Written answers

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

    • Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals who have been convicted and imprisoned for offences relating to human trafficking were deported to their country...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the inter-departmental ministerial group on trafficking will next meet; and what will be discussed at that meeting.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish her Department's strategy on human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Human Trafficking Centre has a business plan.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many raids for immigration purposes have been conducted (a) in total and (b) between the hours of 3.00 am and 7.00 am in each of the...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what dates Ministers in her Department have met representatives from the (a) CBI, (b) British Chambers of Commerce and (c)...

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the incidence of sham marriages being used as an opportunity for entry into the UK in the latest...

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of progress since May 2010 towards her objective for reduction of net migration; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there will be a requirement on candidates or parties taking part in the proposed elections for police commissioners to register with...

      Police: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop forms were completed by Kent police in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) North Kent police area in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 518, on UK Border Agency: Northern Ireland, how many such staff at each...

  • Scotland

    • Bank Notes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will assess the merits of bringing forward proposals for a legal requirement for shops and businesses in England to accept Scottish banknotes.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Second Church Estates Commissioner for written answer on a named...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Second Church Estates Commissioner for ordinary written answer...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has on the emissions of (a) particulates, (b) volatile organic compounds and (c) nitrogen oxide...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received on the incidence of blue haze arising from thermal treatment of biomass in the process of...

      Conservation Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Conservation Credit Scheme in respect of fishing for cod and whiting...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which organisations her Department has (a) made grants in 2010-11 and (b) allocated grants for (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value of grants awarded by her Department was in 2009-10; and how much she expects to award in grants in...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what services provided by her Department and its predecessors were the subject of a contract with Post Office Ltd in 1997-98...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which services of her Department and its predecessors have been the subject of a contract awarded in a tender process in...

      Dogs: Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will (a) promote a public education and awareness campaign concerning genetic health problems in pure-bred dogs and...

      Fencing: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of fencing contractors in Suffolk are licensed by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she received from the insurance industry on flood risk.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to ensure that the charitable body which succeeds British Waterways attracts sufficient funding...

      Local Authorities: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many separate requests for data from local authorities her Department made in each of the last three years for which...

      Mackerel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an assessment of the effects of climate change on (a) sea temperature and (b) the movements of mackerel.

      Mackerel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to secure a settlement between the UK, Iceland and the Faroe Islands on mackerel quotas.

      Nature Conservation: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department is taking steps to improve the protection of endangered species of wild birds.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the abolition of regional development agencies on the disbursement of...

      United Nations Convention on the Law of Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of Non-navigational Uses of International...

  • Prime Minister

    • Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with the Government of Russia the death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky during his forthcoming visit to Moscow.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with (a) the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) the government of the Republic of Ireland on (i) tobacco smuggling...

  • Education

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when and by what means his Department informed Leicester city council that it was required to make savings of up to 40 per cent. in respect of its...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether funding for the Building Schools for the Future programme project in Telford and Wrekin has been reduced since July 2010; and if he will place...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on advertising the availability of education maintenance allowance between May 2005 and May 2010.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people resident in Lewisham, Deptford constituency have received the education maintenance allowance in each year since its inception; what...

      Free Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which organisations have expressed an interest in providing a free school in the London borough of Waltham Forest.

      Free Schools: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure that plans for the establishment of free schools take local road traffic conditions into account.

      Free Schools: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy is on authorising free schools to employ as (a) teachers and (b) head teachers people who do not hold an official...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of pupils at secondary schools with (a) fewer than 800, (b) 800 to 1,000 and (c) more than 1,000 pupils attained five GCSEs,...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools performed below the National Challenge threshold for English and mathematics GCSE results in 2010.

      Pockets of Deprivation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding each local authority received through the Pockets of Deprivation element of the Dedicated Schools Grant in each year since 2008-09; and if...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate his Department made of the number of modular buildings which were used as classrooms in (a) 1980 and (b) 1997; (2) what estimate...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure discipline in the classroom and promote good behaviour; and what timetable he has set for the implementation of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have been supported by Creative Partnership funding in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the average contextual value added score has been for (a) stand alone secondary schools and (b) secondary departments in all-through...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to provide support for underperforming schools.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans for mutual recognition of concessionary bus passes across the UK; and whether he has had discussions with the devolved...

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to (a) undertake and (b) publish an equality impact assessment in relation to the change in the level of funding for the Bus Service...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 702W, on bus services: finance, what the key assumptions are in respect of (a)...

      Crayford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has received a new application for funding from Southeastern Railway to provide step-free access at Crayford Station.

      Cycling England: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has undertaken a cost-benefit assessment of Cycling England's programmes.

      Freight: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the Freight Facilities Grant.

      High Speed Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to make capacity on the proposed high speed rail network available to rail freight.

      London and South Eastern Railway: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the application of a cap on fare rises on train services provided by Southeastern under its franchise agreement which enable a...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are used to determine the imposition of a 50 miles per hour speed limit on motorways.

      Preston-Colne Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the level of usage of the Preston-Colne rail line.

      Railways: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints he received on the way in which (a) East Coast Mainline, (b) Grand Central, (c) Northern Rail, and (d) Transpennine Express...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on effective criteria for assessing the environmental effects of transporting goods.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department's review of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation will include consideration of the use of biomethane as a fuel for transport.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential combined effect of reductions in the level of the road safety grant and of the ending of funding from his...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding he has allocated to each scheme in the supported group of local transport schemes; and (a) how much in total has been allocated to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people participating in the work programme will have access to skills training.

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what integrated back-to-work support will be provided to jobseekers under the work programme.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how mentors for the work programme will be recruited.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his contribution of 11 November 2010, Official Report, column 444, on welfare reform, whether (a) single regional contracts will...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral statement of 11 November 2010, Official Report, columns 438-40, on welfare reform, which existing programmes will be...

      Local Enterprise Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects a local enterprise partnership for Newcastle, Tyneside and Northumberland to be established.

      Lone Parents: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single income families with a household income between £43,875 and £50,000 reside in Wales.

      Pension Funds: Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment he has made of the level of understanding among pension fund trustees of their fiduciary duty to take into account...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the growth rate of social security spending on benefits and pensions, excluding tax credits in real terms in each...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of disability-related benefits do not receive disability living allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department plans to publish the report of the pilots of the use of voice risk analysis to detect benefit fraud.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to encourage registered social landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in homes.

    • Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to permit local authorities to retain 100 per cent. of the capital receipts of the sale of council...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants have been awarded by his Department in 2010-11 to date; what grants he plans to award in each of the next two years;...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Fire Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will update Fire and Rescue Service Circular 9/2009 in respect of average response times to (a) dwelling fires, (b)...

      Fire Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely effects on (a) the number of fatalities and (b) the costs of damage resulting from (a)...

      Fire Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what date he expects the North West Fire Service control centre in Warrington to be operational.

      Fire Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money has been spent on locating the North West Fire Service control centre in Warrington.

      Fire Services: Westmorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of (a) full-time and (b) retained pumps in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency (i) on each shift and (ii) at...

      Fire Services: Westmorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) full-time and (b) retained fire pumps there are in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency; and how many staff are...

      Fire Services: Westmorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to monitor present staffing levels on (a) full-time and (b) retained Fire Service pumps in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many initial notices were registered for house builds in each local authority area in (a) Essex and (b) Suffolk in the 12...

      Land Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the inclusion of an allowance for windfall land in the five-year land supply calculation.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects local enterprise partnerships to attain legal status.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to require the publication of each item of local government...

      Local Government: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities provided a return to his Department's Gypsy and Traveller survey in each of the last five times the...

      Local Government: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local authorities provided returns for the National Rodent Survey in each of the last five years.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he expects the power of planning inspectors to amend local plans to be rescinded; (2) what variations planning...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to announce the winner of the first round of the carbon capture and storage demonstration programme.

    • Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the members will be of the UK delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference 2010 in Cancun, Mexico.

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value of grants awarded by his Department was in 2009-10; and how much he expects to award in grants in (a) 2010-11...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding he plans to allocate to the provision of energy efficiency measures in domestic and non-domestic buildings in the...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria he plans to put in place to determine whether an energy efficiency measure will qualify for support under the proposed...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that his proposed Green Deal assists those in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to support vulnerable consumers affected by energy price increases.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to consider the merits of incorporating the provision of HM Treasury-funded grants for low income and fuel poor...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in the (a) private rented, (b) social and (c) owner-occupied sector in (i) England, (ii) Hyndburn and (iii)...

      Global Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the creation of a global climate fund under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the renewables obligation in each year (a) between 2002-03 and 2010-11...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Leader of the House how much his Office spent on press cuttings services in each of the last 12 months.

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House when he expects to be in a position to bring forward proposals for reform of the pensions scheme for hon. Members.

  • Attorney-General

    • Human Trafficking: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the rate of convictions for offences of human trafficking.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answers of 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 5, on mental health care provision, what steps his Department plans to take to...

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people resident in each (a) Government Office region, (b) local authority area and (c) parliamentary constituency were recruited to each of...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, columns 20-21W, on the Defence Technical College, what (a) estimate he has made of the cost...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, columns 20-21W, on the Defence Technical College, what estimate he has made of (a) the cost...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army infantry have been recruited in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Support Group: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by the Defence Support Group in each site in Scotland.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely proportion of defence contracts to be awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year of the Spending...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what project history documentation, as defined in Maintaining a Project History, v4.0, August 2007, was maintained in respect of the (a) Nimrod, (b)...

      Departmental Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in how many ongoing legal cases relating to intellectual property his Department is involved.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely effects on his Department's expenditure in the comprehensive spending review period of the indexation of pensions...

      France: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the likely availability for service of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle between 2020 and...

      Iraq: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what British military equipment has been transferred to the Iraqi government in each of the last five years; (2) what plans his Department has to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to the letter of 27 October 2010 from the hon. Member for North West Durham regarding a meeting with representatives of Astrum in...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) fleet air arm and (b) Royal Air Force (i) pilots and (ii) other personnel (A) have been trained and (B) will be trained on Rafale aircraft.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to use Rafale aircraft as an interim measure until the joint strike fighter aircraft is available for use on the Queen Elizabeth-class...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what language French aircraft crew will use when operating from and within the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

      Naval Emergency Monitoring Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to retain the (a) Clyde Off-Site Centre and (b) Naval Emergency Monitoring Team (North) at their current location in Rhu.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions overseas in the last three years a foreign-requested aircraft has provided search and rescue assistance over UK territorial waters;...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the cancellation of the Nimrod MR4A aircraft order on the ability of the UK to meet its...

      Rescue Services

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

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Territorial Army consists of infantry, excluding the University Officer Training Corps.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what roles the Territorial Army infantry will be trained for in addition to riflemen.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has had recent discussions on the Aynak mines in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office on aid workers operating in Taliban-controlled areas; and if...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of his Department's budget spent on programmes in Afghanistan in 2010-11.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of microfinance programmes supported by his Department.

      Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which (a) charities and (b) other organisations have received funding from his Department to institute, develop or run microfinance...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department plans to provide to each G20 country in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the ability of his Department to cease payments for projects in (a) Russia and (b) China before their...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is providing to refugees in Pakistan.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had on the humanitarian situation in Pakistan.

      Thailand: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has for humanitarian aid programmes in response to take account of the recent increase in the number of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on financial contributions to Afghanistan from the EU.

    • British Overseas Territories: Remembrance Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason he lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of the British Overseas Territories; and what...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the new constitution in Burma for (a) democracy, (b) human rights and (c)...

      Burma: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking in response to the recent increased conflict on the Thailand-Burma border and the creation...

      Cuba: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the EU common position on Cuba; and if he will make a statement.

      Cuba: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on UK policy on the EU common position on Cuba.

      Cyprus: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of (a) Northern Cyprus and (b) Turkey on the destruction of Christian...

      Developing Countries: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from which units in his Department staff participating in the cross-Government board to deal with conflict overseas will be drawn.

      Government Hospitality Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Government Hospitality Fund spent on the purchase of (a) champagne and (b) other wines in (i) 2008-09 and (ii)...

      Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Minister of State with responsibilities for Latin America plans to meet (a) female representatives of indigenous...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the proportion of Iraqi citizens from Christian or Mandaean communities who have become...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Iraqi citizens who have become refugees in countries neighbouring Iraq since the...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Iraqi citizens who have become refugees in Syria since the start of the war in Iraq...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the proportion of Iraqi citizens from Christian or Mandaean communities who have become...

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he had discussions with the Russian government on the case of Sergei Magnitsky during his recent visit to Moscow.

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Russian Government on the death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky.

      Taiwan: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department is having with the Government of Taiwan on the transition to low carbon emissions.

      Turkmenistan: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the BBC on the detention of journalists Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev in...

      Turkmenistan: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the BBC Director General about the custodial conditions of journalists Annakurban Amanklychev...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Press

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much his Department spent on press cuttings services in each of the last 12 months; (2) how much was spent on press cuttings services for the...

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children in (a) England, (b) Norfolk and (c) Great Yarmouth constituency were living in families with no parent in employment between...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) Rossendale and Darwen constituency were living in families with no parent in employment...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to increase the quality of provision for adult education.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to implement the pilots proposed in his Department's 2007 Apprenticeship strategy to encourage under-represented...

      Digital Inclusion Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of progress made by the Digital Inclusion Task Force; and if he will make a statement.

      Festivals and Special Occasions: Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will being forward proposals for a public holiday on the occasion of the marriage of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine...

      Higher Education: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on the local economy of the student population attending university in Coventry.

      Higher Education: Finance

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

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the appropriate number of members of the board of a local enterprise partnership.

      Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of local authorities provided returns to Trading Standards in accordance with the Hallmarking Act 1973 in each of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent meetings special advisers in his Department have had with the director-general of the BBC; and whether pensions...

    • British Film Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what conditions are attached to the annual grant in aid funding awarded to the British Film Institute (BFI) to support British...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i)...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many submissions each regional office of English Heritage has made to local planning authorities at the planning...

      Music: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on extending copyright for musicians' works from 50 to 75 years.

      Ofcom: Scotland

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

      Television: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to improve the quality of television reception in East Sussex.

      Television: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consultation his Department had with (a) Scottish Television, (b) Scottish Enterprise, (c) trade unions in Scotland...

  • Health

    • Air Pollution: Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the effects on (a) mortality and (b) morbidity of air quality pollutants emitted by biomass plants in the UK.

    • Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he plans to put in place to ensure adequate healthcare support for people with autism when they enter adulthood.

      Benzodiazepines and Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) in-patients and (b) prisoners received prescriptions for (i) benzodiazepine and (ii) Z drug tranquilisers in each of the last three years.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he issues guidance to NHS organisations on requests made by (a) care homes and (b) primary care trusts to the relatives of patients on top-up...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost per resident per week of residential care in local authority-owned care homes in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton in the...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of regional variations in the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Cumberland Infirmary: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the capital cost of the Cumberland Infirmary, Cumbria.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has guidelines on ensuring that food used for his Department's official functions is of domestic origin.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible usbspent on press cuttings services in each of the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the delivery of drug treatment services under his proposals for a public health service.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local investment in drug treatment services is maintained.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to the pooled treatment budget for the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse in (a) each of the last five years...

      Food Standards Agency: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of local authorities provided data to the Food Standards Agency for its survey on (a) imported foods return and (b) melamine testing results.

      General Practitioners: Lancashire

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

      Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to assist GP consortia in commissioning health services to address poor health among men.

      Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps on public health he plans to take to reduce the mortality rate among men.

      Hemofil T: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients on the Hemofil T trial was classified as (a) mild, (b) moderate and (c) severe haemophiliac.

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for HIV and sexual health services under his proposals for a public health service; (2) what assessment he has made of the likely...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what processes will be put in place to ensure the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services will take account of new innovations in medical technology.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that mental health trusts are subject to the same financial penalties and governance measures for emergency readmissions...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of mental health in-patients (a) are in single-sex wards and (b) have access to segregated toilet or bathing facilities.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme to people with severe depression or anxiety;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to enable people using mental health services to choose their provider; and if he will make a statement.

      Midwives: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce his Department's plans to increase levels of midwife recruitment and retention.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the merits of making available treatment for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency throughout the...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of treatment for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency for patients with multiple sclerosis;...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which drugs were available in NHS facilities for the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis in each of the last 10 years; and how much was spent on...

      NHS Trusts: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many rebates were granted to each NHS trust by Private Finance Initiative contractors under the terms of their contracts in each of the last five...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many compensation payments for clinical malpractice in each specialism including general practice were made by each primary care trust in each...

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to maintain the number of nursing staff.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's cost per QALY threshold is when appraising drugs likely to be prescribed to fewer than...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group to publish its report on Radiosurgery; (2) when he expects the National Institute of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to assess the effectiveness of local arrangements to promote joint working between health and social care arising from the funding...

      Sodium Thiopental: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the difference between the requirements of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in respect of the proposed...

      Spinal Injuries: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many spinal procedures involving (a) discetomy, (b) decompression, (c) fusion, (d) total disc replacement, (e) endoscopic transforaminal surgery...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of those operations cancelled for elective admissions since 1 April 2010 had been carried out on the latest date for which...

      Tobacco: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated of the effects of the availability of illicit tobacco products on the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of members of the peerage who would be eligible to vote in a referendum on the voting system solely by virtue of a...

    • Cooperative Bank

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what dates he has met the Co-operative Bank in November 2010.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each local authority in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England has spent on the annual canvass for the electoral register in...

      Fixed-term Parliaments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish each representation he has received on the length of fixed-term Parliaments.

      Fixed-term Parliaments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the length of fixed-term Parliaments.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what his policy is on the body which should have responsibility for drawing up constituencies for elections to a reformed second chamber; (2) what...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the establishment of a wholly-elected second chamber.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the electoral system to be used in elections to a reformed second chamber.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the (a) electoral system for and (b) number of members of a reformed second chamber; (2)...

  • Treasury

    • Arch Cru

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions has he had with the Financial Services Authority on the collapse of Arch Cru funds.

    • Arch Cru

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the collapse of Arch Cru funds.

      Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the (i) British Bankers' Association and (ii) Investment...

      Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from the banking sector on the bank balance sheet levy; and if he will make a statement.

      Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue accruing to the public purse from the bank levy in each of the next four financial years; (2) what...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish his Department's assessment of the effects on growth, output and inflation of the Bank of England's asset purchase facility to...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of households with a combined income of more than £44,000 per annum in which (a) one person and...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) single and (b) multiple income households which will be affected by his proposed change to child benefit...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on single parents of his Department's proposed changes to child benefit.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing his Department's proposed changes to child benefit.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of couples in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) region in respect of which one adult earns...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of single parents in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) region who earn £44,000 or more...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of people in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) region who earn £44,000 or more a year...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dual income families with a household income between £43,875 and £87,750 are in receipt of child benefit.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he estimates the Government will save as a result of (a) non-indexation of and (b) changes to entitlement to child benefit in each year of the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) the North East and (b) the UK which will be affected by the withdrawal of child benefit from...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women who are (a) basic rate taxpayers and (b) non-earners will no longer receive child benefit as a result of proposed changes to the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the principle of independent taxation will apply to his proposed changes to child benefit arrangements.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make an estimate of the monetary value of a child benefit payment to a household of a couple who live together with two children in which...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to implement his proposal to withdraw eligibility for child benefit for households which include a higher rate taxpayer; (2) what...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the average change in household income of a family with children as a result of (a) maintaining child benefit at the current...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single income families with an annual household income between (a) £50,000 and £87,749, (b) £87,750 and £249,999, (c)...

      Child Benefit: Chester

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in City of Chester constituency claim child benefit; and how many such households include a higher rate taxpayer.

      Child Benefit: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of (a) creating and (b) maintaining a new child benefit database to match data on mothers with data of their partner's income.

      Child Benefit: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of those in receipt of child benefit in (a) Newcastle Upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England are female.

      Child Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of households in (a) Aberdeen South constituency, (b) Aberdeen local authority and (c) Scotland which...

      Child Poverty: Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is for his assessment of the effect of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review on child poverty.

      Corporation Tax: Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was collected in corporation tax from (a) social enterprises and (b) community interest companies in 2009-10.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has guidelines on ensuring that food used for his Department's official functions is of domestic origin.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mean and (b) median age of staff in his Department was on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of his Department are aged between (a) 21 and 30, (b) 31 and 40, (c) 41 and 50 and (d) 51 and 60.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual turnover of staff in his Department was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual expenditure on vehicles of (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his...

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Excise Duties: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the EU Cooperation Agreement (EUCA) signed by British American Tobacco to reduce the illicit...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of using the consumer price index rather than the retail price index for calculation of local housing...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the revenue which will accrue to the Exchequer as a result of the proposed levy on home owners in areas of significant...

      Import Duties: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on economic growth in the UK of a reduction in agricultural tariffs as a result of the World Trade Organisation's...

      Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs plans to pay in staff bonuses and other awards in addition to salary in 2010-11; and to how many staff in each role it...

      Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on (a) hospitality, (b) entertainment, (c) promotional materials, (d) sponsorships and (e) advertising in each...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to bring forward proposals to allow alternative investment market shares to be held in individual savings accounts.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 6 October with regard to Ms P J Davis.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 16 August with regard to Mr A Ramsden.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of (a) quantitative easing and (b) credit expansion in excess of real savings on the structure of (i)...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals in each parliamentary constituency who have (a) underpaid and (b) overpaid tax as a result of...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people over 50 years of age resident in (a) Newcastle Upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England he expects to experience...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many working households in (a) Newcastle Upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England he expects to experience a reduction...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely effects of changes announced in the (a) June 2010 Budget and (b) the 2010 spending review on the incomes of (i)...

      Revenue and Customs: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the potential effects of combining the child benefit and child tax credit systems on (a) administrative costs and (b) levels of...

      Revenue and Customs: Dismissal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time employees of each (i) grade, (ii) sex and (iii) ethnicity HM Revenue and Customs has dismissed in each of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on compliance activities in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and how much it plans to spend on such activities in 2010-11.

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs is to receive additional funding as a result of the comprehensive spending review.

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effects he expects the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review to have on his Department's funding for HM Revenue and Customs in each year of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average waiting time was for a caller to the tax credit helpline whose call was permitted to be put on hold in each week in (a) July and...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many calls were (a) received, (b) answered and (c) abandoned or cut off by the child benefit helpline in each week in (i) July and (ii) August...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2010, Official Report, columns 287-8W, on Revenue and Customs: Christchurch, if he will provide a telephone number for...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the value for money of tax reliefs other than those relating to pension savings.

      Tax Allowances: Breweries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an assessment of the merits of placing time limits on the tax relief offered to micro-breweries.

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the likely monetary value of tax subsidies in respect of pension savings in (a) 2001, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding his Department has allocated to reducing the level of tax avoidance by higher rate taxpayers in each financial year since 1997.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on its proposals for an alternative dispute resolution system; and what his policy is on encouraging...

      Tax Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to establish new units within his Department to tackle tax avoidance and evasion.

      Taxation: Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Exchequer has received from UK banks through each taxation stream since 1983.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 October, Official Report, column 144W, on BP: tax allowances, for what reasons it is inappropriate for Government to comment...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have had outstanding tax liability of more than £100 million forgiven by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in each of the last five...

      Taxation: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information HM Revenue and Customs holds on the number of small businesses which have had their C1S6 Gross Status Certificate withdrawn in each of the...

      Taxation: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to commission research on the merits of introducing a land value levy.

      VAT: Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons (a) sixth form colleges, (b) schools with sixth forms and (c) academies are not liable to pay value added tax; and whether he plans to...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals in households in which at least one member works for 16 hours per week who (a) will have their...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants were sent letters inviting them to renew their tax credits through the specialist assisted renewals teams; and how many such...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax credit claimants had the disability element of that credit removed from their (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2011-12 award after making contact...

  • Justice

    • Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fewer offenders he estimates will be sent to prison in each year in order to meet his Department's target of reducing the prison population by...

    • Safe Prison Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the additional prison cells provided in the last five years met the criteria for safe cell classification.

      Prisoner Voting Rights (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the likely cost to his Department of making arrangements in prisons for prisoners to cast their vote in an election.

      Sentencing Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish his proposals on the future of sentencing policy.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to make the Prison Service more efficient.

      Heroin Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those serving a prison sentence have been treated for heroin addiction. [Official Report, 21 December 2010, Vol. 520, c. 5MC.]

      Courts Service: Dorset

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many minor injuries were sustained during the use of restraint procedures on (a) boys and (b) girls in each secure training centre in each month...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to make changes to sentencing guidelines to reduce the number of adults sent to prison; and if he will make a statement.

      Sentencing: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to make changes to sentencing guidelines to reduce the number of young offenders sent to prison; and if he will make a statement.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Human Resources

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what comparators the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Specialist Brigades

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered creating a single high-readiness light assault force by combining 16 Air Assault Brigade and 3 Commando Brigade.

    • Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Deputy Prime Minister's review of constitutional reform will include a review of the powers of bailiffs acting on behalf of central and local...

      Channel Tunnel: Governance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering any changes to the contents of the intergovernmental agreement with France on the future governance of the Channel Tunnel.

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the local budget cuts on charities.

      Children: Childminders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what increase or decrease there has been in the number of children cared for by registered childminders since the Early Years Foundation Stage Regulations became law.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the objectives of the Prime Minister's visit to China; and whether those objectives were achieved.

      Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the monitoring of the socio-economic background of civil service applicants and appointees will begin; what are the criteria for determining such backgrounds;...

      Crime: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the rise in fraudulent insurance claims. To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will put in place to tackle...

      Crime: Joint Enterprise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the fairness of joint enterprise prosecutions; and what responses they have made. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      Crime: Universal Jurisdiction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of a change in the law on Universal Jurisdiction on human rights.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, as one of the guarantor countries, of the prospects for direct trade relations developing between the Republic of Cyprus and the...

      Diplomatic Missions: State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifications a state requires in order for them to recognise it.

      Diplomatic Missions: State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifications a state requires in order for them to establish an embassy in it.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 6 April (WA 406) and by Earl Howe on 19 July (WA 162), what is the evidence that deriving insulin-producing...

      EU: Presidential Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they intend to contribute £25 million towards the cost of the President of the European Union Council's new accommodation.

      European Commission: Motor Cycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals by the European Commission concerning motor cycles, including roadside spot checks, insurance and an overhaul of MoT...

      European Union Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union Bill will have an impact on the United Kingdom's foreign policy.

      Father James Chesney

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman in his report on the Claudy bombing that "the actions of the senior RUC...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

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

      Freedom Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 28 October (WA 336), how they will communicate to the public the way in which the ideas posted on the Your...

      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 Attorney General; what are the names of those employed; at what...

      Government Departments: Staff

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

      Government Departments: Staff

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

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff have been employed on temporary or short- term contracts since 12 May to support the Secretary of State for Justice; what are the names of those...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff have been employed on temporary or short-term contracts since 12 May to support the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; what are the names of...

      Government Departments: Staff

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

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 11 November (WA 121), what were the names and employing departments of those special advisers who...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of all unpaid advisers to Ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      Higher Education: Bologna Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by national governments and higher education institutions in implementing the Bologna process.

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review their proposals for higher education funding in light of the National Union of Students protest in London on 10 November.

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have proposed that the interest rate on student loans should be set by reference to the retail prices index but adjustment in future welfare and pension...

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to increase the cap on university fees above £9,000.

      Holy See

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any reports from the United Kingdom Ambassador to the Holy See regarding the human rights of those who live in the Holy See.

      House of Commons: Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what modelling of the effect on, or implications for, political parties or regions of the United Kingdom of the reduction in the number of members of Parliament...

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the total net cost of the operation of House of Lords catering and banqueting services for each of the past three years; and what is the projected...

      House of Lords: Leave of Absence

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the average direct cost of supporting a member of the House of Lords who is not disqualified or on Leave of Absence.

      House of Lords: Leave of Absence

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the overall cost of the House of Lords per member who is not disqualified or on Leave of Absence.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to incorporate housing costs into the consumer prices index measure of inflation.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Institute of Transport Studies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the projects they have commissioned from the Institute of Transport Studies at Leeds University have been completed in the past 12 months; and what is...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they and the quartet on the Middle East are taking to protect the Bedouin living in 45 unrecognised villages of the Negev in Israel, and in particular...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of cuts on legal aid for civil causes.

      Local Economic Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to establish local economic partnerships in each part of England.

      London Underground

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Mayor of London regarding the London Underground.

      Medical Practitioners: Non-EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 November (WA 146), how many medical practitioners were admitted to the United Kingdom from European Economic...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last held talks with Senator George Mitchell to discuss Middle East peace efforts; and what themes were broached in those talks.

      NHS: Oxygen Supplies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 November (WA 30), what was the price submitted at Framework stage for the supply of oxygen to the National Health...

      NHS: Oxygen Supplies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 November (WA 30), what are the charge categories fixed for each Home Oxygen Service supplier.

      NHS: Oxygen Supplies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 November (WA 30), what is the minimum cost per claim to the National Health Service of oxygen supplies to an...

      NHS: Targets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS targets they have abolished since May 2010.

      NHS: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the tariff for a clinical procedure received by NHS children's hospitals has been reduced. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their reply to a letter dated 12 October from Congressman Joseph Crowley, co-chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs in the United...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide a list of all the members of the political division of the Northern Ireland Office with their rank and responsibilities.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many taxis were used by staff of the Northern Ireland Office on Thursday 28 October; by whom; from what locations; to what destinations; and at what cost.

      Northern Ireland: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 9 November (WA 56), whether they will place in the Library of the House details of the 31 times since...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, they consider the applicants' approval of individual or collective rights.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take, when making appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, to ensure that the commission members have the approval of the...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will mandate the Office for Budget Responsibility to produce a report on whether the United Kingdom economy was on the brink of bankruptcy in the...

      Office of International Treasury Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether ministers have any contact with the organisation calling itself the Office of International Treasury Control.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 8 November (WA 31-2), what is the employee superannuation contribution rate for judges; why it is necessary for...

      Pitcairn Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 October (WA 297), why consideration was given to the possibility of relinquishing sovereignty over...

      Police Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 19 October (WA 162), why the head of the Metropolitan Police is referred to as the Commissioner of the...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure of non-departmental public bodies for the year ended 31 March 2010. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total budgeted...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the proposed reductions in the number of civil servants employed in the Department for Transport will have on the time taken by that department to...

      Railways: Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase capacity on the rail network.

      Railways: Engineering Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of (a) the total cost, (b) the cost of the engineering work required, and (c) the cost of the compensation payable to the train...

      Schools: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 1 November (WA 367-8), how they propose to respond to the decline in the number of pupils entered for...

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which subjects are compulsory in the secondary national curriculum; and which will be compulsory in 2011-12.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in schools in England, how many children at (a) key stage 3, and (b) key stage 4, are currently taught physics, chemistry, biology or maths by a teacher without a...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (HL Deb, col. 832), what is their definition of the "structural deficit".

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (HL Deb, col. 831), what is their definition of "the financial danger zone".

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (HL Deb, col. 831), what is their definition of "sovereign debt storm".

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (HL Deb, col. 831), what is their definition of "financial credibility" as it affects the United Kingdom.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the range of reductions in funding to individual councils following Spending Review 2010; and whether they intend to apply damping to improve fairness.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 27 September (WA 423), what information they now have on the whereabouts and welfare of Prageeth...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the recent tax reform on low-income families.

      Traffic Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure that, where a local authority has used an incorrect address or an incomplete address that omits the house number and/or...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the 158 journalists alleged to be in prison; and whether freedom of expression and the media...

      Universities: Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give to universities on the protection of intellectual property arising from their scientific or other research.

      Vehicles: Electric

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress being made in the public and private sectors to develop fuel cell electric vehicles; and how many such vehicles they...

      Vehicles: Electric

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many electric vehicle charging posts they estimate will be installed in the United Kingdom by the end of 2014.

      Vehicles: Electric

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of an increase in the production of plug-in hybrid vehicles by the end of 2014.

      Your Freedom Website

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 28 October (WA 336), how many ideas have been posted on the Your Freedom website in the last month for which...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their response to the review of the Youth Justice Board by Dame Sue Street; whether they will indicate their reasons for abolishing the...

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