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Written answers

Thursday, 13 January 2011

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what account his Department took of the October 2010 Met Office forecast of a mild winter in preparations across Government for the winter of 2010.

    • Public Sector: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department has provided to Government Departments on the use of absence management programmes to reduce the rates of sickness absence...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish the report by Ofcom on BSkyB and media plurality; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether he plans to announce his decision on whether to refer News Corporation's proposed acquisition of BSkyB to the...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on advertising, marketing and publicity since May 2010; and under what budget headings these...

      HMS Victory 1744

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to respond to his Department's consultation on HMS Victory 1744: Options for the Management of the Wreck Site.

      Tourism: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that the tourist industry in the North East is not adversely affected by reductions in...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate has been made of the energy saving likely to arise from retrofitting existing housing stock with energy efficiency...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for the amendment of the Feed-in Tariffs (Specified Maximum Capacity and Functions) Order 2010 to provide...

      Fuel: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an estimate of the potential effect on the number of people in fuel poverty of an increase in the level of energy...

      Green Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the likely effects on the rental property market of property loans made under the proposed Green Deal.

      Offshore Industry: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding mechanisms are in place to encourage investment in the offshore renewable energy sector on the East Anglian coast.

      Wind Power: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an estimate of the net effect on the number of jobs consequent on the planned expansion to offshore wind farms on...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effects of the operation of the common fisheries policy on the conservation of...

    • Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to invite stakeholders to contribute to the review of the common fisheries policy in 2012.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the financial effects of the practice of discard on fishermen in each region in each year...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of the likely effects of distributing under-10 metre fishing quota more evenly...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on total allowable catches and quotas for deep-sea species.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the merits of setting a maximum number of hours at sea as a means of maintaining fish...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the current quota system on young fish stocks.

      Mercury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will bring forward proposals for a review of mercury abatement legislation; (2) what recent estimate she has...

      Salmon: Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on farmed salmon.

      Salmon: Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the benefit to the economy from the farmed salmon industry; and what estimate she has made of...

      Salmon: Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) stakeholders and (b) the Scottish Government on her policy on farmed salmon.

      Salmon: Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on the environment in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK of practices involved in the...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on the marine environment of the practice of discard in each region in each year...

      Tuna: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the use of skipjack tuna in the food supply and retail industry.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the issue of rights of women and girls in Afghanistan was discussed at the NATO summit in Lisbon in November 2010.

    • Diplomatic Service: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what rights diplomatic representatives accredited to the UK have to employ in the UK domestic workers entitled to work in their...

      North Korea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the succession of the leadership of North Korea by Kim Jong-un.

      Sudan: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports on the arrangements made for the conduct of the referendum on the independence of...

      Sudan: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he made to his Sudanese counterpart on the registration of voters prior to the referendum on...

      UN Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department provided to the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in each of...

      UN Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department provided to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in each of the last five years.

      UN Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department made representations at UN level on the proposed composition of the executive board of UN Women.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which local authorities provide homes to people seeking asylum in the UK under contracts with the UK Border Agency; how many homes each...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to provide housing to people seeking asylum in the UK who are at risk of losing their current homes...

      Human Trafficking: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested for offences related to human trafficking in each year since 2007.

      Sexual Offences: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many independent sexual violence advisers there were in each region in each year since 2005.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Heating

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) how many offices in Norman Shaw North were heated for all or part of the...

    • Heating

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much was spent on heating for the House of Commons estate in (a) 2009 and (b)...

  • Scotland

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Prison Service on the Government's plans to extend the franchise to prisoners serving sentences of...

    • Sexual Offences: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from groups representing the victims of sexual offences or violent crime in Scotland on the Government's plans to...

  • Justice

    • Assisted Prison Visitors Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of the Assisted Prison Visitors Unit in the latest period for which figures are available; how much of this...

    • Prisons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving a sentence of under four years had previously served a prison sentence.

      Prisons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners currently serving a sentence of under four years are serving concurrent sentences which, if served consecutively, would result in a...

      Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 21 December 2010, Official Report, columns 1149-1152W, on Appeals, and of 13 December 2010, Official Report, columns...

      Court: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the closure of Lowestoft county court on people in the area.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the likely change in the level of National Offender Management Service staff at prison establishment level consequent on the...

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of those convicted of drug-related offences in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 had previous convictions for drug-related offences.

      Employment Appeal Tribunal: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running cost of the Employment Tribunal Service was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Employment Appeal Tribunal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the merits of charging a fee to people likely to bring a case to the employment tribunal service.

      Employment Appeal Tribunal: Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to encourage more small business owners to sit on employment tribunal panels.

      Ford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mobile telephones have been confiscated from prisoners at HM Prison Ford in the last six months.

      Fraud: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many benefit recipients received a criminal conviction in 2009.

      Industrial Disputes: Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many registered disputes there were between the recognised trade unions and probation trusts in England and Wales on the most recent dates for which...

      Legal Aid: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal aid clients were assessed under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of council tax debt cases funded through legal aid resulted in (a) liability contested successfully, (b) debt written off and (c) debt...

      Legal Aid: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of credit debt cases funded by legal aid closed with (a) liability contested successfully, (b) debt written off and (c) debt reduced...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons have been released on parole licence in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individual payments to prisoners have been made in the most recent year for which figures are available; and how much each such prisoner received.

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to (a) build new prisons or (b) add accommodation in existing prisons in the period to the end of the financial year 2014-15.

      Remand in Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, column 506W, on remand in custody: young people, whether he expects information on the...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reoffending rate is for each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution.

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employees have taken their employer to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal where no grounds for dismissal have been given and where the...

      Volunteers and Lay Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to ensure that volunteers and lay advisers who provide legal advice have a minimum qualification level; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders were in custody in England and Wales (a) in December 1996, (b) in December 2009 and (c) on the most recent date for which...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely effect on future levels of local authority funding for bus services of the implementation of the proposal to...

    • Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) meetings and (b) discussions he has had with the Mayor of London during the winter weather of November and December 2010; and if he will...

      Plugged-In Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce the outcome of the Plugged-In Places scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking with (a) Network Rail and (b) train operating companies to improve the compliance of railway stations with legal requirements...

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds his Department makes available for improvements in rail station access and infrastructure; and whether Silverdale Station in Lancashire is...

      Railway Stations: Richmond upon Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds allocated to improving rail platforms in the 2010 spending review will be spent in Richmond Park constituency.

      Railway Stations: Richmond upon Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the level of overcrowding on commuter rail services which serve stations in Richmond Park constituency.

      Railways: Crimes of Violence

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

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the average amount of funding from the public purse (a) per kilometre and (b) per journey provided for rail travel (i)...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to reduce the level of roadworks in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) mandatory and (b) voluntary adoption of winter tyres on British roads.

      Rolling Stock: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussion his Department has had with train operating companies on rolling stock for the London to Malvern train service which will...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department expects to complete negotiations with Stagecoach South West Trains for the delivery of additional passenger capacity and longer...

      Transport: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what methods other than cost-benefit ratios his Department uses to appraise and rank transport projects; (2) what weight his Department proposes...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals for the introduction of a mobility component for claimants of attendance allowance.

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights of his proposed reforms to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter of 9 December 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent, which was transferred to his...

      Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of pensioners that would be lifted out of poverty if take-up of means-tested benefits was 100%; and if he will...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the time taken in listing Mr John McGlone's appeal against loss of benefit; and when he expects the case to be listed.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Consumer Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with the Citizens Advice Bureau on the future management of Consumer...

    • SMEs: Access to Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises are able to gain access to finance.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance he expects small and medium-sized businesses to receive from the regional growth fund in the next 12 months.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to steps to avoid spurious claims being taken to the Employment Tribunal Service.

      Forensic Science: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people completed degrees in forensic science in each year since 2005.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Coventry local authority area entered each higher education institution in each of the last five years;...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what sites he is considering as locations for technology innovation centres; and when he expects such centres to be established.

      Rupert Murdoch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) Rupert Murdoch, (ii) James Murdoch,...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the administrative costs of (a) annual uprating and (b) five-yearly uprating of the earnings...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social housing units have been built in (a) Stafford constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each year since 1997; and...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons Devon county council received 42 per cent. less in formula grant for concessionary travel for 2011-12 than it...

      Coalfields Regeneration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the findings and recommendations of the Coalfields Regeneration Review Board; what recent...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2010, Official Report, columns 972-3W, on community development: finance, what progress...

      Departmental Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on Christmas cards sent by Ministers in his Department in 2010.

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who owns the proposed East of England Regional Fire Control Centre; what his Department's contractual obligations are with...

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost of completion was of the East of England Regional Fire Control Centre (a) at the commencement of the...

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the planned date for the opening of the East of England Regional Fire Control Centre was (a) at the commencement of the...

      Fire Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will provide the finance to enable Essex Fire and Rescue Service to transfer its control centre from its former...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in how many and which broad rental market areas is 80 per cent. of the market rent, as assessed by his Department, in excess of...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the former hon. Member for Swindon South of 30 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1518-9W, on...

      Private and Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the average weekly rent in the private rented sector in each region in the latest period for...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of the use of chartered aircraft to transport service personnel from Afghanistan to the UK in each of the last two...

    • Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 10 November 2010, Official Report, column 391W, on the armed forces: private...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to provide a redacted copy of the contract for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier Project and the BAE System Surface Ships Terms of...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has put in place to maintain airbridges in the case of the A330 Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft not being...

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Met Office has received representations on the quality of its advice from customers who subscribe to its services in the last 12 months.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what forecasts for the winter of 2010 the Met Office sent to Government Departments and local authorities for planning purposes in September and October 2010.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the availability rate was of each TriStar aircraft in each of the last 12 months.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the grounding of the TriStar fleet to be lifted; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the grounding of the TriStar fleet on...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of cancelling production of the Nimrod MRA4; and what penalties his Department will incur as a...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the future production of the Nimrod MRA4 for commercial sale; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) redundancy, (b) resettlement and (c) other costs to his Department in the five-year period following the closure...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to take a decision on signing the search and rescue harmonisation contract with Soteria.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on external consultants as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

  • Education

    • CAFCASS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likely effects on service delivery in 2011-12 of changes in the budget of the Children and Family Court Advisory and...

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in respect of how many Sure Start centres each local authority has announced its plans for (a) closure and (b) termination of development at phase...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many written questions tabled for answer on a named day each Minister in his Department has answered since 11 May 2010.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review the time taken to process claims for disabled students' allowances.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has for the future provision of educational psychology training.

      Extracurricular Activities: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary schools in (a) West Ham constituency and (b) the London borough of Newham provide extended out-of-hours provision.

      School Sports Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils in Ashfield constituency participated in (a) one and (b) more than one sport through school sports partnerships in the latest period...

      Schools Sports Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) male and (b) female students in Warrington North constituency participated in sport through schools sports partnerships in each of the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what account he took of data collected in his Department's physical education and sport survey for 2009-10 on (a) rates of inter and intra-school...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils participated in (a) one and (b) more than one sport through school sports partnerships in the latest period for which figures are...

      Special Educational Needs: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his most recent estimate is of his Department's average annual expenditure per student with special educational needs in a mainstream school; and...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to (a) measure and (b) reduce rates of teenage pregnancy following the end of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.

      Theatre: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on access to the theatre for young people on low incomes...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on integrating (a) alcohol and (b) drug addiction treatment services in the social care system; and what discussions he has had on...

    • Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2010, Official Report, columns 719-20W, on ambulance services: standards, when he expects the review of the...

      Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has made to the European Commission and his EU counterparts on reviewing regulations to prevent waste from biodiesel production...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance his Department is providing to care commissioners in respect of provision of multi-disciplinary teams for patients with rheumatoid...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that patients with rheumatoid arthritis receive the appropriate number of follow-up consultations; and...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people infected with (a) hepatitis C, (b) HIV/AIDS and (c) both hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS as a result of receiving...

      Carers: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether a recent assessment has been made of the role of (a) carers' centres in Chatham and Aylesford constituency and (b) voluntary organisations...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated in ring-fenced funding for dementia services in each of the last three years; and how much of that allocation to each primary care...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made of geographical variations in the standard of dementia care; and if he will make a statement.

      Eggs: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that food products made with contaminated egg do not enter the UK food chain; and if he will make a...

      Eggs: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) advice and (b) information he received from the Food Standards Agency on the entry into the UK food chain of food products made with...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether HIV treatment will be commissioned at national or GP consortium level under his proposals for NHS commissioning structures.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many meetings he had to discuss the NHS's planning and preparation for winter influenza in each month since May 2010; (2) how many meetings the...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with pharmacy companies on the provision of private flu vaccinations to children under the age of 16 years.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to extend free NHS flu vaccinations to children under the age of five years.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a review of the effectiveness of methods of collecting data on cases of Lyme disease.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to reply to the letter of 6 December 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he had to discuss the Government's proposals for GP commissioning and the NHS White Paper in each month since May 2010.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that clinical standards are maintained after the removal of the 18-week waiting time target; and if he...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2010, Official Report, column 126W, on prescriptions: fees and charges, when he plans to (a) look at options...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings the acting chief medical officer had to discuss the Government's plans for Public Health England in each month since May 2010.

      Suicide Prevention Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to launch the new suicide prevention strategy; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North of 17 November 2010, Official Report, column 874, whether...

    • Haiti: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Haiti; and if he will make a statement.

      International Violence Against Women Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to assign staff in his Department to support the International Violence Against Women Champion.

      Ivory Coast: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the Ivory Coast; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on support for independent banking businesses serving local communities.

    • Economics of Climate Change Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has plans to allow Alternative Investment Market listed stocks to be held in ISAs.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 9 December 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on the merger between HBOS and Lloyds.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employee status enquiries were opened by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five financial years; and how many of these were found to be...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Construction Industry Services team in HM Revenue and Customs was discontinued; and where responsibility for the duties previously...

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on ultra mobile personal computers (UMPCs) for staff in its Debt Management and Banking Business unit undertaking...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employee status inspectors were employed by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor organisations (a) in each of the last 10 years and (b) on...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed in the HM Revenue and Customs Security and Business Continuity directorate (a) in each of the last five years and (b) on the...

      Tax Allowances: Video Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the introduction of a tax credit for the UK video games industry in the 2011 budget.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of tax receipts from (a) business services, (b) education, health and social work, (c) financial intermediation, (d)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Action Plan on Transgender Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent progress has been made on the development of the Action Plan on Transgender Equality; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Children: Fingerprinting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will end the compulsory fingerprinting of children at school without parental permission.

    • Children: Inequality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the UNICEF report Report Card 9: The children left behind, published on 3 December.

      Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase funding for early education.

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of putting into effect Section 9(5)(a) of the Equality Act 2010, which gives power to a Minister of the Crown to "provide for caste to...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what notifications for export of genetically modified organisms were received by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under EC Regulation...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for engaging schools in operating ideas for promoting and implementing the Olympic Truce.

      Schools: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether school budgets will increase above inflation over the next four years.

      Swine Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent the spread of swine flu in schools.

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