Written answers

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

  • Transport

    • Anglian Prince Tugboat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact assessment his Department conducted prior to taking its decision to remove the service provided by the Stornoway base in relation to the...

    • Anglian Prince Tugboat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport where the nearest to Na h-Eileanan an Iar Maritime and Coastal Authority funded tug will be based after the removal of the Stornoway-based Anglian...

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will direct the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency not to initiate proceedings in respect of the late licensing penalty demand issued to Ms...

      National Express: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between his Department and National Express on (a) the Greater Anglia franchise,...

      Passenger Ships: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Liverpool City Council on the provision of a cruise line turn-around facility in Liverpool.

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capital projects he expects to begin on railway lines in (a) Kent and (b) Maidstone and the Weald constituency before 2015.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent consideration he has given to the (a) sale and (b) transfer of Waterloo International Terminal to Network Rail; and if he will make...

  • Scotland

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has assessed the effect of airport security measures required by the Department for Transport on the competitiveness of airports in Scotland.

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in his Department's settlement letter in respect of the comprehensive spending...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last discussed the operation of the proposed Green Investment Bank with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to meet the Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities to discuss the likely effect on local authorities in Scotland of the proposed...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has discussed with the Scottish Executive the application of the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 in respect of the judgment of the...

      Universities Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has discussed with Universities Scotland the effect on Universities Scotland of the Browne review of higher education funding in England.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bridleways: Horse Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on (a) horse rider access to bridleways and (b) future numbers of bridleways.

    • EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the likely savings to her Department of not operating the sampling plan proposed in article 16...

      EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to require all operators of vessels in the under- 10 metre fleet to complete a log book; whether such...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable her Department has set for discussions with the food industry on labelling and point of sale information on...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the Forestry Commission woodland estate is held as (a) freehold and (b) leasehold; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made a recent assessment of the merits of making mandatory pre-stunning prior to slaughter for farm animals...

      Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on the competitive position of the mushroom composting regulations of her recent...

      National Parks: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure transparent arrangements for financial reporting by national parks' authorities.

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what restrictions there are on (a) meat hygiene inspectors and (b) abattoir workers assisting such inspectors on...

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the number of inland bathing water locations under the requirements of the European Bathing...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in his Department's settlement letter in respect of the comprehensive spending review.

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of redundancies arising from the spending reductions proposed in the comprehensive spending review in...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of staff redundancy in each of the next four years.

  • Attorney-General

    • Daniel Ubani

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has taken to assess the compatibility of the actions of the German authorities in the case of Dr Daniel Ubani with the...

  • Wales

    • Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the likely effects on policing in Wales of implementation of the...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on a superfast broadband pilot project in Wales.

      Coal: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of the coal industry in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Iron and Steel: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of the steel industry in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on renewable energy sources in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings she had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport to discuss the future of S4C before 20 October 2010.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with (a) S4C, (b) the Welsh Assembly Government, (c) BBC Wales and (d) civil society organisations on the future of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to increase the extent to which the provisions of Part M of the building regulations are complied with by...

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the role of the (a) upper tier and (b) second-tier authorities in (i) designing and (ii) administering...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department has received since his appointment;...

      European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to oral evidence taken by the Communities and Local Government Committee on 13 September 2010, HC 453-i, Q109, if he...

      European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his oral evidence to the Communities and Local Government Committee on 13 September 2010, HC 453-i, Q109, what...

      Government Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will commission an equality impact assessment before making an announcement on the future of the Government Office Network.

      Government Office Network: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the savings which will accrue to the Exchequer consequent on the closure of the Government...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families with children applied as homeless to each English local authority in each year since 2005; and in respect of...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether present levels of uplifts on allowances will be retained under his proposed changes to the Housing Revenue Account.

      Rented Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the density of dwellings per hectare was in respect of (a) private and (b) social rented sector housing built in...

      Shops: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure owners of large chain stores are compliant with their obligations under the Building Regulations...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many lettings of (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four bedroom homes were built in the social rented sector in the...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether his proposals for increased rents for new social tenants will include existing social tenants who move within the...

      Social Rented Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average weekly social rent per household was for properties managed by registered social landlords in Peterborough city...

      Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average rent paid by tenants in the social rented sector is for (a) one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d)...

      Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) in which local authority areas the average social rent is more than (a) 90% (b) 80% and (c) 70% of the market rate; (2)...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding he plans to allocate to the Supporting People programme in each year between 2011 and 2015.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many planning consents have been granted for wind farms not yet developed; (2) what guidance his Department issues to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely variation in the effects on different areas of proposed reductions in funding for council tax benefit.

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2010, Official Report, column 646W, on social security benefits: Stirling, whether a household which...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in residential care received the mobility component of the disability living allowance in each parliamentary constituency...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of the potential effects of the removal of the mobility component of the disability...

      Housing Benefit: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in housing benefit to individuals in Peterborough City Council area in each year from 1996-97 to 2009-10; and if he will make...

      Housing Benefit: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many households his Department expects income to fall below the 60 per cent. median poverty line as (a) a result of the (i)...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

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

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the proposed increase in the age of eligibility for the single room rate of housing benefit applies to supported accommodation.

      Jobcentres: Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that all jobcentre staff are trained to recognise the needs of people with depression.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish the Green Paper on pensions; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of appeals proceedings against work capability assessment decisions relating...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department plans to review the governance arrangements for the BBC.

    • Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons the Llyn Peninsula was not included in the superfast broadband pilot areas announced on pages 65-66 of the...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has allocated to grassroots football schemes for each year to 2013-14; and what proportion of...

      S4C: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take to steps to ensure representation of the independent production sector in Wales in negotiations with the BBC...

      S4C: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to ensure S4C remains operationally independent of the BBC in (a) editorial policy and (b) remit.

      S4C: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what arrangements he plans to make for the operational independence of S4C.

      UK Sport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to provide for UK Sport's accountability to his Department for its funding for (a) UK Athletics,...

  • Treasury

    • Assets: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of publicly-owned assets in the banking and financial services sector.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what differentials or exemptions are in place in respect of the operation of air passenger duty.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with banking organisations on the application of a portion of their 2010-11 bonus pool towards socially acceptable...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households will be affected by the implementation of the proposed changes to the administration of child benefit in (a) London, (b) the London...

      Disabled Persons Tax Credit: Ealing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Ealing, Southall constituency are in receipt of disabled person's tax credit.

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mothers resident in Lewisham, Deptford constituency received the health in pregnancy grant in each year since its inception; and what expenditure...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issues to its staff on the use of its e-mail system to contact members of the public; and whether HMRC debt...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of people moving from out of work benefits into employment he expects to become recipients of the (a) basic, (b) 30 hour, (c) childcare...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will publish the agreement of 31 May 2010 between the UK and other European donors and the Bangladeshi government to establish...

    • UN Women's Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding the Government plans to contribute to the UN women's agency in each of the next four years; and if he will make a...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many children have been enrolled at the House of Commons nursery to date; how many children attend;...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) hospitality and (b) gifts officials of his Department have received from members of the British Wind Energy Association and...

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department have been offered enhanced early retirement packages in each of the last three years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's capital expenditure per head was in (a) London and (b) the North West in each of the last five years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much and what proportion of his Department's capital expenditure was allocated to (a) London and (b) the North West in each of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost to (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large manufacturing enterprises of obtaining 15 per...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average annual sum charged by suppliers to domestic energy consumers which is attributable to the...

  • Justice

    • Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought under the provisions of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 in each year since its entry into force; and if he...

    • Mercy Killing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will hold a public inquiry on the merits of establishing an offence of mercy killing.

      Remand In Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2010, Official Report, columns 862-3W, on remand in custody: young people, how many and what proportion of...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend legislation on squatting; and if he will make a statement.

      Squatting: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the rights of property owners and local authorities to evict squatters from private property.

  • Education

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to his announcement of 1 September 2010, whether he plans to publish the academy school funding agreements he has signed with schools...

    • Libraries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of library services following the outcome of the comprehensive spending review.

      Schools: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on capital and revenue funding for St Ursula's School in Bristol.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to faith free schools; (2) how much funding his Department has allocated to (a) Anglican, (b)...

      Schools: Travel Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding he plans to allocate to school travel advisers in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Specialist Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what sum his Department pays in capital grant to specialist schools following initial designation.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of the new apprenticeships announced in the comprehensive spending review 2010 will be located in Hull.

    • Defence Equipment: Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what support his Department plans to give to companies attending the LIBDEX 2010 event in Tripoli in November 2010; and...

      Financial Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) on what date his Department consulted (a) organisations representing the financial sector and (b) the Financial Reporting...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date his Department received representations from the Financial Reporting Council on the Government's proposals to...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many 18 to 30 year olds with UK nationality were estimated to be studying in universities in each country outside the United...

      Higher Education: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in Warrington North constituency entered higher education in the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Paternity Leave

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

      Royal Mail: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has discussed with the Communications Workers Union or other employee representatives (a) conversion of...

      Technology Strategy Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of its budget for 2008 to 2011 the Technology Strategy Board allocated to (a) new and (b) ongoing long-term projects.

      Tobacco Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on independent retailers of the...

      UK Listing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on proposals to transfer the UK Listing Authority away from the...

      Working Conditions: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of rules on (a) transfer of undertakings and (b) two-tier working in respect of employees...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of investigations into the conduct of the Vice-President of Colombia during his tenure as...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the killing of Edgar Bohorquez in Colombia; and whether his Department has made representations...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he has received on representations to the Colombian authorities in the case of the imprisonment of Liliany Obando.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials his Department has appointed on fixed-term contracts since 7 May 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 29 June 2010, Official Report, columns 37-8WS, on the Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives his Department has set for its policy on Hamas.

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives his Department has set for its policy on Iran.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider the merits of introducing unilateral economic sanctions against Iran.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Israel and the Palestinian National Council on the situation of...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of (a) rockets and (b) mortar bombs launched into Israeli territory from (i)...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives his Department has set for its policy on the Middle East peace process.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN Relief and Works Agency on the (a) education of school children in and (b)...

      Tariq Aziz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Iraqi Government on commuting the death sentence on Tariq Aziz; and if he will...

      Yemen: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Ambassador of Yemen on plans for a Ministerial visit to Yemen.

  • Defence

    • Peacekeeping Operations: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the number of civilian deaths in Iraq consequent on actions by (a) coalition forces and (b) insurgents since March 2003.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on offering incentives to (a) tribal leaders and (b) other individuals or organisations in Afghanistan to secure the safe passage of...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methodology his Department used to estimate the relative cost to the public purse of (a) cancelling the order for the proposed second aircraft...

      Armed Forces: Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what investigation his Department conducted into an incident on 15 November 2006 in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in which a Royal Marines...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Challenger 2 tanks will remain in service after 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many major military equipment programmes have been cancelled between Initial Gate and Main Gate stages in the last 20 years.

      Defence Reform Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference are of his Department's Defence Reform Unit.

      Defence Reform Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of his Department's Defence Reform Unit.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timescale he has set for the conclusion of the defence reform review.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) surplus land and buildings and (b) telecommunications spectrum and corporate assets his Department plans to sell following the recommendations...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department plans to allocate to (a) the Stabilisation Aid Fund, (b) the Conflict Prevention Pool, (c) the Discretionary Peacekeeping...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of its joint strike fighter order; (2) how many joint strike fighters he intends to order;...

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with representatives of the Merchant Navy on the potential for deployment of Royal Marines on merchant ships to counter...

      Marines: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the Royal Marines of his proposed reduction in the strength of the Royal Navy; and if he will make a...

      Marines: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his proposed reduction in Royal Navy personnel will be to Royal Marine personnel; and what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many AW101 Merlin ASaC helicopters he plans to order; (2) what the in-service timetable for the AW101 Merlin ASaC helicopters is.

      Navy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means he plans to reduce the strength of the Royal Navy by 5,000.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) under what budgetary headings he expects the one billion pounds of savings in infrastructure costs for the strategic nuclear deterrent identified...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the adequacy of the protective clothing of nuclear submariners to resist the penetration of their clothing by liquid...

      RAF Feltwell: Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether RAF Feltwell (a) forms part of and (b) provides support services to the US Missile Defense system.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the name is of each (a) individual, group and organisation consulted on and (b) respondent who submitted evidence or comments to the strategic...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he expects to make the Initial Gate decision on the Future Submarine Project.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the projected (a) discounted and (b) undiscounted nuclear decommissioning costs for Trident replacement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the running costs of Trident replacement in each of the first five years of its operation.

      Warships: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has decided which Bay-class ship is to be decommissioned; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) made and (b) breached by people resident in St Albans constituency in each of the last...

    • Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports submitted with applications for visas to enter the UK her Department held at the consulate in (a) Istanbul and (b) Abu...

      EU Council Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the implementation EU Council Directive...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable she has set for her Department's review of firearms legislation.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2010, Official Report, column 755W, on foreign workers, how many of the intra-company transfers...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there have been for offences related to human trafficking in each police force area in each of the last five years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with private contractors on procedures for escorting illegal immigrants during their removal from the UK.

      Metropolitan Police: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received from the Metropolitan police force on the conviction of people arrested for human trafficking...

      Sex Offenders Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to bring forward proposals to amend the Sex Offenders Act 1997 before Easter 2012.

      UK Border Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much capital funding has been allocated to the UK Border Agency for the period from 2010 to 2015.

      UK Border Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the UK Border Agency's performance was against each of its service level standards at each major port of entry in the latest period for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Marriage: Cousins

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Office for National Statistics collects figures on the number of first cousin marriages.

    • Public Bodies: Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to identify the assets of public bodies to be disposed of as a result of the implementation of his policy on public bodies reform.

      Questionnaires: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of expenditure by Government Departments on questionnaires which include requests for personal information.

  • Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on the antidepressant reboxetine.

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the merits of extending breast screening invitations to women aged up to 79 years.

      Care Homes: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the effects of the introduction on standards of care and safety in residential homes of the 1 October...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Care Quality Commission in the inspection and monitoring of standards in residential...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of Care Quality Commission inspectors to monitor residential care homes and agencies.

      Care Quality Commission: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent reports he has received on staff morale amongst staff working for the Care Quality Commission; and if he will make a statement.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of publishing the results of drug trials; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the extent to which...

      Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to include provision for rare and complex conditions in his proposed NHS Outcomes Framework.

      Eyesight: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the optical sector on the development of community eye care services.

      Eyesight: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include (a) treatment of (i) glaucoma, (ii) age-related macular degeneration and (iii) diabetic retinopathy and (b) other eye care...

      Eyesight: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to encourage collaboration between GP commissioning consortia and local optical committees.

      Eyesight: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the representation of local optical committees on local health and well-being boards.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children under five years whose mother was aged 19 years or under at birth were diagnosed with health problems in (a) Hastings and Rye and...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of people living with HIV in the UK who are undiagnosed; and what steps he plans to take to reduce that...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mechanism will be for the establishment of a new NHS hospital following the ending of strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.

      Maternity Services: Huddersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mothers gave birth in the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Birthing Centre between January and June 2010.

      Maternity Services: Huddersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were transferred from the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Birthing Centre to other hospitals by emergency ambulance between January and June...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average annual number of occasions on which a healthcare professional may seek to access patients' records via the...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to require explicit opt-in consent from a patient to any (a) proposal or (b) request to add data to their summary care record.

      NHS: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for public scrutiny and accountability mechanisms in respect of (a) foundation trusts and (b) GP commissioning.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make an estimate of the number of (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) medical support staff likely to be made redundant as a result of the...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of group B streptococcus infection were recorded in each of the last five years; and what other data his Department collect on the...

      Streptococcus: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the introduction of routine screening of pregnant women for group B streptococcus;...

      Weather: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to equip the NHS to manage winter pressures in 2010-11.

  • House of Lords

    • Africa: Agricultural Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 19 October (HL2378), which were the eight countries in Africa that met or exceeded the 10 per cent target for...

    • Africa: Agricultural Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries in Africa the Department for International Development has an agricultural programme; and whether they plan to increase the numbers of such...

      Africa: Agricultural Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of agriculture in the Department for International Development's Southern African Regional Plan; and how the proposal for the south-north corridor...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 25 October (WA 219), what assessment they have made of the claim that products from Roundup Ready crops are...

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the annual value of the annual United Kingdom trade in owls; and whether they monitor websites related to this trade.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements there are to register a captive bred hawk or owl if it is not used for falconry.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define "commercial purposes" in their guidance Birds of Prey: What You Need to Know issued in 2008.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the number of birds of prey offered for sale on websites, what assessment they have made of the continued validity of the statement in Birds of...

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to adopt a new definition of "commercial use" in deciding whether or not traded owls and hawks should have a certificate.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there have been in each of the past five years for failure to obtain the necessary Article 10 certification for a traded bird.

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will release the 1921 census early, as was the case with the 1911 census.

      Children: Infant Mortality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what indicators the Department for International Development currently uses or plans to develop to measure its impact on reducing the number of children who die...

      Coroners' Inquests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 19 October (WA 140), whether they will consider publishing details of inquests held, names of deceased, date of...

      Debt: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much interest was paid on government debt in the last calendar quarter and how much of that was paid to United Kingdom investors.

      Driving: Vehicle Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has received for the vehicle keeper details of vehicles registered in Northern Ireland using...

      Drugs: Ultra-orphan Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the mechanism for referring the need for new ultra-orphan drug treatments to the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services.

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of current gas infrastructure of pipelines and liquefied natural gas terminal import capacity to ensure security of...

      Energy: Gas Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they intend to implement before the winter of 2015 to ensure that additional gas storage capacity is committed to construction to support market...

      Energy: Gas Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what indications they have received from the gas industry as to whether the suggested increase in system-balancing penalties ensuring gas supplies is likely to...

      Energy: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the proposed Energy Security and Green Economy Bill requires that all energy tariff marketing materials feature an itemised summary...

      Energy: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of energy tariffs have changed in the period between a customer asking to switch tariffs and the company in question completing that switch.

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a strategy for the United Kingdom to be a world leader in offshore wind energy.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make mapping data relating to the flood plain areas of west Cumbria, including Cockermouth and Keswick, available to the public.

      Flooding: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received assurances from the insurance industry that universal household flooding insurance will be maintained in the light of the planned...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of water fluoridation on the general health of the population in areas where water fluoridation has occurred; and how...

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated net saving in the pay bill of the Ministry of Justice for each of the next four years if no bonuses are paid and all salaries and increments...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated net saving in the pay bill of the Scotland Office for each of the next four years if no bonuses are paid and all salaries and increments are...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the estimated net saving to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in each of the next four years if no bonuses were paid and all...

      Government: Overseas Properties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what properties they own or lease in New York City; what is the annual rent of those they lease, and when those leases expire; what is the capital value of those...

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 18 October (WA 114-15), to how many European Economic Area nationals the habitual residence test was applied in the...

      Health: Health Visitors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how many, and (b) what proportion, of first-time mothers receive weekly home visits from a health visitor, family nurse or other suitably qualified person...

      Houses of Parliament: Wireless Internet

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans there are to extend wireless internet access across the parliamentary estate.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to exempt residents of London from the housing benefit cap.

      Kazakhstan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who will be the representative of the United Kingdom at the 2010 Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe summit of heads of state or government in...

      National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect national parks in the light of proposals that publicly owned forests should be sold.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to provide safe accommodation for all child victims of trafficking in the form of specialist foster care.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they and the National Health Service ensure that trafficked persons know they are entitled to necessary medical assistance, regardless of their immigration status.

      Premature Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals aged 8-18 died in the United Kingdom in July and August in each of the past 10 years for which records are available.

      Roads: Casualties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there was an increase in road casualties involving (a) children, (b) cyclists, and (c) pensioners between 25 October 2009 and 28 March 2010 compared with...

      Scotland: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of measures to encourage immigration to Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what areas of work on treatment for dementia will be prioritised and benefit from protected spending, as stated in spending review 2010.

      Sport: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been prosecutions in the United Kingdom relating to gambling on sporting events; and whether such prosecutions were brought under laws relating...

      Traffic Regulation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the legislation regarding the statutory procedures for notifying and advertising traffic regulation orders.

      Transport: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the results of the latest research they have commissioned into fare elasticities in public transport.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the radar equipment purchased to patrol the coastline of the Turks and Caicos Islands will be operational; and what has been the cause of the delay in the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are working with the Council of Zimbabwe to assist the rehabilitation of Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what development and humanitarian aid they are providing to Zimbabwe; and for what purposes.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any support this year to education and health services in Zimbabwe.

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