Written answers

Thursday, 18 November 2010

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the merits of extending to 75 years the copyright protection period for recorded works which currently...

    • Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what grants have been awarded by his Department in 2010-11 to date; what grants he plans to award in each of the next two...

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that all areas of the country have television reception of an adequate strength to...

  • Scotland

    • Research Councils UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives from Research Councils UK; and what topics were discussed at that meeting.

  • Wales

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions Ministers and officials in her Department have had with Members of the National Assembly for Wales other than Ministers in the Welsh...

  • Education

    • Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the uptake was of early education places for three and four-year-olds in each local authority by children of households in each (a) family income...

    • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department takes to ensure that the provisions of article 12 of the UN convention on the rights of the child are applied to all policies...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he plans to have with the European Commission on the reintroduction of the Northern Ireland aggregates levy credit scheme; and if he will...

    • Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from (a) the British Bankers Association and ( b) individual banks on the rate at which the proposed bank levy...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to separate commercial and investment banking.

      Bank Services: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines his Department requires banks to follow in their treatment of customers who spend significant periods of time, or live, abroad.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the banking sector on personal guarantees for loans; and whether he has made an assessment of trends in the setting...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Streatham of 3 November 2010, Official Report, column 826W, on child benefit, for what reason estimates of...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in (a) Newcastle Upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the north-east and (c) England he expects to be affected by the proposed changes...

      Child Benefit: Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what legal advice he has sought on the extent to which implementation of the proposal to withdraw child benefit from households where a parent earns over...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information technology projects in his Department are (a) under way and (b) planned to commence in the next three years.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what new regulations sponsored by his Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory instrument in the last six months.

      Economic Governance Task Force

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received legal advice on the European Parliament's proposals in respect of new EU taxation.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the timetable is for Equitable Life compensation payments; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effects on food prices of speculation by banks and hedge funds on those prices; (2) if he will assess the...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to allow shares listed on the Alternative Investment Market to be included as eligible investments within an individual...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the annual cost of administering the national insurance system; what estimate he has made of the proportion of national...

      Private Sector: Employment

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

      Public Sector: West Lothian

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely effects of implementation of the proposals in the comprehensive spending review on the number of public sector jobs...

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review on HM Revenue and Customs' tax inquiry services for...

      Taxation: Interest Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the annual cost to the public purse of making interest on ordinary bank and building society accounts free from...

      Economic Policy: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the legal basis under which the UK would be exempt from those EU legislative initiatives in the field of national budgets and...

  • Defence

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

    • Falkland Islands: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made a recent assessment of the capacity of the armed forces to undertake an offensive military operation in the Falkland Islands; and if...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) training and (b) other provision his Department plans to make to ensure the availability of a fully operational carrier strike capability as...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made an assessment of the feasibility of launching a like-for-like equivalent of the Storm Shadow missile by a means other than a Tornado...

      Nuclear Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what systems there are aboard Astute-class submarines for the avoidance of (a) stationary objects and (b) groundings; (2) what recent assessment...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will have discussions with the Defence Manufacturers Association for the purposes of ensuring that future unmanned aerial vehicles are procured...

      Welfare Pathway Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of progress in welfare pathway pilots for former service personnel in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Burmese Government on the continued house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi.

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings Ministers in his Department had with the director-general of the BBC; and whether the matter of pensions...

      Colombia: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports on the treatment of a group of indigenous people by members of the Colombian police in Putumayo...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to identify those of its services that could be provided through the post office network.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what services provided by his Department were the subject of a contract with Post Office Ltd in 1997-98 and have subsequently...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new regulations sponsored by his Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory...

      Energy: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether agreements were made on energy subsidy reform at the G20 Seoul summit.

      EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review the use by the Council of Ministers of first reading agreements with the European Parliament under the...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent of Iranian involvement with terrorist groups in (a) southern Lebanon and (b)...

      Israel: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the use of electronic terminals at checkpoints into Israel from the west bank; and if he...

      Israel: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the state of British-Israeli trade relations; and what assessment he has made of their...

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the recent visit of the Iranian President to Lebanon on the political situation in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Protect Employees in the Workplace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of legislative provision to protect employees in the workplace.

    • 21st Century Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of each response to his Department's consultation document 21st Century Welfare.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the funding he plans to provide to local authorities for the distribution of council tax rebate will be ring-fenced.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rate of (a) sickness and (b) absence was in offices in each region operated by his Department and its agencies in the latest period...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will stop receiving contributory employment and support allowance after 12 months in each...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of individuals in households in which at least one member works for at least 16 hours per week...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral statement of 9 November 2010, Official Report, columns 168-69, on housing benefit, what the (a) composition, (b)...

      Housing Benefit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely growth rate for (a) local housing allowance and (b) the consumer price index from 2013-14 to 2014-15...

      Housing Benefit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level is of the uprating index referred to in the June 2010 Budget policy costings that was calculated on the basis of growth in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency have received hardship payments in the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency have contested benefit sanctions...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 775W, on mental health services, if he will make it his policy that...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) of 28 October 2010 on Jenny Watson.

    • Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2010, Official Report, column 313W, on housing: regulation, when he plans to announce the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Art Works: Auckland Castle

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, on what dates the Church Commissioners took decisions relating to the sale of the Zurbaran paintings and Auckland castle...

    • Art Works: Auckland Castle

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, on what dates the Church Commissioners sought advice from (a) lawyers, (b) public relations consultants, (c)...

      Art Works: Auckland Castle

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what costs the Church Commissioners have incurred for professional services in relation to the Zurbaran paintings and...

      Church Commissioners

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, which Commissioners attended each meeting of the Church Commissioners in 2010.

      Legal Advice

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, for what purposes the Church Commissioners have sought advice from (a) lawyers and (b) public relations consultants in...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months.

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what new regulations sponsored by his Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory instrument in...

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of his Department's aid budget he plans to allocate to debt relief in each year of the comprehensive...

      Mopan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many donor countries participate in the multilateral aid assessment body MOPAN; what his policy is on the transfer of the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of children, mothers and babies whose lives were saved in 2009-10 as a consequence of his...

      Thailand-Burma Border

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation on the Thailand-Burma border, and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Bikeability Scheme: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of children who have participated in the Bikeability scheme in each year since 2007.

    • Driving: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of information-sharing between the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and its counterpart...

      Driving: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the number of uninsured drivers in (a) England and Wales, (b) England, (c) Cambridgeshire Constabulary and (d)...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has made an assessment of the merits of delegating responsibility for vessel reporting and clearance at UK ports to chartered...

      Transport: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the proposed block funding to local authorities for small transport improvement schemes will be ring-fenced; (2) whether the proposed...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has for the future oversight of earnings and hours worked by agricultural and horticultural workers...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on levels of pain caused to cattle slaughtered by the...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with which food industry (a) representatives and (b) organisations she has had recent discussions on the labelling of halal...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) Government and (b) public sector funding was allocated to food meeting British Farm Assured standards in the...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what land is owned by the Forestry Commission in each constituency.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what criteria relating to biodiversity will be applied to determine the disposal and retention of Forestry Commission...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the net cost to the public purse of managing all the public forests in England in financial...

      Forests: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take steps to ensure that cycling will continue to be encouraged in any public forest which is sold or...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government plans to determine its policy on genetically modified organisms; and whether she plans to discuss that...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions there have been between her Department and the Office of Fair Trading on the price paid to dairy...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion, of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 1094W, on the...

      Water: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the compatibility of a national social tariff for water bills with Exchequer rules on...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has for the sustainable exploitation of bioenergy resources from the agricultural sector.

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the carbon footprint caused by the importation of biomass which has been cut, dried and transported from...

      Biofuels: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what levels of feed-in tariff he plans to adopt for the generation of (a) biogas, (b) biomethane and (c) electricity from anaerobic...

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the introduction of mandatory carbon reporting for businesses under...

      Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will meet representatives of the heating and hot water industry to discuss the proposed Green Deal.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he expects to be made towards cutting carbon dioxide emissions at the 2010 Climate Change Conference in Cancun.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and its predecessors and (a) Post Office Ltd. and (b) Royal Mail in...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to identify those of its services that could be provided through the Post Office network.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what new regulations sponsored by his Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory instrument in...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effects of recent changes to (a) British Gas and (b) Scottish and Southern Energy tariffs...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in each year since its creation.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 722W, on renewable energy, what estimate he has made of the change...

      Wind Power: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of off-shore wind turbines which do not require direct anchoring to the sea bed.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long on average section 4 payment cards have been used by asylum seekers prior to (a) return to country of origin and (b) grant of...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance for transportation costs is available for people in receipt of Section 4 support.

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what future arrangements her Department plans to make for asylum seekers in Glasgow following the termination of the contract between the UK...

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on the future dispersal of asylum seekers to Glasgow.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation her Department undertook with (a) organisations and (b) individuals on the rapid review of counter-terrorism powers.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations have submitted responses to the Government's rapid review of counter-terrorism powers.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which local newspapers her Department had a subscription between June 2009 and May 2010; on what date each such subscription started; and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations sponsored by her Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new regulations sponsored by her Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory instrument in the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations her Department has received on the piloting of domestic violence protection orders.

      International Organization for Migration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department allocated to the International Organization for Migration in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department is making on ending the storage of internet and email records without good reason.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she (a) has made and (b) plans to make any changes to the London 2012 Olympics security budget as a result of the outcome of...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of elections for directly-elected police commissioners.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the election of a police commissioner for the Devon and Cornwall police force area.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what voting system will be used in elections for police and crime commissioners.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which heading in her departmental budget funds will be provided for the costs of establishing police and crime commissioners.

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) retired, (b) resigned and (c) took voluntary redundancy in each of the last three years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her Department's review of counter-terrorism legislation to consult Lord Carlile of Berriew.

      UK Border Agency: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the chief executive of the UK Border Agency on the termination of the contract between the UK Border...

      UK Border Agency: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether compensation will be payable by the UK Border Agency to Glasgow city council following the termination of the contract between these...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date she plans to implement her proposal for entrepreneur visas; on what criteria applications for such visas will be assessed; how...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice to which local newspapers his Department had a subscription between June 2007 and May 2010; on what date each such subscription started; and what the...

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months; (2) what new regulations sponsored by his Department have...

      Fines: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many fines were imposed for vehicle insurance offences in (a) Cambridgeshire constabulary and (b) North East Cambridgeshire constituency in...

      Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the effects on the budget of the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit of the proposed reduction in funding from the Legal Services...

      Information Commissioner's Office: Legal Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what material legal actions the Information Commissioner's Office has initiated against people or companies alleged to have broken UK law in each of the...

      Office of the Information Commissioner: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of the Office of the Information Commissioner are employed solely to process complaints made to that office.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have received (a) degrees and (b) higher education qualifications in each year since 2007.

      Prisons: Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to allow political opinion polling to take place in prisons.

      Young Offender Institutions: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) population and (b) capacity is of young offenders institutions in (i) England and Wales and (ii) the South East.

      Youth Justice: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department has allocated for youth crime provision in London in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Browne Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what international comparisons he made of university fees and student loans systems and their effect on disadvantaged groups in...

    • Competition Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of his Department's competition policy.

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had with Members of the National Assembly for Wales other than...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on (a) industrial sector, (b) mean growth rate, (c) size and...

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to increase access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Hairdressing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps his Department has taken to prevent private companies claiming to be licensing authorities in the hairdressing...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on British-Israeli scientific co-operation; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the (a) level of co-operation between British and Israeli industry and (b) effects of...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of Israeli-UK trade relations within the science and technology sector; and if he will make a...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effects on areas with high levels of public sector employment of not being within the...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential involvement of community or voluntary sector organisations in the operation of local...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the North East region is currently covered by a Local Enterprise Partnership.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on the selection of a local enterprise partnership for North Yorkshire.

      New Businesses: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what schemes his Department (a) operates and (b) plans to operate to provide assistance to women to set up their own...

      Overseas Trade: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what mechanisms UK Trade and Investment is encouraging British businesses to trade in emerging economies in Asia.

      Post Office: Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of an inter-business arrangement between Post Office Ltd and Royal Mail following...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether criteria have been agreed between his Department and Post Office Ltd to determine the appropriateness of the Post Office...

      Postal Services: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) guidance and (b) support his Department provides to local authorities (i) to support greater involvement by those...

      Postal Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on the effects in Northern Ireland of the...

      Postal Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects in Northern Ireland of the privatisation of Royal Mail.

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for a supermarket ombudsman.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what mechanisms UK Trade and Investment works with FTSE 100 companies; and how many staff of his Department are employed to...

      Yorkshire Forward: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) has been spent on and (b) is planned to be spent on redundancy payments for employees of Yorkshire Forward.

  • Prime Minister

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he made to his Chinese counterpart on the issue of human rights in China at their most recent meeting; what response he received; and what further...

    • Economic Policy: EU Action

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the European Court of Justice would adjudicate in circumstances in which the extent to which the EU was able to legislate in respect of budgets and...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the merits of regulating the price of alcohol for the purpose of reducing alcohol consumption; and if he will make a...

    • Carers: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential annual saving to the public purse of the provision of support for carers by voluntary organisations.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts published implementation plans for the National Dementia Strategy for England in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which local newspapers his Department had a subscription between June 2007 and May 2010; on what date each such subscription started; and what the cost...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since his appointment; on what date each such review (a) was announced and (b) is...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment services are available on the NHS for people with a dependency on (a) heroin, (b) crack cocaine and (c) cocaine powder; and what recent...

      Myasthenia Gravis Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to assist the work of the Myasthenia Gravis Association.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the statutory duties are of (a) primary care trusts and (b) strategic health authorities.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department plans to provide to GPs who are seeking to redevelop their practice buildings following the abolition of primary care trusts;...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2010, Official Report, column 400W, on NHS: public participation, whether funding will be made available to ensure...

      Pathogens: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects on human health of new and emerging pathogens related to climate change.

      Physiology: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposals of the NHS White Paper, Equity and Excellence: liberating the NHS, on the timescale for...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to support dispensing surgeries in ensuring fair pricing for prescription medicines.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Astor of Hever on 4 November (WA 427), why the number of GR4 aircraft was increased to 10 in August 2010 if their flying...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average reaction time to urgent close air support requests from ground forces in Afghanistan of (a) Tornado GR4 aircraft, and (b) Harrier GR9 aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Harrier GR9 aircraft are (a) in service in any capacity, and (b) deployed, or ready to be deployed, for Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the acquisition costs of the Sentinel airborne ground surveillance aircraft system; what are its annual running costs when (a) on operations, and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any part of the Sentinel airborne ground surveillance system can be used in the proposed Rivet Joint system.

      Armed Forces: Seriously Injured Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current survival rates for Armed Forces personnel suffering severe physical injuries; and how this compares with the equivalent figure from the first...

      Armed Forces: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the succession plan for the Chief of Defence Materiel; and in what salary range the successor will be appointed.

      Arms Export Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to persuade all European Union member states to publish annual reports on arms export controls.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the government of Bangladesh whether they will allow foreign experts on the law of war crimes to attend the forthcoming trials as observers,...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the assessment of Charlie Bean, the deputy governor of the Bank of England, that United Kingdom citizens are currently saving too much;...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 19 October (WA 136) on the provision of mortgages of 90 per cent or more to first-time buyers of property, what...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Sassoon on 1 November (HL Deb, col 1418), with which parties they are in negotiations on the taxation of banks and bankers; when and...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned any research on or considered the impact of "easy money" on asset prices and currency valuation; and To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place the full contract, including the performance criteria for the payment or vesting of bonuses, for the new chief executive of Lloyds Banking...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the burden of the proposed banks levy will fall more heavily on high street banks than investment banks.

      Belize

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the military base in Belize following the strategic defence review.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether workers will have to work longer hours under the proposed universal benefit system.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chagos Islands have been used for rendition flights.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek stronger mandatory control mechanisms in the revised European Union Common Fisheries Policy framework.

      Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 27 October (WA 284), whether they will summarise the salient points of the six-monthly reports of the joint...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of cuts in public expenditure on the United Kingdom's short-term economic growth.

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the global economic recovery on the United Kingdom's economic growth.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to commission an independent report evaluating the economic consequences of quantitative easing.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a decision by the Monetary Policy Committee in favour of a further programme of quantitative easing would require the prior approval of HM Treasury; and,...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated amount of public expenditure being deployed specifically as investment to generate employment growth in the private sector.

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the letter signed by 11 nation states expressing their opinion that any increase to the European Union budget for 2011 beyond 2.9 per cent was not...

      Fishing: Salmon Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to representations from private anglers' organisations about the adverse effects of salmon farming practices.

      Fishing: Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet the European Union Green Paper's target for maximum sustainable yield on fishing stock maintenance by 2015.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in answering all questions on mapping data relating to flood plains, "mapping data" will be interpreted as including high-resolution height data for flood...

      Food and Drink: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they next expect to meet representatives of the Food and Drink Federation to discuss possible future increases in exports in the sector.

      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 HM Revenue and Customs (steps) purchases only 14 per cent United Kingdom pork and no...

      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 Ministry of Justice purchases only 4 per cent British bacon; and To ask Her...

      FTSE-100: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many FTSE 100 chief executives pay full income tax to HM Revenue and Customs; and how many have special exemption arrangements to minimise their income tax...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the foreign minister of Germany in his call for the ending of the blockade of Gaza and, in particular, for a resumption of exports.

      Government Departments: Photographers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use they make of public funds to employ photographers or film makers exclusively or primarily to cover Ministers' activities; and which Ministers benefit from...

      Government Departments: Salaries

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

      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 (a) the Prime Minister, and (b) the Deputy Prime Minister; what are...

      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 Scotland; what are the names of those...

      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 Chancellor of the Exchequer; what are the names of those...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of all unpaid advisers to Ministers in the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

      Government: Big Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that charities attract donations sufficient for the implementation of the Big Society.

      Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 2 November (WA 388), whether United Kingdom support for Iceland's application for membership of the...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the alleged collusion by British intelligence agents in the abuse of detainees abroad.

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 1 November (WA 357) concerning the Independent Commission on Banking, why they did not require the banks to pay...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their monetary policy is now focused on promoting demand and economic growth rather than combating inflation.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions over the last 60 months the reported rate of inflation has exceeded the annual target set for the Monetary Policy Committee by more than 10...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of eviction or house demolition affecting Palestinians in East Jerusalem have been reported to them in 2010; and how they propose to prevent further...

      Justice: Neil Forbes FRCVS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 2 November (WA 390), whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of all cases...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to increase the number of military personnel based in Kenya.

      Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that the European Union will give Macedonia a date for the start of accession negotiations.

      Marine Mapping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made by public and private sector marine mapping initiatives for seabed contouring following the Dorset Wildlife Trust results in summer 2010.

      National Probation Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the impact will be of cuts in funding to the Probation Service in England and Wales on the delivery of domestic violence programmes; and To ask Her Majesty's...

      Official Photographer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who owns the copyright of photographs taken by Mr Andrew Parsons in his role as an official photographer paid from public funds.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the savings that would result if the pension age for civil servants was increased from 60 to 61; and whether the age will be raised by...

      Public Sector: Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many public sector employees are expected to retire in each of the next four years.

      Retirement Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the raising of the retirement age on the job market.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior officials have left HM Revenue and Customs to (a) work on tax matters for firms of accountants or solicitors, and (b) work in tax departments of...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will call for independent judicial inquiries into the attack on the journalist Mr Oleg Kashin, and into the unresolved deaths of 18 other journalists...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (a) Bromley Borough Council, and (b) Kelsey Park Sports College, about the college becoming an academy.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who will end up living below the poverty line as a result of spending review 2010.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding the impact of the spending review 2010 on (a) disabled people, and (b) the number of disabled people living below...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals for an international independent inquiry into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Syria regarding the detention of political prisoners in Syria.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 23 June (HL Deb, cols 1310-11), what steps HM Treasury have taken to identify the revenue-maximising top rate of...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why travellers to and from the Turks and Caicos Islands are expected to pay air passenger duty at band C; what assessment they have made of the impact of this...

      Universal Credit System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new universal credit on low-income families.

      Vehicles: Electric

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made by the relevant lead departments in pursuing research with the private sector into viable low-cost electric vehicles.

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