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Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2011

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bangladesh on its plans to reduce poverty; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much his Department spent on decompression of employees in each year from 2005 to 2010; (2) how many of his Department's...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget for overseas projects was spent on projects aiming to assist women and girls in the last...

      Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget for overseas projects was spent on microfinance projects for (a) both men and women and...

      Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of microfinance projects in contributing to progress towards Millennium...

      Equality: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take to support women and girls and reduce gender inequality after the expiry of his Department's Gender...

      Overseas Aid: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many projects funded through UK official development aid were halted due to misuse of such funds by the recipients in each year...

      Overseas Aid: Gift Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the aid classified as official development assistance (ODA) provided by UK non-governmental organisations...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Attorney-General what single tender contracts the Law Officers' Departments have awarded since his appointment; and what the monetary value is of each contract above the EU public...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Procurement

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Canada: Animal Cruelty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet his Canadian counterpart to discuss animal cruelty in the operation of rodeos; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to reduce jargon and promote plain English in Departmental communications.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on services supplied by the Government Car Service since May 2010.

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new (a) units and (b) teams have been established in his Department since May 2010; and what the (i) name, (ii) purpose,...

      Departmental Wines

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

      Diplomatic Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to increase the proportion of British ambassadorial posts recruited through open competition.

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) name and (b) salary is of each senior civil servant who has (i) moved posts within and (ii) left his Department...

      Sri Lanka: Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the access afforded by the Sri Lankan authorities to the BBC to report on the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what public appointments she has made since her appointment; and to what payments each person so appointed is entitled.

    • Small Businesses: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether she has made an assessment of the effects on small businesses of a requirement to publish the salaries of male and female employees.

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities who will assume the responsibilities formerly carried out by the Women's National Commission representative at the forthcoming meeting of the UN...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of (a) people, (b) people of pensionable age and (c) disabled people in the area served by each...

    • Courts: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to minimise the cost of interpretation in the court system.

      Drug Testing Treatment Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been subject to drug testing treatment orders since their inception; and how many people were subject to such an order in the latest...

      Enforcement: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to reform the fee structure for enforcement agents in the UK.

      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...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on doctor's notes for offenders on community sentences in each of the last three years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his Department's policy on target searching within the prison estate (a) is and (b) was in May 2010; (2) how many target searches there...

      Prison Accommodation: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the (a) total cost and (b) average cost per set to the prison service of providing television sets in prison cells in the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there were in each prison in each of the last three years; and how many visitors there were to each prison in that period.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which Prison Service region the most (a) class A and (b) class B drugs were detected in prisons in 2009-10.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many visitors to prisons in England and Wales were found to be in possession of mobile telephones in areas where visitors are not permitted to carry...

      Tribunals: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2011, Official Report, column 822W, on tribunals: Colchester, how many tribunals were held in Colchester under the...

  • Education

    • Children's Workforce Development Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the Children's Workforce Development Council.

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the redundancy bill for his Department in each of the next five financial years.

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund: Poplar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on young people in Poplar and Limehouse constituency of his proposed replacement scheme for...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate his Department has made of the effects on the level of (a) attendance and (b) attainment of students of receiving education...

      Igcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to remove the distinction in nomenclature between (a) the IGCSE and (b) the Certificate Level 1/2.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether compliance with the recommendations on financial education as part of Personal, Social and Health Education for Key Stages 1 to 4 is mandatory...

      Schools: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will take steps to discourage extended unauthorised absences from school; (2) what assessment he has made of the effect of the extension...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school sports hall facilities were (a) built and (b) refurbished in (i) England, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) Dudley borough in each of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has undertaken to reduce jargon and promote plain English in departmental communications.

    • Fishing Catches: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the tonnage of fish discarded in respect of each of the five most common fish species discarded by...

      Fishing Catches: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she is taking to reduce the number of non-target fish species discarded in the North Sea by trawlers...

      Fishing Catches: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) economic and (b) environmental effects on (i) the fishing fleet in the North East...

      Fishing Catches: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of fish caught off the (a) Sussex and (b) South East coast was discarded under the provisions of the EU...

      Forests: Crown Lands and Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what land in each constituency the Crown Estate has transferred to the Forestry Commission in each of the last 30 years.

      Natural Gas: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent of risk to drinking water supplies posed by shale gas drilling.

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an assessment of the relationship between the size and growth of the rat population in an area and the...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the relative merits of (a) deposit refund schemes and (b) doorstep recycling schemes in...

      Retail Trade: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with businesses on the reduction of the amount of packaging used to distribute and retail...

      Rodents: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the size of the rat population in (a) Hartlepool and (b) the North East of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many items of correspondence were referred to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission by each hon. Member in 2009-10, listed in...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what timetable he has set for the publication of the client fund accounts of the Child Support Agency.

      Disability Living Allowance: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in Leeds and (b) nationally applied for disability living allowance citing schizophrenia or a psychosis as their...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made on updating the regulations in respect of exempt accommodation for housing benefit; and what timescale he...

      Housing Benefit: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount of housing benefit paid by tenure in East Lothian constituency was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Mortgage Interest Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress his Department has made in negotiations with mortgage lenders on averaging out mortgage rates under the Support for...

      Personal Income: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the medium household income was of a family in (a) social rented sector, (b) private rented sector and (c) owner-occupied accommodation...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Sure Start maternity grants were made to mothers for their second or subsequent child in West Lancashire constituency in 2009-10.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2010, Official Report, columns 936-37W, how many of the calls received by the National Benefit Fraud...

      Social Security Benefits: Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid in benefits to pregnant teenagers in the latest period for which figures are available.

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will commission research into a system for linking increases in pensions for those aged over 80 years to the rate of inflation; (2)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how housing costs will be assessed when determining eligibility for universal credit.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employees of his Department who have been appointed since 10 May 2010 have annual salaries greater than (a)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on the Government Car Service since May 2010.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on recruitment advertising in each national newspaper in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Departmental Redundancy Pay

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

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the merits of encouraging local authorities to carry out housing condition surveys to protect tenants from...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the level of transparency of local authorities in respect of enforcing standards in the private rented housing...

      Landlord and Tenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of households which rent their home from a private landlord; and if he will make...

      Landlord and Tenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department provides to low-income tenants in disputes with irresponsible landlords; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) people on (i) council housing and (ii) housing association waiting lists...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to improve the welfare standards of animals used in tests for household cleaning products and their ingredients.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were detained in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 prior to a final determination on a family asylum claim.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2011, Official Report, columns 398-9W, on asylum: housing, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2011, Official Report, columns 398-99W, on asylum: housing, what estimate she has made of the (a)...

      Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects on UK Border Agency services of the proposed reduction in its staff numbers by 2015.

      Border Security Agents: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many border security agents were stationed in Paris on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Criminal Records: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to complete a Criminal Record Bureau check was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what software the Forensic Science Service uses to analyse DNA raw data samples.

      Entry Clearances: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discretion is available to the UK Border Agency to allow adults with special needs to remain in the UK while an application is made for...

      Football: Poland and Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the threat from far-right activists to British fans attending the European Football Championships in 2012.

      Forensic Science Service: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has she made of the likely effects of the closure of the Forensic Science Service on police forces' ability to conclude cold...

      Forensic Science Service: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cold case reviews the Forensic Science Service has ongoing.

      Forensic Science Service: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of cold case reviews the Forensic Science Services is likely to have on-going at the point at which...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contribution she has made to the review of Government strategy on human trafficking.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants (a) were removed from and (b) voluntarily departed the UK between July and September 2010.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to monitor the number of people leaving the UK.

      Immigration Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the merits of increasing the fees for the processing of visa applications for economic migrants and visitors to the UK for...

      Migration Impacts Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated to the Scottish Government from the migration impact fund in each of the last three years.

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 September 2010, Official Report, columns 1214-5W, on immigration, if she will make arrangements for the...

      Young Offenders: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the juvenile violent crime arrest rate was in each (a) local authority area and (b) constituency in each year for which figures are...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce its carbon emissions to meet the target of reducing central Government carbon...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Electricity Generation: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for offshore wind generation under (a) section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, (b) the Transport and Works Act...

      Energy: Prices

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

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met representatives of (a) Ofgem and (b) energy suppliers to discuss consumer energy prices.

      Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has estimated a date on which global production of crude oil will peak; and if he will make a statement.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account he plans to take of the (a) availability and (b) costs of liquid petroleum gas in his consideration of steps to assist...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on developing a deep earth repository for all radioactive waste; and what the role of the Committee on Radioactive...

      Warm Front Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget for the Warm Front scheme will be in 2011-12.

      Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations his Department received on winter weather forecasts from the Met Office between October and December 2010.

  • Transport

    • Coastguard Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department considered alternative proposals for the modernisation of the structure of coastguard services prior to the publication of its...

    • Rail Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for reform of rail franchising; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to make speed camera data more accessible to the public.

      Motoring Costs: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of trends in the cost of motoring on people on low incomes living in rural areas.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he has set for operation of the first Crossrail trains; when he expects the whole line service to be operational; and when he plans to...

      Driving Standards Agency: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to publish the (a) findings of the review and (b) subsequent report prepared in advance of the announcement of the closure of the...

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress he has made on discussions with his counterparts on proposed EU restrictions on the height of commercial vehicles.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the planned electrification of rail lines between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston...

      Snow and Ice: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of local transport infrastructure in the West Midlands during the recent severe weather.

  • Wales

    • Referendum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress she has made on arrangements for the referendum on further powers for the National Assembly for Wales; and if she will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many nominations for official honours for persons undertaking activities in areas within his Department's remit his...

    • News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what correspondence he has had with Rupert Murdoch on News Corporation's proposed takeover of BSkyB.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department provided to promote tourism in each region in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of the aggregates levy.

    • Banks: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he has had with representatives of the banking sector in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effects on income of families with (a) one child and (b) two or more children in each income decile of his proposed...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review the rules on the (a) connected persons and (b) the types of businesses classified as performing a qualifying trade in respect...

      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, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a)...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 86W, on the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which contracts his Department had with...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which central Government departments he expects to have an underspend in 2010-11; and by what amount in each case.

      Stewardship of the Manor of Northstead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons he appointed the Member elected to represent the Belfast West constituency at the May 2010 general election to be Steward and Bailiff of...

      VAT: Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average cost of the recent increase in the rate of value added tax to voluntary services and charities in each of the next...

  • Scotland

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) the Scottish Executive on the implementation in Scotland of compensation scheme...

    • Devolution: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what payments his Department has made to consultants for work relating to devolution since 1997.

      Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the effect on universities in Scotland of changes to student visas.

      Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish each communication he has received on the Home Office consultation by the Home Office on changes to student visas.

      Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was (a) collected in taxation and (b) spent on public services in Scotland in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street: Operating Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of (a) the running costs of the Prime Minister's living accommodation at Downing Street, including (i) utility charges, (ii)...

    • Census: Vetting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether people recruited to work on the 2011 Census campaign will be required to pay for their own criminal record check; (2) who he expects to...

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of long-term trends in altruism in the UK.

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of giving levels as a proportion of income for each socio-economic grouping.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his Department's annual budget for conferences was on (a) 7 May 2010 and (b) 7 December 2010.

      Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether the Government plans to review the limit of public duty costs allowance for former Prime Ministers; (2) if he will consider the merits of...

      Government Departments: Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to encourage Government Departments to adopt flexible working practices which would allow disabled staff to work from home.

      Government Departments: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what arrangements are in place to determine the grant of passes to those not directly employed by Government departments authorising access to buildings...

      NDPBs: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse arising from the review of non-departmental public bodies in each year from...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will include a value for money test in future reviews of non-departmental public bodies.

      Public Bodies: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will review his Department's guidance on expenditure by public bodies on public affairs consultancies; (2) what guidance his Department...

      Public Bodies: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public bodies within his Department's area of responsibility have made payments to public affairs consultancies in the last 12 months.

      Public Bodies: Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to establish monitoring and enforcement procedures to ensure that public bodies do not hire public relations and lobbying organisations.

      Public Sector: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps he has taken to reduce sickness (a) rates and (b) absence in the public sector; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether his...

      Race Online 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage other Government Departments to engage with Race Online 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Suicide: Hartlepool

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many suicides there were of people (a) of each sex and (b) in each age group in Hartlepool constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate (a) the number of people engaged in volunteering activity in England and (b) the projected change to this number in the next three...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department is making on the implementation of National Citizen Service pilots.

      Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what written long range winter weather forecast his Department received from the Met Office in October 2010.

  • Health

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to include rheumatoid arthritis in future iterations of the Quality and Outcomes Framework; and if he will make a statement.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on the implementation of compensation schemes for those infected by hepatitis C as a result...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average he expects a patient to wait for a response to a funding request to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he plans to issue to (a) strategic health authorities and (b) clinical panels on funding treatments from Cancer Drugs Fund...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the effect on survival rates of implementation of his Department's cancer strategy.

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) under the age of 18, (b) between 18 and 24, (c) between 24 and 30 and (d) 30 and above were admitted to hospital for mental...

      Carers: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a mechanism to monitor the amount of his Department's expenditure which is allocated to carers in each age group.

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the rate of mortality for children aged one to 14 years was in each (a) local authority area, (b) health authority area and (c) constituency...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2010, Official Report, column 883W, on drugs: rehabilitation, what progress the Institute of Psychiatry's National...

      General Practitioners: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on practice-based commissioning in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what equality impact assessment his Department undertook on the Health and Social Care Bill.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the maximum number of children under five years who may be part of the caseload of a full-time health visitor.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the relative effectiveness in treatment of prescribing (a) heroin and (b) methadone.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals have received prescriptions for (a) heroin and (b) methadone in each year since 2002.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce levels of undiagnosed HIV.

      HIV Infection: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Brighton, Kemptown constituency were diagnosed with HIV in each of the last three years.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on applying Government Buying Standards to the food served in hospitals and other NHS facilities; and if he will make a...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the letter from his Department of 11 January 2011, what steps he is taking to support primary care trusts in implementing his...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the infant mortality rate was in each (a) local authority area, (b) health authority area and (c) constituency in each year in which figures are...

      Low Birthweight Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of births involved low birth weight infants in each (a) local authority area, (b) health authority area and (c) constituency in each...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of potential links between economic downturns, levels of worklessness and the incidence of mental health disorders; and if he...

      Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) at what (a) pay grade and (b) rank the 30 additional mental health nurses in mental health trusts announced in the Strategic Defence and Security...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of offenders with diagnosed mental health disorders were receiving treatment in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Mental Health: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what components will be included in the health for heroes scheme; how many family doctors will receive training under the scheme; and how many...

      Mental Health: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what training his Department plans to give to family doctors as part of the proposed health for heroes scheme; when the training will (a) commence...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of unused medicines which were subsequently destroyed in the latest year for which figures are...

      NHS: Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether commissioning of NHS infertility services will come within the remit of the proposed NHS Commissioning Board; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of the Stonewall NHS Leadership programme at Ashridge Business School in March 2011; and if he will make...

      North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the merits of each application to the North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit for the award of a contract to provide NHS...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who used a pre-payment certificate for prescriptions in the latest period for which figures...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2010, Official Report, column 126W, on prescriptions: fees and charges, when he and his Ministerial colleagues plan...

      Primary Care Trusts: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on future liabilities for sums owed by primary care trusts.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the availability of community-based testing for sexually transmitted infections.

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people accessed the NHS Smoke Free website in each quarter since 1 April 2009.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the minimum annual number of site visits to social care providers under the new inspection methodology and staffing...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure co-ordination between GP consortia in order to provide quality stroke care.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his proposed National Commissioning Board will include quality markers from the national stroke strategy in its commissioning guidance.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess long-term trends in rates of suicide among those aged (a) 15 to 19, (b) 20 to 24 and (c) 65 years and over.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to publicise the implementation of the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 in England; (2) what recent estimate he has made...

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on public health of removing tobacco point of sale displays from retail outlets.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many improvised explosive device attacks there have been on UK forces in Afghanistan in each month since April 2009.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel of each rank based in Northern Ireland were deployed on operations in Afghanistan in each of the last three years for...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are deployed at each overseas location on operations.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military vehicles of each type were reported stolen in the UK in each year since 2009.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles of each type in each armed service were (a) in service and (b) available for operations on the latest date for which figures...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles will be retired as a result of decisions taken in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the re-kit programmes for (a) the A45 and (b) the A90 facilities at the Atomic Weapons...

      AWE Aldermaston: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 37W, on the Atomic Weapons Establishment, by what date he expects to place in the...

      AWE Aldermaston: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2010, Official Report, column 503, on AWE Aldermaston: fires, by what date he expects to place in the Library a...

      AWE Aldermaston: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations his Department has received from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) on the desirability of storing radioactive waste from...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to maintain the Challenger Two Main Battle Tank beyond 2020; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of such maintenance.

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment the Chief Executive of the Defence Vetting Agency has made of possible reductions in the (a) budget and (b) staffing levels of her...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of procurement of (a) aircraft carriers, (b) the Joint Strike Fighter, (c) the Trident...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2010, Official Report, columns 221-2W, on defence: procurement, what assessment he has made of the compliance of...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (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 has made...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on (a) pay, (b) pensions and (c) equipment in 2009-10.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for GR9 Harrier aircraft to be retained in reserve after their withdrawal from service; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with officers of the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force on the potential of Harrier aircraft which have been mothballed...

      HMS Prince of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of HMS Prince of Wales.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft of each type were in service with the Royal Air Force on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cannibalisations of each type of Royal Air Force aircraft there have been in each year since 2009.

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to have made an assessment of the effects of the outcome of the strategic defence and security review on the defence estate in Northern...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Newport West of 12 November 2010, Official Report, column 503W, on nuclear weapons, what (a) findings,...

      Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on producing a decommissioning and disposal strategy for the defence nuclear programme; and when he expects such a...

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officer and (b) non-officer recruits joined the (i) Territorial Army, (ii) Royal Naval Reserve and (iii) Royal Auxiliary Air Force in each...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate is of the cost of purchasing long-lead items required for the Vanguard submarine replacement programme assessment phase...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Academic Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to address extremism on university campuses.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when UK Trade and Investment plans to announce its strategy for the creative industries sector.

      Asbestos: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has discussed with Ministers in the government of (a) Canada and (b) Quebec the investment of each in the mining of...

      Banks: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings he has had with representatives of the banking sector in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what actions the Technology Strategy Board undertook in each of the last five years to improve the relationship between...

      Devolved Administrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on activities to promote competitiveness.

      Export: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value of exports to Burma was in each of the last three years; and what were the main products so exported.

      Exports: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce administrative burdens on the issuing of export licences for small and medium-sized...

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many debt advisers have been funded through the Financial Inclusion Fund in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c)...

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people who have received debt advice funded through the Financial Inclusion Fund in...

      Further Education: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people resident in Ashfield constituency participated in further education (a) in the academic year 2009-10 and...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether funding for higher education institutions in London to take account of additional costs in London will be additional to...

      Higher Education: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what sanctions will be imposed on higher education institutions which do not comply with an access agreement made with the...

      Livingston and Riccarton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will meet (a) management and (b) employees of Aptuit to discuss that company's proposal to close its sites at Livingston...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for local enterprise partnerships in the Bournemouth area; and if he will make a statement.

      London Post Office Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of selling the London Post Office Railway separate to other changes to the ownership structure of...

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of his Department's project budget has been spent on microfinance projects in the last three years for which...

      Office for Fair Access: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff he expects to be employed by the Office of Fair Access in each of the next three years; and if he will make a...

      Postal Services: Livingston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the potential effects on the universal service obligation in Livingston constituency of implementation of his...

      Postal Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make representations to the Royal Mail on recent delays to the delivery of letters and parcels; and if he will...

      Postal Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the Royal Mail postal delivery backlogs affecting (a) domestic and (b) international post and their effects...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to publish a shortlist of regional growth fund projects for consideration by the Independent...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total value is of the bids received for the first round of the regional growth fund.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bids his Department has received for the first round of the regional growth fund in each Government office region.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether unsuccessful bids for the first round of the regional growth fund will be considered for inclusion in future rounds.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of bids received for the first round of the regional growth fund were submitted by local enterprise partnerships...

      Regulatory Regime for Debt Recovery Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to review the regulatory regime for debt recovery companies.

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Council of Mortgage Lenders about the effects of student debt on likely levels of mortgage...

      UN Special Representative on Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with the UN Special Representative on...

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future length of a period of continuous employment which qualifies entitlement to unfair dismissal rights.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Hill Farm Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the most recent figures for the number of farmers participating in (a) the Entry Level Environmental Stewardship scheme, and (b) the Higher Level scheme;...

    • Agriculture: Hill Farm Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have specific targets for take up by farmers of the Entry Level and Higher Level of Environmental Stewardship schemes.

      Animal Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to take forward the recommendation of the England Advisory Group on Responsibility and Cost Sharing on animal health (the Radcliffe report)...

      Animal Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the feasibility study commissioned by the European Commission on possible measures for a Cost Responsibility Sharing Scheme for animal health in...

      Armed Forces: Retired Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the decision to give priority to applicants from the civil service over retired officers for appointment as regimental secretaries was made; whether...

      Armed Forces: Trident

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the long term cost estimates of the proposed Trident missile replacement.

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to abolish the Audit Commission; and when it is anticipated that the abolition will take effect.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects on bank profits of quantitative easing; and whether they have made bank remuneration committees aware of that effect.

      Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings were held by Ministers with chairmen and members of the remuneration committees of major United Kingdom banks in the last three months.

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of chronically sick and disabled persons who will have their income reduced as a consequence of projected cuts in public...

      Birds: Farmland Populations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answers by Lord Henley on 18 January (HL Deb, cols 330-2), how they advise landowners to protect farmland birds against predatory mammals and birds...

      Civil Service Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will amend the Civil Service Code to add a prohibition to the section that reads "carry out your fiduciary obligations responsibly (that is make sure...

      Civil Service: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and what proportion of civil servants earn (a) less than the Superannuation Act 2010 (Repeal of Limits on Compensation) Order 2010 minimum annual salary...

      Criminal Justice: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue a practice direction to criminal courts ensuring judges declare any defendant acquitted at trial, or appellant whose conviction has been...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Thornton on 4 March 2010 (WS 184) and the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 October 2010 (WA 74), whether they...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for any increase in youth employment in the retail sector in 2011-12.

      Employment: Ex-offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to encourage businesses to offer work placements, training and jobs to offenders pre- and post-release.

      Energy: Fuel Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a fuel price stabiliser. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set a cap on fuel prices. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Environment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the outcomes of the National Litter Convention.

      Environment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other governments (a) in the European Union, and (b) outside the European Union, about their experiences of deposit refund...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, with reference to the implementation of the Equality Act 2010, what plans they have to ensure that public bodies do not discriminate against minority groups.

      EU: Association Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent conversations they have held with other European Union member states about using the European Union's Association Agreement with Algeria to encourage...

      EU: Association Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent conversations they have held with other European Union member states about using the European Union's Association Agreement with Tunisia to encourage...

      EU: Levies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was levied in penalties by the European Commission on United Kingdom central and local government in 2008-09; and what effect those penalties will have on...

      EU: UK National Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 21 December 2010 (WA 285-7), which areas of United Kingdom national sovereignty have been ceded...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 10 January (HL5574), (a) what stone-crushing equipment has been shipped to the Falkland islands in the...

      Flooding: London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the flood defences for London.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has received notification of the export of genetically modified mosquito eggs to Brazil by the...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Government departments, agencies and contractors are required to ensure that their budgets and bids include the cost of providing appropriate training; and...

      Government Departments: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discipline those officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Trade and Investment who have disregarded their policy on spending...

      Government Departments: Official Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice the Ministerial Code offers on Ministers meeting companies and individuals on ministerial business without a civil servant being in attendance.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 20 December (WA 265), how they will keep Parliament informed of the economic value of the savings...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to publish the future programme of the Behavioural Insights Team based in the Cabinet Office.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff work in the Behavioural Insights Team based in the Cabinet Office.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the budget of the Behavioural Insights Team based in the Cabinet Office during the current Spending Review period. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is...

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have proposals for the presentation on their web pages of details of services and products provided by contractors to departments and agencies in...

      Government: Ministerial Memoirs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a former Minister is entitled to publish a memoir about his stewardship in public office and to suppress public disclosure of his correspondence relating...

      Health: GP Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the value of the contract between NHS London and KPMG to help develop general practitioner commissioning consortia pathfinders; how long it is for; and...

      Health: Medical Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) professors of general practice, (b) professors in secondary care medicine, and (c) consultants and general practitioners, there are in England.

      Health: Social Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many social or small enterprises applied for the contract won by KPMG to provide support for primary care commissioning in London.

      Herbal Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 13 January (HL Deb, col 1529), how many people have died since 2000 from adverse reactions to (a) herbal medicines, and (b)...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits arising from students from other countries studying in the United Kingdom.

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the income derived by United Kingdom universities from students from other countries.

      House of Lords: Overnight Sittings

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether there are any proposals to compensate staff of the House of Lords for extra working hours during the overnight sitting on 17-18 January.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responses have been received to the current UK Border Agency consultation on changes to the student immigration system.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the long-term competitiveness of the United Kingdom of the proposed changes to the immigration system.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 21 December 2010 (WA 296-7), whether they will now raise the specific issue of the Devadasi system...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Israel following the arrest of Dr Omar Abdul Razeq, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, at...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the position of European Union diplomats that east Jerusalem should be treated as the future capital of Palestine; and whether...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 10 January (WA 404), when the members of the Migration Advisory Committee were reappointed; whether...

      National Forest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been provided to the National Forest Company in each year since its formation; and how much is planned to be provided for each future year.

      Northern Ireland Office: Press Statements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 10 January (WA 406), why they ended the practice of routinely publishing their press statements'...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportions of claimants of state retirement pensions (a) take their full entitlement on retirement, (b) defer their pension in favour of an enhanced pension...

      Religious Intolerance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 January (WA 400 and 415), whether, in determining what representations to make to the governments...

      Religious Intolerance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 January (WA 400 and 415), whether, in determining the priorities, care and vigour with which they...

      Schools: Inspection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 September (WA 460-1) and 8 November (WA 39) and the letters from HM Chief Inspector dated 21 July...

      Schools: Private Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage private schools that are registered as charities to offer more free places to poor pupils.

      Shipping: Ship-to-ship Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who they consulted in their review which led to the decision to designate the sea off Southwold, Suffolk, as the only area in the United Kingdom where ship-to-ship...

      Towing Vessels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 24 November 2010 (WA 360), why their policy of ceasing the Maritime and Coastguard Agency emergency tender vessel...

      Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Tunisia; and whether they and their European Union partners will assist in restoring the rule of law and...

      Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Tunisia; and what dialogue they will have with the interim government.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 2010 annual report of the Human Rights Association of Turkey; and what assessment they have made of its impact on Turkey's...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the tabling in the Ugandan Parliament of the Traditional Leaders Bill to ban traditional and cultural Ugandan leaders from...

      Universities: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the projected change in income of United Kingdom universities.

      Violence against Women Overseas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they decided, and will develop, the role of the Minister responsible for dealing with issues relating to violence against women in the developing world. To ask...

      Volunteer Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the England-wide Volunteering Infrastructure Programme will provide funds to existing as well as to new volunteer centres.

      Water Supply: Toxic Chemicals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent studies have been conducted on the quality of water in the aquifers that supply major cities in south Wales which may have been subject to leaching of...

      Young People: Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the present entitlements under the Assisted Prisons Visits Scheme for families of young people in custody; when they were set; and when they are next due...

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