Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

  • Northern Ireland

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many EU directives are pending transposition into domestic legislation by his Department; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each...

    • Football: World Cup 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on entertainment activities related to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to ensure the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning publishes an inventory of the weapons...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed increase in social housing rents to 80 per cent. of markets levels on...

    • Audit Commission: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Director of Communications of the Audit Commission left his role.

      Audit Commission: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions five-star hotels have been booked by the Audit Commission through the Expotel hotel reservations service...

      Audit Commission: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission has spent on hospitality since the announcement of its abolition.

      Community Cohesion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have received grants from the Community Cohesion Fund; how much each has received; and what information...

      Council Tax: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual change was in the level of council tax precepts for (a) Hyndburn Council and (b) Rossendale Council in each...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what services provided by his Department and its predecessors were the subject of a contract with Post Office Ltd in 1997-98 and...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which services of his Department and its predecessors have been the subject of a contract awarded in a tender process in which...

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies incurred on sponsorship in each year since 1997...

      Fires Services: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of the overall income of each fire service in 2009-10 came from central Government grants.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to make changes to the definition of a local connection in respect of assessments for local authority housing...

      Housing: Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether micro-combined heat and power schemes fuelled by liquid petroleum gas are eligible to contribute to performance towards...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely effects of his proposal to offset numbers of demolitions against the number of new...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing completions there were in the Southampton unitary authority area in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there are in (a) City of Chester constituency and (b) the North West; and how many such homes have been...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in the (a) private rented, (b) social and (c) owner-occupied sector in (i) England, (ii) Hyndburn and (iii)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the merits of bringing forward proposals to enable larger parish councils to retain their business rate income.

      Local Government: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authority plans to deliver savings do not disproportionately affect the...

      Redundancy: Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any (a) redundancy, (b) settlement and (c) termination payments were made to the Director of Communications of the...

      Right to Acquire Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many right to acquire purchases from housing associations have been facilitated (a) in total and (b) with Sharia-compliant...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of families eligible for social housing that require properties with...

      Social Rented Housing: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2010, Official Report, column 136W, on social rented housing: Lambeth, what plans he has...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department expects to bring forward amendments to planning circular ODPM 01/2006 on Gypsy and Traveller sites.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which airlines his Department has contracts.

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 965W, on departmental contracts, whether he has made an...

      Developing Countries: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what priority locations he has identified for co-location of posts of his Department and of the Department for International...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what measures the UK has exercised an opt-in under EU legislative arrangements since May 2010; and what further such measures...

      Human Rights: Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State and US administration officials on the release of Shaker Aamer from...

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he received on the killing of 43 people during a Catholic mass in Baghdad on 31 October 2010; and whether he has...

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of Christians killed in Iraq as a result of religious or ethnic violence in each...

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the killing of (a) Catholics and (b) other Christians by extremist Islamist groups in Iraq.

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on recent trends in the level of violence towards Christians in Iraq.

      Lebanon: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of UK relations with Lebanon.

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Ugandan government on (a) freedom of (i) assembly and (ii) expression, (b) police...

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the continuation of the (a) Bikeability, (b) Cycling Towns and Cities and (c) Finding New Solutions programmes previously...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what quantifiable targets he has to (a) increase cycle use and (b) reduce accident risk per kilometre travelled by cycle.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated monetary value is of each vacant (a) building and (b) parcel of land owned by his Department in each region.

      EU Light Commercial Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his policy is on the European Commission's long-term efficiency target proposed in the draft EU Light Commercial Vehicles Directive; (2)...

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential for replacing petrol and diesel powered road vehicles with vehicles which have lower carbon dioxide...

      Shipping: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation he proposes to undertake in relation to his intention to remove emergency towing vessels following the outcome of the comprehensive...

  • Attorney-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with the Crown Prosecution Service on the prosecution of cases involving allegations of domestic violence.

    • Prosecutions: Witnesses

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Crown Prosecution Service expenditure in respect of criminal prosecutions where witnesses failed to attend...

      Prosecutions: Witnesses

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service called witnesses from abroad resulted in convictions in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prosecutions: Witnesses

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service has spent on calling witnesses from abroad in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Colleges of Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of the Association of Scotland's Colleges; and what matters were discussed.

    • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities; and what matters were discussed.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many EU directives are pending transposition into domestic legislation by his Department; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each such...

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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; what the monetary value...

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much funding his Department has allocated in grants for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how much such funding he plans to allocate for 2011-12.

      Scotland Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with departmental devolution champions on the likely provisions of the Scotland Bill.

      Scottish Trades Union Congress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of the Scottish Trades Union Congress; and what matters were discussed.

      Serving Scotland Better: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2010, Official Report, column 782W, on Serving Scotland Better: Scotland, which Scottish Government Ministers he...

      Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has discussed with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the likely effects in Scotland of the end of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.

  • Prime Minister

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has held meetings at Chequers at which Afghanistan was discussed; and who attended each such meeting.

    • Departmental Responsibilities: Urban Areas

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, column 565W, on departmental responsibilities: urban areas, on what date he plans to make an announcement...

      Enterprise Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to appoint an enterprise adviser.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he intends to introduce sustainability criteria under the Renewables Obligation for the use of solid and gaseous biomass in the...

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received on his proposed alterations to the financial incentives available to participants in the carbon...

      Climate Change Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to report to Parliament on the benefits of greenhouse gas reporting under the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008.

      Coal: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many deep mine coal pits are operating in Great Britain; and what proportion of electricity generated in the UK is produced from coal.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Electricity Generation: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the merits of a pan-European supergrid.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the mechanism for accreditation of general builders undertaking retrofitting work under the proposed Green Deal;...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to include in the proposed Energy Company Obligation provisions to ensure greater transparency in respect of the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that minimum standards for tariffs are proposed in the energy security and green economy Bill.

      Energy: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately rented homes and social housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Football: World Cup 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on entertainment activities related to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2010, Official Report, column 751W, on fuel poverty, what his definition is of reasonably...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what annual leak rate his Department assumes in its 2010 guidelines for company reporting for residential and commercial air...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he made of the (a) level of domestic gas consumption and (b) proportion of the change in that level of consumption...

      Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made by the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding from the public purse his Department has allocated to the development of (a) biofuel, (b) biomass, (c)...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an estimate of the number of people who installed renewable energy equipment before July 2009 who will not qualify...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has assessed the merits of grandfathering bioliquids under the Renewables Obligation separately from, and in advance of, the...

      Renewables Obligation: Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether his Department plans to increase the number of renewable obligation certificates awarded for marine energy in England and...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with (a) Renewables UK and (b) the micro-generation sector on the (i) future of solar...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households likely to participate in the Warm Front Scheme in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group on the changes made to the Warm Front programme following the...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to adopt a general proximity rule for land-based wind turbine planning applications.

  • Treasury

    • BBC

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings (a) officials and (b) special advisers in his Department have had with the director-general of the BBC; and whether pensions were...

    • Child Benefit

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

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) men and (b) women will be affected by the changes to child tax credit announced in the June 2010 Budget by 2014-15; (2) how many (a)...

      Combined Online Information System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) start-up and (b) annual running cost of the Combined Online Information System database.

      Consumer Prices Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to include housing costs in the calculation of the consumer prices index.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times he has travelled (a) first and (b) standard class by train on official duties since 7 May 2010.

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of the effect on his Department's expenditure of the removal of the mobility component of disability living allowance in each of...

      Economic Growth: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely level of growth in the (a) private and (b) public sector in the North East in each year of the...

      Health Centres: Christchurch

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the sale of the lease for the former Saxon Square Health Centre in...

      Infrastructure Projects: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to encourage the development of asset-backed vehicles for accessing private capital for infrastructure projects in local government...

      Member: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 4 October 2010 with regard to Mrs V. Delahunt, transferred...

      Member: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 2 September 2010, with regard to Mr R. Hamilton.

      Member: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 7 October 2010 and 9 November 2010 regarding child...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has assessed the effect of the mortgage market proposals made by the Financial Services Authority on small businesses with a turnover under...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has plans to secure savings to the public purse from renegotiation of private finance initiative contracts; (2) if he will have...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in place for the transfer of budgets between spending Departments following a reallocation of departmental responsibilities; whether...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the fair pay review to report on the feasibility of paying salaries at the level of the London living wage across the public sector...

      Taxation: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has plans to introduce a windfall tax on oil and gas extraction companies.

      Taxation: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many landlords in the private rented sector in (a) Hyndburn, (b) Haslingden and (c) England have been required by HM Revenue and Customs to settle...

      VAT: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the potential effect of the implementation of the proposed increase in the standard rate of value added tax on retail...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a Green Paper on the long-term strategy for her Department's policies affecting farming and its...

    • Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's budget is for promoting farming (a) in England and (b) overseas for 2011-12.

      Agriculture: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the monetary value to the farming industry of exemptions from business rates in the latest...

      Agriculture: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in each county in England were employed in agriculture in each of the last 10 years.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many disputes relating to the Single Farm Payment scheme there have been in each year since 2008.

      Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the use of prime agricultural land for growing crops as a feedstock for anaerobic digesters.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effect on levels of polluting emissions from business operations of her...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to inform the public in advance of any badger culling activities sanctioned by the Government.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new evidence (a) she and (b) her Department has evaluated on bovine tuberculosis since the publication of the Krebs...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress she has made on proposals for mandatory reporting of carbon emissions by UK-listed companies; and if she...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible spent on press cuttings...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations sponsored by her Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new regulations sponsored by her Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many and what proportion of Questions tabled to the Secretary of State for written answer on a named day were...

      Elephants: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on the protection of African and Asian elephants in each country in each of the last three...

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average annual income of (a) farmers and (b) hill farmers in (i) England and (ii) Cumbria was in each year since 1997.

      Fisheries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the revenue raised from fishing licences in the last five years was spent on fisheries enhancement and...

      Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the potential effects of...

      Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date her Department's next conference with stakeholders on sustainability in the livestock industry will be held.

      Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of (a) cattle and (b) sheep in each county in England in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on local authorities of absorbing Framework Funding into the revenue support grant.

      Milk: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it a requirement that milk produced in super dairies is clearly labelled with information on its production...

      National Park Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse was of national park authorities' planning departments in each of the last two years.

      Pigs: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review the adequacy of the criteria for the issuing of licences for the keeping of micro pigs as pets.

      Pigs: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will commission research into the potential health effects on children of households keeping micro pigs as pets.

      Pigs: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will discuss with animal welfare charities the welfare of micro pigs kept as pets.

      Pigs: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government the provision of local authority...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to ensure that public bodies source more food from British farmers.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there was to the number of miles of statutory rights of way available to (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists and (c)...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms will be in place to ensure that any future amendment to planning regulations will not reduce the (a) length...

      EU: Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to oppose the provision contained in amendment 205 of the European Parliament proposal to...

      River Trent: Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Environment Agency granted licences to the Small Hydro Company to allow for the construction of two...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to improve summer flows on chalk streams; and if she will make a statement.

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, columns 533-35W, on the Royal Society for the Protection of...

      Rural Payments Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints her Department received in respect of the Rural Payments Agency in each year since 2008.

      Rural Payments Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long on average the Rural Payments Agency takes to respond to an item of correspondence.

      Rural Payments Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding she has allocated to the Rural Payments Agency in 2010-11.

      Rural Payments Agency: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days staff of the Rural Payments Agency were absent due to sick leave in the latest period for which figures are...

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on an international ban on shark finning.

      Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the land area eligible for payments under the single payment scheme in respect of which no...

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dog wardens were employed by each local authority in England in each of the last five years.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had with water companies on river abstraction; whether progress has been made in...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reduce the adverse effects on river flows of abstraction; and if she will make a statement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on his Department's guidance on regulations on the conduct of employment agencies; and if he...

    • Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the budget of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for 2010-11 has been allocated to expenditure on default...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many banks are willing to lend in support of British exports in partnership with the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of establishing a Green Investment Bank on small businesses.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many children who had received free school meals entered (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge university in each year since 1980.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what account his Department has taken of the likely effects on resource flows in universities of the withdrawal of teaching...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, column 643W, on innovation, which centres currently funded by...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) strategic and (b) other powers he plans to enable local enterprise partnerships to exercise; and if he will make a...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the level of (a) central Government and (b) local authority funding for local enterprise partnerships in...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to put in place mechanisms to ensure representation from the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chambers of...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has plans to put in place mechanisms to limit spending on (a) administration and (b) communications and marketing by...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how local enterprise partnerships will provide assistance in respect of small areas of deprivation in (a) Harlow and (b) other...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the proposed local enterprise partnerships will consider the former staff of regional development agencies as potential...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what mechanisms he expects smaller sub-regional economic areas to (a) integrate in and (b) work with the larger local...

      National Consumer Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the Barnett consequentials for the devolved Administations as a result of the proposed reforms to...

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department plans to provide for the teaching of postgraduate taught courses in Higher Education Funding Council...

      Refrigerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to reduce the number of refrigerated display cabinets disposed of in landfill sites.

      Refrigerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to encourage the re-use and recycling of (a) refrigerated display cabinets and (b) other white electrical goods.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to determine the funding allocations for growth hubs.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department are working on the plans for the establishment of growth hubs.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Football: World Cup 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office spent on entertainment activities related to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

  • Justice

    • Appeals: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeal cases relating to incapacity benefit have been heard (a) in Coventry, (b) in the West Midlands and (c) nationally in the last 2 years;...

    • Civil Proceedings: Landlord and Tenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court cases arose from disputes between landlords and tenants in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department issues to probation staff in respect of the preparation of court reports recommending sentencing options for cases where...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken between the issue of a community order with a condition of attendance on (a) a group general offender behaviour programme...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to provide that deaths occurring in psychiatric care must be...

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2010, Official Report, column 834W, on mercy killings, whether the Government plans to amend the law on offences of...

      Football: World Cup 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on entertainment activities related to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

      HM Prison Acklington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were employed at HM Prison Acklington (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in each of the last five...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the feasibility study he has commissioned on the Land Registry will involve full consultation with the main stakeholders.

      Landlord Possession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judgment orders to amend landlord possession claims were issued by county court judges in each of the first two quarters of 2010.

      Lockerbie: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what level of (a) disclosure and (b) dissemination has been applied to information regarding Abdul Baset Al Megrahi held by the Criminal Cases Review...

      Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have been referred into drug treatment through the criminal justice system in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the operational staffing requirements for (a) operational managers, (b) principal officers, (c) senior officers, (d) prison officers, (e)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appointments there have been to each grade in the Prison Service since March 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unfilled places there were on each training course for new prison officer grades since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable he has set for bringing forward his proposals to reduce the incidence of squatting.

      Tribunals: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the introduction of specialist housing tribunals in cases of the repossession of homes by landlords.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) children and young people under the age of 18 years and (b) looked-after children and young people under the age of 18 years were released...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those under the age of 18 years serving a Detention and Training Order in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training...

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of (a) legislation and (b) guidelines on contested adoption cases.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children became subject to a care order, police protection order or emergency protection order in England in each year from 1989 to 2007.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children subject to a care order, police protection order or emergency protection order or placed for adoption excluding children looked after...

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many transport-related fines his Department has settled on behalf of its staff in each year since 2005; and what the cost to the public purse was...

      Departmental Services: Post Office

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

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many unpaid, expenses-only internships there have been in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies which fall within his Department's area of...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the effectiveness of conditional cost transfer schemes in increasing education...

      Education: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of academic standards in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Mid Sussex constituency.

      Sex and Relationships Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the forthcoming curriculum review will consider sex and relationships education.

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on the causes of bullying in schools; when his Department last undertook a review...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has offered assistance to The Big March campaign; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the organisers of The Big March...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the Government plans to stipulate (a) a minimum and (b) a maximum award to students from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund in the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which training providers receive Government funding for the Discretionary Learner Support Fund; and how much was received by each such provider in the...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the proportion of newly-qualified teachers who did not find permanent employment in each of the last five years; what...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Livestock: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much meat of each type procured by the Department of Facilities was slaughtered...

    • Parliamentary Questions: Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent estimate has been made of the average cost to the House of a tabled...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons Commission spent under its transport subsidy scheme...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) 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;...

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the One UN approach to UN agencies work in developing countries; and if he will...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Sri Lanka on his Department's capacity to (a) provide and (b) fund...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has had recent discussions with the Government of Sri Lanka on land and property restitution programmes for the purposes of...

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on reform of the World Bank; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much funding her Department has allocated in grants for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how much such funding she plans to allocate for 2011-12.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian medical staff in each speciality have been employed by Defence Medical Services to provide support to Operation Herrick in each of the...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has a contract for the protection of supply convoys in Afghanistan with (a) Watan Risk Management and (b) Kandahar...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of attacks on supply convoys supplying UK forces in Afghanistan were recorded in each of the last four years; and if he will make a...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has used the host nation trucking contract to supply UK forces serving in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department employs private security contractors to provide highway security for supply convoys in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have served in Afghanistan since 2001.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who in his Department is responsible for the operational management of contracts with trucking companies to supply UK forces serving in Afghanistan; and...

      Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Royal Air Force fighters were scrambled from (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Coningsby to intercept aircraft in each of the last...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the effect on his Department's costs of the decision to change the in-service date of HMS Queen Elizabeth and...

      Armed Forces: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what allowance his Department provides to (a) service personnel, (b) ex-service personnel and (c) dependants of service personnel.

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Strategic Defence and Security Review, page 6, what steps he is taking to renew the military covenant.

      Armed Forces: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current shortfall is in respect of medical personnel of each rank available for active service; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of deployment on operations was for defence medical personnel of each rank in each year since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of new infantry recruits were aged under 18 years in each year since 2001-02.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of infantry soldiers were aged 21 or below in each year since 2001-02.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the strategic defence and security review, page 24, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of introducing the Future...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the strategic defence and security review, page 24, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of introducing a new range...

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what published information he has made available to local organisations and individuals about his estimates of the (a) trend in the number of service...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what issues relating to (a) lengths and (b) intervals of tours of duty are being considered as part of the Defence Reform Unit's review.

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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; what the monetary value...

      Explosives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capabilities to counter (a) explosive ordnance and (b) improvised explosive devices will receive increased funding from his Department in each...

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to disclose the top secret documents relating to UK atomic tests in compliance with the order from the War Pensions Tribunal; and if he...

      Falklands Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what analysis his Department undertook of the capability of the armed forces in respect of defending the Falkland Islands from attack prior to the recent...

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the proposed UK-France treaty on nuclear weapons co-operation, whether military flights between the UK and France will involve the...

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects HMS Astute to resume sea trials.

      Military Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities will receive increased funding from his Department in each year of...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of fulfilling the UK's obligations under the Convention on International Civil Aviation in respect...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the capabilities are of the (a) dipping sonar of the Merlin helicopter and (b) deployable Sonobuoys of the Nimrod MRA4; and if he will make a...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) speed of reaction, (b) radius of action and (c) endurance is of (i) the Merlin helicopter and (ii) Nimrod MRA4; and if he will make a...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on lift requirements of operation Herrick of the use of C-130J's as a replacement for the Nimrod...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of (a) possible uses for and (b) the cost to the public purse of the use of Nimrod MRA4 aircraft in an overland...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the earliest possible date for a remotely-piloted aircraft to be introduced as a replacement for the Nimrod MRA4;...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with the French Government on the use of Breguet Atlantiques as a substitute for the Nimrod MRA4 (a) intelligence,...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the strategic defence and security review, what estimate he has made of the savings that will accrue to his Department through...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2010, Official Report, column 449W, on Trident value for money review, what external assistance and technical...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of replacing Trident in current prices.

  • Health

    • Abortion Act 1967

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents his Department has published consequent on the provisions of the...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 18 years have died as a result of receiving contaminated blood products while undergoing treatment in the NHS.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, Northern Ireland and (d) each region of England have been affected by the provision of contaminated blood...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the merits of a fixed tariff compensation scheme for those affected by contaminated blood.

      Blood: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether collaboration takes place between his Department and the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural...

      Blood: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to (a) assess and (b) mitigate the risks to public health posed by (i) the Asian tiger mosquito and (ii) other bloodborne...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from the healthcare industry on the introduction of pathogen reduction technology in the NHS.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to increase the range of pathogen reduction technologies used for the treatment of blood products in NHS facilities; and if...

      Blood: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on transposing the EU Blood Directive 2002/98/EC into domestic regulations and guidelines; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health If he will take steps to ensure that Plymouth Derriford Hospital Trust may receive income from making its CyberKnife technology available for the...

      Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were seen by NHS dentists in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Cumbria and (d) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in each of...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (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...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support and information on carbohydrate counting given to children with Type 1 diabetes; and if he will...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will write to primary care trusts setting out the baseline funding allocation for disabled children's frontline services for the next three years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of coercive treatment for drug addiction in comparison to the effectiveness of voluntary treatment.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GP consortia will be expected to engage directly with representatives of those local allied health professional bodies which have a formal...

      Health Care: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional funding he plans to allocate to the provision of health care to service personnel as part of the comprehensive spending review...

      Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to assess the cost-benefit analysis of the cluster formed by the Mid Essex, North East Essex and West Essex primary care trusts;...

      Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) non-medical staff, (b) administrators, (c) managers and (d) senior managers there will be in (i) the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust, (ii)...

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the provision of herbal medicines in NHS facilities in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and...

      Hospitals: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the total running costs for the University hospital, Coventry was paid to the private finance initiative provider in each year from...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those aged 65 and over have taken up the seasonal flu vaccine in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2010, Official Report, column 664W, on mental health services, whether he plans to commission a study into the...

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether representatives of allied health professionals will have a permanent role on the NHS National Commissioning Board under the proposals in the...

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the proposed NHS Commissioning Board will have regional offices.

      NHS Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of each letter of advice provided by KPMG to NHS Herefordshire and its predecessor organisation on the value for...

      Podiatry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he plans to put in place to ensure that adequate undergraduate training places for podiatrists are commissioned after the abolition of...

      Primary Care Trusts: Strategic Health Authorities.

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

      Smoking: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of early deaths from smoking-related diseases.

  • Home Department

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the coalition agreement, what further steps she plans to take to prevent crime and apprehend criminals.

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which 10 (a) countries and (b) organisations pose the greatest threat to cyber-security in the UK in order of the level of threat posed;...

      Demonstrations: Whitehall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what reports she has received from the Metropolitan police service (MPS) on the estimated (a) cost of damage caused and (b) number of...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been paid to officials in her Department and its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in addition...

      Domestic Violence Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce her policy on the piloting of Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of illegal drugs there have been at ports in (a) Liverpool and (b) the North West in the last six years.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU directives are pending transposition into domestic legislation by her Department; and what estimate she has made of the cost of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of current initiatives to reduce the incidence of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training police forces receive to equip them to investigate cases of human trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to initiate a further Pentameter human trafficking investigation.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the potential of Operation Newbridge in West Sussex to inform protocols for protecting children...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants who are in prison were convicted of offences related to a breach of immigration law.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 23 November 2010, Official Report, columns 169-71, whether those refused (a) student, (b) marriage and (c)...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department's Immigration and Nationality Directorate have used (a) first class rail travel and (b) air travel at...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the merits of commissioning more frequent reviews by the Migration Advisory Committee of the proposed...

      Immigration Controls: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the likely effects on the levels of (a) growth, (b) output and (c) overseas direct investment of the...

      Immigration: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms will be in place to ensure that companies are not inhibited by the proposed annual immigration cap from recruiting talent or...

      Intercept Modernisation Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister of 27 October 2010, Official Report, column 310, on intercept modernisation, whether the...

      Law Enforcement Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the future of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies' ability to (a) obtain communication data and...

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sham marriages have been identified in each of the last five years.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely effect of the implementation of her proposed requirement for marriage visa applications to...

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means her Department plans to end the link between temporary and permanent migration; and what timetable she has set for the...

      Migration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce her policy on migration post-study; and whether her Department has made an assessment of the merits of providing...

      Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she plans to review the remit of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in formulating her Department's 2010 drugs...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the activities of the London office of the Muslim Brotherhood; and if she will make a statement.

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reports she has received on the activities of the London offices of the Muslim Brotherhood; and if she will make a statement.

      Police Community Support Officers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to continue to ring-fence the budget which funds police community support officers; and if she will make a statement.

      Police Community Support Officers: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there are in (a) Leicestershire, (b) Leicester and (c) Leicester West constituency.

      Police: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers in (i) the Metropolitan Police Service and...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2010, Official Report, columns 814-5W, on police: demonstrations, what further information she has...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) were employed on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) she expects to be employed in May 2015.

      Police: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2010, Official Report, column 209W, on police: mental illness, whether her Department plans to...

      Union of Good

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent representations she has received on the operation of Union of Good in the UK; (2) what recent representations she has...

      Visas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with universities in Scotland on proposed changes to student visa arrangements.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent on projects in Dartford constituency in each of the last 5 years.

    • Arts: Bristol City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effect of reductions in local authority funding on arts organisations in the Bristol...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the level of awareness among the public of the availability to them of arts funding grants; and...

      Arts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effect on arts organisations based in the London borough of Hillingdon of local...

      Arts: Leeds City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effect on arts organisations based in Leeds City Council of local authority funding...

      Arts: London Borough of Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effect on arts organisations based in the London borough of Redbridge of local...

      Arts: Luton Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the effects of reductions in funding for local authorities on arts organisations in Luton borough council area.

      Arts: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the economic effects on the arts sector in the West Midlands of...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what criteria will be used to determine the shortlist for the appointment of the new Chairman of the BBC Trust; and if he will...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the impact of the judicial review of Ministerial decisions on the Digital Economy Act 2010.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many EU directives are pending transposition into domestic legislation by his Department; and what estimate he has made of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when his Department plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 16 September and...

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on his decision to end his Department's funding for non-national museums,...

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to reduce the (a) regulatory and (b) administrative burden on organisers of live music performances.

      Music: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future of arrangements for music licences in respect of public performances.

      National Lottery: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much lottery funding for the arts was awarded in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England in the last five years.

      Regional Development Agencies: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 333W, on regional development agencies: North East...

      Royal Parks: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the backlog of maintenance works in the Royal Parks.

      Sports: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to increase adult participation in sport in the London Borough of Bexley.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Commons: Size

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria he used to determine his policy on the future size of the House of Commons.

    • Digital Inclusion

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister to what extent consideration of digital inclusion will form part of his constitutional reform programme.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the electoral register.

      Individual Voter Registration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on speeding up the implementation of individual voter registration.

      Lobbyists

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on his plans to introduce a statutory register for lobbyists.

      Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the ballots for the proposed referendum on the alternative vote and the elections to the Scottish Parliament in 2010 will be on separate ballot papers.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Voting Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on the registration of voters with second homes.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Corruption: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2010, Official Report, column 846W, on corruption: EU law, whether the Government maintains a record of those...

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to provide that certain Government services are only available online; and what timetable he has set for such provision.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department plans to reform procurement rules to facilitate the delivery of public services by (a) charities, (b) social enterprises, (c)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2010, Official Report, columns, 992-993W, on the access to work programme, when he expects to place in...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in each local authority in each English region likely to be affected by the introduction...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) new council tax benefit claims made to each local authority were dealt with within 25 days and (b) amended council tax...

      Departmental Food

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there will be circumstances in which children in receipt of the mobility component of disability living allowance who are attending...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people are claiming income-based employment and support allowance; and how many of those people cited a mental health condition...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made on reviewing the work capability assessment for employment and support allowance.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of individuals in households in which at least one member works for at least 16 hours per week...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation he undertook with representative organisations in developing his proposals for changes to housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the monetary value of non-dependent deductions in housing benefit (a) prior to the June 2010 Budget and (b) in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) new housing benefit claims made to each local authority were dealt with within 25 days and (b) changed housing benefit...

      Housing Benefit: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of changing eligibility for housing benefit to include individuals undertaking full-time further...

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of amending rules governing the payment of local housing allowance to ensure that it is paid directly to private...

      Housing Benefit: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 July 2010, Official Report, column 553W, on housing benefit: vulnerable adults, what practical support for local...

      Housing Benefit: Womens Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on local authority funding of women's aid projects of changes to housing benefit.

      Housing: Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the availability of housing in each London borough with (a) four bedrooms which can be rented at a...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against decisions to disallow incapacity benefit there have been in each year since it was introduced in 1995; and how many...

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will have their entitlement to a motability car withdrawn in the 2010-11 financial year;...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to take steps to assist those claiming support for mortgage interest whose mortgage interest rate is substantially higher than...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to implement the provisions of EU Directive 2004/40/EC as amended; and whether the directive will affect...

      Pensions: Consumer Price Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology he used to determine his policy on the use of the consumer prices index as a measure of inflation in respect of pensions.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the £2.1 billion funding for the implementation of universal credit will be allocated to IT development.

      Social Security Benefits: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether households in social housing where rents are set at 80% of market rents will be affected by the proposed upper limit on benefits...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of total state pension payments of (a) less than £50, (b) less than £100, (c) less than £150,...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Astor of Hever on 4 November (WA 427), how 12 per cent more flying hours per aircraft per month are being achieved by the...

    • Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide institutional shareholders with more information to inform their decision-making when approving bank bonuses.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what hardship payments will be available to families receiving benefits with (a) one child, (b), two children, or (c) three children or more, who have received a...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the minutes of the October 2010 United Kingdom-United States Political Military Talks on the British Indian...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to take measures to promote reconciliation in Burma between the military junta, and Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy...

      Cayman Islands: Biosafety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to which the United Kingdom is a party, apply to the...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impacts of the legal aid and civil costs proposals on the Citizens Advice Bureau movement.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the contribution of forestry land in the United Kingdom to reducing emissions and tackling climate change.

      Climate Change: Deforestation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are seeking at the 2010 Climate Change Conference at Cancun regarding measures to reduce emissions from deforestation.

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have consulted the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission as part of their current review of the Government Scholarship Programme.

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether discussions have taken place between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with regard to the...

      Cuba

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 November (WA 77), whether the Government of Cuba have released the remaining 13 political...

      Education: Performance-related Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce performance-based pay for teachers.

      Employment: Special Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the Department for Education has had from the Seashell Trust on the lack of accessible employment opportunities for its college leavers with...

      Energy: Coal Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the proposed extension of the subsidy to German coal mining until 2018.

      EU: Currencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs of returning the following countries to their national currencies: (a) Ireland, (b) Greece, (c) Portugal, (d) Italy,...

      EU: UK National Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford to Lord Tebbit on 10 November (WA 80), what areas of United Kingdom national sovereignty have been...

      Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the full terms of reference of Sir Scott Baker's extradition review. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Sir Scott Baker's...

      Finance: Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Governor of the Bank of England is consulted by HM Treasury in the course of formulating fiscal strategy; and how the Treasury ensures that fiscal and...

      Food: Kosher and Halal Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require kosher and halal slaughtered meat to be clearly labelled and presented as such.

      Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 11 November (WA 129), why they raise the issue of bonded labour with Pakistan, but not with...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they view Gaza as still being "occupied" by Israel under the terms of the Geneva Convention and the rules of "de facto control".

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of all unpaid advisers to Ministers in the Department for Transport.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of all unpaid advisers to Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of social housing sector tenants in local authority and registered social landlord lets have been in receipt of full and partial housing benefit in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to implement the cap on non-European Union workers.

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) families, and (b) unaccompanied children, have been detained for immigration purposes since 5 May 2010; and how many of each were in immigration...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the obstacles to ending the detention of children; and whether they will offer to transfer any families still in detention to accommodation provided under...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England or HM Treasury monitors trends in public confidence in the ability of the Monetary Policy Committee to meet the inflation target set by...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Chancellor of the Exchequer will next set the inflation target for the Monetary Policy Committee.

      Isles of Scilly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether completion of approvals for the Isles of Scilly Link, contained in Annex B of the Department for Transport's Investment in Local Major Transport Schemes,...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are involved in negotiations with the Government of Israel regarding withdrawal from military positions in the village of Ghajar; whether they are...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority on the issue of text-books used in schools, of an anti-Israel or anti-Jewish nature; and with what...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 27 October (WA 293), how the local enterprise partnerships will be funded; how they will be held to account...

      Mortgage Lenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to consult mortgage lenders on new additional measures to assist first-time buyers beyond the present range of options.

      Ofgem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of Ofgem; and what plans exist for any new powers and responsibilities for that office.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the concerns expressed by the chairman of the Forces Pension Society, Vice-Admiral Sir Michael Moore, over the impact on war widows and...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in light of the European Commission's Green Paper Towards adequate, safe and sustainable European pension systems, pensions policy in the United Kingdom...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of the European Union's competence in the area of pensions policy; and in light of this what is their assessment of...

      Railways: Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered increasing capacity on the existing West Coast mainline and Chiltern mainline routes by increasing services and adding extra carriages.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they forecast demand will increase on the proposed High Speed Two London to Birmingham rail route.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the reduction in journey times on the proposed High Speed Two rail route compared with the existing Chiltern mainline service.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the net cost benefit analysis for the proposed High Speed Two rail route has been calculated on the basis of fare increases; and, if so, what are those...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have forecast the reduction of property values in the vicinity of the proposed High Speed Two rail route.

      Rainforests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the annual rate of destruction of rainforests; and how this compares with that for each of the past five years.

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide financial support to the Republic of Ireland. To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances the United Kingdom would be required...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how capital costs for new buildings or building adaptations will be met for schools set up under the free schools programme.

      Schools: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 1 November (WA 368), for each of the years 1995-2009, how many pupils in England were entered for (a) 10...

      Schools: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on learning of poor toilet and drinking water facilities in schools; and what measures they propose to ensure that all...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (Official Report, col. 830-47), whether the Committee of the Office for Budget Responsibility at any point...

      Sustainable Communities Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will carry out the proposal in the coalition agreement our programme for government to "implement the Sustainable Communities Act"; and when they will...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 9 November (WA 70), whether the United Kingdom Ambassador in Damascus will continue to press the...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 2 November (WA 402), what responses or undertakings they received from the Turkish authorities during...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the number of Turkish journalists currently awaiting trial or serving sentences, when they last raised issues of press freedom with the Government of...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 2 November (WA 401) concerning the admission of Turkey to the European Union, whether they and the...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Uganda regarding the proposed legislation in Uganda, and, in particular, the Public Order Management Bill and...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposed legislation in Uganda, and, in particular, the Public Order Management Bill and the Press and Journalist (Amendment)...

      Women: Peace and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the open debate in the United Nations Security Council on 26 October on Women, Peace and Security.

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