Written answers

Thursday, 14 October 2010

  • Attorney-General

    • Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on telephone hacking and blagging since his appointment; (2) if he will place in the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on higher education participation among the poorest students of increases in tuition fees.

    • Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect on individuals of the implementation of the draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade...

      Business: Co-ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department and its agencies have had training with an objective to develop knowledge of co-ownership...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to reduce the administrative requirements on applicants of the enterprise finance guarantee scheme; and...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on access to finance for small businesses.

      Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many community interest companies were started in (a) Warwick and Leamington constituency, (b) Warwickshire, (c) the West...

      Defence Equipment: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the security risks associated with the granting of open general export licenses for...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) civil servants and (b) external advisers are working on the Browne review of higher education funding.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any officials working in his Department are on secondment from companies or organisations in the banking sector.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Trinidad and Tobago

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department has received an application in respect of the sale of offshore patrol vessels to...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 June 2010, Official Report, columns 1-2WS, on further education investment,...

      Higher Education and Student Finance Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse was of the Independent Review of Higher Educational Funding and Student Finance.

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many international students graduated from English higher education institutions and remained in the UK for (a) employment...

      Higher Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost to the public purse of a university place; (2) what his most...

      Higher Education: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provides to promote engagement between universities and primary schools in (a) deprived communities...

      Higher Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people normally resident in Redcar constituency entered (a) higher education and (b) university in each of the...

      Industry: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he plans to take to increase the representation of women in non-traditional industries; (2) what assistance...

      Industry: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many women have received assistance from the Women and Work Sector Skills Pathway Initiative since its inception; (2)...

      Industry: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many women participated in the women and work sector skills pathway initiative in the North East; (2) which industrial...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that Britain's science and innovation sector contributes to economic growth.

      News International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with executives of (i) News International Limited and (ii)...

      News International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with (a) Rebekah Brooks, (b) James Murdoch and (c) representatives of News...

      Overseas Trade: Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department work on the promotion of trade between the United Kingdom and the Philippines; and what the...

      Research: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who are employed in scientific research projects which receive...

      Skills Funding Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff are employed by the Skills Funding Agency to work on (a) communications and (b) public information campaigns.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on Sunday trading legislation.

      Unemployment: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people who have obtained a degree in the last five years who are (a) unemployed and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress he has made on encouraging local authorities to provide space for allotments.

    • Circulator Pumps: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to take steps to inform circulator pump fitters of the inclusion of circulator pumps with an A-G...

      Community Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support community ownership of assets.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent contribution his Department has made to the Government's agenda for tackling extremism.

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) interim and (b) final empty dwelling management orders have been (i) applied for and (ii) made to date.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of a zero-carbon home his Department uses.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of (a) the Code for Sustainable Homes and (b) Part L of the Building Regulations.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated to voluntary groups in Coventry in each year since 2005.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Government Olympic Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what expenditure the Government Olympic Executive incurred on staff salaries in each of the last five years.

    • Government Olympic Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much the Government Olympic Executive has paid in bonuses to its employees in each of the last five years.

      Government Olympic Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what expenditure the Government Olympic Executive has incurred on consultants in each of the last five years.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has requested legal advice on the funding of S4/C in the last two years.

      Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to increase women's participation in sport.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) financial and (b) administrative assistance his Department offers to cadets undertaking vocational qualifications in (i) England, (ii)...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2010, Official Report, column 727W, on the armed forces: housing, into what categories each call received in...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made an estimate of the change in the level of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department since May 2010; and what steps he plans to...

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated monetary value is of each vacant (a) building and (b) parcel of land owned by his Department in each region.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many interns his Department has engaged in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) unpaid, (b) remunerated with expenses only and (c) paid a salary.

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the P2000 class patrol vessel fleet; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the location is of each Royal Navy submarine operational berth in service in (a) the UK and (b) overseas.

  • Education

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will estimate the likely monetary value of compensation claims made by construction companies consequent on the cancellation of the...

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the monetary value is of contracts his Department has awarded to each (a) management consultancy and (b) IT company since 7 May 2010.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the estimated monetary value is of each vacant (a) building and (b) parcel of land owned by his Department in each region.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if his Department will take steps to assess the effects on (a) equality of incomes, (b) equality of assets and (c) equality of access to services of...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many expressions of interest in becoming a free school the New School Network has received in (a) Doncaster and (b) Don Valley to date; (2)...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils who took GCSEs in 2010 who are studying A-levels (a) in England and (b) in Milton Keynes.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect on the national average achieved in standard assessment tests in 2009-10 of industrial action by teaching unions.

      Schools: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether he has provided guidance to (a) local education authorities and (b) head teachers on his Department's policy on the future of school...

      Science: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils who took science subjects at GCSE level in 2010 who are studying a science subject at A-level.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to encourage recruitment of experienced staff to schools which have received poor Ofsted ratings.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made in the establishment of four carbon capture and storage demonstration projects.

    • Circulator Pumps: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) carbon dioxide and (b) energy savings consequent on the inclusion of circulator pumps with an...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department's plans for electricity market reform will include proposals for further requirements on Ofgem to deliver...

      Fuel Poverty: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of households in (a) Warwick and Leamington constituency, (b)...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he or officials of his Department have met representatives of Halite Energy Group on Canatxx since his appointment.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for publication of his safety review of the UK oil and gas industry.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on (a) the creation of new and (b) Government assistance for existing manufacturing centres for marine renewable...

      Sizewell B Power Station: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what projects the licensee of Sizewell B undertook by agreement with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (a) in response to...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on bottled water in each year since 2008.

    • Marine Management Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff and (c) consultants are employed by the Marine Management Organisation...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for funding of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit in the next three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of each proposed (a) new and (b) extension to a (i) Special Protection Area and (ii) Special Area of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the BBC World Service against his Department's objectives for the...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money his Department allocated to (a) the Stabilisation Aid Fund, (b) the Conflict Prevention Pool, (c) the...

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to encourage fossil fuel subsidy reform in the emerging economies; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU3+3 strategy in respect of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to his Nigerian counterparts on reports of violence against Christians in Plateau State.

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on (a) the forthcoming elections in Nigeria and (b) steps being taken to ensure that those...

      Philippines: Foreign Relations

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

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has paid to trade unions in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the monetary value of...

  • Health

    • Back Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) Darlington and (c) Cambridgeshire have received facet joint injections in the last 12 months.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients aged (a) 49 years and under, (b) 50 to 59 years, (c) 60 to 69 years, (d) 70 to 79 years and (e) over 80 years were diagnosed with...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his proposed cancer drugs fund on patients with gastric cancer.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the regional variations in the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence review of dementia drugs assesses all available data and...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding he expects his Department to allocate for dementia services (a) nationally, (b) in Hertfordshire and (c) in East and North...

      Dementia: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to take steps to assist dementia patients in East and North Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women in each age group with each type of diabetes were admitted to hospital as an emergency for treatment for (i) diabetic...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of a hospital admission for hypoglycaemic emergency for a patient with type 1 diabetes was in the latest period for which figures...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual average cost to the public purse is of treatment of a patient with type 1 diabetes with (a) multiple daily injections and (b) insulin...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to respond to the report by Professor Jim Mansell on "Raising our sights: services for adults with profound intellectual and multiple...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the delivery of epilepsy services following the planned ending of primary care trusts in 2013.

      Health Services: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to support local authorities in developing mutual organisations for social care direct payments; (2) if he will bring...

      Health Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will put in place mechanisms to ensure the NHS better meets the needs of the most disadvantaged people; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of food supplied to hospitals under contracts negotiated by NHS Supply Chain was domestically produced in the latest period for which...

      Mentally Ill: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place under the Mental Health Act 2007 to enable community mental health teams to offer early preventive treatment to individuals...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) clinical staff, (c) non-clinical staff and (d) managerial posts remain unfilled as a result of the NHS recruitment freeze.

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the work of LINk groups continues after March 2011.

      Psychiatry: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future regulation of psychotherapists.

      Psychiatry: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the regulation of counselling and psychotherapy in respect of a (a) basic standard of training and (b)...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were carried out in Wales in 2009; (2) how many...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many infringements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Wales were recorded in 2009; and how many resulted in a prosecution.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sites in Wales were designated as a (a) supplying, (b) breeding and (c) scientific procedure establishment under the Animals...

      Animal Welfare: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences for work in Wales were granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in 2009; and how many such...

      Animal Welfare: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the project licences granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and in force in Wales at the end of 2009...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who at the time of their application for indefinite leave to remain in the UK were resident in the Peterborough City...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the UK Border Agency has made a request to the Tribunals Service to re-send appeal determination notifications from the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 2 September to the Minister of State on a constituent, ref:...

      Migration Impact Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the provision of further funding to the Migration Impact Fund.

      Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted under the provisions of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

      Rape: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department provided to sexual abuse and rape counselling services in (a) England and (b) Wales in the latest period for...

      Terrorism: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons convicted of terrorist offences were awaiting deportation on the latest date for which figures are available; to which...

  • International Development

    • Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the effects on developing countries of food speculation.

    • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the head of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on the donor replenishment meeting.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms he has put in place to provide for contributions to be made to international agencies by his Department whilst its...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to retain the target of spending 0.7% of gross national income on official development assistance from the year 2013;...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officials his Department has appointed on fixed-term contracts since 7 May 2010.

    • Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many interns his Department has engaged in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) unpaid, (b) remunerated with expenses only and (c)...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has made an estimate of the change in the level of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department since May 2010; and what steps he plans to...

    • Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on bottled water in each year since 2008.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to improve its level of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with CBI (a) Scotland and (b) UK on the effects on PAYE schemes administered from England and Wales of the implementation...

      Future Jobs Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the evidential basis for the value for money of the Future Jobs Fund in...

  • Transport

    • Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a recent assessment of the number of bicycles which may be carried on trains operated by each train operator; and whether he plans...

    • Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on ensuring continued access to bus services for rural communities.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of his Department's expenditure supported the work of charities and voluntary organisations in the latest period for which figures are...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has received from driving licence holders who claim to have had categories deleted from...

      Highways Agency: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic officer vehicles the Highways Agency leased in the latest period for which figures are available; and from which companies those...

      Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much interest has been charged on the original loan to build the Humber Bridge since it was taken out.

      Motor Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Minister in his Department has policy responsibility for the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which are required to be suspended to enable...

      Railway Stations: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Access for All scheme at Northfield station in Birmingham to be (a) started and (b) completed.

      Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate his Department has made of the public expenditure required for the development of the proposed London to Birmingham High Speed 2...

      Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons his Department has not published an environmental impact assessment for the proposed London to Birmingham High Speed 2 route through...

      Railways: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with train operating companies the effects on (a) people with Crohn's disease, (b) elderly people, (c) parents with babies under...

      Rapid Transit Systems: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any private funding has been provided for the Luton Dunstable Guided Busway.

      Roads Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authorities are entitled to reclaim from Government any money spent on the planning process for road schemes cancelled by his Department.

      Roads: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the roll-out of emergency roadside telephones with a T-loop and text facilities for the deaf and hard of hearing.

      Severn Bridges Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a recent assessment of the effects on the economy of Wales of the Severn Bridges tolls.

  • Treasury

    • Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the variation between the interest rates offered by loan and credit companies, with...

    • Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what negotiating position his Department adopted in discussions on the EU framework for financial supervision agreed in the Council of Ministers; and if he...

      Goldman Sachs: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will transfer into the first account of the Green Investment Bank the proceeds of the £20 million fine imposed in September 2010 on Goldman Sachs...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to lay before Parliament his Department's next report on Government activity at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 31 August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr B. James.

      Northern Rock Foundation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the policy of UK Financial Investments Ltd is on funding the Northern Rock Foundation after April 2011.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what organisations he will consult on the development of the new medical assessment for eligibility for the disability living allowance; what...

    • Future Jobs Fund: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations with registered business premises in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency have been approved to provide employment under the...

      Future Jobs Fund: West Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of the West Lothian council area aged (a) 18 to 24 years and (b) over 24 years who had been out of work and claiming...

      Pensioners: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of pensioners in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who (a) receive the basic state...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of households in each parliamentary constituency who receive more than £500 per week...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of households in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK who receive more than £500 per week in...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of City of Chester constituency claim winter fuel allowance; and how many such residents are higher rate taxpayers.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of people in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland who are entitled to the winter fuel...

  • House of Lords

    • Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many organisations (a) were requested to submit tenders, and (b) competed for the tender, in respect of the laying of underground ducts and fibre optic cables...

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the projects in crop agronomy funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 1997; and, in each case, what is (a) the topic of the...

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated costs of abolishing the Audit Commission; and in particular the cost of (a) severance and redundancy payments, (b) pension liabilities, (c)...

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the amount of efficiency savings proposed by the Audit Commission in August 2010 to be made in its expenditure over the next three years; and what is the...

      Aviation: Engineers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the number of skilled and experienced engineers in the United Kingdom, particularly within the aviation industry; and whether they...

      Careers Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Statutory Guidance on Impartial Careers Education, published in October 2008, remains in force.

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the initial impact of feed-in tariffs on stimulating growth in the United Kingdom photovoltaic sector.

      Flags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are official flags for (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland, and (d) Scotland.

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated net saving in the pay bill of Communities and Local Government for each of the next four years if all salaries and increments are frozen.

      Health: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any examples of local health providers injecting funds into local authorities so that the latter can extend funding support to individuals with...

      House of Lords: Members

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many Members of the House there are in total; what has been the average daily attendance since 25 May 2010; and how many may be accommodated by seating in...

      House of Lords: Oral Questions

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether, given the requirement to be seated before asking a supplementary question at Question Time, he will invite the Procedure Committee to consider whether...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many creative workers have been awarded certificates of sponsorship under tier 5 of the immigration regulations since it was introduced on 27 November 2008. To...

      Niqabs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa in public are not subject to discrimination.

      Niqabs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how often women who wear the niqab or burqa are refused entry to public buildings.

      Niqabs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to engage with religious and community leaders when considering the issue of women wearing the niqab or burqa in the United Kingdom.

      Plants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the projects in traditional plant breeding funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 1997; and, in each case, what is (a) the...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has the responsibility for handling their response to representations on behalf of Presbyterian Mutual Society...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he has made proposals for a Home Office Minister and the Home Office Permanent Secretary to appear before the Procedure Committee in relation to the 15...

      Religious Tolerance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps will they take to maintain tolerance and respect for all religious beliefs in British society.

      Savings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of comments by the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England that savers should increase their levels of spending in light of the policy of...

      Schools: Vocational Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Civitas on the activities of schools in encouraging pupils to take vocational exams to boost their rankings in...

      Soil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the projects on soil science funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 1997; and, in each case, what was (a) the topic of the...

      Taxation: Information Exchange Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom has a tax information exchange agreement with Monaco.

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