Written answers

Thursday, 25 November 2010

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Dietary Supplements: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union is taking to ensure that the Government's objectives for the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Leader of the House for written answer on a named day were answered substantively before or on the day...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Attorney-General for written answer on a named day were answered substantively before or on the day named...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of reductions to the bus subsidies and local government...

    • Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require users of all categories of mobility scooters to take out third party insurance; and if he...

      Seafaring Careers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills the promotion of commercial on-shore and commercial seafaring careers.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the level of tolls on the Severn Crossing.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he made of his Department's (a) combined capital and revenue funding for local transport, (b) capital funding for local transport, (c)...

  • International Development

    • Angola: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what reports he has received of the number of fatalities as a result of landmine explosions in the areas of Angola in respect of...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for ordinary written answer (a) in Session 2009-10 and (b)...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to meet the commitment in the Coalition Agreement to focus on children with disabilities in the...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help developing countries expand access to free healthcare; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on ensuring that those delivering his Department's water and sewerage projects in developing countries use (a)...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government plans to take to ensure efficiency and transparency in the distribution of its budgets for clean water and...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to take steps to ensure that information on (a) expenditure and (b) outcomes of expenditure by the water sector in...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects his Department to complete its plans to implement the in-service elements of the recommendations of the Murrison Report; and if he will...

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on veterans' pensions for veterans (a) based in the UK and (b) living abroad in the last five years for which figures are...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-service date is of the seventh Astute-class submarine.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on (i) the purchase of Christmas trees, (ii) the purchase of Christmas decorations and...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the senior responsible owner (SRO) is for each of the major defence projects reported on by the National Audit Office in its 2010 report; on what...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanism he has put in place to ensure that future export potential is considered at the outset of a major project in his Department.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) remit, (b) staffing levels and (c) number and types of cases administered by each legal team in his Department were in the latest period...

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to reduce his Department's budget for legal services.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many procurement contracts his Department is in the process of awarding; to what equipment each contract relates; what estimate he has made of the...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which items were procured by his Department using funds from the contingency reserve in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 to date.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for written answer on a named day were answered substantively before or...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to publish the outcome of the review of his Department's veterans strategy.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the performance of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency in bringing together services for veterans.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will update the information on the veterans strategy presented on the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency website.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely number of armed forces veterans in (a) 2020 (b) 2030 (c) 2040 and (d) 2050.

      Falklands Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on the Falklands Islands of Decree 256/2010 issued by the Government of Argentina.

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has considered the merits of using the superhangar at MOD St Athan for the purpose of servicing RAF aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings he had with representatives of BAE Systems on the Strategic Defence and Security Review prior to its publication.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the incorporation of the Core H reactor into the Vanguard-class submarines during their period of long overhaul...

      Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to announce his decision on the shortlist of bidders to undertake submarine dismantling work; and which (a) individuals and (b)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely effects on the number of new homes of the implementation of the proposed affordable rent...

    • Empty Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to return empty homes to productive use.

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the likely number of new affordable homes starts in each of the next three years.

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the effects on local authority housing budgets of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage increase in council tax in England has been since 1997.

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the effects on the effectiveness of local representation of the implementation of proposals to reduce the...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made in implementing his policy on houses in multiple occupation in deprived areas; and what assessment he...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with the Conservative Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Mid and...

    • Cumbria University: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department plans to provide to the University of Cumbria to maximise the uptake of higher education by persons...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for written answer on a named day were answered...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for ordinary written answer (a) in Session 2009-10...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on future funding for the Aim Higher scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding each university received from (a) the public purse and (b) tuition fees in the latest period for which figures...

      Higher Education: North Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in North Tyneside constituency (a) applied to attend university in the current academic year and (b)...

      Innovation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department plans to allocate to support the proposed East End of London High Tech Hub in each of the next...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to ensure that internet service providers do not discriminate against competitors and new entrants...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on differentials between remuneration of graduates and non-graduates.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to reduce the time taken to process applications for student loans.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability-specific organisations have applied to be approved contractors for the Work Programme.

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effects on those in receipt of carer's allowance of the implementation of his proposal for a...

      Carer's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Livingston constituency (a) are in receipt of carer's allowance and (b) were in receipt of carer's allowance in each of...

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what services provided by his 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 Work and Pensions 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 Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on overseas visits for senior officials in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation he undertook with (a) charities, (b) third sector organisations and (c) other disability organisations prior to his...

      Disability Living Allowance: Livingston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in Livingston constituency with a learning disability who will be affected by the...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency, (b) Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency and (c) Scotland have been...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what relationship he plans to establish between the work programme and work clubs.

      Employment: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the effects of reductions in bus subsidies and the local government transport grant on the mobility of individuals seeking work.

      Flexible New Deal: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to introduce the Government's Flexible New Deal in County Durham.

      Fylde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed in each of his Department's offices on the Fylde coast.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of housing benefit in (a) Newcastle Upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England have been in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria he plans to use to determine the distribution of additional discretionary housing benefit funding between local authorities.

      Housing Benefit: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) North West Durham constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England likely to have...

      Housing Benefit: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those in receipt of housing benefit in (a) Newcastle Upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England are...

      Housing Benefit: North Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) North Tyneside constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England are in receipt of housing benefit and have been...

      Housing Benefit: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects on people aged between 25 and 35 in sparsely populated rural areas of the proposed changes to...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he made of the proportion of housing benefit recipients in Scotland who were (a) pensioners, (b) carers and (c) disabled in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Jobcentre Plus districts in each region of England have a mental health co-ordinator as part of the mental health...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent estimate he has made of the average contact time with a jobs adviser for a jobseeker's allowance claimant in the first (a)...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects on small businesses of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions; and what steps he plans to take...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2010, Official Report, columns 941-42W, on private rented housing, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of council tax benefit claimants are disabled people; what assessment his Department has made of the effect on disabled people...

      Social Security Benefits: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has made an estimate of the (a) average and (b) total difference between eligible mortgage interest outgoings and...

  • Health

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include a lung function test in the NHS Healthcheck.

    • Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Cumbria and (d) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency are registered with an...

      Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Cumbria and (d) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency (i) do not have access...

      Depression: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients diagnosed with manic depression have committed suicide in (a) each NHS trust in the North West and (b) in England in each of the last...

      Hemofil T: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the age was of the youngest person on the Hemofil T trial in the early 1980s.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of deaths in psychiatric care were due to natural causes in each of the last five years.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has assessed the effectiveness of the Zamboni treatment for alleviating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

      NHS: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have announced reductions in nursing staff since May 2010.

      NHS: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were recruited by the NHS in 2009-10.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on commissioning more services from community pharmacies.

      Respiratory Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital admissions there were for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) all respiratory diseases in (i) the Hove Primary...

      South West Essex Primary Care Trust: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the level of expenditure at South West Essex primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Ministers in his Department last met the European Commissioner for Health and Consumers; whether the matters of the effects of the setting of maximum...

  • Education

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education to what projects and programmes he plans to allocate funds saved as a result of spending reductions in respect of Building Schools for the Future.

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to meet representatives of Bolton Council to discuss the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

      Children: Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department makes available additional per capita funding for the children of service personnel.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people at (a) Regent College and (b) Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College receive education maintenance allowance.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on his proposed changes to education maintenance allowance.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the replacement for the education maintenance allowance.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people in each local authority in England were in receipt of education maintenance allowance in 2009-10.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Ashton-in-Makerfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in Makerfield constituency claimed education maintenance allowance in each of the last three years.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people in Bolton claimed education maintenance allowance in each of the last five years.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students at schools and colleges in Liverpool have received education maintenance allowance payments in each of the last five years; and how...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in (a) Wansbeck constituency and (b) Northumberland have received education maintenance allowance in the last 12 months.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on education maintenance allowance in 2009-10; and what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students normally resident in Warrington North constituency receive education maintenance allowance; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Wimbledon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the number of young people in Wimbledon constituency in receipt of education maintenance allowance.

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effects on the educational attainment of children of the undertaking by a parent of...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what level of funding his Department has allocated to (a) the Dedicated Schools Grant, (b) the School Standards Grant and School Standards Grant...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which of his Department's (a) grants and (b) funding streams it classifies as core schools funding.

      Engineering: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he plans to make available for the engineering diploma qualification in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many proposals to establish a free school his Department has received from (a) individuals, (b) groups and (c) organisations to date; and how...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the likely number of free schools in September 2011.

      Free Schools: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many expressions of interest in the free schools scheme he has received from groups based in (a) Birmingham local education authority area and...

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to complete his Department's performance review of the grant provided to the New Schools Network for the administration of the free...

      New Schools Network: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2011, Official Report, column 612W, on the New Schools Network, on what date he plans to reply to the request...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date he expects the first cash payments under the proposed pupil premium formula to be made to schools.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether he has plans to provide additional financial support to schools with a high number of deprived pupils after the introduction of the pupil...

      Pupils: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of children of school age in communities of (a) Gypsy or Roma and (b) Travellers of Irish...

      School Sport Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what evidence he evaluated in his assessment of School Sport Partnerships.

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much and what proportion of school capital spending the Minister expects to allocate to (a) existing comprehensive schools, (b) existing...

      Schools: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will make an estimate of the number of redundancies likely to be made by schools as a result of the spending reductions proposed in the...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to continue measures to prevent the closure of rural schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much capital spending he plans to allocate to schools in Warrington in the next four financial years; and which schools in Warrington will be (a)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information local authorities are required to provide to parents of deaf children on (a) the number of teachers with a mandatory qualification in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many communication support workers for deaf children are employed in (a) Lancashire and (b) England.

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to increase the number of male primary school teachers.

      Teachers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of teachers likely to be made redundant as a result of the spending reductions proposed in the comprehensive spending review.

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) with reference to his Department's press notice on the 2010 Spending Review of 20 October 2010, what mechanism he plans to adopt to divide...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will prepare an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in England; (2) whether his Department...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to which organisations his Department has (a) made grants in 2010-11 and (b) allocated grants for (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii)...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the proportion of people who (a) have switched energy tariffs, (b) find energy suppliers'...

      Energy: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department plans to allocate to assist UK companies working overseas to (a) increase the availability of energy...

      Geothermal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of deep geothermal energy generation.

      Oil and Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely trends in the price of (a) oil and (b) gas in the next five years.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department plans to allocate to encourage (a) the development of renewable energy and (b) the efficient use of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date the National Security Council first discussed the decision that the armed forces would cease their combat role in Afghanistan by 2015.

    • BBC

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2010, Official Report, column 782W, on the BBC, whether (a) he, (b) civil servants and (c) special advisers in his Office have...

      Business: East of England

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date (a) his Office received the petition from the East of England Space for Ideas Business Group and (b) he responded to that petition.

      Trident Successor Programme

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether the National Security Council has made a recent (a) estimate of the cumulative private finance initiative liabilities of the Ministry of Defence to 2020...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the implications of the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry into barriers to entry, expansion and exit in the UK banking...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to increase representation by UK Financial Investments Ltd on the boards of banks in receipt of public funding.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to lay before Parliament for approval a draft Legislative Reform (Industrial and Provident Societies and Credit Unions) Order; what...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of progress in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the special report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on methods of providing compensation for Equitable Life policyholders.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he plans to make the first payments to Equitable Life policyholders affected by maladministration in the regulation of that society; what...

      EU Member States: Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with his EU counterparts an amendment to EU Regulation 883/2004 to remove from non-UK workers from other EU member states the entitlement...

      Mortgages: Certification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to end self certification of mortgages; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 21217, on amendment to child benefit regulations, tabled by the hon. Member for North East Cambridgeshire on 28 October...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the 2010 targets for priority species and habitats under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan were last renewed; and when she...

    • Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions she has held with representatives of the (a) Scottish and (b) UK fishing industry on reductions in...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) her EU counterparts on reform of the EU...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value was of contracts between her Department and its predecessors and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to identify those of its services that could be provided through the post office network.

      Dogs: Electric Shock Collars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she made of the merits of bringing forward proposals for a ban on electric shock collars for dogs.

      EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Ministers in her Department have attended each EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting since 11 May 2010; and for...

      Floods: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total cost of clear up following the recent flooding in Cornwall.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had at (a) EU and (b) UN level on (i) trends in global food prices in 2011-12 and (ii)...

      Pygmy Sloths: Panama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department will provide conservation advice to the government of Panama to help preserve the pygmy sloth.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to review her Department's policy on disposal of low-level nuclear waste.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the water industry, (b) consumer groups and (c) Ofwat since 11 May 2010 on the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on establishing the Big Society bank.

    • Big Society

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contribution the spending reductions identified through the comprehensive spending review process will make to the Government's objectives for the...

      Civil Servants: Conservative Party

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Walsall North of 11 November 2010, Official Report, column 429W, on civil servants: Conservative party,...

      Statistics: EU Action

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans (a) to approve proposals for or (b) to accept the operation of stronger EU surveillance and enforcement mechanisms in respect of UK...

  • Scotland

    • Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 656W, on Citizens Advice Scotland, whether he plans to meet Citizens Advice...

    • Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 656W, on Citizens Advice Scotland, what assessment his Department has made to the...

      Daylight Saving Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on the provisions of the Daylight Saving Bill.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of Questions tabled to the Secretary of State for ordinary written answer (a) in Session 2009-10 and (b) since May 2010...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has commissioned research on future economic growth in Scotland.

      Equality: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on the implementation of the public sector duty on socio-economic inequalities...

      Political Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 657W, on political appointments, when his special adviser was appointed; and at...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what capital projects which were (a) being planned and (b) under way in April 2010 are estimated to cost over £10 million.

    • Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made an assessment of the merits of bringing forward proposals to apply the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to (a) the...

      Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were summoned for jury service in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.

      National Probation Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation service employees of each grade there were in probation areas on 31 December (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009; and if he...

      Payment and Enforcement Centre: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's Payment and Enforcement Centre in Liverpool; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions his Department has had with the (a) operators and (b) financiers of prisons operated under the private finance initiative (PFI)...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has allocated to drug treatment services in prisons for each year of the spending review period.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders who were treated for drug addiction while in prison in each of the last five years have reoffended; and how many of those offenders...

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions (a) his Department and (b) the Youth Justice Board has had with the (i) operators and (ii) financiers of secure training...

      Shoplifting: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the rate of reoffending among those convicted of offences related to shoplifting.

  • Home Department

    • Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on her proposal to incorporate the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre in the new National...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for written answer on a named day were answered substantively...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for ordinary written answer (a) in Session 2009-10 and (b) since...

      Domestic Violence: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to include the issue of domestic violence against older women in the EU strategy for combating violence against women;...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision she plans to ensure foreign nationals from outside the EU coming to the UK to learn English in language training schools are...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the legislative framework in respect of human trafficking.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to write to the hon. Member for Morley and Outwood in response to the operational questions raised during her statement to the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates since her appointment she has met (a) the Mayor of London, (b) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and (c)...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the value for money of the £1,500 payments made to foreign prisoners who agree to leave the country.

      UK Human Trafficking Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed by the UK Human Trafficking Centre.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will assess the effects on the Government's constitutional reform programme of the recent proposed increase in the number of Members of the House of Lords.

    • House of Lords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward legislation in the current Parliament to reduce the number of Ministers in the (a) House of Commons and (b) House of Lords with effect...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Minister for written answer on a named day were answered substantively before or on the day...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Minister for ordinary written answer (a) in Session 2009-10 and (b) since May 2010 were...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what legal advice she sought from the Attorney-General on her decision not to implement Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

      Government Equalities Office: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many events the Government Equalities Office plans to hold in 2010-11; what estimate she has made of the cost under each budget heading of each...

      Women's National Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the (a) capital and (b) resource costs of the decision to abolish the Women's National Commission.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term maintenance contracts have been entered into in respect of Tornado aircraft; what is the total financial commitment under those contracts; and what...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 4 November (WA 427), how much the upgrade to the further 17 Tornado GR4 aircraft will cost; and whether...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unprotected support vehicles in the Army inventory it is planned to replace with protected vehicles.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 9 November (WA 50), what information they now have concerning the whereabouts and welfare of Dr Al...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make representations to banks ahead of decisions on the payment of bonuses to traders and senior executives in respect of 2010.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Wilcox on 21 October (WA 189) and 9 November (WA 50-1) and notwithstanding the review into corporate governance and...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will amend the Barnett formula so that it is based on need.

      BBC: Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 26 October (WA 249), whether the BBC will be able to deny the National Audit Office the ability to audit its...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to encourage the Secretary-General of the United Nations to visit Burma in the near future to promote reconciliation between the military...

      Caucasus: Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what initiatives they plan to take to help improve civil security measures through friendly countries in the Caucasus and west Asian areas.

      Corruption Prevention Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 19 October (WA 164), why the Corruption Prevention Unit has been abolished.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the size of grant to local authorities required to achieve the freeze in council tax; and, given the differential dependence of...

      Culture and Arts: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have been held between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Communities and Local Government regarding the impact on arts and culture...

      Devolved Administrations: Deficit Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place for discussions with Ministers in the devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take forward the...

      Devolved Administrations: Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions took place with Ministers in the devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in advance of the spending review 2010.

      Elections: Unregistered Electors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, in descending order, is the estimated number of unregistered electors in each parliamentary constituency.

      Elections: Unregistered Electors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, in descending order, is the estimated percentage of unregistered electors in each parliamentary constituency.

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Home Office media centre website has reproduced the 5 November speech of the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality on the Equality Act 2010...

      European Single Market

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the European Commission's current programme of enhancing the functioning of, and increased commercial activity in, the European...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the speech by European Union Council President, Mr Van Rompuy, on 9 November concerning euro-scepticism and member states' ability to...

      Finance: Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether the deductibility of interest against profits is an inducement to debt rather than equity finance and can contribute to...

      Finance: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they will issue to Ministers about the action they should take if approached by an individual classed by the Financial Services Authority as "an...

      Finance: Tripartite Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the principals committee of the tripartite authorities, comprising HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority, has met...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff members of the Financial Services Authority resigned in the three months to the end of October.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Israel for the full opening of the Karni crossing, so as to reduce the chance of a shortage of wheat in...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Israel the need to increase the number of patients from Gaza who are permitted to go to the West Bank and Israel...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the importation of spare parts for the water treatment and supply system in 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 Wales; 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 Communities and Local Government.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the total projected staffing costs over a 12-month period of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; and how much of that expenditure is attributable to...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what access to ministers and officials Mr Andrew Parsons and Ms Nicky Woodhouse will be given following their return to the Conservative party payroll. To ask Her...

      Government Departments: Staff

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

      House of Lords: September Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House, further to his Written Answer on 16 November (WA 191) concerning September sittings of the House, whether he will conduct a survey of Members to ascertain their views.

      House of Parliament: Female Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the number and percentage of female members of (a) the House of Commons, and (b) the House of Lords, on 25 November 1985, the date of the first public...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people (a) claim Local Housing Allowance, and (b) live in social or council housing, in each of the nine statistical regions of England, and Scotland and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the impact of capping local housing allowance on (a) black and minority ethnic, and (b) other, claimants.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much will be saved by reducing the cap on housing benefit to the 40th percentile of rents in the broad market rental areas in the financial year 2011-12, then...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Monetary Policy Committee should ignore "non-core" inflation, that relating to food and fuel, when determining the...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Governor of the Bank of England has had to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer explaining failure to keep inflation at or below the...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 November (WA 195), (a) what would have been the aggregate increase in the retail prices index if the rate of...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of ongoing negotiations in Iraq over the formation of a new Government; and what support the United Kingdom is providing to this process.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Israel concerning the arrest of Mr Mahmoud Ramhi, the Secretary-General of the Palestinian National...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 1 November (WA 358), whether they have obtained assurances from the Government of Israel concerning (a)...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the arrest of the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr Mahmoud...

      Junior Individual Savings Account

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of setting up the Junior Individual Savings Account.

      Media: Leaks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are considering to reduce the number of unauthorised leaks of confidential information to media organisations.

      Minorities in the Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will adopt a comprehensive approach to the effective protection of religious, ethnic and cultural minorities in the Middle East; and whether they will...

      Monetary Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made about how close United Kingdom monetary policy is to producing a Keynesian liquidity trap.

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they instructed the HM Treasury representative at the last meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee to say about Government policy on growth and employment....

      Nigeria: Witchcraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of recent reports of an increase in intimidation and harassment of non-governmental organisations working to defend the rights of children accused of...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of levels of malnutrition in North Korea.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Pakistan over the sentences handed down to, and the welfare of, Ruqayya Bibi and her husband Munir...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the recent inter-party agreement on the voting system, whether they will press for the earliest possible elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Israel the need of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for cement, aggregate, steel and glass; why in...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the introduction of electronic scrutiny of passports of those departing from the United Kingdom, in the manner in which it is already in place for those...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of budget cuts on the pensions and benefits of war widows.

      Police: Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider reviewing the operation of the police communication network contract in the light of recent media reports suggesting that police forces...

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of quantitative easing on (a) borrowers, and (b) savers.

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of quantitative easing on the value of Sterling.

      Royal Navy: Admiralty Board and Navy Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the titles of the present members of (a) the Admiralty Board, and (b) the Navy Board.

      Russia: Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek a stronger participation by the government of Russia in the efforts of the quartet on the Middle East to secure a two-state solution.

      Safety: Electrical Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fires were caused by electric cookers in the last three years; whether they require manufacturers to have backlit switches to indicate that particular...

      Smoking and Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom citizens die each year as a direct result of (a) smoking, and (b) alcohol.

      South Africa: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received of the discovery of 446 bodies of foetuses and babies under one year of age in Gauteng province, South Africa; and whether they...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why in the Spending Review 2010 the cut in formula grant to councils has been front-loaded in the first year.

      Tax Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will take to reduce the scope for tax avoidance and evasion by United Kingdom business personnel.

      UK Trade Deficit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the United Kingdom's trade deficit continues to deteriorate.

      UK-EU Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the accumulated deficits or surpluses in the United Kingdom's trade with the other European Union countries between 2000 and 2009 in (a) manufactured...

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