Written answers

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

  • Scotland

    • Daylight Saving Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment in respect of the Daylight Saving Bill.

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many special advisers he (a) has appointed since his appointment and (b) plans to appoint in the next 12 months.

      Official Hospitality: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) gifts and (b) corporate entertainment and hospitality (i) he, (ii) other Ministers and (iii) officials in his Department have received on...

      Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many full-time equivalent staff at each civil service grade are employed in the private office of each Minister in his Department.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to visit the Scottish Parliament.

      Serving Scotland Better: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on the recommendations of the report Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the...

  • Prime Minister

    • BBC

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent meetings he has had with the Director-General of the BBC; and whether the matter of pensions was discussed at those meetings.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of bus services that are fitted with automatic vehicle location equipment; (2) how much of the bus...

    • Intercity Express Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what alternatives to the Intercity Express Programme are under evaluation by his Department.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government has for future capital funding for the proposed high-speed rail line to the city of Sheffield; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation his Department has undertaken of the Asset camera system.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has contributed to the development of the Asset camera system.

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the budget for Transport for London.

  • Attorney-General

    • Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the use of the adequate procedures defence under the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010 by local government or NHS bodies.

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General in how many and what proportion of cases prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service the defendant entered a not guilty plea at each stage of the prosecution and trial...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Leases

      To ask the Attorney-General in respect of which properties rented for Crown Prosecution Service offices the lease will expire in the next two years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which training camps will be used for the London 2012 Olympics by (a) foreign and (b) domestic teams.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad: Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much his Department spent on the provision of assistance to British nationals bereaved by murder and manslaughter...

    • British Nationals Abroad: Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what process the Consular Directorate follows when contacted by a UK national who has been bereaved by murder and manslaughter...

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on making representations on the treatment of Christians in countries where Christians are a minority...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which proposals under consideration by any institution of the EU would involve a transfer of powers or competences from the UK...

      Gaza: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of human rights abuses in Gaza.

      Iceland: Whales

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

      Kazakhstan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will lead the UK delegation to the 2010 Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe summit of heads of state of...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of rocket attacks on Israeli citizens by (a) Islamic Jihad and (b) Hamas in...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of redundancies arising from the spending reductions proposed in the comprehensive...

      Venezuela: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken since his appointment and (b) plans to take in the next six months at UN level in respect of human...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an assessment has been made of the potential effects on the (a) mental and (b) physical health of children of the undertaking by a parent of...

    • Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force pilots flying (i) helicopters and (ii) aeroplanes were female in the latest...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel he expects to be serving in each branch of the armed forces in each of the next five years.

      Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) powers of authority and (b) responsibilities the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator has to undertake assessment and approval of any component of...

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's non-departmental public bodies have undertaken activities to influence public policy for which they engaged (a) public affairs...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2010, Official Report, column 449W, on departmental official hospitality, if he will provide disaggregated...

      MOD Abbey Wood: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on job losses amongst his Department's civilian staff at Abbey Wood; and what recent estimate he has made of the number of...

      Nuclear Submarines: Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which submarine operational berths have been assessed by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator as being in full compliance with the requirements of...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (c) trade...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcomes of the Strategic Defence and Security Review on the defence estate in Northern...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department plans to allocate to the development of remotely-piloted aircraft capability in the period from 2010 to 2015.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator made to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate on the standard of the berth safety statement...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency plans further to consult the public on its plans for the Water End Flood Alleviation scheme in York.

    • Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2010, Official Report, columns 128-29W, on waste disposal: health hazards, for what...

      Natural England: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many permanent staff employed by Natural England received an annual salary of more than £25,428 in the latest period...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the merits of alternatives to energy from waste plants as part of her Department's...

  • International Development

    • UN Women's Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take in support of the developmental objectives of the UN women's agency in the next 12 months.

    • Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on the provision of aid to Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Refugees: Thai-Burma Border

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is providing aid to refugees in encampments on the Thai-Burma border.

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to increase the level of technical assistance to developing countries in Africa; and whether he has assessed...

      Caribbean: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to allocate funding to infrastructure programmes in respect in the Caribbean.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated in respect of achieving each millennium development goal in the latest period for which...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much in cash terms and what proportion of his Department's budget consists of payments to (a) the EU and (b) multilateral agencies.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 countries received the highest amount of bilateral aid from his Department (a) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget is spent on programmes in developing countries.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to prevent UK aid intended for Palestinians in Gaza from reaching Hamas.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase the level of his Department's assistance to UNRWA for the purposes of meeting the shortfall in its funding requirement.

  • Education

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding (a) Sheffield city council and (b) Barnsley borough council will receive under the Building Schools for the Future programme in each of...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will change the system of assessing eligibility for education maintenance allowance to take into account the number of young people in a...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much of the budget for education maintenance allowance for 2010-11 will be available in each financial year to 2014-15; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of students in (a) Tamworth, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England received an education maintenance allowance bonus after...

      Excellence in Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department's Excellence in Cities funding programme ended; and whether any of the funding associated with that programme is still paid to schools.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the proposed pupil premium will apply to funding for 16 to 19-year-olds.

      Schools: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the refurbishment of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Wolverhampton South West constituency.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department's review of special educational needs plans to address the recommendations of the Lamb Inquiry review of social educational...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the creation of new specialist schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he plans to announce his decision on the Sure Start capital grant application for St John's Church Hall, Colchester; (2) when he plans to...

      Teachers Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the effect on teacher (a) retention and (b) recruitment of proposals to (i) increase contributions to...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons he decided to reduce funding allocated through regional housing grants by £370 million; what assessment he...

    • Homelessness: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of bed and breakfast places needed for homeless people in each London borough in each of...

      Local Government: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the effects of reduced funding levels on the voluntary...

      National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what impact assessment he has undertaken of the closure of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit; (2) what his...

      National Tenant Voice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what impact assessment he has undertaken of the closure of National Tenant Voice; (2) what his most recent assessment is...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the timetable for the ending of regional spatial strategies.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether housing associations will be given flexibility to build new homes for traditional social housing rents in circumstances...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will bring forward proposals to require the Planning Inspectorate to refuse appeals from developers of wind farms...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2010, Official Report, column 443W, on the Equality Act 2010, when she plans to implement the provisions of that...

    • Women in Power Summit

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office spent on co-hosting the EU Women in Power summit in February 2010; and how many civil servants attended the...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure standards of animal welfare are maintained following implementation of the European Directive on the...

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European arrest warrants were issued for UK citizens in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007, (e) 2008, (f) 2009 and (g)...

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were arrested were subsequently released without charge in each of the last three years.

      Community Policing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent assessment is of the adequacy of the level of funding for community policing in London.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timescale she has set for the publication of the findings of the rapid review of counter-terrorism powers.

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Departmental Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what departmental policy reviews her Department has undertaken since 6 May 2010; on what date each such review (a) was announced and (b) is...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of its expenditure on travel undertaken by (a) her and (b) each other Minister in her Department in...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interns her Department has engaged in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) unpaid, (b) remunerated with expenses only and...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the implications for UK citizens of the implementation of EU Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data.

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

      Neighbourhood Policing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects to take a decision on the future of the neighbourhood policing fund; (2) what recent discussions her Department has...

      Newspaper Press: Telephone Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will request HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to review the Metropolitan Police Service's investigation into telephone hacking and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the police have entered premises for which they did not possess an appropriate warrant during raids (a) nationally and...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on (a) the estimated cost of the damage caused and (b) the...

      Police: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the relocation of the Police response helicopter based at Filton Airfield to RAF...

      Police: Radiation Exposure

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

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to reduce the incidence of (a) sexual assault on women and (b) rape.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what division of her Department has responsibility for mountain rescue services; and if she will make a statement.

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to assist the work of Safer Neighbourhood teams in the current Parliament.

      Sexual Offences: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department plans to take in response to the Supreme Court judgement on the Violent and Sex Offenders Register and Article 8 of...

      South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the visit to Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency by a Minister in her Department on 4 November 2010 was classified as an official...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the July 2010 report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in respect of...

  • Treasury

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Government funding was allocated to charities in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate he has made of the amount of funding to be allocated...

    • Corporation Tax: Redcar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses in Redcar constituency of the reduction in the small profits rate of corporation tax.

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue is raised from a pint of beer of average price sold in (a) a pub and (b) a supermarket; and whether he has plans to provide support for...

      Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual change in the level of business investment was in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the likely change in that...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Christchurch of 4 October on Antony Bone.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his assessment that the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review would have no measurable impact on child poverty for the next two years...

      Public Expenditure: Wales and Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Barnett consequentials for (a) Wales and (b) Scotland will be of his decision to limit the geographic scope of the Cycling England programme to...

      Public Sector: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public sector jobs he expects there to be in each region in each of the next five years.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations HM Revenue and Customs has (i) investigated and (ii) prosecuted for offences related to tax evasion in each...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent assessment is of the effect on the reduction of UK greenhouse gas emissions of carbon sink failure.

    • Departmental Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment was made in developing the 2050 Energy Pathways calculator tool of the merits of making it operate using Open Source...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether he has made an assessment of the net effect of the implementation of the European Commission's proposed hybrid clinker...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether feed-in tariffs are guaranteed for 25 years for new installations; and what factors would lead to their withdrawal.

      Fuel Poverty: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to increase the level of awareness among prepayment meter users in or at risk of fuel poverty of the (a)...

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to establish a system of independent verification of the average service life of air-sourced heat pumps.

      Heating: Fluorocarbons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the proportion of installed heat pumps which use the refrigerant fluorocarbon gas, R404A.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost of hardening all UK civil nuclear installations against attack from land or sea-launched...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of likely sources of funding to meet the cost of reaching renewable energy targets by 2020.

      Renewable Energy: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps he has taken to increase levels of energy efficiency; and whether he has assessed the merits of working together with...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the future of the eligibility criteria for the Warm Front scheme; and if he will ensure that those who are...

      Warm Front Scheme: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely effects on those in fuel poverty of the proposed reductions in funding for the Warm Front...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Care Homes: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to ensure that hot water tanks heated by heat pumps comply with health and safety legislation designed to ensure...

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of allowing carers who are enrolled in courses designated as full-time or in training for more than 20...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to extend the eligibility criteria for carers allowance to enable more carers who are studying or in training to claim the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead of 19 October 2010, Official Report, column 643W, on child benefit, whether...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what programmes his Department and its agencies have to reduce the number of working days lost through sickness and absence.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) men and (b) women between the ages of 21 and 60 years have been in employment (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people are claiming contributory employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group; and how many of those...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency applied for and were refused employment and support allowance in each of the last two...

      Employment: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were employed in the public sector in each region in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received on the funeral payment in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the qualifying criteria for payment of funeral payment grant.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse of the funeral payment grant scheme has been in each of the last three years.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account he takes of the average cost of a funeral in determining the level of the funeral benefit payment.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people in each (a) region and (b) local authority area have taken part in the Future Jobs Fund programme in each of the last...

      Future Jobs Fund: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have taken part in the Future Jobs Fund programme in the last six months.

      Future Jobs Fund: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the name is of each partner organisation with which each participating local authority has worked to provide placements for young people...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of rented accommodation in each London borough which is occupied by recipients of housing...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effects on health and safety standards of the implementation of proposals to combine the roles of...

      Mortgage Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people resident in the South East in receipt of support for mortgage interest who have mortgages with...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of providing housing support to those who will no longer have their eligible...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on households with disabled residents of changes to the rate of mortgage interest support.

      Unemployment: Cumbernauld

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of workless households in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to enable small providers to play a role in the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanism his Department plans to establish to encourage consultation between successful Work Programme contractors and Jobcentre Plus.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament's Education Service: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent on the outreach programme in each financial year since it was established; and how much...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Citizens' Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the Citizens Advice Bureau to meeting the objectives of his Big Society initiative.

    • Civil Servants: Ethnic Groups and Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of Civil Service staff was identified as (a) being from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and (b) disabled in (i) 2008-09, (ii)...

      Corruption: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office by what mechanism companies are sanctioned for those foreign bribery-related offences which are monitored in relation to the enforcement of the European...

      Corruption: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010 will require the amendment of regulations implementing the 2004 European Procurement Directives.

      Employment: Clwyd

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were in employment in Vale of Clwyd constituency in each year since 1997.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency and (b) Tower Hamlets had been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for more than a year in...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library a copy of guidance issued by the Office of Government Commerce to local authorities on tendering and small and...

      Lone Parents: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of lone parents in (a) the North East and (b) England are female.

      Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the likely (a) number and (b) proportion of those aged over 85 years in each local authority area in 2020.

      Older People: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people over 50 years old resident in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the north-east and (c) England are female.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he plans to take to encourage public bodies to observe the 2009 guidance of the Office of Government Commerce, Promoting skills through...

      Unemployment: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were unemployed in each constituency in Wales in each month since January 2010.

  • Justice

    • Conditional Fee Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing the proposed transition from the conditional fee agreement scheme to the...

    • Departmental Lobbying

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

      Magistrates Courts: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases have been brought before each magistrates court in each of the last two years; and how many of those cases resulted in a custodial sentence.

      Prisoners: Self-Harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of self-harm were recorded amongst (a) male and (b) female prisoners in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on the taxation of the earnings of prisoners who undertake paid work in prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of children in (a) England and Wales, (b) London and (c) the south-east have at least one parent in prison.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of attacks on (a) prison staff and (b) prisoners were recorded in prisons where the victim (i) was and (ii) was not...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of (a) drug and (b) mobile telephone smuggling in prisons.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what monetary value of drugs of each class was seized on the prison estate in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young adults entered the prison system for the first time in each of the last three years.

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 541W, on rape: victim support schemes, what funding will be available for (a)...

      Reoffenders: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he made of the likely effects of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review on reoffending rates.

      Young Offender Institutions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the public purse was of detaining an offender in a young offender's institution in the last three years for which figures are...

  • Health

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons were for the cancellation of contracts between his Department and Atos Healthcare in the last five years.

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further steps he plans to take to reduce mortality from breast cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of an emergency hospital admission for a patient whose primary diagnosis is...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births he expects there to be in NHS facilities in each of the next five years; and what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of...

      Circumcision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the NHS funds non-medical circumcisions; and if he will issue guidance to healthcare commissioners on the priority to be accorded to such...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department's estimated expenditure on dementia research declined from 2.9 per cent. in 2007-08 to 1.4 per cent. in 2009-10 of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of staff were employed in the ministerial correspondence unit of his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each of its Ministers in (a) September and (b) October 2010; (2) what estimate...

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of adult social care users in receipt of direct payments in (a) each region, (b) each local authority area and...

      Eating Disorders: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made recommendations to mental health trusts about access to eating disorder services for male patients following the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has plans to permit GP consortia to contract out any services relating to their commissioning functions to private companies.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of EU legislation on the implementation of his proposals for GP commissioning.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what processes he plans to put in place to enable patients to raise concerns regarding serious misconduct on the part of their GP following the abolition...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what processes his Department will ensure (a) probity, (b) quality of service and (c) cost effectiveness when GPs are commissioning services which...

      Health Education: Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to educate young people about the health problems associated with teenage pregnancy.

      Health Services: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 148W, on hospitals: infectious diseases, what estimate he has made of the minimum...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on NHS waiting lists in each of the last nine months; and what estimate he has made of the change in the number of patients on...

      Locums: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his estimate is of NHS spending on hospital locum doctors in each primary care trust area in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2009-10; (2) what...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that hospital trusts bill commissioners appropriately for the health care services they provide in order to reduce...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to (a) his Department, (b) NHS Connecting for Health and (c) the National Programme for IT was of employing a team of information...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely effect of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review on the number of NHS (a) managers, (b) front-line...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists he expects to be working in the NHS in each of the next five years.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives he expects to be employed in the NHS in each of the next five years.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners he expects to be employed in the NHS in each of the next five years.

      NHS: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what conditions applications under the right to request scheme for NHS organisations are granted.

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to support the development of patient education for children in paediatric wards.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he plans to put in place for (a) commissioning, (b) monitoring and (c) auditing procedures to ensure GP consortia provide high-quality...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what changes in NHS end of life services he envisages as a result of his Department's commitment to 24/7 community nursing to support terminally-ill...

      Vaccination: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of NHS spending on (a) travel vaccinations and (b) travel vaccination clinics in each year since 2005.

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 30 November 2010, Official Report, column 539W, on incinerators: health hazards, for what reasons it was decided that the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Crown Currency Exchange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will commission an investigation into the solvency of Crown Currency Exchange while it was trading; and if he will make a...

    • Higher Education Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of funding allocations to be made by the higher education innovation fund in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if his Department will publish the criteria for the access agreements each university will be expected to sign with the Office...

      Higher Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of first-year undergraduates were female in each of the last five academic years.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of funding likely to be allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 2011-12.

      Public Expenditure

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

      SG First Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he last met the First Minister of Scotland; and what matters were discussed at that meeting.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects on mature students of the implementation of his proposals for the...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Anne Milton, on 2 November (Official Report, Commons, col. 900), when the...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to incorporate a shipborne rolling vertical landing capability for F-35B aircraft on United Kingdom...

      Arts Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Arts Council to ascertain the viability of making cuts of 50 per cent to its administrative budget; and what they forecast...

      Arts: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of substitute funding for the arts which could be generated by philanthropic donations; and whether they have plans to...

      BBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on programme quality and output of the decision to increase the BBC's spending requirements whilst freezing the...

      Biodiversity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they gave any undertakings at the biodiversity conference in Nagoya; and what new actions they propose to take.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister will raise the issue of human rights when he meets the President of China later this week.

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 2 November (WA 224), what would be the estimated average cost of a civil servant's redundancy payment...

      Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the design of buildings and public spaces of the decision to withdraw funding from the Commission for Architecture...

      Crime: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of rape as a weapon in areas of conflict; and what action they are pursuing to ensure the elimination of the practice.

      Environment: Natural Environment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include, in the new White Paper on the Natural Environment, plans for formal surveys by local bodies on land parcels currently suffering...

      Environment: Natural Environment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their White Paper on the natural environment.

      EU: Environmental Rules

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any proposals from the European Commission to set up a European agency to enforce EU environmental rules on member states; and, if so,...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 June (WA 187-8) on the "York" report should have referred to "bone fracture" instead of "bone cancer".

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff reductions will be incurred as a result of their proposals to change the role of the Food Standards Agency as an independent regulator of food safety.

      Food: Aspartame

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Food Standards Agency study into consumer concerns regarding aspartame has cost to date; what the total cost of the study will be; how they account...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 9 November (WA 54-5), why the Department for Work and Pensions purchases no British bacon.

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff have been employed on temporary or short-term contracts since 12 May to support the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; what...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff have been employed on temporary or short-term contracts since 12 May to support the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff are employed in the Behavioural Insight Team in the Cabinet Office; what are their terms of reference; to whom they report; to whom they are...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the statement in The Coalition: our programme for government that "public funding should be fair and follow the choices of students" refers to education...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund to education and training for 16 to 19 year-olds who study in (a) schools, (b) academies, (c) further education colleges, and (d)...

      Higher Education: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consider a further increase in the maintenance grants for undergraduate students.

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that students from poorer backgrounds are not discouraged from attending higher education institutions because of rising tuition fees.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the increased expenditures on homelessness, bed and breakfast accommodation and child care as a result of reducing housing and other...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the behaviour by Israeli settlers towards Palestinians, particularly in light of the setting fire to a school in As-Sawiya on 20...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mr Phil Shiner is in receipt of Government funds through legal aid or any other means.

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of proposals for limited changes to the Lisbon treaty; whether they will submit proposals for changes; and in what circumstances such...

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to use their presidency of the United Nations Security Council this month to promote debate about an effective strategy to deal with the Lord's...

      National School Olympics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the National School Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines they will provide for event stewards ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 4 November (WA 446), what consideration was given to the equalities impact of public expenditure...

      Schools: Teachers' Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review or alter the documents entitled School Teachers' Pay and Conditions and Guidance on School Teachers' Pay and Conditions.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the impact of the Spending Review 2010 on the number of disabled people living below the poverty line. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of tourism marketing funding will be available to (a) VisitBritain, (b) VisitEngland, (c) local authorities and (d) destination management...

      Universal Credit System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new universal credit system on those unable to find work.

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