Written answers

Monday, 13 December 2010

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Aid Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on effects of the recent deaths of two aid workers in Afghanistan on the work carried out by voluntary...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was of (a) electricity and (b) gas supplied to his Department's offices at 1 Palace Street in each of the last 12...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many jobs advertised by his Department have specified training in an agricultural discipline in each of the last 10 years;...

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with industry specialists on private sector solutions to energy infrastructure issues in developing...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

      Government Building Stability Overseas Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who represents his Department on the cross-Government Building Stability Overseas strategy board.

      Kenya: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to provide agricultural development assistance to Kenya.

      Kenya: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to assist Kenya in meeting its commitments under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

      Kenya: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effects of climate change on agriculture and food security in Kenya.

      Kenya: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist farmers in Kenya to adapt to climate change.

      Kenya: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the food security situation in Kenya.

      Sri Lanka: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the provision of aid for the development of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka.

      Western Sahara: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of (a) the food security situation in Western Sahara and (b) the implication for food security in...

  • Attorney-General

  • Prime Minister

    • Andrew Cook

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last (a) met, (b) spoke to and (c) corresponded with Andrew Cook.

    • Athletics

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has had on the UK Athletics bid to host the 2017 world athletics championship in the last two months.

      Fifa

      To ask the Prime Minister which members of the FIFA Executive Committee he has met in the course of his official duties since his appointment; and what undertaking each gave him on support for...

      Transfer of Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reason question 28072, on discussions between the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London, was transferred for answer by the Secretary of State for the Home...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she has taken since her appointment to reduce expenditure on conferences from budgets within her responsibility.

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that (a) statutory duties in respect to race equality are observed and (b) equality impact...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of (a) electricity and (b) gas supplied to his Department's offices at 11 Millbank in each of the last 12 months for which...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what her Department's annual budget for conferences was at (a) 7 May 2010 and (b) 7 December 2010.

  • Scotland

    • Housing Associations: Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the current member of vacant housing association tenanted homes with (a) one bedroom and (b) two bedrooms in (i) South...

    • Multi-occupancy Lets: Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his most recent estimate is of the number of multi-occupancy lets by tenure in (a) South Lanarkshire and (b) Rutherglen and Hamilton West...

      Private Rented Housing: Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of vacant private rented homes with (a) one bedroom and (b) two bedrooms in (i) South Lanarkshire and (ii)...

      Scottish Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has undertaken user-testing of the ballot papers for the elections to the Scottish Parliament in 2011.

      Social Rented Housing: Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of vacant local authority tenanted homes with (a) one bedroom and (b) two bedrooms in (i) South Lanarkshire...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to increase the number of people who complete and return electoral registration forms.

    • Electoral Register: North West

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities in (a) Lancashire and (b) Greater Manchester did not publish a new electoral roll on 1 December 2010.

      Members

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what activities will constitute serious wrongdoing under his legislative proposals to provide for the recall of hon. Members; (2) what progress he has made...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to reply to the letter of 15 November 2010 from the right hon. Member for Cynon Valley on tuition fees.

  • Defence

    • Cyber-attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks on the defence estate; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what arrangements his Department has made to ensure that Christmas cards and gifts reach British troops serving in Afghanistan in time for...

      Armed Forces: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has considered the merits of introducing in the armed forces pathogen reduction technology as an option for combating known and unknown pathogens.

      Armed Forces: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made for the annual Armed Forces Christmas Dinner in 2010.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the data used to determine his Department's funding allocation for healthcare to service personnel in each of the next four years.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department plans to allocate to research on mental health in respect of (a) serving personnel and (b) veterans in each of the next...

      Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of changes in his Department's spending on businesses in the private sector in Scotland.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of those of his Department's assets it is legally able to sell.

      Departmental Conferences

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

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on collaboration between the UK and France on defence; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Ark Royal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to retain HMS Ark Royal as (a) a museum and (b) a training facility.

      Military Bases: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what area in hectares and what proportion of his Department's estate was constituted by airfields (a) in 2008 and (b) on the most recent date for which...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the RAF's responsibilities are under the Quick Reaction Alert North commitment; and if he will make a statement; (2) what responsibility the...

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to publish the proposed criteria for suitable storage sites for radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear submarines.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion of 17 June 2010, Official Report, column 503W, on nuclear weapons, which US...

      USA: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government has reached any understanding with the US administration that the Secretary of State may give authorisation for US cluster...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is considering new policies to tackle the low-pay, no-pay cycle.

    • Departmental Overtime

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

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who receive housing benefit, council tax benefit and child tax credit such that their...

      National Insurance Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has made an assessment of the merits of mechanisms to protect the National Insurance contributions of stay-at-home...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he (a) last met and (b) next plans to meet representatives from Remploy to discuss the future of the organisation.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he (a) last met and (b) next plans to meet trade union representatives to discuss the future of Remploy.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he (a) last met and (b) next plans to meet Remploy employees to discuss the future of the organisation.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he (a) last visited and (b) next plans to visit a factory operated by Remploy.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the overall average default rate for loans made through the Social Fund was in the period from 2004 to 2009.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) grants and (b) loans from the Social Fund were made in the form of (i) community care grants, (ii) budgeting loans, (iii) crisis...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the letter from Dr James Bolton to the Jobcentre Plus Customer Representative Group Forum dated 24 June 2010, if he will...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the change to the average net income of retired households in each income decile attributable to changes to...

      Unemployed People: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse through payment of benefits and lost revenue to the Exchequer of each person...

      Unemployment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many able-bodied persons of working age have been unemployed for a period of (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) two years, (d) three...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanism he plans to put in place to calculate universal credit payments for people who are self-employed.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to announce his proposals for support for childcare costs following the introduction of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to announce his proposals for the determination of eligibility for passported benefits following the introduction of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the proposed universal credit will account for (a) individual and (b) household housing costs.

      Work Programme: Big Society Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will discuss with the Minister for the Cabinet Office the provision of financial support through the Big Society Bank to enable smaller...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department provides to the Afghan government's Human Rights Support Unit; and if he will make a statement.

    • Albania: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Albanian counterpart the provision of assistance to those affected by floods in Shkodra, Northern...

      Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Bahrain on its detention of Anthony James and his colleagues.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the partnership between the National Policing Improvement Agency and the...

      BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports on the effectiveness of the BBC World Service he received from British embassies and high commissions in (a) 2009...

      BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers in his Department have received unfavourable comment from their foreign counterparts on the operation of the...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for the future of the British Council assistantship programme; and if he will make a statement.

      British Council: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the use by British Council staff of economy tickets for travel to and from the UK in...

      Cameroon: Politics and Government

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

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from his Special Representative for Climate Change on the potential effect of the conclusions of...

      Colombia: Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the ruling of the European Court of Human...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of meetings of the Council of Ministers were open to the public in the last 12 months.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of implementing the proposals to remove UN peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Embassies: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many eavesdropping attempts against British embassies have been recorded in the last five years.

      Greece: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress there has been in discussions with the Greek authorities to ensure that UK coroners are able to obtain...

      Iran: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of (a) Austria and (b) Germany on permission for refuelling of Iranian...

      Iran: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on changes in prices for (a) food and (b) fuel in Iran; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on human rights in Iran.

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to his Iranian counterpart on the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent representations he has made to the Government of Iran on the continued detention of Reza Shahabi; (2) what...

      Israel: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of casualties in the forest fire in Haifa and the Carmel Forest, Israel; whether any British...

      Japan: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Japan on Japanese policy on whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on self-determination in Kashmir.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential security threat to (a) the UK, (b) India, (c) Pakistan and (d) Kashmir arising...

      Lithuania: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the letter of 25 November 2010 sent by the UK and other ambassadors in Lithuania concerning the growing...

      Mikhail Khordorkovsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct Her Majesty's ambassador in Moscow to convey to the judicial authorities in Russia the concern of many right...

      Pakistan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Pakistan authorities on the death sentence on Asia Bibi under blasphemy laws; and if...

      Uganda: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of the African Union on the likely effects on the international obligations of...

      USA: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US administration on the disclosure of classified material by Wikileaks.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 27479, on the Council of Ministers, tabled on 24 November 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish his Department's analysis of the effects of the implementation of the Government's policy to localise and...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) contract and (b) project brief relating to the engagement by his Department...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay of 8 April 2010, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA454,...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent accounts of each part of the Local Government Group.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the expenditure of his Department and its predecessors on printing (a) Command Papers, (b) papers...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much land in each local authority area (a) is available for development and (b) was so available in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking towards the policy aim of being in a position where house prices continue to grow; and what estimate he...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely effects of falling house prices to 2015 on (a) the number of homes that will be sold...

      Land: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on local authorities of funding personal land charge searches through general council...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to pilot tax increment financing measures in 2011-12.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Financial Services Authority on the its...

      Private Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department uses information from propertyfinder.com to determine average market rents.

      Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce the Revenue Support Grant for 2011-12.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to change the discount level on Right to Buy sales.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish his Department's impact analysis on the social effects of implementing the Government's policy on flexible...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the effect on the (a) right to remain, (b) rent levels and (c) succession rights of social housing tenants...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he plans to take to inform (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations on the level of income above...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish a draft direction on the new Tenancy Standard arising from his proposals for changes to social tenancy...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on tenant management of housing owned by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social homes were built in each financial year since 1997-98; and how many are expected to be built during financial...

      Social Rented Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of social housing which meets the needs of people with disabilities.

      Temporary Accommodation: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2010, Official Report, columns 543-44W, on temporary accommodation: homelessness, to which...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date his Department plans to bring forward its proposed amendments to planning circular ODPM 01/2006 on Gypsy and...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department plans to take to establish the number of Traveller pitches in each local authority area; and whether...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the two answers of 3 November 2010, Official Report, column 817W, on social rented housing: rents, and the answer...

  • Justice

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether an inquest has been requested by the family of any person who has died as a result of being infected with contaminated blood products in NHS...

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to issue guidance to judges on conduct in a dispute to be considered (a) frivolous or fraudulent and (b) unreasonable or obscure in...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the annual number of cases of (a) injuries of maximum severity, (b) road traffic accidents, (c) clinical negligence, (d) occupier...

      Claims Management Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims handlers have (a) been refused registration and (b) had their registration rescinded by the Claims Management Regulator in 2010 to date.

      Conditional Fee Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review his Department's proposals on amendment or abolition of the indemnity principle in costs in order to simplify the (a) drafting and...

      Conditional Fee Agreements: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has estimated the annual number of visible personal injury claims not pursued through the courts in Scotland as a result of rules on...

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints the Court of Protection has (a) received and (b) resolved in each of the last 10 years.

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the current value is of the Court of Protection Fund held at the Bank of England; what rate of interest has accrued in respect of that fund in each...

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average time taken was for families to access funds of individuals deemed to have mental incapacity by the...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has received representations from Nottinghamshire police on the consequences for them of closing (a) Retford and (b) Worksop court.

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, columns 59-60W, on departmental communications, if he will publish an itemised account of...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's annual budget for conferences was at (a) 7 May 2010 and (b) 7 December 2010.

      Drugs: Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for drug offences in the (a) six months to 6 May 2010 and (b) six months from 6 May 2010.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on the average length of time a case is in the family courts of litigants choosing to represent themselves; and...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what circumstances a fine imposed by a magistrates court may be written off.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plans to review the law on murder.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential for legal challenge to the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 which do not define the Scottish...

      Human Rights: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the merits of extending the scope of the term public authority in section 6(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998 to include private care...

      Human Trafficking: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what compensation victims of human trafficking may receive from (a) the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and (b) assets seized from traffickers...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the use of funding provided through the civil legal aid scheme to bring cases against (a) current and (b) former members of the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has assessed the potential effects of his proposed reforms to legal aid funding on the contract between Public Interest Lawyers and the Legal...

      Legal Aid: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's expenditure on legal aid in respect of (a) family court cases and (b) criminal cases involving residents of (i) Cumbria and (ii)...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the likely effect on standards of employment practice of his proposals to discontinue legal aid in employment cases.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of restricting (a) broadcast and (b) other advertising by (i) lawyers and (ii) claims handling organisations.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeal cases relating to contracted out employment group claims have been heard in each of the last three years; and how many such appeals (a)...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent estimate he has made of the average cost charged by a family solicitor for preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney application; (2) what...

      Prisoners' Release: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners released in each of the last three years are in employment.

      Prisoners: Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many heroin addicts were (a) in prison and (b) convicted of a criminal offence in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many British prisoners detained in each foreign country were repatriated to UK prisons between 6 May 2010 and 6 December 2010.

      Prisoners: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those presently serving a custodial sentence were given a sentence of (a) five years or less, (b) four years or less, (c) three years or...

      Prisoners: Shrewsbury Picket Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will order a public inquiry into the events leading up to and the imprisonment of participants of the 1972 Shrewsbury Picket dispute.

      Prisoners: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the level of violence on the prison estate (a) directed at prison officers by prisoners and (b) between prisoners; and...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisons in the north-east are smoke-free; (2) whether any prison in the north-east has a smoke-free wing.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to ensure that individual prisons are smoke-free.

      Ranby Prison: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of each category of offence (a) detained in Ranby prison and (b) normally resident in Bassetlaw constituency have served...

      Remand In Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) remands in custody for under 18 year-olds and (b) court-ordered secure remands were for a period of seven days or fewer between April 2009...

      Remand In Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of children remanded in custody were looked-after in the most recent 12 month period for which information is available.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reconviction rate was for those who received (a) sentences of 12 months or less and (b) sentences to carry out unpaid work for a first offence...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of prisoners released in each of the last three years have re-offended; (2) what proportion of those serving a community sentence...

      Tribunal Service: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of waiting time is for a Tribunal Service hearing for those appealing benefits claims.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department issues on the balance between penalty and rehabilitation in the sentencing of (a) first-time, (b) repeat and (c) violent...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet commercial pilots to discuss airline security and security searches for pilots.

    • Bicycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to require the use of bells or other audible devices on bicycles; and if he will make a statement.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of price fluctuations in renewable transport fuel certificates on market stability for biodiesel producers.

      Biofuels: Cooking Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to provide incentives for the use of used cooking oil as a transport biofuel.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will amend the blue badge scheme to establish a fast-track application process for the issue of badges to those receiving urgent medical attention.

      Bridges: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed increases in user tolls on the Severn Crossings on the date on which the debt incurred by the...

      Bridges: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely effects on usage of the (a) Severn Crossing and (b) Dartford Crossing of proposed increases in user tolls in...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost-benefit analysis his Department has undertaken of the provision of (a) first and (b) standard class rail travel for its senior civil...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people failed a driving (a) theory and (b) practical test in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Leicestershire and (iii) Leicester East...

      Driving Tests: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken between the (a) initial application and (b) sitting of a driving (i) practical and (ii) theory test in (A) England and...

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress his Department has made in its motorcycle riding licence and testing review; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had recent discussions with his EU counterparts on days at sea restrictions for fishermen.

      Fuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which harbour authorities currently hold licences for the transfer of oil via ship to ship transfers.

      International Civil Aviation Organization: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on progress towards Taiwan's participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization; and if he will make a...

      London-South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce his proposals for the electrification of the London to South Wales rail line.

      Parking: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to the increased use of no parking zones on main roads as part of his Department's review of the response to cold...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 7 December 2010, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on the Rail Industry Review, what (a)...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place for the removal of rail franchises where rail passengers are dissatisfied with the service provided by their local rail...

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to provide a statutory definition of overcrowding on rail passenger services; and if he will require train operating...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has set a timetable for future review of the renewable transport fuels obligation.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2010, Official Report, column 920W, if he will estimate the average number of (a) fatalities, (b) injuries and...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the amount spent by the Highways Agency on (a) grit, (b) salt and (c) potash from (i) domestic and (ii) overseas producers in...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the first cascaded rolling stock from Thameslink services to be in use by rail operating companies in Greater Manchester.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Beachley Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to implement Beachley barrage only.

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many invoices his Department processed in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Travel

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

      European Commission's European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative Implementation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contribution his Department made to the European Commission's European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative Implementation Plan.

      Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 43, on climate change: developing countries, when he expects the...

      Mining: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many former miners receive (a) concessionary coal and (b) payments in lieu of concessionary coal in Bassetlaw constituency.

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the carbon reduction commitment on nuclear fusion energy research; (2) what...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce the administrative burden on those establishing community renewable energy projects.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanism he plans to use to determine the technologies which are most cost-effective when refocusing feed-in-tariffs in 2014-15.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what tariffs per kilowatt hour he proposes to be paid under the Renewable Heat Incentive.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from what date renewable energy installations will be required to be commissioned in order to qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the merits of establishing the Severn Barrage Tidal Energy Scheme in 2015.

      Shafag-Asiman Gas Field

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent reports he has received on the production sharing agreement on exploration and production rights in respect of the...

      Sheffield Forgemasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received on Sheffield Forgemasters since May 2010.

      Sheffield Forgemasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with Ministerial colleagues on nuclear industry issues in relation to Sheffield Forgemasters since May 2010.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made on the development of a bovine TB vaccination for badgers.

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department plans to provide for the protection of biodiversity and the natural environment overseas in the...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the level of her Department's funding for the Darwin Initiative in the spending review period.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the role of her...

      Biodiversity: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanism she has established for non-governmental organisations to contribute views on the priorities for the...

      Butterfly Conservation Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Butterfly Conservation Society is contracted by (a) Natural England and (b) English Nature.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the mandatory reporting of carbon dioxide emissions by companies registered in the UK.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on press cuttings services in each year since its creation.

      Departmental Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure (a) her Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies incurred on sponsorship in each year since...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number of questions to her Department tabled in the (a) House of Commons and (b)...

      Eagle Owls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on measures to...

      European Waste Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date she expects each element of the revised European Waste Framework Directive to have been implemented.

      Flood Control: Minehead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on the new sea defences in Minehead in 2010-11; and what such expenditure is planned...

      Football: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on entertainment related to the activities of the 2010 FIFA World cup.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have participated in the Upland Entry Level Scheme since its introduction.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people claimed hill farm allowance in each of the last 10 years.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the (a) effectiveness and (b) operation of the Hunting Act 2004.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Deputy Prime Minister on her Department's plans to...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to bring a bill before Parliament to repeal the Hunting Act 2004.

      Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of disposing of disposable nappies in each of the last five years.

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Natural England's policy is on common land in England; what common land at what locations Natural England has worked on...

      Otters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors her Department has identified for the increase in the number of otters in the UK in the last five years; and...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will accelerate her plans to introduce a ban on beak trimming for laying hens; and if she will make a statement.

      Rights of Way: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department provides to local authorities in order to enable them to fund rights of way applications; and if...

      Rights of Way: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the power of local authorities to charge fees in relation to rights of way applications.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the establishment of a Rural Communities Policy Unit in her Department; and if she will make a...

      Slaughterhouses: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made representations to the government of New Zealand on the prohibition on the practice of shechita in New...

      Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from which countries wood was imported for use as biomass in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009; and how much wood each...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Government intends to measure its progress in implementing its commitment to reduce the number of animals used in scientific procedures.

    • Arrest Warrants: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to resist implementation of the Russian Interpol arrest warrant for the British citizen William Browder; and if she...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the geographical distribution of the proposed reduction in the counter-terrorism budget.

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to ensure the accuracy of crime statistics.

      Crimes of Violence: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidences of violent crimes occurred in (a) West Ham constituency and (b) the London borough of Newham in the last 12 months.

      Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each police force area arrested during September 2010, but not charged when arrested, received curfews of 10 hours or more...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyber attacks on the ICT infrastructure of Government departments have been detected in the last 12 months.

      Dactyloscopic Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to sign the proposed agreement with Albania on exchange of dactyloscopic data.

      Demonstrations: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Metropolitan police on the removal of encampments from pavements regularly used by pedestrians outside...

      Demonstrations: Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) lecturers and (b) other employees of universities and colleges were arrested during the November 2010 demonstrations in...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Courier Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average annual salary is of staff in the Mail Messenger Service in her Department's headquarters.

      Departmental Courier Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's Properties Group's business case for the outsourcing of the mail and...

      Departmental Courier Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has provided information to Anne's Gate Properties in respect of staff in her Department's mail messenger service; and...

      Departmental Courier Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department has provided to its trade unions side on staff in the Mail Messenger Service in the last six months; whether...

      Departmental Courier Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates the Director and Head of Unit in her Department's properties group met her Department's Mail Messenger Service staff and their...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of arrangements for data collection in (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental...

      Departmental Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what structures her Department has established to encourage innovation amongst its staff.

      Departmental Publications

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

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of (a) electricity and (b) gas supplied to her Department's offices at 2 Marsham Street in each of the last 12 months for...

      Immigration: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects of an immigration cap on businesses in (a) Sunderland, (b) the North East and (c) England.

      Industrial Disputes: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the documents held by her Department relating to the 1972 Shrewsbury Picket dispute.

      Information and Communications Technology: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the recycling and redeployment of new or nearly-new IT equipment which is no longer needed for the purpose for which it...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an estimate of the potential savings to the public purse which would arise from consumers of services provided by her...

      National Police Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effect on the role and functions of the National Police Improvement Agency of the structure...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have investigated allegations of child sexual abuse overseas in each of the last three years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on reintroducing passport renewal for a period of less than 10 years.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the provisions of the Police (Amendment) Regulations 2004 in respect of membership of certain political organisations will apply to...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ask HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to conduct a risk assessment of her proposals for elected police and crime commissioners.

      Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many serving staff in each police force have been investigated for (a) violent offences, (b) sex offences, (c) fraud offences...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of legal fees for disciplinary hearings in (a) the Metropolitan Police Service and...

      Police: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the age profile of police officers in each police (a) force, (b) department, (c) squad, (d)...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely change in the number of (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers in each year...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the rate of turnover of (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers in (i) the...

      Police: Manpower

      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: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence on population size her Department used to calculate the level of police precept for the London borough of Newham in the latest...

      Police: Northumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has provided under each budget heading to Northumbria police force since 2000; and how much such funding her...

      Police: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, column 508W, on police: offenders, if she will bring forward proposals to...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police authorities have indicated to her Department that they may implement Regulation A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987...

      Police: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the change in the number of front-line (a) police community support officers and (b) police...

      Police: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police and (b) police community support officers were deployed for the recent visit of the President of Sri Lanka; and what...

      Police: Vacancies

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

      Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of reductions in funding for the West Midlands Police Force on (a) police officer numbers, (b)...

      Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department allocated to the Police Service in the West Midlands in 2009-10; and what estimate she has made of the likely...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many protest groups are recorded on the database of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit; and if she will make a statement.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2010, Official Report, columns 938-39W, on terrorism, on how many occasions Lord Carlile of Berriew...

      Terrorism: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the potential effect of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review on the number of posts relating to...

      Theft: Gold

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences in which gold was (a) stolen and (b) unlawfully traded through cash for gold shops were reported in each of the last five...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people entering the UK under the student visa programme enrolled to study for a period of less than three months in the latest...

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of visa applications were (a) rejected on initial application and (b) allowed in each category of appeal following initial...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) light industrial and (b) manufacturing businesses in Sussex ceased trading in each year since 2005.

    • Corruption: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2010, Official Report, column 783W, on corruption: EU law, what guidance is provided to (a) Government...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken since his appointment to reduce expenditure on conferences by (a) the Prime Minister's Office and (b) his Department.

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on overtime for staff working in the private office of (a) the Prime Minister and (b) the ministerial head of his...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the expenditure of (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office on printing (a) Command Papers, (b) papers laid...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many EU nationals have entered the UK for the purposes of employment since 6 May 2010.

      Government Departments: Computer Networks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether an examination of the cost of Government-secured intranet communication links formed part of the Government's efficiency savings programme.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of Government contracts were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in the financial year 2009-10.

      Heroin: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many heroin addicts died of an overdose in each of the last three years.

      House of Lords: Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) within what period after the date of tabling he expects his Department to circulate guidance to Departments in respect of round robin questions...

      Ministers: Photography

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the full duties are of the Cabinet Office employee who has been engaged to photograph Ministers.

      Pensioners: Age

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many pensioners are aged (a) 60 to 64, (b) 65 to 69, (c) 70 to 74, (d) 75 to 79, (e) 80 to 84 and (f) 85 years or more.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many de novo bank have applied for authorisation, excluding change of control or variations of permission, since 2005; how many such banks received that...

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have made to Brussels to discuss European banking regulation since 6 May 2010.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many children aged (a) four years and under, (b) between five and nine years, (c) between 10 and 16 years and (d) over 16 years child...

      Child Benefit: Bolton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of households in Bolton North East constituency in receipt of child benefit who will no longer receive it as a result of his...

      Construction: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from representatives of the construction industry on access to development capital; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ages are of the 10 most senior members of staff in his Department.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the saving was to (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs through the use of non-geographical telephone numbers in the financial year (i)...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of the Equitable Members Action Group.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of compensation for Equitable Life policyholders.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money his Department set aside to compensate Equitable Life policyholders.

      Excise Duties: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to maintain the duty differential for liquefied petroleum gas beyond 2015.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will encourage banks in receipt of public funds to provide financial support to programmes that promote (a) a savings culture and (b) financial...

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Barnett consequential was for (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland of expenditure on Government support for the Football...

      Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing inequality impact assessments on (a) tax rises and (b) public expenditure reductions; and if he...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was collected in higher rate income tax levied at (a) 40% and (b) 50% in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham of 5 October 2010 undertaken by his Department to be answered on 28...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his estimate of the number of public and private sector job reductions in (a) Houghton and Sunderland South constituency, (b)...

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any HM Revenue and Customs unit will receive a net decrease in funding in 2011-12 compared to 2010-11 and previous years as a result of the outcome...

      Tax Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of each unit within HM Revenue and Customs tasked to tackle tax (a) avoidance and (b) evasion;...

      Tax Avoidance: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to take steps to prevent UK companies taken over by US-based concerns from transferring tax liability to holding companies outside UK...

      Taxation: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has made of the (a) level of outstanding, (b) unassessed and (c) undeclared tax liabilities by private...

      Taxation: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private landlords HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has identified as having completed tax returns incorrectly in each of the last four tax years; and...

      Taxation: Sports Competitors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department's officials have had with UK Sport on the taxation of visiting sports professionals since 6 May 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision will be made for tax credits for pensioners with children when child tax credits are replaced by universal credit for people of working age.

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of UK businesses based on the UK mainland that ship goods to UK mainland customers via the Channel Islands;...

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department has taken to comply with EU Directive 1983/181 in order to prevent abuse, evasion and avoidance in respect of low value...

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time taken was to process new value added tax number applications from businesses located in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c)...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have applied to become academies (a) nationally and (b) in Milton Keynes.

    • British Council Language Teaching Assistantship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he intends to announce his plans for the future funding of the British Council Language Teaching Assistantship scheme in England and Wales.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in England were the subject of a care order, police protection order or emergency protection order or were placed for adoption at 31...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on his review of the national curriculum; when he expects the review to conclude; and if he will make a statement.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority taught lessons in (i) social and emotional aspects of...

      Curriculum: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to publish its Curriculum Review; and whether it will be subject to public consultation.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date his Department informed administrators of the www.direct.gov website that young people currently in receipt of education maintenance...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to his Department's Business Plan for November 2010, when he plans to publish impact indicators on readiness to progress to the next...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he has issued to officials in his Department on the processing of new applications to open free schools in cases in which the applicant...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many expressions of interest in establishing free schools he has received from (a) groups and (b) individuals.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will put in place mechanisms for public scrutiny of the financial backing of individuals and organisations who are involved in setting up free...

      Further Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of young people participated in post-16 education (a) in Bristol East constituency, (b) in Bristol, (c) in the South West and (d)...

      GCSE and BTEC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people aged 16 years from each socio-economic group he expects to sit (a) GCSE and (b) BTEC examination in the 2010-11 academic year.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to make legislative provision for the selective status of grammar schools which change to academy status.

      Mathematics: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issued on the number of hours per week in which mathematics is taught at primary school in (a) 1997 and (b) the last...

      National Commissioning Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for consultation on replacement arrangements for the national commissioning framework.

      Pupils: Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to issue new guidance to schools for the purpose of ensuring the effective management of pupils' (a) asthma and (b) other long-term...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to issue advice to (a) teachers, (b) schools and (c) local authorities on the extent of their responsibilities in relation to...

      Pupils: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to promote disability awareness among students in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      School Sport Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has issued guidance to school sport partnerships on the identification of alternative funding sources from April 2011.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of school (a) staff and (b) children affected by an asbestos-related illness in the latest period for which...

      Schools: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools there are in each parliamentary constituency in Cumbria in respect of which no other school for pupils...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the appointment of school governors.

      Schools: Gravesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children of each nationality have attended schools in Gravesham in each of the past 10 years.

      Schools: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to consult parents on the proposals in his schools White Paper on personal, sexual and health education; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many formal appeals in respect of the outcome of an Ofsted inspection were brought by schools in each of the last five years; and how many such...

      Schools: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department plans to provide for schools in (a) North West Durham constituency and (b) the North East in each of the next five years.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what schools which are members of School Sports Partnerships each Minister in his Department has visited since their appointment; what assessment was...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what specialist sports schools and colleges he has visited since his appointment; what assessment was made of the work of each of those institutions;...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding Walton High School, Milton Keynes, received from his Department towards its School Travel Plan in 2010-11; and how much such funding it...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 1228W, on Science: GCSE, when he expects to complete his assessment of the action...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the (a) level of availability and (b) standard of educational provision for children with special educational needs in...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the compliance of (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies with the UN Food and Agriculture...

      Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to provide transitional funding in academic year 2011-12 for the period between the end of the Aim Higher programme...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2017 World Athletics Championship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the potential contribution to the economy of the UK hosting the 2017 World Athletics...

    • Archery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many competitive archery venues there are in England.

      Athletics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many athletics tracks suitable for (a) national and (b) international competitors there are in each local authority area...

      Cinemas: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) cinemas and (b) theatres have had listed building status removed as a result of a submission to his Department...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his Department's annual budget for conferences was on (a) 7 May 2010 and (b) 7 December 2010.

      Digital Broadcasting: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of digital switchover as a means of improving reception in (a) Wrexham and...

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Government support for the Football Association's bid to host the...

      IAAF World Athletics Championship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which stadiums in England his Department has assessed as being of a standard to host an IAAF World Athletics Championship.

      Internet: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to issue guidance to further education colleges on their classification as (a) an internet service provider,...

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) further education colleges, (b) universities and (c) public libraries of...

      Libraries: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to bring forward proposals to provide for library membership from birth.

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what consultation he has had with trade unions representing staff of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (a)...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which Olympic sport has the fewest venues for participative competition (a) with and (b) without spectator provision in...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people in England participated in each (a) Olympic and (b) Paralympic sport in 2009.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington of 26 October 2010, Official Report, column 173W, on...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to meet hon. Members representing constituencies in Wales to discuss governance arrangements for S4C.

      Schools Sports Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which Schools Sports Partnerships (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have visited since 6 May 2010.

      Sport: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what venues there are in England for international competition-standard BMX biking; (2) how many velodromes there are...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how much revenue accrued to the Exchequer from foreign sports professionals visiting the UK in each of the last three...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to increase the competitiveness of the UK tourist industry.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether the functions of Aimhigher will continue to be undertaken in 2011-12; (2) what mechanisms will be put in place to...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ensure that specific outcomes and milestones for the reduction of animal experiments funded by the Medical Research...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what account the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council take of public concern...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of apprentices aged (a) under 19 years and (b) 19 years and over were engaged in companies with (i) one...

      Apprentices: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that (a) the National Apprenticeship Service and (b) new apprenticeship places increase the...

      Biofuels: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the role of the biodiesel industry in creating skilled jobs in the environmental sector; and if he...

      Broadband: Crewe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) levels of usage of broadband services in Crewe and Nantwich constituency.

      Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) Scotland and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area of the...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with the Leader of the Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales on the selection of...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing an advisory panel of entrepreneurs; and if he will make a statement.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals for enhanced consumer protection against aggressive online sales marketing; and if he will...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding the Export Credits Guarantee Department has received from other Government departments to meet the cost of...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's annual budget for conferences was on (a) 7 May 2010 and (b) 7 December 2010.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what methodology he is using for the equality impact assessment of decisions on his Department's expenditure over the Spending...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many agency workers his Department and its agencies employ at each pay grade.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the expenditure of his Department and its predecessor on printing (a) Command Papers, (b) papers...

      Derby University

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

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) when he plans to publish the initial obligations code for Ofcom under the Digital Economy Act 2010; (2) by what date he...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total monetary value was of (a) exports from the UK to other EU countries and (b) imports to the UK from other EU...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's document, Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth, paragraph 46, whether he plans to...

      Further Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the rate of completion was for students studying in further education colleges who entered the UK under the student visa...

      Growth and Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who he expects to chair the Growth and Innovation Fund.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many pupils eligible for free school meals took up a place at each university in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the new access commitments by universities are to apply no earlier than October 2012.

      Higher Education: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Sunderland entered higher education between 1997 and 2010.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints have been received by the Insolvency Service in respect of insolvency practitioners and administrators in...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of money which was owed to unsecured creditors by firms in liquidation in each of the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates and at what locations roadshows to promote the regional growth fund have been held to date.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bids for funding from the regional growth fund have been received from individuals and organisations (a) based in each...

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of funding allocations made from the Science and Society budget in...

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the Science and Society budget was spent on initiatives to improve the gender balance in scientific fields in...

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the gender balance among scientific staff of each organisation which has received funding from the...

      Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether the (a) Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees and (b) Principles for the Treatment of Independent...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure gender balance in the composition of (a) the Space Leadership Council and (b) other...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has issued guidance to universities on the application to them of competition law in respect of price-setting.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many former students had student loan repayments taken via PAYE after they had repaid in full a loan to the Student Loan...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage private and public sector employers to provide paid internships to recent graduates.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, columns 228-9W, on abortion, when he expects to write to the hon. Member for Southend West;...

    • Animal Products: Clones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the sale and labelling of products containing material from cloned animals or the offspring of cloned animals; and what advice he...

      Asthma: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the standards of management of asthma in the NHS; what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which standards of...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS medical facilities have implemented the (a) Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services and (b) Quality Standards in Specialist Neonatal Care...

      Bassetlaw Hospital: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births there were at Bassetlaw hospital in each of the last 10 years; and how many such births required consultant intervention.

      Campylobacter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of food poisoning caused by campylobacter contamination there were in each of the last five years.

      Campylobacter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on reducing the incidence of food poisoning caused by contamination by the campylobacter bacterium.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes have been rated poor quality since 2000; how many of those have closed; and how many of those which had closed have subsequently re-opened.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the national clinical strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether decisions made by mental health tribunals on sectioned patients are binding on those (a) clinicians and (b) clinical institutions that are...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population resident in (a) England and (b) Berkshire West NHS Primary Care Trust area was registered with an NHS dentist in each...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of (a) electricity and (b) gas supplied to his Department's offices at Richmond house in each of the last 12 months for which figures...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent consideration he has given to the recommendations of the report Raising our sights: services for adults with profound intellectual and...

      Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations his Department has received on the marketing, advertising and promotion of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar in the...

      Health Services: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with health ministers in the devolved Administrations since his appointment.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heroin addicts were (a) admitted to hospital for a drug-related health issue and (b) under GP supervision in each of the last three years.

      Infant Mortality: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date a national support team most recently visited (a) Doncaster and (b) Bassetlaw hospital concerning infant mortality; and for what reason in...

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the number of cycles of in vitro fertilisation treatment available to couples through the NHS.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he gave to the draft National Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma in England prior to his Department's...

      Memory Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the average waiting time from referral to consultation at a memory clinic in (a) England and (b) a (i) rural and...

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is being made in the NHS for the mental health needs of former military personnel recently returned from active duty.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on improving the provision of specialist neuromuscular physiotherapy for people with muscular dystrophy and related...

      National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made on establishing the National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy Board.

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases the National Health Service Litigation Authority ended by settlement after (a) the case was set down for trial and (b) a defence...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to amend the present system of claims for lower-value clinical negligence cases.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid to officials in each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority in bonuses in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of expansion in NHS activities that will be contracted to the private sector by 2015.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many open meetings he has held to discuss nutrition policy since his Department assumed responsibility for the nutrition functions of the Food...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent of any (a) duplication of functions, (b) policy overlap and (c) additional regulation in respect of nutrition...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the merits of an opt-out organ donation system; and if he will make a statement.

      Pain: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on patients of the reductions in NHS pain management sessions.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of and mortality rates from malignant melanoma.

      Skin: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to draw up a National Quality Standard on inflammatory skin diseases; (2) what plans his Department has to draw up a...

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many widows of haemophiliacs have received the first stage payment from the Skipton Fund to date.

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many widows of haemophiliacs are in receipt of regular payments from the public purse as a result of their husbands' death attributable to...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many slaughterhouses were closed in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and for what reason in each case.

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many slaughterhouses are registered in each county; and how many were so registered in (a) 1980, (b) 1983, (c) 1987, (d) 1992, (e) 1997, (f)...

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the capability of the NHS to treat people with spinal cord injuries.

      Spinal Injuries: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS medical facilities there are for the treatment of spinal cord injuries for residents of Bassetlaw.

      Strokes: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions he has received representations from non-executive directors of (a) Bassetlaw primary care trust, (b) Doncaster primary care trust...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS of (a) an elective and (b) a non-elective surgical episode (i) in England and (ii) in each primary care trust was in...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding (a) the Medical Research Council and (b) the National Institute for Health Research has provided for surgical research in each...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnancies among those aged under 19 years were recorded in Brighton and Hove in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the implementation of regulations requiring (a) tobacco to be removed from display in shops and (b) the ending of sale of tobacco...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to reply to question 26376, on funding of disabled children's services, tabled on 22 November 2010 for ordinary written answer.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the public consultation on the European Union Sustainable Use of Pesticide Directive; and when they will bring forward...

    • Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the arrival desks at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, and (c) Stansted, are fitted with electronic terminals for the checking of travel documents; and what...

      Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of passengers in the past six months embarking from (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, and (c) Stansted, have had travel documents checked by an...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 9 November (WA 47-8) on armed forces medals, what was the basis for the "five-year rule"; when the...

      Arms Trade: Global Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the next two Preparatory Committee meetings in preparation for the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2012; and what...

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review Air Passenger Duty and its effect on tourism in developing regions.

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the changes in Air Passenger Duty on passengers wishing to travel to the Caribbean over Christmas.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Bank of England will assess the economic impact of its Secure Commercial Paper Facilities.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given Lloyds Banking Group plc any commitments which would preclude the independent commission on banking proposing, and Her Majesty's Government...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposal to raise revenue based upon bank deposits constitutes a levy or a tax.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 November, whether it is now too late for a consultation to be conducted on Sir David Walker's recommendations...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 18 November (WA224), what proportion of the bonus entitlement of the Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group is...

      Banking: World Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for what purpose grants are made by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to the World Bank; how much was paid in 2009-10; and how much is planned to be paid...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 November (WA 370), whether they would consider changing the Barnett Formula, to one based on need, in 2015,...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a change in the Barnett Formula based on need requires primary legislation.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of sending United Kingdom delegates to the climate change conference in Cancún.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they permit the United States base at Diego Garcia to store cluster munitions.

      Crime: Minor Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the acquittal in Peterborough Crown Court on 17 November of Mr Manuel Lorenco-de-Jesus, what advice they have given to the Crown Prosecution Service...

      Crime: Teenage Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to curb violent crimes committed by teenagers.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in criminal prosecutions they will allow the Crown Prosecution Service to be subject to civil actions for damages if (a) their conduct resulted in a...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will restore the sufficiency of evidence criteria to the Code for Crown Prosecutors of the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to prevent internet crime and cyber fraud.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they agree with the United Nations Secretary-General's Report on Cyprus Talks which states that, "If substantive agreement across all chapters cannot be...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they are making to relieve the 36-year embargo on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, as promised subsequent to the 2004 Annan Plan...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communication the Prime Minister has had with President Demetris Christophias and President Dervis Eroglu relative to the Cyprus Talks over the past two...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the level of toxic debt held by banks in the Republic of Cyprus; whether the United Kingdom, as a Guarantor Power, has any obligations in respect of such...

      Defence: Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their estimates of the current average profit margins of defence contractors on Government orders, and on the orders the defence industry wins from other...

      e-Borders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost to public funds to date of installing e-Borders; and what they expect the cost to be over each of the next five years.

      e-Borders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have been made since May to the contractual agreements for the installation of the e-Borders system in the United Kingdom.

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last ten years HM Treasury's measure of excess capacity in the economy has been wrong by a margin greater than 1.5 per cent.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of (a) quantitative easing, and (b) the prospect of lower economic growth, on United Kingdom gilt yields.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sassoon on 22 November (Official Report, col. 975), why HM Treasury closely monitors an international interest rate swap which is...

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sassoon on 22 November (Official Report, col. 975), what percentage of each ten-year maturity gilt is owned by the Asset Purchase...

      Energy: Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 1 December (WA 456-7), whether their intention is for the price of carbon reduction commitment allowances to rise...

      Energy: Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 1 December (WA 456) that there was no change in Government guidance regarding exemptions for business in the...

      Energy: Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 1 December (WA 456), what assessment they have made of the need to reconcile their current position when climate...

      Energy: Oil and Gas Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives exist to encourage oil and gas exploration and development west of Shetland.

      EU: Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the wish of the Republic of Macedonia to start accession negotiations for full European Union membership in the European Union Council...

      EU: Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the fact that the Republic of Macedonia's constitutional name is identical to that of a region of Greece makes it impossible for the...

      EU: Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Greece prior to the European Union Council meeting on 16 December, in the context of an application by...

      EU: Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Commission has hitherto confirmed its recommendation for the Republic of Macedonia to open accession negotiations to the European Union...

      EU: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision of the European Court of Justice to overrule the decision of member states on increases of European Union employees' salaries constitutes a...

      EU: Self-funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of plans by the European Commission announced by the President of the Commission to the European Parliament to bring forward European...

      EU: Deposit Guarantee Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they agreed to European Union legislation denominating the United Kingdom banks' and building societies' compensation scheme in euros rather than in pounds;...

      Government Departments: Staff

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

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of all unpaid advisers to Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who owns the copyright of films made by Ms Nicky Woodhouse while she was employed by the Cabinet Office.

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what target they have set for reducing the number of government websites.

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in requiring public bodies to use one of the approved government websites, they will ensure that the material to be provided by such public bodies will...

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of transferring information to approved government websites.

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that public bodies required to have a gov internet domain will be able to display independence from the Government.

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from public bodies required to close their own websites and transfer the information to approved government websites.

      Health: Burnley General Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the decision of the Lancashire Health Scrutiny Committee to refer to the Secretary of State the closure of the Deerplay children's ward at Burnley...

      Health: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to provide more funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the block grants to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be adjusted if those countries do not adjust the maximum cap in university fees so that...

      Higher Education: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will remove the requirement for the payment of VAT where universities collaborate to share common back office services in order to facilitate...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 11 November (WA 126), why there are no specific rewards or sanctions in place to incentivise the UK...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, of the children who were in immigration detention in each of the months of May to October 2010 inclusive, what was the average length of detention of those...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for what length of time children are expected to stay in detention for immigration and asylum purposes.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 November (WA 381), on how many occasions the Governor of the Bank of England has written to the Chancellor of...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 November (WA 381-2), what has been the aggregate increase in prices since the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have compared the annual rate of retail price inflation in the United Kingdom with that in other G8 countries; and, if so, what assessment they have...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to curb inflation.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their latest estimates of the number of people receiving legal aid and advice in each of the categories for which the legal aid White Paper proposes to...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the increase in case load for (a) advice and (b) representation to be picked up by voluntary or charitable agencies in each of the...

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 November (WA 385), why they do not publish what the HM Treasury representative said at the last meeting of the...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary care trust provider arms are likely to become social enterprises; and which those are.

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary care trust provider arms, collectively or individually, have secured Department of Health approval to go forward to Monitor as candidates for...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new NHS economic regulator that they have proposed will have the power to review any cases of transfer of primary care trust provider arms to other NHS...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary care trust provider arms will be market-tested before transfer from the primary care trust. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary care...

      NHS: Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given instructions to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts on whether they should go ahead with any reorganisation of health...

      NHS: Weekend Cover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take in response to the findings by the Royal College of Physicians that patients receive poorer care at weekends due to a shortage of...

      Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which ten organisations received the greatest amounts of the Department for International Development's budget allocated to non-governmental organisations in each...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 23 November (WA 312) concerning divisions of the Northern Ireland Office, what is the role of the...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether newspaper reports published during the weekend before the statement on 29 November by the Budget Responsibility Committee of the Office for Budget...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the 30 per cent of Official Development Assistance to be spent in fragile states targets the poorest. To ask Her...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the 30 per cent of Official Development Assistance to be spent in fragile states will tackle gender inequalities. To ask...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of official development assistance to be spent in fragile states will be allocated to improving maternal health. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the 30 per cent of official development assistance to be spent in fragile states will be used to prevent conflict and not...

      Overseas Aid: Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of official development assistance to be spent in fragile states will be allocated to family planning and safe abortion services.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 22 November (WA 283), whether they will provide a breakdown of the aggregate sum of £22.7 million for St...

      Overseas Territories: Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what process recommendations for honours are made in respect of the Overseas Territories.

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people aged over 18 live in each parliamentary constituency; and how many people are on the electoral register in each constituency.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of media reports that human trafficking of women and girls, particularly from the north-eastern states of India into Delhi, increased in the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of media reports that human trafficking of women and girls, particularly from the north-eastern states of India into Delhi, increased in the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of media reports that human trafficking of women and girls, particularly from the north-eastern states of India into Delhi, increased in the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of media reports that human trafficking of women and girls, particularly from the north-eastern states of India into Delhi, increased in the...

      Railways: Closed Sections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have had from passenger interest groups looking to reopen closed sections of strategic railway lines; and what assessments they have made...

      Railways: Closed Sections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process for deciding whether to reopen closed sections of strategic railway lines; and whether they have any plans to review this process in the future.

      Railways: Engineering Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 23 November (WA 317), what was the breakdown of costs for the doubling of the Swindon-Kemble railway line that...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the September 2010 Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning a European Rail Network for competitive freight;...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the continued rise in passenger numbers on the central south coast rail route between London and Brighton; and what...

      Railways: Railcards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 16 November (WA 199), whether they regard the Association of Train Operating Companies senior railcard as a...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the interest rate to be paid by Ireland to the United Kingdom under its bilateral loan is higher or lower than the rate paid by Iceland to the United Kingdom.

      Savings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether National Savings & Investments will re-introduce retail products which guarantee savers a return in excess of the rate of retail inflation.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 6 October (WA 22), whether they will ask the Audit Commission and the Wales Audit Office to revisit and...

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of Spending Review 2010, what action they are taking to protect public sector jobs.

      Spending Review 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs they forecast the private sector will create to compensate for the loss of jobs in the public sector due to Spending Review 2010.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in Table 4.6 of the Economic and Fiscal Outlook, published by the Office for Budget Responsibility in November 2010, what is the breakdown between (a)...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of United Kingdom-based voter registration for the Sudan referendum in January 2011.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the preparations made by the United Kingdom, European Union and the United Nations for the referendum due to take place in Sudan...

      Traffic Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 23 November (WA 322), what procedures are in place at the Traffic Enforcement Centre to ensure that the procedure...

      Traffic Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 23 November (WA 322), whether, where an incomplete or inadequate address is corrected after service of the Notice...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, having regard to Turkey's economic and political circumstances and regional role, they still consider it is in Turkey's interest to continue to strive for...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, having regard to Turkey's economic and political circumstances and regional role, they are engaging in discussions to develop and strengthen a United...

      UN First Committee on Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the United Kingdom's participation in the recent United Nations First Committee on disarmament.

      Unacceptable Behaviour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the emphasis placed on personal responsibility in The Coalition: Our Programme for Government, what is their assessment of proposals that people...

      Government Departments: Unpaid Advisers

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

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints they have received about the costs, complexity and delays in issuing visas.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for the future of ancestry visas.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of their proposed student visa reforms on the United Kingdom's workforce.

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