Written answers

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the rate of deportations of (a) failed asylum seekers and (b) illegal immigrants by the UK Border Agency was in each of the last...

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the UK Border Agency on the effect on (a) the management of deportation of families seeking asylum and...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects on the e-borders programme of not proceeding with second generation biometric passports;...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she intends to implement the provisions in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 in respect of the pathway to citizenship.

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in the Department in each of the last three years.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to bring forward legislative proposals to limit the retention of DNA profiles taken from those arrested but not convicted;...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2010, Official Report, column 632W, on DNA: databases, if she will estimate the number of DNA matches made...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to engage with specialist frontline service's and women's sector organisations to ensure women fleeing...

      Domestic Violence: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the scheme allowing women in the UK on spousal visas to access refuge accommodation for...

      EU Law

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

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to strengthen enforcement of legislation prohibiting female genital mutilation; and if she will make a statement.

      Offensive Weapons: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to ensure that illegal weapons are not purchased in the UK via the internet; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by police forces in the UK on evidence-gathering for police forces of other EU member states in the last three years.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of funding for each police force was (a) provided from central Government (b) raised locally and (c) raised from other...

      Police: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police community support officers, (b) uniformed officers and (c) civilian staff have been recruited by Kent Police in each...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of police officers in Essex will have their pay frozen as a result of the decision to freeze the wages of public...

      Police: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to (a) improve the efficiency and productivity of police forces in England and Wales, (b) reform police...

      Public Order Act 1986: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted of a criminal offence under Part 3A of the Public Order Act 1986 in...

      Smuggling: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects the UK border police force to take steps to reduce the level of smuggling and illegal trade in wildlife under her...

      Terrorism: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who she plans to consult as part of the review of anti-terror legislation.

      Terrorism: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral statement of 8 June 2010, on the Terrorism Act 2000 (Section 44), what discussions she has had with (a) the Police...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her review of the vetting and barring scheme to report.

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the likely effects on Wales of her Department's planned spending reductions.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to respond to the December 2009 report of the Committee on Climate Change on meeting the UK Aviation Target.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future provision of funding by his Department for concessionary bus travel for (a) pensioners, (b) disabled people and (c)...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the development of cycle hubs at each of the 10 railway stations for which they are planned.

      Cycling: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employers have participated in the cycle to work scheme in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driving: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met representatives of the Institute of Advanced Motorists to discuss the contribution to road safety of continuous post-test training for...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment of the impact on the electric powered vehicles market of the level and quantity of subsidies set by his Department for the purchase of...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which criteria will be used in the review of the subsidies for the sale of electric powered vehicles announced by his Department in July 2010.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is the policy of his Department to install (a) up to 2,500 plug-in points for use by electric powered vehicles by April 2011 and (b) up to...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the Noise Action Plan for Heathrow Airport will include a 55dB(A) Lden noise level target; (2) whether the European Commission has...

      London Airports: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what timescale he has set for his Department's consultation on the night flying restrictions for Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted for the period...

      London Airports: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the merits of adding Luton to the controlled night noise regime for London airports by making it a designated airport.

      Network Rail: Lincoln

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with Network Rail on measures to mitigate the effect of increased level crossing...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the last spot check was made on Ministerial cars running their engines for heating or cooling purposes on the Parliamentary Estate; and what the...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost of traffic congestion to business.

      South Eastern Trains: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to reply to South Eastern Trains' inquiry regarding franchise conditions and the partial closure of the platform 4 exit at Lewisham station.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the removal of static road safety camera shells since 12 May 2010; (2) what his policy is on...

  • International Development

    • Cereals: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of (a) the level of global grain prices and (b) its implications for his Department's policies;...

    • China: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the continuation of the UK-China Sustainable Development Dialogue after 2011.

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to reduce malaria mortality in countries where there is limited access to health workers.

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which (a) countries and (b) regions his Department's maternal and newborn health programme aims to reach marginalised populations.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the level of security of global food supplies; and if he will make a statement.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided to Pakistan in the last 12 months.

      UN Development Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK's (a) assessed and (b) voluntary (i) core and (ii) additional financial contributions were to UNIFEM in each of the...

      UN Development Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK's (a) assessed, and (b) voluntary (i) core and (ii) additional financial contributions were to UNICEF in each of the last...

  • Defence

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to reduce the number of animals used in experiments by his Department.

    • Armed Forces: Empty Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of maintaining empty service accommodation in each of the last five years; and what the Cost to the public purse...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects to let the contract for the first batch of light protected patrol vehicles; (2) whether the Government plan to proceed with the...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what intervals the Atomic Weapons Establishment's Nuclear Safety Committee met in the last 12 months; and what the names are of the committee members.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the significance for the UK economy of (a) defence exports and (b) the UK's defence manufacturing capability.

      Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) Radar Additional Study and (b) Data Transport Study.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to how many contracts under the private finance initiative (a) his Department is and (b) its agencies are party; how much was spent on such contracts...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to how many contracts not under the private finance initiative (a) his Department is and (b) its agencies are party; how much was spent on such...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent assessment is of progress in the delivery of the A400M military transport aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar: Armed Forces

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

      Hebrides Missile Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pairs of fibre-optic cables his Department has between Hebrides Range and the mainland of Scotland.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent reports he has received on the progress of the Iraqi authorities in apprehending those responsible for the deaths of six Royal Military...

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the Future Lynx/Wildcat project; and to what expenditure on the project it is contractually committed.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of each flight hour of the (a) Tornado GR4, (b) Typhoon F2, (c) Harrier GR7, (d) Tornado F3...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether research and development into bio-technology (a) defence counter-measures and (b) offensive measures are included in the Strategic Defence and...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what account he is taking of the likely effects on the manufacturing industry in the North West of changes in expenditure on defence contracts in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has for the reduction of the regulatory burden on the agricultural industry; and if she will make a statement.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long on average it took to process a Single Farm Payment claim in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Bats: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the average cost per application of obtaining the expert advice required to support...

      Bats: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities her Department has for protection of bats; and if she will make a statement.

      Bats: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on protection of bats in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the European Commission's proposal to establish a mandatory separated collection system for bio-waste...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of cattle affected with bovine tuberculosis which have been slaughtered in each of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to promote the use of supplementary Green Book guidance on accounting for the effects of climate...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on dangerous dogs.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many respondents to her Department's consultation on dangerous dogs supported the introduction of mandatory permanent...

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many transport-related fines her Department has settled on behalf of its staff in each year since 2005; and what the cost...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many chairs her Department and its predecessor purchased in each year since 1997; how much was spent in each such year;...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in her Department in July 2010.

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to tackle the trade in puppy and farmed dogs; and whether she plans to bring forward proposals...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to address the effects on animal welfare of the breeding of pedigree dogs.

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to amend her Department's Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs to include sections on...

      Dogs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has had discussions with representatives of the RSPCA on the introduction of an annual dog licence fee of...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on policy to promote British-grown and produced food.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department has identified to be the greatest single threat to the country's food security.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take in discussions at EU level to seek to ensure accurate country-of-origin labelling on meat, meat...

      Greyhound Racing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many greyhound track licences have been issued by local authorities in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Lighting: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to increase the number of local designated collection facilities for the disposal of low-energy...

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many codes of practice for the keeping of (a) dogs and (b) cats have been issued since the enactment of the provisions...

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to introduce regulations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in respect of pet vending.

      Recycling: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate her Department has made of the unit price paid for recycled (a) glass, (b) paper, (c) cardboard, (d)...

      Rural Payments Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value of bonuses paid to staff of the Rural Payments Agency was in each year since its inception.

      Supermarkets: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of free plastic bags given out by supermarkets in each year since 2005; and what...

      Trees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department plans to take to tackle mature oak disease; and if she will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Devolution: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether she has taken advice from the Attorney-General on whether she is required to consult the Electoral Commission on the wording of any new referendum...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty (a) before and (b) after housing costs in St Albans constituency in each year since 2000.

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in the cost to the public purse of administering disability living allowance in the last...

      Disability Living Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people diagnosed with cancer receive disability living allowance (DLA); and what his estimate is of the take-up rate for DLA among...

      Housing Benefit: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the effects of proposed changes to housing benefit rates on the number of claimants moving to seaside towns.

      Independent Living Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on the future...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claims have been closed in the last three months; and of them, how many have been re-opened.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in workless households in Gateshead constituency in each year since 2004.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its predecessor spent on taxi fares in each year since 1997.

  • Scotland

    • Act of Settlement 1701

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 974W, what the (a) dates, (b) times and (c) locations were of each meeting he has...

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) dates, (b) times and (c) locations were of the meetings he has had with the Advocate-General on the exemption of Orkney and Shetland...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 10W, on departmental consultants, which external consultants and advisers his...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      East Coast Railway Line: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss the proposed changes to the East Coast Main Line rail service timetable.

      Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions he has visited (a) the city of Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) South Lanarkshire, (d) North Lanarkshire, (e) Renfrewshire, (f)...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department and its predecessor spent on taxi fares in each year since 1997.

  • Education

    • Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will monitor the performance of academies in narrowing the gap between the attainments of children with special educational needs and those of...

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer Question (a) (i) 5514, (ii) 5498, (iii) 5512, (iv) 5499, (v) 5510, (vi) 5513 and (vii) 5566, tabled on 29 June 2010, (b) (i)...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question 7731, tabled on 7 July 2010 for answer on 13 July 2010, on the Building Schools for the Future programme and the...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question (a) 9130 and (b) 9133, tabled on 13 July 2010 for answer on 19 July 2010, on special school provision in Coventry.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question (a) 10485, (b) 10483, (c) 10484 and (d) 10482, tabled on 19 July 2010 for answer on 22 July 2010, on faith schools.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many 18 to 24-year-olds are not in education, employment or training in Bury North constituency; and what steps his Department is taking to assist...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Departmental Manpower

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

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, when the Chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

      Public Appointments: Compensation

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how much the former Operations Director of the Independent...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department plans to take to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

    • Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of the revenue of high street bookmakers which can be attributed to fixed...

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will provide advice and assistance to local authorities to establish new playing fields to commemorate the Diamond...

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) at what level he expects Mobile termination rates to be set by January 2012; (2) what discussions he has had with Ofcom...

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many contracts related to the London 2012 Olympics have been awarded to businesses and organisations in (a) Tyne and Wear...

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that sports clubs that choose not to apply for Clubmark status receive fair and equal...

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of sports clubs affiliated to national governing bodies recognised by Sport England.

      Television: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate has been made of the opportunity cost of using interleaved spectrum for the broadcast of city TV services.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Official Publications: Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost was of producing the publication (a) The Houses of Parliament: Travel Office, (b) The Houses...

    • Palace of Westminster: Gas

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission on how many occasions a smell of gas has been reported in the colonnade of New Palace Yard in the last 12...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Bats

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners what estimate the Church Commissioners have made of the cost to churches of compliance with conditions attached to...

    • Churches: Bats

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners what estimate the Church Commissioners have made of the number of cases of damage to historic churches in Norfolk caused...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Local Government: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the (a) proposals and (b) timescale are for ward boundary changes in...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Treasury officials on the carbon capture and storage demonstration...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policy of the carbon capture and storage demonstration competition.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the reasons for the time taken to begin to construct the first UK power plants using carbon capture and...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish the Carbon Capture and Storage Road Map.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to introduce environmental performance standards to regulate carbon emissions from coal-fired power stations; and if...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Hunterston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what national policy considerations will be taken into account in deciding on the application for consent for a coal-fired power...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to analyse the distributional effect of options for reductions in his Department's expenditure.

      Departmental Training

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

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2010, Official Report, columns 148-9W, on housing insulation, whether the target of insulating every...

      Microgeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage UK businesses to invest in small-scale renewable energy projects.

      National Grid: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to increase the National Grid's infrastructure capacity to facilitate offshore energy projects; and if he will...

      National Grid: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of the cost of the expansion of the national grid required to accommodate expected levels of renewable electricity...

      Power Stations: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what measures are in place to encourage the location of power stations required for the collection of offshore energy to be sited on...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to publish its delivery plan for renewable energy.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to replace the Low Carbon Buildings Programme with the Renewable Heat Incentive once the former expires.

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what investigations his Department has commissioned into noise from wind farms; and from whom.

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which officials from which sections of (a) his Department and (b) other Departments were involved in determining and drafting the...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what reports he has received on (a) challenges to the ETSU-R-97 method for the assessment and rating of noise from wind farms made by...

      Wind Power: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans the Government have to introduce a statutory two-kilometre buffer zone between wind farms and residential areas.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Iran; and if he will make a statement.

    • Turkey: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the advantages and disadvantages to the UK of Turkey's accession to the EU; and if he...

      EU Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the process for UK ratification of future EU treaties.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of UK relations with Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Narco-terrorism: Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has given to the government of Mexico to counter narco-terrorism.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects of terrorist acts by Hamas on the Middle East peace process.

      Corruption: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in reducing levels of corruption in Afghanistan.

      The Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives he plans to introduce to reinvigorate the Commonwealth; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Rights: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed human rights issues with his Sri Lankan counterpart.

      Afghanistan: Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from Afghanistan were awarded a Chevening scholarship in academic year (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions each Minister in his Department has met his Department's Chief Executive Officer since 6 May 2010.

      Diplomatic Service: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on purchasing and installing European Union flags at UK diplomatic posts in the last five years.

      Falkland Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries in north, central and south America recognise British sovereignty in the Falkland Islands.

      Indonesia: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to take steps to assist civil society organisations to promote religious pluralism, religious freedom and...

      Mexico: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will increase the level of assistance the Government is giving to the Government of Mexico to combat (a) drug...

      Nuclear Weapons: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he received the report, Verifying warhead dismantlement: Past, present, future, commissioned from the Verification...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on allegations that Sri Lankan security forces committed war crimes during the conflict with the...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the level of public support for continued UK membership of the EU.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals for a referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU.

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes the UK is seeking in the composition of the UN Security Council.

      United Nations: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's objectives are for the reform of the United Nations.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the lowest geographical level is at which data on the turnout and result of the proposed alternative vote referendum will be (a) recorded and (b) published.

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to the public purse was of the last review of parliamentary constituencies in (a) England and Wales and (b) Scotland; and what the estimated cost...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate has been made of the costs of the boundary review proposed in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.

  • Treasury

    • Capital Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of maintaining company capital allowances at May 2010 levels.

    • Child Benefit: Sunderland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are in receipt of child benefit in (a) Washington and Sunderland West constituency and (b) the City of Sunderland.

      Child Trust Fund: Sunderland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Washington and Sunderland West constituency have received payments from the Child Trust Fund in each year since its inception.

      Debts: Interest Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2010, Official Report, column 238W, on debts: interest charges, if he will estimate the revenue which would be raised in...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the contracts between his Department and private sector companies which will be cancelled under his...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with (a) officials and (b) staff representatives on (i) his proposals for (A) smaller desks in his Department's offices...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason access to his Department's Spending Challenge website was temporarily suspended.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase the involvement of young members of the public in the making of decisions that affect them taken by (a) Ministers in...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for future taxation of (a) petrol and (b) diesel.

      Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions about family structure the Government made in preparing the June 2010 Budget.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 29 July on Equitable Life.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the effect of the organisational structure of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the (a) collection and (b) duplication of data...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions have taken place on introduction of a social enterprise legal definition and tax relief model.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of tax avoidance by (a) large businesses, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c)...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to provide the same level of funding for advertising to highlight tax evasion as is spent on highlighting benefit fraud; and...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce tax evasion on the part of businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take steps to recover sums lost to the Exchequer in (a) value added tax and (b) alcohol duty arising from the sale of alcohol below cost...

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people his Department expects to be exempted from payment of tax arrears under Extra-Statutory Concession A19 in 2010-11.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much net revenue he estimates will be raised by the planned increase in value added tax.

      VAT: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to introduce a zero rate of value added tax on e-books.

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on pensioners of the proposed rise in the standard rate of value added tax.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Artist Resale Rights Regulations 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department takes to monitor the level of compliance with the provisions of the Artist Resale Rights Regulations...

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the availability of credit to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with banks on the provision of loans to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses since 22...

      Business: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) financial and (b) other support the North West Regional Development Agency has provided to businesses in Bury North...

      Business: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to encourage the start up of new business in Bury North; (2) how many small businesses ceased to...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that no economic activity utilising forced or child labour benefits is undertaken by...

      Exports: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of UK defence export earnings was attributable to (a) manufactured goods and equipment, (b) services...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the average cost to the public purse of providing (a) a place at university and (b) an...

      Imports: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on the market price of aluminium extrusions produced in the UK of the import of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Minister plans to respond to the letter of 14 July 2010 from the hon. Member for Torbay on the P52 oil drilling platform...

      National Composites Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the funding arrangements are for the National Composites Centre.

      North West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received in support of the retention of the North west regional development agency.

      Overseas Trade: Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase trade with Algeria.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to bring forward proposals to simplify the pre-qualification processes for public sector procurement and projects.

      Regeneration: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide funding to regeneration projects in Blackpool allocated funding from the North West Development Agency which...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future ownership of properties owned by regional development agencies; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Development Agencies: Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the aims and objectives are of (a) regional development agencies and (b) local economic partnerships.

      Regional Development Agencies: Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the land holdings of regional development agencies will be transferred to the new local enterprise partnerships.

      Self-employment: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) current and (b) former military personnel have (i) sought information on and (ii) received grants under his...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings he held with his Department's officials before taking the decision not to proceed with the loan facility to...

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Skills Funding Agency awards monies in respect of contracts with a monetary value of £250,000 or less.

      Small Businesses: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce the burden of regulation for small and medium-sized businesses in High Peak...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many paid officials in (a) his Department and its agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies within his Department's...

  • Justice

    • Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times restraint techniques have been used on girls held at Medway secure training centre in each month since 1998.

    • Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) injuries and (b) injuries requiring external medical treatment were sustained during restraint incidents on girls held in Medway secure...

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions (a) boys and (b) girls have been held in solitary confinement at Medway secure training centre in each month since 1998.

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints were made by children held at Medway secure training centre in each year since 1998; and what the outcome of the complaint was in...

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of self-harm by children of each (a) sex and (b) age group were recorded at Medway secure training centre in each month since April...

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many suicide attempts of children of each (a) sex and (b) age group were recorded at Medway secure training centre in each month since April 1998.

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children held at Medway secure training centre were referred to hospital for psychiatric treatment in each year since 1998.

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children held at Medway secure training centre were transferred to a psychiatric hospital in each year since 1998; and what the average time...

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (1) boys entering Medway secure training centre were assessed as vulnerable on entrance in each month since April 1998; (2) girls received...

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times restraint has been used on boys held at Medway secure training centre in each month of each year since 1998.

      Cookham Wood Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children received into Medway secure training centre had previously been assessed as a child in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989...

      Custodial Treatment: Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of those convicted of offences related to burglary have received custodial sentences in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Custodial Treatment: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of a custodial sentence imposed in respect of rape offences was in each year since 2005.

      Driving Offences: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were serving custodial sentences for driving while disqualified at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions his Department has had with the Legal Services Commission on the number of legal aid contracts granted in the recent tendering round;...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Washington Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal practices in Washington and Sunderland West constituency have been awarded contracts to provide family legal aid services commencing...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Washington Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal practices in Washington and Sunderland West constituency are under contract to the Legal Services Commission to provide family legal aid...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account his Department took of the extent of existing spare capacity in the juvenile prison estate when taking the decision to commission additional...

      Prisoners' Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of those released from a custodial sentence have re-offended in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the Physical Control in Care Manual used by the Prison Service.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children of each age and sex were received into (a) secure training centres, (b) local authority secure units and (c) young offender...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has for the future of the Youth Justice Board; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the estimated cost will be of the 2011 Census.

    • Civil Servants: Sunderland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of civil servants employed by (a) Government departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) other Government...

      Government Departments: Computer Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps are being taken to encourage the procurement of open source software in Government Departments; and what estimate has been made of the...

      Life Expectancy: Gateshead

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average (a) male and (b) female life expectancy was in Gateshead constituency in each year since 2000.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of single parent families resident in (a) Maidstone and the Weald constituency, (b) Greater London and...

      Lone Parents: Washington Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents there are in Washington and Sunderland West constituency.

      Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Office for National Statistics used the building targets in regional spatial strategies when drawing up revised population projections.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward proposals for a register of companies contracted by public sector bodies to provide goods and services which records their...

      Select Committees: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on strengthening the powers of select committees to scrutinise major public appointments.

      Teenage Pregnancy: Peterborough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many pregnancies there were among women aged 15 to 17 years living in Peterborough constituency in 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment: Peterborough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children were living in workless households in Peterborough constituency in (a) 2001, (b) 2005 and (c) 2009; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of people aged between 11 and 20-years-old who died from alcohol-related conditions in each year...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish his Department's Local Alcohol Profiles for England; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis has been undertaken by his Department of the age profile of people who are alcoholics.

      Babies: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will take steps to improve the provision of information to new parents on illnesses including heart disease where early detection...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the implementation of the recommendations of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee and the National Blood Service on...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what types of cancer treatment will be eligible for funding from the Cancer Drugs Fund in April 2011; (2) whether non-pharmacological anti-cancer...

      Cerebral Palsy: Gateshead

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

      Dental Services: Gateshead

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

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many epilepsy specialist nurse (a) posts and (b) full-time equivalent staff there were in the NHS in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10 and...

      Food: Cloning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) evaluation and (b) authorisation is required for the marketing of (i) foodstuffs and (ii) milk produced from cloned animals.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's proposals for GP commissioning, whether the Government plan to encourage competition for healthcare provision between...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's proposals for GP commissioning, what will happen if a GP practice fails to achieve the quality and financial standards...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer of 7 September 2010, which organisations he expects to take a lead on recent reconfigurations of (a) maternity, (b) cancer...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has sent a copy of the consultation document Liberating the NHS: Commissioning for Patients to every GP practice in England.

      Health Professions: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to respond to the recommendations of the Finlay Scott Review on the requirement to have insurance or indemnity as a condition of...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on autoimmune hepatitis in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide for the statutory regulation of practitioners of herbal medicines; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future commission of outpatient services for people with AIDS and HIV.

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with HIV and AIDS have been treated in NHS facilities in each of the last three years.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on NHS maternity services in each region in the 2008-09 financial year; (2) how much his Department spent on (a) the NHS and...

      Medical Treatments: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the cost of issuing European Health Insurance cards in respect of (a) postage, (b) staff (i) salaries and (ii)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the proportion of his Department's annual expenditure which is allocated to mental health services.

      Mental Health Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from psychotherapists and counsellors on regulation by the Health Professions Council.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of people in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tyneside and (d) Newcastle Central constituency...

      Methadone: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS drugs budget was of prescribing methadone in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Methadone: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis has been undertaken by his Department of the age profile of those being prescribed methadone.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) standalone midwife-led units and (b) midwife-led units situated alongside consultant-led units there are in each region.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places for student midwives there were in each region in the (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 academic year.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives were in receipt of a bursary in the (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 academic year; what the average bursary paid to a student...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a national strategy on motor neurone disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to assist those who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis between the ages of 20 and 40 years old to remain in employment.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 by NHS staff; and whether...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternity support workers there were in each NHS trust at the latest date for which figures are available.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid out in respect of (a) settled claims and (b) settled claims arising from maternity care under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 100 largest settled claims awarded under the Clinical Negligence Scheme to date are; how much was paid in each case; and which of these claims...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ministers and officials in his Department and (b) representatives of the private and voluntary sectors...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which long-term illnesses qualify people for free prescriptions; whether he plans to amend this list; and if he will make a statement.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the nursery milk scheme on the health of children under five years; (2) what arrangements his...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the future funding of the nursery milk scheme will be included in the Spending Review.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many jobs in smoke-free partnerships are funded directly or indirectly by his Department; at what cost to the public purse; and if he will make a...

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the NHS of treating spinal problems.

      Tuberculosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent from the public purse on the treatment of (a) multi drug-resistant and (b) extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in each of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Handbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the Audit Commission's staff handbook.

    • Audit Commission: Labour Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Audit Commission made a payment of £10,143.44 to the Labour Party in 2009-10.

      Audit Commission: Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on pot plants by the Audit Commission in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Audit Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many communications, marketing and press staff are employed by the Audit Commission; and at what cost in the latest period...

      Audit Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by the Audit Commission under its contract with Connect Public Affairs.

      Audit Commission: Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether directors of the Audit Commission have had meetings with representatives of the Smith Institute in the last 18 months.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in the Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on pot plants by his Department in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Fire Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority on plans to regionalise fire service...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to enable local authorities to assist those in priority groups as defined by the Homelessness...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to (a) reduce the number of housing associations operating in individual local authority...

      Housing Associations: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the salaries paid to chief executives and other senior officials of housing...

      Local Authorities: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will encourage local authorities to cease to employ external public relations companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultations are taking place on proposals for local enterprise partnerships.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the deadline is for submissions to be made to his Department for consultations on local enterprise partnerships.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the total number of statutory duties required of local councils in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of local strategic partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Mayors: Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northampton North of 22 July 2010, Official Report, column 487W, on mayors,...

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport the merits of the relaxation by the Arts Council of...

      Ordnance Survey: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the public sector mapping agreement supersedes previous agreements between Ordnance Survey and individual local authorities.

      Renewable Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2010, Official Report, column 532W, on renewable energy: planning permission, when key...

      Repossession Orders: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in North Swindon constituency were repossessed in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to consult tenants groups on the future of secure tenancies in social rented housing.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies take into account rolling resistance as a...

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