Written answers

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

  • Wales

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the recommendations relevant to her Department's policy responsibilities contained in the Foresight report on Mental...

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost-benefit ratios his Department uses to assess the merits of funding Cycling England programmes.

    • Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons he has decided to implement the majority of the proposals for re-organisation of his Department before June 2011; and when he took...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether an equality impact assessment was undertaken before his decision to implement the majority of the proposals for the reorganisation of his...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations he consulted before implementing the majority of the proposals for the reorganisation of his Department before June 2011.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to inform older drivers of the requirement to renew a driving licence at age 70; how many drivers eligible for renewal...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of arrangements to examine freight arriving at UK ports and airports.

      Liquid Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with representatives of the liquid petroleum gas industry the contribution of liquid petroleum gas as a road fuel to meeting the...

      Railways: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the Kemble to Swindon railway line.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to bring forward proposals for a national standardised licensing regime for (a) hackney carriages and (b) private hire vehicles.

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to implement obligations under Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each of its Ministers in (a) September and (b) October 2010.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many permanent staff in her Department received an annual salary greater than £25,428 in the latest period for which...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what her Department's capital expenditure per head was in (a) London and (b) the North West in each of the last five...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in her Department's settlement letter in respect of the...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of redundancies arising from the spending reductions proposed in the comprehensive...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of staff redundancy in each of the next four years.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have been offered enhanced early retirement packages in each of...

      Dogs: Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward amendments to the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs to include references on dog breeding...

      Dogs: Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and (b) the British...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effects on fishing communities of the proposed requirement on vessels in the...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of her Department's capital expenditure was allocated to the Environment Agency for flood defence schemes in each of...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects for discussion of UK food security as part of the forthcoming negotiations on...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many acres of land the Forestry Commission (a) owns, (b) manages and (c) otherwise has responsibility for.

      Landfill: Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to reduce the number of retail refrigerated display cabinets disposed of in landfill sites.

      National Parks Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had on National Parks becoming responsible for economic development of the areas...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

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

      Rural Areas: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to encourage the use of liquid petroleum gas as a road fuel in rural areas.

      Rural Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what transitional arrangements she plans to put in place for applicants for funds from the Rural Development Programme for...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of overseas companies designated as breeding and supply establishments to supply non-human primates...

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many companies in Mauritius are designated as breeding and supply establishments to supply non-human primates to the UK for the purposes...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms she plans to put in place for the collection of crime data for regular beat meetings.

      Entry Clearances: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has for the future of the diplomatic domestic visa system.

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been sent (a) from the UK to each other EU member state and (b) to the UK from each other EU member state under...

      European Investigation Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 881, on the European Investigation Order, if she will place in the...

      Identity and Passport Service: Newport (Gwent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she has assessed the merits of short-time working for all staff at the Newport Passport Office as an alternative to the...

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been removed in each month since May 2010.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the immigration cap does not adversely affect the capacity of companies to recruit staff from...

      Immigration Controls: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account her Department takes of the proficiency in English of the (a) spouses and (b) dependants of applicants for (i) British...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the recommendations relevant to her Department's policy responsibilities contained in the Foresight Report on...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she made of the number and proportion of police officers aged (a) 18 to 21, (b) 22 to 25, (c) 26 to 29, (d) 30 to 39,...

      Police: Unidentified Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unidentified bodies were held by police forces in England and Wales on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      UK Border Agency: Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which airlines have declined to carry passengers being deported from the UK by the UK Border Agency.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration his Department has given to changing the rear wheels of the Wolfhound vehicle to a half-track for the purposes of increasing...

    • Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to transfer the Brigade Headquarters of the 19th Light Brigade from Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn, to Great Britain; and if he will...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complete Chevaline warheads were manufactured at the Atomic Weapons Establishment; and what the maximum size was of the total stockpile of...

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of procuring the 12 new Chinook helicopters referred to in the strategic defence and security...

      Defence Support Group: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 28 October 2010, Official Report, column 14WS, on staff reductions, by how many he expects the staff...

      Defence: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he plans to take to reduce his Department's expenditure on media and communications; (2) whether the steps he intends to take to reduce...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effect of reductions in his Department's budget on (a) Rolls-Royce and (b) other companies and their suppliers.

      European Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civil servants and (b) military personnel are assigned to the procurement of the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of adjustments to the D5 Missile extension programme consequent on the proposed reduction in the number...

      Nuclear Weapons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under which budgetary headings he expects the proposed reduction in expenditure on the nuclear weapons programme to be made.

      Service Personnel: Reductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with the First Sea Lord on (a) meeting current commitments and (b) the planned reduction in the number of Royal Navy...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with (a) members of the armed forces, (b) representatives of the defence manufacturing industry, (c) academic...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending the life of the current fleet of Vanguard submarines to 2028.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the likely effects of the proposed reduction of the number of hulls in the surface fleet on the Royal Navy's capacity to discharge...

  • Justice

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prosecutions brought in respect of the death of a pedestrian in an accident involving a (a) bicycle and (b) motor vehicle resulted...

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many arrest warrant applications were made to district judges by private individuals in the period 1 January 1995 to 1 January 2010 in respect...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which (a) individuals, (b) organisations and (c) foreign Governments were invited to comment on his Department's note of 20 March 2010 on arrest...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he has had with representatives of foreign Governments on universal jurisdiction and arrest warrants since 20 March 2010.

      Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on public opinion on his proposals to close the Office of the Chief Coroner; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2010, Official Report, columns 516-20W, on sentencing, what estimate he has made of the average time between a...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the categories of people eligible for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) in respect of how many cases under consideration by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority the claimant had not been notified of a resolution...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the monetary value is of outstanding compensation payments to victims of crime.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many award decisions made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the last 12 months have been referred to the Tribunals Service (Criminal...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he made of the mean average compensation payment paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2010, Official Report, columns 350-1W, on the Employment Tribunals Service, how much was paid out in compensation...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2010, Official Report, columns 350-1W, on the Employment Tribunals Service, whether his Department holds...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2010, Official Report, columns 350-51W, on the Employment Tribunals Service, what estimate has been made of the...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2010, Official Report, columns 350-1W, on the Employment Tribunals Service, what the average length of time was of...

      Foreign Nationals: Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget his Department has allocated for helping foreign nationals bereaved by murder and manslaughter while in the UK in 2010-11.

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward proposals to extend the rights of grandparents to have access to their grandchildren following a divorce or separation.

      HM Courts Service: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding he allocated to the Court Service in North Wales in 2009-10; and how much such funding he plans to allocate in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings the Information Commissioner has had with his international counterparts in the last 24 months.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average annual salary is of an employee in the Office of the Information Commissioner.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff are employed by the Office of the Information Commissioner.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) annual salary and (b) benefits including (i) car scheme, (ii) pension contributions, (iii) bonus payments and (iv) expenses payments were...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by the management board of the Office of the Information Commissioner on (a) taxi fares and (b) other transport in the last 24 months.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the annual leave entitlement is of each member of the management board of the Office of the Information Commissioner.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the annual (a) revenue and (b) capital budget was for the Office of the Information Commissioner in each year since it was established.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which buildings the Office of the Information Commissioner (a) owns and (b) rents; and how much funding the Office of the Information Commissioner...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) highest and (b) lowest salary is of an employee in the Office of the Information Commissioner.

      Judges: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to announce the changes his Department proposes to the way in which judicial appointments are made; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to review the powers in respect of indeterminate public protection sentences under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure his Department has incurred on employment support for prisoners in England and Wales in the latest period for which figures are...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development under which budget headings he plans to allocate the £2.9 billion funding for climate finance announced in the comprehensive...

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the £2.9 billion allocated to climate finance in the comprehensive spending review includes all of the UK's £1.5...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of international climate finance he expects to be delivered in the form of loans in the period from 2010 to 2015.

      St Helena: Airfields

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether funding provided by his Department for the construction of an airfield on St Helena will be classified as official development...

      St Helena: Airfields

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department plans to allocate to the construction of an airfield on St Helena.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has undertaken of the effects of European Union cotton subsidies on farmers in sub-Saharan Africa; and if he will...

  • Attorney-General

    • Google

      To ask the Attorney-General what representations the Crown Prosecution Service has received on prosecution of Google for illegal offences under (a) the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act...

    • Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Government is taking to increase the proportion of prosecutions of those engaged in human trafficking which result in conviction.

      Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has brought under section 35 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 for the offence of wanton and furious...

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Crown Prosecution Service in bringing prosecutions for rape; and if he will make a statement.

      Sovereignty of Parliament

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent representations he has received on the judicial basis for parliamentary sovereignty.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Accommodation

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff in the House of Commons Service are provided with (a) overnight and (b) residential...

    • Early Day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost to the House of Commons Service was of processing early-day motions in Session (a) 2008-09...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether any (a) genetically modified and (b) irradiated food is served or offered for sale in House of...

      House of Commons: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff employed in the House of Commons Service on 1 November 2010 earned as much as or more than...

      Official Report: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total cost was of producing an edition of the Official Report to record the Youth Parliament...

      UK Youth Parliament

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost to the public purse was under each budgetary heading of hosting the UK Youth Parliament...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to provide independent access to broadband for providers dependent on BBC licence fee...

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to decide on the route for the Olympic torch; and if he will consider including Hastings as a location on the route.

      Olympic Games 2012: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to deter counterfeit ticketing for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Low Income Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to allocate tickets for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to low income families.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in his Department's settlement letter in respect of the...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of staff redundancy in each of the next four years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each of its Ministers in (a) September and (b) October 2010.

    • Renewable Energy: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the merits of capping renewable energy transmission charges for Shetland and Orkney; and if he...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who serves on the cross-Government working group to tackle anti-Semitism; on what dates the working group has met since May...

    • Global Peace and Unity Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Ministers attended the Islam Channel Global Peace and Unity conference on 23 and 24 October 2010; what assessment he...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the policy of the EU on Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the proposed new EU treaty.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Weapons Shipment: Lagos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the origin of the shipment of weapons seized in Lagos by the Nigerian authorities on 26 October 2010.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

      University Teaching: Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of his recent meeting with the president of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy on the rights of...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of bilateral relations with Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

      British Nationals Abroad: Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what training his Department provides for consular desk staff on provision of services to UK nationals bereaved by murder and...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department monitors the human rights record of Chinese state-owned enterprises which have operations in Africa.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Colombian counterpart on imprisonment of Rosalba Gavira Toro.

      Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on an investigation of the killing of trade union representative...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that minerals sourced in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sold by UK companies are ethically...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been offered enhanced early retirement packages in each of the...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many EU (a) regulations and (b) directives affecting the UK were passed in each year since 1997; and how many were...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many former staff of his Department terminated their employment to join the European External Action Service in (a) 2009...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress he has made on his proposals to repatriate powers from the EU to the UK; what opportunities for the UK to...

      Foreign Nationals: Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on assisting foreign nationals bereaved by murder and manslaughter while in the UK in 2009.

      Iran: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of restrictions imposed by the Government of Iran on university courses in (a) law, (b)...

      Iran: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent reports he has received of the (a) supply and (b) training by Iran of militias and insurgents in Iraq; and...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Government of Iran complies with its international obligations in...

      Iraq: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the letter from the Minister of State of 30 September 2010, ref. 88511, what response embassy officials received...

      Israel: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received recent representations from trade union leaders on trade boycotts against Israel; and if he will make a...

      Lebanon: Anti-Israeli Missile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will undertake pre-emptive multilateral diplomatic action to prevent the escalation of anti-Israeli missile deployment in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities contained in the...

      North Korea: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Government of North Korea comply with their international obligations in...

      Taiwan: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the proposal for a free trade agreement between the EU and Taiwan.

      Terrorism: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's projected overseas counter-terrorism expenditure is for 2010-11.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the total annual gross benefit to (a) the public purse and (b) the UK economy as a result...

      Venezuela: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on human rights in Venezuela; and if he will make a statement.

      Venezuela: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) HM Ambassador to Venezuela, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department...

      Venezuela: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary General of the United Nations on human rights in Venezuela; and if he will...

      Venezuela: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the incidence of anti-Semitism in Venezuela; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents were recorded of ambulances experiencing difficulty in reaching patients in emergency need in Greater London between 19.00 on Tuesday 2...

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital admissions there were for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) all respiratory diseases in (i) Mansfield district...

      Dental Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he gave to the training provided for newly-qualified dentists when formulating his proposals for the new contract for NHS dentistry.

      Health Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have for providing teenagers with access to information and advice on making healthy lifestyle choices in schools.

      Health Visitors: Stoke-on-Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he has allocated to the provision of health visitors in Stoke-on-Trent in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Hospitals: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of implementation of a ban on smoking in psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric wards of hospitals; and if...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an MRI scan for patients from referral to scan in each primary care trust area in each year since 1997.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of influenza vaccine are available for use in NHS facilities.

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent the importation of chicken injected with pork and beef waste; and if he will make a statement.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision he plans to make for funding of the functions formerly undertaken by the Meat Hygiene Service in each of the next three years.

      Meat: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department issues on the preparation and packaging of halal meat.

      Medical Treatments: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of supply of medicinal products in the NHS; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2010, Official Report, column 66W, on mental illness (1) what consultation his Department has undertaken on its...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary care trusts permitting the use of Sativex, (b) NHS patients receiving Sativex and (c) NHS...

      NHS: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of cases relating to NHS staff were investigated by the NHS Counter Fraud Squad in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of staff employed by the NHS who are provided with private health insurance as part of their remuneration package.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the present level of compensation for medical negligence in maternity cases is; and whether he plans to increase it.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ donors were registered in Dartford constituency (a) in each of the last five years and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on NHS charges for treatment of patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body will have jurisdiction over GP misconduct inquiries following the abolition of primary care trusts.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he plans to put in place for the repayment of money owed by primary care trusts who are in deficit following their abolition.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on continuous professional development for social workers during their working time.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what options for the permanent display of tobacco in shops which take into account (a) public health priorities and (b) burdens on business he has...

      Tuberculosis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis have been diagnosed in London in each of the last three years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Asia-Europe Meeting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the outcome was of his discussions at the Asia-Europe Meeting on 4 and 5 October 2010.

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations his Department has received in favour of the proposal (a) for a cross-Solent parliamentary constituency and (b) that (i) one and (ii)...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent on hospitality for events he hosted in (a) September and (b) October 2010.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent on his official travel in (a) September and (b) October 2010.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West of 17 September 2010.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect on levels of social mobility of the outcomes of the spending review.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: East Ayrshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent civil service jobs are located in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency.

    • Civil Servants: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the turnover among civil service staff was in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of staff redundancy in each of the next four years.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of all non-pensioner households are in employment in each region of the United Kingdom.

      Employment: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people in the London borough of Bexley who work in the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency were on jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months in the latest period for which figures...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West of 15 July 2010 and 16 August 2010 on the Civil Service...

      Migration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what changes there have been in the net level of migration since May 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints the Child Support Agency received in each of the last five years; and how many of these were unresolved on the most recent...

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioner, (b) working and (c) other households are in receipt of council tax benefit in each local authority area.

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on bottled water since March 2009.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each of its Ministers in (a) September and (b) October 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his Department's capital expenditure per head was in (a) London and (b) the North West in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Disability Aids: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department provides guidance to adults living in residential care who have entered into loan agreements to pay for the cost of...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people receiving disability living allowance who will have the amount of benefit they receive...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation he undertook with (a) charities, (b) third sector organisations and (c) other disability organisations prior to his...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people living in residential care in Scotland who receive the mobility component of...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact assessment he has undertaken on the likely effects on those living in residential care of the proposed removal of the mobility...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people living in residential care whose mobility costs are met from the public purse who...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the time limit on contributory employment and support allowance payments will apply to claimants who find employment within a year but...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has plans to introduce a financial limit on prime contractors' spending on management and administration costs in contracts under...

      Housing Benefit: Argyll and Bute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tenants in Argyll and Bute broad rental market area were paid local housing allowance in each of the last 12 months; and how much was...

      Housing Benefit: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the full monetary value of housing benefit paid to tenants is received by landlords; and if he will make a...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used to make the assessment of a low hazard business in respect of health and safety.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities contained in the Foresight report on Mental...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual national insurance numbers there are.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's publication Tackling Fraud and Error in the Benefit and Tax Credits Systems, October 2010, what factors...

      Veterinary Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department issues on the application of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to veterinary surgeons...

      Vocational Training: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people received employment training and advice from contracted service providers in each local authority area in the...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what disability impact assessment he plans to undertake of the proposals for welfare reforms contained in the spending review.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on enabling secondary schools rated as good by Ofsted to apply for academy status.

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) in respect of which Building Schools for the Future projects classified as (a) stopped and (b) under discussion damage has been caused to...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many section 51 (Children Act 1989) refuge beds are available for children under the age of 16 years.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what function the reformed ContactPoint database will have in respect of vulnerable children which is not undertaken by the Child Exploitation and...

      Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what account his Department takes of the requirements of the Council of Europe Convention on Human Trafficking in determining the level of support...

      Colchester Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to make an announcement on funding for a new building for the Colchester Academy, formerly Sir Charles Lucas Arts College.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what severance payments have been paid to (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department who left office after the last general election.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what eligibility criteria he plans to use for the education maintenance allowance, or its replacement, in 2011-12; and whether the criteria will vary...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what changes he plans to make to the operation of education maintenance allowance in 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Kingston Upon Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of 16 to 18-year-olds in receipt of education maintenance allowance in Kingston upon Hull East constituency who...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students normally resident in Rotherham receive education maintenance allowance.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Houghton and Sunderland South constituency and (b) Sunderland claimed education maintenance allowance in each year for which...

      Education: Internet

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

      Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the merits of online schooling communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what statutory duties educational psychologists perform for local authorities.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department's review of special educational needs services will include training and funding arrangements for educational psychologists; and...

      Free School Meals: Tottenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils at each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in Tottenham constituency is eligible for free school meals.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications to open free schools in the academic years (a) 2011/12 and (b) 2012/13 his Department has received; what proportion of such...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many students identified as (a) Black African, (b) Black Caribbean, (c) Black Other and (d) White British gained (i) three A* grades or...

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations his Department has received from applicants to the free schools programme on the (a) quality and (b) timeliness of the service...

      Ofsted: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he has taken to reduce the level of administration associated with Ofsted inspections; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of (a) recruitment levels and (b) retention rates of male primary school teachers in each year since 2000.

      Pupil Exclusions: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what number and proportion of fixed-period exclusions in maintained schools were for acts of violence in each year since 1997.

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary school children in each local authority area did not speak English as their first language in the latest period for which figures are...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what emergency accommodation is available in each local authority area for children who go missing from home.

      School Leaving: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of students educated in Maidstone and the Weald constituency who left education at the age of 16 in each of the...

      School Leaving: Watford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people in Watford constituency left full-time education at the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18 years in each year since 2000.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of online schooling communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to increase the proportion of domestically produced food supplied to schools.

      Schools: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many hearing impaired units there are in mainstream schools (a) nationally and (b) in the West Midlands; and to how many children such units...

      Schools: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his most recent estimate is of the number of British sign language-qualified teachers teaching deaf children in mainstream schools (a) nationally...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) taxis to school and (b) other personalised forms of school transport in (i) St Albans...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the administrative cost to (a) his Department, (b) local authorities and (c) schools of producing school travel plans...

      Students: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will introduce a pupil premium for young people (a) attending college, (b) in sixth forms and (c) in apprenticeships.

      Teachers Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to ensure that the changes to the Teachers' Pension Scheme proposed in the report by Lord Hutton on the future of public...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of masters' programmes for continuing professional development of teachers.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to answer question 14256, on the Children, Schools and Families Bill, tabled by the hon. Member for Southend West on 8 September 2010;...

  • Treasury

    • AgustaWestland: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanisms he plans to disburse the proposed £32 million support for AgustaWestland announced in the spending review.

    • Anglo Irish Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to support small investors in the UK who have lost money due to the collapse of the Anglo Irish Bank.

      Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with British banks on allowing their customers to retain the right to continue to use cheques; and if he will make a...

      Child Benefit: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) by what means his Department plans to determine the categories of children to be classified as disabled when considering whether claimants of child...

      Crown Currency Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the Financial Services Authority (FSA) was contacted with concerns about the operations of Crown Currency Exchange Ltd before its...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in his Department's settlement letter in respect of the comprehensive spending review;...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of bringing forward proposals to make payments to Equitable Life members who purchased their policies prior to...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the financial loss to Equitable Life policyholders who purchased their policies prior to September 1992.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of Equitable Life policyholders who purchased their policy prior to September 1992 who were affected by the...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the process for agreeing the EU Financial Perspective for 2014 to 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment the Financial Services Authority has made of the foreign exchange industry; and what progress he has made on his examination of the...

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2010, Official Report, column 668W, on the Research and Development Tax Credit, (1) what proportion of research tax...

      Revenue and Customs: Christchurch

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what facilities are available to taxpayers in Christchurch constituency to talk to a member of HM Revenue and Customs staff about their tax affairs in person.

      Revenue and Customs: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the (a) merits and (b) cost of introducing a real-time information system to the National Insurance and PAYE Service...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of the estimate in the Social Security Forecast for Annual Managed Expenditure he expects to spend on (a) the basic state...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the cost to the economy of tax evasion in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of the budget deficit to be reduced by revenue from green taxes in each of the next three years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 September 2010, Official Report, column 1255W, on banks: loans, what steps he plans to take to...

    • Broadband: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the funding allocated to broadband programmes in the Comprehensive Spending Review will be spent on programmes...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that small businesses have access to finance in the Comprehensive Spending Review period.

      Business: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to increase access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises in Newton Abbot constituency.

      Business: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of jobs (a) created and (b) safeguarded as result of securing grants from the Grant for...

      Business: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what factors he took into account when taking the decision to withdraw the Grant for Business Investment scheme; how many...

      Business: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) Wansbeck constituency and (b) Northumberland county.

      Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of small and medium-sized businesses in (a) the West Midlands and...

      Copyright Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff are employed by the Copyright Tribunal; and how much was spent on salary costs in the last year for which figures...

      Copyright Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many redundancies he expects there to be at the Copyright Tribunal as a result of the implementation of the Government's...

      Copyright Tribunal: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the address is of each property (a) leased and (b) owned by the Copyright Tribunal; and what the annual rental costs of...

      Debts: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps have been taken since publication by the Office of Fair Trading of its Debt Management Guidance Compliance Review to...

      Debts: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on the process by which those debt management firms which do...

      Dentistry: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support his Department provides for dental students.

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since 6 May 2010; on what date each such review (a) was announced...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effect of the implementation of the proposal to maintain the level of spending on science...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the proposed Green Investment Bank to be operational.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the oral answer of 20 October 2010, Official Report, column 985, on the Green Investment Bank, which Government...

      Hallowe'en Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with manufacturers of Hallowe'en lanterns to ensure lanterns are constructed from...

      Immigration Controls: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from representatives of the academic and research community on the likely effects of...

      Manufacturing Industries: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from what budgets the £200 million a year to be allocated to manufacturing and business development as referred to in...

      Manufacturing Insight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of Manufacturing Insight.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to encourage the growth of diverse business types in the media sector.

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Skills Funding Agency plans to provide funding for the Business Improvement Techniques NVQ in each of the next three...

      One NorthEast: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the residual (a) assets and (b) liabilities are of One NorthEast.

      Particle Accelerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential creation of strangelets in the operation of (i)...

      Patents: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with his EU counterparts the enforcement of cost orders emanating from patent judgments by the EU Office of...

      Public Expenditure

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

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the liabilities of regional development agencies on his Department's...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the receipts to accrue to his Department from the disposal of the assets of regional development...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the assets of regional development agencies he plans to transfer or dispose of before the notification of...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to paragraph 2.44 of the Local Growth White Paper, Cm 7961, what the governance framework is for the disposal of...

      Regional Development Agencies: Our Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what payments were made by the regional development agencies to Our Life in the financial year 2010-11; and for what purpose in...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the Regional Growth Fund he plans to allocate to (a) housing and (b) transport projects.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will direct the Regional Growth Fund to commit an annual sum to research and development funding no less than the annual...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any of the funds allocated by his Department as part of the comprehensive spending review will be drawn from the budget...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to announce the budget allocation for each research council for the comprehensive spending review period; and if he...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 754W, on research councils: finance, how much funding the...

      Royal Mail and Post Office: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of jobs he expects to be lost in (a) Royal Mail and (b) the Post Office as a result...

      Royal Mail: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the likely effects on Stoke-on-Trent Royal Mail centre of the proposed consolidation of...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of his Department's capital budget for science for 2011-12 has been allocated to the funding of (a) long-term and (b)...

      Students: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of students in further and higher education institutions who have been radicalised.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Offenders

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office spent under each budget heading on holding events on women offenders in 2009-10; and how many staff were...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposed agreement between NATO and Russia on enhancing their co-operation in Afghanistan.

    • Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Department for Transport officials last spoke with a European Commission transport official about developing a single unified airport passenger security...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries the Royal Air Force will lose its interoperability as a result of the forthcoming replacement of the C130 by the A400M.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would the savings have been over this spending round if the Tornado GR4 force had been deleted from the order of battle.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government from which NATO countries' aircraft carriers the United Kingdom's Harrier force have ever flown.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Tornado aircraft of all types are held by the United Kingdom Armed Forces. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Harrier aircraft of all types are held...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what savings would be made by removing all marks of Tornado from service.

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the grounds on which the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals advised the Queen that British ex-servicemen should accept but not...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals who advised the Queen to allow British ex-servicemen to accept but not wear...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals met on the two occasions since 2005 when they reviewed their advice to the Queen that British...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals advised the Queen to lift the ban on veterans wearing the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal for one week...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many predominantly Muslim countries have made a request to present medals to British servicemen in the last ten years; and what has been the decision of the...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were consulted when the governments of Australia and New Zealand advised the Queen that their veterans of the Malaysia campaign should accept and wear...

      Arms Trade: Global Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking towards agreement of an arms trade treaty, in particular for reporting, monitoring, verification and inter-state co-operation.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of Bahrain concerning the whereabouts and welfare of the academic Dr Abdul Jalil...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of any documentation of the Government of the United States' confirmation earlier this month that they...

      Companies: Executive Remuneration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 21 October (WA 188), whether the timetable for the proposed comprehensive review into corporate governance...

      Educational Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people in each of the 10 districts of Greater Manchester who will no longer be eligible for an educational...

      Employment: Graduates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the employment of graduates.

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the impact of targets for onshore and offshore wind generators on the role of gas in ensuring security of United Kingdom energy supplies.

      Energy: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Marland on 19 October (Official Report, col. 762) about increases in electricity bills, what assessment they have made of the effect...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the cost to the United Kingdom of implementing the decision by the European Parliament to increase the 2011 European Union budget by 5.9 per cent from...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Union's budget for 2011.

      EU: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold a referendum on the European Union.

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 November (WA 351), what are the areas in which they believe the Financial Reporting Council is inefficient.

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (a) pork, (b) bacon, and (c) sausages, used by each government department comes from British animals.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Palestinians in Gaza to travel to Israel to receive medical treatment; and what representations they have made to...

      Government Departments: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 27 July (WA 328), on how many occasions staff have used the car pool on official business; and at what...

      Government Departments: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the manufacturer, model and year of registration for each of the government cars allocated (a) to Ministers and permanent secretaries in the current...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the estimated net saving to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in each of the next four years if no bonuses were paid and all salaries and...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the estimated net saving to the Department of Health in each of the next four years if no bonuses were paid and all salaries and increments were frozen.

      Government: Big Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the views of local government about the concept of the Big Society.

      Government: Ministerial Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to designate a Minister with responsibility for tackling violence against women overseas, to fulfil the role previously carried out by Baroness...

      Health and Social Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to finance a move to a more integrated mode of health and social care.

      Health: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the National Health Service, for each of the past five years, of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, given that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will no longer have the power to ban the use of drugs it considers too expensive, what steps...

      Health: Incontinence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many universities run pre- and post-registration courses on continence education and training for nurses.

      Healthcare: Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the care provided by nursing agencies.

      Higher Education: Accreditation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow colleges of further education to accredit their own undergraduate courses.

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the total resources allocated to providers of undergraduate education through the block teaching grant in 2010-11.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any changes to the composition of the Committee on Lords Reform; and, if so, what is the present composition of the committee.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the voting rights of prisoners in Hirst v United Kingdom is legally binding in the United Kingdom.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide to the Parliament of Iraq details of effective current or recent coalition governments throughout the world.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Israel's adherence to international law and respect for human rights for Palestinians following discussions on the European...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights implications for non-Jews living in Israel of the proposed policy of the government of Israel to implement an...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Israel regarding the damage caused by fire to a Palestinian girls' school near Nablus on 21 October.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to contribute to an open debate on the Kenya emergency.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will arrange a meeting with a delegation from Kenya to address the grievances of Kenyans who were ill-treated by officials during the British colonial...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the resolution of the ongoing grievances of Kenyans who were ill-treated by officials during the British colonial administration.

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Henley on 26 October (WS 102) regarding the European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council, what the effect of the...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the local enterprise partnerships on regional economic growth.

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last 36 months the rate of inflation has exceeded the target set for the Monetary Policy Committee.

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what options are open to HM Treasury if the Treasury or markets lose confidence in the Monetary Policy Committee.

      Mountain Rescue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Minister has responsibility for mountain rescue.

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to whom the shareholdings of primary care trusts (PCTs) in local improvement finance trusts will be transferred following the abolition of PCTs.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often the Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility has spoken to the Chancellor of the Exchequer since his appointment.

      Overseas: Fragile and Conflicted Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria for states that are defined as "fragile and conflict-affected"; and which states currently meet those criteria.

      Parliaments: Fixed Terms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 October (WA 297), which countries with fixed-term parliaments were examined; and what that examination entailed.

      Roads: Dartford Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the effect on emissions of the increase in toll charge at the Dartford Crossing.

      Schools: Male Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the percentages of male teaching assistants in (a) state primary schools, and (b) state secondary schools. To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many train operators have announced plans for the purchase of new rolling stock which is to be funded by raising the cap on regulated rail fares as announced...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the Dartford Tunnel toll discount for local residents in Thurrock and Dartford over the lifetime of the Spending Review 2010.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the additional income which will arise from an increase in toll charges for the Dartford crossing in relation to each year of Spending...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (HL Deb, col. 831), what is the definition of their phrase "the brink of bankruptcy".

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each Research Council, what is their level of commitment to (a) international subscriptions, (b) international contracts, and (c) the provision of research...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (Official Report, col. 831), whether "the missing £9 billion in tax revenues" will be added to the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 September (WA 556), whether the United Kingdom Embassy in Damascus has yet received the...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have from Swiss banks that they will fully disclose income liability to United Kingdom taxation; and whether this information will be subject...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been charged with firearms offences in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and how many of those have been released on bail in the last two years...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any enquiries are made when people are released on bail in the Turks and Caicos Islands as to how they can afford the costs of bail.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what increase in numbers has occurred in the Turks and Caicos Islands police force since 2000; and what assessment they have made of any shortfall in manpower.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place in the Turks and Caicos Islands (a) to license firearms, and (b) to prosecute those who are found to hold firearms illegally.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to the government of Uganda in relation to the endangered safety and human rights of lesbians and gay men...

      Union of the Comoros

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what agreements they have with the Union of Comoros.

      Union of the Comoros

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who looks after their interests in the Union of Comoros.

      Women: Peace and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their new action plan on women, peace and security.

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