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Written answers

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many visits were undertaken overseas by (a) officials and (b) Ministers in the Government Equalities Office in each year since its inception;...

  • Home Department

    • Animals: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many protected and endangered animals were seized at UK airports and ports in each year since 2008-09.

    • Animals: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of implementation of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review on the UK Border Agency's...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Azure card system; what estimate she has made of the level of...

      Deportation: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2011, Official Report, column 676W, on deportation: human rights (1) for what reason the UK Border...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to increase the number of foreign prisoners deported from the UK at the end of their prison sentences.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether international students enrolled at UK institutions will be eligible to remain in the UK under tier 1 post-study work arrangements for...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of her policy to reduce levels of immigration on the further education sector.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to launch a successor to Operation Pentameter II for the purposes of reducing the incidence of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of operations Pentameter I and II in reducing the incidence of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the extent to which the UK complies with the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention against human...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of persons detained under Immigration Act powers have (a) convictions for offences in the UK, (b) served...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the 20 longest recorded lengths of time are of a person who is currently in detention under Immigration Act powers.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to end the link between (a) temporary routes and (b) permanent settlement.

      Immigration: Aso Mohammed Ibrahim

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further legal steps she plans to consider in respect of the immigration status of Aso Mohammed Ibrahim.

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress she has made on the reduction of net migration.

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has commissioned any research on a potential link between closing passport offices and the incidence of identity theft.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the average percentage real terms change in funding allocated to police forces between 2010-11 and 2012-13 using the...

      Police Recruitment Freeze

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of police forces which have frozen their recruitment.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times each (a) VC10, (b) C-17 and (c) TriStar that has operated in the Afghan theatre landed at the Camp Bastion Aerial Port of...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what repair or reconstruction work has taken place on the Camp Bastion Aerial Port of Debarkation runway since January 2010; and what the cost to his...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2010, Official Report, column 221W on Air Force: military bases, when he expects the data for RAF stations in...

      Aircraft Carriers: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the anticipated normal ship's company will be for the Queen Elizabeth class carriers whilst on operational duty.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest annual compensation payment made to service personnel who served in world war two was in the...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel who served in world war two were in receipt of both an armed forces pension and a compensation scheme payment in the latest...

      Defence Vetting Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were employed by the Defence Vetting Agency (a) in York and (b) elsewhere in (i) May 2010 and (ii) December 2010.

      Defence: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to offer armoured fighting vehicles deemed surplus to the requirements of the army for sale to foreign governments.

      Departmental NDPBs

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

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many planned flying training missions have been cancelled as a result of the recent grounding of the TriStar fleet in its role as an air-to-air refueller.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of flights of (a) military aircraft and (b) aircraft chartered by his Department to and from Afghanistan have been delayed...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has he made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) efficiency of the Ministry of Defence Police against the key outputs identified by its...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which countries Ministry of Defence police officers are currently deployed; what the role of the personnel deployed to each country is; and if he will...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the international policing activities of the Ministry of Defence Police; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of (a) the criminal investigation capability of the Ministry of Defence Police and (b) the Ministry of Defence Police fraud...

      National Defence Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the terms of reference of his review of the creation of a National Defence Medal.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department plans to provide to the Hebrides Range Task Force diversification programme for civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) future...

      War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest annual pension payment to (i) widows and (ii) widowers in receipt of a war widows pension from the...

      War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pension arrangements are in place for the widow of the late Sergeant Matthew Telford of the Grenadier Guards.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the arts sector in each local authority area in the east...

    • Arts: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the arts sector in each local authority area in the east of...

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to reduce jargon and promote plain English in departmental communications.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing his Department who were not paid at a...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what single tender contracts his Department has awarded since his appointment; and what the monetary value is of each contract...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to alleviate the difficulties of households in certain areas of Rochester and Strood constituency with...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to assist (a) the elderly and (b) people on lower incomes in Rochester and Strood constituency with...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will undertake an assessment of the safety benefits of the Kombi seating system for football stadia.

      Football: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on arrangements for policing the European...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will request that the Gambling Commission publish in its British Gambling Prevalence Survey of February 2011 its...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 9 December 2010 in regard to Ms J...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the likely economic benefits to (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth of (i) events at and (ii)...

      Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his most recent assessment is of the progress of the £100 million tourism-marketing fund launched in August 2010 in...

  • Transport

    • A2: Dover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the dualling of the A2 in Dover constituency.

    • Aviation: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the level of compliance during the adverse weather conditions experienced in November and December 2010 by (a)...

      Coastguard Stations: Stornoway and Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what stage of the consultation period (a) Stornoway and (b) Shetland coastguard stations were included in his Department's coastguard...

      Dover Harbour Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of (i) the Dover Harbour Board and (ii)...

      Dover Harbour Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of each communication on the Dover Harbour Board received from stakeholders, as defined in his Department's...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects of the Government's aviation policy on the competitiveness of Heathrow airport as a hub for...

      National Air Traffic Services: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which ownership models his Department is considering for the sale of the remaining state-owned shares in National Air Traffic Services.

      National Air Traffic Services: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response he made to the representations by the Airline Group on proposals for the sale of the remaining state-owned shares in National Air Traffic...

      Ports: Dover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from stakeholders of the Dover Harbour Board on the Board's management of the Port of Dover; and if he will...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to undertake a consultation on the proposal to end the provision of emergency towing vessels by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

      Sea Rescue: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the operating cost of each coastguard station operated by the Marine and Coastguard Agency (a) was for (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10 and (b) is...

      Shipping: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the removal of coastguard tugs on the effectiveness of responses to oil tanker accidents.

      Taxis: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the introduction of regulations limiting the number of hours taxi drivers are able to work (a) in a single shift and (b) in a week.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Australia: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government has (a) offered and (b) provided to the Australian Government to help with the flooding in that...

    • Bangladesh: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on strengthening the UK's relations with Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of efforts made by the UN to secure negotiations between the Government of Burma, Aung...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent visits HM Ambassador to Burma has made to (a) Chiang Mai and (b) Mae Sot to meet refugees and exiled political...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much his Department spent on decompression of employees in each year from 2005 to 2010; (2) how much his Department...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's employees were subject to decompression schemes in each year from 2005 to 2010.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's employees who had served in Afghanistan were subject to decompression schemes in each year from...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on decompression of employees who have served in Afghanistan; and what variation in policy there...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration his Department is giving to merging its security vetting services with those of the Ministry of Defence; and...

      Departmental Pay

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

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of his Department (a) are on secondment and (b) he plans to second to the EU External Action Service.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 29 November and (b)...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct the British high commissioner in Pakistan to make representations to the government of Pakistan on the...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterparts on the work of the UN Advisory Panel.

      Taxis

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

  • Education

    • CAFCASS: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost to the public purse was of operating the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service head office in Wales in 2009-10.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2010, Official Report, columns 319-20W, on children in care, how many and what proportion of children who left...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children left care, where care is defined as subject to a care order, police protection order, emergency protection order, or...

      Children in Care: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2010, Official Report, columns 319-20W, on children in care, how many children were adopted from care in each...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in local government care have gone missing in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Overtime

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department and its predecessors spent on press cuttings services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Sponsorship

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

      Education: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the funding of education business partnerships in South Yorkshire.

      Foster Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average cost to the public purse was of a child placed (a) with a foster carer and (b) in a residential children's home in each of the last...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what judgments have been made by the Information Commissioner on his Department's responses to freedom of information requests in the last 12 months;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 10 December 2010 in regard to Mrs E Flint.

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many local authorities provide services to support young people who run away from home or care; (2) whether he plans to take steps to ensure...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has of the average number of sports clubs a secondary school has worked with in each of the last five years.

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to require local authorities to collect data on the number of carers under the age of 18 years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the responses received to the consultation, A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland: Next Steps; and whether he...

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made on the development of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; and what discussions he has had with (a) political...

      Departmental Communication

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many (a) women and (b) men have been appointed to public duties by his Department since May 2010; (2) what public appointments he...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biochar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether she has made an assessment of the likely requirement for Government incentives in order for the development of...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she next expects to report on progress towards achieving each of the targets for priority species and habitats contained...

      Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the buzzard population in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Cod: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the merits of reallocating cod quotas in Area VIId in the light of the annual under-utilisation by the...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from farmers' unions on her Department's plans to reform the Common Agricultural...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many (a) women and (b) men have been appointed to public duties by her Department since May 2010; (2) what...

      Efficient and Resilient Food Chain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the expenditure of her Department's Efficient and Resilient Food Chain research and development programme was in each...

      Farmers: Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the volume of milk disposed of by farmers as a consequence of a lack of tanker collections during the...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings she has had on ending the practice of discarding fish before landing.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria her Department uses in determining flood risks to each geographical area of England.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future provision of flood prevention services previously provided through the Government Office...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what geographical circumstances and characteristics of areas at risk of flooding she plans to take into account in...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of properties (a) constructed on flood plains and (b) at risk of flooding.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the insurance industry on the provision of insurance cover to those areas and...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department plans to provide for research on food security and sustainable crop yields in each of the...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of changes in the level of access to rights of way over Forestry Commission land that has been...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the proportion of Forestry Commission land to be sold in each of the next four financial years.

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Forestry Commission has paid to the Crown Estate for each parcel of land sold in the last five years which has...

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve the welfare of racing greyhounds.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the (a) farming industry and (b) food and retail sector on the powers and functions of...

      Harlequin Ladybirds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of harlequin ladybirds in the UK.

      Harlequin Ladybirds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent the spread of harlequin ladybirds.

      Harlequin Ladybirds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect on native species of the harlequin ladybird.

      Himalayan Balsam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent the spread of Himalayan balsam.

      Himalayan Balsam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on native species of the spread of Himalayan balsam.

      Himalayan Balsam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the extent of the spread of Himalayan balsam in the last 10 years.

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements her Department places on local authorities to take steps against the spread of Japanese knotweed; and what...

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which 10 local authority areas in England have the highest incidence of Japanese knotweed.

      Lake Windermere: Navigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to make a decision on the proposed Windermere navigation byelaws and Windermere registration byelaws.

      Livestock: Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the threat to livestock from an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding the National Wildlife Crime Unit will receive from her Department in the next four years.

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent new alien plant species taking hold in the UK.

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of alien plant species in the UK.

      Plants: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what statutory agencies are responsible for plant conservation; (2) how much funding her Department plans to provide...

      Poultry: Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to (a) issue and (b) revise guidance to farmers and individuals who work with poultry...

      Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department plans to provide to the Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the level of leaks from (a) sewers and (b) water pipes in each region; and if she will make a...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2011, Official Report, column 311W, on climate change: international co-operation, if he will...

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what measures he has undertaken to reduce jargon and promote plain English in departmental communications.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average difference was between the average annual cost of electricity to low-income families paying for electricity through...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of progress by energy companies on eliminating additional charges and costs on those paying for electricity...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with energy supply companies on the inclusion of families with children in the eligibility criteria for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the number of children living in households with inadequate heating.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take to raise awareness of social tariffs among low-income households in each of the next four...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the systems for data matching between energy supply...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of elderly people eligible for the warm home discount in (a) Glasgow North East constituency,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of elderly people who will not be eligible for the warm home discount in (a) Glasgow North...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to require energy supply companies to include low-income families with children within the warm home discount.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many submissions were received during his Department's warm home discount consultation; how many of those submissions called for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people in fuel poverty are eligible for social tariffs provided by energy supply companies.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people in fuel poverty who will be eligible for his Department's warm home discount in each...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of families with children aged under 16 years in fuel poverty which will be eligible for his...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with the six largest energy companies on levels of domestic energy bills.

      Fuel Poverty: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency who are living in fuel poverty.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2010, Official Report, column 981W, on solar power, what possible approaches to setting the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the merits of including within the warm home discount a compulsory rebate by energy providers to families with...

      Wind Power: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his answer of 17 January 2011, Official Report, column 482W, on wind power: carbon emissions, what the size was of the...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of subsidies for (a) on-shore and (b) off-shore wind energy providers in...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of persons in (a) Glasgow North East constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland, (d) England, (e) Wales,...

    • Building and Mutual Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to support building societies and mutuals.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanism he plans to put in place to identify households which will no longer be eligible for child benefit payments under his proposals for welfare...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a single parent living in a household with (a) a parent and (b) a child who is a higher rate taxpayer will be eligible for child benefit payments...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the process for the distribution of the childcare element of tax credit to ensure that direct payment may be made to carers on whose...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average (a) cost of childcare for a low-paid worker and (b) cost to the public purse of childcare provision for a...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs made of the number of companies liable for corporation tax in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10; how many...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on furniture since May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what new units and teams have been set up in his Department since May 2010; and what the (a) name, (b) purpose, (c) number of staff and (d) total annual...

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on redecorating ministerial offices since May 2010.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on redundancy costs since May 2010.

      Employment: Barnsley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the likely change in the number of (a) public and (b) private sector jobs in Barnsley East constituency in the period to 2015.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussion HM Revenue and Customs has had with the European Commission on the classification of duty on ready-to-drink beverages.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of fuel duty on small business.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department is making on the introduction of a rural fuel duty rebate in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles and the Isles of...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the development of a fuel duty stabiliser; (2) what discussions he has had...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the number of households with children and one or more individuals paying income tax at the higher rate in April 2011.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the effect on Exchequer receipts from stamp duty of reductions in property prices attributable to the construction of High...

      Tax Allowances: Cycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) employers and (b) employees have participated in the cycle-to-work scheme in the months August to December in each of the last five years.

  • Wales

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates and at what locations she has met Cabinet colleagues to discuss proposed changes to the number of parliamentary constituencies in Wales.

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many written representations she has received on the issue of court closures in Wales.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the issue of proposed court closures in Wales.

      Departmental Communication

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many press officers her Department employs (a) in London and (b) in Cardiff; and how many press officers it employed in each location in (i) 2007-08,...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many members of staff her Department employs; and how many it employed in 2009.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) on how many occasions she has visited Ceredigion constituency on official business since her appointment; (2) what plans she has to visit...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates and at what locations she has held meetings to discuss the Severn Barrage scheme since her appointment.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many written representations she has received on the future of S4C.

      South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what discussions she has had with representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government on the electrification of the South Wales main line; (2) on how...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he raised the issue of human rights in Tibet during the recent visit of the Chinese Vice-Premier.

  • Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost, in each cost category, of closing each courthouse scheduled for closure under his proposals.

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of staff (a) in each courthouse to be closed and (b) in total who will be made redundant under his proposals...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people, (b) disabled people and (c) people of pensionable age in (i) Wales, (ii) Greater Manchester,...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the disposal or alternative use of each court building in Wales identified for closure under his proposals of 14 December 2010.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many representations he received in respect of each proposed court closure (a) before and (b) after the close of the consultation; and how many of...

      Departmental Communication

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

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials of his Department were employed on fixed-term contracts in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the job title...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what legal support is available for victims of domestic violence who have more than £8,000 of equity in their home.

      HM Courts Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff are employed at each courthouse in Wales identified for closure under his proposals of 14 December 2010; and how many...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to his Department's cumulative equalities impact assessment, what steps he plans to take to ensure that (a) women, (b) disabled and (c)...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much funding the Legal Services Commission provided from the Legal Aid budget for legal help and representation relating to pursuing actions...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much funding the Legal Services Commission provided from the Legal Aid budget for legal help and representation in housing matters in cases...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 11 November 2010 in regard to Israr Hussain Malik.

      Offenders: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanism his Department has put in place to ensure that GPs work with public protection agencies in the care of offenders with mental health...

      Prison Service: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Prison Officers Association on the role of prison officers in the rehabilitation of offenders.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of prisoners who had no fixed address when they (a) entered custody and (b) left custody in the latest...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the recent conclusions made by the Chief Inspector of Prisons on the mental health of prisoners in HM Prison Brixton.

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on re-offending rates of the frequency of visits to prison inmates.

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what senior civil service staff moves there have been in his Department since May 2010; and what the (a) name and (b) salary is of each person (i)...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what senior civil service staff exits from his Department there have been since May 2010; and what (a) contractual and (b) non-contractual payments...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving sentences of less than 12 months have been convicted of (a) violence against the person offences, (b) sexual offences, (c)...

      Units and Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) units and (b) teams have been set up in his Department since May 2010; and what the (i) name, (ii) purpose, (iii) number of staff and (iv)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which five towns accommodated the largest number of bed and breakfast placements that had been funded by London borough councils...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors informed his Department's decision to reduce the formula grant for concessionary bus travel for (a) Torbay council...

      Citizen Engagement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to encourage citizen engagement since May 2010.

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with the Local Government Association Selector Panel on...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for the implementation of shortlisted proposals for action under the provisions of the Sustainable...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place to spread best practice in the development of social capital within communities.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on the sale of advertising space on its website.

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2010, Official Report, column 809W, on departmental legal opinion, how much of the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of single occupancy residency is in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Easington constituency.

      Housing Associations: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of housing associations which offer final salary pension schemes; and if he...

      Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Community Agency has allocated to Accent Nene Housing Society for (a) social rented housing and (b)...

      Landlord and Tenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants of (a) social landlords and (b) private landlords are resident in Liverpool, West Derby constituency.

      Local Government Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have indicated to his Department that they plan to move to committee-style governance arrangements...

      Local Government: Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely role of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention in planning applications and decisions...

      Local Government: Petitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of the local authority petition system after the enactment of the Localism Bill.

      Local Government: Petitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many petitions to local authorities were made in each local authority area in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Local Government: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will be responsible for the cost of holding local referendums under the provisions of the Localism Bill.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 29 November 2010 in regard to Mr F...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what consultation he plans to carry out as part of his review of business rates on (a) equalisation, (b) minimising the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely level of savings which will accrue from ending empty property business rate relief on...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, column 480W, on planning permission: appeals, whether he plans to...

      Planning: Gateshead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of implementing his proposals in the Localism Bill for...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will estimate the number and proportion of (a) young people and (b) pensioners involved in volunteering in each...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer question 32208 tabled on 16 December 2010 by the right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what single tender contracts his Department has awarded since his appointment; and what the monetary value is of each contract above the EU public...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures he uses to measure the well-being of (a) individuals and (b) communities.

    • Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much in public duty costs allowance has been paid to former Prime Ministers in each of the last five years.

      Urenco: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will consider the merits of Urenco Ltd UK becoming an employee mutual rather than being sold to an overseas buyer.

  • Leader of the House

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent representations he has received on the consideration of Private Members' Bills on days other than Fridays.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Nigeria: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria in increasing the accountability...

      Nigeria: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department supports in respect of skills development for young people in Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate the change in monetary terms in the level of the UK's official development assistance (ODA) in each year to 2014 if...

  • Health

    • StartHere

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the potential of StartHere to contribute to savings in the NHS.

    • NHS Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have indicated to him their support for plans for the internal reorganisation of the NHS.

      GP Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation he undertook prior to publication of his proposals for GP commissioning.

      Alternative Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the statutory regulation of herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine; and if he will make a...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the variation in the cost of prescription drugs of the proposals in the Health White Paper; and if...

      Cancer Patients: Outcomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

      Interim Cancer Drugs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the operation of the interim cancer drugs fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Elective Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elective surgical procedures have been (a) postponed and (b) cancelled since 1 October 2010.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of obesity; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 16 to 19 and (b) 20 to 24 were registered (i) alcoholics and (ii) drug addicts in each year for which figures are available.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the difference is in the level of compensation payments for those affected by contaminated blood and blood products (a) in the Republic of Ireland...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have applied for funding from the Cancer Drugs Fund (a) in total, (b) by primary care trust and (c) by constituency to date; (2)...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria strategic health authorities use to determine funding for the Interim Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Community Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to shorten or simplify the standard NHS Contract for Community Services.

      Cot Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has put in place to prevent deaths of young people from sudden death syndrome.

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Genito-urinary Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what modelling his Department has undertaken to estimate the annual cost of providing genito-urinary medical services; what recent assessment he has made...

      Health: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are in place on the use of 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers by (a) GP surgeries, (b) hospitals and (c) dental practices.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for a patient to receive a hearing aid in (a) Wirral primary care trust, (b) primary care trusts in the North West and...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many critical care beds are available in (a) Wirral primary care trust, (b) primary care trusts in the North West and (c) England.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure hospitals observe its guidance on car park charges.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts are funding (a) one cycle, (b) two cycles and (c) three cycles of in vitro fertilisation; and how many include...

      Influenza: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) the North West have died from influenza since October 2010; how many such cases involved the H1N1...

      Injuries: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the level of expenditure by the NHS on treating victims of dog attacks in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations he has undertaken on increasing the limit on reimbursement for egg donors.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking in response to recent announcements by primary care trusts that they plan to suspend or restrict funding for IVF services; and if...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities are available for infants to have single vaccines for mumps, measles and rubella instead of the MMR Vaccine.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the proposed increase in competition within the NHS will include provision of services by private companies; who will be responsible for...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the expected level of savings in the cost of management and administration following the proposed abolition of the (a) West...

      NHS: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital managers were employed in (a) Edgware Community Hospital, (b) Barnet Primary Care Trust and (c) the NHS in Hendon constituency in...

      Public Lavatories: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will encourage operators of retail stores to provide hand towels in disabled toilet facilities in retail outlets.

      Waiting Lists: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time to be seen is for accident and emergency treatment in (a) Wirral Primary Care Trust, (b) primary care trusts in the North...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many adults in England are in full-time further education; and what proportion are aged between 19 and 24 years.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage large companies to offer apprenticeships.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship places he expects to be available in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14; and in...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many training places were available under (a) Train to Gain and (b) apprenticeships in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08, (iii)...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many adults in England are on apprenticeships; and what proportion are aged between 19 and 24 years.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of bank lending available to (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) large...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Driving Instruction: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many grants were made to students resident in each local authority area to facilitate study for National Vocational...

      Driving Instruction: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many enquiries were received by Business Link from applicants who expressed an interest in obtaining registration on the...

      Environment Protection: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage businesses to invest in research and development of environmental goods and services.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the barriers to participation in further education for people (a) up to the age of 19 years and...

      Graduates: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many postgraduate students studying at UK higher education institutions were (a) UK citizens, (b) citizens of other EU...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to make an announcement on the establishment of the proposed Green Investment Bank.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people normally resident in (a) Hastings and Rye constituency, (b) Hastings borough council area, (c) East Sussex,...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of 18 to 24 year-olds in each socio-economic group entered higher education in each year for which figures are...

      Higher Education: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the policy review relating to his Department's Learning Together to be Safe document will be completed; and what plans he...

      Higher Education: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to replace the Learning Together to be Safe document withdrawn by Ofsted.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the main areas of (a) strength and (b) weakness of the manufacturing industry.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to take steps to ensure that the student intake for medical degrees is representative of the composition of the...

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of employers' requirements for postgraduate skills; and if he will make a statement.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many postgraduate researchers in each subject were funded by each higher education institution in each of the last 10 years;...

      Runcorn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the local economic effects of the closure of his Department's offices in Runcorn; if he will place...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average level of graduate debt of those graduating in each of the (a) last five years and (b)...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on businesses of moving clocks forward by one hour in...

      Technology: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese government on (a) technology sharing agreements with and (b) technology...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking in respect of market development for unmanned aircraft systems in the UK; and what the role...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Christmas Bonus: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the £10 Christmas bonus for the latest year in which figures are...

    • Departmental Communication

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) women and (b) men have been appointed to public duties by his Department since May 2010; (2) what public appointments he...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for implementation of the recommendations of Lord Young's review of health and safety law and practice; and if he will make a...

      Jobcentre Plus: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff posts were lost in Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) West Lothian and (b) Scotland in each month of 2010.

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the saving was to (a) his Department and (b) Jobcentre Plus from the use of non-geographical telephone numbers in the financial year (i)...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what timetable he has set for the roll-out of the new enterprise allowance to (a) targeted areas and (b) the rest of the UK; (2) which...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Reading West constituency and (b) Berkshire who have Post Office card accounts.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to paragraph 23 of his Department's White paper on Universal Credits: welfare that works, what estimate he has made of the proportion...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last met representatives of the General Medical Council to discuss medical assessments to determine the suitability of benefit payments.

      Unemployment: Reading West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children living in workless households in Reading West constituency in each year from 1997.

      Universal Credit: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects on lone parents of the introduction of a universal credit.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance Jobcentre Plus provides to jobseekers who do not have an internet connection at home on how to access information on job vacancies.

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanism he plans to put in place to measure the effects on vulnerable groups of the implementation of his proposals for welfare reform.

      Welfare to Work: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) process and (b) requirements are for becoming an accredited provider for the Welfare to Work programme; and if he will make a...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living in care homes received winter fuel payments in the latest period for which figures are available.

      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...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

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

    • Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (a) the economic loss to passengers and airlines arising from the closure of Heathrow airport due to severe weather in December...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cap on alcohol prices is intended to reduce significantly alcohol-related crime.

      Armed Forces: Parachute Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many troops have been invalided out of the Armed Services as a result of injuries sustained during parachute training.

      Armed Forces: Parachute Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many troops are currently qualified to be deployed on operations by parachute.

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the proposed verifiable lending obligations to be placed on individual banks, the transfer of a banking relationship from one bank to another will...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled people they expect will lose their existing benefit in consequence of projected cuts in spending on the mobility help; and what the saving in...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the removal of the mobility component of the disability living allowance will affect the ability of disabled people to leave their care homes.

      Broadcasting: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 12 January (WA 441), what has been the cost to date of the work on new arrangements for broadcasting at...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bus services were deregistered in each month in (a) 2009, and (b) 2010; and how many of those were rural bus services.

      Business Travel: Private Car Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 372-3), whether the Answers asked for were available; and, if they were not available or were...

      Civil Service: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their estimate of the annual cost of Civil Service redundancy payments (a) if the previous compensation scheme had remained in place, (b) if the previous...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Egypt regarding the recent bombing at the Coptic Church of the Saints in Alexandria; and what response...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) "shelters human embryos from routine experimentation", as described by the HFEA chair in an interview...

      Employment: New Mothers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that welfare reforms encourage mothers to return to work.

      Employment: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage businesses to employ more women with children.

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of total electricity has been received by transfer through the two DC cross-channel interconnectors over the last five years; and what proportion...

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether gas supply agreements are in place to meet domestic demand anticipated in five years; and, if not, by when they will aim for that to be completed.

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they forecast that the gas market will become globalised in the same way as the oil market.

      Energy: Microgeneration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, since the feed-in tariff scheme for electricity microgeneration was introduced on 1 April 2010, how many installations have applied for accreditation; in each...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answers by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (Official Report, col. 1165-7), whether they have sought the support of other member states at the Council of...

      EU: Financial Stability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 383), whether the United Kingdom representative at the ECOFIN meeting on 9 May 2010 voted for or...

      Flooding: Australia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to the Queensland following the recent flooding there.

      Flooding: Australia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have offered to the Government of Queensland, Australia, in the aftermath of the recent flooding.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Red Cross concerning the health, treatment and welfare of Gilad Shalit, a prisoner in Gaza.

      Government Departments: Official Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since May 2010 the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport has held official meetings at which civil servants have not been...

      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), what are the numbers and average level of additional...

      Health: Influenza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure pregnant women have access to flu inoculations.

      Health: Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what workforce modelling projections have been undertaken to ensure robust midwifery workforce planning is in place.

      Health: Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an analysis has been undertaken to assess the impact of the trend towards part-time working among midwives.

      Health: Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work is being undertaken to develop more flexible career frameworks for midwives.

      Health: Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made to fulfil the commitment to increase the number of midwives by 3,000 in England.

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of people likely to present themselves as homeless in 2011 and 2012.

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deal with the multiple health, social and economic difficulties being faced by rough sleepers as a result of homelessness.

      Housing: Rented Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help low-income families find affordable private-sector rented accommodation.

      Housing: Rented Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Lord Freud deposited in the Library of the House (DEP2010-2327), what was the methodology used to calculate that 750,000 private rented...

      Housing: Squatters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to provide effective protection for residents against squatters occupying their homes.

      Index-linked Savings Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the announcement by the Chief Executive of National Savings and Investments that the withdrawal of the index-linked savings certificates was a temporary...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the dropping of sound bombs into the playground of Abu Dis boys' school in December 2010.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel about the reported arrest, on or before 11 December 2010, of Mr Wasfi Kabha, a former Palestinian...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received from (a) the Red Cross, and (b) Israeli Physicians for Human Rights, concerning the health, treatment and welfare of Palestinian...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received regarding conditions in 2010 for Palestinian prisoners and detainees held in Israel, in particular of two deaths following...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the Government of Israel on the withholding of access to lawyers from Palestinian prisoners and detainees.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or plan to make, to the Government of Israel following the abduction from Hebron, on or before 7 January, of five of the six...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ownership of and exploitation rights concerning offshore natural gas recently discovered adjoining Lebanon; and whether they...

      Libya: Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report of the four United States Senators entitled Justice Undone: The Release of the Lockerbie Bomber, published in December 2010;...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the local government finance settlement announced on 13 December, by how much the formula funding grant will be reduced in 2011-12 in (a) cash terms,...

      Non-executive Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 22 December (WA 347), to whom non-executive directors appointed to departments of state report; who determines...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that the Office for Budget Responsibility is independent in thinking and policy conclusions from HM Treasury.

      Overseas Representation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the recommendations of the 1977 review of overseas representation were implemented; and which were not.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the Pensions Bill will have on the individual contributions employers make to their retirement funds.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology is used for monitoring the basket of railway fares from which permissible increases in railway fares are measured; how old the data are that form...

      Railways: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which United Kingdom train operators currently do not discharge sewage on to railway tracks; and what is the target date for all trains to cease discharging sewage...

      Retirement Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for abolishing the default retirement age.

      Retirement Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they intend to introduce to enable employers objectively to assess the efficiency and productivity of employees prior to or on their 65th birthday to...

      Revenue and Customs: Approved Mileage Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 22 December (WA 372), what are the relevant factors currently taken into account in determining the rate of...

      Roads: A1

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will take to enhance safety on the A1 between the A19 junction and the Scottish border, in light of their figures showing that 44 per cent of...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intervened to secure the release from detention of Mr Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader; and when they will next discuss democratic...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Russia about the recent arrests of opposition politicians, including Boris Nemtsov (former deputy prime...

      Schools: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 23 November (WA 317-18), whether the 19 per cent decline over the years 1995 to 2010 in the number of...

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that interest and participation in competitive sport by children in state primary schools is not inhibited by inappropriate health and...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of the emergency response criteria for general lighthouse authorities; and for what specific type of emergency tasks the general...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker, on 10 January (HC Deb, col. 31W), what are (a) the...

      Shipping: THV "Patricia"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the statement two years ago by Trinity House that the tender for the THV "Patricia" was at the end of its natural life and had to be replaced, what...

      Sport: Cricket

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 19 October 2010 (HL Deb, cols 760-1), whether they have proposals for the eradication of corruption from...

      Transport: Nottingham Express Transit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the timescale for building phase two of Nottingham Express Transit.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they are spending on measures designed to reduce the number of people aged under 25 who are not in employment, education and training; and how this...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of the Americas, how many visas were issued to nationals of each country in 2009; which countries' nationals do not require a visa to visit the United...

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