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Written answers

Monday, 24 January 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information his Department holds on the number of subcontracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he has undertaken to reduce jargon and promote plain English in Departmental communications.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information his Department holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) women and (b) men have been appointed to public duties by his Department since May 2010.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what public appointments he has made since his appointment; and to what payments each person so appointed is entitled.

      Employment Rights: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Universities Scotland on the effects in Scotland of the Government's proposals on employment rights for (a) work...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with colleges in Scotland on the effects of the Government's immigration policy on the further education sector in Scotland.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with representatives of the further and higher education sector in Scotland on the effects of the Government's immigration...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Chief Secretary to the Treasury on the provision of financial assistance...

      Refinery and Petro-Chemical Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the involvement of Petrochina in the refinery and petro-chemical operations at Grangemouth.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Mayor of London on the Air Quality Strategy for London.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) total and (b) annual average salary was of staff employed on fixed-term contracts in her Department in the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed on fixed-term contracts in her Department; and what the job title of each is.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing her Department who were not paid at a...

      Environment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many field flood engineers the Environment Agency employed in each of the last three years.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons unused cod quota held by produce organisations is not reallocated to the under 10-metre fleet in area V11D.

      Flood Control: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to allocate funding for flood defences to (a) the North West, (b) Cumbria and (c) Westmorland and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have been made redundant since May 2010.

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General what information the Law Officers' Departments hold on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing their Departments who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or...

    • Rape: Offences Against The Administration of Justice

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010 Official Report, column 447W, to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North, on rape: offences against the...

  • International Development

    • Burma: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the areas of Burma which have the highest rates of malaria.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a rate...

      Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department plans to provide for research on (a) the sustainability of global food supply chains and (b) food...

      Sudan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department plans to provide to refugees in south Sudan.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to support the development of civic society in south Sudan.

      World Bank: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the operation of the World Bank's Global Food Crisis Response Program.

      World Bank: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has given to the World Bank's Global Food Crisis Response Program in the last two financial years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to provide open access to broadband providers to networks established in the high speed broadband pilot areas.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects on UK competitiveness of the change in the target date for universal broadband...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to introduce a second round of broadband pilots.

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether Broadband Delivery UK has issued tender documentation in respect of the four high speed broadband pilot areas.

      Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has allocated to support the four high speed broadband pilots.

      Broadband: West Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, columns 588-89W, on broadband: Scotland, by what date he expects...

      Cricket: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress he has made on making future home Ashes test matches available on free-to-air television.

      Departmental Working Conditions

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

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to extend the deadline for digital radio switchover.

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to assist (a) elderly people and (b) people on lower incomes with the transition from analogue...

      HMS Victory 1744

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2011, Official Report, column 387W on HMS Victory 1744, what steps he has taken to...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many libraries offer reading groups for young families; and if he will make a statement.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons S4C is included in schedule 7 to the Public Bodies Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what legal advice he has received in respect of the inclusion of S4C in schedule 7 to the Public Bodies Bill.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the merits of taking steps to assist towns and cities that have a significant number of media businesses to...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on his proposed local television pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Theatres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many theatres are in receipt of Government funding; how much each such theatre received in the latest period for which...

      Theatres: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he (a) has visited theatres in an official capacity since his appointment and (b) has held discussions with theatre...

      Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps his Department is taking to support businesses in the North East following changes to arrangements for...

      YouView

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the contribution of YouView to television in the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Australia: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to assist the Australian Government in their response to the flooding in Queensland; and if he will make...

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the political situation in Burma concerning the Government of Burma and armed groups on ceasefire.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the compliance of the government of Burma with UN General Assembly Resolutions on Burma.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what projects his Department funds to promote (a) democracy and (b) human rights in Burma.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues were discussed at the recent UK-China Human Rights Dialogue; and whether any commitments were given on human rights...

      Departmental Photography

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

      Departmental Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on film production, including the filming of speeches, since May 2010.

      Europe 2020 Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy and objectives.

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 29 November and (b) 16 December...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 29 November and (b) 16 December...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with his (a) American and (b) Chinese counterpart on the de-nuclearisation of the Korean...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times service personnel have been delayed returning to the UK on rest and recuperation from Afghanistan since January 2010; and what the...

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate of the level of future expenditure on work classified as redevelopment at each RAF base in the UK was made in his Department's annual...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the change in the level of annual compensation for a single amputee is in each (a) rank and (b) force as a result of the change to link...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate, on the basis of the 2010 figures for the retail prices index and the consumer prices index, the change in unemployability...

      Defence Vetting Agency: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in his consideration of the merits of merging the Defence Vetting Agency with the vetting services of the Foreign and...

      Defence: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration his Department has given to use of Ministry of Defence equipment by the Territorial Army for training purposes as an alternative to...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which company will be responsible for dismantling the Nimrod MR4A aircraft; if he will estimate the cost of dismantling; and whether such dismantling...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many service personnel who served in Bosnia are in receipt of an armed forces pension; (2) what the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest...

  • Education

    • Academies: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress has been made on his Department's Academies programme in Hendon constituency.

    • Academies: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons his Department did not include an obligation to provide religious instruction in its legislative proposals for the Academies Bill...

      Curriculum: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken towards establishing modern foreign languages as part of the primary school curriculum from the 2011-12 academic year.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) of each gender, (b) with a disability and (c) from each ethnic background who received an...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people have received education maintenance allowance in (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) the Wirral borough council area, (c) the North West...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people were in receipt of education maintenance allowance in Henley constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Free School Meals: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of school pupils in North West Durham constituency claim free school meals.

      Home Education: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the number of children in North West Durham constituency who are home-schooled.

      Languages: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which languages available at GCSE level will not be included in the English baccalaureate.

      Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the Every Child Counts numeracy scheme.

      Offenses Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will establish a cross-departmental inquiry on grooming of vulnerable under-age children for the purposes of sexual exploitation; and if he will...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his estimate is of the level of deprivation for school children resident in (a) Reading West constituency and (b) Berkshire using as a measure...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children receive (a) free school meals and (b) education maintenance allowance in each local authority ward in Hendon constituency.

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on religious education as an element of the national curriculum.

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from faith groups on the place of religious education in an English Baccalaureate.

      School Support Staff Negotiating Body: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department carried out an equality impact assessment prior to taking the decision to abolish the School Support Staff Negotiating Body.

      Schools: Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department provided for FILMCLUB for recreational use of films in schools in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on school standards in Hendon constituency.

      Schools: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) which employee groups within his Department's responsibilities are covered by a national pay body; which such pay bodies have been abolished in...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of school sport partnerships in (a) all school settings and (b) primary schools.

      Vocational Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration Professor Alison Wolf's review of vocational education will give to pupils with special educational needs; and if he will make a...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to provide a substantive answer to question 29768, on questions tabled for named day answer, tabled on 6 December 2010 for named day...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information her Department holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing her Department who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many (a) women and (b) men have been appointed to public duties by her Department since May 2010; (2) what public appointments she has made...

      Driving Standards Agency: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent (a) discussions and (b) correspondence she has had with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport responsible for the Driving...

      Driving Standards Agency: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when she was informed of the decision to close the Driving Standards Agency in Cardiff; and by whom she was informed of that decision.

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of the sum which will accrue to the Exchequer attributable to the proposed increase in the standard rate of value added tax in...

  • Prime Minister

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Billingsgate Market: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether financial assistance from (a) his Department and (b) the EU is available to fund the restructuring of terms and...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the funding allocation in respect of concessionary bus travel was to (a) Oxfordshire district councils for 2010-11 and...

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to help local authorities to bring derelict buildings back into use following changes in the...

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in Brighton and Hove were subject to an Empty Dwelling Management Order in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for the abolition of home information packs.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements he has put in place for his Department's internal review of local government finance; what time scale he has...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has made to Thames Water on the Thames Tideway Tunnel; and if he will publish each item of...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made on updating ODPM circular 01/2006 (Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites); when he expects an...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on artwork since May 2010.

    • Departmental Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many artworks his Department has moved since May 2010.

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on the redecoration of ministerial offices since May 2010.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) make and (b) model was of each Government Car Service car that have been used by his Department since May 2010; and which Minister used...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Ministerial cars have been used by his Department since May 2010.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) total cost to his Department of expenditure on salaries and (b) average cost of such expenditure in respect of staff employed on fixed...

      Departmental Photography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on photography since May 2010.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department have been made redundant since May 2010.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on Ministerial travel since May 2010.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on travel by officials since May 2010.

      Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals in respect of divorce settlements.

      Drugs: Reoffenders

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

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on film production, including the filming of speeches, since May 2010.

      Ford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the prison population was on 31 December at HM Prison Ford in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the average prison population was at HM...

      Ford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on how many occasions an offender has been sent to HM Prison Ford who would fall outside of the normal selection criteria for placement there in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 17 November and (b) 14 December 2010 regarding a...

      Prisoners' Transfers;

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effect on HM Prison (a) Preston, (b) Garth and (c) Wymott of receiving prisoners displaced from other...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many visitors to prisons in England and Wales were found in possession of (a) class A and (b) class B drugs in 2009-10.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many finds of (a) Class A and (b) Class B drugs there were in jails in England and Wales in 2009-10.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what process he has put in place for private employers seeking to establish an employment project within a prison.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which private employers provide prisoners with work in prisons.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons have vacant prison workshop spaces.

      Prosecutions: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cyclists were prosecuted for road traffic offences in each of the last five years.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the longest sentence received by a woman prosecuted for (a) perverting the course of justice, (b) perjury and (c) wasting police time was...

      Reoffenders: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reoffending rate was for prisons in North Yorkshire in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Unpaid Fines: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the amount of unpaid fines and fees was in each justice region of Wales in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09 and (d) 2009-10.

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to regulate will writing for the purposes of ensuring that all testamentary documents prepared for reward are prepared...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Company Liquidations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of new businesses ceased trading in their first year in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Company Liquidations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of new businesses ceased trading in their first five years in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the working age population of (a) Hastings and Rye constituency, (b) Hastings borough council area, (c) East Sussex, (d) the...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he plans to take to help protect voluntary sector organisations from closure.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average number of hours worked per week by (a) men and (b) women in full-time employment was in each year for which figures are available.

  • Home Department

    • Deportation of Convicted Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure the deportation of foreign nationals convicted of criminal offences.

    • Gang-related Youth Violence: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of gang-related youth violence in London.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff work for the UK Border Agency.

      Nottingham PCSOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely number of police community support officers in Nottinghamshire police at the end of the...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are currently under restrictions from anti social behaviour orders in (a) the North West and (b) England and Wales.

      British Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals of each original nationality have been deprived of British citizenship in each year since the Immigration and Asylum Act...

      Coroners: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of (a) investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and (b)...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the level of reported crime (a) overall and (b) for each category of crime in each of the (i) 100 most...

      Demonstrations: English Defence League

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received requesting consideration of banning the proposed English Defence League march in Luton on 5 February...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of subcontracted staff servicing her Department who were not paid at a rate equivalent to...

      Detainees: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to the participation of (a) women and (b) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the detained...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding from her Department's drugs budget is allocated to (a) the criminal justice system, (b) drug treatment services and (c)...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of acquisitive crime attributable to (a) heroin addicts, (b) crack cocaine addicts, (c)...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her review of student visas will examine the ability of students to bring their dependents with them to the UK.

      Freedom Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the Freedom Bill.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her strategy is for reducing the incidence of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many decisions by the competent authority regarding the National Referral Mechanism have been reversed since 1 April 2009; and if she...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scope the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Trafficking has to examine policies and practices on human trafficking across Government.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Trafficking has issued since its inception.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department plans to take to control illegal immigration.

      Institute for Public Policy Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department provided to the Institute for Public Policy Research in 2008-09; and what the purposes were of such funding.

      Kerb Crawling: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to prevent kerb crawling in the London borough of Newham.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer the letter sent to the Minister for Immigration by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 6 December 2010...

      National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of (a) rape and (b) murder through evidence drawn from the National DNA Database.

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested by the Metropolitan police service for suspected offences in the course of demonstrations against tuition...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to publish the findings of the review of police pensions; (2) what timetable she has set for the implementation of...

      Police: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans her Department has for the future budget allocation for the recruitment and retention of police community support officers...

      Visas: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has assessed the merits of introducing compulsory fingerprinting for visitors to the UK with visas.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to make funding available for voluntary sector organisations working with children and young people.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Combined Heat and Energy: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to (a) promote the use of combined heat and power schemes in NHS hospitals and (b) improve energy...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the conversion efficiency of combined heat and power installations; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the number of subcontracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a rate...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what public appointments he has made since his appointment; and to what payments each person so appointed is entitled.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the installed energy generation capacity is of each of the six largest (a) coal, (b) gas, (c) nuclear and (d) renewable energy...

      Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his objectives are for the European Council meeting on energy security in February 2011.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on the provision of adequate and prior notice of tariff changes by energy supply companies to people...

      Energy: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential contribution of sub-critical reactors to energy...

      Energy: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent advice he has received from Ofgem on levels of profits achieved by companies in the domestic energy supply sector.

      Fuel Oil: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will request (a) the Office of Fair Trading and (b) the Competition Commission to launch an investigation into...

      Fuel Oil: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received on cost of domestic household heating oil; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Oil: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to request oil companies to deliver amounts of domestic heating oil in smaller quantities to enable the...

      Fuel Oil: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals for regulation of the heating oil market by Ofgem.

      Heating: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to reduce the cost of heating for those in rural communities.

      Methane: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) licensing, (b) planning and (c) environmental consents need to be secured by developers before any exploratory drilling for...

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the full system cost to the public purse of meeting the UK's contribution to the EU...

      Sheffield Forgemasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2010, Official Report, column 981W, on Sheffield Forgemasters, what the dates of his discussions...

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2011, Official Report, column 259W, on solar energy, whether he intends to intervene to prevent...

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2011, Official Report, column 259W, on solar energy, what proportion of feed-in tariff funds for...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females are registered as alcohol-dependent in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) Easington constituency.

    • Blood Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote the professional development of sickle cell anaemia practitioners; if he will assess the merits of making...

      Blood Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the ability of people diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia to access appropriate treatment;...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average time a cancer patient will wait from diagnosis to an appointment with a specialist in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether cancer patients are to be included in the group of patients with a long-term condition to be offered a care plan as proposed in his...

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals his Department has for the future funding of residential care home places.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department will provide for the training of carers after March 2011.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of subcontracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the...

      General Practitioners: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs in Wolverhampton received over £100,000 from the NHS in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.

      Hospital Wards: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to exempt paediatric wards from his proposals to eliminate mixed-sex wards in NHS hospitals.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he will use to achieve the outcomes identified in his Department's NHS outcomes framework 2011-12 in respect of maternity care.

      Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of expenditure by primary care trusts on meeting the mobility needs of under-65s living in residential care in the...

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that no US health organisation indicted for defrauding doctors, patients or taxpayers will be allowed to enter into...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase whistleblower rights and protections for NHS staff.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS Trusts that are not primary care trusts are members of the NHS Litigation Authority's Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have escalated to Resource Escalation Action Plan level 4 since 1 November 2010; and on how many occasions such an escalation has...

      Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration he has given to the effects of differences in health care commissioning practices between England and the devolved...

      Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence develops a specific quality standard for pain as a...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to review the electronic transmission of prescriptions project.

      Public Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on preventing primary care trusts decommissioning public health services before the introduction of the public health service outlined...

      Slaughterhouses: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many horses were slaughtered in UK abattoirs in the last year for which figures are available.

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on advertising and marketing NHS smoking cessation services in each quarter of 2010.

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many quit attempts NHS smoking cessation services recorded in each quarter of 2010.

      Swine Flu: COE Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the (a) expenditure and (b) outcomes of measures to tackle swine flu in other Council...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients in the NHS have been treated by non-NHS providers as a consequence of the provisions of the Primary Care Trusts and Strategic...

  • Transport

    • Ambulance Services: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many emergency response ambulances have been involved in a road traffic accident in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

    • Blue Badge Scheme: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to make all people aged over 65 eligible for the Blue Badge scheme.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cyclists were involved in reported road traffic accidents in Great Britain in each of the last five years.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians were (a) injured and (b) killed as a result of accidents involving cyclists in Great Britain in each of the last five years.

      Driving Instruction: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the residential location is of each entrant on the Approved Driving Instructor Register according to the Rural/Urban Local Authority Classification.

      Driving Instruction: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the residential location is of each relevant entrant on the Approved Driving Instructor Register according to the Scottish Executive Rural/Urban...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to place a requirement on young drivers who are diabetic to check regularly their insulin levels for the purposes of...

      Highways Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has set a target for reducing the number of calls to the Highways Agency public helpline which are unanswered.

      HM Coastguard: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff left HM Coastguard service (a) voluntarily and (b) involuntarily in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and...

      HM Coastguard: Tugboats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for emergency ship towing after the removal of tugboats as a result of his proposed new structure for HM Coastguard.

      HS2 Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the construction of the route from the second HS2 tunnel from Chalk Farm to St Pancras will involve taking over any land or buildings not...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people paid vehicle excise duty for less than 12 months in each of the last five years.

      Motorways: M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2011, Official Report, columns 348-49W, on motorways: M1, which part of the M1 North and Southbound was closed on...

      Prince William: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the likely financial effect on those organising street parties and other road-based events to mark the Royal Wedding on 29 April 2011...

      Public Transport: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for a right to accessible public travel information for blind and partially-sighted people.

      Railways: High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received on the performance of high-speed rail services through the Channel Tunnel in December 2010; and if he will...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to consult on changes to the Trans-Pennine Rail Franchise.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much each train company paid in compensation as a result of service delays in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.

      Railways: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on changes to regulations which permit train operating companies to operate sanitary facilities on trains which...

      Railways: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of railway carriages with toilet facilities.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the difference was between actual congestion levels and those projected by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instigate an investigation into the health and safety implications of the use of Trief kerbs.

      Road Traffic: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the average daily number of vehicles using the (a) A2 in Dover constituency, (b) A258 between Dover and Deal and...

      Roads: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely financial effect on (a) voluntary organisations and (b) small businesses of proposed changes to the...

      Roads: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish his Department's response to its consultation on Amendment to the Charges for Unreasonably Prolonged Occupation of the Highways.

      Traffic Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on the issue of traffic regulation orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) the Integrated Transport Block and (b) major transport schemes in each region in each year since 1997-98.

      UK Journeys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK journeys over (a) 50 miles and (b) 100 miles to be made in 2033.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes in capacity on the West Coast Main Line he expects to specify in the new franchise.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of extending the franchise to people serving a custodial sentence of four years or less over the...

    • Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of the provision of election communications by freepost to prisoners serving custodial sentences...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Working Conditions

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

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has assessed the merits of providing for exemptions from the proposed compulsory annual review of the benefits of individuals...

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received from charities on the withdrawal of the mobility component of disability living allowance for care...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire and (c) Scotland will have the mobility component of...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire and (c) Scotland are in receipt of the mobility...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what financial support he plans to make available for individuals who do not qualify for income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants in the London borough of Bexley have been judged fit for work...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what types of work will be undertaken by jobseekers required to participate in the Mandatory Work Activity programme.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) housing benefit and (b) local housing allowance recipients in (i) South Lanarkshire and (ii) Rutherglen and Hamilton...

      Jobcentre Plus: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the Birkenhead Jobcentre Plus actively helped into work in each of the last 12 months.

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the performance in reducing unemployment of (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) private companies contracted by...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 25 years and over are expected to have been in receipt of benefit for more than 12...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 18 to 24 years are expected to have been in receipt of benefit for more than nine...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the operators of the Motability scheme on the removal of the mobility component of...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to (a) appoint the members of the Child Poverty Commission and (b) lay before Parliament a child poverty strategy.

      Poverty: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to implement the EU strategy against poverty.

      Remploy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on what date Ministers in his Department last met those leading his Department's consultation on specialist disability employment...

      Remploy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on what date Ministers in his Department last met (a) Remploy, (b) trade unions and (c) officials of his Department to discuss the...

      Retirement: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of additional workers in Scotland aged 65 years who are likely to remain in the workforce for the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Dartford constituency received more than £500 per week in benefits in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets his Department has set for the benefits reassessment trial programme in Aberdeen; and whether an interim report on its operation...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of fortnightly benefit payments of disability living allowance and incapacity...

      Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department made in the March 2010 Budget of the level of (a) caseload and (b) expenditure in respect of each of the main...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the role of local GPs in medical assessments for the purposes of determining benefit suitability.

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will receive a lower pension as a result of the decision to index pensions and benefits...

      Unemployed People: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of unemployed disabled people in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in...

      Unemployed People: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the proportion of unemployed people resident in (a) Reading East constituency and (b) England who are dyslexic.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any recipients of the childcare element of working tax credit will have a reduction in the level of their payments as a result of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely weekly change in income of families with children with savings of over £16,000 attributable to the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms will be in place to ensure that the Work programme will be fully available nationally by its proposed start date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many companies have registered an interest in tendering for the Work programme.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many submissions his Department has received in support of statutory regulation in the field of debt management; and if he...

    • Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions his Department has provided embargoed media briefings prior to an oral statement to the House since 26 May...

      Employment Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to receive the report of the cross-departmental review of employment legislation.

      Employment Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the provision of information on resources available to assist women and girls to pursue careers in science,...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether social work will be treated as a priority subject in his proposed changes to arrangements for higher education funding.

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the quality of university education in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people applied to enter higher education in 2011-12 in England and Wales (a) in total and (b) in full-time equivalent...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many funded places he expects there to be in higher education institutions for entry in 2011-12 in England and Wales (a) in...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from other EU member states he expects to attend English universities in each of the next three years; how many...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students from other EU member states he estimates will not repay their loans in each of the next three years;...

      Postal Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Royal Mail has made an estimate of the savings which would accrue from reducing the number of postal deliveries to...

      Science: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to support women returning to work in science, engineering and technology after a career break.

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many places for full-time equivalent students to study (a) life sciences (b) low-carbon technologies (c) digital...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) proportion of student loans which will be irrecoverable for the...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to require all new university academics with teaching responsibilities to undertake a teacher training...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the monetary value of amounts paid by prospective air passengers to carriers but not then paid to HM Revenue and Customs as air...

    • Animal Diseases: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision within the Contingency Reserve there is for emergency relief in respect of the outbreak of diseases affecting animals and livestock in the UK...

      Child Benefit: Separated People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the compliance of child benefit eligibility rules for separated couples with shared custody with the rights of the child as expressed in...

      Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the effectiveness of the process by which child tax credit and child benefit are transferred to other family members when they assume...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the corporation tax losses declared in respect of the accounting period ending in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10 was carried back...

      Departmental Film

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on film production, including the filming of speeches, since May 2010.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Equality Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to his Department's paper Overview of the Impact of Spending Review 2010 on Equalities, which Departments were (a) included and (b) not...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he expects compensation payments under the Equitable Life (Payments) Act 2010 to eligible with-profits annuitants to be made; (2) when he...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of paying compensation to those Equitable Life with-profits annuitants who started their annuities before 1 September 1992.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Equitable Life with-profits annuitants who are ineligible for full compensation will be able to claim some compensation if part of their annuities...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultation the Government plans to undertake on potential changes to the classification of duty on ready-to-drink beverages; (2) whether his...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of progress on the introduction of a pilot scheme to discount fuel duty on petrol and diesel in the Inner and Outer Hebrides,...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a fuel duty escalator for the road haulage industry; and what representations he has...

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of the Financial Inclusion Fund.

      Financial Services: Crime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to announce the outcome of decisions on the structure of an economic crime agency.

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely level of net accruals to the Exchequer arising from the sale of Forestry Commission land accounting for (a)...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of changes in automotive fuel prices on (a) inflation and (b) growth in each of the next four financial...

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of inflation on the reduction of the budget deficit.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many national insurance (NI) contributions deducted from pay and recorded on form P14 were not credited to NI accounts in each year since 5 April 2004;...

      PAYE: United States Internal Revenue Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings his Department has had with the United States Internal Revenue Service on the operation of PAYE in the last 12 months; and what the...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the removal of end-year flexibility on the block grant for Northern Ireland.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average maturity of UK sovereign debt; and what information for benchmarking purposes his Department holds on the average...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely level of the cyclically-adjusted budget deficit in cash terms in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Public Sector: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the change in public sector employment in Brighton and Hove in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many local tax offices closed in each year since 2005.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of notifications of change of address received by HM Revenue and Customs were acted upon in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Statutory Concessions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he assessed the potential effects on caravan sites of the withdrawal of statutory concessions.

      Tax Avoidance: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make if his policy to refer all tax disputes concerning liabilities greater than £500 million for parliamentary scrutiny prior to action by...

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library the data for the chart on housing and financial sector receipts on page 187 of the 2009 Pre-Budget Report in respect...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) men and (b) women of proposals to (i) increase the rate of value added tax, (ii) increase capital gains...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average (a) cost and (b) benefit to (i) men and (ii) women by 2014-15 attributable to the (A) increase in capital gains...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the revenue forgone by the Exchequer from (a) corporation tax, (b) income tax, (c) National Insurance contributions, (d) value...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax relief measures are available in respect of woodland ownership; and what plans he has for the future of such measures.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of applications for value added tax registration resulted in a request to the applicant to provide signed and dated (a) supply...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change to the average net income of retired households in each income decile attributable to the proposed increase in the...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely effect of the proposed change in the rate of value added tax on (a) levels of unemployment in and (b)...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of applications for value added tax registration resulted in a request to the applicant to provide a signed tenancy agreement...

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to allow charities to reclaim value added tax; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with charities about the effect of the increase in the rate of value added tax on the services they provide.

      VAT: Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the tourism industry of the increase in the rate of value added tax.

      Vodafone Group: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the tax settlement between HM Revenue and Customs and Vodafone Group plc on the operation of...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effects on income of households in each income decile of the proposed reduction in the (a) child care element of working...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households of armed forces personnel in receipt of tax credits.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent on all aspects of abortion funding in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what restrictions they placed upon such funding.

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers have policy responsibility for (a) abortion in England and Wales, (b) abortion overseas, and (c) funding for (1) the International Planned...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions performed in countries overseas were paid for by (a) the Government, and (b) organisations funded by the Government, in each of the last five...

      Agriculture: Organic Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the recently launched European Commission £1.8 million campaign to promote the consumption of organic food.

      Agriculture: Organic Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the statement on the European Commission's website that organic farming is "Good for nature, Good for you".

      Agriculture: Organic Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they hold any scientific evidence that indicates whether organic food is (a) better for nature, and (b) better for consumers.

      Armed Forces: Parachute Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last 20 years regular United Kingdom forces have been deployed on operations by parachute.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received reports that the disabled academic Dr Al Singace, arrested in Bahrain following an address to the House of Lords on personal freedoms in...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 11 January (HL Deb, col. 1333), what is the amount of corporation tax to be paid by the United Kingdom's six largest...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the publication by the Financial Services Authority of a revised code on remuneration constitutes the completion of the "robust action to tackle...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the bonus pool of the Royal Bank of Scotland is related to its performance; and to what extent payments from it to individuals are related to their...

      Banking: Liability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the total liabilities of the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group that may be added to the public sector net debt.

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the report into the collapse of HBOS commissioned by and currently being produced for the Financial Services Authority is subject to the same...

      Banking: Special Liquidity Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom banks continue to be funded under the Bank of England's Special Liquidity Scheme; what is the extent of current utilisation of the Scheme...

      Banks: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of fees and charges levied by United Kingdom banks.

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage banks to lend to the poorest families. To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that banks will lend more...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methods they use to ascertain whether recipients of social security benefits living abroad are still alive; and whether they use signed life certificates in...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which social security benefits United Kingdom recipients can continue to receive while abroad and which cease when no longer residing in this country.

      Births: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many births there were in England in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources will be allocated to the enforcement of the Bribery Act 2010; what changes will be made to United Kingdom law enforcement machinery for such...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the relevant sections of the Bribery Act 2010 will come into force in April 2011 as envisaged without any qualification. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Charities: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they raised in each of the last five years from irrecoverable VAT from charities; how much in particular they raised from Sue Ryder Care; and whether they...

      Charities: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact which the increase of VAT to 20 per cent will have on charities; what assessment they have made of the estimate of the...

      Charities: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review of the charitable-related VAT scheme will consider allowing charities the same opportunity as the National Health Service and other public...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of China concerning the whereabouts and welfare of the imprisoned dissident Gao Zhisheng.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will release the public records, reference BN 141/1, relating to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, from 1 January 1984 to 31...

      Commonwealth Countries: Accession to the Throne

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord McNally on 10 January (HL Deb, col. 1169), whether any objections have been raised by Commonwealth countries concerning affording...

      Constitutional Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of recent discussions about the status of England within the United Kingdom, what plans they have to set up a constitutional convention to consider the...

      Consular Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom not being a party to the Schengen Agreement precludes the sharing of consular services with European Union partners for issuing visas;...

      Debt: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current public sector net debt.

      Economy: Double-dip Recession

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent a double dip recession in the United Kingdom.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance will have on people from lower socio-economic groups wishing to continue into higher education.

      Education: Nurseries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have removed the requirement that each nursery be led by a graduate professional.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 December (WA 76-7), how the policy whereby the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority "does not comment on...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 December 2010 (WA 247), why the minutes of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Research...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Howe on 24 November 2010 (WS 101-2) and the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 14 December 2010 (WA 163) and 10 January (HL...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has spent on the services of Media Strategy or Hanover Communications; which other arm's-length bodies...

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of United Kingdom gas is supplied from European Union sources of production.

      Energy: Light Bulbs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of concerns about the danger of disposing of energy-saving light bulbs, they will lift the ban on the manufacture, sale and importation of...

      Energy: Photovoltic Installations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Mr David Kidney, on 15 December 2009 (HC Deb, 1126W),...

      EU: Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a proposal by the European Union Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Mr Tajani, to establish a European Union...

      EU: UK National Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2010 (WA 432), on how many occasions since 10 May 2010 the authorities of the European...

      EU: UK Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report The World in 2050 that concludes that Britain is paying a price for its over-reliance on customers in the...

      Free Books

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding for free book schemes.

      Fuel Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the rises in fuel bills on low-income families.

      Government Departments: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to cut funding to the Ministry of Defence.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the formation of the Behavioural Insights Team in the Cabinet Office, whether there are any examples of new policy recently introduced which...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have instructed the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee to target growth in the nominal Gross Domestic Product.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom has a secure blood supply that is free from both known and unknown pathogens.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Earl Howe on 10 January concerning infected blood (HL Deb, cols 1229-32), how many of those infected through NHS blood and blood...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding to make drugs for Alzheimer's available to patients with mild symptoms.

      Health: Fertility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have contacted individual primary care trusts that have recently announced a suspension of, or restriction to, funding for infertility services to...

      Health: General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of general practitioners were partners rather than salaried in each of the last ten years.

      Health: GP Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that each general practitioner commissioning board has the breadth of talent and business skills to manage multi-million pound contracts.

      Health: Haemophilia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that people with haemophilia unable to work as a result of their condition, particularly those with a terminal illness, will not be...

      Health: Influenza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more funding to combat secondary infections from flu outbreaks.

      Health: Influenza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer young children the flu vaccine, in light of the number of young children who are seriously ill or who have died as a result of swine flu.

      Health: Polio

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they are doing to support global efforts to eradicate polio.

      Health: Polio

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Department for International Development have to make global polio eradication a priority over the next five years.

      Health: Spending Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is being given to primary care trusts to ensure that the cuts to services are not being targeted in a discriminatory manner; and what steps they are...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the implementation of cuts in housing benefit, how many homeless people they forecast there will be.

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans he has to make available to Members the April 2010 Consultant's Report into House of Lords Catering and Retail operations.

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the total cost of the April 2010 Consultant's Report into House of Lords Catering and Retail operations.

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what recommendations have been made following the publication and consideration of the April 2010 Consultant's Report into House of Lords Catering and Retail...

      House of Lords: Website

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the number of page views of the House of Lords homepage on the Parliament website for each month in 2010.

      Houses of Parliament: Mail

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many items of mail were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2010; and, of those, what percentage were received in the House of Lords.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the number of local authority homes that will be built in the years 2011 to 2014. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 11 January (WA 433), whether employers need to establish the right of all potential employees to undertake...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the death of Jimmy Mubenga when restrained by officers from G4S, whether G4S continues to accompany deportees.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the demolition in Dkaika village in the West Bank on 12 January of 16 homes, a school classroom and other structures and the...

      Israel: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment has been made of the value of trade with Israel to the United Kingdom economy.

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Lebanon and its impact on stability in the region; and what support they will provide to the...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what position they take on the publication of the findings of the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is trying those charged with the assassination...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 13 December, what is the size of the £85 million of transitional grant to reduce the front...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from local authorities following the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.

      Mahmoud Abu Rideh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what social security benefits were being paid to Mahmoud Abu Rideh before his recent departure from the United Kingdom and his death in Afghanistan; when they...

      Music and Dance Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Music and Dance Scheme and its nine Centres for Advanced Training.

      National Assembly for Wales: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect a yes vote in the referendum on additional powers for the National Assembly for Wales will have upon the Westminster Parliament.

      National Defence Authorization Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States about the recent National Defence Authorization Act and its implications for the United...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 11 January (WA 438), whether tax-free payments under Section 338 of the Income Tax (Earnings and...

      North and South Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what practical assistance they are able to give in encouraging and facilitating peace talks between North and South Korea.

      Parliamentary Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty derives from recognition by the courts of the legislative supremacy of Parliament; and, if not, what is the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average age of old age pensioners living in the United Kingdom and of those abroad in receipt of state old age pensions in (a) Bangladesh, (b) the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the pre-September 1992 "with profit" annuitants of the Equitable Life scheme of compensation selected target bonus rates of return of 5-10 per cent in...

      Post Office: Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the development of stronger links between credit unions and the Post Office.

      Prisons: Prison Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the finding that only 17 prison officers are in charge of more than 3,000 inmates on a typical night in open prisons.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much (a) public expenditure, and (b) the public sector deficit, has been cut since May 2010.

      Roads: Fatal Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatal and serious road traffic accidents involved police vehicles in 2009-10; and whether this represents an increase or decrease compared to the previous...

      Safety: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 20 December 2010 (WA 265), whether European standard BS EN 60335-2-6:2003 for electric ovens and hobs, in its...

      Schools: Male Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 29 November (WA 400-1) concerning increasing the proportion of male teachers in state primary schools...

      Schools: Secondary Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the advantages anticipated as a result of the new secondary school performance measures announced in the Schools White Paper.

      Swine Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all children under five will receive a vaccination for swine flu.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2010 (WA 446), whether they now have information concerning the whereabouts and welfare...

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning in addition to their campaign to ensure that tax avoidance and evasion by high-income groups is reduced.

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current level of exemption for capital gains tax on chattels under section 262 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992; when this was last...

      Taxation: Code Errors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to write off tax bills for pensioners who are victims of tax code errors.

      Taxation: Fuel Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to cut fuel duty if the cost of fuel rises beyond a certain point.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional revenue would have been collected for the year 2008-09 if the top rate of income tax had been (a) 50 per cent at a threshold of £150,000 of...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date, and at what level, the current £250 exemption from Inheritance Tax for small gifts was first introduced; and what the level of the exemption...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rise in VAT to 20 per cent will be made permanent.

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the cost to HM Treasury of reducing VAT to zero for (a) all charitable organisations, and (b) those charitable organisations that provide public...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, prior to the VAT increase to 20 per cent on 4 January, what consideration was given to the earlier forecast from the Office of Budget Responsibility that such an...

      Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations will apply to primary care trust staff transferring to posts under the proposed new...

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