Written answers

Monday, 20 December 2010

  • Prime Minister

    • North East

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has visited the North East since his appointment; and what the purpose was of each such visits.

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2010, Official Report, column 381W, on the Schools Sports Partnerships scheme, how many representations (a) his Office and (b)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment the Regulatory Policy Committee made of the impact assessment on the implementation of the dual discrimination provisions in the...

    • Government Equalities Office: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many overseas visits she expects (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the Government Equalities Office to have undertaken at the end of 2010-11;...

  • Attorney-General

    • Corruption

      To ask the Attorney-General what the Serious Fraud Office's policy is on claiming costs in transnational bribery and corruption cases for the purposes of funding further investigations.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff employed by the Law Officers' Departments were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period for which figures...

      Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many domestic violence specialist prosecutors were practising in England and Wales in each year since 2005.

      Witness Care Units: Finance

      To ask the Attorney-General how much funding the Crown Prosecution Service provided to witness care units in each year since 2005.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Christmas parties and drinks receptions his Department plans to host in December 2010.

    • Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated for support to victims of domestic violence in each year since 2005.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated for support to victims of domestic violence in each year of the comprehensive...

      Homelessness: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the (a) short-term and (b) long-term effects on levels of homelessness in Easington constituency...

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of homeless people in London.

      Homelessness: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to alter the definitions of voluntary and involuntary homelessness as part of his proposed changes to housing...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanism will be used to calculate the rate at which formula grant is redistributed from local authorities (a) in each...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to improve the means of redress for park home residents; and if he will make a statement.

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses in multiple occupation were licensed under (a) mandatory, (b) selective and (c) additional licensing in each...

      Planning: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of implementing local referendums to approve local...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce his plans for the future of the Growth Areas, Growth Points and Eco-Towns Grant.

      Residential Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residential premises deemed problematic in each ward of each local authority area were closed in each of the last three...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions his Department has provided embargoed media briefings prior to an oral statement to the House since 26 May 2010; in respect of how...

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the likely effect on universities in Scotland of the consequences of implementation of (a) the Higher Education (Basic...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent estimate she has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on her Department's annual expenditure.

    • Welsh Language Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when her Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at which web addresses...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how many staff employed by his Office were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Members: Travel

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals to make extended travel within the UK available to hon. Members on the same basis as extended travel to Europe.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of his Department's aid provided to Afghanistan which has been diverted from its intended...

    • Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department allocated to the Financial Education Fund in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the role of, and assistance provided by, his Department to Colombia in ensuring appropriate action...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any members of his Department's Management Board are based in East Kilbride.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he considered the relocation of jobs out of London as part of his Department's contribution to the comprehensive spending review.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have taken to comply with the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on his Department's annual...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with international organisations on user fees and access to health care services in developing countries.

      Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department (a) allocated to the Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that funds paid to developing nations are spent on the projects to which they have been...

      USA: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of US cotton subsidies on farmers in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department plans to give to Yemen in aid in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and to which projects such aid will be allocated.

      Zimbabwe: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of (a) urban and (b) rural health services in Zimbabwe.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking in support of the human rights of Christians who have been imprisoned, tortured or persecuted as a...

    • Afghanistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in reducing the level of corruption in Afghanistan since 2008.

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to prevent (a) forced marriage, (b) enslavement and (c) violence against women in Afghanistan.

      Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Aung San Suu Kyi; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to press the Government of Burma to grant political freedoms to Burmese citizens.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to (a) host Christmas parties and (b) purchase Christmas trees and decorations; and what...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make arrangements to discuss with Parliamentarians the development of his Department's Building Stability Overseas...

      Denmark: Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made recent representations to his Danish counterpart on dolphin hunting.

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department incurred on the employment of (a) historians and (b) librarians in each of the last 13 years;...

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place for his Department's officials to access his Department's historical records; in what format such...

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what analysis was undertaken of the merits of his Department's historical library prior to the decision to close it.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the highest annual salary his Department paid in each of the last five years was.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK-based staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which local newspapers his Department had a subscription between June 2007 and May 2010; on what date each such subscription...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have...

      EU Law

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

      Falkland Islands: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on progress on exploration of oil and gas reserves in Falkland Islands territorial waters; and what...

      Foreign Nationals: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to enable UK honours to be awarded in recognition of voluntary work in the local community to non-British...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he expects the former inhabitants of the Chagos Islands to settle permanently in the British Indian Overseas Territory.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the detention of Jinous Sobhani in Iran.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the imprisonment of (a) Haleh Rouhi, (b) Sasan Taqva and (c) Raha Sabet in Iran.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Iranian government on the imprisonment of the Baha'i leaders Mrs Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Iranian Government on the stoning for adultery of (a) Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani...

      Iran: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the level of (a) military and (b) nuclear co-operation between Iran and North Korea;...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in the next two years to ensure that shipments of illegal weapons do...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received from the International Atomic Energy Agency on any development of atomic weapons by Iran;...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received on the observation of the human rights of Iranian refugees detained in Camp Ashraf.

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Iraq.

      Ivory Coast: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on regional peace and stability of the recent election dispute in Ivory Coast.

      Lebanon: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the security situation in southern Lebanon and (b) the role of the UN Interim Force...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken with his international counterparts to encourage Hamas to (a) accept the Quartet Principles and...

      Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the status of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the adjacent regions of Agdam, Kelbecer, Qubadli,...

      North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers of his Department have visited the North East since their appointment; and what the (a) date and (b) purpose...

      Office of UK Permanent Representative to EC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the contract of employment of the UK Permanent Representative to the EU will come up for renewal.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his Department's capital expenditure per head was in (a) London and (b) the North West in each of the last five...

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) levels of (i) press freedom and (ii) freedom of association and (b) observance of...

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of respect for human rights in the Russian Federation.

      Russia: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of the Russian Federation on the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and...

      South America: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) UK-based and (b) locally-employed staff his Department employs in its embassy in (i) Lima, (ii) Bogota, (iii)...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent reports that the Sri Lankan government has considered banning the Tamil version of that...

      Sri Lanka: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse was of the recent visit to the UK of the President of Sri Lanka.

      Sudan: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on ensuring a peaceful referendum in South Sudan and Abyei in January 2011.

      Sudan: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in southern Sudan in advance of the planned referendum in January 2011.

      Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress on the EU accession negotiations involving Turkey.

      Uganda: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Ugandan government on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer as a result of setting the bank balance sheet levy applicable to...

    • Cheques: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) elderly people and (b) those living in rural areas of the withdrawal of cheques.

      Consumer Price Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the merits of changing the methodology for the calculation of the consumer price index to take account of changes in the level of...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on corporation tax receipts of the removal of the salary sacrifice concession for travel and subsistence from...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing a statutory licensing scheme for debt management companies.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of setting minimum standards for the provision of debt advisory services.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quality standards his Department has established for the debt management industry to ensure that advice offered to prospective consumers of debt...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many invoices his Department processed in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies in each year since...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on his Department's annual expenditure.

      Financial Services: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effects on the level of value added tax receipts of the change from payment of independent financial advisers by commission to payment...

      Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff worked for his Department on the most recent date 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 Warley of 19 October 2010 on behalf of Mr York on beer taxation.

      Mortgage Express and Bradford and Bingley: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department received on (a) Mortgage Express and (b) Bradford and Bingley in the latest period in which figures are available.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, column 613W, on budgets: environmental protection, what assessment his Department made of the...

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of the research and development tax credit.

      Tax Allowances: Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to submit to the European Commission evidence on behalf of Northern Ireland representatives of the quarry industry in relation to the...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households received tax credit awards in 2009-10.

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether discretionary awards of (a) a lump sum and (b) annual compensation made to former employees by local authorities in accordance with part III of...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to provide a substantive answer to question 29295, on the European Financial Stability Mechanism, tabled on 2 December 2010 for named day...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biomass Importation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the (a) ability of the UK to be self-sufficient in the production of biomass...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the direct carbon dioxide emissions in kilograms per megawatt hour arising from the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on his Department's annual...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the availability of gas and fuel oil supplies to domestic customers during the recent winter weather;...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the implications for commercial landlords of the European Court of Justice's ruling on the...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the change in energy costs to consumers of electricity and gas which will arise from implementation of his...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons his Department's consultation on the provision of third party access to licence exempt electricity and gas networks...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in fuel poverty in (a) North Tyneside constituency, (b) the North East...

      Fuel Poverty: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider the merits of an adapted Green Deal finance mechanism to provide for a third party to meet the repayment charges...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of commercial properties which have solar panels.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential role of small and medium-sized businesses in providing electricity from solar sources; and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has any plans to establish regional strategies for the production of renewable energy; and if he will make a...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many milliwatt hours of renewable electricity has been generated by each micro technology under the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) from what budgets funding was drawn for the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study; and how much funding each organisation...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, column 523W, on Sheffield Forgemasters, whether he has had discussions...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2010, Official Report, column 676W, on solar power, if he will publish the minutes of his...

      Tidal Power: Wave Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to provide capital funding for commercial deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies following the withdrawal...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in fuel poverty who are eligible for assistance under the Warm Front scheme.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households received grants through the Warm Front scheme (a) nationally and (b) in Liverpool, Wavertree constituency in the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the number of fuel poor households of changes to the funding for the Warm Front scheme.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of work carried out under the Warm Front scheme was completed within six months of commencement in the latest period...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines were retro-fitted to properties in each year since 2005.

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether his Department has made an estimate of the level of global (a) supplies and (b) demand for wood chip and pellet-derived...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations on financial support for biomass energy generation his Department has received from representatives of the wood...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces and Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of retention rates in the Afghan National (a) Army and (b) Police in 2010; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects winter clothing to be issued to members of the armed forces stationed in Kabul.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely effect on standing commitments of the redundancies in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF announced in...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budgetary allocations he has made for an army of 96,000; if he will assess the affordability of an army of that strength; what estimate he has made...

      British Overseas Territories: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on naval operations in British Overseas Territories of changes to Royal Navy capability resulting from the...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on consultants since 1 May 2010.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recommended ambient room temperature is for offices on his Department's estate.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press and communication posts in his Department are remunerated at (a) between £50,000 and £99,999 and (b) £100,000 or over.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many fixed-term appointments each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies has made since May 2010; (2) what the average salary was...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period for which figures...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on redundancy costs since 1 May 2010.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the cost of redundancies in the Department in 2010-11.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on use of the Government Car Service in each month since April 2010.

      European Defence Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding the Government provided for the European Defence Agency in each year since 2005; and what proportion of the Agency's funding this figure...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2010, Official Report, columns 317-19W, on military aircraft, whether he estimated that the retention of 50...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which aircraft are equipped with the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System; and whether the Nimrod MR4A aircraft was equipped with the Joint...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to consult (a) local authorities, (b) hon. Members, (c) economic development agencies and (d) the devolved administrations...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent under each budgetary heading on running costs for each (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marines and (c) Army base in the UK (i) in each of...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions he has met (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) Scotland, (iii)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to review the continuance of RAF bases; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any proposals contained in the Strategic Defence and Security Review will affect the policing by Ministry of Defence Police of the St Fergus gas...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the establishment of a permanent base for Ministry of Defence Police at the St Fergus gas terminal.

      MR1185 Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the criteria for inclusion in the MR1185 study are; what progress has been made on the study to date; and which veterans' groups have participated...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the number of warheads deployed on each Vanguard class submarine will be reduced to no more than 40; when the stockpile of operationally available...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times search and rescue helicopters based at RAF Lossiemouth have been involved in operations to rescue individuals from mountains in Scotland...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) upon whose invitation he is visiting Sri Lanka on 18 December 2010; in what capacity; and what meetings he plans to have during his visit; (2)...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will be responsible for bearing the costs of his visit to Sri Lanka on 18 December 2010.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of printing copies of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of communications for the (a) consultation and (b) launch of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of overnight accommodation for (a) Ministers and (b) civilian staff required as part of the Strategic Defence and...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation process was followed as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

  • Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the merits of introducing measures at all airports allowing expedited access for uniformed crew.

    • Airports: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the levels of freight passing through each of the UK's airports were in each year since 2001.

      Airports: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on aircrew of repeated exposure to backscatter radiation from airport body scanners.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with the British Airline Pilots' Association on a potential opt-out for airline pilots from body scanning for the...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the cumulative effect of regular use of bodyscanners on those who are already...

      British Transport Police: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many arrests British Transport Police made in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average salary has been of people on fixed-term contracts in his Department in each month since April 2010.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payroll costs each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) incurred in May 2010; and what estimate he has made of each such...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department in each month since April 2010.

      Healthier Travel Options: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to implement (a) greener and (b) healthier travel options for commuters.

      High Speed Two: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget for High Speed Two is; and how many staff of his Department are working on the project.

      London and South Eastern Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the performance of Southeastern in discharging its obligations under its franchise agreement.

      London and South Eastern Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of rail services run by Southeastern was subject to a delay of over 10 minutes in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

      London and South Eastern Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail services Southeastern has cancelled in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

      London and South Eastern Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had recent discussions with Southeastern on ensuring the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its service.

      London and South Eastern Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Southeastern carries out efficient ticketing enforcement on its rail services; and if he will make a statement.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Maritime and Coastguard Agency personnel of each grade were employed in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years.

      Midland Main Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 25 November 2010, Official Report, columns 466-68, on rail investment, what plans he has to improve the line speed,...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which sections of the (a) M5, (b) M6, (c) M1, (d) M25, (e) M4 and (f) M3 are subject to lower speed limits because they do not meet current...

      Rail High Level Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he plans to announce the membership of the Rail High Level Group; and what criteria he plans to use to determine its membership; (2)...

      Railway: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Thameslink project will include electrification of the railway between Carlton Road Junction (Midland Main Line) and Haringey Junction...

      Railways: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued to train operating companies on addressing antisocial behaviour on passenger rail services.

      Railways: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the £40 million funding for refurbishment of disused railway bridges at Camden road announced by his...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) current and (b) former employees of Network Rail who receive free rail travel or travel concessions also receive free travel or travel...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent to date on the development of High Speed 2 between London and Birmingham; and how much is projected to be spent up to...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on consultants in respect of the preparatory work for the High Speed 2 project.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost to his Department is of staff employed to undertake the preparatory work for the High Speed 2 project; (2) how many staff are...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the likely effects of raising the present cap on rail fares on levels of carbon dioxide emissions; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the effect of increases in rail fares on the number of commuters who travel to work by rail.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what budgetary provision he has made for external consulting resources for the rail value for money study.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultants his Department used in preparing the interim report of Sir Roy McNulty's value for money review; and what the cost to his Department...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) his Department plans to begin work on the rail franchise specifications due for renegotiation in 2012 and (b) he expects officials of his...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the level of overcrowding on the East Coast mainline.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment he has made of levels of passenger overcrowding on the rail network in (a) London, (b) non-metropolitan urban areas and...

      Railways: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to ensure that holders of rail franchises recycle more waste from trains.

      Railways: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the laying of a dual track along the entirety of the Oxford to Worcester railway line.

      Railways: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to include a new specification in the Malvern to London train franchise for 2013 to include an hourly service.

      Railways: Stevenage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential effects of the East Coast Eureka timetable on passengers in Stevenage.

      Railways: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the incidence of suicide on the rail network in the last 10 years.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what timetable he has set for his consultation on the renewable transport fuel obligation; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to roll out on-train metering across the rail network.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what class of rail travel will be provided in each of the new rail carriages which have been ordered.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent meetings he has had with representatives of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Northern Ireland on the modernisation of the coastguard.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons his Department's announcement on the modernisation of the coastguard has not been made according to the planned timetable.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish his Department's proposals for the modernisation of the coastguard.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authorities are required to determine the suitability of an individual to hold a (a) hackney and (b) private hire licence; and if he...

      Thameslink: King's Lynne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many direct services from King's Lynn to London he expects to be maintained following the Thameslink upgrade.

      Train Operating Companies: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to require train operating companies to introduce a compensatory scheme to those passengers unable to access a seat...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) representatives of business organisations and (b) individual businesses on the future of Waterloo International...

      West Coast Railway Line: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on his decision not to approve planned extra carriages on West Coast main line train services; and if he will make...

  • Health

    • Addison Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which it is responsible contract services from Addison Lee private taxi hire company.

    • Advisory Group for National Specialised Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether treatments assessed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will be able to enter specialised commissioning through the new...

      Autism: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has evaluated on (a) a genetic link to autism and (b) potential treatments for autism associated with genetic conditions.

      Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in funding to Birmingham children's hospital as a result of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review in...

      Cancer: Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of standard treatment appraisal methodologies for appraising ultra-orphan treatments for cancer; what...

      Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in each local authority area who require assistance to meet their care costs in 2010-11.

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 890W, on cataracts: surgery, what his policy is on providing a wider choice of...

      Death: Winter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the factors which contributed to the change in the number of excess winter deaths between 2008-09 and 2009-10.

      Death: Winter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the likely number of excess winter deaths in 2010-11.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to require GP consortia to provide full and adequately financed care for all patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's and...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has entered into for the provision of consultancy services since May 2010; and what the monetary value is of each such contract.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid to officials in his Department and its non-departmental bodies in bonuses and other payments in addition to salary in each year...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allowances and payments in addition to salary were available to officials in his Department and its non-departmental bodies in each year since 1997;...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on his Department's annual expenditure.

      Diabetes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on access to (a) consultant-led care and (b) diabetic consumables funded by the NHS for diabetics; what...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department plans to allocate to the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Domestic Violence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated for support to victims of domestic violence in each year of the comprehensive spending review period; and if...

      Domestic Violence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated for support to victims of domestic violence in each year since 2005.

      Headaches: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS spent on interventions for headache and migraine sufferers in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Headaches: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will promote research into the causes of migraines and headaches.

      Health Visitors: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to allocate funding to meet the commitment contained in the 2010 Drugs Strategy to recruit 4,200 extra health visitors by 2015.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what general health problems his Department has identified among people with hepatitis C infections which were attributable to the prior infection; and if...

      Hip Replacement: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hip replacement operations have taken place in (a) City of Manchester, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) North West England and (d) England in each...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals did not meet the NHS Constitution waiting time target of 18 weeks for each reporting period from 2006 to 2010.

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he made of the number of (a) female, (b) male and (c) child patients who died while waiting for a kidney transplant in each of the last...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to increase the (a) availability and (b) standard of provision for psychological and social support for new mothers...

      Memory Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS memory clinics there are in each primary care trust area; and how many of these have been set up since the launch of the National Dementia...

      National Specialised Services Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the likely annual budget of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services for the appraisal of ultra orphan...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish a report on the outcome of his Department's pilots of the 111 service.

      NHS Litigation Authority: Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the liabilities arising from claims received by the NHS Litigation Authority since 2000 in respect of (a) the time taken and...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospital trusts have a financial position supported by non-recurrent financial support; and how much each has received in such support in 2010-11 to...

      North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Ministers in his Department have visited the North East since their appointment.

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instruct the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to give greater consideration to the relevance of low patient population...

      Primary Care Trusts: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether those GP commissioning consortia which employ staff previously employed by primary care trusts will take on associated TUPE liabilities.

      Primary Care Trusts: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the removal of the two-tier TUPE code applies to primary care trust (PCT) staff transferring from PCTs to GP consortia.

      Primary Care Trusts: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what terms the debts of primary care trusts will be partially or wholly written off after the creation of GP commissioning consortia.

      Primary Care Trusts: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of primary care trust staff who will be employed by GP commissioning consortia.

      Queen Alexandra Hospital: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the total running costs for the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth was paid to the PFI provider in 2009-10; and what proportion of...

      Surgery: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital trusts have (a) frozen and (b) postponed elective surgical procedures since 1 October 2010 on grounds of cost.

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure consistent assurance by strategic health authorities of acute provider CQUIN data returns, with regard to the...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the amount of money that has been paid in each strategic health authority area to acute providers through commissioners...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to ensure that strategic health authorities have made primary care trust commissioners aware of the contractual obligations...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of tuberculosis infection; and if he will make a statement.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at which web addresses...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Addison Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) his Department and (b) the public bodies for which it is responsible contracts services from Addison Lee private...

    • Adult Education: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people attended adult education courses in (a) the London Borough of Newham and (b) London in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009.

      Consumer Focus: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the redundancy costs arising from the closure of Consumer Focus in the next three years.

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which buildings occupied by his Department were damaged during the demonstration in Parliament Square on 9 December 2010; what...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to protect from damage the buildings leased by his Department from damage...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many invoices his Department processed in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants and (b) temporary employees in each month since April 2010.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of quality management statements in assisting with contract decisions by his...

      Departmental Overtime

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many submissions his Department received to his call for evidence on consumer credit and personal insolvency; and how many...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many posts in his Department have been unfilled in each month since April 2010; and what the saving from the non-filling of...

      Everything Everywhere

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment Ofcom has made of the effects of the formation of Everything Everywhere on the competitive position of the...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, columns 594-5W, on export credit guarantees, with how many...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has assessed the merits of (a) applying a total cost of borrowing figure to high street bank overdraft...

      Foreign Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value of (a) exports to and (b) imports from, Israel was in each of the last 10 years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students beginning undergraduate degree courses in English universities in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000,...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many pupils not eligible for free school meals took up a place at each university in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-7 and (c) 2007-8.

      Higher Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency (a) applied to attend university in the academic year 2010/11 and...

      Higher Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of students at higher education institutions who (a) have a physical disability and...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much he plans to allocate to each of the access and participation funds for higher education set out in footnote 62 on page...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the effects of his proposals to reduce the teaching grant on (a) the University of...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department holds information on the funds held in reserve by universities in the Russell Group.

      Innovation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) crtieria and (b) timescale he has set for assessing the effects of the proposed East End of London HighTech Hub in...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2010, Official Report, column 644W, on the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which...

      Lloyds TSB: Halifax Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2010, Official Report, column 1049, on Lloyds Banking Group shareholders, whether the...

      Local Enterprise Partnership Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to facilitate and support shared local enterprise partnership projects between regions.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely number of approved local enterprise partnerships that will be in place by April 2011.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of local enterprise partnerships; (2) what mechanism is in...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2010, Official Report, column 799W, on the Newcastle Gateshead Local Enterprise...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to increase the level of remanufacturing as part of the UK's low carbon economy agenda.

      Mortgage Express and Bradford and Bingley: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints his Department received on (a) Mortgage Express and (b) Bradford and Bingley in the latest period in which...

      New Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the recommendations of the First Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, Session 2010-11, HC...

      Ofcom: Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department to date of work by Opinion Leader Research as part of Ofcom's review of...

      Ofcom: Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consultation with groups representing deaf and hearing-impaired people was undertaken by Opinion Leader Research as part of...

      One North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the principal (a) assets and (b) liabilities are of One North East; what plans he has for the future of those residual...

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to promote trade and investment opportunities between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his Department's budget is for regional development agencies in 2010-11; (2) by what date he expects all of the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanism is in place for the transfer of EU funding from regional development agencies to local enterprise partnerships.

      Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a transition plan for each regional development agency.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanism will be used to target the Regional Growth Fund on areas worst hit by the recession.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) departmental officials have met representatives of Royal...

      Royal Mail: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the mechanisms necessary to facilitate the...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist science and technology research institutions in contributing to economic growth.

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the future of science research and expertise in England.

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2010, Official Report, columns 689-90W, on nuclear power stations: construction, what...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has carried out an equality impact assessment of the likely effects of changes to the level of tuition fees on...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many loan applications the Student Loans Company has not yet processed; how many such applications were received prior to 31...

      Universities: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in Birmingham, Erdington constituency (a) applied to attend university in the academic year 2010-11 and...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what provisions are in place to ensure observance by employers of the requirements of the Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what requirements there are on employers to maintain a register of employees who opt out of the provisions of the Working Time...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the voting patterns of BBC employees; and if he will make a statement.

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in respect of how many eligible places of worship grants have been made under the listed places of worship grant scheme in the...

      Cultural Institutions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what mechanism the Government plans to put in place to enable cultural institutions to generate more funding from private sources.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on his Department's...

      Freeview Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of the UK's (a) territory and (b) population do not receive the full range of public service channels...

      Horniman Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which alternative bodies are being considered as potential sponsors for the Horniman Museum and Gardens for the period after...

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future of the Museum Accreditation Scheme following the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and...

      Museums: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many public sector museums in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England closed in each year since 2003.

      Museums: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what resources his Department made available to Arts Council England for museums development work in the last 12 months; what...

      Museums: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding his Department expects to make available under the Renaissance programme to hub museums in 2011-12; by what...

      Olympic Games 2012: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister to the right hon. Member for Tottenham of 15 December 2010, Official...

      Olympic Games 2012: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what organisations he has consulted to assist him to assess the risks of people trafficking associated with the London 2012...

      Public Libraries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future of the Future Libraries Programme and its current partnerships with (a) his Department and...

      Taekwondo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what role (a) Sport England and (b) the British Taekwondo Control Board have in regulating Taekwondo; what recent...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Deaths: Winter

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 881W, on deaths: winter, what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of...

    • Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on press cuttings services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on his Department's annual expenditure.

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has plans to bring forward proposals to prevent the use of 0870 and 0845 telephone numbers by central government departments.

      Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to increase the level of (a) public awareness of the information collected by internet search engines and (b) the laws which...

      Public Bodies: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to prevent public bodies using 0870 and 0845 numbers; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many places he expects to be available on the National Citizenship Pilot schemes in 2011 to young people aged 16 years in each constituency.

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the oral answer of 23 November 2010, Official Report, column 153, on prisoners (voting rights), if he will assess the merits of bringing...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when his Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at which web addresses...

  • Education

    • International League Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the performance of school in England against international comparators.

    • Commercialisation of Childhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to address the commercialisation and premature sexualisation of childhood.

      School Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on school sports funding; and if he will make a statement.

      School Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he had with Baroness Campbell and the Youth Sports Trust during his review of school sports policy.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of funding for the pupil premium will come from his Department's planned budgetary provision for schools for 2011-12.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academies which opened before 11 October have made arrangements under the procedure set out in the Academies Act 2010 to support an...

      Bromley College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the value for money of the proposed merger between Bromley College and Orpington College.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2010, Official Report, column 810W, on care homes: standards, for what reasons publication of the national minimum...

      Children Act 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he is reviewing the adequacy of the (a) provisions of the Children Act 1989 in respect of the forced removal of children and (b) other...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many members of staff are employed in the ministerial correspondence unit of his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials have (a) joined and (b) left the private office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families since May...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education to which local newspapers his Department had a subscription between June 2007 and May 2010; on what date each such subscription started; and what the...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many written questions tabled for answer on a named day received a (a) holding reply and (b) substantive response on the day they were due for...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date his Department's contract with Capita to deliver the education maintenance allowance will expire; and how much his Department will pay to...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people have received education maintenance allowance payments in (a) Blackpool and (b) England since the creation of the scheme.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Brighton

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people were in receipt of education maintenance allowance in (a) Bristol East constituency and (b) Bristol in each of the last five years.

      Free Schools: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that new schools established by parents under the free schools programme follow his Department's guidance on the...

      General Teaching Certificate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who gained a General Teaching Certificate in 2009 and who are still seeking teaching jobs.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to tackle parental alienation syndrome by strengthening the shared parenting aspect of the Children Act 2004.

      School: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on which dates he had discussions with the Secretary of State for (a) Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and (b) Health prior to his announcement...

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 107W, on teachers: training, if he will identify and evaluate independent research...

      Science and Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of science and mathematics teaching in schools.

      Social Services: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether social services have targets in respect of the number of adoption cases processed in each year.

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of young carers in (a) the South East and (b) Sevenoaks constituency.

      Youth Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many youth centres that are operated by local authorities provide activities for disabled children and their families in (a) the West Midlands and...

      Youth Sport Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had recent meetings with Baroness Campbell of Loughborough to discuss the work of the Youth...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) financial and (b) other support is available to help people meet their winter heating costs; and whether any additional support is...

    • Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period for which...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the increase in the standard rate of value added tax on his Department's annual expenditure.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what regulations he plans to (a) repeal and (b) amend in the next five years.

      Departmental Sponsorship

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 6 December 2010, Official Report, column 74W, on disability living allowance,...

      Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of implementing the proposed objective medical assessment for disability living allowance claim in 2013-14;...

      Disability Living Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress he has made on the public consultation in respect of the proposed objective medical assessment for disability living...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the change in the number of private sector properties capable of being rented at the level of local...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit received (a) flat-rate and (b) non flat-rate deductions for (i) heating, (ii) hot water, (iii)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of claimants of local housing allowance that made an additional payment to cover the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monthly (a) on-flows to and (b) off-flows from local housing allowance in each local authority were in each month since April 2008.

      Housing Benefit: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many recipients of housing benefit who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months are resident in Ashfield...

      Housing Benefit: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency who will be affected by his proposed changes to housing...

      Housing Benefit: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much (a) local housing allowance and (b) housing benefit on average was paid to recipients in each type of housing tenure in...

      Housing Benefit: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely effect on his Department's expenditure on housing benefit of his proposals for affordable rent for...

      Housing Benefit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount of housing benefit paid by tenure in Glasgow North constituency was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Housing Benefit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Glasgow North constituency receive local housing allowance.

      Housing Benefit: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the (a) research commissioned and evaluated by his Department and (b) representations he has received since...

      Housing Benefit: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the average weekly housing benefit payment made to those staying in women's aid refuges.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid on average in (a) housing benefit and (b) local housing allowance by tenure in North Ayrshire and Arran constituency in the...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of local housing allowance who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months are resident in North...

      Housing Benefit: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of local housing allowance who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months are resident in...

      Housing Benefit: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the average weekly housing benefit payment made to households in (a) temporary...

      Housing Benefit: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Bromsgrove constituency were in receipt of housing benefit of more than £400 per week in...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the effects of the change to the rate used to calculate support for mortgage interest payments from 1...

      Jobcentres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many square metres on average Jobshops located in London occupy; and what the (a) smallest and (b) largest size is of such...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there is a maximum number of unpaid hours than an individual may work per week while claiming jobseeker's allowance and actively...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2010, Official Report, column 795W, on mortgages: Government assistance, what (a) discussions he has...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2010, Official Report, columns 841-42W, on mortgages: Government assistance, for what reasons he reduced...

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage change in mortgage repossessions which will occur in each of the next four quarters as a result of...

      Personal Income: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median household income of a family in (a) the social rented sector, (b) the private rented sector and (c) owner-occupied...

      Personal Records: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Tell Us Once service; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has for...

      Real-time Earnings Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to pass the real-time earnings data collected for calculation of Universal Credit to (a) local authorities and...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Glasgow, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK Remploy has employed in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median income was of a household in (a) the social rented sector, (b) the private rented sector and (c) owner-occupied...

      Social Rented Housing: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcomes were of his recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the likely effects on the...

      Social Rented Housing: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median income was of a household in (a) the social rented sector, (b) the private rented sector and (c) owner-occupied...

      Social Rented Housing: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median household income was of a family in (a) the social rented sector, (b) the private rented sector and (c) owner-occupied...

      Social Security Benefits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households of armed forces personnel in receipt of each benefit paid by his Department.

      Social Security Benefits: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of local housing allowance who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months are resident in...

      Social Security Benefits: Widowed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether higher rate taxpayers will continue to be eligible for widowed parent's allowance when they lose their entitlement to child benefit.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) receive and (b) contribute to a pension under the state savings related pension scheme.

      Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health in respect of support needed for people who are moved off benefit but...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at which web...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of incorporating winter fuel payments into the War Pension Scheme for armed forces veterans; and if...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of communication and feedback between Jobcentre Plus, Atos Healthcare and the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent progress his Department has made on delivering the Work Programme; (2) when he expects to launch the Work Programme.

      Work Programme: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 9, on the Work Programme, what enhanced support will be provided to (1)...

  • Home Department

    • Addison Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) her Department and (b) its agencies contract services from Addison Lee.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued to people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 years or over in the criminal justice area...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of her Department's strategy for procuring new services for the e-Borders programme from...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the value for money of recent procurement exercises for e-Borders contracts.

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the monetary value of grants awarded by her Department was in 2009-10; and how much she expects to award in grants in (a) 2010-11...

      Departmental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what programmes (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have in place to reduce the number of working days lost through sickness and other...

      Departmental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) sickness and (b) unauthorised absence among staff in her Department and...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible have taken to...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when her Department plans to implement proposals to destroy DNA records of those who have not been convicted of any crime; (2) when...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many multi-agency risk assessment conferences there have been in (a) each region of England and (b) Wales in each year since 2005.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many independent domestic violence advisers were employed in (a) each region of England and (b) Wales in each year since 2005.

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the suitability for use by police forces of roadside drug testing equipment used by the German police.

      EC External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from EU institutions on migration of workers from India to the UK as part of the EU's free trade...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many certificates of sponsorship have been awarded in each of the last five years; and how many have been awarded under tier 2 of the...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on reform of the student visa system.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made, together with police forces, of the outcomes of the Pentameter 1 and 2 investigations into human...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on prevention of human trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet ECPAT UK to discuss its experience of child trafficking in the UK for the purpose of developing an appropriate comprehensive...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police operations to tackle the trafficking of children are in place in England.

      Human Trafficking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what funding her Department plans to provide for (a) actions against human trafficking and (b) support for victims of human...

      Human Trafficking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what funding her Department provided for (a) actions against human trafficking and (b) support for victims of human trafficking in...

      Human Trafficking: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet the Medaille Trust to discuss (a) the Government's proposed strategy on reducing human trafficking and (b) provision of...

      Human Trafficking: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet the Poppy Project its London refuge for women rescued from sex trafficking and domestic slavery for the purpose of...

      Human Trafficking: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what voluntary organisations which assist the victims of trafficking she has met since 11 October 2010.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on the reintroduction of exit checks by 2014.

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of confirmed fraudulent activity detected by passport offices in 2010 was detected by the Newport Passport Office.

      Police Community Support Officers: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers (PCSOs) are assigned to duties in Ashfield constituency; and whether she plans to ring-fence the...

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the proposal to include members of the National Assembly for Wales on...

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) charged with using insulting words or behaviour under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 in...

      UK Border Agency: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that staff of the UK Border Agency should register the occasions when they use (a) first class rail and (b)...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at which web...

      Wickham Research Laboratories: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 30 November 2010, Official Report, columns 68-69WS, on the Animals Scientific Procedures...

      Wickham Research Laboratories: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the merits of reviewing the certificate of designation issued to Wickham Laboratories.

      Witness Care Units: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was provided to witness care units by police authorities in each year since 2005.

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for antisocial behaviour on trains there were in each year since 2007.

    • Courts: Retford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects county court cases for the Retford area to transfer to Worksop magistrates court.

      Courts: Retford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether Retford magistrates court cases will be transferred to Worksop after the implementation of his proposals for court closures.

      Crimes of Violence: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions relating to violence on trains there were in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.

      Demonstrations: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of the damage caused to his Department's property in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) Hove constituency during...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff employed by his Department were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in the latest period for which figures...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have taken to comply with the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding his Department allocated to (a) tackling domestic violence and (b) providing support to victims of domestic violence in each year since 2005.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department plans to allocate to (a) tackling domestic violence and (b) providing support to the victims of domestic violence in each year...

      Domestic Violence: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many specialist domestic violence courts were established in (a) each region of England and (b) Wales in each year since 2005.

      Ejup Ganic: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost to the public purse was of the case brought against Ejup Ganic; and how much has been so spent on (a) counsel, (b) solicitors,...

      Gary Critchley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department expects to respond to the application by Rowan House, Norfolk for leave for Mr Gary Critchley under section 17 of the Mental Health...

      HM Courts Service and Tribunals Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2010, Official Report, columns 211-2W, on HM Court Service: Wales, when he expects to determine the (a) funding...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Legal Complaints Service complaints relating to coalminers compensation were (a) unresolved and (b) disputed on the most recent date for which...

      Legal Aid: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's expenditure on civil legal aid other than on family matters was in (a) Cumbria and (b) Carlisle constituency in each of the last...

      Legal Aid: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effects on disabled people of (a) removing welfare benefits from the scope of legal aid and (b) means-testing...

      Legal Complaints Service: Leamington Spa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision his Department plans to make for the transfer of disputed Legal Complaints Service (LCS) complaints after the closure of LCS operations in...

      National Offender Management Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2010, Official Report, columns 68-69W, on national probation service: Wales, when he expects to announce the...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010 , Official Report, column 118W, on prisoners' release, (1) how (a) long into and (b) far from the end of...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of a prison place for a category C prisoner was in the last five years.

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints have been referred to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman in each of the last three years.

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of the office of the prisons and probation ombudsman in each of the last three years.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which prisons no use of controlled drugs has been detected in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Riots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were involved in riots in prisons in each of the last three years; and how many prosecutions have been brought as a result.

      Public Order Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted (1) for using insulting words or behaviour under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c)...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2010, Official Report, columns 668-70W, on sentencing, how many offenders had received over 200 previous convictions.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what definition of squatting his Department uses.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at which web addresses...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for funding for witness care units in each year of the Spending Review period.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 November (WA 177), when they will place in the Library of the House the requested information on the...

    • Aerospace

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are engaged in work in the United Kingdom aerospace industries.

      Agriculture: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any indication of the countries to which goods stolen from farms are destined.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently engaged in apprenticeships in the United Kingdom steel industry.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how much additional tax revenue will be accrued as a result of banks adopting the Code of Practice on Taxation.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at what rate of interest the Bank of England lends to banks under the special liquidity scheme, and how that rate compares to the average rate charged by banks to...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England is free to (a) increase interest rates and, (b) increase quantitative easing, without seeking the...

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what have been the arrangements to confirm the appointment of the chairman of the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) since it started to trade in the United Kingdom.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 24 November (WA 335), how they define "unacceptable bank bonuses".

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Committee of European Bank Supervisors' rules on banker remuneration will be binding on United Kingdom banks.

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 7 December (WA 25), what is the amount outstanding in the loan made by the Government to Iceland; and what is the...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether agreements with other jurisdictions to avoid double taxation will mean that the proposed banking levy will fall more heavily on United Kingdom banks if HM...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the review of the conduct of senior individuals and corporate governance at the Royal Bank of Scotland, carried...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the report produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Financial Services Authority on the collapse of Royal Bank of Scotland.

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons can be learnt from the PricewaterhouseCoopers report for the Financial Services Authority into the failure of Royal Bank of Scotland.

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to how many countries they have made loans in the last two years without raising issues of human rights.

      BBC: Trustees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that no one in receipt of a forfeitable pension from the European Union is appointed as chairman or a trustee of the BBC.

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the quality of child care.

      Civil Service: Letters of Direction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer has issued any letters of direction to the Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect a legally binding international agreement to come out of the United Nations climate change conference in Cancún.

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the review of counterterrorism and security powers will be published. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to phase out the use of...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a single point of responsibility for countering cyberattacks by terrorists and by foreign Governments on the United Kingdom.

      Deposit Guarantee Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the European Union Deposit Guarantee Scheme to protect depositors' savings up to €100,000 becomes operative on 1...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 December 2010 (WA 76), whether the absence of the grounds for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority...

      EU: Finance Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to propose greater International Monetary Fund proportional support for European Union member states undergoing financial stability adjustment...

      EU: Sovereign Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Juncker-Tremonti proposals for pan-European bond issues.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 November (WA 436), (a) why the 2007-08 statistics for dental decay among Birmingham five year-olds did not quote...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 November (WA 436), what conclusions they draw from the overall downward trend since 1990 in dental decay among...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 December (WA 494), on what date the criticisms by NHS Evidence-oral health of the 2007 Griffin review were first...

      Government Departments: Staff

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

      Government Departments: Staff

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

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on research into Gulf War illnesses compared with the Government of the United States; and when the last Government-funded research...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the earlier diagnosis of cancer.

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prescriptions for the drug EllaOne have been issued in England and Wales in each year since it was first licensed, broken down by health authority.

      Health: Endometriosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure a greater awareness among members of the public and the medical profession of the symptoms of endometriosis. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Health: Maternity Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey findings that one in five women in labour is left alone on NHS wards.

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask the Leader of the House whether he intends to timetable a debate in Parliament on the forthcoming mental health strategy once it is published.

      Health: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their reaction to the finding of the Royal College of Nursing in its report Guidance on Safe Nurse Staffing Levels in the UK that two in five nurses report...

      Health: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a strategy to prevent adult obesity.

      Health: Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will guarantee funding for the national hip fracture database and the national programme of falls and bone health audits, carried out by the Royal...

      Health: Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce a best practice tariff for non-hip fragility fractures.

      Health: Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received on the use of stem cells to repair injury in the central nervous system, and whether they will place in the Library of the...

      House of Lords: Members' Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to Ministers regarding the timing of replies to letters from Members of the House of Lords.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the new financial restrictions on mortgage lending for low-income families.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the current terrorism threat, they will update the consultation carried out prior to the decision in 1998 not to require persons leaving...

      Licensing: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the entertainment licensing implications of the Susan Philipsz Turner Prize-winning installation, Lowlands Away, at Tate Britain, where...

      Local Authorities: Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what statutory powers will be given to local authority directors of public health.

      Medical Practitioners: Non-EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 23 November (WA 309) and on 29 November (WA 411), whether they will consult on or review the provision of medical...

      NHS: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the amount of (a) revenue, and (b) capital underspend, on the NHS budget for 2009-10; and how much of those underspends was rolled forward to 2010-11 as...

      NHS: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any (a) revenue, or (b) capital underspends on the NHS budget for 2010-11 can be rolled forward to 2011-12 as part of end-year flexibility; and what...

      NHS: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they will put in place for end-year flexibility in the NHS budgets in the years 2011-12 to 2013-14 so that surpluses or deficits can be rolled...

      NHS: Waiting Times

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on hospital waiting times of the policy of general practitioners having greater control over the NHS budget.

      Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they judged that the provisions of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill did not require an impact assessment.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give savers with defined contribution or money purchase pensions more freedom to choose how they spend their money.

      Police: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce spending cuts to front-line police services gradually.

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more funding and equipment to assist police in catching drivers under the influence of drugs.

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the number of police community support officers at the end of the period covered by Spending Review 2010. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Public Finances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their present plans assume stabilisation of the public finances by 2015.

      Public Sector: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 8 December (WA 67), what was the actual public sector net borrowing in May 2010 as a percentage of gross domestic...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Republic of Ireland's National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is treating United Kingdom banks with activities or...

      Retail: Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will initiate discussions with leading United Kingdom supermarket groups to ascertain what measures they plan to introduce to support lower-income...

      Roads: Congestion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will manage congestion on the principal road and motorway network; what role road charging will play in this strategy; and what is their assessment of...

      Roads: Traffic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what percentage traffic has increased in the past 10 years on the principal road and motorway network; what is the forecast for the next 10 years; by what...

      Royal Family: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they will give to the Royal Family about the use of cars on public occasions.

      Safety: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 8 December (WA 60), whether they will seek to enhance the requirement in Clause 7.9 of BS EN 60335-1:2002 and...

      Sir Philip Green

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the efficiency review by Sir Phillip Green, (a) what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the report, (b) whether the cases of...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 30 November (Official Report, col. 1381) that "smoking still claims 80,000 lives a year", what clinical evidence or death...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Budget Responsibility has given an assessment of the amount of taxation likely to be paid as a result of the Government's recently announced...

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include in their package of corporate anti-tax-avoidance measures restrictions on United Kingdom companies transferring their head offices to tax...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will examine options for an intermediate VAT rate, between the future full 20 per cent rate and zero rating, to mitigate the effects of the VAT rise...

      Transport: Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the public benefits relating to the 14 authorised schemes referred to in paragraph 37 of the Investment in Highways Transport Schemes (October...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what type of visa was issued to Julian Assange allowing him to enter the United Kingdom; when it was issued; and for how long it will be valid.

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