Written answers

Thursday, 28 October 2010

  • Attorney-General

    • Disclosure of Information: Homicide

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2010, Official Report, column 643W, on disclosure of information: homicide, for what reason the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)...

  • Scotland

    • Cross Border Cooperation: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Secretary of State is taking to enhance and increase cross-border economic co-operation between England and Scotland for tourism growth.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Childcare Vouchers

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the House of Commons Commission made of recommendation 52 of the Speaker's Conference on...

    • Sittings

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin) of 13 October 2010,...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to reduce the number of people on council housing waiting lists.

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on the number of people declared homeless of the proposed changes to housing...

      Housing: St Albans

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

      Regeneration: Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of his Department's housing regeneration schemes at Orchard Park and Bransholme North in Hull...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the proposed social rent level based on 80% of the market level will be applied in circumstances in which a social...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of payments in respect of which tenants will pay the new 80% of market level rents; how...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) estimated percentage and (b) absolute difference between average social housing rents and the proposed rents of...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether social housing tenants who move to a new property will pay rent at 80% of market level.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of (a) the number of social tenants who will pay 80% of market rate rent and (b) the revenue raised...

      Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements he has made for funding of local authority trading standards officers to discharge their responsibilities in...

  • Wales

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the provision of prison places in north Wales.

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Welsh Assembly government, (b) Welsh Local Government Association and (c) Welsh Council for Voluntary...

  • Prime Minister

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister what estimate (1) he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) transport, (b) venue and accommodation, (c) printed materials, including backdrops, (d)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Brazil: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with the government of Brazil on fossil fuel subsidy reform.

    • Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what contribution his Department plans to make to the Conflict Pool in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15; (2) how much...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his European counterparts, (b) the European Commission and (c) others on the cost...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to stop people crossing the border from Gibraltar to Spain being charged a toll by the La Linea...

      Human Rights: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the opinion given by the International...

      Gyumri Military Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) counterparts the implications for the...

      Security: EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) counterparts the (a) role of the EU and...

      Transcaucasus: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people were employed by his Department's diplomatic mission in (a) Armenia, (b) Azerbaijan and (c) Georgia on the...

      Turkey: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Turkey on arrests of journalists.

  • Home Department

    • Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the inclusion of harassment warnings in Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks; and if she will make a statement.

    • Immigration Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future of juxtaposed border controls in France; and if she will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 8 September 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr O. Uillah.

      Police: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the relationship between the number of front-line police officers and levels of crime in neighbourhoods.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the UK Border Agency juxtaposed border controls in France in 2010-11.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the performance of local authorities in the delivery of the Carbon Emission Reduction Target...

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities contained in the Government...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what role he expects local authorities to play in the roll-out of the Green Deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) local authorities and (c) the Department for...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will use his powers under the Energy Act 2010 to bring forward mandatory social price support.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households living in fuel poverty in (a) North West Durham constituency, (b) the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to equalise the rate of return on solar thermal energy with the rate of return on other renewable energy...

      Renewable Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the cost to his Department in 2011-12 of increasing feed-in tariff payments offered to...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to assess the merits of establishing further tidal energy projects.

      Wards in Gateshead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2010, Official Report, column 923W, what the equivalent figures are for those wards in Gateshead...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers local authorities have to (a) identify, (b) assess, (c) manage and (d) dispose of asbestos sheeting on land...

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many beekeepers have alerted the National Bee Unit to bee health problems in each of the last five years.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what priorities she has set for her negotiations in the Council of Ministers on the proposed reform of the Common...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of recommendations relevant to her Department's policy responsibilities contained in the...

      Environment Agency: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many apprentices were in post at the Environment Agency on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total mackerel catch was in respect of (a) UK and (b) Northern Ireland fisheries in each of the last five years.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of the mackerel catch to the fishing industry.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had at EU level on the mackerel quota claimed by Greenland.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to implement the proposed savings of 15% in her Department's flood defences procurement strategy.

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on control of urban foxes by local authorities in residential...

      National England Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in each Natural England office are designated as (a) managers and (b) field workers.

      Nature Conservation: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the provisions of the (i) Badgers Act...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what occasions she attended the Public Expenditure Committee to discuss the 2010 Spending Review.

      Rural Development Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body will determine applications for funding for rural development programmes between 2010 and 2013; and if she will...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many apprentices were in post at (a) Arts Council England and (b) Sport England on the latest date for which figures are...

    • Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the maximum stake for a category B2 fixed odds betting terminal; and whether he...

      Betting: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 14 October 2010, Official Report, column 27WS, on public bodies reform, how...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the Spending Review 2010, Cm 7942, what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Wales, (b)...

      Capital Investment: Greater London and North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his Department's capital expenditure per head was in (a) London and (b) the North West in each of the last five years.

      Capital Investment: Greater London and North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much and what proportion of his Department's capital expenditure was allocated to (a) London and (b) the North West in...

      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 by his...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on the effect on the BBC of the proposed change to its funding under the...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on overseas visits for senior officials in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) occasional and (b) frequent or habitual online gamblers in each of the...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many new licences have been granted in the last five years for (a) non-remote general betting (standard), (b)...

      National Lottery etc. Act 1993

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what criteria are applied to determine the level and nature of payments made by the Secretary of State under Section 31 of the...

      S4C: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date his Department informed the (a) Welsh Assembly government, (b) Welsh Assembly Minister for Heritage, (c) board...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will revise television licensing guidelines to allow women's refuges and shelters to hold one television licence per...

      Tourism: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of tourists who visited Cumbria in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and what estimate he has...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charity Commission: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many apprentices were in post at the Charity Commission on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many such apprentices recruited...

    • Charity Commission: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to ensure proposed reductions in his Department's budget do not adversely affect the Charity Commission's ability to (a)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review on the Charity Commission's ability to discharge...

  • Health

    • Care Homes: Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which local authorities have reclaimed money from people for deliberately depriving themselves of assets to avoid paying care home fees under the...

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will have responsibility for commissioning dental care in (a) care homes and (b) prisons under the proposals in his Department's White Paper on...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS dental care will become part of the medical model, as recommended by Lord Darzi.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for future levels of funding for NHS dentistry (a) nationally and (b) in areas where there is under-provision of NHS dental services;...

      Departmental Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for the Apple iPhone his Department has commissioned each company to create; and at what cost to the public purse those applications...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to primary care trusts in London, Islington, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield on joint working and commissioning of health...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) effects of the Better Hospital Food Panel on the level of malnutrition among patients in hospitals and (b) weekly...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to establish a joint commissioning board for mental health.

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) people receiving regular methadone prescriptions and (b) prescriptions for methadone issued by...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has issued guidance to local authorities on the implications for them of the proposals in his Department's White Paper on Equity and...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made on the development of a structured support service for people being treated for long-term conditions.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the development of community pharmacy in (a) deprived and (b) other areas.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in developing the National Medicines Concordance Scheme.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether community pharmacies will be represented on the (a) National Commissioning Board and (b) Public Health Board.

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of the requirement on acute services providers to report to their lead commissioner on (a) local audits of the...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of the national venous thromboembolism prevention strategy.

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to include reduced (a) venous thromboembolism and (b) appropriate thromboprophylaxis as an indicator for safe...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 275W, on thromboembolism, what proportion of providers has met the Commissioning for...

  • Treasury

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology was used to calculate the 55% recovery rate, as proposed in his Department's consultation on reforming the pension tax framework and ending...

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to encourage more pensioners to search for competitive offers when converting their pension savings into an annuity.

      Endowment Mortgages: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the number of people who have experienced a shortfall in their endowment policies sold by solicitors in Scotland since the...

      Financial Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department made of the value of the over-the-counter derivative market in each of the last five years.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the conduct of the Financial Services Authority in monitoring the activities of Crown Currency Exchange under the provisions of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department plans to respond to the letters of 9 August and 29 September 2010 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) on his...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when his Department plans to respond to the letters of 17 August and 29 September 2010 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) on...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to encourage individuals to allocate a higher proportion of disposable income to savings; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in public spending per capita as a result of the £6.2 billion cost reductions announced on 24 May in each region.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2010, (a) how many, (b) for what period of time and (c) at what cost to his Department staff were re-deployed...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to publish an assessment of the effects on (a) growth, (b) employment and (c) average household incomes of the proposals of the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the modelling undertaken by his Department on the likely social effects of the proposals in the comprehensive spending review.

      Public Expenditure: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Public Expenditure Committee has to take into account the UK's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its...

      Public Expenditure: Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many submissions his Department has received to its Spending Challenge initiative; and how many such submissions addressed (a) the defence budget...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people employed in the public sector were members of non-contributory pension schemes in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Public Sector: Swansea

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will conduct an impact assessment to establish the likely effects of implementation of the Comprehensive Spending Review outcomes on the number of...

      Tax Rates and Bands: Carlisle

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher rate taxpayers there are in Carlisle constituency.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department provides support for small business owners dealing with customers who fail to pay for services that have been provided.

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of non-resident parents who are liable to pay child maintenance to a parent with care who also...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of parents with care who both pay and receive child maintenance (a) nationally and (b) in...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of non-resident (a) mothers and (b) fathers (i) nationally and (ii) in Walsall South...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) of 14 June 2010, Official Report, column 586, on child maintenance,...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the removal of the mobility component of the disability living allowance for people in residential care will be included in the welfare...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of applications for employment and support allowance made in Scotland in 2009 and 2010 were rejected on the basis of the work...

      Employment Schemes: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to provide (a) training and (b) employment opportunities for people in the North East under the age of 25 years...

      Health and Safety Executive: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints of breaches of health and safety legislation the Health and Safety Executive received in respect of its own organisation in...

      Health and Safety: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the adequacy of the Health and Safety Executive's enforcement regime for the purposes of ensuring that health and safety...

      Housing and Council Tax Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of convictions for (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit fraud as a result of local...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much revenue his Department expects to accrue consequent on the removal of housing benefit excess in each of the next 10 years; and what...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from what local authorities he has received representations on local housing allowance and housing benefits since June 2010; and if he will...

      Housing Benefit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on local demand for school places of the proposed reductions in entitlements to housing...

      Housing Benefit: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that the planned reductions in entitlements to housing benefit do not result in an increase in the number of...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the ability of housing associations to raise and service finance on the capital markets to...

      Incapacity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's estimates of the number of recipients of benefits awarded on a condition of incapacity or limited capability who will...

      Independent Living 2006 Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of the independent living fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department plans to respond to the letters of 23 August and 30 September 2010 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons support for mortgage interest payments was reduced before agreement on averaging out rates was reached.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median gross household income was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he made of the monetary value of savings credit payments in 2014-15 (a) taking account and (b) not taking into account of the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of the number of residents of each local authority area in Scotland who are likely to be affected by the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms will be put in place for benefit claimants who wish to dispute fines levied for not informing the relevant agency of a change...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the loss to the Exchequer consequent on benefit fraud in each (a) local authority and (b) region in each year...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been prosecuted for benefit fraud in (a) Bury North constituency and (b) the North West in the last three years; what...

      Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost to the public purse was of payment of the winter fuel allowance to pensioners living in Spain in the latest year for which...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department holds figures on the monetary value (a) in total and (b) per head of population of the recipient country...

    • Economic Growth: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department plans to allocate to economic growth and wealth creation programmes in each year to 2014-15.

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information he holds on the monetary value of EU aid delivered to Haiti since the earthquake in that country; on what programmes...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department plans to allocate to (a) the Stabilisation Aid Fund and (b) the Conflict Prevention Pool in (i) 2010-11, (ii)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when the Government intend to commence the public sector duty on socio-economic inequalities contained in the Equality Act 2010.

    • Equality: Court Orders

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on equal treatment for fathers and mothers in the enforcement of family...

      Females: Low Incomes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Equalities of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 152, in the adjournment debate on public...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the costs of reinstatement of facilities in Germany when UK armed forces personnel stationed there have left.

    • Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the new employment model for the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many children of service personnel are resident in Germany; (2) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) value for money and (b) transparency of arrangements for letting subcontracts made by his Department's prime...

      Armed Forces: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to use manning control points to terminate the contracts of service personnel.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the Future Rapid Effects System programme; (2) what the in-service date is for the Future Rapid...

      Army: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementation of his proposals for the reorganisation of the Army structure on force generation in...

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the 25,000 reduction in civil service personnel he expects to be achieved through redundancy.

      Defence Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to reduce expenditure by rationalising defence estates.

      Defence Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he plans to make to the management and delivery of infrastructure services across defence estates.

      Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals to transfer the functions of the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator to an independent external regulatory body under the...

      Defence: Telecommunications Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how he plans to proceed with the sale of the defence stake in the telecommunications spectrum; (2) what assessment he has made of the effects of...

      Defence: Telecommunications Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of his Department's share of the national telecommunications spectrum.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 19 October 2010, Official Report, columns 797-801 on the Strategic Defence and Security Review, whether the figure to be...

      Defence: Cyber Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure he expects his Department to incur on the UK Defence Cyber Operations Group in the first 12 months of its operation.

      Departmental Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many apprentices were in post at the Met Office on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many such apprentices recruited in the...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by his Department and its agencies have been since his appointment; and what the (a) cost and...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon jets he intends to order in the next five years.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings he expects to accrue to his Department as a result of bringing forward the withdrawal of the C130J Hercules.

      Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) in which areas of the Royal Navy he expects there to be (a) recruitment and (b) redundancies in the next five years; (2) in which areas of the...

      Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to proceed with the sale of Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the Nimrod platform has in protecting continuous at-sea deterrence.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable he has set for the review of the reserve forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on the role of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association within the armed services as part of the Strategic Defence and...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what penalty payments his Department is liable to pay in respect of the cancellation of contracts announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference are of the working group on the future of the Territorial Army.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) he expects to order in the Spending Review period; and by what date he expects such vehicles to be in...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Basic Skills: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department allocates for basic literacy and numeracy assessments undertaken in relation to the Basic Skills for...

    • Business: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to increase access to finance for businesses in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

      Business: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings officials of his Department have had with the Government Equalities Office on the effect of equalities...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what programmes his Department has in the higher education system to encourage female entrepreneurs; and how much his Department...

      Business: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent those previously convicted for offences relating to trading practices...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses he expects to receive assistance from the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme as a result of its recent extension.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much and what proportion of the latest round of the European Regional Development Fund allocations to the UK for the period...

      Groceries Supply Code of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to introduce a body to monitor and enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

      Higher Education: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the cost of studying as an (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate at a university in (i)...

      Imports: Health Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the monetary value of imports of food supplements and other natural health products from the...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the contiguity of proposed local enterprise partnership areas...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to support manufacturing industry in the (a) short term and (b) long term.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students who were 30 years of age or older at the time of admission started university undergraduate courses in each of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to reply to the letter dated 1 June 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Sir Gerald Kaufman),...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has identified the 500MHz of public sector spectrum below 5GHz which is to be released over the next 10...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) land assets and (b) buildings each regional development agency has in freehold ownership.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students have paid all or part of their tuition fees from their own funds in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the effect on the number of students entering (a) teacher training, (b) medical degree...

  • Transport

    • Rail Fare Increases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of rail fare increases on the mobility of people...

    • Human Trafficking: Port Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on an increase in security provision at ports for the purpose of...

      M4 Bus Lane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the future of the M4 bus lane; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorways and Major Trunk Roads Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Highways Agency has for the future of its Motorways and Major Trunk Roads programme.

      Mersey Gateway Bridge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to make a decision on the statutory orders sought by Halton Borough Council in respect of the Mersey Gateway Bridge scheme.

      Airports: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to require commercial passenger airlines to provide free lavatory facilities for passengers on all international...

      Alloy Wheels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a legal weight limit for alloy wheels fitted to vehicles used on public roads in the UK;...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the blue badge scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the eligibility of higher rate taxpayers for concessionary bus passes.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to increase the standard of highway authority delivery of cycle-friendly planning and design.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department (a) is undertaking and (b) plans to undertake on measures to improve cyclists' safety.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evidence his Department holds on the effect of helmet promotion campaigns on the level of cycle use.

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on funding programmes delivered by Cycling England; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to provide financial support to (a) train operating companies and (b) Network Rail for the integration of cycling and rail...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driving Tests: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.

      EU Law

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

      First Great Western: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether funding for the electrification of the Great Western Line will be allocated during the Spending Review period; (2) what timetable has...

      Network Rail: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expenditure of Network Rail was in Scotland in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase the international economic competitiveness of domestic ports.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rail improvements he plans to fund in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West during the comprehensive spending review period.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what rail electrification schemes in the North West his Department plans to fund during the Comprehensive Spending Review period; (2) what...

      Road Safety: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department (a) has allocated and (b) plans to allocate to road safety in the financial year 2010-11; and how much was allocated in (i)...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) by what date he expects 24 trains an hour to be running on the Thameslink route between Kings Cross and Blackfriars; (2) to which phases of the...

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable has been set for purchasing new rolling stock for the Thameslink upgrade.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to invite bids for funding for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons academies are not required to (a) have regard to the local Children and Young People Plan, (b) promote the well-being of pupils and...

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has provided per pupil to schools with academy status in each local authority area in England in each of the last five...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements exist for academy schools to borrow against future income for the purposes of (a) expansion, (b) investment in facilities, (c)...

      Academies: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding was received from all Government sources by (a) the Harris Academy at Peckham, (b) the Harris Girls' Academy, East Dulwich, (c) the...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which local authorities he has met to discuss the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the remit is of the Children's Rights and Participation team in the Health and Well-being Division of his Department; and how many staff were...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of the 16 schools that have been accepted for free school status previously had grant-maintained status.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for St Albans of 21 June 2010, on the Abbey View Nursery.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps have been taken to implement the proposals announced in the written ministerial statement of 16 October 2009, Official Report, columns...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools were (a) rebuilt and (b) refurbished between 1997 and May 2010.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take in response to the recommendations of Ofsted's report on special educational needs. [R]

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the statementing process for children with special educational needs. [R]

      Teachers Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has made a recent estimate of the proportion of pensioners in receipt of a pension from the Teachers' Pension Scheme of more than...

      Teachers Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools not in receipt of funding from his Department have members who make contributions to the Teachers' Pension Scheme.

      Teachers: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many former service personnel have (a) applied for and (b) been enrolled in the Troops for Teachers programme since its inception; and if he will...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's guidance to schools regarding the use of unqualified teaching staff covering...

      Teachers: Science and Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to increase the number of science and mathematics graduates entering the teaching profession.

      Young People: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to support partnership working to raise the attainment of young people in Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

  • Justice

    • Coroners and Justice Act 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to implement the provisions of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

    • Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders issued with a (a) Drug Treatment and Testing Order and (b) Drug Rehabilitation Requirement in each of the last three years...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in England and Wales were convicted of murder between (a) 1980 and 1984, (b) 1985 and 1994 and (c) 1995 and 2005.

      Judges: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to ensure transparency in respect of judicial appointments; what lists are maintained of judicial candidates; what steps are...

      Legal Aid: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects on the operation of Mental Health Act Tribunals of implementation of proposed changes to his Department's...

      Magistrates Courts: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many criminal cases at (a) Worksop and (b) Retford magistrates court involved defendants living in post code areas (a) DN22, (b) DN10, (c) DN1...

      Offenders: Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders in each prison establishment were subject to loss of privileges under the PSO 4000 Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme...

      Offenders: Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders in each prison establishment were on the basic level of the Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme (a) on the last date for which...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the payment by results policy for the rehabilitation of offenders.

      Offenders: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the needs of women offenders.

      Prisoners: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training is available to prisoners serving sentences of one year or less.

      Prisons: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on his plans to reform prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent factors he has identified as contributing to a reduction in re-offending rates.

  • House of Lords

    • African Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are providing to the African Union this year; and what support they plan for the next three years.

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will strengthen the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in respect of normal owl behaviour patterns and the provision of a suitable...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many wild peregrine falcons and merlins are registered as being in captivity for "rehabilitation purposes".

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Wilcox on 14 October (Official Report, col. 671), how many apprenticeships they forecast will be created in the public sector...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the through-life cost of each A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M aircraft are now on order by each country in the procurement consortium.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the cost of the stock of parts required to service the A400 M fleet.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact which the decommissioning of 80 Harriers will have on the United Kingdom's defence strategy.

      Armed Forces: Defence Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of defence cuts on the United Kingdom-United States special relationship.

      Armed Forces: Overseas Bases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the Spending Review 2010, they will bring forward the proposed closures of (a) the Bergen-Hohne...

      Armed Forces: Overseas Bases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the contribution of HM Armed Forces based in Germany to the German economy.

      Asylum Seekers: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure that the change in policy on returning failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe does not undermine the case for maintaining...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instruct the Remuneration Committee of each United Kingdom bank to give consideration to the benefit received by the bank from the Special...

      Banks: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place limitations on the payment of bonuses by United Kingdom banks in continuing receipt of taxpayer support through the special liquidity...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households in Kent currently receive child benefit; and for how many children.

      Business: Entrepreneurship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what entrepreneurship and enterprise projects they have (a) fully, and (b) partially funded; and what plans they have to fund such projects in each of the next...

      Children: Lightning Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the decision by the South-West Research Ethics Committee to approve a pilot research study into the effects of the...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been allocated in this financial year to the joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to change the remit or the operation of the joint Conflict Pool following this financial year.

      Debt Management Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 October (WA 71), whether HM Treasury and the Debt Management Office maintain regular dialogue with gilt edge...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the United Nations mapping report on the Democratic Republic of Congo, they will support the establishment of a mixed chamber in the Democratic...

      Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who were the professional advisers for the Bridge Bank that took over part of the Dunfermline Building Society in March 2009; what were their charges; what those...

      European Council: Ministerial Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of building premises in Brussels to house the President of the European Council; and what will be the amount contributed to its building...

      European Council: Ministerial Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the allegations that the European Council President, Mr Van Rompuy, used official cars to take his family on holiday.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 30 June (Official Report, col. 1793), whether they have concluded their re-evaluation of the United Kingdom's...

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Works of Art

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which works of art from the Government Art Collection are currently displayed in the offices of the Secretary of State, Ministers and senior civil servants in the...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will provide support for poorer students wishing to enter higher education.

      Higher Education: Overseas Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when (a) Ministers, and (b) officials, last met or communicated with university vice-chancellors or representatives of the higher education sector to discuss the...

      Higher Education: Overseas Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the opportunities for joint working between fovernment departments in support of higher education in Africa.

      Higher Education: Overseas Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when (a) Ministers, and (b) officials, last discussed higher education with (1) officials of the African Union, and (2) Ministers or officials of African nations...

      House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed House of Lords Reform Bill. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the...

      House of Lords: Chamber

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, in the light of the impending arrival of up to 50 new Peers, what additional accommodation will be made in the Chamber of the House of Lords to enable all...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of the term "grandfathering" in the context of House of Lords reform.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a wholly or mainly elected second chamber on the current conventions of the House of Lords.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Iran to ensure their compliance with United Nations Security Council sanctions.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take if Iran continues to ignore United Nations Security Council sanctions.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Jordan and Israel on the continuing decline in the level of water in the Dead Sea.

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Lebanon about the alleged build up of missiles by Hezbollah on its border with Israel.

      Local Government: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was received per head of population in 2009-10 from central government by each local authority in England.

      Local Government: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of net expenditure in 2009-10 each local authority in England received (a) from central government, and (b) from council tax and fees and charges...

      Local Government: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent in 2009-10 in each of the English regions and in each of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the European Parliament's vote in favour of an increase in maternity leave to 20 weeks fully paid.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the role of higher education in the promotion of (a) economic growth, (b) public administration, (c) science, (d) agriculture, and (e)...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they envisage for the European Union in the follow-up to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals summit in New York in September.

      National Mentoring Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will allocate to develop the national mentoring scheme in each of the next five years.

      Northern Ireland Office: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the salaries and bonuses paid to staff in the Northern Ireland Office.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 18 October (WA 120) concerning the salary and allowances paid to the Director General (Political) of...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Director General (Political) of the Northern Ireland Office was appointed; what qualifications were required; by whom the appointment was made; after what...

      Northern Ireland: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in response to the security problems now facing Northern Ireland, they will provide extra resources for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent (a) in cash terms, and (b) as a proportion of overseas development assistance, on the support of higher education in Africa in (1) 1979, (2)...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the Exchequer of each of the overseas territories and what is the breakdown of those costs.

      Owls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the number of owls kept in captivity in the United Kingdom; and, if so, whether this number has increased over the last five years.

      Owls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received from the Hawk Board regarding the regulation of the keeping of hawks and owls and the trade in such birds.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 18 October (WA 122) concerning overpayment of public sector pensions since 1978, how the overpayments were...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are managing taxpayers' exposure to the risks of the investment portfolio of the BT pension fund.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ECPAT Report on child trafficking in the United Kingdom.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the reduction in the Home Office budget will have on that department's ability to combat child trafficking.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will destructure the national referring mechanism to create a separate system to deal with cases of children who may have been trafficked.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give overall responsibility for policy on safeguarding child victims of trafficking to the government department with lead responsibility for...

      Shipping: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the trial of suspected pirates arrested by HMS "Cumberland" in November 2008 and transferred into Kenyan jurisdiction.

      Shipping: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rules of engagement of Royal Naval ships operating against pirates off the East African coast have been changed since the general election.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what (a) amount, and (b) percentage, Communities and Local Government has reduced budgets for each Fire Authority following Spending Review 2010.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what spending on health research will be protected as stated in Spending Review 2010.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement repeated by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (Official Report, col. 838), how much of the estimated £5 billion lost through benefit fraud...

      Sport: Conspiracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the law relating to conspiracy is adequate to deal with collusion between sportsmen and women and betting agents.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they include self-inflicted terrorist deaths in any calculation of the victims of the 1969-98 unrest in Northern Ireland; and, if so, why.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Turkey is being paid €900 million in pre-accession funds between 2007 and 2013; and how much the United Kingdom will contribute to these funds.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the increase in violent and armed crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands regarding the recent increase in lawlessness in the territory; and what plans they...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Appropriate Persons have been determined concerning remediation of Brofiscin Quarry; and, if so, whether they will be named.

      Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will add further species, including owls, to Schedule 4 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which restricts the sale of certain animals.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated percentage of recipients of winter fuel payments (a) below, and (b) above, the age of 80 who are (1) standard rate income tax payers and (2)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated saving to public funds in each of the next four financial years from making winter fuel payments liable to basic and higher rates of tax.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, on the current basis of making winter fuel payments, what is the projected distribution of winter fuel payments by income decile over the next 20 years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they forecast will be the total number, and proportion of the population, of recipients of (a) winter fuel allowance, and (b) means tested cold weather...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to cut the winter fuel allowance for pensioners.

      Your Freedom Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the responses to the Your Freedom initiative.

      Your Freedom Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 7 October (WA 29-30), how many members of staff are engaged in considering the 15,238 ideas submitted...

      Your Freedom Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 7 October (WA 29-30), how many responses to the Restoring Civil Liberties initiative called for (a) a...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the work of the Movement for Democratic Change within the Government of National Unity in Zimbabwe.

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