Written answers

Monday, 13 September 2010

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Volcanoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the airline industry on compensation to those affected by the volcanic ash explosion; and if...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what information his Department holds on the number of people aged between 60 and 64 in the Tyne and Wear concessionary travel scheme who...

      Dee Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to finalise the Dee Harbour Revision Order for publication.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which IT contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last five years have been abandoned; and what the monetary value of each such contract was.

      Driving: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to implement the recommendation of the North Committee report on road safety and the drink-driving limit and bring...

      Highways Agency: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency has spent on purchasing vehicles in the last 12 months.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve (a) access to and (b) safety on public transport for people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of a (a) fatality, (b) serious injury and (c) slight injury caused by a road accident.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has commissioned recent research into the likely effects on the number of people (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) children and (b) adults were (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured and (iii) slightly injured in road accidents in each of the last five years.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to his Department was of the Metro Gold Card scheme in the last five financial years.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with Nexus on plans for future funding of the Metro Gold Card.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what terms and conditions of employment stipulated by the Agricultural Wages Board are not covered by (a) minimum wage...

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the future of the Agricultural Wages Board.

      Agriculture: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average change in agricultural wages has been in each year since 1990.

      Animal Products: Clones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on the use of cloned animals in food production; and if she will make a statement.

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect the (a) corncrake, (b) bittern, (c) black grouse, (d) black-tailed godwit, (e) cirl...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the reasons for recent changes in the number of bovine tuberculosis herd incidents.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in badgers; and if she will make a statement.

      Business: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to introduce responsibility deals for business waste.

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Roger Williams) of 14 June 2010, Official Report,...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has set for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from peatland and wetland; and if she will make a...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the consideration of regionalisation in the review of the common fisheries...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) her Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental public bodies...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities had a two-weekly refuse collection service in 2009-10; and whether her Department provided financial...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to local authorities which operate alternate weekly waste collections of introducing...

      Environment Protection: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department provides assistance to (a) the government of Gibraltar and (b) the Gibraltar Ornithological and...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial penalty her Department incurs if it withdraws from an (a) Entry Level Stewardship and (b) Higher Level...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the cost to her Department of terminating (a) Entry Level Stewardship and (b) Higher Level...

      Fly-tipping: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to prevent fly-tipping in Coventry.

      Food Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps she plans to take to encourage local food production and consumption.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution her Department has made to the Strategic Defence and Security Review in respect of UK food security.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the minimum number of days supply of food required for the UK to maintain an acceptable...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in introducing an accurate country-of-origin labelling scheme for food products; and if she will...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to bring forward proposals to require the separation of food waste in municipal waste collection.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on the use of genetically-modified crops; and if she will make a statement.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which (a) individuals and (b) organisations she (i) consulted and (ii) plans to consult before making a...

      Hazardous Substances: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 90W, on hazardous substances: waste disposal; for what...

      Japanese Knotweed: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to eliminate Japanese knotweed, with particularly reference to Manchester, Gorton constituency.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the provisions of the (i) Badgers Act...

      Rainforests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to increase public awareness of the effects of illegal logging on the climate and rainforest.

      Rainforests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to improve cross-departmental co-operation to tackle tropical deforestation.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she next plans to publish guidance on design standards and legal requirements for gates and stiles on public rights of way.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost to the public purse was of fines issued by the European Union to the Rural Payments Agency and its...

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to reduce the number of stray dogs.

      Tides: Medway Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk of flooding in the Medway towns from a surge tide coinciding with a spring tide; and...

      Wheat: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in global wheat prices on food prices in the UK.

      Wood: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made in her Department's joint study to assess options for a Chinese timber legality...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Algeria.

    • Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN Secretary-General on negotiations towards an international arms trade treaty; and if he...

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken in relation to the treatment of the Generation 88 Burmese activists Htay Kywe, Mie Mie and Zaw Htet Ko Ko.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken in relation to the arrests of the Burmese ethnic Karenni political activists Khun Bedu, Khan Kawrio and...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i)...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of pension contributions incurred by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and...

      Departmental Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was paid by his Department in rent for properties in (a) total and (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK in...

      France: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on incidents of anti-Semitism in France since July 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the establishment of facilities in Syria for the production of missiles to be supplied to...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports on the transfer of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, with particular reference to Scud...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) reports of and (b) representations on the recent blog post by HM Ambassador to Lebanon on the death of the late...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the present locations of Hezbollah military capability in Lebanon, with particular reference to...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of the UNIFIL mission to fulfil its mandate in respect of asserting the...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the comments of HM Ambassador to Lebanon on the death of the late Sheikh Fadlallah represent a change in British policy...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings on human rights policy he has had with non-governmental organisations since his appointment.

      Human Rights Annual Report 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's staff worked on the Annual Report on Human Rights during April 2010.

      India: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Prime Minister received assurances from the Indian Government on the separation of India's military and civil...

      India: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have received representations from any other government party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iran on the imprisonment of members of the Baha'i community in that...

      Iran: Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the range of any ballistic missiles held by Iran.

      Iran: Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the quality of all (a) enriched uranium and (b) 20 per cent. enriched uranium held by Iran.

      Libya: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what documents the Government have made available to the United States in relation to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi since 20 July 2010;...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of UK relations with Malaysia; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the shooting of four residents in the Beit Hagai settlement near Hebron on 31 August 2010; and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the shooting of two civilians at Rimonim Junction, east of Ramallah, in September 2010; and if...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of raids by Egyptian police on weapons depots in Sinai on 28 and 29 August 2010; and if he will...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to improve UK relations with Syria.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in her Department in July 2010.

    • Departmental Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was paid by her Department in rent for properties in (a) total and (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on prison capacity in Wales.

      Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent discussions she has had with the (a) First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government and (b) Presiding Officer of the National Assembly...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Sexuality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what meetings (a) she and (b) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Government Equalities Office have had with international...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for armed forces pay; and if he will make a statement.

    • Korean Peninsula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the Korean Peninsula; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Personnel Figures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were serving in the Army on the latest date for which figures are available.

      US and UK Military Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of co-operation between the US and the UK on military matters.

      Royal Gurkha Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the role of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in the Army.

      Improvised Explosive Devices: Helmand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to counter the threat from improvised explosive devices in Helmand province.

      Military Forces: EU Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to integrate UK military forces with those of other EU member states.

      Defence Industry: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects on employment in the defence industry in Lancashire of reductions in levels of defence spending.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2010, Official Report, column 615, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what information his Department holds on...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with how many British-based private security companies his Department has a contract for the provision of services in Afghanistan; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to mark Armed Forces day 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each regiment of the Army were dismissed for using illegal substances in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Empty Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of service family accommodation units had been continuously empty for (a) six, (b) six to 12, (c) 12 to 24, (d) 24 to...

      Armed Forces: Empty Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of his Department's housing stock is (a) void and (b) uninhabited.

      Armed Forces: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many minority ethnic service personnel were recruited to each service (a) nationally and (b) in Gloucester in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department takes to consult service personnel and their families on their preferred priorities for accommodation upgrades.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on implementing recommendation (a) 2, on strategic review, (b) 3, on management of void properties, (c) 4, on...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average time taken was to make repairs to forces accommodation from the point of a call out in each of the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was charged to occupants of Modern Housing Solutions accommodation for repair of damage caused by them in each of the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints Modern Housing Solutions received regarding animal infestations in service accommodation in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many calls were made to his Department's special forces housing helpline in 2009.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) single living and (b) service family accommodation units his Department has in (i) the UK and (ii) overseas.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many houses owned by his Department were rated as grade (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions his Department has been proceeded against for non-payment of (a) council tax and (b) utility bills owed on properties in the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many empty properties on the defence housing estate his Department has (a) made ready for occupation and (b) moved service families into in each of...

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on (a) offering employment in the military for those members of the armed forces who are injured while on active service and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times Army technical officers have been called out to deal with (a) suspected and (b) actual explosive devices in Northern Ireland in (i)...

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it cost to run the Army Technical Operation (Bomb Disposal) in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pension payments have been processed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency in each year since 2007.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated total annual pension cost is expected to be in 2020 of payments to (a) uniformed armed forces, (b) uniformed regular armed forces...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total annual pension cost was in the last full year for which figures are available of payments to all (a) uniformed reserve armed forces, (b)...

      Army: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual percentage change in spending on the Army was between (a) 1980 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2010.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual percentage change in the size of the Army was between (a) 1980 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2010.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has put in place to recruit more high explosives and ordnance experts to the Army.

      Chelsea Barracks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the document entitled Meeting the aspirations of the British people: 2007 pre-budget report and comprehensive spending review, Cm 7227,...

      Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's staff who have worked in Iraq or Afghanistan are covered by the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy personnel there are in Cyprus.

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people employed by his Department in Cyprus are (a) UK citizens and (b) non-UK citizens.

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many children (a) under 10 years old and (b) between 10 and 18 years old of UK military personnel are being educated in Cyprus.

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated value is of (a) land and (b) buildings owned by his Department in Cyprus.

      Defence: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase levels of UK defence exports.

      Defence: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on Anglo-French defence co-operation.

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) reimbursement of staff expenses and (b) the 10 largest staff expense reimbursement claims in each year since 1997.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many referrals from the Department of Work and Pensions the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency has received in each year since 2007.

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) one-bedroom, (b) two-bedroom, (c) three-bedroom and (d) four-bedroom properties are owned by his Department in Germany.

      Germany: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the book value is of sites and buildings owned by his Department in Germany.

      Gibraltar: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the book value is of the (a) sites and (b) buildings owned by his Department in Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has had discussions with the government of Gibraltar on methods of disposing of old ordnance other than exploding it off the coast of...

      Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's staff at Kentigern House in Glasgow work on duties relating to (a) military staff based in Scotland and (b) (i) military...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Brigade of Gurkhas; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkhas: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has to mark the 200th anniversary of Gurkha soldiers serving in the British Army.

      Russia: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times Royal Air Force aircraft have been deployed from each base to intercept Russian aircraft in each of the last five years.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Statement of 17 June 2010, Official Report, columns 1040-41, on public spending, in which country the company contracted to provide the...

      Warships: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ships of the Royal Navy are deployed on operations at sea; and where each is deployed.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed on 11 June 2008 between his Department, the wind energy industry and the then...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Prime Minister how many unpaid interns have been employed in No. 10 Downing Street since April 2010.

    • India

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers and officials accompanied him on his visit to India in July 2010.

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister whether any representatives of the nuclear industry accompanied him on his visit to India in July.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister has lead responsibility for the review of health and safety law; and what role he is playing in the review.

      Petitions

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many e-petitions there were on the Downing Street website with (a) fewer than and (b) more than 500 signatures on 6 April 2010; (2) for what reasons...

      School Milk

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) (a) on what date and (b) by what means he was first informed of Department of Health proposals to end the nursery milk scheme; (2) what discussions he had had...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many staff are employed by the Independent Parliamentary...

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the (a) value and (b) length of contract is for the...

      Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff work for the...

      Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many full-time staff each department of the Independent...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will list each of the changes made to the rules and...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many refusals of claims had been communicated to hon....

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what proportion of claim refusal decisions communicated to hon....

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority staff are...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many documents submitted to the Independent Parliamentary...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what procedures are followed by the Independent Parliamentary...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many and what proportion of telephone calls to the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Short Money

      To ask the Leader of the House what formula is used for calculating Short money; when that formula was set; and what mechanism is used to monitor the usage of allocated funds. [Official Report,...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council East: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much was allocated in grants to Arts Council East in (a) each of the last five financial years and (b) 2010-11; and how...

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) reductions in the expenditure of arts...

      BBC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on the BBC's use of licence fee revenue; and if he will make a statement.

      Camelot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the grounds for the National Lottery Commission's interim decision to refuse...

      Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the continuation of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme; and if he will...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental public bodies...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many unpaid, expenses-only internships there have been in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies which fall within his...

      Digital Broadcasting: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the average cost per pensioner household of upgrading radio equipment in vehicles and properties in...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what percentage of radio listeners in (a) England and Wales and (b) Mid Norfolk use digital radio; what percentage of people...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with broadcasters to ensure that public service radio broadcasting continues to provide universal...

      Employment: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will meet representatives of the Big Lottery to discuss the effects of the withdrawal of funding from the Pathways...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will review the operation of the horserace betting levy to ensure that payments are collected effectively; (2)...

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will encourage the Arts Council to relax its free entry conditions on grants to allow recipients to charge admission to...

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what impact assessment he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

      Ofcom: Performance Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has made an assessment of Ofcom's performance in meeting its objectives for the draft Initial Obligations Code.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much has been drawn down from the Olympic Contingency Fund in the last 12 months.

      Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to improve the independence of the Press Complaints Commission.

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provisions of the Code of the Press Complaints Commission on...

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the adequacy of arrangements for regulation of the press.

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what guidance his Department has given to the Press Complaints Commission on the definition of the public interest.

      Regional Arts Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future of regional arts councils; and if he will make a statement.

      S4C: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will meet members of the Welsh Language Society to discuss future funding arrangements for S4C.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many athletes identified during a UK Sport Talent Identification and Development campaign are in receipt of an Athlete...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which organisations he expects the Audit Commission's (a) audit, (b) assessment, (c) research and (d) data-matching...

    • Audit Commission: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residents of Washington and Sunderland West constituency were employed by the Audit Commission on 12 August 2010.

      Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the effectiveness of the operation of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010; and if he will make...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the level of outstanding capital investment requirements for arm's length management...

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) artist, (b) estimated value and (c) description is of each piece of artwork commissioned for display in his...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average and (b) highest daily rate paid to consultants by his Department was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on external public relations in 2009-10.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many external training courses were attended by staff of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the...

      Gloucestershire Tri-Service Emergency Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the office space of the Gloucestershire Tri-Service Emergency Centre at Waterwells is not in use.

      Government Offices for the Regions: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to avoid redundancies from the Government Office Network in regions where there are vacancies in other...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to reduce levels of homelessness (a) nationally and (b) in the West Midlands.

      Homelessness: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands who were homeless in each year...

      Housing Improvements: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the level of assistance available for adaptations to dwellings and aids to enable...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of council tax discounts on second properties on the number of empty properties.

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwellings there are in each local authority area.

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities had exercised their option to rescind the 50 per cent. council tax discount on empty properties after...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to assist property owners to bring empty properties back into use. [R]

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the total interest paid by local authorities in 2009-10.

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the management and functions of the Local Government Ombudsman.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to paragraph 2.18 of Budget 2010, HC 61, what progress has been made on ensuring that local government public...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future system of empty property rates.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his proposed new planning legislation will include provisions for restrictions on the level of parish precepts.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications were notified to his Department under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications which departed from the development plan were notified to his Department under the provisions of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times he has used his powers to revoke Article 4 directions issued by local planning authorities under the General...

      Planning Permission: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will use his powers under section 5 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 to revoke...

      Planning: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Planning Portal has spent on its Second Life website presence; and when the Second Life site was started.

      Repossession Orders: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were repossessed in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry in each year since 2000.

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to Building Bulletin 101 on ventilation of school buildings, if he will review Part F of the Building Regulations...

      South West Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the participation of local authority members in meetings of...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse attributable to activities in connection with fresh Traveller...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) regional and (b) national targets there are for local authorities in respect of the provision of Traveller sites.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on emerging Government policy on the duty of local authorities to make...

      Wind Power: Yelvertoft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will call in for examination the recent decision of the Planning Inspectorate on the proposed development of a windfarm at...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will take steps to assist African countries in implementing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

    • Africa: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to reduce the level of tobacco-related disease in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Africa: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what programmes his Department plans to participate to reduce the incidence of green tobacco sickness and poisoning from pesticides...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies (i) within 30 days of, (ii)...

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of his Department's office accommodation he has offered to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many days on average employees of his Department were absent from work as a result of ill-health in 2009-10.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what files his Department holds on (a) the United Nations Population Fund, (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation and...

      Multi-donor Climate Investment Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the World Bank-administered multi-donor climate investment funds.

      Overseas Territories Environment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for the future funding of the Overseas Territories Environment Programme.

      UN Development Fund for Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department plans to provide to the United Nations Development Fund for Women in the period to 2015.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had on legislative proposals for local carbon budget legislation to limit emissions in each local authority area.

    • Civil Nuclear Police Authority: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the running costs of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority were in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Hunterston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make approval of the application for consent for a coal-fired power station at Hunterston conditional on the carbon...

      Energy and Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what agreements were made at the recent Joint International Monetary Fund World Bank Spring Meetings on energy and climate...

      Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made in achieving a 10% year on-year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the Government estate; and if he...

      Offshore Industry: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to increase the number of jobs associated with the offshore energy industry.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider introducing a pre-accreditation scheme for feed-in tariffs; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Power: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward an energy planning strategy which provides for a determination of (a) the number of wind farms required...

  • Health

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Brighton Pavilion constituency the effects of his Department's policies on...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's estimate is of the average length of time which will be taken to decide on a patient application for funding for a treatment through...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for (a) an appointment with a cancer specialist and (b) hospital treatment from the time of referral by a GP in (i)...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what organisations will have responsibility for community hospitals following the introduction of GP commissioning.

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) reimbursement of staff expenses and (b) the 10 largest staff expense reimbursement claims in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) within 30 days of, (ii)...

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transport-related fines his Department has settled on behalf of its staff in each year since 2005; and what the cost to the public purse was in...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS-related non-departmental public bodies (a) have been abolished since May 2010 and (b) will be abolished in the next five years; and what...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on treating type 1 diabetes and its complications in each of the last 10 years; and what sources and assumptions were used to...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in England with type 1 diabetes; and what sources and assumptions were used to derive these figures.

      Epilepsy: Health Services

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

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take further steps to encourage people to have frequent eye tests.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the accounts of GP consortia will be audited; and what mechanism will be used to assess whether they are achieving value for money when purchasing...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms GP consortia will use to manage demand within the budget allocated to them; what assessment has been made of the risk of GP consortia...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms will be used to prevent conflicts of interest where private providers join GP consortia in respect of commissioning decisions using NHS funds.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average likely (a) annual administrative cost and (b) headcount of each GP commissioning group to be established under...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protection he plans to put in place for the terms and conditions of employment of staff transferred from primary care trusts to GP commissioning...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GPs will have the power to decide the membership of GP consortia.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers the NHS Commissioning Board will have regarding membership of GP consortia.

      General Practitioners: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that IT systems provided to support GP commissioning are (a) cost effective and (b) reliable.

      Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical trials are taking place at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital; how many of them are part-funded by pharmaceutical companies; and how many of...

      Health Centres: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an estimate of the proportion of clients at the new health centre in Fallowfield, Manchester who are resident in the M19 postal district.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps will be taken to ensure that any lack of financial viability of private suppliers of patient services will not adversely effect such services...

      Health Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from disability organisations on future levels of spending by his Department for people with disabilities; and if he...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in his discussion with his Isle of Man counterpart in respect of a new reciprocal health agreement with the UK; whether he...

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the views of people with a learning disability are taken into account through HealthWatch.

      HealthWatch Groups: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding will be provided to local authorities to fund HealthWatch groups in their areas when they are established.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients are adequately informed about hospital car parking charges; (2) what steps his...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in each region in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Monitor: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources will be provided to Monitor to enable it to carry out the functions of economic regulator of providers of NHS care; and if he will make a...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in England with multiple sclerosis; how much the NHS has spent on treating this condition in each of the...

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ministers and officials in his Department and (b) representatives of the private and voluntary sectors on...

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the (a) private and (b) voluntary sector on the future of the NHS Choices website.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) individuals and (b) full-time equivalents were employed in the NHS in each year since 2006.

      NHS: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to review the use of private finance initiative projects in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) individuals and (b) organisations he plans to consult as part of his Department's review of palliative care funding; (2) whether his...

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to review his Department's end of life care strategy.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of the choose and book system following the introduction of GP commissioning.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to provide free prescriptions for people (1) with lifelong illnesses; (2) aged below 60 years who have Parkinson's...

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are plans to appoint a national clinical director for rare diseases.

      Thames Valley Primary Care Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of the Thames Valley Primary Care Agency following the introduction of GP commissioning.

      Thrombolysis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to expedite provision of thrombolysis treatment for stroke victims in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England.

      Thrombolysis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve access to post-acute services for thrombolysis patients; (2) what steps he is taking to improve access to...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of availability of treatments for vitamin D deficiency; (2) what steps he plans to take to...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on breaking up banks which have received funding from the public purse.

    • Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to adjust approved mileage allowance rates in line with changes made since 2002 to HM Revenue and Customs Advisory Fuel Rates for (a)...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of International Monetary Fund special drawing rights as a source of climate finance.

      Credit Unions: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the provision of financial support for community-owned renewable energy schemes from community-based credit unions; and if he will...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the average level of household debt of the Government's programme of spending reductions and the proposed...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) within 30 days of, (ii)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) the Debt Management Office and (b) his Department spent on website design in each cost category between 2003-04 and 2006-07.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B)...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many external training courses were attended by staff of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each such course.

      Financial Services Authority: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on the effects on small businesses of the FSA's fee...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Table 2.1 of the Budget Red Book, HC 61, what methodology was used to calculate the figures for expenditure reductions by (a) limiting...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to publish a summary of the suggestions it has received from members of the public on reductions in expenditure by local...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 19 July on a constituent, Mr N. Kelleway.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects his Department to respond to the letter of 7 July 2010 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent, Mr T. Sheppard.

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on enforcement of legislation governing the national minimum wage in each of the last five years.

      Personal Savings: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of work undertaken by the Financial Services Authority to encourage young people to save.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to place a limit on non-cyclical structural borrowing (a) between 2010 and 2015 and (b) after 2015.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the public sector pay freeze on the progression of public sector staff against incremental pay scales; and if...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the public sector pay freeze for those earning over £21,000 per year will include local government craft workers whose rates of pay are...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the £21,000 annual threshold his Department has set for the public sector pay freeze will be calculated on basic pay only.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the £21,000 annual salary threshold his Department has set for the public sector pay freeze will be calculated on basic pay only.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to promote the use of community benefit clauses in Government procurement contracts; whether there are targets for the use of...

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of research and development tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by HM Revenue and Customs on outsourcing to debt collection agencies to pursue tax debts in each of the last five years; and how much was...

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what mechanism HM Revenue and Customs has put in place to monitor the conduct of its debt collection agency contractors; (2) what safeguards HM...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions HM Revenue and Customs has had with offshore account holders on the process of depositing funds outside the UK.

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what details of offshore account holders HM Revenue and Customs has sought from UK banks in the last 12 months.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made on the effects of business taxes on larger empty commercial properties on levels of investment in new commercial...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on the production and distribution of Tax Guides CDs to UK businesses in each year since 2005.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of processing subject access requests in connection with overpaid tax credits to date; and how many...

  • Education

    • Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent assessment he has made of the level of financial literacy among school leavers; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will...

    • GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of A levels in (a) chemistry, (b) physics, (c) mathematics and (d) modern foreign languages were awarded to candidates from (i)...

      Mathematics: GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of those pupils taking further mathematics at AS level were studying at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children of compulsory school age in each local education authority area attended independent schools in the most...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools rated (i) good and (ii) satisfactory at their most recent Ofsted inspection were rated...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of each written representation he has received from the devolved administrations on the proposed alternative vote referendum.

    • Distribution of Seats

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what options for the number of seats in the House of Commons he considered before deciding to propose 600 seats as the size of the House.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) transport, (b) venue and accommodation, (c) printed materials, including backdrops, (d)...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers accompanied him on each public meeting since his appointment.

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has made an assessment of the opinions of residents of (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) other constituencies on exemptions from his proposed requirement...

      Electoral Systems: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make an estimate of the likely effect on the UK quota of the exemption of the Isle of Wight from his proposed requirement for electoral equality.

      Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he took into account in formulating the proposed rule 4 in clause 9 of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.

      Voting Systems: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Government will spend promoting their planned referendum on the alternative vote system.

      Voting Systems: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the number of spoilt ballot papers of a move to (a) an alternative vote, (b) a single transferable vote and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether funds from the Big Society Bank will be available to social enterprises offering job placement and training schemes; (2) at what stage...

    • Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the five year survival rate of small businesses was in (a) North Swindon constituency and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are...

      Business: North Swindon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small businesses in North Swindon constituency had a turnover of (a) under £100,000 and (b) over £100,000 in the latest year for...

      Business: North Swindon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses (a) started up and (b) ceased to exist in North Swindon constituency in each year since 1997.

      Civil Servants: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to ensure that terms and conditions of employment of low-paid civil servants are not affected by changes to civil service...

      Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what legal advice his Department obtained before the introduction of the Superannuation Bill; and what discussions he and his officials had with civil...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on (a) reimbursement of staff expenses and (b) the 10 largest staff expense reimbursement claims in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much office space per employee his Department occupied in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many investigations following the unauthorised disclosure of information from his Department there have been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which IT contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last five years have been abandoned; and what the monetary value of each such contract was.

      Departmental Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the expenditure on vehicles of (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost was of pension contributions incurred by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for...

      Departmental Rents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was paid by his Department in rent for properties in (a) total and (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Lone Parents: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents with children aged between (a) five to 10 and (b) 11 to 16 years have entered employment in (i) Don Valley constituency, (ii)...

      NDPBs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public bodies there were in England (a) in 1979, (b) in 1997 and (c) on the latest date for which information is available.

      Teenage Pregnancy: Rhondda Cynon Taff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many live births per thousand teenage girls there were in Rhondda constituency in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Unemployed People: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children were living in workless households in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in (a) 2005, (b) 2007 and (c) 2010.

      Voluntary Organisations: Vetting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to ensure that adult volunteers are not deterred from working with children by criminal record checking procedures; and if he will...

      Wines

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on wine in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) Chatham and Aylesford constituency and (b) Medway have received employment and support allowance in each of the...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases the Child Support Agency recorded intercession by an hon. Member in 2009-10.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) total cost was to his Department of processing new claims for employment and support allowance in the latest...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) total cost was to his Department of work reconsidering claims for employment and support allowance that were...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) total cost to his Department of cases involving appeals against its decisions to refuse claims for employment...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the time taken was from submission of an appeal against a failed employment support allowance claim to its decision in the latest period...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to extend parental rights in the workplace in the form of flexible hour agreements for those parents...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households receive housing benefit of more than £400 a week at the five-bedroom rate.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the letter to the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 16 August 2010,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will conduct an impact assessment on the proposed changes to housing benefit and local housing allowance on the basis of socio-economic class.

      Housing Benefit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) housing associations in Glasgow and (b) tenants in social sector housing in Glasgow on the...

      Housing Benefit: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department plans to publish an impact assessment on proposed reductions in housing benefit; and what impacts will be assessed.

      Housing Benefit: Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Sunderland in receipt of housing benefit have also been receiving jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months at the...

      Housing Benefit: Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many households in the London Borough of (a) Camden and (b) Brent he estimates will move home as a result of the proposed (i)...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households receive housing benefit of more than (a) £250 per week for a one bedroom property, (b) £290 per week for a two...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households receive housing benefit of more than (a) £250 per week for a one bedroom property, (b) £290 per week for a two...

      Housing Benefit: Warwickshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Warwickshire county, (b) North Warwickshire borough and (c) Nuneaton and Bedworth borough were in receipt of housing...

      Housing Benefit: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Wolverhampton North East constituency and (b) Wolverhampton who would be affected by...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of households affected by the reductions to local housing allowance that will receive additional...

      Local Housing Allowance: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Hyndburn will be affected by the changes in calculating local housing allowance using the 30th percentile rent instead...

      Low Incomes: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with below average income there were in Peterborough constituency in each year since 2005.

      Maternity Benefits: Wolverhampton

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

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to make maternity and paternity leave more flexible.

      Pensioners: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice his Department has received from the Office of National Statistics on use of the (a) consumer prices index and (b) retail price...

      Pensioners: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Wolverhampton North East constituency are over state retirement pension age; and how many receive (a) basic state pension...

      Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what effect the inclusion of housing costs in the consumer prices index will have on the methodology used by his Department to up-rate pensions...

      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 Gateshead constituency in each year since 2000.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to meet the targets for reducing child poverty included in the Child Poverty Act 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he has received on the legality of using the consumer prices index as the measure of the general level of prices under section 150...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of first-tier appeal hearings on benefit decisions between April 2009 and March 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) disability living...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target timescale his Department has set for processing decisions on benefit entitlements for those claiming (a) disability living...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target timescale his Department has set for processing decisions on claims for (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to increase the speed at which claims for disability living allowance and attendance allowance for those diagnosed...

      Social Security Benefits: Gateshead

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

      State Retirement Pensions and Pension Credit: Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Gloucester (a) receive the basic state pension, (b) receive pension credit and (c) are eligible for pension credit...

      Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of the payment of winter fuel allowance to people residing abroad; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate has been made of the effect on the number of appeals in (a) asylum cases and (b) immigration cases of changes to the tendering process...

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the powers of review of community orders under section 178 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 in...

      Convictions: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions relating to motor vehicle tyre condition there have been in each of the last 10 years.

      Courts: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the use of court co-ordinators in the criminal justice system.

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will (a) make greater use of existing video-conferencing facilities in courts and (b) reduce the number of times that defendants attend...

      Dead Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 104 removal of body notice forms have been issued in the London borough of Waltham Forest since 2000; and how many of those were issued within...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) within 30 days of,...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessor spent on public consultations in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) average and (b) highest daily rate paid to consultants by his Department was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many chairs his Department and its predecessors purchased in each year since 1997; how much was spent in each such year; and what the five most...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which IT contracts awarded by his Department in each year since its inception have been abandoned; and what the monetary value of each such contract was.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average hourly rate his Department has paid to each employment agency for agency staff in each year since its inception.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department work (a) full-time and (b) for most of their time on the negotiation, implementation or administration of EU...

      Family Courts: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the reduction in the number of contracts issued by his Department for family legal aid work; and if he will make...

      Family Courts: Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reports were provided by independent social workers to (a) family courts, (b) magistrates courts, (c) county courts and (d) the High Court...

      First Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who (a) were given a non-custodial sentence and (b) were given their first custodial sentence in each year from 2002 to 2010 had...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted under the House to House Collections Act 1939 for fraudulent collection in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice to which organisations matter starts previously allocated to Refugee and Migrant Justice have been allocated.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new matter starts were allocated to the Immigration Advisory Service in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) the UK in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii)...

      Julian Harrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the governing governor did not conduct the security category review which took place in April 2010 for Julian Harrington; and when Mr...

      Legal Aid: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the compatibility with the UK's international humanitarian obligations of changes in the tendering process for...

      Legal Aid: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms there are to monitor the effect on service provision of the tendering process for immigration legal aid.

      Legal Profession: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the recommendations of Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil litigation costs, what plans he has for the future role of the Civil...

      Legal Profession: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes he plans to make to the provisions of conditional fee arrangements as a result of the recommendations of the review by Lord Justice Jackson;...

      Legal Representation: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many immigration cases have been adjourned due to a lack of legal representation for former clients of Refugee and Migrant Justice since that...

      Legal Services Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff at each grade have been engaged in processing tender applications at the Legal Services Commission in 2010, with particular reference to...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the utilisation rate was at (a) Guildford, (b) Redhill, (c) Staines and (d) Woking Magistrates Court in 2009-10; (2) what the average...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population in (a) Woking and (b) the North West Surrey local justice area able to travel to Staines...

      Magistrates Courts: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average population of a local justice area in England is.

      Magistrates Courts: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the population was in (a) North West Surrey, (b) North Surrey and (c) South West Surrey local justice area in the latest period for which...

      Magistrates Courts: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates courts there were in Surrey in each of the last 20 years.

      Magistrates Courts: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the closure of Woking Magistrates Court on those people living in areas surrounding Woking and...

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of mediations; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to reply to the letter dated 9 August 2010 from the hon. Member for Witham on Jeremy Bamber; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to reply to the letter dated 12 August 2010 from the hon. Member for Witham on Michael Binnington and Luke Atkinson; if he will meet...

      National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the speech by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders on 22...

      National Offender Management Service: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many National Offender Management Service headquarters functions have been moved outside London in each of the last six years; and if he will make a...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many operational managers were employed by the National Offender Management Service in each of the last six years.

      Non-Molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many convictions there were for contempt of court where the offence related to a breach of the terms of a non-molestation injunction order in...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new prison places have been created in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available; and what the estimated capital construction...

      Prison Service: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of HM Prison Service officers and staff at each HM Prison Service facility in the London region are from black and minority ethnic...

      Prison Service: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many HM Prison Service (a) officers and (b) other staff are employed at each HM Prison Service facility in the London region.

      Prison Service: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of HM Prison Brixton; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many operational managers were employed at each prison establishment on 31 March in each of the last 13 years; (2) how many non-operational...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners released from Gloucester Prison had no fixed address in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Streatham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners at each prison in the London region normally reside in Streatham constituency.

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers and (c) executive support and administration staff there were in each prison in each of the last...

      Prisons: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population was at each prison establishment on 31 March in each of the last 13 years.

      Probation: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the annual costs of the Gloucestershire Probation Service was attributable to estate management services provided by the National...

      Prosecutions And Convictions: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were of landlords for failing to maintain their property under the Housing Health and Safety...

      Remand In Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) (a) how many and (b) what proportion of juveniles remanded in custody were subsequently (i) acquitted and (ii) given a non-custodial sentence in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reoffending rates for (a) short-term and (b) long-term prisoners released from Gloucester Prison were in each of the last three years.

      Reparation By Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the effect of (a) community pay-back schemes and (b) other restorative justice programming on re-offending rates.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his Department's consultation on the sentencing frameworks for adult and young offenders and the range of penalties available in...

      Sentencing: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he and his officials have had on short-term sentencing policy and the use of community penalties.

      Sexual Offences: Witham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his estimate is of the number of people who have served custodial sentences for (a) sexual offences and (b) sexual offences with children living...

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunal cases have been brought in each year since 1990, broken down by the reason for the claim; and if he will make a statement.

      Tribunals: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals against failed incapacity benefit and employment support allowance claims were heard by the Tribunals Service in each year since 2006;...

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on wine in each year since 1997.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is provided to UK Border Agency staff on responding to constituency cases raised by regional list members of the (a) Scottish...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum made before 5 March 2007 by residents of (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency, (b) Birmingham City...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements her Department has put in place for the transfer or disposal of assets belonging to (a) failed asylum seekers and (b)...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public order offences were reported in relation to the removal of (a) failed asylum seekers and (b) illegal immigrants during...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many no-notice removals of failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants have been undertaken by the UK Border Agency in each of the last...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason her Department introduced the Azure card system for payments to those awaiting asylum application determinations.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated annual administrative cost is of the Azure card system used for payments to those awaiting asylum application determinations.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether provision is made to ensure that persons receiving payments via the Azure card system are able to access small amounts of cash for...

      Asylum: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iranian asylum seekers have had their claims (a) granted and (b) refused since 2000.

      Asylum: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Iranian asylum seekers have been returned to Iran since 2000.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she made of the performance of Raytheon prior to the termination of its contract to deliver the e-Borders programme.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many consultants were employed on her Department's eBorders programme in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; what costs were...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment was made of the UK Border Agency's e-Borders senior management team's experience of managing large and complex IT programmes.

      Cannabis: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to bring forward proposals to prohibit the sale of cannabis seeds.

      Cheshire Policy Authority: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Cheshire Police Authority spent on each area-based edition of the Your Policing 2010 newspaper.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of invoices from suppliers her Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much office space per employee her Department occupied in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on vacant properties in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2010, Official Report, columns 25-28W, on departmental public expenditure, if she will break down by cost...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research projects commissioned by her Department in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010 have not had their results published.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many external training courses were attended by staff of her Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was...

      Deportation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European Union citizens of each nationality were deported from the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

      Detainees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pilot schemes the UK Border Agency has introduced as part of the review of alternatives to child detention.

      Detainees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children with primary carers in immigration detention were (a) in the care of (i) a parent and (ii) local authority...

      Detention Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training on the control and restraint of adults over the age of 18 (a) each of the immigration detention centres and (b) each company...

      Detention Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) staff in immigration detention centres and (b) UK Border Agency escort providers are authorised to use the holds and techniques...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) in-country and (b) out-of-country permits were granted in respect of (i) dependants and (ii) principal migrants under each (A)...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas for postgraduate study in England and Wales in the 2009-10 academic year were granted for citizens of Pakistan.

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanism is in place at UK entry control points to ensure that those entering the UK are not destined to work in domestic service which...

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of foreign nationals working in domestic service who are (a) unpaid and (b) paid less than the...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the establishment of a single economic crime agency.

      Human Trafficking: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there have been for offences of human trafficking and forced labour under the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of...

      Human Trafficking: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of illegal immigrants trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation who are resident in...

      Identity and Passport Service: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the amount spent on travel for employees at the Identity and Passport Service in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2008-09.

      Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU citizens of each nationality have been refused entry to the UK in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons she did not reply personally to the letter from the right hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton to her of 23 July 2010 on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her Department to respond to the letter of 13 July 2010 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 7 July 2010 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on Councillor Frank Tomlin.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 29 July 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Saddia Hamid.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the proportion of police officers' time spent on administrative tasks.

      Police: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department had with (a) Dumfries and Galloway constabulary and (b) local agencies in Dumfries and Galloway prior to...

      Security: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was spent on security for all individuals and groups entitled to protection paid from the public purse in the last five...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the UK Border Agency to respond to the letter of 26 August 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North, reference...

      UK Border Agency: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether security staff at UK Border Agency offices receive training in diversity and equality awareness; and what plans she has for future...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been detained at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre since it was rebuilt following fire damage; and how many children were...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many payments to suppliers were made by (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public body (i) within 30 days of, (ii) over 30...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his timetable is for implementing the local enterprise partnerships strategy; and if he will make a statement.

    • Business: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received representations from the East of England Space for Ideas Business Group on its Blueprint for Growth...

      Business: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses operating in Washington and Sunderland West constituency contacted Business Link during 2009-10.

      Business: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses operating in Washington and Sunderland West constituency received funding from one of his Department's...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors spent on (a) reimbursement of staff expenses and (b) the 10 largest staff expense...

      Departmental Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what sums were deducted from employee wages in (a) his Department and its predecessors, (b) its agencies and (c) other public...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the involvement of young members of the public in the making of decisions that affect them...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure that the UK retains a flexible labour market; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department work (a) full-time and (b) for most of their time on the negotiation, implementation or...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of export credits and other guarantees extended to businesses in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of inward investment in Yorkshire and the Humber attributable to the work of (a) UK...

      Free School Meals: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many pupils eligible for free school meals took up a place at each university in each year from 1995-96 to 2004-05.

      Higher Education Funding Council for England: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) administration and (b) running costs of the Higher Education Funding Council for England were in the most recent...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which 20 universities admitted the highest (a) absolute number and (b) proportion of students from socio-economic classes four...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what account he plans to take of the Aim Higher document entitled Research with Young People into Attitudes Towards the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of young people from the most deprived communities entering higher education in (a)...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made by his Department on the continuance of the higher education sub-group of the cross-Government...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2010, Official Report, column 320W, on higher education: finance, which budgetary headings will...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people were registered for study at a university (a) in 1997 and (b) in May 2010.

      Higher Education: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands commenced study at a Russell Group University in each year since 1997.

      Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many claims that were rejected under the re-opened Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme were not successful because...

      Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department allocated for the re-opened Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme; how much of this allocation...

      Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the applicants for compensation under the Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme listed in Annex C of the...

      Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he had with former trawlermen prior to introducing the revised qualification criteria for the re-opened...

      Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of rejected applications of the revisions to the qualifying criteria...

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what categories of worker are prohibited from participating in industrial action; and if he will make a statement.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average time taken to settle a liquidation case was in the latest period for which figures are available; and whether he...

      Languages: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students enrolled in foreign language courses at universities in (a) England, (b) Sussex and (c) Brighton and Hove in...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which of the proposals for local enterprise partnerships received by his Department to date include further education colleges;...

      Public Sector: Collective Bargaining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what collective bargaining agreements are in operation in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Development Agencies: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in what monetary range he expects severance payments made to staff in regional development agencies to fall.

      Regulation: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the public will be able to challenge the worst regulations applicable to organisations other than businesses.

      Royal Mail: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether it is his policy to pursue a stock market flotation for Royal Mail.

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he made of the cost to the Exchequer of insuring a loan of £80 million to Sheffield Forgemasters.

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Government assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises in...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the small firms loan guarantee scheme.

      South East England Development Agency: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the South East England Development Agency provided for the Mapping British Business South East advertorial...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors spent on taxi fares in each year since 1997.

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