Written answers

Monday, 15 November 2010

  • Scotland

    • Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence he has had with (i) the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and (ii) the Secretary of State for the...

    • Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with (a) Glasgow city council, (b) the Scottish Executive and (c) the Scottish Refugee Council on the termination...

      British Waterways Board: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what discussions on what occasions he has had with (a) the Scottish Executive, (b) the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, (c) civic...

      Scottish Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence he had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport prior to the Government's...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which voluntary organisations in Scotland he has met to discuss the effect of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review; and on what dates.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent from the public purse on influencing public policy through (a)...

    • Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the effects of implementation of the proposed immigration cap on the academic and...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to support the development of in-vessel composting for the recycling of organic material; and if she...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department's Sustainability Unit has made of the adequacy of the energy efficiency standards of the...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department issues to supermarkets on the handling and sale of halal meat.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to bring forward a motion on a free vote enabling the House to express its views on the repeal of the Hunting...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in each of the last 10 years.

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value of payments by her Department to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was in each of the...

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on the likely effects on (a) water companies, (b) pump companies...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions (a) she and (b) senior representatives of her Department have had with PricewaterhouseCoopers on...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to implement obligations under Article 11 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights...

      Water Supply: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued to Ofwat on the effect of Exchequer rules on levy-funded subsidies on the proposals in the...

      Water: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to issue guidance on social tariffs under section 44 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

      Water: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the remit is of Ofwat's assessment of the recommendations of the Walker Review of charging and metering for water and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in Dartford constituency in the last five years.

    • Eads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey) of 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 669W, on...

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the running costs of the Eastern Region Fire Control Centre were in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Fire Services: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) national and (b) local agreements there are in relation to the radiation dose uptake limitation system adopted by...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to conclude his Department's review of the working of local authority housing revenue accounts; and if he will...

      Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to increase the support his Department provides to small and medium-sized businesses in respect of business rates.

      Public Lavatories: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of people who require toilets to a standard equivalent to Changing Places toilets; what...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the production of regional spatial strategies (a) nationally, (b) in each region and...

      Social Rented Housing: Ealing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the (a) average annual income of a household in social housing and (b) number of households in...

      Social Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority spent on adult social care in each of the last three years.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what equality impact assessment he has undertaken of the closure of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund.

  • Justice

    • Corston Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future funding of projects arising from the recommendations of the Corston Report on women with particular vulnerabilities in...

    • Courts: South West and South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to respond to the consultation on the provision of court services in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Wiltshire.

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he plans to take to include representatives of all relevant trade unions in his consultation on the future of the Land Registry; (2)...

      Offensive Weapons: Reprimand and Final Warning Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to exclude youths charged with the possession of an offensive weapon or a bladed article from his proposed reprimand and final...

      Prisons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to retain the target of the previous administration in respect of reducing the number of women in prisons.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 83W, on prisons: visits, what the administration costs referred to are.

      Probation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has had any recent discussions on transferring to the National Assembly for Wales responsibility for the Probation Service in Wales.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the pilot to introduce polygraph tests for sex offenders; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent reports he has received of the disorder at (a) Moorland Institute in Hatfield and (b) Warren Hill Unit in Woodbridge; what steps he has...

      Young Offenders: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future level of funding for youth offending teams in the comprehensive spending review period; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to reduce the re-offending rate among offenders aged between 18 and 24 years.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2010, Official Report, column 911W, on youth offenders: reoffenders, what steps the Government are considering to...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to increase the number of sentencing options available in magistrates courts where the offender is a youth with no previous convictions...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what sanctions are in place for young offenders who fail to comply with the conditions of a youth offending team's rehabilitation plan following a final...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many youths charged with each type of offence have been issued with more than one final warning in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders applied to residents of (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London have been extended beyond...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Oxford West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) made and (b) breached in Oxford West and Abingdon constituency in the latest year for which...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to shorten the length of time that asylum applications take to be processed.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have absconded after receiving deportation notices since May 2010.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of each item of guidance issued to retailers on the operation of the section 4 payment card.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether retailers participating in the section 4 payment card scheme receive a fee.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much credit is allocated to section 4 payment cards for individuals with children.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Border Agency records instances where individuals using the section 4 payment card have been refused service by participating...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received reports of any technical difficulties in the operation of the section 4 payment card.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the UK Border Agency takes to (a) measure and (b) monitor levels of hardship among asylum seekers.

      British Nationality: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) applied for and (b) were refused UK citizenship who were resident in (i) Reading West constituency, (ii) Reading, (iii)...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the review of the Prevent strand of the counter-terrorism strategy to be completed.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many statutory duties were placed on local authorities by legislation introduced by her Department in each year since 1997; and if she...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on the development of a framework to evaluate the spending and effectiveness of measures aimed at...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requests (a) the UK and (b) the US has made under the terms of the UK-US Extradition Treaty since 2003; and what the outcome of each...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in its review of the statutory regime affecting firearm ownership; what representations she has...

      Homicide: Pathology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to require two pathologists to attend an initial post mortem for a murder inquiry for the purpose of...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) establishing and (b) operating the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received of threats made to the safety of Mr Julian Assange while resident in the UK.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding she plans to allocate to establish the National Crime Agency.

      Police: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the Northern Division basic command unit of the Cambridgeshire constabulary in each quarter since...

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans she has for the number of police bomb detection dog units deployed in respect of the London 2012 Olympics; (2) if she will...

      Proceeds of Crime: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money recovered under the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by Greater Manchester police, Bolton division, was received...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether proposed regulation of the next generation of speed cameras will be included in her legislative proposals for regulation of the use...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to put her Department's Interception Modernisation Programme on a statutory footing; and if she will make...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of post-traumatic stress disorder have been recorded among (a) Royal Marines and (b) army infantry soldiers who have served in (i) Iraq...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 3 November 2010, Official Report, columns 847-50W, on armed forces: investigations, if he will arrange for his response to be...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects on his Department's airfields of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review.

      Aircraft Carriers: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will commission an inquiry into the negotiating process leading to the agreement of the (a) contracts to construct the new aircraft carriers and...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules govern the prosecution of military personnel accused of illegal attacks on civilians in (a) the UK and (b) foreign countries.

      Armed Forces: Food

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

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the expenditure required to raise the standard of service accommodation in the Falkland Islands to...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent assessment is of progress in the modernisation of service family accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weighing is given to the time served on operational tours by territorial army soldiers when calculating the requirements for the volunteer reserves...

      Armed Forces: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of residents in (a) Wansbeck constituency and (b) Northumberland in each age group who were serving in the...

      Armed Forces: Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence personnel are vaccinated against smallpox for the purposes of first response in the event of a biological attack.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) of 17 June 2010, Official Report, column 499W, on the Atomic Weapons...

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the re-kit programme for the nuclear warhead assembly/disassembly facility at the Atomic...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees of BAE Systems were on secondment to his Department on 1 April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the likely effects of the implementation of the proposal to close the Chief...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on meeting the NATO target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defence.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual running costs are of (a) a Royal Marine commando unit and (b) an army infantry battalion.

      Departmental Early Retirement

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 to...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects on his Department's operations in respect of the Falkland Islands of the outcomes of the spending...

      Falkland Islands: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has had discussions with the French Government on the possible deployment of aircraft carriers to the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the chain of command is in respect of the deployment of aircraft carriers to the Falkland Islands.

      France: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many French Government personnel have visited (a) the Atomic Weapons Establishment and (b) HM Naval Base Clyde in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010 to date;...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many operational low flying passes were flown in (a) low flying area 7 (T), (b) low flying area 14 (T) and (c) low flying area 20 (T) for each (i)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the effects on the local economy of the US base at RAF Menwith Hill; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 300W, AWE Management: emergencies, whether the Royal Berkshire Hospital participated...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to secure a supply of tritium for Trident nuclear warheads to cover the period until the current warhead design reaches the end of its...

      Nuclear Weapons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure his Department has incurred on the Nuclear Weapons Capability Sustainment Programme in each year since the programme's inception; and...

      Operation Phoenix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the purposes of Operation Phoenix activities at the US base at RAF Menwith Hill.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence until what date the Atomic Weapons Establishment has been tasked to guarantee the reliability of the Trident warhead arsenal.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the sale to the private sector of facilities at Coulport for (a) the storage of Trident warheads, (b) the processing of Trident...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of Trident replacement following an Initial Gate Decision in the (a) present and (b)...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will commission research into the incidence of combat stress in operators of unmanned aerial vehicles.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the First Sea Lord on the Royal Navy's capacity to fulfil current commitments with a surface fleet of 19 ships.

      Yorkshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the role of Pioneer has been removed from the 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Interns

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many interns have been employed by the Independent...

  • Prime Minister

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget was of Transport Security and Contingencies in his Department for 2010-11; and what that budget is expected to be in (a) 2011-12, (b)...

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personnel at each grade work for Transport Security and Contingencies in his Department; and how many he expects there to be at each grade in...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of air freight entering the UK was carried by (a) known consignors and (b) carriers that are not known consignors in each of the last...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to secure international agreement on increasing levels of security for air cargo.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what inspection regime his Department has put in place in respect of third party bodies responsible for screening freight shipped by companies...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues to third parties responsible for screening freight on the (a) equipment to be used in, (b) frequency of and (c)...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is responsible for screening freight handled by freight companies who are not known consignors.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who carries out audits of known consignors of air cargo on behalf of his Department.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what period of time a known consignor of air cargo retains its trusted status before it is reviewed; (2) how frequently audits are carried...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which air cargo agents are designated as known consignors.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department requires freight companies to take to establish whether packages submitted for shipping contain toner cartridges.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement by the Home Secretary on 1 November 2010, Official Report, column 633, on the aviation security incident, which companies...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued to companies on the steps to be taken to comply with the prohibition on the carriage of toner cartridges larger than 500...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the extent of the threat to aircraft from malicious software.

      British Transport Police: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the chief constable of British Transport Police on the role of British Transport police in schools.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely effect on (a) average bus fares and (b) the number of bus services of the proposed 20 per cent. reduction in...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the effect on the level of cycling of the (a) Bikeability, (b) Cycling Towns and Cities and (c) Finding New Solutions...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) staff numbers and (b) expenditure on staff costs as a proportion of their 2010-11 budget is for each agency sponsored by his Department.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on encouraging the use of electric vehicles.

      EU Efficiency Standards: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received from oil companies regarding proposed EU efficiency standards for cars and vans; which companies made such...

      Great Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he made of the cost to the public purse of maintaining the railway line connecting Exeter and Plymouth.

      GRIP 4 Rail Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many GRIP 4 rail studies his Department (a) started and (b) completed in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements he plans to make for consultation on the route of High Speed Two.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the incidence of the involvement of (a) foreign-registered and (b) all heavy goods vehicles in road traffic accidents in...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for road worthiness inspections of foreign road haulage vehicles entering and leaving the UK.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has for the future of the MOT test; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has to review the effectiveness of the MOT...

      National Aviation Security Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Statement by the Home Secretary on 1 November 2010, Official Report, column 633, on the aviation security incident, whether he has...

      Network Rail: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Network Rail plans to make formal arrangements for public access to the footpath it owns between Bourne park and Halifax road in respect of its...

      Railways: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the carbon dioxide emissions arising from High Speed 2 in circumstances in which it is operational at the train numbers...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which rail capacity improvements he expects to fund as a result of proposed changes to the regulated rail fares formula.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he has set for the planned rail electrification between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool foreseen in the outcome of the...

      Railways: Stoke-on-Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for a direct high-speed rail link between London and Stoke-on-Trent.

      Railways: Vale of Glamorgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for (a) improvements and (b) funding for improvements to the Vale of Glamorgan railway line.

      Trams: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he plans to use to assess whether his Department's contribution to the proposed private finance initiative funding of the extensions to...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2010, Official Report, columns 282-83W, on schools: transport, how many school travel advisers funded by his...

  • Attorney-General

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Benefit: Lone Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single income families with a household income between £43,875 and £50,000 are in receipt of child benefit in respect of...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in transferring clients of the Child Support Agency under the pre-2002 scheme to the current scheme; and if he will...

      Disability Benefits: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in East Lothian constituency receive (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) employment and support...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of disability living allowance of each sex who were in residential care were in receipt of (a) the mobility component at...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in residential homes and colleges in (a) each Parliamentary constituency, (b) Scotland,...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to publish an impact assessment of the effects on the removal of the mobility element of disability living allowance for...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he estimates will claim (a) employment and support allowance (ESA) and (b) contributory ESA in 2014 who (i) will cite mental...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of contributory employment and support allowance under the work-related activity group in...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of contributory employment and support allowance in the support group there are; and how many in that group cite a mental...

      Employment and Support Allowance: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in East Lothian constituency have received employment and support allowance payments for more than one year.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of (a) the number of households in each constituency which will be affected by increasing the age threshold...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage change in local housing allowance rates has been for each category of house in each local authority area in each month...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in each constituency in the last 12 months; and what the monetary value of the average...

      Incapacity Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many decisions to reject applications for incapacity benefit based on medical examinations were overturned on appeal in (a) Wansbeck...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of children in (a) absolute poverty, (b) relative poverty and (c) combined material...

      Shared Housing: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of (a) the number of households in East Lothian constituency which will be affected by increasing the age...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to encourage people to take up their benefit entitlements.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has plans to increase internet access for benefit claimants.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department had spent on telephone voice analysis to detect fraudulent benefit claims on the latest date for which figures are...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department budget for 2011-12 will be allocated to voice analysis for benefit fraud detection purposes.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to ensure prompt resolution of appeals against the outcomes of work capability assessments.

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have undergone mental health assessments in connection with work capability assessments in (a) England and (b)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role he expects voluntary groups to play in the Work Programme.

  • Education

    • School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the future of sport in schools of the reductions in funding for school sport proposed in the...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to extend the acceptance criteria for schools wishing to convert to academy status; and what new criteria he is considering.

      Booktrust Scheme

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

      Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what timetable he has set for the James review of capital investment.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children in care were adopted in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were (a) taken into care (excluding respite care), (b) left care and (c) were adopted in each year from 1980 to 2005; how many...

      Children's Centres: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many child care places are available in children's centres in Warrington North constituency; and how many Government-funded places at such centres...

      Clergy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times since 12 May 2010 Ministers in his Department have met with representatives of the (a) Church of England, (b) Church of England's...

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment his Department has made of the likely effects on young people from poor backgrounds of the ending of educational maintenance...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for student support following the ending of education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in (a) Tottenham constituency and (b) Haringey received education maintenance allowance in each year since 2004-05; and how much...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people resident in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) Tower Hamlets and (c) London have received the education maintenance...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what expenditure his Department incurred on education maintenance allowance in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what forecast he has made of such...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on education maintenance allowance payments in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the HM Treasury press notice on 2010-11 savings of 24 May 2010, what definition of frontline funding his Department uses; and how...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to local education authorities on reduction of their schools budgets.

      Family and Parenting Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to review the (a) work programme and (b) budget of the Family and Parenting Institute; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Rights Group: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department plans to provide to the Family Rights Advice Service in each year of the 2010 spending review period.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what qualifications teachers employed by free schools will be required to have.

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

      Playgrounds: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce his decision on the future of support for Playbuilder schemes; and if he will take steps to ensure that support for local...

      Playgrounds: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to take final decisions on the funding of Playbuilder projects.

      Pre-school Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many three-year-olds attended pre-school education in the (a) maintained, (b) private and (c) voluntary sector as a proportion of the total...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether local education authorities will have discretion in passing on the pupil premium to schools; (2) what the monetary value of the pupil...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to reduce the attainment gap between pupils from affluent and poor backgrounds in (a) Croydon South constituency and (b) England.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children in (a) Kingswood constituency and (b) England who will receive the proposed pupil premium.

      Qualifications and Credit Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of raising the participation age to 18 years in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

      School Leaving: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of continuing the September School Leaver's Guarantee.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on permitting (a) academies and (b) other schools to control their admissions policies.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of his Department's capital expenditure on new school buildings in the next spending review period.

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school buildings constructed under the Building Schools for the Future programme received an (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F...

      Westgate School Newcastle: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 357W, on Westgate School Newcastle, when he plans to determine whether the funding...

      Young People: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of the outcome of the spending review on statutory funding for voluntary sector organisations working with...

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to make an announcement on the future of those projects which were approved as part of the myplace programme on which work was...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Boilers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans the Government has for the replacement of G-rated boilers.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely efficacy of carbon sinks by 2050.

      Carbon Emissions: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to reduce carbon dioxide emissions arising from inefficient domestic heating systems; and whether the replacement of...

      Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the number of G-rated boilers in use in households.

      Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Government's consultation on the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target will include heating systems.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent assessment is of the viability of carbon capture and storage technology; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent assessment is of progress on development of the UK's carbon capture capabilities.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent assessment is of the likelihood of restricting a rise in global temperature increase to within 2° C.

      Climate Change: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which projects on the effect of and adaptation to climate change in China his Department is funding; what the value of these projects...

      Climate Change: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what collaborative projects on energy technology and energy systems planning his Department is undertaking with China; and what the...

      Climate Change: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what strategic co-operation projects on climate change issues his Department is undertaking with China; what estimate he has made of...

      Climate Change: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his speech to the GLOBE Forum in Tianjin, China, 7 November 2010, what the evidential basis is of the figure of...

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Communities and Local Government and (b) Health on the...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what regulations his Department plans to (a) repeal and (b) amend in the next five years.

      Energy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will exercise his powers under the Energy Act 2010 to require suppliers to provide social price support to all groups that...

      Energy Companies: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from what budget the cost of the efficiency review of energy network operators' pension costs will be met; when he expects that review...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the Green Deal will be available to households in the private rented sector.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the European Commission's proposed...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the remit of his Department's review of fuel poverty will be; and when he expects it to report.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much capital funding for the proposed Green Deal he expects to be contributed by private sector companies.

      Nuclear Installations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of implementing force-to-force security protection exercises at UK nuclear...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what consideration he has given to introducing a requirement for anti-spall protective coating on external surfaces of nuclear...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the prospects of reaching the 2020 target for renewable electricity generation.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department has allocated in respect of (a) the renewable heating initiative and (b) the feed-in tariff scheme to...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contracts have been placed with (a) the Energy Savings Trust and (b) the Carbon Trust to advise on implementation of (i) energy...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has undertaken into mechanisms to measure offshore wind speed.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty: Caribbean

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) representations he has received from and (b) meetings he has had with representatives of Caribbean communities about the proposed changes...

    • Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason he changed the proposed £20 billion threshold for the bank levy to a £20 billion allowance; (2) what assessment his...

      Bank Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) regulations and (b) guidance govern the maximum period within which banks and building societies must issue final payments when requests are made...

      Budgets: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which body is responsible for evaluating the environmental sustainability of budget proposals; and if he will make a statement.

      Bureaux de Change: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to bring forward proposals for sector-specific regulation of retail foreign currency exchange services.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount his Department paid in child benefit in respect of families of those paying income tax at the higher rate in the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department assessed the merits of using a system of means-testing similar to that used for the allocation of tax credits in developing its...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of mothers who will lose their entitlement to a state pension as a result of the withdrawal of child benefit from...

      Child Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Scotland, (b) East Ayrshire and (c) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency cease to be eligible to claim child benefit as a result of...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what aspects of the reforms to the welfare system announced in (a) the June Budget 2010 and (b) the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) were (i) included...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the corporation tax receipts from each business sector were in each of the last three years.

      Crown Currency Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs was contacted with concerns about Crown Currency Exchange Limited before its collapse; and which (a)...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulations his Department plans to (a) repeal and (b) amend in the next five years.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people that will be affected by his decision not to include Equitable Life with-profits annuitants who drew their...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 October 2010, Official Report, columns 54-56WS, on the Equitable Life Payment Scheme, for what reason...

      Government Departments: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what progress has been made towards the target of £30 billion of efficiency savings set in the 2007 comprehensive spending review; (2) which...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the difference between the estimate of the surplus of the National Insurance Fund published by the Government Actuary's Department...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2010, Official Report, column 906W, on personal income, when he expects HM Revenue and Customs to publish data...

      Private Finance Initiative: Carlisle

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what private finance initiative schemes there are in Carlisle constituency.

      Revenue and Customs: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the bank accounts used by HM Revenue and Customs have faster payment banking facilities.

      Revenue and Customs: Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that staff working in the Debt Management Telephone Centre business unit of HM Revenue and Customs are consulted on working...

      Revenue and Customs: Inspections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average annual (a) number and (b) proportion of higher-rate taxpayers who are subject to an HM Revenue and Customs tax...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with pensioners' groups on the future of national free travel for pensioners.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households were means-tested for tax credit eligibility in 2009-10; and what the cost to HM Revenue and Customs was of such testing.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made a recent estimate of the proportion of working single mothers receiving tax credits who work ( a) 16, (b) 17 to 20, (c) 21 to 25 and...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health on 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 899, which two...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of likely average waiting times in accident and emergency departments in each of the next five years.

      Cancer: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of diagnoses of cancer in the NHS of those aged 65 years and over; and what research he has (a)...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulation regime for care home fees; and whether his Department has assessed the merit of imposing an...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports on care homes on the Care Quality Commission website were issued (a) up to six months ago, (b) up to one year ago, (c) up to 18 months...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the provision of information on the Care Quality Commission website on the inspection of care homes to ensure that it is up-to-date.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes had not been inspected by the Care Quality Commission by the due date for such inspections in the latest period for which figures are...

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the use of prebiotics for the prevention of clostridium difficile in hospitals.

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that death certificates reflect contributing factors in the death of people with (a) diabetes and (b) other long-term conditions.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether dentists are to be represented on (a) the National Commissioning Board and (b) the Public Health Board.

      Diabetes: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the standard of nutrition provided to diabetics in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people with diabetes are participating in (a) dose adjustment for normal eating, (b) diabetes education and self-management for...

      Dietary Supplements: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when Ministers in his Department next plan to visit Jersey to discuss the implementation of the EU Food Supplements Directive and the Nutrition and...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per patient fee from his Department will be for GP commissioners following the abolition of primary care trusts.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the debt held by primary care trusts (PCTs) will be passed on to GPs' practices once PCTs are abolished.

      Herbal Medicine: Jersey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the government of Jersey on the timescale for implementation of proposals that all manufactured herbal medicines...

      Hospitals: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will review levels of meat consumption in hospitals for the purpose of improving public health; (2) whether he is taking steps to reduce...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people received IVF treatment on the NHS in each year since 2000; (2) what the success rate of births using IVF has been in each year...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on quality of patient treatment of discontinuation of Novo Mixtard 30 insulin.

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the staff grades will be of nurses assigned to the proposed 111 NHS system; and what assessment he has made of the efficacy of using staff at such grades.

      NHS: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS bodies his Department requires to produce (a) annual reports and (b) other publications; if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of...

      North Manchester Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation he has undertaken on the future of the accident and emergency unit at North Manchester General Hospital.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with representatives of opticians and optometrists on the introduction in England of a scheme equivalent to...

      Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clostridium difficile infections were reported by Pennine Acute Hospitals (a) in total, (b) in those aged over 65 years and (c) that are trust...

      Smallpox: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 159W, on smallpox: vaccination, what estimate he has made of the number of those...

      Social Services: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to improve the standard of Redcar and Cleveland Council's adult social care services; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Azerbaijan: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department makes available to British citizens intending to travel to Azerbaijan.

    • Diplomatic Service: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the employment rights of domestic staff of diplomatic staff in the UK are upheld.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the Government has objected to a proposed first reading agreement between the European Parliament and the...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the enforcement of UN Resolution 1701 in respect of disarming Hezbollah.

      International Assistance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of his Department's diplomatic networks to international...

      International Assistance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the remit is of the desk officer for Women and Children's Human Rights in his Department; and what role that officer has...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the (a) charges against and (b) condition in detention of Ms Rozita Vseghi in Mashhad,...

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will have discussions with his Iraqi counterpart on protection for Christians in Iraq by Iraqi security forces (a) in...

      Morocco: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assistance his Department has provided to British citizens deported from Morocco to facilitate their return to that...

      Morocco: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were deported from Morocco in the last 18 months; how many of those contacted his Department for...

      Morocco: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assistance his Department has provided to British citizens deported from Morocco.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in his Department's settlement letter in respect of the...

      Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking at EU level to seek to secure progress on Turkey's application for membership of the EU.

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in the UN Security Council to seek to ensure that human rights in Western Sahara are upheld; and if...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to take steps in the UN Security Council to seek to ensure that international media and observers are allowed...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether representatives from his Department plan to visit El Aauin, Western Sahara to assess the current political situation.

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had in the UN Security Council on the implementation of a referendum on the right to...

      Western Sahara: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent violence in Western Sahara for the future of negotiations to...

      Western Sahara: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had in the UN Security Council on measures to prevent further deaths and violence in El Aauin, Western...

      Western Sahara: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of deaths resulting from violence in Western Sahara.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of trends in the political situation in Zimbabwe (a) since 2007 and (b) since the appointment of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate has he made of the average cost to the public purse of a day worked by a civil servant.

    • Civil Service Live Conference

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether his Department has undertaken a recent value for money assessment of its participation in the Civil Service Live event; (2) what recent...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many civil servants his Department has employed on short-term contracts of each duration since May 2010; (2) what rules and procedures have...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made in extending the apprenticeship scheme.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanism his Department uses for the distribution of funding for adult apprenticeships between the regions.

      Apprentices: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of women enrolled on apprenticeships of each (a) type and (b) salary band in (i)...

      Apprentices: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the average additional lifetime earnings of those who complete an apprenticeship; when...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with Allpay the provision of wireless link broadband to remote rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to roll out broadband availability to rural areas following the pilots in the three trial areas; and if he will...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to attract and retain global businesses within the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Copyright Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish all correspondence between his Department and the (a) Copyright Tribunal and (b) Tribunals Service since his...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many members of staff were employed in the ministerial correspondence unit of his Department in the last two years.

      Depression: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of (a) the average annual number of working days lost each year because of depression and (b)...

      Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department provides guidance to businesses on establishing employee share ownership schemes.

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for his Department's support for the Financial Inclusion Fund after 31 March 2011.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the maximum penalty which may be imposed on those who misuse...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the future of (a) reserves and (b) capital projects in higher education institutions funded from...

      Higher Education: Wimbledon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of school leavers in Wimbledon constituency in (a) 2005, (b) 2007 and (c) 2010 who did...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what locations (a) have been identified and (b) are being considered as locations for his proposed innovation centres;...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance is available to employees of companies that have ceased trading but have not registered as insolvent for the...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in each of the last...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships Advisory Panel: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what remuneration members of the Local Enterprise Partnerships Advisory Panel will receive.

      Motor Vehicles: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ensure that the awarding body Edexcel places the qualifications for the BTEC First Diploma and BTEC National Award in...

      Multinational Companies: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the introduction of a new international accounting...

      Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase trade between the UK and the United States.

      Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions there have been between Ministers and officials in his Department and governors, trade associations and...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has established processes to monitor any effects of proposed reductions in its expenditure.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on plans to review supplier payment terms.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the sale of assets.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the sale and leaseback of its property portfolio.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support the space industry.

      Speech Therapy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of places available on speech therapy courses at each college in (a) London,...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department provides to businesses who wish to form regional advocacy bodies for the tourist industry.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people were recorded as not in education, employment or training in (a) the UK, (b) the north-east and (c)...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people were recorded as not in education, employment or training (a) nationally, (b) in the north-west and (c)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Amateur Swimming Association: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided to the Amateur Swimming Association in each of the last three years; and if he...

    • Broadband: DCMS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department plans to carry out a comprehensive mapping of Scotland's fibre infrastructure.

      Broadband: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what support his Department intends to provide to Milton Keynes council to address gaps in broadband provision in Milton...

      Crosby Hall: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had on public funding for...

      National Heritage Memorial Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to reviewing the composition of the (a) board of trustees of the National Heritage Memorial...

      Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2010, Official Report, column 886W, on newspaper press, what constitutes a formal...

      Public Houses: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many public houses have closed in (a) Bury North constituency and (b) the north-west since July 2007.

      Sports: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the participation in commercial training activities of national sports...

      UK Sport: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many employees of UK Sport will be responsible for the promotion of (a) elite and (b) grassroots sport following...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Interns

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many interns his Office has employed on a (a) unpaid, (b) expenses only and (c) minimum wage or above basis since May 2010.

    • Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer by the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 772 on prisoners' right to vote, when he...

  • House of Lords

    • 1999 School Premises Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards finalising the updated 1999 School Premises Regulations which were awaiting Ministerial sign-off before the general election....

    • Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures will be set out in the forthcoming statutory guidance on autism services Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives to ensure that all community...

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure of the BBC World Service last year.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of continuing to pay universal child benefits irrespective of income if the benefit (a) ceased to be payable at age...

      Bolivia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a decision regarding the ceasing of aid to Bolivia.

      Burundi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of measures taken against Burundian civil society and journalists, including the arrest of Jean Claude Kavumbagu and Faustin Ndikumana,...

      Burundi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of measures taken against the political opposition in Burundi, including allegations of (a) torture of opposition activists by the...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any restrictions on United Kingdom citizens entering the Chagos Islands by sea.

      Charities: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on charities of the increase in the standard rate of VAT to 20 per cent.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifications are required for a state applying to join the Commonwealth for its application to be supported by the United Kingdom.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy towards nations which seek to be part of the Commonwealth.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the review of the work of the Commonwealth Development Corporation, announced by the Secretary of State for International...

      Defence: UK-France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are negotiating with France to use French laboratory facilities to service the United Kingdom's nuclear warheads; and, if so, why the servicing cannot...

      Detention: Overseas Ministers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to prevent individuals from seeking to obtain the arrest and detention of ministers of overseas democratically elected governments...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of abolishing the education maintenance allowance on plans to raise the participation age in education and training to 18.

      Education: Virtual Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to protect the funding for virtual education courses for young people over the age of 16 with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of a 2.9 per cent increase in the European Union budget on the United Kingdom's budget.

      Export Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to promote the achievement of export surpluses in leading United Kingdom manufacturing sectors; and which sectors they will concentrate on.

      Flags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that, where projects in the United Kingdom are undertaken by the European Union and its logo is on display, a Union Jack together with the...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the statement on the website of the National Fluoride Information Centre in the section Water, "Like 'York' [the British Medical Research Council]...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask the Chairman of Committees , further to his Written Answer on 2 November 2009 (WA 385), whether the Refreshment Committee has reviewed the comparative prices of British and Dutch bacon...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the European Union is putting into practice Baroness Ashton of Upholland's remarks at the Foreign Affairs Council of 25 October about support for Palestinian...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and percentage of Ministry of Defence staff have received, or are due to receive, increments in pay in the year ended 5 April 2011; and what is the...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace the single clinically led and scientifically based national assessment of drugs and therapies currently undertaken by the National...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to issue a statement clarifying their expectation of the future relationship between GP consortia and the National Institute for Health and...

      Health: Nursing and Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the publication of the report Front line care by the Prime Minister's Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England on 2 March, when...

      Health: Vaccinations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will take to boost the number of children who receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.

      House of Lords: Stationery

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the cost, when bought in bulk, of a sheet of embossed House of Lords writing paper in A4 and A5 sizes.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 1 November (WA 355), how many of the 301,809 local authority landlord returns made in 2007-08 resulted in...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of households in receipt of (a) housing benefit, and (b) local housing allowance, have at least one member in work (1) in England, and (2) in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their plans to put a cap on housing benefit claims on community cohesion.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed caps on housing benefits claims will be uprated with inflation; and, if so, which measure of inflation will be used.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect families with young children from the immediate impact of reductions in housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will phase in changes in housing benefit in ways similar to those proposed for the single welfare benefit.

      Housing: Squatters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect private homeowners from squatters.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methods are used by HM Treasury to monitor expectations for inflation.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Israel regarding the 15 Palestinians injured by gunshots and others harmed by tear gas in Silwan on 15 October.

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the part of the Lisbon treaty which refers to ever closer union.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 November (WA 359) on the cost of maternity leave, whether they will inform the European Union that, in the...

      Missing Persons: Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress they have made, in consultation with interested parties, to prepare legislation introducing a new regime for handling the presumption of death...

      National Employment Savings Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Employment Savings Trust will be obliged to make contributions to the Pensions Regulator along the same lines as a commercial pensions...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will recommend, at the United Nations Human Rights Council on 5 November, that the United States remove abortion restrictions placed on all foreign aid.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that primary care trusts honour the Government's commitment to protect front line services.

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reduce the number of mentally ill criminals who are sent to prison.

      Schools: Pupil Premium

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the pupil premium will be payable in respect of students at (a) sixth form colleges, (b) further education colleges which are responsible for all or most...

      Schools: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those schools which are receiving capital funding grants for new premises under the building schools for the future...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Office for Budget Responsibility published its scrutiny of Spending Review 2010.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the reductions in housing benefit announced in Spending Review 2010 will affect the living conditions of disabled people.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many residents in Brighton and Hove receive local housing allowance for properties which exceed the proposed four-bedroom cap; and what will be (a) the total,...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many residents in Brighton and Hove will be affected by changes to the housing allowance shared room rate on grounds of age; and how much on average affected...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 28 October (WA 329), what information they provided to fire and rescue authorities in October regarding their...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to achieve savings from back office costs and raise all provision to the level of the most efficient, as stated on the Department for Education...

      SPIRE System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of time taken for export licences applied for through the SPIRE system to be granted, in respect of applications submitted by (a)...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they are playing in helping Sudan hold a referendum on 9 January 2011 on the future of the South.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a Special Representative to help Sudan hold a referendum on 9 January 2011 on the future of the South; and, if so, who is undertaking that role.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of any outstanding problems which need to be resolved before a referendum can be held in Sudan on the future of the South.

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the corporation tax yield in (a) 1978-79, and (b) 1996-97; and what was the retail prices index for each of those years.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have left the country to work elsewhere, or are predicted to do so, as a result of the 50 per cent top rate of income tax.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Uganda on the Code of Conduct Bill.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Uganda on the Public Order Management Bill.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Uganda regarding the arrest and detention of the Muslim human rights activist Al Amin Kimathi, who is...

      UK-US Military Accord

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the new United Kingdom-France military accord on relations between the United Kingdom and the United States.

      UN Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will offer to UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will introduce to reduce the levels of unemployment and under-employment of people with disabilities who are actively seeking employment.

      Union of the Comoros

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what islands they recognise to be part of the Union of the Comoros.

      United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote the accountability of governments in the context of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

      Women: Peace and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote the development of implementation indicators as practical applied measures to secure the objectives of United Nations...

      Women: Peace and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure the rights and wellbeing of women in the context of United Kingdom support for the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

      Women: Peace and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote the protection of women in areas of conflict and to monitor the effective implementation of United Nations Security Council...

      Youth Parliament

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many times the Youth Parliament is invited to the House of Lords Chamber each year.

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