Written answers

Monday, 6 December 2010

  • Wales

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps she has taken since her appointment to reduce expenditure on conferences from budgets within her responsibility.

    • Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on overtime for staff working within her private office in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on press cuttings services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of her Department's expenditure on printing (a) Command Papers, (b) papers laid before Parliament by Act, (c) consultation...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on grey fleet in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

  • Northern Ireland

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) corps and (b) regiment had the highest (i) fatality and (ii) casualty rate in (A) Iraq and (B) Afghanistan in each year since 2001-02.

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the role of Afghan forces in protecting supply convoys to UK forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2010, Official Report, column 173W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, how many of the 84 Hellfire missiles...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) military staff were employed at each RAF base in the UK in each year since 2007.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he made of the cost to the public purse under each budget heading of the cancellation of the order for the second aircraft carrier HMS...

      Armed Forces: Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the use of blood safety technologies in the treatment of wounded soldiers in combat zones.

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compulsory drugs tests (CDTs) were performed on Army personnel in each of the first three quarters of 2010; and how many had positive results...

      Defence: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has estimated the number of jobs in the UK to be supported by defence expenditure in each year to 2014-15.

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of the (a) fine art, (b) antique furniture, (c) clocks, (d) photographs and (e) other...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable he has set for the implementation of the proposed increase in the number of Typhoon Eurofighters in operation at RAF Leuchars.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what data relating to nuclear test veterans the Atomic Weapons Establishment has supplied to his Department.

      France: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the number of days the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle was at sea in each of the last 10 years;...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date he expects the A400M transport aircraft to enter service with the Royal Air Force.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the correspondence address is of each supplier of (a) equipment, (b) personnel, (c) parts and (d) assembly facilities for the Joint Strike...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what criteria he plans to use to determine which RAF bases will be closed as a result of the implementation of the recommendation of the Strategic...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to consult the National Defence Medal Campaign as part of its forthcoming review of the rules governing the awarding of medals.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the capabilities are of the (a) Hercules C130 and (b) Nimrod MRA4 in respect of (i) maritime radar capability and (ii) carrying sonobuoys; and if...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of airborne intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance support for...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he has made to provide search and rescue cover for (a) Typhoons and (b) F-35 Joint Strike Fighters refuelling over the ocean from the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the correspondence address is of each supplier of (a) equipment, (b) personnel, (c) parts and (d) assembly facilities for the production of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the Government have spent on research on a direct relationship between carbon dioxide emissions attributable to human activity...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what financial contributions his Department plans to make to Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus in each...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what agreements were made on energy subsidy reform at the G20 Seoul Summit.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the merits of the introduction of a regular obligation on owners of private electricity and gas networks...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which dates officials of his Department met to consider the European Court of Justice's Citiworks ruling and the consultation on the...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to include the issue of global fossil fuel subsidy reform in the EU position for the Cancun climate change conference.

      Geothermal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to introduce exploration licensing legislation to facilitate geothermal heat and power projects.

      Geothermal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent request his Department has received for meetings with representatives of the deep geothermal energy industry; and what...

      Geothermal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the barriers to the development of deep geothermal energy in the UK; and what steps his...

      Geothermal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of the requirements for support of deep geothermal power in respect of the Renewables...

      Geothermal Power: Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with Ofgem on deep geothermal power.

      Geothermal Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has plans to introduce a regulatory regime for the development of deep geothermal power technology.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the potential contribution of shale gas to the UK's energy needs.

      Near Zero Emissions Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) funding and (b) other support his Department has provided to the EU-China Near Zero Emissions Coal project.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings the Geological Disposal Implementation Board for Radioactive Waste has held; what the current membership is of the...

      Renewables Obligation: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to make a decision on whether to grandfather bioliquids made from waste under the Renewables Obligation; and if he will...

      Renewables Obligation: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on the potential effect on the number of green jobs in the economy of any decision not to...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines are in operation at each location in each local authority area.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind farms are (a) in operation and (b) in construction; and how many applications for wind farms are awaiting planning...

      Wind Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has allocated to research which aims to improve the efficiency of wind turbines in the latest period for which...

  • Scotland

    • Alternative Vote: Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has assessed the effects of holding a joint ballot for a referendum on the alternative vote and elections to the Scottish Parliament on those...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Scottish Government will receive a budgetary uplift as a consequence of the allocation of £50 million by the Government to the interim...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he has taken since his appointment to reduce expenditure on conferences from budgets within his responsibility.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on press cuttings services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on printing (a) Command Papers, (b) papers laid before Parliament by Act, (c) consultation...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Elections: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for what reasons he considers that there should be two separate electoral management boards for Scotland.

      Elections: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for what reasons the laying of the draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2010 took place after the presentation of the Parliamentary Voting...

      Elections: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the nature of the operational relationship between the Government and Interim Electoral Management Board Scotland...

      Local Government Ballots: Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland under what circumstances he expects a combination of Scottish Parliament and local government ballots to occur.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on research concerning bees in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the bee population in England was on 1 March (a) 2000 and (b) 2010.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with (a) supermarket retailers and (b) the farming industry on the sustainability...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department plans to take to encourage and support small and medium-sized enterprises and third sector...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors she plans to take into account in determining whether the Environment Agency's navigations will transfer to the...

      Farming Futures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations she received prior to making her decision to terminate funding for Farming Futures in the next...

      Farming Futures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her impact assessment in respect of the rural (a) economy and (b) environment of her Department's...

      Farming Futures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her Department's assessments of the value for money delivered by Farming Futures in each of the last four...

      Farming: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department plans to provide to the farming industry for the purposes of tackling climate change in each...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which flood defence projects in each constituency are awaiting financial approval by the Environment Agency.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department (a) allocated for expenditure on flood defences in each of the last five years and (b) plans to...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to launch the public consultation on the sale of Forestry Commission land.

      Timber: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made towards the 2013 deadline for implementation of EU regulations on the importation of...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Managers: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, when the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Rural Areas

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent representations he has received on the work of the Church of England in rural parishes; and if he will make...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Abortion

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what material relating to the passage of the (a) Abortion Bill [ Lords] 1965-66...

    • Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons service spent on press cuttings services in each year...

      Parliamentary Archives: Publications

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what material offered to the Parliamentary Archives was rejected in each of the...

      Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent risk assessment has been undertaken in respect of the tiled floors in...

      Portcullis House: Fire Escapes

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent risk assessment has been undertaken of fire safety procedures in...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the ballot papers for the (a) proposed referendum on the alternative vote...

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the compliance with its...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in African states on the commitment to spend 10 per cent. of GDP on...

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had on replenishment of funding for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural...

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support (a) agricultural research and (b) extension needs in respect of the very poorest and...

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had on the role of UK institutions and non-governmental organisations in meeting the need...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken since his appointment to reduce expenditure on conferences from budgets within his responsibility.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to encourage and support small and medium-sized enterprises and third sector organisations to...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many of his Department's staff at each grade (a) in the UK and (b) at each overseas office are working on agriculture...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many agricultural staff his Department plans to recruit at each grade in the next 12 months; and in which country each will be based.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on press cuttings services in each year since 1997.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to encourage multilateral development banks to provide further support for investment and lending for the...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to answer of 25 November 2010, Official Report, columns 389-90W, on developing countries: health services, by what means his...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) financial, (b) advisory and (c) training assistance his Department provides to foreign countries to support the provision...

      Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consideration he has given to the merits of using a proportion of development aid to improve institutional governance of (a) tax...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 non-governmental organisations received the highest levels of funding from his Department in the latest period for which...

      Philippines: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations based in the UK receive financial support from his Department for activities in the Philippines;...

      Philippines: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department allocated to the Philippines in each category in each year since 2000; and how much aid in each category it...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the implementation of provisions on the recognition of...

    • Burma: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the imprisonment of Min Ko Naing in Burma.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of questions to his Department tabled in the (a) House of Commons and (b) House...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review his decision not to publish the entries in the Government wine cellar database to take into account the...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from which wine (a) merchants and (b) producers his Department has purchased wine since his appointment.

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests his Department has received since his appointment to publish a copy of the entries in the Government wine...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the government of Pakistan and (b) the government of India on the future of Kashmir.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the political situation in Kashmir and (b) prospects for the future of Kashmir; and if he...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

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

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates each Minister in his Department has (a) visited Morocco and (b) had a meeting to discuss issues related to...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on international peace and stability of the recent actions of the government of North...

      Philippines: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the Government of the Philippines on the killings at Maguindanao in the Southern Philippines...

      UN Resolutions: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he made at UN level on the decision of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly to delete the...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had at the United Nations on the deployment of human rights monitors to Western Sahara.

      Zimbabwe: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the safety of journalists in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Classroom Assistants: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many classroom assistants he expects to be employed in schools in each of the next five years.

    • Departmental Food

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to provide financial support to young people to encourage them to continue their education past the age of 16.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what rights of appeal will be given to (a) students and (b) their parents whose applications for financial help under the Government's plans to...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings he has had with head teachers to discuss his plans to replace the education maintenance allowance; and who was present at each such meeting.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he intends to produce guidance for head teachers and college principals on the criteria which should be used to allocate the money they receive...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of removing education maintenance allowance on disadvantaged young people in Birmingham.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Erith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in Erith and Thamesmead constituency claimed education maintenance allowance in each of the last five years.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he made of the number of pupils in each constituency who were eligible to receive free school meals in year 11 who went on to (a)...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many pupils eligible for free school meals were entered for GCSEs in (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology and (d) three separate...

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what responsibilities he has assigned to (a) the free schools group in his Department and (b) the New Schools Network in respect of free schools.

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what advice he received from officials in his Department on the New Schools Network prior to awarding it a grant to administer advice on free schools.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information local authorities are required to provide to his Department on the number of children resident in their areas who do not have school...

      Schools: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many complaints he has received on the consultation process relating to the schools reviews being undertaken by North Yorkshire county council.

      Teachers: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to allow further education lecturers to teach in maintained schools.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers he expects to be employed by schools in each of the next five years.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the freeze on public sector salaries applies to progress on pay spines for teachers.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what types of gift products the Audit Commission purchased from (a) the Purple Company (UK) and (b) Giftpoint in...

    • Audit Commission: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce his proposals for the future of the Audit Commission's pension scheme.

      Care Homes: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he is taking steps to ensure that residential homes give adequate consideration to granting requests from residents to...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and its predecessors and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department issues internal guidance on the communication of decisions regarding appointments or reappointments of...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of his Department's compliance with the code of practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments...

      English Regions Network: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will cease all funding to the English Regions Network; and how much the Network received from his Department and its...

      EU Grants and Loans: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to align the proposed Regional Growth Fund with the North East England 2007-2013 European Regional...

      EU Grants and Loans: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what risk assessment his Department has undertaken of the potential effects of the abolition of One North East on the delivery...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely effect on fire services of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review.

      Fire Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 50W, on fire services: Greater London, for what reasons he...

      Fire Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of firefighters who will be affected by the public sector pay freeze.

      Homelessness: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have been recorded as homeless in (a) Cumbria, (b) the North West and (c) each parliamentary constituency in...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made on the creation of local enterprise partnerships.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether he has sought the advice of the District Auditor on the appropriateness of the use by local authorities of cash...

      Local Government Finance: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will ensure that Liverpool city council receives a smaller percentage reduction in its grant income than more affluent...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was collected by each local authority in England in national non-domestic rates in each of the last three years for...

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of dwellings in each local authority area were registered as second homes for council tax purposes...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there is any variation in the mechanism by which the level of the Supporting People grant is calculated by local...

  • Transport

    • Accident Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the functions carried out by his Department's (a) Air Accident Investigation Branch, (b) Rail...

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he has set for the introduction of his proposed new regulatory system for passenger security checks at airports.

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with whom his Department plans to consult on his proposals for a new regulatory system for passenger security at airports; and if he will place in the...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) nature was of the management consultancy for which his Department paid Interfleet (i) £106,817.12 on 13 May 2010...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) nature was of the legal advice for which his Department paid Freshfields £148,773.21 on 9 September 2010.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) nature was of the legal advice for which his Department paid CMS Cameron (a) £269,116.77 on 31 August 2010, (b)...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) nature was of the management consultancy for which his Department paid the Nichols Group £145,593.02 on 18 May 2010.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) nature was of the management consultancy for which his Department paid Jacobs Engineering (a) £149,911.38 on 21...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) nature was of the management consultancy for which his Department paid Mott MacDonald (a) £142,963.63 on 26 May...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) nature was of the management consultancy for which his Department paid PricewaterhouseCoopers (a) £162,040.95 on 20...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what grants have been awarded by his Department in 2010-11 to date; what grants he plans to award in each of then next two years; what the...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether security functions carried out for his Department by TRANSEC will be affected by reductions to his Department's central administration budget;...

      Departmental Sponsorship

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

      Dover Harbour Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne East of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 34W, whether the proposal...

      Dover Harbour Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legal advice he has received from his Department on whether primary legislation is required before any sale of the assets of the Dover Harbour...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) material, (b) administrative and (c) postage costs the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency incurred in issuing tax discs in the latest year...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what posts exist in the tax disc section of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency; and what salary is payable to holders of each such post.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities have been (a) banned and (b) suspended from accessing the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database in the last 12 months;...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of time learner drivers have to wait to take a driving test.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to raise awareness among drivers (a) of the risks inherent in driving with poor vision and (b) that driving with vision below...

      Ferries: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the extent of the use of alternative fuels in the river ferry sector.

      Freight Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated to the Freight Facilities Grant in each of the last five years.

      Freight Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on the future of the Freight Facilities Grant.

      Freight Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the Freight Facilities Grant scheme.

      Great Western Railway: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to make an announcement on the proposed electrification of the Great Western line to South Wales.

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to estimate the effect on levels of walking and cycling in respect of his Department's objectives of the implementation of the second...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people his Department employs as part of the Motor Insurance Database's Continuous Insurance Enforcement Project Team.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to align the timing of off-peak travel periods between different train operating companies.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which 20 rail routes are with the highest levels of congestion.

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the evidential basis was for his Department's conclusion that the changes proposed to the resourcing of the search and rescue helicopter...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress the Government are making on developing road safety measures to reduce the frequency of minor accidents.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) other outcomes from road traffic accidents in (i) Cumbria and (ii) England were reported to...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the Highways Agency's Salt Stock Strategy document.

      Speed Limits: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to take steps to (a) amend the way in which speed limits for rural roads are set and (b) ensure that the mean speed for...

      Twickenham Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the merits of lengthening of the platforms at Twickenham rail station to facilitate crowd management at...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies: Lancashire

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on the effect of his proposals for constituency boundaries on the boundaries of constituencies serving mill towns in...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate has his Department made of the number of owners of second homes who are registered as voters in more than one constituency.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions Government Departments have required professional indemnity from a contractor to the level of £1 million or above in each of...

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to enable national and multi-national companies on the Office of Government Commerce framework to subcontract to small and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to adopt the one-in one-out system for regulation.

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of people who will be affected by the implementation of his proposals to remove the mobility...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) women and (b) men in Wales who will be affected by the implementation of his proposed changes...

      Jobcentre Plus: Deptford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the running cost was of the Jobcentre Plus service in Deptford high street in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Jobcentre Plus: Deptford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost per square metre was of the premises at 120-124 Deptford high street rented by Trillium on behalf of his Department in 2009-10.

      Jobcentre Plus: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost was of running Jobcentre Plus services at Jobcentres in the South East in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Materials Handling Equipment: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Health and Safety Executive plans to publish its report into the collapse of a crane at Chandler's Wharf in Liverpool on 6 July 2009;...

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for uprating the state earnings-related pension scheme in the period to 2014-15.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce incidences of ambulance stacking attributable to a shortage of nursing staff and beds in accident and emergency departments.

    • Ambulance Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on changing the ambulance funding model from a block grant to a per call-out tariff; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulance Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has held with representatives of the private ambulance industry on the likely effect on that sector of the introduction of...

      Blood: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to develop a strategy to reduce the risk posed by known and unknown pathogens to the security of the donated blood supply.

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to widen choice for patients undergoing cataract surgery in NHS facilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will encourage hospital trusts with high numbers of clostridium difficile infections to conduct trials of prebiotic supplements; and if he will make...

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each hospital trust in England spent on the prevention and treatment of clostridium difficile in 2009.

      Complementary Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on statutory regulation of acupuncturists, herbalists and practitioners of Chinese medicine; and if he will make a...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people not registered with a dentist in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) England in the...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to encourage and support small and medium-sized enterprises and third sector organisations to compete for...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) names, (b) job titles and (c) qualifications are of the members of his Department's Steering Group of officials in respect of the review...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on press cuttings services in each year since 1997.

      Depressive Illnesses: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with manic depression have committed suicide in each NHS trust in England in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether board meetings of GP consortia will be held in public under his proposals for re-organisation of the NHS.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether centres of excellence for the care of conditions such as diabetes will be retained after the implemention of the proposals in the Health White Paper.

      Health Services: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the work of NHS Innovations South East on the quality of health services; and if he will make a statement.

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are followed for testing herbal medicines before they are provided on the NHS.

      Human Experiments: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have had their medical records flagged under the (a) Nuclear Weapons Tests Participants (MR1185) and (b) National Registry for Radiation...

      Human Experiments: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Nuclear Weapons Tests Participants medical research study MR1185 was first instigated; and what criteria were set for the flagging of medical records.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that implementation of the (a) Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services and (b) NICE specialist neonatal care quality...

      Meat: Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the entry of meat and dairy products from cloned animals into the food chain.

      Medical Equipment: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the procedures of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in respect of the...

      Myasthenia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had discussions with BioMarin on the provision of drugs for (a) Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome and (b) congenital myasthenic syndrome.

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms will be in place to ensure that the funding held by primary care trusts for public health improvement will be transferred in full to local...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the number of staff at South London Healthcare NHS Trust who earn over £100,000 per year.

      Weather: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken in preparation for anticipated severe weather to ensure that (a) older people and (b) other vulnerable groups are...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he has taken since his appointment to reduce expenditure on conferences from budgets within his responsibility.

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department plans to take to encourage and support small and medium-sized enterprises and third sector...

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on overtime for staff working within the Secretary of State's private office in each of the last...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on printing (a) Command Papers, (b) papers laid before Parliament...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on grey fleet in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Horseracing Betting Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to announce the conclusions of his Department's review of remote gambling; and whether he has taken account of...

      Horseracing Betting Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that all areas of the betting industry contribute to the Horseracing Betting Levy.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with transport operators on travel from elsewhere in the UK to London for (a) those...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with local authorities and others on accommodation for those from elsewhere in the UK...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what savings to the public purse his Department identified in the budget for the 2012 London Olympics as part of the...

      Royal Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what legislation he proposes to bring forward in respect of the Royal Parks.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between the level of success at elite level sport and mass...

      Sports Cabinet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) who he plans to invite to the meeting of the Sports Cabinet planned for early 2011; (2) if he will invite...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) interventions were made in respect of and (b) people participated in the Aimhigher programme in the most recent...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to ensure that the (a) Medical Research Council and (b) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to ensure that the (a) Medical Research Council and (b) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the new apprenticeships announced in his Department's paper Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth he...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people aged 19 years and over are taking apprenticeships at level (a) 2, (b) 3 and (c) 4 in 2010-11; and how many...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in each parliamentary constituency which have access to broadband at...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support sub-loop unbundling to increase broadband competition in rural areas.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial assistance is available to (a) individuals and (b) community groups in rural areas who wish to be connected to...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the level of access to broadband in Wales; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Consumer Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people contacted Consumer Direct in each of the last five years; and how many such contacts related to debt and consumer...

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proposals to improve access to affordable credit he has considered.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has assessed the likely effects on (a) small businesses and (b) independent financial advisers of the...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's proposals for higher education funding on the international...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department plans to spend on higher education in each year to 2014-15; and what estimate he has made of the level of...

      National Union of Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the accounts of the National Union of Students for each of the last five years.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to paragraph 4.8 of the Local Growth White Paper, Cm 7981, from what budget headings the funding from other...

      Royal Mail: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of the East London Mail Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of social enterprises established in the last 10 years; and what information...

      Student Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the financial reports of each student union which have been made available to...

      Student Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to bring forward proposals to make (a) student unions and (b) external organisations affiliated to student...

  • Home Department

    • Police Officer Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the change in the number of police officers in England and Wales between March 1997 and March 2010.

    • National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date she expects DNA records of people not charged with a crime to have been removed from the national DNA database.

      Security Threats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methodology her Department follows to determine the nature of security threats to the UK.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with police forces on the likely number of police community support officers at the end of 2014-15.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to review the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Crime: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded crimes attributable to alcohol per 1,000 crimes there were in (a) each local authority in Wiltshire, (b) Wiltshire and...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have been offered enhanced early retirement packages in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Sponsorship

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

      Detention Centres: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to establish an immigration detention centre in Croydon; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to review the effects of the international treaties on drugs to which the UK is a signatory on the scope of UK legislation...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the size of the illicit drug market.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of acquisitive crime which was drug-related in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to make a decision on the application for a residence card as a family member of a European Economic Area national of the...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future of the student visa system.

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices in each category have been issued in the last two years.

      Hemp: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on industrial growers of hemp of recent changes to licences for that activity under the provisions...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to involve the third sector in formulating policy to reduce the incidence of human trafficking.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals before the Immigration and Asylum tribunal were adjourned because no representative of her Department was present in each of...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to increase the level of her Department's representation at appeals before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Camberwell and Peckham dated 8 October 2010 on police numbers in Southwark.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 7 September 2010 from the hon. Member for Torbay on his constituent, P. Griffith.

      National Police Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements she plans to make for the undertaking of the functions of the National Police Improvement Agency after its closure.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements she plans to put in place for scrutiny of elected police commissioners.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether responsibility for determining the number of police community support officers (PCSOs) will rest with proposed police...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the compliance of her Department with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's criteria for sourcing...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) increasing and (b) reducing the capital gains tax annual exempt amount by £5,000.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department undertook an equalities impact assessment in respect of his proposal to withdraw child benefit from households with one higher rate...

      Conflict Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding from his Department was allocated to the Conflict Pool in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of questions to his Department tabled in (a) the House of Commons and (b) the House of Lords that remained...

      Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to be employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c)...

      Financial Services: International Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to ensure that consumer protection in financial services forms part of the work of the G20 to address the global...

      Financial Services: International Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on establishing an expert group to report to the G20 summit in 2011 to deliver recommendations on supporting effective financial consumer...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the regulatory effect of the proposals on mortgage lending made by (a) the Financial Services Authority and (b) the...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on fiscal measures to assist first-time homebuyers who decide to commit a large proportion of their income in mortgage payments in order...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of borrowers who may not be able to take out remortgages following the introduction of the Financial Services...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to encourage local private finance initiative providers to renegotiate the terms of their contracts with local public bodies for the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he took to ensure that the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review were compliant with the (a) Human Rights Act 1998 and (b) Equality Act...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on women in Wales.

      Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his Department's impact assessment of the likely effects of reductions in the number of public sector jobs in areas where the private...

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the budgetary settlement agreed by his Department with the Ministry of Defence included an assumption that a proportion of the costs of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs received in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many compliance officers HM Revenue and Customs had on 5 April 2010; and how many he expects there to be on the same date in (a) 2011 and (b)...

      Revenue and Customs: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision HM Revenue and Customs make for those in rural areas who are required to enter their tax returns online and who do not have broadband access.

      Social Security: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what gender impact assessment his Department has undertaken to determine the relative effects of the implementation of his proposals regarding child benefit...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to enter the debts attributable to the Student Loan Company on the public sector balance sheet.

      Tax Allowances: Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to announce the next annual uprating of allowances and thresholds for tax and national insurance for 2011-12.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the real-terms growth of (a) actual and (b) underlying tax revenues in each year from 1985-86 to 2009-10; and if he will make...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of tax credit recipients who experience marginal deduction rates of (a) 70% or less, (b) between 71 and 73%, (c)...

      Working Tax Credit: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of women in Wales who will be affected by the proposed reduction in the childcare element of the working tax credit...

      Working Tax Credit: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of single (a) women and (b) men without children in Wales who will qualify for working tax credits in each of the...

  • Attorney-General

  • Justice

    • Courts: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many landlord possessions claims were dismissed by courts because the claimant had not followed civil procedure rules in the first two quarters of 2010.

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department plans to take to encourage and support small and medium-sized enterprises and third sector organisations to compete for...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions in the last three years the Secretary of State has used his power under section 59(2) of the Data Protection Act 1998 to release...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on press cuttings services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the expenditure of his Department and its predecessor on printing (a) Command Papers, (b) papers laid before Parliament by...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people convicted of criminal offences in the latest period for which figures are available had no previous cautions.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people who received cautions were subsequently convicted of a criminal offence in the latest period in which figures are available.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the minimum period is after which a caution is considered spent.

      Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has issued on the release on licence of offenders with unresolved drink or drug dependency issues.

      Offenders: Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances offenders serving a custodial sentence following conviction for a violent offence may be released from custody on licence.

      Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the merits of setting a minimum custodial sentence for offenders convicted of a second or third violent offence.

      Office of the Public Guardian: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints the Office of the Public Guardian received in the last 12 months; and how many such complaints were responded to within its target...

      Preston Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of HM Prison Preston's certified normal accommodation consists of healthcare beds.

      Prisoners: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that prisoners with a drink or drug dependency are appropriately treated while in custody.

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people diagnosed with a drink or drug dependency on entering prison had successfully completed treatment for such dependencies on...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to answer of 25 November 2010, Official Report, column 458W, on reoffenders, whether his Department plans to collect data on the reoffending of...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2010, Official Report, column 287W, on heroin addiction, how many adults were remanded or sentenced in 2009-10.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to market-test publicly-owned prisons.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department allocated to the (a) Probation Service, (b) Prison Service and (c) Courts Service in the west midlands in 2009-10; and...

      Sexual Offences: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken was between the making of a community order with a condition of a (a) sex offender programme and (b) group general offender...

      Squatting: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 543W, on squatting: crime, which commitments in the coalition agreement could prevent...

  • House of Lords

    • Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether airline passengers in an economy-class cabin who have paid a supplement for seats with extra leg room or width but who receive the same catering on the...

    • Banking: Bank of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their role in the appointment of the chairman of the Bank of Ireland; and when the appointment took place. To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their role in the appointment of the chairman of the Bank of Scotland; and when the appointment took place.

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they have in the appointment of senior staff in the Bank of Scotland.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 15 November (WA 151-2), which department or body issues the permit to allow access to the British...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report Diagnosis: Critical Health and Human Rights in Eastern Burma, in particular the conclusion that at least 41 per cent...

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 26 October (WA 250), what is defined as compulsory redundancy; and what proportion of civil servants...

      Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the differences in duties between the administrative officer and administrative assistant grades in the Civil Service; what are the minimum qualifications...

      Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 23 November (WA 293), what was the cost of collecting and publishing socioeconomic data on the Senior...

      Climate Change: Antarctic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they are making to the Ice2sea project in terms of scientific advice and financial resources; and whether such contributions should be increased.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Commission proposals for the reform of the common agricultural policy will affect the level of the United Kingdom's contribution to the...

      Community Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of community sentences in curbing criminal activity.

      Disabled People: Access to Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they have made, or propose to make, to the Access to Work grants.

      Disabled People: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the universal credit and work programme will affect the number of disabled people living in poverty; and, if they have made...

      Disabled People: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 8 November (WA 16), whether mitigating the effect of government policies on disabled people will (a) reduce the...

      Disabled People: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 8 November (WA 15), how a target for reducing the number of disabled people living in poverty would enhance...

      Energy: Nuclear Fusion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the prospect of nuclear fusion providing a sustainable energy source in the next 25 years.

      Energy: Oil and Gas Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many licences have been let for oil and gas exploration and development west of Shetland.

      Environmental Trust Scheme Regulatory Body Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they will hold with ENTRUST board members and executives to achieve higher funding levels and an increase in the number of projects undertaken.

      EU Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 8 November (Official Report, col. 2) concerning wider benefits of European Union membership, whether they have carried...

      EU: Child Abuse Images

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support Article 21 of the proposal for a European Union Directive on combating the sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child...

      EU: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sassoon on 8 November (Official Report, col. 1-4), what is the difference, if any, between the United Kingdom's "net payment to the...

      EU: Research and Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reverse the decline in United Kingdom business participation in European Union Seventh Framework Research and Development projects.

      Finance: Securities Regulator

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the process followed by HM Treasury to inform its decision that a separate securities market regulator would not have been financially viable; what...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has happened to the humanitarian supplies for Gaza carried by the Turkish flotilla.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value in United States dollars of the reconstruction and development programme for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza for 2010 (a) as...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members in receipt of a ministerial salary are in (a) the House of Commons, and (b) the House of Lords.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unpaid Ministers there are in (a) the House of Commons, and (b) the House of Lords. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Parliamentary Private...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the recent publicity relating to Mr Andy Coulson, whether they will review his role as communications director.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total number of paid special advisers in each government department broken down by pay bands; and how the total cost compares with each of the past...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were employed by the Department for International Development (a) at the last general election, and (b) now; and what is the expected number in 12...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in stating to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee on...

      Housing: Council Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are proposing that all tenants will be given council houses for only two years at a time.

      Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 22 November (WA 277) regarding Iceland's indebtedness to the United Kingdom, whether the answers to the two parts...

      Immigration: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Iraqi refugees have been resettled in the United Kingdom under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees quota in the past two years; how many of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 18 November (WA 237), what further action they will take to prevent the continuing eviction and...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are responding to the Washington speech of 4 November by Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia on the Middle East peace process; and in particular...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budgeted expenditure of the World Food Programme, UNICEF and other relevant United Nations agencies (other than the United Nations Relief and Works...

      Police: Stop and Search

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that the new guidance on police powers of stop and search do not result in ethnic profiling or unlawful direct or indirect...

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 November (WA 388-89), what responsibility HM Treasury takes for the form or consequences of the policy known...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Russia on their failure to take legal action to follow up European Court of Human Rights judgments on the...

      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 schools in England entered pupils for (a)...

      Schools: Synthetic Phonics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the teaching of synthetic phonics is now compulsory for all English primary schools including academies.

      Schools: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any plans to include the inspection of pupils' toilets in Ofsted's role under the Framework for Inspecting Schools (2003).

      Society of General Microbiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will give to the work of the Society for General Microbiology.

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 12 November (WA 148), what progress has been made in the preparation of the bid to tender for the proposed...

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Verma on 22 July (WS 101), what are the reforms needed to open the economy of St Helena to inward investment and...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which United Kingdom companies and banks are showing an interest in investing in (a) North and (b) South Sudan.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to cut income tax for the middle class in the next year.

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