Written answers

Monday, 22 November 2010

  • Northern Ireland

    • Daylight Saving Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent representations he has received on the potential effects of the provisions of the Daylight Saving Bill on Northern Ireland;...

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) each year...

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on press cuttings services in each of the last 12 months.

      Universities: Fees and Charges

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

  • Scotland

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's policy is on retaining local public inquiries as part of the Boundary Commission for Scotland's process of determining Scottish...

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) each year since 2004-05.

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on press cuttings services in each of the last 12 months.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on the expansion of services at local post offices in Scotland.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss the operation of Post Office services.

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in the number of jobs in the public sector in each constituency in Scotland in each of the next five years.

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 658W, on visits abroad, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the...

    • Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in farming.

      Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has assessed the merits of regulating the use of antibiotics in farming.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) her Department and (b) farmers of resolving mapping issues in relation to...

      Agriculture: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will hold a conference on sustainable agriculture, food security and levels of food production in order to inform the...

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration she has given to bringing forward proposals for mandatory reporting of carbon dioxide emissions by listed...

      Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will oppose the continuation of EU cotton subsidies.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance her Department provides to dairy farmers.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has guidelines on ensuring that food used for her Department's official functions is of domestic origin.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations she plans to (a) repeal and (b) amend in the next five years.

      Food Northwest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to take steps to ensure that Food Northwest continues to receive support following the abolition of the...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) imported and (b) domestic (i) beef, (ii) sheep and lamb, (iii) goat and...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research her Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on the effects on levels of food waste of...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent from the public purse in each forest district on biodiversity protection and enhancement on Forestry...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010, Official Report, column 62W, on genetically modified organisms: food, when she...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to establish a low-level threshold for the presence of genetically-modified events in...

      Livestock: Burial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of her Department's rules on burial grounds for animals.

      Livestock: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) cattle, (b) sheep and lambs, (c) goats and kids and (d) chickens...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent assessment is of the effects on the livestock industry of the six-day rule; and whether she plans to...

      Local Authorities: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of local authorities provided data for annual returns to her Department's survey on Waste Data Flow in each...

      Local Authorities: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of local authorities provided data for annual returns for the Flycapture survey in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to respond to question 24527, tabled on 11 November 2010, on land owned by the Forestry Commission.

      Paraguay: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made a recent estimate of the quantity of soy imported from Paraguay (a) directly and (b) through a third...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding will be disbursed from the Rural Development Programme for England in the period from 2010 to 2013.

      Rural Payments Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed in the Rural Payments Agency.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much her Department plans to spend on scientific research in the next five years; (2) how much her Department...

      Sheep: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what impact assessment her Department has undertaken of the implementation of electronic identification tagging for sheep.

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on bringing forward legislative proposals to create an offence of possessing, importing and...

  • Transport

    • A555

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessment made by his Department from 2005 to 2010 on the effect of the building of the A6 bypass on...

    • Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on (a) an aviation strategy for Northern Ireland and (b) the...

      Bridges: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the economic effects of increases in the level of tolls on (a) the Severn Crossing, (b) the Dartford Crossing...

      British Rail Board (Residuary) Ltd: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he has set for the disposal of British Rail Board (Residuary) Ltd assets.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of British Transport Police on its priorities.

      British Transport Police: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of British Transport Police on the operations of British Transport Police in...

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the level of Bus Service Operators Grant in each year of the comprehensive spending review period; (2) what...

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding from Bus Service Operators Grant was paid to operators in (a) London, (b) rural areas, (c) small towns, (d) non-metropolitan urban...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made on ensuring that all new buses brought into service (a) are fully accessible and (b) include audio and visual information...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts his Department has with Capita; and how much it has paid to Capita under such contracts in 2010-11 to date.

      Channel Tunnel Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to maintain the independence of the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority.

      Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in funding for local authorities on the provision of concessionary transport fares.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to publish a detailed timetable for the phased introduction of Crossrail services; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what mechanism he intends to monitor the effect of his Department's local transport policy framework and funding allocations on (a) local authority...

      Cycling England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation he undertook before he decided to abolish Cycling England.

      Cycling England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Cycling England in promoting sustainable travel initiatives; and if he will make a statement;...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much in profits from toll receipts has been spent on safety measures at the Dartford Crossing in the last five years.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to publish equality impact assessments undertaken by his Department as part of the comprehensive spending review; and if he will make...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials his Department has appointed on fixed-term contracts since 7 May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the proportion is of (a) men and (b) women full-time equivalent staff in each grade or pay band in each bargaining unit in his Department.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether senior civil servants in his Department have received bonuses in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the highest level of bonus paid to a member of the senior Civil Service in his Department was in the last 12 months.

      Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the functions carried out by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee will be discharged following its abolition.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable has been set for the bidding process for the East Coast Main Line franchise.

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent representations he has received from the sustainable biodiesel industry on the likely effects of removal of the 20 pence fuel duty...

      Ferries: Roll-On Roll-Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission research into the stability of roll-on roll-off ferries.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency is taking to ensure greater co-ordination between its offices.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets his Department has set for the reduction of emissions from heavy goods vehicles.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the proposed heavy goods vehicle road user charging scheme to be fully operational.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the annual (a) cost and (b) revenue arising from the operation of a heavy goods vehicle road user charging scheme.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures are in place to verify the accuracy of declarations for exemption from MOT certificates submitted on V112 forms.

      Motorways: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the revenue likely to accrue to the Exchequer from the sale to the private sector of (a) the motorway network...

      Preston-Manchester Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for electrification of the railway line between Preston and Manchester; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Stations: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which stations operated by Southeastern Railway have received funding for the provision of step-free access from his Department in the last five years;...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of encouraging the operators of international high speed rail services to include a stop at Stratford International station.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what preliminary findings he has received from Sir Roy McNulty's review of value for money on the railways.

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to review performance of the Kent Integrated Franchise in relation to the objectives set out during the bidding process.

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of hours by which rail services have been delayed as a result of cable thefts in the latest period for which figures are...

      Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what future plans he has for the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport where the rescue co-ordination centres required to be designated under section 2.1.11.2 of the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the map of the agreed search and rescue regions required by section 2.1.6 of the International Convention on...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what principal types of available search and rescue units were required to be designated under section 2.1.11.4 of the International Convention on...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what principal types of available search and rescue units are required to be designated under section 2.1.11.4 of the International Convention on...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the Government has requested assistance from a neighbouring state in accordance with section 3.1 of the International Convention...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce his review of the search and rescue programme.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to introduce an annual road safety day.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects on plans for the delivery of new rolling stock of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for additional measures to ensure that shipping companies enforce passenger manifest requirements.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010, Official Report, column 11W, on M1: speed limits, whether fixed speed cameras will be used to detect offences...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010, Official Report, column 20W, on speed limits: cameras, whether the fixed speed cameras are in operation between...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2010, Official Report, column 20W, on speed limits: cameras, whether fixed speed cameras will used to detect offences...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce revised plans for (a) Thameslink and (b) the Thameslink through platforms at London Bridge.

      Tintwistle Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he received in favour of a Mottram and Tintwistle bypass prior to the agreement of the Investment in Highways and Local Transport...

      Tomography: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on health of the use of body scanners.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral statement of 26 October 2010, Official Report, columns 177-79, on transport (investment), (1) when he plans to publish the...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which transport funding formerly paid by the Department for Transport to local transport authorities have been transferred to the Department for...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methodology his Department uses to compare the level of investment in (a) roads and (b) railways.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the public ownership of each trust port.

      UK Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a national action plan for responding to major pollution incidents within UK territorial waters.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps her 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 Wales what the monetary value was of contracts between her Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) each year since 2004-05.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on press cuttings services in each of the last 12 months.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to her oral evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee of 20 July 2010, Q15, on her priorities for Wales, what research she has commissioned on...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of the number of jobs that will be created in Wales in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Passport Office: Newport (Gwent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what meetings she has had with Ministers in the Home Department since the announcement of the formal consultation on the future of Newport Passport...

      Welsh Grand Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether she plans to propose a meeting of the Welsh Grand Committee to be held in Wales.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • UK Youth Parliament

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2010, Official Report, column 222W, on the UK Youth Parliament, what...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) war widows and (b) other dependents of deceased service personnel are in receipt of payments from the Army Compensation Scheme.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received from (a) the Forces Pension Society, (b) other organisations involved in military welfare matters and (c)...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of (a) soldiers, (b) naval personnel and (c) service personnel injured while deployed on active service in...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion of 9 September 2010, Official Report, column 623W, on AWE Aldermaston: fires, if he...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has set annual targets for the disposal of assets owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has set targets for the sale of land from defence estates; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the design life, expressed in effective full-power years, is of the PWR2 (a) reactor pressure vessel and (b) nuclear steam raising plant.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has conducted a feasibility study of the suitability of RAF Kinloss as a base for service personnel and their families...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account is taken of the length of time served on operational tours by territorial army soldiers in deciding the award of volunteer reserves service...

  • International Development

    • Africa: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made on his Department's programmes to reduce the incidence of HIV and AIDS among women in Africa; and if...

    • Conflict Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the budget for the Conflict Prevention Pool will be allocated as overseas development assistance in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for consultation on his Department's gender equality action plan.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish his Department's gender equality action plan; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on his Department's gender equality action plan.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to announce the timetable for his review of the number of staff of his Department posted to international and...

      Euromapping 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 26W, on Euromapping 2010, how many officials of each grade attended...

      International Assistance: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of the outcomes of the G20 Summit in Seoul on levels of international assistance for...

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will establish a Cabinet committee or sub-committee on climate change, the environment and policy on renewable energy.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the 10 Downing street e-petition system to become operational; and if he will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will commission a study of the global warming potential of (a) black carbon emitted in the UK and (b) black carbon emitted by...

    • Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his objectives are for the UN Climate Change Conference 2010 in Cancun, Mexico.

      Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his objectives are for international agreement on targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions at the UN Climate Change...

      Climate Change: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his (a) EU, (b) US and (c) Chinese counterparts on climate financing; and what funding he...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible spent on press cuttings services...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the likely effects of the Renewables Obligation on domestic energy bills in (a) Blackley and Broughton...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with Ofgem on its overarching standards of conduct in respect of the requirement not to supply products...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that energy companies provide more transparent and accurate data about the connection between...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with representatives of cement producers who do not manufacture cement in the UK on the...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that the cement industry's ability to compete in the EU is not adversely affected by implementation of...

      Fuel Poverty: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2010, Official Report, columns 923-24W, on fuel poverty: North East, what estimate was made of...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to place a levy on energy bills as a way of providing funding for a Green Investment Bank.

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the proportion of installed heat pumps which reach the 60 degree centigrade requirement...

      Nuclear and Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential for (a) main contractors and (b) supply chain companies in the UK to benefit from the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of (a) international capacity constraints in the supply of pressure vessels for new nuclear energy...

      Offshore Drilling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2010, Official Report, column 408, on offshore oil drilling, what assessment he has made of the...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on Ofgem's overarching standards of conduct in respect of the requirement not to supply products that are...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Citizens Advice Bureaux: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for future financial support for the Citizens Advice Bureau (a) direct from his Department and (b) through...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage increase in council tax has been in (a) Wellingborough and (b) England and Wales since 1997.

      Fire Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) capital and (b) revenue cost was of regional fire control centres (i) in Northamptonshire and (ii) nationally in...

      Fire Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority on the placing of 28 London...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time fire fighters were employed (a) in Northamptonshire and (b) nationally in each of the last 15 years.

      Fire Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the merits of reinstating national standards for the fire service; and if he will estimate the likely cost to...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on arrangements to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authority must assume a duty to house a household deemed to be in priority need and unintentionally homeless in...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on legal advice since his appointment.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure the retention of allocations of equivalent funding to local authorities following the removal of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential cost savings which may arise from local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce his proposals for the distribution of formula grant; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many separate requests for data from local authorities his Department made in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many referendums on the introduction of a directly elected mayor there have been in district councils in England with...

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which cities he is considering as potential locations for mayoral referendums.

      Renewable Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2010, Official Report, column 1031W, on renewable energy: planning permission, what...

      Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the average change in social housing rents in (a) North Tyneside, (b) the North East...

      Travellers: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department or its predecessors have provided any funding from the public purse for Cheshire Gypsy and Travellers...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2010, Official Report, column 818W, on wind power: planning permission, (1) where the 99...

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of the withdrawal of the Working Neighbourhood Fund.

      Youth Justice: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated for youth crime provision in London in each of the last five years for which...

  • Work and Pensions

    • State Pension Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions are being made for women aged between 54 and 59 adversely affected by the acceleration in the increase in state pension age.

    • IT Provision: Benefits System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that appropriate IT systems are in place to support his Department's proposed reform of the...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase parental responsibility for child maintenance.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) East Ayrshire and (d) Kilmarnock and Loudon constituency...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's funding streams are allocated on a regional basis.

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the causes of the increase in take-up of disability living allowance over the last 10 years.

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation his Department undertook with disability groups prior to the announcement of proposed reductions in the levels of the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Energy Rebate Scheme; and what plans he has for his Department's contribution to the...

      Incapacity Benefit: Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future assessment of haemophiliacs affected by contaminated blood in respect of their eligibility to continue to...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of the likely effect on the number of home repossessions of the implementation of the proposed reduction in the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of compulsory workplace pensions on the level of private sector job...

      Poverty: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to reduce pensioner poverty in (a) Redcar constituency and (b) the North East.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements he plans to make to monitor the effects of the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review on the human rights of (a)...

      Social Security Benefits Agency: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what entitlement Benefits Agency staff have to a non-contributory pension.

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      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...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the payment of basic state pensions to higher rate taxpayers.

      State Retirement Pensions: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners resident in Dartford constituency are in receipt of (a) the basic state pension and (b) pension credit.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which estimate he has made of the number of recipients of out-of-work benefits who actively choose to receive such benefits; and what mechanism...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the contents of the proposed Welfare Reform White Paper were disclosed to press outlets prior to any announcement to hon. Members.

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evidence he is gathering on the ability of private and third sector providers to administer welfare-to-work programmes for the proposed...

      Work Capability Assessment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training health care professionals carrying out work capability assessments receive on autism; and whether such training forms part of...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of persons subject to an anti-social behaviour order ceased the antisocial behaviour after the (a) first, (b) second and...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) North Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) England are subject to an antisocial behaviour order.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her Department to complete its review of antisocial behaviour orders.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Rossendale and Darwen

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

      Arrests: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for drug-related offences occurred in (a) England and Wales, (b) Sussex and (c) Brighton and Hove in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006,...

      Arrests: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many arrests were made following section 60 stop and searches in each (a) police authority in England and Wales and (b) local...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, column 546W, on asylum: finance, if she will obtain and place in the Library a...

      Asylum: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the likely effects on the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) quality of services provided to asylum...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future level of funding to be made available under her Department's Community Fund in the comprehensive spending...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has for implementation of the cross-Government hate crime action plan; and whether there will be changes to the...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value was of contracts between her Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) each...

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which services of her Department have been the subject of a contract awarded in a tender process in which Post Office Ltd submitted a bid...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to identify those of its services that could be provided through the Post Office network.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will undertake an equalities impact assessment of any proposed budgetary reductions in her Department, with particular reference to...

      Dorset Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated to Dorset Police Service in 2009-10; and how much funding will be allocated in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps her Department has taken to increase the level of (a) detection and (b) enforcement of motoring offences committed by...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she sought submissions from the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs during her Department's 2010 drugs strategy consultation.

      Entry Clearances: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what limits she plans to set on the numbers of entrepreneur visas available each year; (2) what estimate she has made of the annual...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bogus language schools have been closed in Bournemouth West constituency in each year since 1997.

      Global Peace and Unity Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any speakers wishing to enter the UK to speak at the Global Peace and Unity Conference on 23-24 October 2010 were prevented from...

      Immigrants: Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were (a) detained for immigration purposes and then deported and (b) detained for immigration purposes and then...

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 October, Official Report, columns 70-71W, on khat, when she expects to have sufficient data to provide a robust...

      Metropolitan Police Status Dog Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dogs have been collected by the Metropolitan police status dog unit in the last 12 months; how many such dogs were returned to their...

      Neighbourhood Policing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated to the Neighbourhood Policing Fund in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what proportion of funding from that...

      Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Code of Practice A

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to publish her Department's response to the consultation on the proposed changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act...

      Police: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many buildings owned by Kent police are not in use for operational purposes; and what the (a) location and (b) market value is of each...

      Police: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will be responsible for the National Police Computer following the implementation of her proposal to establish the National Crime Agency.

      Stop and Search: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were made against each police authority on the use of stop and search powers in each of the last five years; and what...

      Stop and Search: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of stops and searches of individuals from each ethnic background were conducted in (a) each police authority...

      Summertime: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) street crime, (b) burglary and (c) criminal damage were recorded during the week (i) prior to and (ii) after the...

      UK Border Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) resource and (b) capital budget of the UK Border Agency will be in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13, (iii) 2013-14 and (iv) 2014-15;...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of people who have overstayed the leave granted on short term visas.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on administrative costs in respect of foreign transactions in the latest...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who he met during his recent visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, if he will place in the Library copies of...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take in the next 12 months with his international counterparts to ensure that...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to promote (i) Palestinian reconciliation and (ii) full acceptance of the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Israel on security threats from Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart during his recent visit to Israel on Israel's security concerns; and if...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the acquisition of anti-aircraft missiles by Hamas since September 2010; what discussions he has...

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in the West Bank since September 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Gaza since September 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the economic situation in the Palestinian territories since September 2010; and if he will make a...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of potential links between the UK offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and (a) Hamas, (b)...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Israeli Government on the (a) Al Araqib and other unrecognised villages and (b) UN...

  • Attorney-General

    • Coroners: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will review the provisions governing the relationship between coroners and police forces to ensure that there is no possibility of a conflict of interests arising.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Management: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the (a) names, (b) responsibilities and (c) annual...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the recommendations relevant to her Office's policy responsibilities contained in the Foresight report on Mental...

    • Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office spent under each budget heading on holding events relating to the roll-out of the Black, Asian and Minority...

      Government Equalities Office: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many Equality Act 2010 training events held or sponsored by the (a) Government Equalities Office and (b) Equality and Human Rights Commission...

      Sexuality: Housing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities for what reasons housing associations require applicants to provide information on their sexual identity, religious belief and gender identity under...

      Women's National Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the (a) membership and (b) functions of the organisations to be established to take over the work of the Women's National Commission (WNC) will...

      Women's National Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities who was consulted on the equality impact assessment on the proposed closure of the Women's National Commission; and on what date (a) that...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take into account whether destinations for flights have low carbon economies, in his proposals for changes to levels of air passenger duty;...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the levels of sovereign debt held by banks based in the UK in respect of (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) Portugal.

      Copyright: Music

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on the revenue received by the Exchequer of raising to 75 years the period in which musicians' works receive copyright protection.

      Crown Currency Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate UK Financial Investments has made of the liabilities of financial limitation in public ownership arising from the entry into administration of...

      Economic Governance Task Force

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his letter to other EU member states of 9 July 2010, on the European Taskforce on EU Economic Governance, by what mechanisms he proposes to make...

      European Financial Stability Mechanism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the European Financial Stability Mechanism procedure can only be activated by a member state in line with the procedure prescribed by Article...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the introduction of a fair fuel stabiliser.

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in each year from 2000-01 to 2007-08.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 1 September 2010 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding Keith Brown.

      National Insurance Contributions: Southern England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of extending the proposed national insurance holiday for new firms of 10 or fewer employees to...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target date HM Revenue and Customs has set to clear the backlog of outstanding Pay As You Earn customer reviews.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has allocated for reform of the PAYE system to enable the collection of information about tax and other calculations in real time.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of staff at HM Revenue and Customs; and what topics were discussed at the meeting.

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) benefits, (b) tax credits and (c) pensions paid from the public purse (i) are uprated by the consumer prices index (CPI), (ii) are uprated by...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the level of tax avoidance in respect of (a) inheritance tax, (b) capital gains tax, (c) income tax, (d) stamp duty...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the proposed reduction to HM Revenue and Customs' budget does not allow a rise in the incidence of tax...

      Taxation: War Widows

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has he made of the amount of income tax paid by war widows in receipt of payments from the Army Compensation Scheme in each of the last five years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to Question 21342, on independent tax regulations, tabled on 28 October 2010 for named day answer on 2 November 2010.

  • Education

    • Academies: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) the grant to be awarded by his Department to academy schools to cover the cost...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wigan of 17 June 2010, Official Report, column 531W, on apprentices, if he will estimate the number of...

      Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of the children taken into care (a) in the latest period for which figures are available and (b) in each of the last five years had...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 463W, on curriculum, if he will issue guidance to (a) maintained schools and (b)...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) officials and (b) external advisers are working on Professor Alison Wolf's review of vocational education.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what timetable has been set for ending education maintenance allowance and replacing it with targeted support.

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the examination system in measuring attainment.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils are eligible for free school meals in each constituency.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children are eligible for free school meals in each ward in Warrington North constituency; and what proportion of those eligible are claiming...

      Free School Meals: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in Pendle were eligible for free school meals on the latest date for which figures are available.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many pupils were entered for a modern language GCSE in (a) comprehensive schools, (b) maintained selective schools and (c) independent...

      Geography: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent representations he has received on the teaching of geography in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if he will make a...

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were entered for a GCSE in a modern foreign language in 2009 in each local authority; and what proportion this represented of the total...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on future priorities for primary education.

      Primary Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what information is provided to parents of children in primary schools on the content of sex education being taught in the school; and if he will...

      Primary Education: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of teaching of technology education in primary schools.

      Primary Education: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of technology teaching to improving attainment levels among (a) boys and (b) girls.

      School Leaving: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he made of the number of students educated in (a) Wansbeck constituency and (b) Northumberland who left full-time education at the age...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to bring forward proposals to give head-teachers more control over school admission policies.

      Schools: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent research he has evaluated on the incidence of the experience of pupils of unwanted sexual contact at school; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department allocated to the School Sport Partnership Programme in the academic years (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Secondary Education: Kingston upon Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of secondary school places required in North Kingston in 2015.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that teachers are provided with sufficient training and ongoing support to challenge all forms of...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library the report of his Department's evaluation of the (a) Every Child a Reader and (b) Every Child Counts programme for...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to improve the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy of the lowest achieving five per cent. of children aged between six and seven years;...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department plans to allocate funding to schools participating in the (a) Every Child a Reader and (b) Every Child Counts schemes to...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure that his Department continues to provide support for teacher training and evaluation for the Every Child a Reader and Every Child...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question 21041, tabled on 27 October, on children without school places; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons resident in approved premises in England and Wales there were on the most recent date for which information is available.

    • Approved Premises: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people resident in approved premises in England and Wales are (a) sex offenders, (b) violent offenders and (c) former convicted terrorists.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and its predecessors and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98...

      HM Inspectorate of Prisons: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what criteria Nick Hardwick was appointed Chief Inspector of Prisons; and who the other candidates were for that post.

      HM Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the address is of each property (a) leased and (b) owned by his Department or its agents for use by HM Land Registry; and what the annual rental...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish immediately the equality impact assessment made in respect of the changes to the legal aid system announced on 15 November.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid in England and Wales in 2009-10.

      Legal Aid: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost was of (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid in England and Wales in 2009-10.

      Legal Aid: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to ensure that those with a low income have access to the legal system; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to provide support for those involved in welfare benefit disputes after the removal of legal aid; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Correspondence Unit: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff are employed in the Ministerial Correspondence Unit of his Department.

      Offenders: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders recalled to prison in the West Midlands area have returned to prison in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he...

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the address is of each property (a) leased and (b) owned by his Department or its agents for use by the Office of the Public Guardian; and what...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to announce his plans to announce the future of each prison establishment; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding was allocated to the Prison Service in Dorset in 2009-10; and how much funding will be allocated in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many remand prisoners there were in prisons in England and Wales on (a) 30 April and (b) 7 May 2010; and how many of those had applied for a postal...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at what point in a sentence a prisoner's case for day release is considered; and on what criteria such cases are determined.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many crimes were committed by prisoners on day release in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of his Department's average annual expenditure on rehabilitation in respect of foreign national prisoners.

      Prisoners: Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether sentencing guidelines include provision for an offence committed by a person on day release from prison to be considered an aggravating factor...

      Prisons: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prison officer 2 staff have been employed by the Prison Service in each month since September 2009; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Prisons: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff of each grade were employed at (a) HM Prison Service Headquarters, (b) each area office and (c) each non-prison establishment...

      Prisons: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have passed the Prison Service recruitment assessment day to become a Prison Officer 2 since January 2010; and if he will make a...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are made for prisoners at HM Prison Chelmsford to be advised of (a) visits by prison visitors and (b) procedures for requesting a...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates prison visitors visited HMP Chelmsford in (a) August, (b) September and (c) October 2010; how many prison visitors participated in each...

      Probation Service: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding was allocated to the probation service in Dorset in 2009-10; and how much funding will be allocated in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Probation Service: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were employed by (a) Durham and (b) Teesside probation areas on 31 December 2009; (2) how many people were employed by Durham...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serious injuries sustained during the use of restraint procedures required hospital treatment for (a) boys and (b) girls in each secure...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times restraint procedures were used on (a) boys and (b) girls in each secure training centre in each month since April 2008.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serious injuries requiring hospital treatment were sustained during use of control and restraint procedures in each young offender institute...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many minor injuries resulted from the use of control and restraint procedures in each young offender institute juvenile unit in each month since...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times control and restraint procedures have been used on girls in each young offender institute juvenile unit in each month since April 2008.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions control and restraint procedures have been used on boys in each young offender institution juvenile unit in each month since April 2008.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2010, Official Report, column 237W, on sentencing, what has happened to the remaining 90 people who had been given...

      Sexual Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sex offenders have been subject to an indeterminate public protection sentence since 2003; and how many of those have since been released from...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals on squatting.

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what date the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme will begin to operate; and on what date it is likely to make its first payments to...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will put in place arrangements to ensure all areas of the UK have the same access to youth justice services after the abolition of the Youth...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department plans to reformulate its definition of creative industries to take into account recent (a) cultural...

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will make it his policy to collect data on the number of jobs in the digital arts industry; and if he will make a...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he last visited a digital arts enterprise.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to encourage (a) new starts and (b) relocations from overseas in the digital arts sector; and if he will...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the Director-General of the BBC; and...

      Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment in respect of the economic effects on the Scottish broadcasting...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has allocated in grants for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how much such funding he plans...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has assessed the merits of providing support for the switchover to digital radio to people who (a) are...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has plans for a public information campaign prior to the digital radio switchover.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the legacy for the North East of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the potential legacy for Yorkshire and the Humber of the London 2012 Olympics.

      UK Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) which organisations will be responsible for the functions carried out by the UK Film Council after its abolition; (2)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what constitutes the area of a constituency as referred to in Part 2 of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill; and what consideration is given...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he is taking steps to monitor the performance of returning officers.

  • Cabinet Office

    • BBC

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent meetings Ministers in his Department have had with the director-general of the BBC; and whether the matter of pensions was discussed at...

    • BBC

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent meetings (a) officials and (b) special advisers in his Department have had with the Director-General of the BBC; and whether pensions were...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to bring forward secondary legislation to enable charitable incorporated organisations to be incorporated under the provisions of the...

      Charity Commission: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 28 October 2010, Official Report, columns 414-15W, if he will take steps to ensure that the Charity Commission's funding...

      Departmental Post Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in each year since 2004-05.

      Departmental Post Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Minister for the Cabinet Office what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the working population of Rossendale and Darwen constituency is employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Government Departments: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the number of (a) directly-employed and (b) contracted staff of Government Departments who are being paid at a rate under...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he plans to take in circumstances where Government departments have not (a) initiated plans to increase the number of contracts awarded to...

      Inquiries: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the usual criteria are which are applied to the suitability of a candidate for engagement as Secretary to a Government inquiry; and if he...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his most recent estimate is of the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in (a) Wellingborough and (b) the UK.

      MI5: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the budget was of the Security Service in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10; and what his latest estimate is of the budget for 2010-11.

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which hon. Members are Parliamentary Private Secretaries in each Department.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which public bodies have adopted the 2009 guidance of the Office of Government Commerce, Promoting skills through public procurement; (2) what...

      Serco

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with Serco on its provision of services to his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department plans to ring-fence funding allocated to local authorities for use by voluntary and community groups.

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the level of financial support for local voluntary and community groups of the outcomes of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future real terms level of Government grant to (a) the Workers' Educational Association and (b) other...

    • Cement: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the likely financial costs to the cement industry in each EU...

      Company Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to ensure that company reports contain accurate, balanced and reliable information on social and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's budget is for websites for 2011-12.

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Electric Cables: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had on the future of wayleave payments.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what modelling his Department has undertaken on the elasticity of demand for higher education; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people were in higher education in (a) England, (b) Norfolk and (c) Great Yarmouth constituency in each year from...

      Higher Education: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to support potential students from West Cumbria who wish to access higher education opportunities.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the Higher Education Funding Council for England has allocated for undergraduate courses in price groups C and D...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much money from the public purse was spent on higher education in (a) England, (b) Norfolk and (c) Great Yarmouth...

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has assessed the merits of the Met Office competing with the private sector for commercial contracts.

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans the Government has for the funding of the Fulbright Scholarship Programme.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the payment of (a) rent for council housing and (b) council tax through the Post...

      Postal Services: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects Royal Mail to have delivered the backlog of undelivered mail in the Leeds area.

      Science and Technology Facilities Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which overseas facilities are part-funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council; and how much funding was allocated to...

      UK Trade and Investment: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff are employed by UK Trade and Investment in each location in each English region.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health's contribution on 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 902, on termination of...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's review of the recommendations of the Archer inquiry into the supply of contaminated blood in NHS facilities will be concluded; and...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department disbursed from the central programme budget on dementia in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) each year since 2004-05.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services of his Department have been the subject of a contract awarded in a tender process in which Post Office Ltd. submitted a bid since 1997-98.

      Diabetes: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding he expects each primary care trust to allocate for counselling and psychological treatment for people with Type 1 diabetes in 2011-12;...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the National Diabetes Audit, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the (a) level of glucose control problems and (b) risk of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions relating to overdoses of illegal drugs there were in (a) England, (b) Sussex and (c) Brighton and Hove in (i) 2005, (ii)...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he has allocated for drug treatment services in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Coventry in each of the next five years.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people commenced, but did not complete successfully a treatment programme for drug addiction in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that more patients can see their own doctors out of hours.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on the duration of patient waiting times for out-of-hours services.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices in each primary care trust area offer their patients out-of-hours care from doctors within the practice.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department contacting all GP practices (a) by letter and (b) by email (i) on the last...

      General Practitioners: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were seen by out-of-hours services in (a) Suffolk and (b) South Suffolk constituency in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require primary care trusts to (a) promote and safeguard the health and welfare of carers and (b)...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether primary care trust baseline funding will include an allocation for disabled children's services in 2011-12.

      Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to reduce the incidence of and mortality rate from cancer among men.

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions natural or herbal remedies have been found to contain (a) heavy metals and (b) undeclared pharmaceutical substances in the last 10...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he made of the proportion of available NHS beds which were in single room accommodation in (a) 1997, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2009-10.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2010, Official Report, column 638W, on hospitals: admission, who will decide whether a hospital re-admissions within 30...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born at the roadside during journeys in excess of 20 minutes from the mother's home to the relevant maternity unit in 2009-10.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of creating a unique identification key code for control of and access to patients health care records.

      Mental Health Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many of the 3,600 extra therapists planned to be in place by 2010-11 under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme are in...

      Mental Health Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the regulation of hypnosis and psychotherapy services.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of stem cell transplants in the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis.

      National Specialised Services Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services will be required to review its decisions on treatments and services for specialised...

      National Specialised Services Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the relationship between the Cancer Drugs Fund and his Department's new Advisory Group for National Specialised Services.

      NHS: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department encourages NHS organisations to provide food of domestic origin.

      NHS: Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2010, Official Report, column 332W, on NHS leasing, how much the NHS spent on the rental of each type of equipment...

      NHS: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with local authorities to discuss the Health White Paper.

      NHS: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of (a) voluntary partnerships with industry and (b) regulation in reducing the incidence...

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist nurse posts were vacant on 1 October 2010.

      Prescription Drugs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which bodies are responsible for enforcing legal requirements in respect of the import of prescription drugs; and whether he plans to review legislation...

      Respiratory Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether respiratory disease will be included as an improvement area in the NHS outcomes framework.

      Sheffield Children's Hospital: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the likely effects on Sheffield Children's Hospital of the implementation of his Department's proposal to reduce the...

      Social Services: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of social care providers receive funding for transport as part of individual service users in long-stay homes care packages.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the findings of the recent report by the Institute of Economic Affairs on the tobacco display ban in Canada; and if he...

      Winter: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to provide for public health responses to winter weather in an addition to the existing NHS winter planning system.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the evidential basis for the statement by the Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Andrew Mitchell, at the consultation meeting to inform...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Andrew Mitchell, made at the consultation meeting to inform his department's...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that increasing access to abortion will prevent the deaths of (a) mothers, and (b) newborn children, in countries which receive Department...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received of countries where the law on abortion was liberalised following support and guidance from United Kingdom Government (a)...

      Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the 2009-10 annual report of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments will be published.

      Agriculture: Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support United Kingdom egg producers in view of the impending implementation of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they estimate will be made to their plans for reducing the national deficit by the planned acquisition of the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define high readiness in the context of Tornado, Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter aircraft; and what proportion of the fleets of Harrier, Tornado F-3 and...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reductions in funding are proposed for cadet organisations as a result of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Armed Forces: Cyprus Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the works on sewerage, electricity and other necessary work on the Ledra Palace Hotel, Cyprus, are on target to be completed by December 2010 to ensure...

      Armed Forces: Support Ships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total procurement cost of the Bay class of amphibious support ships; when each ship came into service; what are the average annual running costs of a...

      Armed Forces: Support Ships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered converting a Bay class ship for any other necessary maritime support role.

      Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 November (WA 341), whether they oversee the level of charges levied by the Design and Artists Copyright...

      Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to oversee artists' resale rights collecting societies operating in the United Kingdom.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Jones on 8 November (WA 4-5) and 21 October (WA 201-2), whether they will state the precise annual figures for...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the issuing of Community Treatment Orders to asylum seekers and black and minority ethnic people.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the risk weighting proposed under Basel III for trade finance; and what steps they will take to ensure that it will not disadvantage...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 8 November (WA 5), what impact quantitative easing has had on banking industry profits.

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about plans by the banks to phase out the use of cheques by 2018; what is their assessment of those plans; and how they are...

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 1 November (WA 344-5), what sanctions are available if a new agreement cannot be reached with Iceland over the...

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why United Kingdom Financial Investments and HM Treasury sought to place Mr Gary Hoffman of Northern Rock on "gardening leave" contrary to his wishes; and what...

      Banks: Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many loans have been granted by the Green Investment Bank since its formation. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average amount lent by the Green...

      Banks: Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what terms are offered for private investment in the Green Bank. To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given for new equity in the Green Bank.

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the standard of nursing homes in light of the finding by the Care Quality Commission that one in five homes are of poor quality.

      Care Services: Elderly People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to reform the way care for the elderly is funded.

      Cayman Islands: Aarhus Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions of the Aarhus Convention, to which the United Kingdom is a party, apply to the Cayman Islands; and, if so, what steps have been taken to...

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 25 October (WA 223-4), whether they will publish the details and results of the negotiation with trade...

      Coalition Policies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Strathclyde on 8 November (Official Report, col. 6), which stated that the Government's responses to the consultation on the...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to meet European Commission representatives to discuss the forthcoming European Commission green paper on future Common Agriculture Policy reforms.

      Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proposed central budget allocation for the administration and support of the Academies programme and the Free Schools programme.

      Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) primary, and (b) secondary schools, will receive less than a 0.1 per cent increase in their budgets following the introduction of the Dedicated...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 October 2010 (WA 73-74), how many incidents of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) have been reported by...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 24 March (WA 293-4) regarding "category A incidents" and witnessing procedures, how many incidents have...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received of treatments for (a) children and (b) adults with disabling conditions, developed as a result of (1) human embryo, (2) embryonic...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what attempts have been made by government to combine the Human Tissue Authority with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority over the past five years;...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage employment of low-skilled young people.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to encourage the alignment of carbon reduction targets established by higher education institutions with those set by the Funding...

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure security of gas supplies from key delivery partners in the United Kingdom.

      Energy: Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the long-term worldwide availability of uranium to fuel the new generation of nuclear reactors, particularly if spent nuclear fuel will...

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 2 November (WA 385), why the Bank of England does not cease to pay interest on bank reserves or apply a negative...

      Fishing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they propose to make to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea to include data-weak fishing species in its advisory system.

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 2 November (WA 385), whether the Refreshment Committee has recently consulted the House of Commons Refreshment Committee on the...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they will give to victims of forced marriages.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, intends to visit Gaza.

      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 Business, Innovation and Skills; 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 Health; 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 for Culture, Media and Sport.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of all unpaid advisers to Ministers in the Government Equalities Office.

      Health: Cousin Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the medical difficulties associated with cousin marriages. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to...

      Health: Cousin Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to give extra medical support to children born of parents from the same extended family. To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many recorded deaths there were in each of the past three years for individuals using (a) Class A, (b) Class B, or (c) Class C drugs.

      Health: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 November (WA 438), what are the annual net and gross payments made to other European Economic Area countries under...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current unit of funding to support 16-19-year-old students in further education colleges; and what will it be for each of the years of Spending Review 2010.

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help homeless people to find accommodation.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to stop homelessness in seaside resorts during the next six months and during the summer of 2011.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all local housing authorities take their homelessness strategies into account in the exercise of their functions.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 2 November (WA 387), what infrastructure projects valued at more than £250,000 have been provided in each...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of repossessions likely to occur over each of the next five years as a result of the reduction of support for mortgage...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they can give an estimate of the number of families who will have to move out of their homes due to the housing benefit cuts.

      Housing: Council Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to change the policy preventing local authorities from retaining excess rent on council housing. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the...

      Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 2 November (WA 380), what is the size of the debt due to the United Kingdom acknowledged by the Government of...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Government of Israel's suspension of strategic dialogue with the United Kingdom during the visit of the Secretary of State...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact Israel's suspension of strategic dialogue with the United Kingdom has had upon plans for a change in the law on Universal Jurisdiction.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel to develop financial packages to help settlers in the occupied territories to start up residence...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they next expect to meet the Government of Israel about the release of those Palestinian detainees held in detention without due process.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they next expect to meet Israeli officials about concessions on stopping settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that any change to the Lisbon Treaty to accommodate enhanced European Union economic governance will be ratified by Parliament only after...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to propose new initiatives through the European Union's membership of the quartet on the Middle East to assist the Middle East peace process.

      Muslim Women's Network UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the announcement on 14 October of the closure of the Women's National Commission, what assessment they have made of the impact of this closure on the...

      National Employment Savings Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision exists for the National Employment Savings Trust to provide pensions schemes for those who wish their money to be invested in an ethical manner.

      NHS: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State, Simon Burns, on 18 October (HC Deb, col 574W) on the provision of NHS funding in sparsely populated rural...

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report published by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death An Age Old Problem which found that one...

      Nuclear Deterrence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 2 November (HL Deb, col. 1595) regarding whether the United States is prepared to share knowledge of their nuclear...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how much overseas aid paid (a) directly, and (b) through the European Union, reaches its intended destination; and how much is...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 October (WA 326), whether they will provide a breakdown by territory of the £50 million...

      Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove permanent protest encampments from the grass and pavements of Parliament Square; and whether they will arrange for the area to be...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 28 October, whether taxpayers could be exposed to the risks of the BT Pension Scheme without having any...

      Police: Business Interests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many serving Metropolitan Police officers have been granted permission to have paid employment or business interests outside their current police roles. To ask...

      Police: South Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many warnings and prosecutions South Wales Police Constabulary have issued in each division for the use of incorrect or inappropriate registration plates...

      Police: South Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements the South Wales Police Constabulary has with county councillors concerning the timing and location of Partnership and Communities Together (PACT)...

      Post Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of proposals to allow credit unions access to the Post Office network.

      Post Office: Joint Ventures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what enquiries they have made as to whether the Irish Deposit Protection Scheme is capable of meeting any amounts due to United Kingdom depositors in respect of...

      Post Office: Joint Ventures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the circumstances in which the Post Office can terminate its joint banking venture with the Bank of Ireland; and which department holds responsibility for...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the assets built up by the regional development agency for the North East in the past 10 years will be retained in the region.

      Smoking and Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to the National Health Service each year of treating individuals with alcohol- or tobacco-related diseases.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (HL Deb, col 831), how HM Treasury intend to calculate the maximum sustainable tax revenues from financial...

      State Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have with regard to the operation of state pensions, with particular reference to the State Earnings Pension Scheme.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made on the estimated tax receipts of a top rate of income tax of 40 per cent, 45 per cent and 50 per cent for each of the next five years.

      Trade Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of public funding given to trade unions from all sources in 2007-08 and 2009-10; how much was received by each union; and what was the...

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the long-term unemployed to do manual unpaid work.

      Waste Management: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions are taking place with manufacturers regarding reductions in the amount of packaging used in their products.

      Wetland Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact they forecast government-sponsored local schemes will have on increasing the use of wetland farming techniques.

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