Written answers

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

  • Scotland

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has had recent discussions with Audit Commission staff on proposals for a mutual model for the Audit Commission.

    • European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Gloucester of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 504W, on fire services,...

      Faithwise Ltd: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who authorised the establishment of his Department's contractual arrangements with Faithwise Ltd.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the report of his Department's strategic review of the Fire and Rescue Service.

      Fire Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to make a decision on proposals to develop or redevelop 17 community fire stations and other facilities...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of (a) affordable and (b) social homes likely to be built in Hull in the next four years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what capital funding his Department has allocated to constructing social housing in Tower Hamlets for (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12...

      Housing: Oxfordshire

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

      Ironbridge Gorge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding he has allocated for land instability works in the Ironbridge Gorge.

      Local Government: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance his Department issues to local authorities on tendering for contracts...

      Local Government: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of publishing each item of expenditure of £500 and above and...

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the future of local strategic partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Mitie Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's cleaning contract with Mitie.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to require owners of park homes to register their properties with the Land Registry.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many park home sites there are in each constituency.

      Promotional Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what promotional gift products were purchased by his Department from (a) The Purple Company (UK) and (b)...

      Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether he proposes that unringfenced grants to be included in Revenue Support Grant are to be additional to or included...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the likely effects on incentives to gain employment of reviewing social tenancies when tenants'...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many instances of squatting were recorded in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) farm employees being paid wages below Agricultural Wages...

    • Agriculture: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agricultural employers were found to have paid workers below rates set by the Agricultural Wages Board in each of...

      Animal Welfare: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent representations her Department has received on stomach complaints in animals following the ingestion of...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the risks to the beekeeping industry of the agricultural use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

      Climate Change: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take in response to the recommendations of the Read report on 'Combating climate change: a role for...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Marine Management Organisation requires fishermen operating vessels of under 10 metres to maintain log books.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements fishermen in the under 10 metre fleet had to complete log books in the last 30 years.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress she has made on implementing in Hull the recommendations of the Pitt review of lessons learned from the...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding she expects to provide to (a) Gloucestershire County Council and (b) Tewksbury Borough Council for flood...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to mark the International Year of Forests in 2011.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to require (a) successor bodies to the Forestry Commission and (b) owners of former Forestry Commission...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether an environmental impact assessment has been undertaken of the Government's proposals to sell or lease part of the...

      Forestry Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed by the Forestry Commission at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Forestry Commission on sales from the public forest estate.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has for the sale of the public forest estate in (a) the Forest of Dean, (b) the New Forest and (c)...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the egg production industry of meeting the requirements of Council Directive...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of taking steps to ensure that eggs not meeting the requirements consequent on the...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of trees planted with Government funding since 6 May 2010.

  • Prime Minister

    • BP: Libya

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 2W, what timetable has been set for the Cabinet Secretary to review papers on whether his...

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what definition of the UK's national interest the Government used in the (a) National Security Strategy, (b) Strategic Defence and Security Review and (c)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many questions have been (a) rejected and (b) carded by the House of Commons Table Office since...

    • Personal Safety Seminars: Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of the cost of running the three seminars on personal safety on 26 October, 2...

      Tour Guides: Training

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost of running training courses for tour guides for the Houses of Parliament was in the latest...

  • Defence

    • Civil Service Redeployment Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence (1) staff based in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland have been redeployed from the Civil Service redeployment pool in...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure he expects his Department to incur on the Armed Forces Covenant Task Force in the first 12 months of its operation.

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the different approach is that he intends to take on the provision of armed forces accommodation; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions his Department has issued to Royal Navy vessels on the celebration of Trafalgar Day.

      Armed Forces: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regional brigade headquarters he plans to close following the recommendations of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanism he plans to use to make the career structure, pay and allowances and accommodation of the armed forces (a) simpler to administer, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the likely cost to the public purse of funding university education for ex-service personnel in each of the next five years.

      Armed Forces: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of serving members of the armed forces who (a) are normally resident in and (b) were born in...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what savings he expects to accrue to his Department from a reduction in Challenger 2 capability of 40 per cent; (2) what savings he expects to...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Mastiff, (b) Ridgback and (c) Husky vehicles were in service in Afghanistan (i) in March 2010 and (ii) in October 2010.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-service date is for the Future Rapid Effect System Utility Vehicle.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of his proposals for increasing simulation training in the army in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the in-service date is for the 12 Chinook helicopters on order; (2) what cost savings he expects to accrue to his Department as a result of...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rationalisation in equipment holdings he plans to make other than those set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Defence Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) aircraft, (b) helicopters, (c) armoured vehicles, (d) main battle tanks, (e) armoured reconnaissance vehicles, (f) transport aircraft,...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to proceed with the sale of Defence Support Group.

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for future ownership of the defence support group.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to reduce his Department's expenditure on (a) food, (b) energy and (c) professional services.

      Defence: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to consult representatives of (a) industry and (b) academia before publishing his Department's White Paper on defence...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes to (a) service and (b) civilian personnel allowances he plans to make in the period to 2014-15.

      European Fighter Aircraft: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many successful tests of the Paveway IV bomb on the Typhoon F2 have been conducted.

      European Fighter Aircraft: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Typhoon F2 has successfully used the (a) air launched anti-radiation missile, (b) brimstone missile, (c) Stormshadow missile, (d) Harpoon...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alternatives to the private finance initiative his Department considered as means of funding the future strategic tanker aircraft; and what the...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the future strategic tanker aircraft will be deployed in high threat environments; what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public...

      Military Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to recognise veterans of military campaigns since 1939 who have not previously received campaign medals.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in his review of the rules governing the awarding of military medals; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many collisions involving a UK nuclear-powered submarine and (a) another submarine, (b) another naval vessel, (c) a private vessel and (d) a...

      Nuclear Submarines: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training is provided to submarine commanders in (a) collision avoidance and (b) groundings.

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of extending the life of the Puma helicopter; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Lossiemouth: Joint Combat Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure his Department had incurred to locate the Joint Combat Aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce his decision on the Search and Rescue contract under the Private Finance Initiative.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the number of the cancellation of contracts announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 26 frigates he plans to order in the next three years.

      Sentinel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methodology he used to reach his decision on the future of the Sentinel programme after its role in theatre is complete.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times a grant of asylum has been (a) revoked and (b) not renewed under paragraph 339 A of the Immigration Rules in each of the...

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what amendments will be required to her Department's e-Borders programme to take account of the European Commission decision of 17...

      Crime: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rate was in respect of each basic command unit of Hertfordshire Constabulary in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many days her Department has lost to staff sickness in each year since 1997; and what estimate she made of the cost to her...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations her Department has received from other EU member states on human trafficking.

      Passport Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff were employed in (a) each regional and (b) other major passport office in the latest period for which figures are...

      Police Custody: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she issues to police forces on the procedures to be followed on the release from police custody of suspected illegal immigrants...

      Police: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the merits of body-worn video and camera kit by police officers when gathering evidence;...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the implications for police forces covering rural areas of changes to her Department's policing...

      Police: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the operating costs of each police authority in England and Wales was in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on bus services in non-metropolitan urban communities of his proposed reductions in subsidy to bus...

    • Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what budget headings the savings on the Crossrail project under the proposals in the Comprehensive Spending Review will be made.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which year he expects the Crossrail line to open.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of progress in his Department's Traffic Signs Review in relation to cycling; and when he expects the review to be...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what savings to the public purse he expects to result from the ending of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee.

      Inland Waterways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding he plans to provide to support inland water-borne transport infrastructure in urban areas in the period of the Comprehensive Spending...

      Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to lay before Parliament regulations providing for continuous insurance enforcement; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with local authority representatives on the future of funding of major local authority schemes.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles first registered before January 1973 were exempt from vehicle excise duty in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Pilots' National Pension Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received recent representations on the Pilots' National Pension Fund.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to ensure that his Department's decisions on regional funding allocations are based on the most recent available...

      Railways: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the implementation of his Department's proposals for cycle hubs at railway stations.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria his Department uses to determine which rail fares are regulated; when those criteria were last reviewed; and whether he plans to review...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were used to determine which civil servants or groups of civil servants should be granted voluntary exit from his Department in 2010; who...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on the number of road accidents of the introduction of daylight saving time throughout the...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he has allocated to highway improvements at Canford Bottom roundabout in Dorset; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans for central control of the supply of road grit to local authorities.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in the last 24 months.

  • International Development

    • City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has for the funding of the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption programme after 2011.

    • Health Portfolio Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish his Department's 2009 health portfolio review.

      Gaza: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department has in Sierra Leone.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of (a) uranium production in and (b) uranium exports from Burma.

    • China: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of China on fossil fuel subsidy reform.

      Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Colombia on its treatment of trade unionists and other members of civil...

      European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions there have been at Head of Government level on a single seat European Parliament.

      Hamas: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his UN counterparts on allegations of human rights abuses by members of Hamas in Gaza;...

      Kosovo: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on progress in the Kosovo-Serbia talks.

      Russia: Fuels

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

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the (a) strength of the African Union peace-keeping force in Somalia and (b) the number...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2010, Official Report, columns 25-6W, on Uganda: politics and government, how many British...

      West Papua: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on financial support by UK companies for the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estates project in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his latest estimate is of the likely cost of completing the work to be undertaken by the Boundary Commission on constituency boundaries under the provisions...

    • Parliamentary Voting Systems and Constituencies Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the views of (a) hon. Members elected for constituencies in Wales, (b) the Welsh Assembly Government and (c) civil society...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Employment: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of working age people in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency are employed in the (a) private and (b) public sector.

    • Employment: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the working population of Oxford West and Abingdon constituency is employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Foreign Nationals: Yemen

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Yemeni nationals were resident in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Institute for Fiscal Studies: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in the last 24 months.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many girls aged under 16 years were recorded as becoming pregnant in each month between December 1984 and October 1985; and if he will make a statement.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many girls aged each year up to 16 years who (a) are recorded as becoming pregnant, (b) had an abortion, (c) gave birth and gave the child up for...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Projects: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to encourage the use of municipal bonds to fund capital projects in local government; and if he will make a statement.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the mother of a child will continue to be the primary recipient of child benefit.

      Child Benefit: Dunbartonshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in West Dunbartonshire local authority area which will be affected by the proposed withdrawal...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual change in revenue to the Exchequer from UK banks as a result of recent reductions in the rate of corporation tax.

      Corporation Tax: Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to accrue to the Exchequer from corporation tax paid by (a) social enterprises and (b) community interest companies in 2010-11.

      New Businesses: South-East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he took of the variations in levels of need in the South-East when developing his proposals for national insurance exemptions for new businesses.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the suggestions for savings made through his Department's Spending Challenge website he (a) has implemented and (b) plans to implement.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects on HM Revenue and Customs of the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he plans to introduce to address tax avoidance.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the level of tax avoidance in respect of (a) inheritance tax, (b) capital gains tax, (c) income tax, (d) stamp duty...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the law on independent taxation.

      VAT: Churches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has discussed in the Council of Ministers any proposed reduction in the rate of value added tax applicable to church repairs in the UK; (2)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit recipients (a) had their payments revised between July 2009 and June 2010 owing to a change of circumstance, (b) were consequently...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the funds allocated for development of low-carbon technologies in the comprehensive spending review he plans to...

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in his Department's settlement letter in respect of the comprehensive...

      Energy: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) UK and (b) EU energy imports which come from (a) the Russian Federation,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department monitors the number of energy tariffs that change in a time shorter that the standard period in which a customer...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with Ofgem on its steps to improve reporting and monitoring in respect of the wholesale retail link to...

      Fossil Fuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 479W, on fossil fuels: subsidies, what definition of fossil fuel...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between Ministers and hon. Members on the diversity of liquid...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress has been made on his Department's proposals for the gas storage capacity under the Irish Sea.

      Nuclear Development Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who participated in the meeting of the Nuclear Development Forum on 28 October 2010; what the agenda was of that meeting; and what the...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 4.E.2 of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, Cm 7948, what unnecessary obstacles to investment in...

      Nuclear Power: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the statement of 27 July 2010, Official Report, columns 867-881, on the Annual Energy Statement, what assumptions his...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the UK's electricity production he expects to be generated from renewable energy sources following achievement of...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons he decided against introducing a levy to pay for the renewable heat incentive.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department made of the revenue likely to accrue from the levy proposed by the previous administration to pay for the...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the funding allocated for the renewable heat incentive will be disbursed in instalments of decreasing monetary value; and if he...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what measures will contribute to the proposed 20% saving on the estimated cost of the previous administration's plans for the renewable...

      Renewables Obligation: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to establish a mechanism for parliamentary scrutiny of the administration of the renewables obligation.

      UN Adaptation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent financial contribution his Department has made to the UN Adaptation Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of homes provided with energy efficiency measures under the Warm Front scheme since its...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households with children aged (a) 0 to four and (b) five to 16 years received assistance through Warm Front in each year...

      West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will require all members of the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership to (a) submit to a publicly...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what legal advice he received on compliance with state aid rules of his Department's port upgrade competition; and if he will make a...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of noise generated by the operation of (i) wind...

  • Education

    • Academies: Thurrock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools in Thurrock local education authority area have applied to become academies; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the future of the National Virtual School developed by the British Educational Communications and...

      Education and Employers Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Education and Employers Taskforce since its inception.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) girls and (b) boys who received education maintenance allowance in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress his Department has made in the process of equivalence testing of examination courses and qualifications.

      Environment Protection: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what aspects of environmental understanding children will be expected to acquire by the age of (a) 11, (b) 14 and (c) 16 years under his plans for...

      Free School Meals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in each constituency in North Wales received free school meals in each of the last five years.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the name is of each group or organisation which has applied to set up a free school.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department plans to make available to schools seeking to become (a) university technology colleges and (b) technical academies.

      Higher Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools his Department initially designated as specialist sports colleges as a result of the most recent round of applications.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on home education; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 26 July and 26 August 2010 on Building Schools...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pupils subject to fixed-term exclusions in secondary schools with (a) fewer than 800 pupils,...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) stand alone secondary schools and (b) secondary departments of all-through schools have been subject to...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pupils recorded as having days of unauthorised absence in secondary schools with (a) fewer...

      Schools: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department has paid Ten Lifestyle Management for providing information and support services to school leaders in England in each...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that school buildings may not (a) exceed a specified temperature in summer and (b) fall below a specified temperature...

      Schools: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Lancashire have (a) applied for and (b) been granted academy status.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received on the merits of subsidising transport for low income students to encourage them to take up preferential places at...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to regulate the making of exclusive agreements between schools and suppliers of school uniforms; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what timetable he has set for approving the number of teacher training places to be provided for 2011-12; how many such places were available for...

      Young People: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure the quality of future vocational training programmes for young people.

  • Justice

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on his proposals to amend the law on prosecutions for universal jurisdiction offences.

    • Attorney-General: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to review powers of the Attorney-General under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in respect of lenient sentences; and if he will make a...

      Coroners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of ensuring that coroners record whether someone who commits suicide had a terminal condition.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on the rate of non-appearance by (a) witnesses and (b) defendants of the implementation of...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the savings to Her Majesty's Courts Service arising from the proposed programme of court closures.

      Criminal Proceedings: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to appoint a ministerial champion for women in the criminal justice system.

      Family Courts: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many family cases at Worksop family court involved parties living in rural Bassetlaw in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Freedom of Information: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the organisations which receive (a) 50% or more, (b) 75% or more and (c) 90% or more of their income from the...

      Freedom of Information: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the merits of amending the definition of bodies subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include...

      Ian Tomlinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of holding the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson in the City of London on the timing and cost of the inquest.

      Legal Aid: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's budget is for (a) civil and (b) criminal legal aid for 2010-11.

      Magistrates Courts: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases at Retford and Worksop magistrates court were adjourned owing to non-attendance of (a) witnesses and (b) defendants in (i) 2008 and (ii)...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory bodies dealing with offenders on the re-settlement of offenders; and if he...

      Offenders: Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme

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

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to increase the proportion of domestically produced food supplied to prisons under contracts negotiated by the National Offender...

      Probation Service: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the probation service is taking to meet the needs of offenders with mental health conditions; and if he will make a statement.

      Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the membership of the Physical Control in Care (a) Management and (b) Medical Panel Board was in each year since 2004; what professional (i)...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people squatting in premises were prosecuted for offences related to non-payment of council tax in respect of those premises in (a) 2007,...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • AgustaWestland: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions his Department has had with the South West of England Regional Development Agency on the financial...

    • Aimhigher Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent evaluation of the Aimhigher scheme his Department has undertaken; and if he will make a statement.

      Charity Research Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what level of funding will be provided to the Charity Research Support Fund in each year of the Spending Review 2010 period; and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanisms are in place to ensure that his Department's decisions on regional funding allocations are based on the most...

      Employment Schemes: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) women and (b) employers in Merseyside have taken part in the women and work sector skills pathway initiative.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the future management of funds...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the revenue likely to accrue to the Green Investment Bank from the sale of each additional...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from each source he expects to be available for the Green Investment Bank in each of the next five years.

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding the Higher Education Funding Council plans to allocate from its quality-related grant to the Quality Research...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent reports he has received on incidents of Jewish students at universities in London being targeted by Islamic...

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what change there has been in the rate of participation in higher education by those living in disadvantaged areas since 2004;...

      Higher Education: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in (a) North West Durham constituency, (b) the north-east and (c) England entered (i) higher...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial impact assessment his Department undertook on the decision to reduce the funding available for teaching in higher...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) US-based and (b) other private providers of higher education in England; and if he will...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to bring forward proposals to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses in the house-building sector.

      Leukaemia: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between murine leukaemia virus-related...

      Manufacturing Industries: Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) grants and (b) other forms of assistance his Department provides to manufacturing firms wishing to improve their...

      Manufacturing Industries: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support from his Department is available for manufacturing firms relocating to larger premises (a) nationally and...

      News Corporation: British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to issue a public interest intervention in respect of the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the Post Office joint venture; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future level of subsidy to the Post Office.

      Post Offices: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what changes to financial services offered by the Post Office he proposes to make.

      Post Offices: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to change the banking model operated by the Post Office.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding he plans to allocate to each research council in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to minimise the cost to the public purse of winding up regional development agencies.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that local enterprise partnerships are operational before regional development agencies are closed.

      Regional Development Agencies: Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much each regional development agency allocated to the Technology Strategy Board in funding in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government has set a target for the proportion of gross domestic product to be spent on research and development.

      Research Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding he plans to allocate to each research council in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 in real terms based on...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations his Department has received from private sector companies on funding for the research councils.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the difference in cash terms between maintaining the science budget in real terms and in cash terms...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects in cash terms of the freezing of the science budget on the number of scientists...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria his Department plans to use in allocating the science research budget between the research councils in 2011-12.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what forecast he has made of the rate of inflation affecting his Department's expenditure on science research in the period to 2014.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what analysis his Department has undertaken of the model for funding student fees used by (a) CareerConcept AG in Germany, (b)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the effects on arts, humanities and social science teaching and research in...

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Technology Strategy Board will have a role in administering technology and innovation centres.

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the long term future of the Technology Strategy Board; and if he will make a statement.

      Technology Strategy Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funds will be allocated to the Technology Strategy Board in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Technology Strategy Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department channelled through regional development agencies for projects which the Technology Strategy Board was...

      Technology Strategy Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what Government funding the Technology Strategy Board received in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and how much it will receive in...

      Technology: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) methodology and (b) criteria he plans to use to determine the locations of technology and innovation centres.

      Train to Gain Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have received training from the Train to Gain programme in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) Tower...

      Train to Gain Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses have received assistance from the Train to Gain programme in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b)...

      University: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of university departments teaching (a) science, technology, engineering and mathematics...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that vocational training courses are delivered with the required expertise and...

  • Health

    • Contaminated Blood Products: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of providing compensation for those who received contaminated blood products in...

    • GP Budget Holding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on implementation of his proposals for GP budget holding (a) nationally and (b) in Dudley South constituency.

      NHS Services: Local Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect on NHS services of changes to funding for local...

      NHS: Winter Pressures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what preparations he is making for anticipated winter pressures on the NHS in 2010-11.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals for a soft opt-out system for organ donation.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for future numbers of health visitors.

      Dementia Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to review the provision of health care services in Devon for those diagnosed with dementia.

      Registered Organ Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of registered organ donors.

      Advisory Group for National Specialised Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish (a) future arrangements for national specialist commissioning and (b) the operations and remit of the new Advisory Group for...

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made a recent estimate of the amount spent by (a) each primary care trust and (b) the NHS per head of population on rheumatoid arthritis...

      Arthritis: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of rheumatoid arthritis specialist nurses working in the NHS; what plans he has for the future...

      Back Pain: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of specialist back pain diagnosis and treatment services; and what level of regional variation he...

      Bone Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average life expectancy is of a child patient treated with conventional treatments for osteosarcoma.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress his Department has made on the roll-out of the age extension to the NHS Breast Screening Programme; (2) what proportion of breast...

      Cancer Drugs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he plans to allocate to the Cancer Drugs Fund in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Cancer Drugs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what sources his Department is funding the interim Cancer Drugs Fund; and what amount of funding is being drawn from each such source in 2010-11.

      Carers: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department allocated to (a) Brighton and Hove city council and (b) NHS Brighton and Hove for the support of carers in each of the last...

      Cataracts: Waiting lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the median wait among those admitted for cataract extraction between 1 July and 30 September 2006 in...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to NHS trusts on the provision of choice to women in respect of place of birth.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) were diagnosed (a) nationally, (b) in Sussex, (c) in Brighton and Hove City and (d) in Hove...

      Dementia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to clinicians on the management of symptoms of agitation and aggression in dementia patients.

      Dementia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what medical treatments are licensed for the treatment of behavioural symptoms in dementia; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consult the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the scientific basis for his Department's Health Technical Memorandum...

      Dental Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementation of his Department's Health Technical Memorandum 01/05 on Decontamination on the risk...

      Dental Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely costs for primary care trusts of compliance by NHS community practices with his Department's Health Technical...

      Dental Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely cost to NHS community practices of compliance with his Department's Health Technical Memorandum 01/05 on...

      Dental Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely effects on dental charges to patients of implementation of his Department's Health Technical Memorandum 01/05 on...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely costs to (a) primary care trusts and (b) strategic health authorities arising from (i) staff redundancies and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to ensure that his Department's decisions on regional funding allocations are based on the most recent available population data.

      Dialysis Machines: Wisbech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) consider the merits of and (b) estimate the cost of funding a satellite kidney dialysis unit in Wisbech.

      Food Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on (a) food supplements and (b) implementation of the EU Food Supplements Directive.

      General Practitioners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible for the operation of revalidation following the ending of primary care trusts.

      Health Services: Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of the 'We are Listening' NHS posters erected on lamp posts in and around Hull; what guidance his Department...

      Health Services: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on the provision of first response and acute medical services of the introduction of daylight...

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of training a health visitor in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Health Visitors: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for future numbers of health visitors serving Crawley and West Sussex.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons records from hospital episode statistics captured at the time and by means of a census yield a shorter median wait than records captured...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in the last 24 months.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of his Department's review of the 'Making it Better' maternity services programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have received the summary care record database since the publication of the review of that database; whether he plans to provide...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to enable patients to remove their summary care records from the summary care database.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of graduates from medical schools in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 failed to gain a higher medical training post in a UK...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to implement the Government's proposal to provide greater access to talking therapies within the NHS.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of NHS expenditure on the treatment and prevention of mental illness in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and if he...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future (a) training, (b) recruitment and (c) retention of midwives in the NHS.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the implications for that Department of (a) the proposals...

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he plans to establish to assess the NHS commissioning board's performance against its objectives in commissioning services.

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what conditions staff and medical files are transferred to NHS Shared Business Services; (2) what access employees of NHS Shared Business...

      Obesity: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on the rate of obesity of the introduction of daylight saving time throughout the year.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have a diagnosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome; (2) what initiatives his Department has to...

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) carried out and (b) funded on the treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy and complex regional pain syndrome in...

      Primary Care Trusts: Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts (a) do and (b) do not provide fertility treatment.

      Rochdale Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on numbers of health-care staff at Rochdale hospital of the proposed transfer of facilities (a) to and...

      Seasonal Affective Disorder: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on those diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder of the introduction of daylight saving...

      Slaughterhouses: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of breaches of regulations governing the operation of slaughterhouses in the latest period for which figures are...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason funding for local authority social care is no longer to be ring-fenced; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the end of such...

      Surgery: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled in hospitals, in each primary care trust area in the south- east in each year since 2005.

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to implement obligations under articles 10, 15, 17, 19, 20, 25 and 26 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of his Department's spending reductions on the statutory services provided by voluntary...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Society Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to contribute to the Big Society initiative.

    • Broadband: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials had with representatives of the devolved Administration on superfast broadband...

      Broadband: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2010, Official Report, column 264W, on broadband, if he will publish the marks against...

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will consider the merits of allowing these museums and galleries which have a free entry policy to charge non-UK...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) income from television licences foregone by the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department plans to make available to the Access to Work programme in each of the next five years.

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure the quality of medical reports produced on its behalf by Atos Healthcare.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with national carers' organisations on the continued implementation of the national carers' strategy; and if...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to review the eligibility criteria for carer's allowance.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether partners of higher rate taxpayers will receive carer's credit once they are no longer eligible to receive child benefit.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission on the position of (a) single parents without a new...

      Client Funds Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the Client Funds Account for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Depression: Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that people with depression are able to participate in the (a) access to work and (b) pathways to work...

      Disability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability assessments his Department carried out in each month of the last two years; how many appeals were lodged against the...

      Disability Impact Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has carried out (a) a disability impact assessment and (b) any other impact on the effect of his proposed changes to benefits on...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the number of users of Motability cars of the removal of the mobility...

      Disability Living Allowance: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in (a) England and (b) Easington constituency with a learning disability he estimates will be affected by proposals...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Aberdeen South constituency, (b) Aberdeen local authority area and (c) Scotland...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what employment legislation his Department is responsible; and what progress his Department has made on the Government's proposed review of...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Peterborough constituency received (a) employment and support allowance and (b) incapacity benefit in each quarter since...

      Employment Schemes: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2010, Official Report, column 156W, on employment schemes: Peterborough, for what reason the number of...

      Employment Schemes: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Peterborough constituency who will be invited to participate in the Work programme; and if...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an estimate of the effects on residents of Argyll and Bute constituency of his proposed changes to housing benefit arrangements.

      Incapacity Benefit: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants claim (a) on the grounds of multiple illnesses or conditions and (b) for a single condition.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many discretionary payments of less than £5 were made by Jobcentre Plus in each year since 2005.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of people in Bridgend constituency who (a) claim support for mortgage interest and (b)...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department has provided for Motability cars in each of the last five years; how many such cars were in use in each such year;...

      Pensions: Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all mothers entitled to receive contributions to (a) a basic and (b) a second state pension under the provisions of the Pensions Act...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2010, Official Report, columns 821-22W, on social security benefits: appeals, what the cost to the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities use voice risk analysis to help detect benefit fraud; and what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria will be used to determine the awarding of contracts to private sector companies to implement the fraud prevention techniques...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of refusals of applications for benefits of each type based on medical examinations commissioned by his Department...

      Social Security Benefits: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to bring forward proposals to enable employment support allowance to be available immediately to students who suspend their...

      Therapeutic Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the maximum allowable limit for therapeutic earnings.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were continuously in receipt of out-of-work benefits between 1 June 1997 and 31 May 2010.

      Unemployment: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the level of access to transport for unemployed people seeking work in remote rural and valley areas; and...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to maintain the winter fuel payment at no less than its current rate in the period after 2011.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had on accurate reflections of claimants' conditions in the outcomes of work capability assessments.

  • House of Lords

    • Abdul Baset Al Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 18 October (WA 95), whether they have sought and received reports from the Scottish Government on the...

    • Africa: Agricultural Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of agriculture in post-conflict stabilisation; and what steps they have taken to promote joint working across government...

      Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternatives to the Rapiscan X-ray machine will be offered to airline passengers who are at medical risk from radiation.

      Armed Forces: Military Diplomacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of military diplomacy in achieving the United Kingdom's foreign policy and development objectives, including conflict...

      Arms Trade: Global Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they are making for the drafting of an effective arms trade treaty, covering all conventional weapons and ammunition; and whether they consider...

      Arms Trade: Global Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the guide published by Saferworld, entitled National Implementation of the ProposedArms Trade Treaty.

      Association of Southeast Asia Nations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to develop relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; and what will be their priorities for that relationship.

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 14 October (WA 86), whether any estimates of the costs of abolishing the Audit Commission have been made.

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 14 October (WA 86), what annual savings in cash terms the Audit Commission Board proposed in July 2010.

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates of the costs of abolishing the Audit Commission were supplied by its chief executive and accounting officer; when they were received; and whether,...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have taken to influence the level of bonuses paid to bank directors and traders; and...

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the size of debt acknowledged by the Government of Iceland as due to the United Kingdom in respect of failed Icelandic banks; and how much interest has...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their case for maintaining the Barnett Formula.

      Business: Entrepreneurship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage entrepreneurial talent among public sector employees.

      Chartered Bodies: Record Keeping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what precautions they are taking to ensure that the organisations which the Privy Council endorses and regulates maintain and make available to the public the...

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 25 October (WA 224), why they have increased the redundancy compensation provided for in the...

      Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 22 July (WA 240), how Civil Service posts exempt from the Civil Service recruitment freeze because...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many regional conflict advisers are deployed in Africa; how many have armed forces experience; and what are their funding arrangements.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances have they received that the United Nations has mechanisms in place to ensure that Bosco Ntaganda has no role in joint operations with the Congolese...

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Transport plans to engage external consultants to manage the programme of restructuring and downsizing of its staff numbers; and what is...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set out the governance arrangements for the proposed regional growth fund.

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional energy costs to households in the United Kingdom arising from the European Union target of generating 30 per cent...

      EU: External Action Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Howell of Guildford on 22 October concerning the European Union General Affairs Council (WS 86-9), how they intend to...

      EU: Union for the Mediterranean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Howell of Guildford on 22 October concerning the European Union Foreign Affairs Council (WS 86-9), whether they will...

      Finance: Electronic Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation has taken place on the implementation of the provisions of the Second Electronic Money Directive.

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the interest rate currently paid to United Kingdom banks depositing surplus funds and liquidity with the Bank of England.

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what steps he is taking to ensure that only British pork, bacon and sausages are used in House of Lords catering outlets.

      Government Departments: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 25 October (WA 231) concerning the closure of Government Office North East, whether any estimates of the costs...

      Government Departments: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 25 October (WA 231) concerning the closure of Government Office North East, when, and in what form, and with...

      Government Departments: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when staff in Government Offices due to be closed will be able to apply for voluntary early severance and retirement packages in accordance with the existing...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual cost of the Behavioural Insights Team in the Cabinet Office, and how much has been paid to Professor Thaler or any individual or entity...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have to ensure the delivery of planned housing growth in the designated growth areas in which central government funds have been provided for...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what obligations a tenant has to pay housing benefit to a landlord; and, if none, what plans they have to introduce such a requirement.

      Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the application by Iceland to join the European Union; and whether their support of the application is conditional on reaching...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their obligations under Article 34 of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

      International Cricket Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom courts have any jurisdiction over decisions by the International Cricket Council which affect United Kingdom citizens.

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Governments of Iraq, Iran and the United States and to the United Nations Secretary-General, in the light of the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the approval by the Government of Israel of the construction of 240 houses in Jerusalem, east of the 1967 Green Line.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence and impact of Israeli incursions into Lebanese airspace since the 2006 conflict.

      Justice: Neil Forbes FRCVS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of all cases heard in (a) Crown Courts, (b) magistrates' courts, and (c) County Courts, in which Mr Neil...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many judicial review applications have been issued in relation to the proposed new legal aid contracts for civil (non-family) law.

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position regarding the revision of the Lisbon Treaty.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how local enterprise partnerships will be funded.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for Local Enterprise Partnerships.

      Milton Keynes: Sustainable Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current work programme of the Milton Keynes Partnership Committee in respect of achieving sustainable growth in Milton Keynes.

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to the threat to the critical national infrastructure of a high-intensity electromagnetic pulse, produced either by malign intent or...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many HM Treasury staff work for the Office for Budget Responsibility.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Office for Budget Responsibility will have its own telephone rather than the one currently listed on its website which connects to a Treasury voicemail...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will maintain the previous Government's support for a suitable memorial at the 2012 Olympic Games to honour the 40th anniversary of the murdered...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 September (WA 549), when the High Commission in Islamabad will next make representations to the...

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have in relation to a local authority shown to have provided false information about parking signage in order to obtain permission for a...

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the clarity of Special Direction GT46/41/6 of 21 December 2009 and the level of fines it produced.

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice was given in 2001 by Stephen Sauvain QC about controlled parking zones in Harrogate and Scarborough; and whether they made this advice available to the...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date they expect the £200 million set aside for Presbyterian Mutual Society savers to have been allocated to them. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Qatar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a strategy for developing bilateral relations with Qatar.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the C2C Essex Thameside franchise has been extended; if so, for what period of time; and whether a further extension will be needed for the National...

      Railways: Intercity Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the diesel engines in the proposed Intercity Express Project trains will comply with Euro IIIb emissions limits.

      Railways: Ticketing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take against train operators who do not substantially improve the time taken to buy a ticket at many stations, bearing in mind that many...

      Remembrance Sunday

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice or requests have been given in the past to local authorities about the appropriateness of making charges to close roads for the purpose of facilitating...

      Roads: M20

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the Highways Agency proposal for a new junction 10a on the M20 motorway at Ashford, Kent.

      Roads: Motor Races

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which part of the Road Traffic Act prevents local authorities allowing closed road motorsport events; and whether they will make an assessment of the economic...

      Russia and China: Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will end aid to China and Russia; and whether the European Development Fund will continue to give aid to those two countries after that date.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which major rail investments around Cardiff, Barry and Newport will go ahead as announced in spending review 2010.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the spending review 2010 will have on aggregate demand for each of the years covered by the review.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the arrangements for funding (a) conflict prevention, and (b) post-conflict reconstruction; and how those arrangements will be affected by any reforms...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the spending decisions announced in Spending Review 2010 which reduce Government money available for building homes, how they will ensure that everybody...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Spending Review 2010 on the United Kingdom's capacity for resilience in an emergency.

      Traffic Signs and General Directions Act 2002

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that special directions do not contradict the provisions of the Traffic Signs and General Directions Act 2002.

      Transport: Severe Weather

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what extra help is planned for local authorities in Merseyside to counteract bad weather conditions in the winter of 2010-11.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 20 October (WA 178) concerning the admission of Turkey to the European Union, how they are able to...

      Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 September (WA 556), what religious freedoms were discussed by the United Kingdom Embassy in Ankara...

      UK Stabilisation Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reforms are planned for the United Kingdom Stabilisation Capacity established in February 2010; and how many civilian secondments to conflict and...

      UN: Peacekeeping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reforms they have advocated for the review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission; and what representations they have made for the review about those...

      UN: Peacekeeping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to follow up the United Nations Security Council debate held in September on Peacebuilding Support Operations.

      UN: Peacekeeping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they advocated to the United Nations Review of Civilian Capacity deployments in peacebuilding missions; and when they expect the review to report.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of progress in Zimbabwe since the formation of the Government of National Unity.

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