Written answers

Monday, 25 October 2010

  • Wales

    • Departmental Interns

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

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on overseas visits for senior officials in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on overseas visits for senior officials in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the statement of 12 October 2010, Official Report, columns 155-57, on higher education and student finance, whether he (a) has had and...

  • Transport

    • Boats: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether boatmasters working on the River Thames who fail the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's compulsory re-test will be entitled to claim compensation...

    • Boats: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether boatmasters working on the River Thames will be able to remain in service if they hold a licence valid until the end of 2011, irrespective of...

      Buckshaw Village Station: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects works at Buckshaw Village Train Station will commence; when the station is scheduled to open; and how many trains are planned to stop...

      Bus Services: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2010, Official Report, column 417W, on rapid transport systems: Bedfordshire, what the name is of each private...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many statutory duties were placed on local authorities by legislation introduced by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997;...

      Driving Tests: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving tests were conducted at (a) Wednesbury, (b) Wolverhampton and (c) Kingstanding test centre in (i) each of the last three years and...

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications his Department has received to its Exceptional Hardship Scheme in respect of the proposed High Speed Two rail link; and if he...

      M4: Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what modelling studies his Department undertook when developing its proposals to suspend the M4 bus lane; and what assessment he has made of (a) the...

      Merchant Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to conclude his review of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Stations: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Network Rail plans to open new train stations in the North East region.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of new high speed rail lines for communities beyond the reach of each proposed route.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate his Department has made of the (a) carbon dioxide emissions consequent on the construction of the London to Birmingham High Speed...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential effects of raising the existing cap on annual increases for train fares on the number of people commuting by train...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the costs of High Speed 2 he expects to be met from European Union funds.

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of (a) additional peak-time passengers to be transported and (b) passenger hours to be saved as a result of the...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on projected passenger numbers on the West Coast Main Line until 2020.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to meet EU air quality targets at Heathrow and in the surrounding area.

    • Animal Housing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect on small sanctuaries of the definition of a zoo set out in the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in her Department and its non-departmental...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for how many days on average her Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2009-10.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in her Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days , (d) 15 to...

      Diversified Farm Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number of its staff who have operated diversified farm businesses.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to publish equality impact assessments undertaken by her Department as part of the comprehensive spending...

      Farmers: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of farmers who applied for bankruptcy in each of the last five years.

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate her Department has made of the level and proportion of income for farmers that is expected to come from...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take steps to promote the introduction of a country of origin labelling regime for meat and fish products...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had with supermarkets and food companies on food labelling policy.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she made of the cost to her Department and its non-departmental public bodies of compliance with (a) domestic,...

      Natural England: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed by Natural England in 2009-10; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Public Bodies: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the potential saving to the public purse of the reconstitution of the Darwin Advisory...

      Public Bodies: Reform

      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, what estimate she...

      Rural Communities: Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the nature of rural communities is reflected in the outcome of the...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will assess the feasibility of a national social tariff for water charges; (2) what discussions she has had...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of the Government's strategy in Helmand province to December 2014.

    • Azerbaijan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the state of relations between the UK and Azerbaijan.

      Bahrain: Politics and government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he (a) plans to make and (b) has made representations to the Kingdom of Bahrain on the forthcoming elections to the...

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the number of British citizens being held as (a) prisoners and (b) political prisoners in...

      Civil Liberties : Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on civil rights in Zimbabwe.

      Departmental Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on continuity of education allowance at (a) Charterhouse School, (b) Dulwich College, (c) Eton...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for International...

      Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to how many foreign (a) diplomatic staff and (b) members of the household of such staff his Department had granted diplomatic...

      Falkland Islands: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with the government of (a) the Falkland Islands and (b) Argentina on oil...

      Falkland Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received recent representations from the government of Argentina on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.

      Henderson Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to preserve biodiversity on Henderson Island.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation of the Baha'i population in Iran.

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of ministerial salaries in his Department in 2010-11.

      Nagorno-Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in the OSCE Minsk Group discussions on the future of Nagorno-Karabakh.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Minister for Overseas Territories plans to visit the Pitcairn Islands in 2010-11.

      Pitcairn Islands

      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 Pitcairn Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the Pitcairn Islands.

      Uganda: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on (a) freedom of speech in Uganda and (b) confiscation by the Ugandan authorities of...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the treatment by Ugandan police of Dr Kizza Besigye on 9 June 2010; what assessment he has made...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which programmes and projects he has funded to raise awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child overseas in the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of quality management statements in assisting with contract decisions by his...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department received bonuses and other payments in each year since the Department's inception; and what the...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many senior civil service staff his Department has recruited in each year since its inception; at what cost to the public purse...

      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 Warwick and Leamington constituency in fuel poverty...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the Government's position as operator of last resort in the event of the insolvency of a private owner of a...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what estimate he has made of the likely growth in the private sector of the Northern Ireland economy in each of the next three years; (2)...

    • Intelligence Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2010, Official Report, column 516W, on the intelligence services, on what date each meeting at ministerial...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many officials in the Government Equalities Office have been (a) subject to disciplinary action, (b) removed from post, (c) transferred to...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many days the Government Equalities Office has lost to staff sickness in each year since its inception; and what estimate she made of the cost to...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many officials in the Government Equalities Office have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the cost to the Government Equalities Office of compliance with (a) domestic, (b) European and (c) other...

  • Justice

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contracts his Department has with Capita; and how much it has paid to Capita under such contracts in 2010-11 to date.

    • Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on HM Land Registry of the proposed reduction in his Department's budget announced in the...

      Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Commission on a British Bill of Rights will consider the extent to which children's rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child...

      Convictions: Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for offences relating to shop theft in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Courts: Devon and Cornwall

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department have been (a) subject to disciplinary action, (b) removed from post, (c) transferred to another position and (d)...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how many days on average his Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2009-10.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days his Department has lost to staff sickness in each year since its inception; and what estimate he made of the cost to his Department of...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20 days, (e) 20 to 25...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he made of the cost to his Department and its non-departmental public bodies of compliance with (a) domestic, (b) European and (c) other...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners refused to comply with direction for a relocation to another prison in the latest period for which figures are available; and for what...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners were released (a) before the scheduled end of sentence, (b) after the scheduled end of sentence and (c) on...

      Prisoners: Devon and Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects on prisoner numbers in Devon and Cornwall of Probation Service expenditure reductions...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on education services for prisoners in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were engaged in education services in each year since 1997; and what the average cost to the public purse per prisoner was of...

      Prisoners: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on food and refreshment services for prisoners (a) in total, (b) per prisoner per meal and (c) per prisoner per day in...

      Prisoners: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the public purse per day of housing a prisoner in each category was in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to enable prisoners to give media interviews; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many additional days were added to prisoners' sentences in each of the last 10 years; and for what reasons days were so added in each such year.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons convicted of (a) between five and nine, (b) between 10 and 14 and (c) 15 or more offences in each of the last three years did not...

      Small Businesses: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many owners of small businesses employing 10 people or fewer have applied to participate in the employment tribunal system since May 2010.

  • Defence

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many days on average his Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2009-10.

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20 days, (e) 20 to 25...

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the written ministerial statement of 21 April 2009, Official Report, columns 6-7WS, on nuclear test veterans' health research, what...

      Mental Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the recommendations relating to his Department of the report by the Government Office for Science, Foresight on Mental...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many George Medals have been awarded in each of the last three years.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Conspicuous Gallantry Cross medals have been awarded in each of the last three years.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to publish the report on the Trident Value for Money Review.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the distribution of aid in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many aid projects sponsored by his Department have been completed in Afghanistan since 2001.

      Africa: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) structural adjustment programmes and (b) poverty reduction strategy papers on...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many contracts his Department has with Capita; and how much it has paid to Capita under such contracts in 2010-11 to date.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in his Department have been (a) subject to disciplinary action, (b) removed from post, (c) transferred to another...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was paid to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in addition to...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in his Department in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he made of the cost to his Department and its non-departmental public bodies of compliance with (a) domestic, (b)...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days his Department has lost to staff sickness in each year since 1997; and what estimate he made of the cost to his...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20 days,...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2010, Official Report, column 920W, on developing countries: maternity services, what datasets...

      Henderson Island: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department plans to allocate to programmes related to the preservation of biodiversity on Henderson Island in each...

      Henderson Island: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of future levels of biodiversity on Henderson Island; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to support (a) food aid programmes and (b) agricultural development in each country in...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what types of aid his Department has given to Pakistan to assist with the aftermath of the recent floods; and what the (a) monetary...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) his international counterparts on the Pitcairn Islands in the...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department allocated to programmes in the Pitcairn Islands in each of the last 10 years.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on the return of Tamils to their homes.

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the distribution of aid to the Tamil...

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department allocated for expenditure through the World Bank in each of the last five years; for what purposes such funding...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on overseas visits for senior officials in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions have been brought in respect of offences relating to female genital mutilation in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on national public awareness campaigns to reduce the level of (a) alcohol abuse, (b) drug abuse and (c)...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to implement her proposal to prohibit the sale of alcohol below cost price following the consultation on...

      Border Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the French government on the border controls at (a) Calais, (b) Gare du Nord and (c) Charles de...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on the e-Borders programme of the absence of an agreement at EU level on passenger data...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department has with Capita; and how much it has paid to Capita under such contracts in 2010-11 to date.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2010, Official Report, column 201W, on the Criminal Records Bureau, what estimate she has made of the...

      Criminal Records: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) nationally and (b) resident in Hastings and Rye constituency have been subject to more than one Criminal Records Bureau...

      EU Economic Migrant Cap

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effect on foreign direct investment of the inclusion of inter-company transfers within the...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department and its non-departmental public bodies of implementing and monitoring...

      European Arrest Warrant: Dr Daniel Ubani

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date her Department received an application for the arrest of Dr Daniel Ubani under the European arrest warrant procedure.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many UK citizens have been (a) extradited and (b) transferred to face criminal proceedings in each other EU member state in each...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK Border Agency works together with (a) police officers and (b) local authorities...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2010, Official Report, column 403W, on immigration, from what countries of origin those people normally...

      Immigration: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the likely effects of her Department's cap on immigration on the number of (a) farmers, (b)...

      Immigration: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for indefinite leave to remain in the UK had their last known address in (a) the borough of Kettering and (b)...

      Immigration: Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the cost to businesses of familiarisation with provisions of immigration law.

      Immigration: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the review of the points-based immigration system as it relates to overseas students to be completed; and if she will make a...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to implement her Department's proposals to end the storage of internet and email records without good reason.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to create a right of appeal in respect of the rulings of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to establish further accountability mechanisms in respect of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2010, Official Report, column 304W, on khat, whether her Department has undertaken a breakdown of the...

      Passports: Islamabad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports are being held at the embassy in (a) Islamabad and (b) Abu Dhabi pending return to visa applicants.

      Police: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made under section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 (a) nationally and (b) by each police force since April...

      Police: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Bassetlaw (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in 2007.

      Police: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much compensation has been paid to people whose properties were wrongly forcibly entered by the police in each of the last three years...

      Police: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding per head of population was allocated to Dorset Police Authority for the financial year (a) 2010-11 and (b) 1996-97.

      Police: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to increase the use of body-worn video and camera equipment by police officers.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated to each police authority area for the financial year (a) 2010-11 and (b) 1996-97.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments to the (a) current and (b) previous chief constable of Essex police (i) have been made during each of the last three years...

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days each police force lost to sickness absence (a) in total and (b) per officer in each of the last three years.

      Police: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police force spent on overtime (a) in total and (b) on average per officer in each of the last three years.

      Serious Crime Divisions: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many brothel visits have been made by officers from Serious Crime Division 9 in the Metropolitan police area in each month since January 2010.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many grants of settlement have been made (a) on the basis of employment with a work permit and (b) to (i) spouses and (ii) dependants...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 September 2010, Official Report, column 179W, on Audit Commission, what steps his Department...

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the monetary value of local authority funding for (a) all charities, (b) charities working with...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public...

      Fire Services: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) retained and (b) full-time fire crew there were at each fire station in Bassetlaw on the latest date for which...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future funding of fire authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology his Department uses to collect data on homeless people; and whether he plans to take further steps to identify...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of people who are homeless (a) nationally, (b) in London, (c) in Lambeth...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to introduce proposals to devolve powers and responsibility to town and parish councils; and if he will make a...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to enable local authorities to reintroduce the committee system.

      Local Government: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of days lost to sickness absence in each local authority in each of the last...

      Non-domestic Rates: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what effect on levels of revenue the removal of business rate relief on (a) industrial property, (b) retail property, (c)...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances a local planning decision may be called in for determination by the Secretary of State; and if he will...

      Residential Property Tribunal Service: Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to lay before the House secondary legislation to transfer jurisdiction for park homes to the Residential Property...

      Social Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to review the provisions of the Housing Act 2002 and associated guidance on housing allocation to enable...

      Voluntary Organisations: Newton Abbot

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Opening of Parliament

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost was of the State Opening of Parliament in 2010.

  • Leader of the House

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals to provide more time for the committee stage of private Members' Bills.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Referendums: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he made an assessment of the findings of the 2007 Gould report on Scottish elections before selecting 5 May 2011 as the date for the proposed referendum...

  • Education

    • Departmental Contracts

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

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) officials and (b) external advisers are working on the forthcoming Green Paper on special educational needs and disabilities.

      Sixth Form Education: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to allocate capital funding to sixth form colleges funded by the Young People's Learning Agency at the same level as that allocated to...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce the number of teenagers who become pregnant in England.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what programmes and projects his Department has funded to raise public awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the last five years.

      Voluntary Organisations: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what contracts his Department has awarded to voluntary sector organisations in the last two years; and what the monetary value was of each such contract.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question (a) 14560 on the school lunch grant, (b) 14561 on the home access scheme and (c) 14564 on the School Food Trust.

      Young People: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to schools on reducing obesity among persons aged under 16 years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Resignations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of officials who were identified as being (a) from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and (b) disabled...

    • Employment: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the public sector in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Redcar constituency in each...

      Immigration: Transcaucasus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of people originating from (a) Armenia, (b) Azerbaijan and (c) Georgia who are resident in the UK.

      Lone Parents: Brighton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents were resident in Brighton, Kemptown constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the five-year survival rate from ovarian cancer was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review: Climate Change

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to include in the remit of the Strategic Defence and Security Review consideration of the effects of climate change and resource...

      Teenage Pregnancies: Peterborough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2010, Official Report, columns 998-99W, on teenage pregnancies, how many pregnancies were recorded among women...

      Third Sector: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons his Department has decided to undertake a second wave national survey of charities and social enterprises.

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to ensure compliance with Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in respect of...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department has taken to ensure that its activities are compliant with the provisions of Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what definition of a workless household his Department uses.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Next Generation Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress he has made on his plans to roll out next generation broadband.

    • Arts Council England

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

      Arts and Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of changes in his Department's levels of funding for the arts and...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to ensure the rapid roll-out of superfast broadband across the country.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of quality management statements in assisting with contract decisions for the...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many officials in his Department have been (a) subject to disciplinary action, (b) removed from post, (c) transferred...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much was paid to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in his Department and its non-departmental...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for how many days on average his Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill-health in 2009-10.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the implementation by Ofcom of its regulatory duties under the Digital...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what responsibilities he has for oversight of the discharge by Ofcom of its responsibilities under the Digital Economy Act...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on his proposals for reform of football governance rules in respect of ownership...

      Olympic Games 2010: Skipton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure a legacy for Skipton and Ripon constituency from the London 2012 Olympics.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to modernise public libraries.

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions with the (a) London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and (b)...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what timetable he has set for the implementation of his proposals for local television services; and if he will make a...

      Television: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the establishment of local television stations; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections.

    • Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances.

      Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens.

      Advisory Group on Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Advisory Group on Hepatitis.

      Alcohol Education and Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Alcohol Education and Research Council.

      Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Appointments Commission.

      Cancer: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to work with cancer charities to promote his Department's Signs and Symptoms campaign.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of setting up the Care Quality Commission; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home registrations the Care Quality Commission has (a) lost and (b) failed to process within the target timescale for processing since its...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether blood donated by people with myalgic encephalomyelitis will be removed from the blood bank in circumstances in which such donors are found to have...

      Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of transferring the commissioning of NHS primary dental care to the NHS Commissioning Board, as...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body will be responsible for commissioning salaried primary care dental services under the proposals in his Department's White Paper "Equity and...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what role consultants in dental public health will have in commissioning NHS dentistry under the proposals in his Department's White Paper "Equity...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 take...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many statutory duties were placed on local authorities by legislation introduced by his Department in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Doctors: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors currently working in the NHS gained their primary medical qualification in (a) Malawi and (b) Uganda.

      Drugs: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prisoners participating in detoxification programmes are receiving gradual reduction prescriptions.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of (a) the number of people under the age of (i) 18 and (ii) 16 years who are being prescribed (A) methadone and (B)...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of epilepsy groups on the future of epilepsy services in the National Health Service; (2)...

      Epilepsy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to encourage GPs to comply with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recommendation in the proposed Quality and...

      Expert Advisory Group on AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that payments to GP practices for the improvement of premises are maintained at adequate levels under his proposals...

      Genetics and Insurance Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Genetics and Insurance Committee.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Health Protection Agency.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the NHS Commissioning Board has to adopt the third edition of the Specialised Services National Definitions Set.

      Hepatitis C: Ealing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of hepatitis C were diagnosed in Ealing, Southall constituency in each year since 2007.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

      Human Genetics Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Human Genetics Commission.

      Human Tissue Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Human Tissue Authority.

      Independent Review Panels: Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Independent Review Panel on the Advertising of Medicines; (2) what recent assessment...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence plans to consult on the proposed protocol to be used to determine whether it assesses...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the use of neuroleptics in the management of psychosis-related conditions.

      Minor Injuries Units: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the potential closure of small injuries units at community hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      National Joint Registry Steering Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Joint Registry Steering Committee in carrying out its functions.

      NHS: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the amount of money donated to NHS institutions through charitable giving in (a) Norfolk and (b) England in each of the last...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on medicinal drugs in each of the last five years; and how much he expects it to spend in the next two years.

      NHS: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to ensure that people coming from other EU member states to work in the NHS have (a) adequate English language skills and...

      Nurses: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses currently working in the NHS gained their primary medical qualification in (a) Malawi and (b) Uganda.

      Nurses: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures his Department follows to establish whether nurses and midwives from other EU member states have sufficient English language skills to...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the implementation of his proposal to introduce free prescriptions for people with long-term conditions.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the initial costs incurred in respect of ending primary care trusts and replacing them with GP consortia in (a)...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he has made for the proposed phasing out of primary care trusts.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS patients who receive radiotherapy were treated with IMRT or GRT in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in carrying out its functions.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) commissioned or (b) evaluated research on a potential link between the swine influenza vaccine and the development of...

      Waste Disposal: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned, (b) evaluated and (c) conducted on the potential effects on health of emissions from energy...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of its staff who have run a small business employing fewer than 10 people...

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many representatives of small businesses serve on (a) boards of and (b) advisory committees associated with his Department.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the (a) time and (b) financial costs to small businesses incurred in observing the...

      Credit Reference Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with credit reference agencies on the process for correcting inaccurately recorded data.

      Data Protection: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on developing a secure communications system based on quantum cryptography for data...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration his Department has given to increasing the accessibility and attractiveness to small businesses of its website.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for how many days on average his Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2009-10.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many days his Department has lost to staff sickness in each year since his Department's inception; and what estimate he made...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what employment legislation his Department is responsible; and what progress has been made on the Government's proposed...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the cost to small businesses of the extension of the right to request flexible working.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what plans he has to bring forward further proposals for the right to request flexible working; (2) what progress is being...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on foreign direct investment in the UK of the application of UK and EU employment law.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has assessed the effect on inward investment of the introduction of additional paternity leave.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to implement his proposal to introduce student loans for people taking courses at further education colleges;...

      Higher Education and Student Finance Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposals in the Browne review of higher education on future graduates who are...

      Higher Education and Student Finance Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of universities which will be in operation 12 months after the implementation of the proposals of...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people resident in each parliamentary constituency applied to each higher education institution in each of the...

      Higher Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what plans he has for the future of the funding currently allocated by regional development agencies to strategically...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he made of the cost to his Department and its non-departmental public bodies of compliance with (a) domestic, (b)...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on ensuring that all internet service providers have (a) equal access to fibre optic cables and (b) equal...

      Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage plurality in the media market.

      Mobile Telephone Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on cooling-off periods for mobile telephone contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many visits (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have made to (i) Skipton and Ripon constituency, (ii)...

      Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Government's policy was on the proposed incorporation of human rights standards into the revised Organisation of...

      Overseas Trade: Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of (a) imports from and (b) exports to Mongolia of goods and services in each UK sector in each of...

      Parental Leave: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to implement the provisions of the EU Parental Leave Directive.

      Parental Leave: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made on the effect on small businesses of implementation of the EU Parental Leave Directive.

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2010, Official Report, column 335W, on paternity leave, what criteria his Department will...

      Retirement: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what plans his Department has to consult on the ending of the default retirement age; what the likely timetable is for such...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that Royal Mail (a) retains its name and (b) is able to retain its Royal Charter in...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to make it a condition of the sale of Royal Mail that the name Royal Mail be retained in perpetuity; and if he...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to maintain the UK's attractiveness to the scientific, technical and research sectors.

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the contribution that UK science and technology research makes to the global economy.

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist science and technology research institutions in contributing to economic growth.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) sixth form colleges, (b) general further education colleges, (c) land-based colleges, (d) art, design and...

      Training: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of women who have gained a qualification as a result of taking part in the...

      Unemployment: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the number of unemployed young people in the North East.

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to maintain the UK's opt-out from the provisions of the Working Time Directive.

  • Treasury

    • BP: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much BP has received in tax relief in respect of measures to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and what estimate he has made of the total...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many children in each constituency in Scotland live in households which will be affected by the proposed changes to the administration of child...

      Child Benefit: Livingston

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Livingston constituency are in receipt of child benefit.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department have been (a) subject to disciplinary action, (b) removed from post, (c) transferred to another position and (d)...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the change in the amount spent by his Department on legal advice between (a) 2007-08 to 2008-09 and (b) from 2008-09 to 2009-10.

      Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what severance payment was made to each (a) Minister and (b) special adviser in his Department who left office after the last general election.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days on average his Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2009-10.

      Departmental Utilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) electricity, (ii) water, (iii) heating and (iv) telephone...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the discussions on the draft EU Budget for 2011 between the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and her counterparts in Brussels on...

      Excise Duties: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the duty derogation applicable to liquid petroleum gas (a) until 2014 and (b) in subsequent years.

      Financial Services Authority: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on small insurance companies of the Financial Services Authority's new fee structure; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the financial services industry on the regulation of financial advisers.

      Land Use

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to assist people who have been affected by fraudulent land banking schemes.

      Loans: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a cap on the annual percentage rate that commercial companies can charge customers on unsecured loans.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of recording the household income of all households with children in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to publish equality impact assessments undertaken by his Department as part of the comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a...

      Revenue and Customs: Retford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax office staff are located in Retford; how many such staff there will be in October 2013; how many there were in October 2007; and if he will...

      Tax Evasion

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

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an assessment of the combined effects of the VAT rise and changes in the personal tax allowance on those (a) under and (b) over the...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) companies and (b) individuals have moved their tax domicile offshore in the last five months; and what estimate he has made of the consequent...

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the (a) administrative cost to and (b) change in the level of business for the retail industry of the proposed...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Anthony Bates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Child Support Agency's (CSA) management of the child maintenance case of Mr Anthony...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many children the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has collected maintenance payments through (a) the statutory...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many days on average his Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2009-10.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20 days, (e) 20...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements he plans to put in place for the medical assessments to be introduced for all disability living allowance claimants from...

      Employers' Liability: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond to his Department's consultation on an employer's liability insurance bureau.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what correspondence he received from the Chancellor of the Exchequer on future reductions in spending on employment and support allowance...

      Employment Schemes: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Dartford constituency participated in (a) a community taskforce and (b) work-focused training programme in the last 12 months.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he expects to have participated in the Work Choice programme by 2015.

      Employment Schemes: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2010, Official Report, column 338W, on employment schemes: Peterborough, how many people in Peterborough...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which programmes sponsored by his Department are designed to assist young people into employment in Redcar constituency.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he made of the cost to his Department and its non-departmental public bodies of compliance with (a) domestic, (b) European and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of low-income working households in receipt of housing benefit; (2) what his...

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) monitoring and (b) investigations his Department undertakes in respect of compliance with the provisions of the Reporting of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to assist residents in Pendle constituency who are in receipt of jobseeker's allowance to enter employment.

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monetary value is of his Department's contracts with KPMG; and what the monetary value is of each such contract entered into since his...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the value for money of the Motability scheme.

      National Insurance Contributions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps Jobcentre Plus takes to assist women who do not have a full national insurance contribution record to re-enter the workplace.

      National Insurance: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) non-UK EU nationals and (b) nationals of each non-EU state in each of the last eight...

      Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) staff of Jobcentre Plus and (b) other staff of his Department were based in (i) Retford and (ii) Worksop on (A) 1 October 2007...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of (a) women and (b) people in black and minority ethnic groups who would be exempted from the auto-enrolment...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who would be excluded from the requirement to pay into a workplace pension in circumstances...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of a three-month waiting period before auto-enrolment into a workplace...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent consideration he has given to the adequacy of pension providers' management of environmental, social and governance risks.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the monetary value of pensions and benefits payments that have been transferred from his Department to holders of...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Post Office card accounts were closed in each month of the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available; and what...

      Poverty: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of (a) people, (b) children and (c) pensioners in Redcar constituency were living in poverty in each year since 1997;...

      Redundancy: Wolverhampton South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assistance his Department has provided to residents of Wolverhampton South West constituency who have been made redundant in the...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to discuss with hon. Members the future of Remploy Ltd.

      Social Security Benefits : East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) East Sussex and (b) Hastings and Rye constituency were in receipt of benefits other than disability living...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new claimants of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance there were in each relevant year since 2005.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women aged 50 to 59 years who are unable to work; and what assessment he...

      Tribunals Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Tribunal Service in respect of employment and benefit tribunals; and what plans he...

      Unemployed People: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of unemployed people who are awaiting Criminal Records Bureau checks to be completed before they can...

      Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to assist unemployed people aged over 55 years into employment.

      Winter Fuel Payment: Erith and Thamesmead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Erith and Thamesmead constituency in receipt of winter fuel payment are higher rate tax payers.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who are in receipt of the winter fuel allowance are aged (a) between 60 and 64 years, (b) 65 to 66 years and (c) 67 to 68...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Livingston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals in Livingston constituency received the cold weather payment in 2009-10; (2) what the total monetary value was of...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made of the health and environmental effects of roundup herbicide in the precise formulations currently used on genetically modified crops.

    • Armed Forces: Defence Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the planned defence cuts will affect the United Kingdom's contribution to NATO.

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ask the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals to review the advice given to HM the Queen on the acceptance and...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether adoption of the Basle III capital requirements will reduce systemic and idiosyncratic risk in the banking system; and what steps they have taken to...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of establishing means-tested systems for child benefit payments.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used to decide whether universal benefits should continue for pensioners and children.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households in Essex currently receive child benefit; and to how many children it relates. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households in Norfolk...

      Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the start-up of new businesses.

      Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage businesses to remain in the United Kingdom.

      Cambodia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Cambodia concerning Sam Rainsy; when they were made and what the result was.

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what redundancy compensation arrangements are in place for entrants to the civil service since 30 July 2007 who are members of the nuvos pension scheme; and what...

      Commission for Rural Communities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they undertook prior to their decision to abolish the Commission for Rural Communities.

      Common Agriculture Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the High Level Experts' Group on Milk regarding reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth about his responsibility for expressing disapproval of infringements of democratic...

      Courts: Magistrates' Courts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many district judges preside in magistrates courts in Wales; and at what courts they are located.

      Defence: UK-France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance co-operation between United Kingdom and France in the defence sector.

      Defence: UK-France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment regarding a joint United Kingdom-France accord on the servicing of nuclear warheads.

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecasts they have made of future private sector job growth in the northern regions of England in the period 2010-15 and how those compare with the increase...

      Energy: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will re-consider their policy of disregarding nuclear energy as a renewable source.

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect their plan to reaffirm Parliamentary sovereignty by further legislation will have on the supremacy of European law and the direct effect of European...

      EU: UK Rebate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any proposals to end the United Kingdom's rebate were made at the European Union budget meeting on 7 October; if so, whether any objections to the...

      FIFA World Cup 2018

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have they made to FIFA following the reports of corruption in connection with the staging of the World Cup in 2018.

      Finance: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Government borrowing is owed to (a) overseas private bodies, (b) overseas public bodies, (c) United Kingdom insurance companies, (d) United Kingdom...

      Finance: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which overseas governments they owe money; in what form; on what terms; and what percentage of total borrowing each represents.

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the average real rate of interest at which they have borrowed money over (a) the past five years, and (b) the past 12 months.

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether current long-term interest rates are an impediment to investment and to economic recovery.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following this year's exceptional floods in Pakistan and the danger of further flooding in many developing countries, whether they will be increasing the United...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the supply of basic medicines to Gaza, with a view to preventing minor illness becoming serious or chronic.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to reduce the damage being done to the healthcare system in Gaza, especially in relation to children, by the Government of Israel's...

      Government Departments: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the cost of closing Government Office North East, including the cost of redundancy and severance payments, premises, pension...

      Government Departments: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what functions carried out by Government Office North East will be discontinued following its closure; what functions will be continued and by whom; and what...

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of Foreign and Commonwealth Office 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 Department for Work and Pensions 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 Department for International Development staff have received or are due to receive increments in pay in the year ended 5 April 2011;...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of Department for Culture, Media and Sport staff have received or are due to receive increments in pay in the year ended 5 April 2011;...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Scotland Office staff have received or are due to receive increments in pay in the year ending 5 April 2011; and what is the...

      Government: Non-Ministerial Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is meant by the expression "non-ministerial department", as used by officials in evidence to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee on 15 September.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake to retain Circular 1/2006, Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites; or, alternatively, whether they will undertake to consult...

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the rebalancing of the Heritage Lottery Fund will compensate for the loss of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, with particular reference to (a) the...

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Heritage Lottery grants for listed places of worship can be used for (a) small-scale works of repair, and (b) preventative repairs.

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional grants are given to Oxford and Cambridge Universities to support the college tutorial system.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will invite all Commonwealth members to support India in measures to prevent internal trafficking and modern slavery affecting the Dalit minority.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Annual Review of Human Rights by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will in future include a section on the Dalit minority in India.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of India with regard to (a) the legal system and remedies for domestic and personal violence, (b) the right to...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Palestinian Authority to take up the offer by Israel to freeze settlement building in response to a recognition by them...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in making progress towards the millennium development goals; and what...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the United Kingdom will meet its millennium development goals by 2015.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to follow up the United Nations millennium development goals summit in New York in September.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion, of the senior staff at the Office for Budget Responsibility are on secondment from HM Treasury.

      Scientific Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop scientific research in the United Kingdom.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide expertise to British companies being encouraged to invest in Sudan; and whether they have any plans to monitor the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Special Prosecutor will conclude her investigation into alleged corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and whether the results of her investigation...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate elections will take place in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the proposals to amend EU Directive 1999/62 regarding tax and charges will have on the operations and costs of haulage firms and drivers and owner drivers.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the exact fall in temporary employment in the United Kingdom from December 2005 to June 2010, as displayed in the graph in figure 3.1 on page 14 of the...

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