Written answers

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

  • House of Lords

    • Access to Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Access to Work fund can be used to assist local government councillors in the furtherance of their duty.

    • Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of substitute service family accommodation and substitute service single accommodation for each of the last thirteen years.

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost and location of the 20 most expensive properties which were rented by members of the armed forces with a rank of colonel or equivalent and above,...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of providing education in private schools for the families of members of the armed forces in each of the last thirteen years.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Union proposals to regulate bank bonuses; whether income tax policy is a matter for Member States; and whether the...

      Buses: Concessionary Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the reduction in Bus Service Operators Grant, and the changes to Concessionary Fares Reimbursement, on the fares and...

      Buses: Concessionary Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the payments due to bus operators for journeys made under the English Concessionary Travel Scheme (a) in the current financial year, (b)...

      Civil Nuclear Police Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the minutes of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority meetings and its Management Board are no longer published.

      Civil Nuclear Police Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the respective roles of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority and the Civil Nuclear Police Authority Management Board; and what is the relationship between...

      Civil Nuclear Police Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Civil Nuclear Police Federation no longer receive any papers relating to the meetings of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority and its Management Board.

      Civil Nuclear Police Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when and where meetings between the Chairman or members of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority and the Civil Nuclear Police Federation took place over the last...

      Civil Nuclear Police Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what increase is planned in the Civil Nuclear Police Constabulary in each of the United Kingdom nuclear establishments.

      Civil Nuclear Police Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Civil Nuclear Police Constabulary are paid 95 per cent of the salary of a regular police officer; and whether this will be reviewed.

      Courts: Closure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on low-income families of closing 142 magistrates' and county courts.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they will provide to ensure that the poorest and most marginal farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo can adapt to climate change (a) today,...

      Disabled People: Independent Living

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors were considered in concluding that the Independent Living Fund is financially unsustainable; what alternatives have been explored; and whether the...

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 December (WA 116), to what extent ten-year gilt yields have been reduced by quantitative easing.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the nominal value and percentage of each outstanding gilt edge security currently owned, under quantitative easing, by the Asset Purchase Fund.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the Education Maintenance Allowance with another scheme to encourage students to stay in education.

      Education: ESOL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they forecast the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will save by restricting free tuition for those who want to take an English for Speakers...

      Education: Gap Year

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefit to the United Kingdom's global reputation of gap year students participating in voluntary and charitable projects abroad.

      Education: Teacher Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage partnerships between Teaching Schools and universities with a record of excellence in initial teacher training, and on what basis.

      Education: Teacher Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the likely impact of new funding arrangements for undergraduate students on (a) the Training and Development Agency for Schools and...

      Education: Vocational Subjects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how vocational subjects will be affected by the education reforms.

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord McNally on 1 November (Official Report, col. 1415), whether they had full and detailed knowledge of the allegations of electoral...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Part 1.2.a of the Ministerial Code, stating "The principle of collective responsibility, save where it is explicitly set aside, applies to all Government...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 December (WA 77), how soon the internal governance review commenced after the meeting of the Human Fertilisation...

      Energy: Carbon Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what current and future prices of carbon are currently used in their appraisal of transport projects; when those prices came into use; when and how they were...

      EU: Finance Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the legal basis for European Union member states' loans to Greece and the Republic of Ireland in the context of the "no bailout" clauses in the Maastricht...

      EU: Financial Regulators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether financial regulators in European Union member states are barred from making public any information gained in an investigation without the consent of the...

      EU: Schengen Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have forecast the cost saving to public funds from joining the Schengen Agreement; if so, what is the calculated saving; and if not, whether they will...

      Forestry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in grants for forestry in England in each of the last five years.

      Forestry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated annual cost to public funds of the exclusion of afforested land for inheritance tax purposes.

      Funding: Higher-level Study

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be any targeted funding to enable future generations of teachers and health and social care professionals to enhance their skills through...

      Ghana

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current agriculture and food security situation in Ghana including the effects of climate change; and what help they propose to...

      Ghana

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the United Kingdom has spent on (a) agricultural development, and (b) emergency food aid, in Ghana in each of the last five years.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 9 December (WA 83), whether war pension tribunals distinguish between "Gulf War Illness" and "Gulf War Syndrome";...

      Health: IVF

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to recent announcements by a number of primary care trusts that they will suspend or restrict funding for IVF services.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the pressure on university places caused by a higher number of university applicants choosing to enter university in September 2011...

      Higher Education: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the estimated cost of policing the student demonstrations in London in November and December.

      Higher Education: Postgraduates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make any cuts to the funding of postgraduate provision; and, if so, when they are likely to take effect.

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the finding by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that students from poorer families will pay more for their university education under...

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the impact of the lack of transitional arrangements in the university tuition fee increases on university applicants of 2011.

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the likely impact of higher fees at undergraduate level on the take-up of postgraduate study. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      House of Lords: Ministerial Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they determined which Lords Ministers should be unpaid. To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that Lords Ministers who...

      House of Lords: September Sittings

      to ask the Leader of the House, further to his Written Answer on 15 December (WA 194) concerning September sittings, whether the necessity for sitting in September will be reviewed in the light...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effect of the proposed increase in university students' ability to buy a home when they graduate.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 3 December (WA 506), what assessment they have made of the Migration Advisory Committee's...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 3 December (WA 506), whether the responses to the consultation regarding visas for intra-company...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigration detainees have been held for (a) more than two years, and (b) more than three years; for what reasons in each case; and how they intend to...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the policies of the governments of Sweden and Australia in reducing or eliminating immigration detention.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of socio-economic factors on life expectancy.

      Local Authorities: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are assisting local authorities to reduce procurement costs. To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are assisting local authorities to reduce back...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 13 December, how many local authorities will benefit from the £85 million of transitional...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 13 December, whether the comparison between total spending in 2010-11 and in subsequent years...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , in light of the Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 13 December, what will be the reduction in floors after damping for (a) principal authorities,...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in light of the Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 13 December and the Local Government Association's estimate of a requirement of up to...

      Local Government: Front-line Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the ability of the poorest councils to keep open front-line services when faced with spending reductions next year.

      Local Government: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to allow town halls to set up insurance companies to help pay for other council-run services.

      Local Government: Redundancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Local Government Spending Review, announced on 13 December, on jobs within local government; how many...

      Mosques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many attacks on and demonstrations against mosques in the United Kingdom have been reported in the last year for which figures are available; and how this...

      National Union of Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any funding to the National Union of Students; and, if so, how much has been paid in the last three years and for what reasons.

      NHS: Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to cut waste and improve efficiency in the National Health Service.

      NHS: Paediatrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the finding by the Royal College of Surgeons that half of the NHS hospitals do not have the facilities or staff to provide emergency...

      Non-executive Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action has been taken to avoid conflict of interest or appearances thereof in cases where proposed non-executive directors for the board of a Department of...

      Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to the staff of Ofcom about giving or receiving hospitality, in view of its status as a regulatory body; and whether its annual report will...

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the police have sufficient resources to ensure the security of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any consideration to using properties on the Olympic site, after the 2012 Olympics, as safe houses for trafficked women.

      Parliamentary Constituencies

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

      Pedlars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Wilcox on 19 October (HL Deb, col. 794), when they will publish their findings on street traders and pedlars.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restrict the terms of office for elected police and crime commissioners and make further terms subject to a performance review.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make Police and Crime Commissioners subject to annual review.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) proposal that HM Treasury would lend £175 million and donate £25 million towards the rescue of...

      Protests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ban marches through central London.

      Protests: Water Cannon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to the Metropolitan Police about proposals to use water cannons to control crowd disorder.

      Public Assets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the sales of public assets in the years up to and including 2015.

      Public Bodies: Travel Expenses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to members of non-departmental public bodies about first class train travel; and what is the current use of first class train travel by such...

      Public Forest Estate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the volume of public benefits from the public forest estate in England for the latest year.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer Questions for Written Answer HL3642, HL3643 and HL3644, tabled on 3 November and due for answer by 17 November.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 14 December (WA 175), why nine Questions for Written Answer allocated to the Cabinet Office between 5...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in their discussions over extended or new franchises with rail operating companies they intend to discuss (a) reasonable comfort levels for passengers, (b)...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the amount given to assist railway development in Wales in 2008-09.

      Schools: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they issue to schools regarding the amount of time schools should devote to education at each level on the health consequences of smoking,...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to encourage universities to make their admissions procedures more transparent.

      Universities: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will keep university teaching budgets under review in order to reflect the performance of the economy.

      Universities: Deferred Places

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students accepted deferred-entry places at United Kingdom universities in each of the last five years. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the annualised costs of applying visa regulations to pupils aged under 19 who have secured plans to study full time at independent schools affiliated to...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to restrict the number of non-European Union students granted visas to enter the United Kingdom during the period of the Home Office...

      Youth Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the cuts in Home Office budgets on support for local youth services.

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