Written answers

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many allegations his Department received of electoral fraud in Helmand province during the parliamentary elections in...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve the effectiveness of the UN Mission Stabilization Organization in protecting...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) by how much his Department plans to reduce its contribution to the budget of BBC World Service in 2010-11; (2) by how...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for further changes to his Department's budget in 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      High Peace Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with President Karzai on the work of the High Peace Council.

      Kosovo: Orthodox Church

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) Orthodox churches, monasteries and gravestones in Kosovo which have been...

      Pope Benedict XVI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recent visit of Pope Benedict XVI; and if...

      Serbia: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Serbian counterpart on talks between Serbia and Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Internet: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost to the public purse was of the most recent upgrade to her Department's website.

    • Passport Agency: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on Passport Agency employment in Wales; and if she will make a...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total annual cost to the public purse is of dental care provision for the armed forces under each budgetary heading.

    • Ex-servicemen: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to reduce the number of ex-service personnel entering the prison system.

  • Scotland

    • Elections: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the Interim Electoral Management Board for Scotland and the appointment of its convenor.

    • Elections: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislative proposals to put the Interim Electoral Management Board for Scotland on a statutory basis in relation to elections...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will have discussions with the Scottish Executive on the future operation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland.

  • Transport

    • Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to take steps to increase the level of integration of cycling with other modes of public transport; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many residents of City of Chester constituency hold a free concessionary bus pass; and how many such residents are higher rate taxpayers.

      Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the revenue of district councils is not reduced by more than the cost of their concessionary travel schemes as a result of the...

      M18: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the M18 motorway north of Doncaster to be free of lane closures and temporary speed limits; what steps are being taken to expedite the...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 183W, on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, on how many occasions he has met the...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents attended by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have involved sky lanterns in the last 12 months; and on how many such occasions a...

      Motor Vehicles: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce a mechanism to ensure that drivers of foreign registered vehicles in the UK contribute towards road maintenance costs.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to regulate the level of rail fare increases.

      Regional Transport Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of regional transport boards; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 September 2010, Official Report, column 589W, on roads: accidents, when he expects to bring forward proposals on road...

      Roads: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries have occurred on roads in Dartford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Shipping: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many non UK-registered merchant ships have been detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a result of UK Port State Inspections in each of...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Counter Pollution and Response Branch last reviewed the strategic location of pollution response equipment.

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the order for new trains for the Thameslink route to be placed.

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of additional posts for train drivers to be created as a result of the Thameslink programme.

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many construction workers are employed on the Thameslink programme; and how many construction posts are expected to be (a) created during and (b)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will assess the likely level of take-up of provision in legislation for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples.

    • Civil Partnerships: Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will assess the likely level of take-up of provision in legislation for same-sex marriage.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable she has set for the implementation of the provisions of Article 9 of the Aarhus Convention.

    • Agriculture: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the financial loss to farmers arising from (a) damage to crops, (b) damage to farm equipment and (c)...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research into colony collapse disorder.

      Clothing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to implement its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that future proposals for intensive dairy farming in the UK (a) are examined by her...

      Dairy Farming: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the health and welfare standards for large scale dairy enterprises in which cows are...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend legislation regarding dangerous dogs.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an estimate of the change in the level of carbon dioxide emissions from her Department since May 2010;...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many interns her Department has engaged in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) unpaid, (b) remunerated with...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many and what proportion of households in England are provided with a collection of at least two types of...

      Farm Animal Welfare Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the net effect of abolishing the Farm Animal Welfare Council on her Department's expenditure in...

      Farm Animal Welfare Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the statement of 14 October 2010, Official Report, columns 505-06, on public bodies reform, who will determine...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to regulate the importation of soya animal feed derived from cleared rainforest.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to ensure that food labelling includes information on the use of halal meat.

      Insurance: Statement of Principles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the insurance industry on renewing the Statement of Principles in...

      Kosher Meat: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an assessment of the effects on the market for kosher meat of EU regulations on labelling kosher meat; and...

      Slaughterhouses: Religious Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) slaughterhouses and (b) slaughterhouses practising halal slaughter.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 September 2010, Official Report, columns 425-26W, on the Sustainable Development Commission...

      Sustainable Development Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the functions of the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) continue to be...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had at EU level on the level of EU subsidy for tobacco production.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had at EU level on the extent of EU wine reserves.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to amend the definition in legislation of antisocial behaviour in order to ensure more effective use of...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) officials of her Department and (b) external advisers are working on her Department's review of antisocial behaviour orders.

      Antisocial Behaviour: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) made and (b) breached in respect of those resident in Wolverhampton South West...

      Crime Rate: Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rate was (a) nationally and (b) in each basic command unit of Thames Valley Police in the latest period for which...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) officials of her Department and (b) external advisers are working on her Department's new strategy to tackle drug misuse.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) officials of her Department and (b) external advisers are working on her Department's review of changes to UK licensing laws.

      Equalities Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of claims against employers made by employees on grounds introduced by the Equalities Act 2010.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases of female genital mutilation have been reported to UK police in each year since 2003; (2) what estimate her Department...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2010, Official Report, column 199W, on firearms, if she will ask the National Ballistics Intelligence...

      Firearms: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests there were in connection with firearms in Dartford constituency in the last three years; and how many such arrests resulted...

      Firearms: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children aged (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12, (d) 13, (e) 14, (f) 15, (g) 16 and (h) 17 have been granted shotgun licences in each...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000: Compliance

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

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the merits of introducing legislative proposals for a right of appeal against seizure and removal of vehicles under...

      Offensive Weapons: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences involving (a) knives and (b) firearms were recorded in Wolverhampton South West constituency in 2009-10.

      Police: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reviews she has undertaken of efficiencies in police procurement.

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to review the administrative burden on the police consequent on the requirements of (a) the Office of Surveillance...

      Sexual Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) prosecuted and (d) convicted in respect of offences under section 53A of the...

  • Attorney-General

    • Disclosure of Information: Homicide

      To ask the Attorney General what guidance the Crown Prosecution Service issues on disclosure to the families of alleged victims of manslaughter of the content of discussions on possible charges...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposal to withdraw child benefit from households where a parent earns over £44,000 per...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of women who will receive a reduction in their state pension as a result of the Government's proposed...

      Construction: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents have been recorded in the construction industry in each year since 2004.

      Construction: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of construction industry to the public purse in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assistance will be offered by his Department to those who are found fit for work after a medical assessment for disability living...

      Equality: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to publish equality impact assessments undertaken by his Department as part of the comprehensive spending review; and if he...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the construction industry on health and safety regulation.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and...

      Maternity Pay: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the extension of maternity pay to adoptive parents; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his plans are for the future of Remploy Ltd.

      Social Security Benefits: Stirling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Stirling constituency receive more than £26,000 a year in benefits, excluding child benefit and disability living...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal-fired Power Stations: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive on the regulation of carbon dioxide emission rates from...

    • Fuel Poverty

      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) East Hampshire constituency and (b) the county of...

      Fuel Poverty: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to help reduce fuel poverty in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

      Geo-engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on the use of geo-engineering to combat the effects of climate change; and whether his Department has...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the (a) annual operating leak rate of fluorocarbons from heat pumps and (b) percentage of the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of (a) the average cost of the installation of air source heat pumps, including the cost of domestic...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential contribution to global warming of the use of the refrigerants (a) R404A, (b) R407C, (c)...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of making eligible for the proposed higher rate feed-in tariff those...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the contribution of the implementation of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to...

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to publish equality impact assessments undertaken by his Department as part of the comprehensive spending...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to require broadcasters to increase to 20% the proportion of their programming which has audio description;...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will commission research to assess (a) the power consumption of DAB receivers, (b) the prevalence of the use of DAB+...

      Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to encourage community radio.

      Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to increase the availability of community radio licences.

      Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the partners of the Canvas joint venture on access to the Canvas platform for local...

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on free entry to national museums; and if he will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of hosting the teams competing in the London 2012 Olympic games.

      Regional Screen Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans his Department has for the Regional Screen Agency.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence he has had with each representative of S4C between 6 May and 8 June 2010; and if...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure Project Canvas does not inhibit the development of new local television companies.

      Television: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that the development of new television channels does not receive public subsidy.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many households in City of Chester constituency claim a free television licence; and how many such households include a...

      Television: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has had any recent discussions about the provision of interpreter services for deaf or hard of hearing television...

      Video Recordings Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on reform of the Video Recordings Act 1984 to end the requirement of film distributors to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the practice of local authorities in seeking the prosecution of those who have not registered on the Electoral Roll.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis is for his Department's estimate of the contribution from the public purse to keep people in...

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make an assessment of the appropriate amount of land to be set aside for use as allotment land for each category of...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which directorate of his Department has responsibility for the (a) formulation and (b) implementation of policy on reducing...

      Building Regulations: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the responses received to Question 86 of his Department's building regulations consultation referred to on...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to publish equality impact assessments undertaken by his Department as part of the comprehensive spending...

      Empty Dwelling Management and Enforced Sale Procedure Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how long on average it has taken from application to the granting of an (a) empty dwelling management and (b) enforced sale...

      Empty Property: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) privately-owned and (b) social sector homes in (i) Peterborough and (ii) the East of England were vacant in each...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals for mandatory energy efficiency standards for homes in the private rented sector; and if he...

      Enforced Sale Procedure Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many enforced sale orders each local authority has obtained since such orders were introduced; and which local authorities...

      Homes and Communities Agency: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will ensure that the (a) assets and (b) income from assets currently held by the Homes and Communities Agency in the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce his Department's plans for incentives for developers of new houses.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for sustainable house building in the period from 2010 to 2015.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to reduce levels of regulation applying to new housing developments.

      Housing: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average density of new housing in (a) Peterborough and (b) the East of England in each of the...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the New Homes Bonus scheme will apply to empty homes brought back into use by local authorities.

      Housing: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of service personnel normally resident in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d)...

      Housing: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the sites for which Newcastle City Council sought funding as part of its Single Home...

      Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made a recent estimate of the (a) number and (b) monetary value of homes which could be built on undeveloped...

      Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of homes in Peterborough were (a) owner-occupied, (b) privately-rented and (c) socially-rented...

      Housing: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on forcing sale on unsecured debts of less than £25,000; and what assessment he has made of the likely...

      Infrastructure: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what process his Department plans to follow for applications for major infrastructure projects which have entered the planning...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to those wishing to prepare a bid to establish a local enterprise partnership; and what...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to make the tendering process of local government building contracts more accessible to small and...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for the revision of the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity.

      Mobile Homes: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Residential Regulatory Tribunal Service in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will withdraw planning circular 01/2006.

      Planning: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to revoke the current planning circulars relating to Travellers; and if he will make a statement.

      Registered Social Landlords: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate has been made of the number of registered social landlords who own undeveloped land in (a) Peterborough...

      Thurrock Borough Council: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to raise standards of financial management at Thurrock Borough Council; and if he will make...

  • International Development

    • Death: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what methods his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of its programmes in reducing the under-5 mortality rate.

    • Pakistan: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which organisations his Department has granted aid funding to assist recovery following the recent floods in Pakistan.

      Zimbabwe: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on the payment of pensions to officials of the Government who worked in Zimbabwe prior to...

  • Education

    • Bercow Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to arrange and support an independent 18 month review of progress on implementing the recommendations of the Bercow Review of...

    • Children: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to (a) reduce the number of children and young people acting as carers and (b) assist children and young people...

      Children's Play: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will provide funds under the Playmaker Scheme for projects at (a) Castle Park and (b) High Woods Country Park in Colchester.

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on bottled water in 2008.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people are employed at his Department's site in Darlington.

      Departmental Training

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

      Family and Parenting Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what level of funding is allocated to the Family and Parenting Institute in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve sex education in England to reduce the number of (a) unwanted pregnancies and (b) cases of sexually transmitted...

      History: A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of pupils were entered for history A-level in each local authority in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will encourage secondary schools to appoint counsellors for pupils recommended by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  • Treasury

    • Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was collected in corporation tax from companies trading in Northern Ireland in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Crown Currency Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on the regulation of Crown Currency Exchange; whether compensation will be...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future number of staff of his Department engaged in reducing tax avoidance and evasion; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter of 1 September from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding Sandwell Homes.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many incorrect PAYE codes have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs to taxpayers in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the amount of...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many HM Revenue and Customs' Pay As You Earn customer reviews from tax years (a) 2005-06, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2002-03 and (e)...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place for individuals to appeal against assessments made by HM Revenue and Customs on liability for the underpayment of PAYE tax as a...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether an assessment has been made of the likely effects of the miscalculation of tax liabilities under the PAYE system on recipients of means-tested...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many PAYE taxpayers owed less than £300 and had their debts written off by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what the...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amounts foregone by the Exchequer in tax reliefs or allowances in the latest period for which figures are available; in...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on church repairs of the recovery of VAT on maintenance costs; and if he will make a statement.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Claims: Errors

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

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how much was owed to hon. and right hon. Members in unpaid...

      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...

      Members: Telephone Services

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSA)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the one year cancer survival rate was for each type of cancer in people aged (a) 49 years and under, (b) 50 to 59 years, (c) 60 to 69 years,...

    • Charities: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the most recent national survey of charities and social enterprises; when the last such...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) live births and (b) stillbirths there were in each region of England in each year since 2007.

      Civil Servants: Awards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether there is any cost to the public purse of holding the annual Civil Service awards.

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on bottled water in each year since 2008.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials his Department has appointed on fixed-term contracts since 7 May 2010.

      Employment: Chester

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the working population of City of Chester constituency is employed by the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what exemptions from single tendering processes are allowed to Departments awarding contracts to external organisations.

      Government Departments: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps have been taken to broaden access to internships to under-represented minorities across Government departments; and if he will make a statement.

      National Citizenship Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what process he plans to follow to determine the skills to be offered under the National Citizen Service; and how civil society organisations can...

      Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 16 September 2010, Official Report, column 1222, on older people, for what reason estimates are not produced for the number...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average income of (a) a household and (b) a single parent household was in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) Redcar constituency in...

      Public Houses: Urban Areas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has made an estimate of the number of public houses in urban areas which have closed in the last 12 months.

      Social Enterprises: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what support his Department provides for people to (a) establish micro social enterprises and (b) connect with existing social enterprise networks.

      Social Enterprises: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether funds from the Big Society Bank will be available to social enterprises which operate community-owned renewable energy schemes.

      Social Enterprises: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many social enterprises were started in (a) Warwick and Leamington constituency, (b) Warwickshire and (c) the West Midlands in each year since 2000.

      Third Sector: Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what mechanisms are in place for monitoring compliance by individual local authorities with the provisions of the Compact on relations with the...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Hartlepool constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England had been unemployed for more than six months in each of the last...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many of the 467,000 unfilled vacancies identified by the Office for National Statistics vacancy survey in the three months to August 2010 were (a)...

  • Health

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish on his Department's website links to information on the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis for patients and clinicians which...

    • Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the ability of GP consortia to commission rheumatoid arthritis services appropriately.

      Big Drink Debate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff attended each Big Drink Debate event; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding his Department has allocated for expenditure on dementia services in 2010-11; and under what budgetary headings he expects such...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with NHS trusts on the distribution of funding provided through the National Dementia Strategy; and if he will...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he expects implementation of the National Dementia Strategy to include steps to improve the quality of care for people with alcohol-related...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department provided for medical research into dementia in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10; and what percentage of his...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are currently employed by his Department, broken down by (a) grade and (b) age; and how many were so employed in (i) 1980, (ii) 1983,...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 14 October 2010, Official Report, columns 505-06, on public bodies reform, what the functions of the Advisory Committee on...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 14 October 2010, Official Report, columns 505-06, on public bodies reform, what the functions of the Scientific Advisory...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to recruit staff to senior Civil Service posts in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to reduce the number of children and young people at high risk of potentially preventable complications of diabetes.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2010, Official Report, columns 1110-11W, on general practitioners: finance, what funding formula the NHS...

      Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of patients with a haematological cancer who receive chemotherapy (a) in total and (b) at home.

      Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his most recent estimate is on the average length of hospital stay for people with haematological cancers after (a) elective and (b)...

      Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he made of the cost to the public purse of (a) surgical interventions, (b) complex radiotherapy, (c) chemotherapy and (d) stem cell...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of the appropriate number of implantations of (a) pacemakers and (b) implantable cardiac defibrillators per...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assess the contribution of insulin pump therapy use to improving the quality of life of people with type 1 diabetes; (2) if he will take...

      Midwives: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the age profile is of midwives employed by the NHS.

      National Stroke Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to review progress on implementation of the National Stroke Strategy.

      NHS: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statutory duties are placed upon local authority health overview and scrutiny committees; and which such duties they will retain in 2014.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 14 October 2010, Official Report, columns 505-06, on public bodies reform, how many staff are employed by the Scientific...

      Respiratory Diseases

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

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the exercise by local authorities of powers restricting smoking in public places.

      Social Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to consult social workers on proposed changes to arrangements for their registrations.

      Social Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the proposed new body for the regulation of social workers include the term social work in its title.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice is provided to carers and families of people who have had a stroke on (a) dietary requirements and (b) future stroke prevention following...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has commissioned on (a) strokes and (b) related conditions in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken since 1990 to increase the standard of healthcare for people who have had a stroke; and if he will make a statement.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what aftercare is provided on discharge from hospital to people who have had a stroke; and if he will make a statement.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he made of the number of (a) men and (b) women in each age group in each health authority area who had a stroke at each level of severity...

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to prevent children from viewing tobacco displays; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Alternatives To Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for future funding of the intensive alternative to custody programme for offenders in Derbyshire.

    • Coroners and Justice Act 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implementation of section 155 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, with...

      David Kelly Death Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have held meetings relating to the death of Dr David Kelly since his appointment; and who was...

      Defamation: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of civil legal aid which is spent on libel cases.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) officials of his Department and (b) external advisers are working on his Department's review of short sentences.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 at...

      Pleural Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects his Department to begin making payments in respect of pleural plaques; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of prisoners absconded from (a) Prescoed Prison, Usk and (b) each other open prison in 2009; (2) how many of the prisoners who...

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of food supplied to prisons under contracts negotiated by the National Offender Management Service was domestically produced in the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) Probation Service staff numbers and (b) prisoners in Greater London of Probation Service...

      Prosecutions: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for offences under section 32(1) of the Chiropractors Act 1994 in each year since 2000.

      Trials: Administrative delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) caseload, (b) processing times and (c) the number of adjournments in courts in Greater London...

      Prisoner Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to increase the proportion of time that prisoners spend in purposeful activity.

      Welfare Benefit Cases: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on legal aid in respect of defendants in cases involving welfare benefits in each year since 2007.

      Welfare Benefit Cases: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on legal aid in respect of defendants in cases involving welfare benefits in each year since 2007.

      Crown Court Sentencing Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Crown Court sentencing survey forms in assisting judges in their sentencing duties.

      Prison Service Staff: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the provision of training for prison service staff on the management of offenders with...

      Prison Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of the prison building programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to increase the administrative efficiency of magistrates' courts.

      Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the recent draft findings ACCC/C/2008/33 of the UNECE Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee on compliance by the United Kingdom...

      Courts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects on the (a) caseload, (b) processing times and (c) number of adjournments in courts in...

      Criminal Justice System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the cost-effectiveness of (a) the criminal justice system and (b) early intervention and prevention of crime...

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on bottled water in the financial year 2009-10.

      Legal Aid: Washington: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many family legal practices in Washington and Sunderland West constituency providing legal aid services will not be eligible to do so following the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to end targets for the Probation Service for the purpose of increasing the efficiency of that service.

      Rape: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information he holds on the average time taken between charges being brought and a rape case coming to trial in the latest period for which figures...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Witham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what incentives his Department has put in place to encourage small businesses in Witham constituency to offer apprenticeships.

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Government have spent on arms exports in each of the last five years; and how much has been spent in each such year...

      Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprises used the Business Link service in financial year (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c)...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the merits of requiring organisations not to withhold their number when undertaking...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the implications for the distribution of European Union funds of replacing...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanisms he plans to adopt to ensure that remaining unspent funds allocated to regions of England under the European...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions (a) he had with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and (b) further education colleges or their...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the borrowing ability of general further education colleges of the...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effect on general further education colleges of the reclassification of them as part of...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to assist further education colleges whose borrowing ability is affected by their reclassification as part...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the monetary value of loans taken out by general further education colleges in 2010-11; and if he...

      Further Education: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to reduce the number of non-departmental public bodies involved in the further education sector.

      Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of school leavers from ethnic minority groups entering higher education.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he had with (a) the Secretary of State for Scotland, (b) the Scottish Executive and (c) Universities Scotland...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has (a) estimated the optimal geographic area to be covered by a local enterprise partnership (LEP), (b) estimated...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students were enrolled on each midwifery course at each higher education institution in the latest period for which...

      One NorthEast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ensure that the (a) assets and (b) income from assets held by the North East Regional Development Agency remain in...

      Public Houses: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the proportion of those pubs in rural areas which have closed in the last 12 months...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria his Department plans to use to determine the outcome of applications to the Regional Growth Fund.

      Research: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he made of the effectiveness of the Research Assessment Exercise in evaluating the quality of research undertaken...

      Skilled Workers: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme on the...

      Skilled Workers: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to provide support for the construction industry.

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of loans made by the Student Loans Company in each of the last five years; and what he expects the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people who took out student loans between 1998 and 2009 who will not have repaid the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average debt repayment by graduates to the Student Loans Company in each financial year since...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the likely percentage of graduates who will have paid off their debt from the Student Loans...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to promote agricultural research in low-income countries to improve crop yields.

    • Azerbaijan

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether the re-transmission of foreign broadcasts on national FM frequencies, which was stopped by the government of Azerbaijan on 1 January 2009, has recommenced;...

      Bailiffs

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in each year from 2005 to 2009 bailiffs were used to collect unpaid court fines in England and Wales; and what was the cost in each year to...

      Banking

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what directions they have given to those banks in which the taxpayers have a holding concerning the provision of mortgages of 90 per cent or more to first time buyers.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what they have done to ensure that arrangements for bonus clawback work as they and the Financial Services Authority envisage; and whether the amounts clawed back...

      Banking: Iceland

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial support they have paid to retail depositors in Icelandic banks to date; how much of that has been retrieved; and what is the estimate of the...

      Banks: Lending

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Sassoon on 28 July (Official Report, col. 1289-92), whether they provide guidance to the Bank of England regarding the asset purchase...

      Banks: Lending

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the reply by Lord Sassoon on 28 July (Official Report, col. 1289-92), what assessment they have made of the decline in the M4 monetary measure and its...

      Banks: Lending

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy to encourage banks to increase lending to small businesses.

      Bees

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the Action Plan launched by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to facilitate licensing of new honey bee medicines.

      Charities Act 2006

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government when the workings of the Charities Act 2006 were last reviewed.

      Coroners' Inquests

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or coroners in England and Wales publish details of inquests held, names of deceased, date of death, verdicts, and any jury or coroner...

      Courts Service: Debt Collection

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) full-time, and (b) part-time, court enforcement officers were employed by HM Court Service in each year from 2005 to 2009 in England and Wales.

      Courts Service: Digital Records

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the cost of giving the public direct access to existing official digital records of High Court proceedings.

      Courts: Fines

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many unpaid court fines for which enforcement warrants were issued there were in each year from 2005 to 2009 in England and Wales.

      Courts: Fines

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of unpaid court fines in England and Wales in each year from 2005 to 2009.

      Courts: Fines

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual cost of employing court enforcement officers to ensure compliance with warrants for the non-payment of fines in England and Wales in each year...

      Cybermoor Ltd

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many kilometres of fibre optic cables have been inserted into the ducts laid in the Alston, Cybermoor and Fibremoor projects in Cumbria by Cybermoor Ltd. To...

      Data Protection

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Jones on 17 June (WA 127), what assessment they have made of the impact of data protection legislation on the...

      Deaf Children

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will respond to the National Deaf Children's Society's report Hands up for Help! which calls for deaf children to have fair access to help from...

      Electoral Commission

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to public funds of the case by the Electoral Commission against the United Kingdom Independence Party.

      Energy: Electricity

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what public intervention subsidy is given to home generators of electricity by (a) photo voltaic cells, (b) water wheels, and (c) wind generators; and what is the...

      Energy: Nuclear Industry

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards strengthening the Manufacturing Advisory Service to support British-based suppliers to the nuclear industry; and what public...

      EU: Economy

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how the new European supervisory authorities and the European Systematic Risk Board will be funded; and how the United Kingdom's contribution will be determined...

      EU: Economy

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many members the European supervisory authorities and the European Systematic Risk Board will have; and who will represent the United Kingdom on each.

      EU: Intelligence Services

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what is the purpose of the European Union Joint Situation Centre; what are its powers; whether it has relationships with the United Kingdom security services; and...

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give details of all agreements made with the European Union since 12 May which give the Union new powers or extend existing powers; and what...

      EU: Parliamentary Sovereignty

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish a mechanism to monitor the activities of the institutions of the European Union, including the European Parliament, in relation to...

      EU: Taxation

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Union's proposal to raise direct tax; and how much they estimate this may cost the British economy.

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with their European partners regarding the European Union Israel Association Agreement.

      European Parliament

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the framework agreement agreed between the European Commission and the European Parliament to give the Parliament additional...

      First Trust Bank

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 27 September (WA 399) concerning pension provision for former employers of the First Trust Bank, whether they...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills staff have received, or are due to receive, increments in pay in the year ended 5...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of Communities and Local Government staff have received or are due to receive increments in pay in the year ended 5 April 2011; and what...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of staff at the Government Equalities Office have received or are due to receive increments in pay in the year ending 5 April 2011; and...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of Northern Ireland Office staff have received or are due to receive increments in pay in the year ending 5 April 2011; and what is the...

      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 no bonuses are paid and all salaries and...

      Government Departments: Websites

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

      Government Ministerial Duties

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what is the full range of Ministerial responsibilities of the Minister without Portfolio.

      Government: Ministerial Salaries

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual salary paid to the Minister without Portfolio; and from which departmental budget it is paid.

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what official engagements have been carried out by the Minister without Portfolio since her appointment.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States on the future of Guantanamo Bay and its implications for the credibility of the United...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 2010 report from the United States Department of Veterans' Gulf War Illnesses Task Force to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs...

      Health: Dementia

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance there is for clinicians on how to manage the behavioural symptoms of dementia.

      Human Rights

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures exist to enable officials of the European Court of Human Rights to take part in human rights dialogues between the United Kingdom and other Council...

      Independent Networks Co-operative Association

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government who monitors the activities of the Content Industries Directorate at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to ensure that the key performance...

      India: Orissa

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of India to ensure that the Rt Rev. Raphael Cheenath and Dr John Dyal are granted a fair trial in...

      Insolvency

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the desirability of a common cross-border insolvency regime for systemically important banks; and what steps, if any, they have...

      International Monetary Fund

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to reduce the United Kingdom's representation on the International Monetary Fund; and, if so, what assessment they have made of the impact...

      Israel

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding five cases between May and July 2010 of children shot in the legs whilst collecting...

      Israel

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Israel's compliance with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its transparency regarding its nuclear activities.

      Israel and Palestine

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the alleged torture and abuse of Palestinian children held in detention by Israel.

      Israel and Palestine

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the alleged use of Palestinian children as human shields by the Israeli military; and what representations they have made to the...

      Kyrgyzstan

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the elections in Kyrgyzstan were free and fair, and whether the result represents the will of the people.

      Kyrgyzstan

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what will be their priorities when making representations to the new Government in Kyrgyzstan.

      Local Government Improvement and Development Agency

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are directly employed by the Local Government Improvement and Development Agency; how much it spent in the last five years on consultancy fees; and...

      Local Government: Economic Development

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for innovation centres and business and science parks and their funding.

      National Coal Board: Compensation

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many miners employed by the National Coal Board were denied compensation under the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease scheme on the ground that they were...

      National Coal Board: Compensation

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many miners employed by the National Coal Board received compensation under the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease scheme even though they never worked...

      Niqabs

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to proposals for a ban on the niqab in the United Kingdom.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether all funding paid to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has been spent in pursuit of the legal objectives set out for the commission.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence they have had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since 8 July.

      Pensions

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government which new participating employers have enrolled in the Universities Superannuation Scheme in the past three years; what are the criteria governing admissions for...

      Pensions

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria used to determine a person's eligibility to receive (a) a single person's state pension, and (b) a married couple's state pension.

      Police: Horses

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual cost of (a) recruiting, (b) training, (c) equipping, and (d) maintaining, horses for use by the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police in...

      Police: Pursuits

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government when the code of practice on the management of police pursuits will be issued to police forces, following the public consultation conducted by the National...

      Police: Restraint

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not set up an inquiry into the fatal restraint of Olaseni Lewis by police called to the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, Kent, on 31 August.

      Police: Restraint

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to set up an inquiry into the fatal restraint of Colin Holt from Gillingham, Kent, on 31 August.

      Pollinator Services

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to fund data research into co-ordinated monitoring programmes for pollinator groups.

      Pollinator Services

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to co-ordinate a one-stop shop Government agency to maintain pollinator services in the United Kingdom.

      Pollinator Services

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are participating in any national, European or international pollinator initiatives under the aegis of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

      Prisoners: Voting

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord McNally on 30 June (WA 289) and 22 July (WA 251), whether they will take into account the views of the public when reaching...

      Prisons: Corruption

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to eliminate staff corruption in prisons.

      Quangos

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 12 July (WA 1101), which other central government quangos they have announced their intention to...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 27 September (WA 553), whether they will make a full economic assessment of their decision to abolish the...

      Royal Mail

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the Royal Mail.

      Schools: Academies

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials in the Department for Education are employed to promote schools moving to Academy status; and what are their job descriptions.

      Schools: Free Schools

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications to form free schools have been rejected.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been instances of staff at the Serious Fraud Office experiencing allergic reactions and burns from material that has been stored over long...

      Sir Philip Green

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 28 September (HL1964), whether Sir Philip Green or his advisers have been given access to details of any aspect...

      Sir Philip Green

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether Sir Philip Green will be permitted to (a) publish, or (b) comment upon, the result or a summary thereof of his review into their expenditure.

      Sir Philip Green

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government which Secretaries of State, Ministers and Senior Civil Servants Sir Philip Green and Mr Ian Grabiner met, and when, in the six weeks before the announcement that...

      Swimming Teachers' Association

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether the charity Swimming Teachers' Association will remain a QCA-accredited awarding body for swimming teaching qualifications.

      Taxation

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect citizens to organise their tax affairs in order to maximise tax payable.

      Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring into force the provisions of the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.

      Tourism

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take into account the impact on areas like Cumbria of the proposal to replace the current day visitors indicator with an indicator based on...

      Turkey

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted a cost benefit analysis of the consequences of Turkish membership of the European Union.

      Vietnam

      To Ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Vietnam to promote religious freedom and protect individuals' rights to freedom of belief, in light of...

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