Written answers

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

  • Church Commissioners

    • Ethical Criteria: Investments

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what account the Church Commissioners take of ethical criteria when making investments.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on employee training since 1997.

  • Scotland

    • Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received from representatives of businesses in Scotland on cross-border rail services.

    • Rural Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on initiatives to assist the rural economy in Scotland.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to amend the provisions of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 to distinguish the white form of...

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission an inquiry into the appropriateness of the health and safety precautions in force in respect of asbestos cement.

      Employment Schemes: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support will be provided to assist people into work in the North East, prior to the introduction of the Work Programme in the North East;...

      Housing and Council Tax Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of ring-fencing the funding allocated to local authorities for the detection of (a) housing benefit and (b)...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of children (a) in absolute poverty, (b) in relative poverty and (c) with combined...

      Social Security Benefits: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the provision of benefits for relatives who are permitted by social services...

      Social Security Benefits: Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated annual cost is to his Department of providing financial support for a patient with a poor diagnosis of haematological cancer.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) farmers, (b) directors, (c) partners and (d) spouses worked in each agricultural sector in each of the last...

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish her Department's strategy for sustainable food production; and if she will make a statement.

      Agriculture: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average monthly overtime payments were for a worker employed in each of the six agricultural wages grades in each of...

      Agriculture: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average wage was for a worker employed in each of the six agricultural wages grades in each of the last five years.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether she plans to retain BeeBase as a voluntary registration scheme for beekeepers; (2) how many beekeepers have...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) cases of positive bovine tuberculosis and (b) inconclusive reactor cattle were identified in the latest period...

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to introduce mandatory reporting of carbon dioxide emissions by UK-listed companies; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on overseas visits for senior officials in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value was of payments in respect of animals disposed of under the National Fallen Stock Scheme in each of...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the sale of timber obtained from illegal logging;...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Systems

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent discussions the Electoral Commission has had on allowing electors who...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Helicopters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much launch aid has been repaid to his Department from the EH101 helicopter project.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future cap on the number of funded places for universities in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of school leavers in the London borough of Bexley progressed to university within 12 months of leaving school in...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the administration of (a) the system of higher education funding...

      Higher Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many students normally resident in (a) London, (b) Lambeth and (c) Streatham constituency applied during academic...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which officials from his Department attended the fifth annual Internet Governance Forum meeting; and what the outcome was of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 13 September 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Ms D Burton.

      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, how many business owners employing...

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects of implementation of the Browne Review recommendations on funding for (a)...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the future ownership of the Royal Mail; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has modelled the effects on the disposable income of new students aged over 30 years of increasing tuition...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many days on average were lost to sickness in organisations in the (a) private and (b) public sector in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009.

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Cumbria and (c) Carlisle constituency have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance since January 2010.

      Personnel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans the Government has to reduce its costs by sharing human resource services between departments and agencies.

      Public Bodies: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to reduce the cost to public bodies of the procurement process.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elections: Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate he has made of the costs of holding elections to the House of Commons under (a) first-past-the-post and (b) proportional representation systems.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

  • Health

    • Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the implementation of the provisions in the Health Act 2009 in respect of the (a)...

    • Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the average age at which autism in children is diagnosed.

      Carers: Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to assist (a) elderly carers and (b) other people with learning disabilities; (2) what mechanisms his Department has...

      Clinical Wastes: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the potential to increase the proportion of medically related waste that is recycled.

      Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the process used to classify as children or adults 15 and 16-year-olds who are receiving continuous health treatment for an ongoing...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on NHS hospital food in each of the last three years (a) in total and (b) per patient per meal.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many stenting procedures in the (a) iliac arteries, (b) femoral arteries and (c) arteries below the knee have taken place in each NHS trust...

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral statement of 14 October 2010, Official Report, columns 505-6, on public bodies reform, what the functions of Monitor are; which...

      NHS: Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the amount spent by the NHS on renting equipment in each of the last three years.

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the social care budget is adequate to meet the needs of adults with a learning disability; and if he will make a...

  • Home Department

    • Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken for a Criminal Records Bureau check was in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each of the last three...

    • Freedom Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable she has set for bringing forward her proposals for a Freedom Bill; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) children and (b) families have been held in (i) immigration detention, (ii) short-term holding units and (iii) mother-and-baby...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in respect of how many cases relating to (a) British prisoners and (b) political prisoners abroad his Department is involved.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent in respect of the cases of British prisoners held in prison in each country in the latest year for...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the provisions of (a) the Treaty of Sèvres and (b) Article...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of affordable homes which will be built in Warrington in the next four years as a result...

    • Child Benefit: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost to the public purse of payments of child benefit to children...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the per capita level of his Department's Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit allocated in...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) agency staff and (c) fixed-term contractors in the last five...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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...

      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) St Albans and (b) the East of England in each of the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the responses he has received from local authority chief executives and leaders to his...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to devolve more powers to local authorities.

      Planning: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which body will be responsible for providing advice on sustainability to his Department's new office for major planning...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of housing is (a) social housing and (b) private sector (i) owner-occupied and (ii) rented housing.

      Social Rented Housing: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of housing in Carlisle constituency is (a) social housing and (b) private sector (i) owner-occupied and (ii)...

      Social Rented Housing: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of housing in Cumbria is (a) social housing and (b) private sector (i) owner-occupied and (ii) rented housing.

  • Transport

    • Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that air fares advertised by low-cost airlines accurately reflect the cost to the consumer of flying.

    • Bicycles: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2010, Official Report, column 408W, on bicycles, what mechanisms there are in place to encourage the use of...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for future funding of concessionary bus passes for older people; and what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his policy...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the level of (a) punctuality and (b) overcrowding in respect of rail services on the First Capital Connect line...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to introduce a new system of HGV road user charges.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has spent on surveillance flights to monitor pollution from shipping in the UK Counter Pollution Zone in...

      Winter Resilience Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the July 2010 interim report of the Winter Resilience Review; and what plans he...

  • Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the statement of 14 October 2010, Official Report, column 36WS, on updating the coroner system, whether the improved training for coroners...

    • Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the savings to the criminal justice system of the decriminalisation of drugs.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases relating to each type of claim have been heard at employment tribunals in each of the last three years; and in how many such cases the...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the rate of utilisation was of each magistrates court in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Magistrates Courts: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trials had been commenced and not completed in magistrates courts on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many recorded incidents of the Office of the Public Guardian having lost original documents there were in the last 12 months.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reports the Prison Service has received of inappropriate relationships between prison inmates and prison staff in each of the last three years.

      Prison Service: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what occasions he has met representatives of the trade union representing Prison Service staff since his appointment.

      Probation Officers: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the working day which probation officers spend (a) with offenders and (b) on...

      Sentencing: Transgender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of transgender people who are serving custodial sentences.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanisms exist for parents to submit complaints about the operation of academy schools.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what timetable has been set for determining the status of academy building programmes listed by his Department as for discussion; and if he will make a...

      Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review the provisions governing the ability of (a) local authorities and (b) the Special Educational Needs Tribunal to name an academy on...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of refurbishing or rebuilding a school under the Building Schools for the...

      Connexions Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on reductions in funding to (a) Brighton and Hove Connexions Service, (b) Connexions services nationally and...

      Departmental Legislation

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

      Departmental Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on official photographs of Ministers since the formation of the present administration.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the monetary value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last five...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff his Department has appointed on secondment since 7 May 2010; and from what organisation each such member of staff has been seconded.

      Further Education: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure the provision of funding to rebuild Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster North constituency.

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what capital spending allocations he plans to make for (a) new academy schools and (b) maintained schools in each of the next three years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure that his Department's review of the funding formula addresses provision for special needs children.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal Service.

      Taxis

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

      Teachers and Classroom Assistants: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants there were in maintained schools in (i) England and (ii) each local authority area in each year...

      Teachers and Classroom Assistants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of employing (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants in (i) England and (ii) each local...

  • Defence

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there will be changes to the surface warship refurbishment workstream for Rosyth dockyard following the outcome of the Strategic Defence and...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution his Department has made to the financing of the Afghan (a) army and (b) police force in the latest period in which figures are available.

      Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to improve simulated training in the Royal Air Force.

      Armed Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the draw-down of troops from Germany; (2) what procedure he plans to use to effect the...

      Armed Forces: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from the North East are serving in the armed forces.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what procedure he intends to use to determine which two of the 10 regional brigade headquarters will be closed; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his Department's most recent estimate is of the likely time period for which each of the Army's five multi-role brigades will be kept in a...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual training strength is of the (i) 4th Battalion of the Royal Scottish Regiment, (ii) 5th Battalion of the Royal...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of the seventh Astute-class submarine.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment: Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what investigation his Department has undertaken into the fire protection procedures at Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston following the fire in...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he has had discussions with his Russian counterpart on NATO's proposed anti-ballistic missile shield; (2) what representations he has...

      Chelsea Barracks: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the remaining £159 million balance from the sale of Chelsea Barracks will be allocated to his Department; (2) what discussions he has...

      Claro Barracks Ripon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for (a) the maintenance of and (b) expenditure on (i) facilities and (ii) housing at Claro Barracks, Ripon in each of the next three...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next plans to review arrangements for defence procurement; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of defence training in the UK.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 1053W, on departmental official cars, how many cars constitute his Department's car...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies in each year...

      Energy Supply: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the merits of designating energy security an Article 5 matter under the North Atlantic Treaty.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoons can be used for close air support; and what weapons those Typhoons can carry.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of the payment of a war pension to each eligible individual affected by ionising...

      Ex-servicemen: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made an estimate of the number of former members of the armed services of working age who are unemployed; and what steps his Department is...

      Military Aircraft: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which aircraft in the RAF can use the (a) Harpoon AGM-84D and (b) Sting Ray missile.

      Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish an update on the quantities of (a) plutonium, (b) enriched uranium and (c) other special nuclear materials that are outside...

      RAF Lossiemouth: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason Lossiemouth was selected as preferred base station for the proposed Joint Strike Fighter.

      Royal Navy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects on HMNB Clyde of the proposed reduction of Royal Navy staff by 5,000 by 2015.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the Type 26 Frigate programme.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of jobs dependent on the Type 26 Frigate programme.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what potential sites he has identified for Royal Navy ships kept in extended readiness.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many full-time equivalent jobs he expects to be dependent on keeping Royal Navy ships in extended readiness in 2011-12; (2) what estimate he...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Gateshead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Gateshead constituency will be affected by the proposed changes to the administration of child benefit.

    • Child Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Scotland earning over £37,401 receive child benefit.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Department of sickness absence...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 days,...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on stationery in each year since 1997.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated recent research on the social effects of increases in gross domestic product.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the increased EU budget contributions agreed in the European Parliament on 20 October 2010.

      Financial Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the Financial Services Authority and his Department's report on Reforming OTC derivative markets: A UK perspective,...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many active national insurance numbers HM Revenue and Customs recorded in the last 24 months.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has made of the effect on other HMRC services of the recent miscalculations of tax liability under the PAYE system.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 20 October 2010, Official Report, columns 949-63, on the comprehensive spending review, what estimate he has made, based on...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what (a) growth and (b) inflation assumptions he based the estimates used in the comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conditions he plans to attach to the support provided to Augusta Westland civil rotocraft design and manufacture referred to in the spending review 2010.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax inspectors HM Revenue and Customs employed in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the (a) average annual salary of a tax inspector and (b) average annual amount of unpaid tax recovered by a tax inspector.

      Senior Civil Servants : Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of making redundant an HM Revenue and Customs official in a Senior Civil Service grade.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has received in tax revenues from (a) tobacco and (b) alcohol sales in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the average time taken by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to issue a unique taxpayer reference number; what steps HMRC is...

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Minister for Civil Society on the likely effects of the outcome of the spending review on funding for voluntary and...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of the potential effect on retail prices of implementation of the change in the rate of VAT to 20 per cent.

      Working Tax Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of households in (a) Aberdeen South constituency, (b) Aberdeen local authority and (c) Scotland...

  • International Development

    • Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department allocated to projects on the health of children aged under five years in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

    • Colombia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what objectives were set for the outcome of projects in Colombia funded by his Department in the last five years; and what mechanisms...

      Colombia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions were placed on the allocation of funding to Colombia in the last five years.

      Colombia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government has allocated to projects in Colombia in each of the last five years.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what indicators his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of its programmes in reducing the number of children who die before...

      Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether full-time humanitarian experts funded by his Department are deployed in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the International Organisation for Migration on the return of internally displaced people in...

  • House of Lords

    • Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position concerning EU Directive 2001/84/EC, which imposes a unified system of artists' resale rights across the European Union.

    • Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend their derogation from EU Directive 2001/84/EC after it expires on 1 January 2012.

      Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast cost to the United Kingdom art market if the derogation to EU Directive 2001/84/EC is not extended.

      Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will protect the United Kingdom art market if they are unable to extend the derogation to EU Directive 2001/84/EC.

      Asylum Seekers: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities since 2010 have withdrawn from contracts with the UK Border Agency to provide housing for asylum seekers.

      Broadcasting: S4C

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they can give to the Welsh S4C television channel regarding funding in the years ahead.

      Buses: Cambridge Guided Busway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the (a) original, and (b) current cost estimates and completion dates of the Cambridge Guided Busway project, and whether they will set up a public...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the United Kingdom's improving relations with China, especially in trade, are not jeopardised by any pressure being exerted by the...

      Droit de Suite

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held to secure an international agreement on droit de suite.

      Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they acquired in respect of the proceeds of the wind-down and realisation of the assets of the administration estate of the Dunfermline Building Society; and...

      Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the costs to date charged by the administrator managing the remaining assets of the Dunfermline Building Society; who paid them; who was the...

      Energy: Nuclear Power

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

      England and Wales Cricket Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the legal status of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

      EU: Galileo Satellite System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of increasing costs, the European Union Galileo Satellite System remains a viable project compared with other systems; and what is the likely...

      EU: Solvency II Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the latest iteration of the Solvency II Directive takes into account the interests of those holding policies with United Kingdom insurers; and what...

      EU: Vehicle Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether European Union rules prevent United Kingdom insurers from insuring UK-owned and registered vehicles for use in other member states; and whether insurers...

      Finance: Clearing Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether margin held by central clearing parties in respect of derivative contracts will be placed in omnibus or designated accounts.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks of increased extremism and damage to the peace process by the Israeli blockage of Gaza and its prevention of economic...

      General Pervez Musharraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of policing the political event in Manchester organised by General Pervez Musharraf on 9 October; and whether any arrests were made due to...

      Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any proposals to change the rules regarding gift aid for charitable donations.

      Gifts: Art and Artefacts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what gifts of art and artefacts have been made to each of the United Kingdom national museums and galleries by private individuals, companies and institutions in...

      GMT: Clock Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the percentage increase in the national carbon footprint between 25 October 2009 and 28 March 2010 created by the need to increase...

      GMT: Clock Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why on 31 October the clocks in Gibraltar will be synchronised with Central European Time while Portugal will be synchronised with the British national time scale.

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of HM Treasury staff have received, or are due to receive, increments in pay in the year ended 5 April 2011; and what is the estimated...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of Home Office staff have received or are due to receive increments in pay in the year ended 5 April 2011; and what is the estimated...

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government: Efficiency Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the efficiency review published on 11 October; and whether they propose to act on its key findings and recommendations.

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated costs of the visit of the Deputy Prime Minister to Northern Ireland on the 7 and 8 October.

      Government: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 27 September (WA 488), how many new Ministers have undertaken training provided by the National School of...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives they will give to local authorities to provide appropriate sites for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the proposed £6,000 per annum fee to undergraduates is considered replacement funding for the loss of teaching grant.

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the terms of reference for the Independent Commission on Banking will be published.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the killing by their military forces of 22 Palestinian civilians and the wounding of 146...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Lebanon about the recent visit of President Ahmadinejad in view of his stated views about Israel.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how Local Enterprise Partnerships will be able to facilitate business growth and investment in regions around the United Kingdom in the light of the decision to...

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 18 October (WA 119), whether any central government funding is dependent on the existence of a local strategic...

      Merseyside

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cultural developments they have planned or begun in Merseyside.

      National Mentoring Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to develop the national mentoring scheme.

      NHS: Specialist Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation has taken place with (a) mental health practitioners, and (b) patient groups, on issues concerning black and minority ethnic mental health...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where vacancies for staff for the Office for Budget Responsibility were advertised; whether appointments of staff were approved by HM Treasury; and whether HM...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that British companies benefit from the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Report by the Parliamentary Human Rights Group on the situation of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan; and what action they...

      Parliaments: Fixed terms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of fixed-term parliaments in other countries.

      Peacebuilding Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to follow up the progress report of the United Nations Secretary-General on Peacebuilding Support Operations published in July; and...

      Pitcairn Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are considering transferring the sovereignty of Pitcairn to New Zealand.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated costs of abolishing each of the bodies whose abolition was announced on 13 October.

      Quangos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they will use to establish any new quango.

      Railways: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 September (WA 462), why the Secretary of State for Transport did not use his vote at the annual general meeting...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate the impact of the abolition of the regional development agencies to be on (a) tourist promotion, and (b) arts and sports sponsorship.

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 September (WA 564), how many children currently with statements have low incidence special needs. To...

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether academies will be required under current legislation to provide appropriate facilities to support the learning needs of children with mild or moderate...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the forecast cost of the decision to abolish the Security Industry Authority. To ask Her Majesty's Government which public and other interested bodies were...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many private security companies are currently licensed by the Security Industry Authority.

      Senior Salaries Review Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 13 October concerning the cost of the Senior Salaries Review Body (WA 81), what are the current daily rates...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 1 July (WA 303), how in a 12-month period the THV Galatea and NLV Pharos spent 1.6 per cent of their time on local...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 September (WA 564-5), which items of General Lighthouse Authority expenditure were sanctioned by the Department...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 September (WA 565), whether the Commissioners of Irish Lights or Northern Lighthouse Board paid for Michael...

      Squirrels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to help ensure the survival of the red squirrel in Northumberland.

      Taxation: Non-domiciled Taxpayers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is acceptable for one spouse in a marriage to be resident in the United Kingdom for tax purposes while the other is not.

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what VAT will be payable on repair projects to listed places of worship from April 2011.

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