Written answers

Thursday, 11 November 2010

  • Scotland

    • Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what occasions he has discussed the devolution of council tax rebate with (a) the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, (b) local authorities...

    • Institute of Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in each of the last 10 years.

  • Transport

    • Aa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the AA, (b) the RAC Foundation and (c) other motoring organisations on the appropriate weight limits for alloy...

    • Alloy Wheels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) his officials on proposals to introduce a legal weight limit for alloy...

      Alloy Wheels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2010, Official Report, column 460W, on alloy wheels, if he will place in the Library a copy of the United Nations...

      Alloy Wheels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on defective alloy wheel imports; and if he will make a statement.

      BRB (Residuary): Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the land in the ownership of BRB (Residuary) Ltd when that body is abolished.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the number of buses operating in rural areas of the reduction in Bus Service Operators Grant...

      Northern Hub

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent assessment is of progress in the development of the Northern Hub.

      Rolling Stock: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects new rail rolling stock for the South East to be purchased; and on which lines it is expected to run.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many complaints the Commission has received on the operation of catering facilities in the House of...

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) if he will estimate the contribution to annual UK greenhouse gas emissions of meat and dairy produce...

      Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will review the amount of meat and dairy produce procured for sale in House of Commons catering...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Waterways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration she has given to continuing her Department's funding of British Waterways.

    • British Waterways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she had discussions with the Scottish Executive on her proposal for the transfer to a mutual trust of assets held by...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has established processes to monitor any effects of proposed reductions in its expenditure.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to require halal meat offered for sale to be labelled as such.

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many pumping stations there are; (2) what estimate she has made of the monetary value of the private drains,...

  • Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of compliance with the EU Directive on the right to translation and interpretation in criminal...

    • Google

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) timescale and (b) terms of reference are for the audit of Google's Street View project announced by the Information Commissioner on 3...

      Information Commissioner: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken was for the Office of the Information Commissioner to respond to complaints in latest period for which figures are available.

      Information Commissioner: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints the Office of the Information Commissioner has (a) received and (b) responded to in the last 24 months.

      Information Commissioner: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which training programmes in (a) information and communication technologies and (b) the internet staff of the Office of the Information Commissioner...

      Judges: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that judges have access to all relevant documents; (2) what recent representations he has received from...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he plans to review the automatic release point for persons sentenced to determinate prison sentences; (2) whether he plans to review the...

      Prisoners: Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) drug caches including heroin, (b) needles used for drug taking, (c) prisoners testing positive for heroin use and (d) prisoners who on a...

      Prisons: Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were arrested at each prison on suspicion of offences related to bringing heroin into a prison in the last 10 years.

      Prisons: Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations on heroin use in prisons he has received from (a) the National Treatment Agency and (b) general practitioners.

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of proposals at EU level to review the length and conditions of pre-charge detention in member states.

  • Education

    • Apprentices: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanisms are in place to assist young people on apprenticeships to companies which become insolvent to complete their apprenticeships.

    • British Educational Communications and Technology Agency: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to consult employees of (a) Becta and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority in Coventry over the planned...

      Kelsey Park Sports College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with (a) the London Borough of Bromley Education Authority and (b) other parties on the future of Kelsey Park Sports...

      Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish each item of research commissioned by his Department into the efficacy of its Every Child a Reader programme.

      Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent evaluation he has made of the performance of the Every Child a Reader programme against its objectives.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce the date on which the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency will close; and which of the agency's functions he...

      Schools: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on awareness campaigns in secondary schools on (a) alcohol or substance abuse, (b) bullying and (c) domestic...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the in-country staff turnover rate of his Department was in the last (a) 12 and (b) 24 months; and what assessment he has made...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2010, Official Report, column 558W, on the Access to Work programme, when he expects to (a) set...

    • Cold Weather Payments: Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of recipients of (a) cold weather and (b) winter fuel payments in (i) Wales, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) England...

      Council Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what occasions he has discussed the devolution of council tax rebate with (a) the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, (b) local...

      Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of appeals against medical assessments for disability living allowance undertaken by each company contracted to...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on Government assistance for organisations which seek to increase employment opportunities for (a) disabled people and (b)...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims have been made for a funeral payment in the last five years.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for a funeral payment have been (a) rejected and (b) accepted in the last five years.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of recipients of funeral payments where that payment did not meet the full cost of the funeral for...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment has been made of the adequacy of the level of funeral payments in order to meet the basic cost of a funeral.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to review the statutory definition of homelessness.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Social Security Advisory Committee to report on the proposed changes in housing benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the findings were of the equalities impact assessment on the proposed changes to housing benefit; and how many recipients of housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much in housing benefit has been paid to individuals in (a) Wimbledon constituency and (b) the London Borough of Merton in each...

      Nanotechnology: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of measures to protect water supplies from contamination with nano-silver.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of families with children that are likely to be affected by the implementation of proposals to allow...

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of redundancy and other payments made by public sector organisations in...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) 60 to 64, (b) 65 to 69, (c) 70 to 79 and (d) 80 years or over in Mid Sussex constituency were in receipt of winter...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Arts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many jobs are dependent on the digital arts industry; in which geographical areas those jobs are concentrated; and if he will make a statement.

    • Civil Servants: Conservative Party

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) name and (b) post is of each civil servant paid from the public purse who was employed by the Conservative Party in May 2010.

      Civil Servants: East Ayrshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent consideration his Department has given to relocating civil service jobs to (a) East Ayrshire and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency;...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to improve its level of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Departmental Policy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since 6 May 2010; on what date each such review (a) was announced and (b) is expected...

      Emergencies: Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what mechanisms his Department has put in place in respect of winter emergency planning.

      Futurebuilders Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what arrangements are in place to ensure that payments for schemes under the Futurebuilders programme are available in cases where final invoices are...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of Government contracts to be awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year of the...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office from what date Government Departments will be required to publish figures on the number of procurement contracts awarded to small and medium-sized...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to require Departments to publish their plans for increasing the proportion of Government contracts to be awarded to small and...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many different pre-qualification questionnaires are used in Government Departments.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what timetable he has set for the adoption of a simplified, standardised pre-qualification questionnaire for contractors seeking contracts with all...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what timetable his Department has set for its (a) consideration of and (b) decision on the method for rolling out simplified and standardised...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how frequently he expects Government Departments to publish figures on the proportion of procurement contracts awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what timetable he has set for the Government to meet its aspiration to award 25 per cent. of Government contracts to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which aspects of existing pre-qualification procedures adversely affecting small and medium-sized enterprises are to be addressed through the...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has assessed the merits of changing the (a) terms and (b) size of contracts offered by Government Departments in order to meet the...

      Royal National Lifeboat Institution

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is eligible to receive funding from (a) the Big Society Bank and (b) the Transition Fund for the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to combat corruption in Afghanistan at (a) local and (b) national level.

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reviews of its non-departmental public bodies his Department plans to undertake in the next three years.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent attempts to pass a letter to Gilad Shalit via the International Committee of the Red Cross.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to (a) the Israeli Government and (b) the US Administration on the need for...

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Nigeria on the situation of Christians in Jos...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian counterparts on the Israeli government's plans for...

      Official Visits: Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers of foreign governments have immunity from arrest during visits to the UK.

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Yemen; and what his foreign policy objectives are for...

      Yemen: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to take steps to assist the government of Yemen to strengthen its capabilities against militants.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment his Department has made of alternative strategies for the campaign in Afghanistan other than (a) war among the people and (b)...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Rafale aircraft the new aircraft carriers will be able to accommodate.

      Anti-submarine Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times air assets of allied nations have been used in anti-submarine operations in UK waters in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of residents of Maidstone and the Weald constituency serving in the armed forces; and how many of those are under...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how far HMS Astute was from the area normally used for personnel transfers when the submarine grounded on 22 October 2010; (2) when he expects the...

      Defence: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the change in the number of jobs in the UK defence industry consequent on implementation of the proposals in the Strategic...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in addition to salary in each year...

      Falkland Islands: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what aircraft he expects to be available for operations in the Falkland Islands in the next 10 years.

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often RAF GR4 Tornado pilots are required to re-qualify for operational low flying; where re-qualification is carried out; and from where training...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's aircraft are equipped with the (a) Searchwater 2000 radar, (b) UYS503/AQS970 sonar, (c) Northrop Grumman Night Giant EO...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which aircraft operated by his Department are capable of deploying torpedoes; and what the combat radius of such aircraft is.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the planned role for maritime patrol aircraft has been in the event of a confrontation between a Royal Navy taskforce and a hostile taskforce...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the UK's ability rapidly to deploy maritime forces into areas of high threat will be affected by the loss of a maritime patrol aircraft...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to acquire from the United States a maritime patrol aircraft off-the-shelf platform for the protection of the strategic...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of Airborne Maritime Forces following the cancellation of the Nimrod project.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what costs his Department is liable in respect of redundancies for (a) BAE systems employees, (b) military service personnel and (c) civilian...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what reasons hand and foot radiation monitors were installed in the reactor compartment tunnels of operational nuclear-powered submarines; and...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what location on his Department's website the text of its value-for-money review of the nuclear weapons systems can be accessed; which (a) Ministers,...

      Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which location the verification test inspection will be conducted as part of the UK-Norway Initiative in December 2010.

      Nuclear Weapons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the projected expenditure is on the Mk4A refurbishment programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each year from 2011-12 to 2014-15; (2)...

      Peacekeeping Operations: Iraq and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the publication on the Internet of classified materials relating to military operations in...

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital Edgbaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which VIPs have visited the hospital wards managed by his Department at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Edgbaston since the opening of that hospital.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met officials from the Department of Transport to discuss the search and rescue contract under the private finance initiative; and what the...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to paragraph 3.1 of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, Cm 7948, what the most extreme threats are against which British nuclear...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the overall anti-submarine capabilities (a) currently and (b) in 2015 of (i) the Royal Navy and (ii) the...

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) the UK and (b) UK armed forces of the Anglo-French treaty on defence and security.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on the mechanisms by which the BBC plans to fund broadband services.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he received from representatives of rural communities when formulating the National Broadband Strategy.

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration his Department gave to planning a superfast broadband pilot in Wales.

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the monetary value of grants by the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was in each of...

      Theatres: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of youth (a) orchestras, (b) dance groups and (c) theatres in England.

      Theatres: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport to how many youth (a) orchestras, (b) dance groups and (c) theatres (i) his Department and (ii) non-departmental public...

  • Home Department

    • Deportation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer by the Minister of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism of 2 November 2010, Official Report, House of Lords,...

    • Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the outcomes of the randomised injectable opiate treatment trials.

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the European Commission has to monitor UK compliance with those EU Justice and Home Affairs instruments to which the UK has opted...

      Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were denied entry to the UK because of concerns about their extremist views in the last 12 months.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) intra-company transfers and (b) student visas she plans to exempt from the proposed cap on levels of non-EU immigration; for what...

      Immigration: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading, (c) Berkshire and (d) the South East are awaiting the completion of...

      Squatting: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many evictions of squatters from properties in Dartford constituency there have been in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what will be the maximum length of the fixed-term tenancies in the public housing sector announced following the Comprehensive...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regulations he plans to (a) repeal and (b) amend in the next five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's White Paper on Local Growth: realising every place's potential, Cm. 7961, paragraph 3.29,...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely change in the level of funding under each budget heading for housing market renewal...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects local enterprise partnerships to be (a) established and (b) in receipt of Government funding.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will set a floor level for formula grant for local authorities which are below the present floor level for the period of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects local authorities to be authorised to proceed with tax increment financing schemes; and what mechanisms he plans...

      Local Government: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons are for the difference between the answers of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 510W, on local...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue guidance to local authorities on the application to a community of practising Buddhists of the provisions of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent repeat applications for planning development in cases where the first...

      Social Rented Housing: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to increase the social housing stock in Coventry.

      Special Areas of Conservation: Bromley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to designate areas of special residential character designated by the London borough of...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue guidance to planning authorities on the minimum admissible distance of wind turbine developments from dwellings.

  • Health

    • Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department's forthcoming statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations to support implementation of its autism strategy will...

    • Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what autism training his Department requires in respect of community care assessors who work with adults with autism; and what measures on training...

      Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate of 2 November 2010, Official Report, columns 766-7, what assessment he has made of...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he has taken of the levels of payments made to haemophiliac patients infected by contaminated blood and blood products in the Republic of...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over 65 are full-time residents of care and residential homes in England.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcomes were of his Department's workshop for patients, carers and health professionals on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease held in April 2010; and if...

      CJD: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research projects his Department has funded in each of the last three years into Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; and what the outcomes of those...

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve drug treatment services.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GP commissioning consortia will be allowed to keep any budgetary underspends.

      NHS Supply Chain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to NHS Supply Chain on the new Part IX arrangements of the Drug Tariff; (2) whether his Department places...

      NHS: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on the McKinsey report on Achieving world class productivity in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Older People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the level of psychological well-being of elderly people in residential care; (2) whether he has made a recent...

      Osteosarcoma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the decision by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence not to recommend the introduction...

      Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the closure of Accident and Emergency and maternity departments at Queen Mary's hospital Sidcup does not prejudge...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what correspondence he received from (a) local authority leaders, (b) councillors with lead responsibility for social care and (c) local authority...

      Social Services: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities in (a) the North East and (b) England were recorded as performing poorly in safeguarding adults in service inspection reports of...

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the recommendation of the NHS Information Centre on registration rates by local...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Onshore Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for the production and construction of UK onshore wind turbines; and if he will...

    • Carbon Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review on the ability of the...

      Feed-In Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the future of feed-in tariffs for small-scale renewables; and if he will make a statement.

      New Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to facilitate new nuclear power stations without public subsidy.

      Coal Miners: Compensation Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many eligible (a) current and (b) former coal miners have not yet received a final compensation settlement for industrial disease.

      Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent from the public purse on influencing public policy through...

      Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which of his Department's non-departmental public bodies have undertaken activities to influence public policy for which they engaged...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management has made on finding a suitable site for disposal of radioactive waste.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what annual targets he has set under the Climate Change Act 2009 to reach near 30 per cent. generation of energy from renewables by 2020.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with UK banks on implementing the recommendations of the 2007 Independent Review of the Banking Code on information...

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with representatives of civil servants on the rate of civil service pension scheme benefits for 2010-11; what steps he took to...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provisions of the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the sum identified as national minimum wage underpayments to employees in 2009-10 has now been paid.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of prevailing labour market conditions on the workload of national minimum wage compliance officers.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average waiting time for consideration of a complaint of payment of wages below the rate of the national minimum wage was in the HM Revenue and...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of complaints to his Department on payment of wages below the national minimum wage resulted in a repayment of arrears to the employee in...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff HM Revenue and Customs employs in its national minimum wage regional compliance team in (a) Aberdeen, (b) Ashton, (c) Belfast, (d)...

      PAYE: East Ayrshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency were found to have been (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid as a result of errors in the PAYE...

      Public Bodies: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on land directly owned by (a) Government Departments and their agencies and (b) other public bodies.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) each impact assessment evaluated on the comprehensive spending review and (b) each dataset used for...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials he expects there to be from his Department's grants for business scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has had discussions with ministerial colleagues on the likely effects on (a) Wansbeck constituency, (b) Northumberland and (c) the UK of the...

      Stocks and Shares: Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward regulatory proposals to (a) limit commodity speculation by hedge funds and banks and (b) provide transparent clearing house...

      VAT: Vocational Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the imposition of value added tax on professional pilot training for the purposes of increasing the number of UK nationals...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advertising: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to abolish price controls of ITV television advertising through contracts rights renewal .

    • Broadband: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent from the public purse on extending broadband availability since 1997.

      Broadband: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the funding for broadband announced in the comprehensive spending review will be spent on programmes in Wirral West...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on changes to the Building Schools for the Future programme on small firms in the...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of investment and working capital available to businesses; and if he...

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) level of online copyright infringement in the UK...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Office of Fair Trading plans to consult on its revised debt management guidance in the light of the outcome of its...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the oral evidence taken by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on 26 October 2010, Q1, what definition of...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations his Department plans to (a) repeal and (b) amend in the next five years.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure private sector investment in the proposed Green Investment Bank.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his proposed changes to higher education funding on the viability of...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of funding for universities he expects to be drawn from the proceeds of tuition fees in each of the next three years.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from the public purse he plans to allocate to universities in each of the next three years.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect on the labour market of his proposed...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his proposed innovation centres will be required to take on (a) full-time and (b) part-time apprentices.

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures he will use to assess the performance of his Department's proposed innovation centres.

      Innovation: Malvern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his decision is on the proposal from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire for a science and innovation centre in Malvern.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason bids for local enterprise partnerships require approval by the Secretary of State.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason his Department did not proceed with the bid for a local enterprise partnership submitted by Torbay, Devon and...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what plans he has to encourage plurality and diversity in the media; (2) what recent assessment he has made of levels of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are paid at the rate of the national minimum wage in each constituency.

      Motor Vehicles: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on high performance engineering and the motorsport industry of the decision by...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely geographical distribution of successful applications to the Regional Growth Fund; and...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in what circumstances a bid for funds from the Regional Growth Fund would be considered as meeting the exceptional criteria for...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice his Department has issued to small and medium-sized enterprises seeking to make pooled bids for funds from the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements he has put in place for (a) receiving and (b) evaluating pooled bids from small and medium-sized enterprises...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely number of small and medium-sized enterprises that will apply for funds from the Regional...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the likely implications for the public purse of (a) his proposed part-sale of Royal...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students entering higher education paid their fees before the end of their course in the latest period for...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the annual average cost of tuition for an undergraduate student at a state-funded university was in the latest period for...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of the student loan book.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 October (Official Report, col. 1218), which are the 14 provinces under the authority of the Government of...

    • Agriculture: Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to minimise paperwork affecting farms, in particular twice-yearly censuses, saved seed declarations and re-mapping for various schemes.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate they will be free to disclose the acquisition costs of the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they received any representations from British industry before 25 October about publication of the acquisition costs of the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to have to start training air crew for the A400M aircraft. To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to have to start training ground crew...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) civilian staff, and (b) uniformed staff, are currently engaged in the assessment of options for the in-service support of the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the assessment phase to consider options for the in-service support of the A400M aircraft began. To ask Her Majesty's Government when the assessment phase to...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the analysis of options for the in-service support costs of the A400M aircraft will cost.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what duties (a) the civilian staff, and (b) the uniformed staff, currently engaged in the assessment of the in-service costs of the A400M aircraft were employed...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the comparative war load of weapons that Tornadoes and Harriers carry when the temperature in Afghanistan exceeds 25 degrees Celsius.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the average annual running costs, including personnel and materiel costs, of a squadron of Tornado GR4 aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what weapons systems are qualified to be carried on each of Harrier GR9 and Tornado GR4 aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of a flying hour for a Tornado GR4 and a Harrier GR9.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the average availability of each of the Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9 aircraft types during deployments to Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Tornado can take off from and land on the Kandahar runway when half of it is blocked by enemy action such as Taliban indirect fire. To ask Her...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the response time for the Tornado getting airborne in support of an urgent request from ground forces. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the response...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the capability of the land-based Tornado to support a British task force operation in the Falklands in the event of an invasion making Mount Pleasant...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft 1

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the Tornadoes in service have a precision guided ground attack capability. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the Harriers in service have a...

      Armed Forces: Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce levels of alcohol consumption among Armed Forces personnel before and after operational deployment.

      Arms Trade: Global Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to win support at the United Nations for a robust arms trade treaty designed to establish minimum standards on all conventional arms sales.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much would be saved if child benefit for 16 to 19 year-olds in full-time education were withdrawn.

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each local authority, how many looked-after children had (a) between five and nine, and (b) more than 10, placements in the years ending (1) March 2009, and...

      Civil Service: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to eliminate advertising for Civil Service job vacancies other than on the internet, as called for by the Secretary of State for...

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants are facing redundancy (a) based in London, and (b) based outside London.

      Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum rate payable in the Home Civil Service in each of the following administrative grades: administrative assistant, administrative officer,...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in reforming the common agricultural policy since the United Kingdom's rebate was reduced by £1 billion.

      Death Penalty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider means of requiring the exporters of drugs that are known to be used in executions, as well as for normal medical purposes, to obtain...

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much development aid was allocated by the European Development Fund to (a) Russia, and (b) China, in (1) 2007, (2) 2008 and (3) 2009.

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider the decision to require a minimum bid level of £1 million from the Government's £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund in light...

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reverse quantitative easing; and, if so, how.

      Education: ESOL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will determine whether individuals are members of "settled communities" for the purpose of deciding whether they may access funded classes in English for...

      Educational Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the educational maintenance allowance for 16 to 19 year-olds in full-time education will be withdrawn.

      EU: UK Rebate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 21 October (WA 228) concerning a meeting of European Commissioners on 7 October, why no minute was made of this...

      Finance: Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have asked the Debt Management Office to investigate the terms on which the Government could issue perpetual sterling bonds; and whether they would...

      Finance: Fiscal Deficit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the deficit is accounted for by money used to bail out the banks.

      Finance: Lending Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to limit the total lending rate and repayment charges that can be levied by any financial provider.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to combat misleading labelling of food products.

      Government Department: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 21 October (WA 193), whether they will publish the amounts paid to each Minister on termination of...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many interns are currently working in the Cabinet Office; whether each receives remuneration; and, if so, how much is paid per hour; and, if not, on what basis...

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials in the Department for Education work specifically on (a) issues related to the education and training of 16-19 year-olds, (b) policies relating...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) full-time, and (b) part-time, student places were allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to (1) higher education institutes,...

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many universities they forecast will charge the maximum fee of £9,000.

      Higher Education: Tuition Time

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the average four hours per week tuition contact time for university students; and whether they consider it will increase...

      HMS "Ark Royal"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the refit of HMS "Ark Royal"; and when it was completed. To ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate that the next refit of HMS "Ark...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tenancies have been let in the affordable housing sector in each year since 2005.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tenancies they estimate will be created on five-year fixed-term lets in each year between 2011 and 2015. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will bring forward proposals to remove local authorities from their role as landlords and enhance their role as strategic housing authorities.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the immigration cap does not lead to companies moving jobs abroad.

      Immigration: Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the previous Administration's performance targets on immigration queues at Heathrow airport remain in place; whether performance is consistently improving...

      Immigration: Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what technological improvements the UK Border Agency has considered to enable it to process immigration queues at Heathrow airport more efficiently; and which it...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they and the Quartet will make representations to the Government of Israel regarding the refusals of licences to Palestinians to build in East Jerusalem...

      Local Economic Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the procedure and timetable for further consideration of the proposals for local economic partnerships in Lancashire.

      Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to clarify the rights of abode and citizenship of British Overseas Citizens of Malaysian origin; and whether they will place anonymised...

      Papal Visit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the basis of the calculation of the financial contribution of each department concerned towards the cost of the state visit of Pope Benedict to the United...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Governments of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan with regard to trafficking of bonded labourers in those countries.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the national referral mechanism decides that there are reasonable grounds for believing that a person has been trafficked (a) without seeing the person,...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the national referral mechanism guarantees the rights set out in the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings,...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in light of Article 3 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings, they treat human trafficking across frontiers...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether women suspected of being trafficked are routinely detained while their asylum cases are considered; and, if so, whether they will review this practice.

      Private Sector: Degree Awards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to allow private sector companies to have degree-awarding powers.

      Questions for Written Answers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 21 October (WA 202), what guidance they have issued to departments on the use of published documents...

      Railways: Ticketing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 2 November (WA 397), what action they intend to take with the franchise holder in light of the finding by...

      Schools: Male Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many men are being trained as teachers.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (Official Report, col. 833), whether they included the number of Ministers when they said "the...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made in each year of Spending Review 2010 for the maintenance support of 16 to 19 year-olds in full-time education.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (Official Report, col. 831) on the Spending Review 2010 in which he stated that "the Office for Budget...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) full-time, and (b) part-time, student places they expect to fund through the student loan system for undergraduate courses in each of the years...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount is allocated for student loans in each of the years covered by Spending Review 2010; and on what basis the amounts were calculated.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what links they have with the Southern Sudanese diaspora in the United Kingdom; and whether they will encourage this diaspora to play a role in the rehabilitation...

      Taxation: Non-domiciled Taxpayers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when HM Treasury expect to report the conclusions of its review of non-domicile tax status.

      Transparency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the activities of government where the decision-making process is now more transparent than on 11 May.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they or their European Union partners have made to the Government of Turkey with regard to gender inequality.

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