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Written answers

Friday, 21 January 2011

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) for what reason new nuclear power plants were included in the target subsectors in his Department's invitation to tender...

    • Higher Education Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Higher Education Innovation Fund funding (a) has been allocated to each higher education institution in each of the...

      Higher Education: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in higher education are normally resident in Liverpool, West Derby constituency.

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to give new powers to the Office of Fair Access to monitor university access agreements.

      Office for Fair Access: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff are employed by the Office of Fair Access; how many were so employed in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Overseas Trade: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the monetary value of (a) exports and (b) imports, including the monetary value of tourism,...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to link future allocations of research degree supervision grant to research quality rather than volume; and if...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many doctoral training centres his Department has funded in each of the last five years and at which institutions; how many...

      Retirement Homes: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Office of Fair Trading to conclude its investigation into the use of contract terms requiring the owners of...

      Royal Mail: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) annual salary and (b) related monetary incentives are to be paid to the chief executive of Royal Mail; and what...

      Whisky: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to discuss trade tariffs on Scotch whisky with his international counterparts for the purposes of increasing...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of the change in the level of social capital over the last 30 years; (2) what mechanisms his Department has in place...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the rate of electoral registration was in each of the (a) 100 most deprived wards and (b) 100 least deprived wards in the latest period for which...

      Government Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which national publicity campaigns have been cancelled since the general election; and what cost to the public purse was incurred in each such case.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 16 September 2010, Official Report, column 1222W, on ministerial policy advisers: redundancy pay, when he expects to publish...

      Sure Start Programme: Hammersmith and Fulham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what communications there have been between the Cabinet Office and Hammersmith and Fulham council on Sure Start programmes since the local government...

      Voluntary Work: Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the regulatory burden on volunteers.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Councillors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to reduce the number of local council employees who receive salaries higher than that of the Prime Minister.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions he or officials of his Department have had with representatives of (a) News Corp and (b) BSkyB...

    • East London: Tech City

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what contribution his Department is making to the Prime Minister's initiative to create a Tech City in East London.

      Horseracing Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects to announce the determination of the horseracing levy for 2011.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of households without access to the internet in England and Wales.

      Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which libraries in London are (a) proposing to close and (b) proposing to reduce their opening hours.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to publish his proposed local media action plan.

      News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to meet representatives of (a) News Corporation and (b) media organisations opposed to News Corporation's...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to (a) the use of near-surface nuclear waste repositories, (b) retrieval of waste from such...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (a) raised and (b) cost to administer in each of the last four years.

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to provide funding for (a) community and (b) archaeological projects hitherto funded through the...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for how many capital schemes for flood risk management funded by the Environment Agency construction commenced in (a)...

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mapping of (a) private lateral drains and sewers and (b) private pumping stations her Department has undertaken.

      Wood: Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has plans to bring forward proposals to introduce a ban on wood going to landfill.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many pieces of artwork his Department has moved since May 2010.

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on artwork since May 2010.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on furniture since May 2010.

      Departmental Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on (a) the space provided per employee, (b) home working and (c) hot desking; how many...

      Hungary: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Hungarian counterpart on new legislation limiting freedom of expression in that country.

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Iraq on the treatment of Christians in that country; and if he will...

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of vetting procedures in respect of the appointment of locally-engaged staff at...

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will commission an investigation into a recent incident involving two employees of the British consulate in Jerusalem.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on redecorating Ministerial offices since May 2010.

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support opponents of religious extremism in Pakistan.

  • Health

    • Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make improving neonatal services, including nurse staffing, a priority for local services in the NHS Operating Framework for 2011-12.

    • Care Quality Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the potential effects on the regulatory burden of proposals by the Care Quality Commission to charge registration fees; and if he will...

      Food Standards Agency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the livestock industry of the charging proposals envisaged by the Food Standards Agency; what assessment he has...

      Food Standards Agency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure the Food Standards Agency complies with the provision on publication of meat hygiene changes of EU Regulation 882/2004

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) upper and (b) lower limits he has set for remuneration of members of GP commissioning boards; and if he will make a statement.

      Influenza: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the availability of influenza vaccine in Oxford West and Abingdon constituency.

      Influenza: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason his Department did not offer influenza immunisations to all children under five years in the winter of 2010-11.

      NHS: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Quality, Innovation, Prevention and Productivity plans he has received from NHS trusts in the East of England; and if he will publish those plans.

      NHS: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS hospitals in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Cumbria spent on hospitality in each year since 2005.

  • International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department expects to publish its humanitarian emergency response review.

  • Justice

    • Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serving prisoners had an address in Liverpool, West Derby constituency immediately prior to committal.

    • Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving sentences of less than four years have been convicted of (a) violent and (b) sexual offences.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effect on (a) the operations of the Serious Fraud Office and (b) the timetable for implementation of the...

      Tribunals: Robert Oxley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the cost of the tribunal case into the appeal made by Mr Robert Oxley held in Colchester on 13 December 2010.

      Tribunals: Robert Oxley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid to each person who sat on the appeals tribunal in Colchester on 13 December 2010 which considered cases including that of Mr Robert...

  • Transport

    • First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department made of First Capital Connect's compliance with committed obligations under its franchise agreement in the most recent...

    • First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department had with representatives of First Capital Connect between 5 May 2010 and 31 December 2010.

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions First Capital Connect had with his Department on franchise obligations between 1 April 2006 and 3 December 2010.

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which four-weekly assessment periods his Department concluded that First Capital Connect is not in compliance with its franchise agreement between 1...

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department collects as part of its four-weekly performance review of First Capital Connect.

      Heathrow Airport: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received on delays at Heathrow airport in December; and if he will make a statement

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to reply to Questions 29626, 29628, 29629 and 29627, on winter weather, tabled on 6 December for ordinary written answer.

      Railways: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the East Coast Mainline train services from Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross which were (a) cancelled...

      Road Traffic: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on plans to ease congestion on the A65 corridor between Leeds and Bradford.

  • Treasury

    • Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he undertook an equality impact assessment of the effect on the delivery of services by the devolved administrations resulting from the termination...

    • Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what considerations his Department took into account in removing end of year flexibility from the budgeting provisions of the devolved Administrations; and...

      Excise Duties and VAT: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effectiveness of a fuel price stabiliser for petrol calculated on the basis of (a) value added tax, (b) fuel duty and (c) value...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received on introducing a fuel duty escalator for petrol prices (a) in rural areas and (b) nationally; and if he will...

      Income Tax: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of people in single income households with children who will pay income tax at the higher rate from...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire to the Prime Minister of 3 November 2010, transferred to the...

      Northern Ireland Executive: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reverse his decision to remove end of year flexibility from the budgetary provisions of departments of the Northern Ireland Executive.

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has plans to bring forward proposals to enable charities to reclaim value added tax on the same basis as limited companies.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals receive the 50+ element of the working tax credit in each local authority.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Press Releases

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

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of carrying out a medical assessment on all recipients of disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of people of each (a) age, (b) sex, (c) employment status and (d) disability in...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which (a) individuals, (b) organisations and (c) independent specialists are referred to in his Department's consultation document on the...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward of Liverpool, West Derby constituency claim disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of an indefinite award for disability living allowance in each of the last 10 years.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether his Department has an economic model which can be used to evaluate trends in youth unemployment; (2) what methods his Department...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pensioners, (b) people of working age in work, (c) people of working age who are unemployed,...

      Invalid Vehicles: Robert Oxley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of the recovery of the Motability car from the home of Mr Robert Oxley of Colchester on 17 January 2011.

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward of Liverpool, West Derby constituency claim jobseekers allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of the working age population of Wirral South constituency are in receipt of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b)...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of women whose state pension age will increase by exactly two years under the proposed new timetable...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Compensation and Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest annual compensation payment has been to service personnel who have served in Iraq.

    • Armed Forces: Compensation and Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much compensation has been paid to service personnel injured in Afghanistan in each regiment in each of the last nine years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) long-term and (b) short-term plans he has for the disused married quarters in and around Shackleton Road, Gosport.

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the number of senior officers in the Royal Navy compared with the number of such officers in the navies of major...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what salary bands were applied in each rank in each of the armed forces in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Pensions and Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the change in the level of (a) disablement pension, (b) disablement gratuity for a specified minor injury, (c) unemployability...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits in an official capacity (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department have made to (i) the North East, (ii) the North West,...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C-130 aircraft are at a high-level of readiness for search and rescue missions; and what the location is of each such aircraft.

      Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Foxhound

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the order of a second tranche of the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Foxhound.

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the measures contained in the Strategic Defence and Security Review on the (a) size,...

      Marines: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of his Department's requirement for Royal Marine recruits in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; (2) how much his Department...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what potential options for alternative use of the Nimrod MRA4 his Department considered prior to its cancellation.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any electronic equipment planned to be used on the Nimrod MR4A is to be used on other Royal Air Force aircraft.

      USA: AWE Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, column 458W, on nuclear weapons, if he will publish the letter to the hon. Member for...

      War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many women are in receipt of a war widows pension from the Armed Forces Pension Scheme as a result of the death of a spouse serving in...

  • House of Lords

    • Cuba

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2010 (WA 430), when they last made direct bilateral representations to the Government of...

    • Government Departments: Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office records procedures, specifying the conditions for the destruction...

      Government: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how it is possible to engage, for full-time work, Ministers who receive no salary, given current laws setting out a statutory minimum wage.

      Homeless People: Rental Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much rental accommodation they estimate is available for single homeless people to share.

      House of Lords: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 10 January (WA 396), whether they intend to ensure that membership of the House of Lords will reflect the...

      Houses of Parliament: Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to amending the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 and the Ministerial and Other Salaries Act 1975 to ensure that no...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran following the arrest of Christians in Tehran on 26 December 2010; what was the response by the...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations that Iran has encroached on Iraqi sovereign territory by constructing a wall in the Hajji Omran area; and whether...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the demolition of a mosque at Yasra, near Tubas in the West Bank, on 25 November 2010, and...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence provided by Defence for Children International that the Israeli Army has used children as human shields since at...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the three members of the Palestinian Legislative Council who have been threatened with...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the use of tear gas in Bi'lin on 1 January which caused the death of a Palestinian girl.

      Kensal Green Cemetery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the listed building maintenance standards for the monuments and chapel of the Kensal Green Cemetery are enforced.

      Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the statement by the government of Poland that "according to the international law Nagorno Karabakh is an inseparable part of the Republic of...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology is used for calculating the average annual railway fare increase. To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for monitoring the basket of...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at what point the annual average railway fare increase based on ticket purchases in a given year is calculated; who undertakes this calculation; and what were the...

      Severe Winter Weather: Key Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures have been taken to address the interruption of key services, including oil delivery, to people residing in Northumberland during the recent severe...

      Shipping: Ship-to-Ship Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the planned reduction in the availability of coastguard stations, what assessment they have made of the level of emergency planning for a major oil...

      Vehicles: Operating Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reviews of operating centres used by public service vehicles (buses and coaches) have been undertaken by Traffic Commissioners in each of the last five years.

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