to encourage them to return to their...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the process of deporting criminals, persons who have overstayed visas and unsuccessful asylum applicants.

      Immigration: Tribunals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that presenting officers attend the hearing of immigration and asylum appeals to defend the decisions taken by the UK Border Agency and...

      Immigration: Tribunals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request the UK Border Agency to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the level of attendance of presenting officers at immigration and asylum...

      Independent Public Services Pensions Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the members of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission chaired by Lord Hutton of Furness.

      Metrication

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Commission has made proposals requiring the United Kingdom to change traffic distances from miles to kilometres.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Tearfund's report Joining the Dots, in particular its comments on the link between better water, sanitation and hygiene on maternal,...

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 20 July (Official Report; col. 908), how often they have asked the senior HM Treasury official attending Monetary Policy...

      Networks Co-operative Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why no other organisations were considered by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills before it awarded funding to the Independent Networks Co-operative...

      NHS: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how voluntary organisations will be affected by the proposals for the National Health Service in Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS (Cm 7881).

      Northern Ireland: Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, on the date of the devolution of policing and justice to the Northern Ireland Assembly, how many members of (a) the Northern Ireland High Court, and (b) the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation requiring private sector pension schemes to move from Retail Prices Index to Consumer Prices Index indexation for...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the basic state pension and its relationship to other welfare benefits will be included in the review of welfare provision.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they issue to British embassies and high commissions about the role of international co-operation in reducing and preventing human trafficking.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what options there are for the electrification of the London to south Wales railway line following the Review of the Intercity Express Programme by Sir Andrew...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 13 July (WA 125), in light of the complexities and costs of bidding for a franchise, whether they plan to review...

      Railways: Great Western Main Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 20 July (WA 203), who commissioned the engineering study of the Great Western Main Line; and what were its terms...

      Railways: High Speed Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the sale documentation for the high speed rail line.

      Railways: Private Operators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which private rail operators received Government subsidies in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and how much each operator received.

      Railways: Reading Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (a) programme of work at Reading railway station, (b) stages of the work programme, and (c) likely completion dates for each stage.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 19 July (WA 177-8), what was the estimated cost of rail rolling stock schemes being discussed with operators as...

      Secure Training Centres: Physical Restraint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answers by Lord McNally on 21 July (Official Report, 21/7/10; cols 972-3), on how many occasions in the last three years officers in secure...

      Shipping: "Titanic"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to organise or support events marking the maiden voyage of the "Titanic".

      Sunday Trading

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the law on Sunday trading.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they (a) have conducted, and (b) plan to conduct, on the likely impact of proposed changes to the Sunday Trading Act 1994 on shops of under 3,000...

      Superannuation Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Superannuation Bill proposes a cap of 15 months' salary in cases of voluntary severance and 12 months' salary in cases of compulsory severance under the...

      Superannuation Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances civil servants will continue to be able to be paid a pension and lump sum retirement allowance on enhanced early retirement terms after...

      Superannuation Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Superannuation Bill's effect is to nullify Section 2(3) of the Superannuation Act 1972 as regards the requirement for payments for new redundancy and...

      Superannuation Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the annual cost of renewing the Superannuation Bill under clause 2(4)(c); and why the bill includes sunset provisions.

      Taxation: Graduates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will assess the impact of a graduate tax on the income of United Kingdom universities and students.

      Transport: Lorries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned any recent research on the damage to roads caused by heavy lorries; and, if so, whether it takes into account (a) findings from...

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (a) motor cars, and (b) light goods vehicles, fail their first MoT test; and what are the four most common reasons for failing the initial test....

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom domiciled students graduated from UK universities in each of the past three years; and how many remained unemployed after (a) six, and (b)...

      Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on the proposed new European Union regulation on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from light commercial vehicles.

      Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of emissions of carbon dioxide from motor vehicles they expect in the next 10 years.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 22 June (WA 172), how many of the student visas issued in (a) 2008-09, and (b) 2009-10 were issued to...

      Water Supply: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses, which was co-sponsored by the United...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on United Kingdom road haulage companies of the decision by the European Parliament to extend the scope of the Working...

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