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Written answers

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

  • International Development

    • Burma: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of levels of poverty in Burma.

    • Burma: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has provided to trade unions from Burma in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Latin America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Latin American Programme will be put out to tender in 2011; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what regulations his Department has introduced since 6 May 2010; (2) what regulations his Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will establish a cross-Government group working in partnership with the private sector to develop a jobs and growth...

    • British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has discussed the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) officials...

      British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether any officials or special advisers in his Department have discussed the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the effects on levels of digital inclusion of the revised timetable for the provision of universal broadband.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date he expects the criteria for application to the next round of Broadband UK funding pilots to be published.

      Communications and Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the oral answer of 20 January 2011 to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Official Report, column 1001,...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what regulations his Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what data his Department holds on injuries sustained at football stadia by standing spectators.

      Football: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent reports he has received of incidence of anti-Semitism in football; what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to...

      News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of his meetings with News Corporation on 7 and 20 January 2011.

      Ofcom: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what reports he has received on the future employment of the Director of Technology Resources at Ofcom; and if he will make a...

      Ofcom: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will discuss with Ofcom a review of its consultation document on Implementing Geolocation following the forthcoming...

      Olympic Delivery Authority: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many bids for contracts the Olympic Delivery Authority has received from companies based in the North East; which such...

      Olympic Games 2012: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to encourage more people to cycle to work as part of the Olympic legacy.

      Olympic Games 2012: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on the flying of flags from Government buildings during the London 2012 Olympics.

      Piers: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the merits of making public funds available to rebuild or maintain seaside piers that have fallen into disrepair.

      Sport England: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to work with Sport England to prepare to increase participation in sport after the London...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Corporate Boards

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she plans to take to increase the number of women on corporate boards.

    • Government Equalities Office

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what regulations the Government Equalities Office has introduced since 6 May 2010.

      Government Equalities Office

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what regulations the Government Equalities Office has removed since 6 May 2010.

  • Transport

    • A11: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the dualling of the A11 between Thetford and the Fiveways improvement scheme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what expenditure his Department has incurred on Government Car Service cars since May 2010.

      Driving Standards Agency: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Secretary of State for Wales was not involved in the decision to close the Cardiff office of the Driving Standards Agency.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the extent of regional variation in the uptake of electric cars; and what plans he has to encourage uptake in...

      Great Western Railway: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the funding required for the upgrade of the Great Western Main Line between London Paddington and (a) Bristol, (b) Newport, (c)...

      High Speed Trains: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the monetary value of (a) reductions in property prices and (b) reductions in the area of usable farmland arising from the...

      Highways Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely employee headcount at the Highways Agency at the end of (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the three subsequent...

      HM Coastguard: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2011, Official Report, column 83W, on HM Coastguard: manpower, how many people HM Coastguard has trained in each...

      Intercity Express Programme Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies his Department has contracted to carry out consultancy work on the Intercity Express Programme; what the total monetary value is of...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to increase the democratic accountability of Network Rail; and if he will make a statement.

      Network Rail: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the value of land held by Network Rail which is surplus to railway requirements; whether he is taking steps to...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish government on improving rail freight links between Scotland and England.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve rail freight links between Scotland and England.

      Railways: High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost benefit analysis he has undertaken of the proposed high speed rail link between London and Leeds.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an estimate of the expected savings to the public purse over the next 10 years of his proposals to reform HM Coastguard.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 18 January 2011, Official Report, column 664W, on sea rescue, what the name was of each member of the team; what relevant...

      Trust Ports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether trust port borrowing is scored against his Department's balance sheet; and whether such borrowing is covered by his Department's capital...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many test purchases of alcohol in drinking establishments by under-age children were carried out in (a) Lincoln, (b) Lincolnshire and...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers are available to local residents to address inappropriate behaviour from people outside public houses.

      Bank Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on combating bank card fraud; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime: Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to encourage members of the public to make greater use of its CrimeMapper facility.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce its carbon emissions to meet the target of reducing central Government carbon emissions...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of Department branded drinks coasters in the last financial year...

      Deportation: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, column 131W, on Deportation: human rights, for what reasons removal cases...

      Domestic Violence: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future of the Sojourner Fund pilot from March 2011; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which voluntary organisations working to prevent drug misuse her Department funded in 2010-11; and how much funding was provided in each case.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has (a) undertaken or (b) evaluated research on (i) harm caused by drugs and (ii) harm caused by the criminalisation...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many substances are controlled under the provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with private sector suppliers of forensic science on their financial viability.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects on the objectivity of advice provided to police forces on forensic science of the provision of...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will establish standards for forensic science investigations following the wind-down of the Forensic Science Service.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of her assessment of the future development of the private sector forensic science market.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the level of scientific innovation by the Forensic Science Service; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of persons currently detained under Immigration Act powers are (a) appealing against their detention and (b)...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what timescale she has set for reviewing the salary threshold for Tier 2 immigration applications; (2) what criteria her Department...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on industry demand to recruit specialists, not...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 2 November and 20 December 2010 in regard to her...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effects of implementation of the provisions of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much money was received by the Criminal Records Bureau in income from fees from each type of registered body and umbrella group in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund to the UK biodiversity target.

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in each English region in the latest year for which...

      Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in each financial year since 2001-02; and what her...

      Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund; and if she will make a statement.

      Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations her Department has conducted on the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in the last 12 months.

      Air Pollution: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of litigation and fines in respect of the UK's air quality exceedances of...

      Animals: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to regulate advertisements for the sale of pets (a) on the internet and (b) in...

      Animals: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of arrangements for licensing animal dealers; and if she will make a...

      Bees: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on the number of bee...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current status is of the UK target to halt biodiversity loss by 2010.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of Department-branded drinks coasters in the last...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what single tender contracts her Department has awarded since her appointment; and what the monetary value is of each...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to require that all puppies offered for sale (a) are examined by a veterinary surgeon...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what legislation the (a) breeding and (b) sale of puppies is regulated; and if she will make a statement.

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to reduce the levels of commercial breeding of puppies; what recent representations she...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department issues to local authorities on the enforcement of legislation relating to the (a) breeding and...

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to bring forward proposals for compulsory microchipping of dogs.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to require the micro-chipping of all puppies for sale before they leave their mothers;...

      Fisheries: Sharks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on prohibition of sale of shark fin products.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to begin collecting data on the number of fish discarded by fishermen as a result of compliance...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Forestry Commission on the potential sale of woodlands.

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 293W, on forests, for what reason the 2,700 campaign...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the environmental consequences of fracking.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to announce her proposals for more widespread and consistent reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to introduce regulations requiring companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the disamenity of litter; and whether she plans to...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions has she had with the shale gas drilling industry on disclosure of chemicals used in drilling activities.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) cats of each breed, (b) dogs of each breed and (c) other pets of...

      Pyrethroids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ban the use of pyrethroids by local authorities.

      Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on redundancy since May 2010.

      Rivers: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations the Environment Agency has made to landowners on mineral pollution in the river system in the...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has made (a) an estimate of the number of damson trees and (b) an assessment of the areas of highest...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Trade Unions: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Iraqi counterpart on the role of trades unions in Iraq.

    • Commonwealth: UK Role

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for the future role of the UK in the Commonwealth.

      Detention: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on detention.

      Sudan

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

      Gilad Shalit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on securing the release of Gilad Shalit.

      Hazara Population: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the condition of the Hazara population in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Australia and New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcomes were of his recent visit to Australia and New Zealand; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the use of death by stoning as a punishment in Iran.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Iraq on measures to protect civilians living in Camp Ashraf.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 21 December 2010, with...

      Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of each socio-economic group work in (a) his Department and (b) the Diplomatic Service.

      Personnel: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's senior management staff were educated at (a) Oxford university, (b) Cambridge university...

      Personnel: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's (a) policy and (b) operational staff entrants were educated at (i) Oxford university, (ii)...

      Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his counterparts in countries where persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the likely effectiveness of the dispute resolution mechanisms proposed for the forthcoming...

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on measures to ensure freedom of speech and freedom of the media in Uganda in advance of the...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academies are currently operating on split sites.

    • Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) total and (b) average annual salary of staff employed on fixed-term contracts in his Department was in the latest period for which...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2011, Official Report, column 80W, on the education maintenance allowance, how many (a) current students and...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in receipt of education maintenance allowance in (a) Sunderland, (b) the North East and (c) England have gone on to higher...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he made of the average cost (a) per sixth form college and maintained secondary school with a sixth form, (b) per student in a...

      Free Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether he has made an estimate of the number of free schools which are likely to be established to provide exclusively for children with special...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to support education for 16 to 19 year olds in further education colleges in areas where there is no sixth form provision.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to support localism and decentralisation in respect of the role of parents in determining the sex and relationships...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to increase parental involvement in planning the Personal Social and Health Education curriculum; and if he will make a...

      School Meals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the funding of school lunches following the end of the School Lunch Grant in 2011.

      Secondary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's list of independent providers who receive funding from his Department for providing 16 to 19...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to make provision to reimburse students for costs incurred through attendance at further education colleges following the ending of...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will standardise the rules of audit for large and small businesses after the transfer of the responsibilities of the...

    • Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the implementation of his proposed all-age careers service.

      Careers Advice: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to ensure that young people with learning difficulties and disabilities in mainstream schools and colleges...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of recent medical advances in the treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis; what plans he...

      Consumer Credit: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what requirements arising from EU regulations govern (a) the use of annual percentage rates (APR) as the primary cost-of-credit...

      Consumers: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of co-operating with consumer advice organisations to provide consumer advice in deprived communities.

      Departmental Communications

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

      Departmental Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2010, Official Report, column 604W, on departmental degrees, whether he has plans to collect...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of department-branded drinks coasters in the last...

      HIV Infection: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has plans to support UK-based research into new drugs to enhance the treatment of those co-infected with...

      Mining: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist UK mineral mining companies seeking contracts in Afghanistan.

      Overseas Trade: Middle East

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

      Post Office Card Account: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency who have a Post Office Card Account.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which areas are covered by local enterprise partnerships.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what topics he discussed with Moya Greene, Chief Executive of Royal Mail at their meeting on 21 May 2010.

      Royal Mail: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what process was used to recruit the Chief Executive of Royal Mail on the last occasion the appointment was made.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the status is of cases where child maintenance arrears are owed to a resident parent, but new child maintenance payments are no longer...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in a residential care and nursing home in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands, (c) Dudley borough and (d) Dudley North...

      Disability Living Allowance: Hearing and Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used to assess the eligibility of individuals who are (a) deaf or hard of hearing and (b) blind or partially sighted for...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what safeguards he has put in place to prevent misdiagnosis at the medical assessment stage of employment and support allowance claims.

      Employment Schemes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefits claimants have been assisted into employment through Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) West Lothian and (b) Scotland in 2010.

      Housing Benefit: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit in Great Yarmouth received over £400 a week in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 65 years receive attendance allowance and pension credit.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average level of pension of (a) a woman and (b) a man who retired in 2010.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of the savings indentified as accruing from the revised timetable for increasing the state pension age is attributable to...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average level of a state second pension paid to a woman retiring in 2010.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) men and (b) women of proposals for reform of public sector pensions.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 874W, on social security benefits: fraud, where the information on the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 874W, on social security benefits: fraud, if he will review the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 874W, on social security benefits: fraud, how many persons with warrants...

      Social Security Benefits: Separated People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has plans to reform the benefits available to separated parents with shared custody arrangements as part of his proposals to develop...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has had discussions with training providers on the future of payment by results.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which recommendations of the Review of the Work Capability Assessment by Professor Malcolm Harrington his Department has implemented; and what...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Afghan civilians have been (a) injured and (b) killed through (i) ISAF operations and (ii) Taliban operations in each of the last five years;...

    • Armed Forces: Absence Without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces were serving a sentence in the Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester, for having gone absent without leave...

      Armed Forces: Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether pilots in the armed forces are subject to regulation by the Civil Aviation Authority.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable he has set for implementation of the increased compensation payments for those ex-service personnel suffering mental health disorders.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which schemes will be affected by the proposal to increase payments to ex-service personnel with mental health disorders; and how much funding he...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department undertook with armed forces charities in advance of the announcement of increased...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of dependants of service personnel who are being educated in schools in Germany.

      Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force are not UK nationals.

      Army: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army personnel took voluntary redundancy in each of the last three years.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's (a) computers, (b) laptops and (c) memory sticks were (i) lost and (ii) stolen in each month in 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new (a) units and (b) teams have been established within his Department since May 2010; and what the (i) name, (ii) purpose, (iii) staffing level...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate has been made of the cost to his Department of redundancies in each of the next five financial years.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds his Department is contesting the claims of atomic veterans in the War Pensions Tribunal; and if he will make a statement.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish each document held by his Department and not yet released relating to British nuclear tests in the South Pacific.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on an out-of-court settlement for British nuclear test veterans.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to (a) lease and (b) purchase (i) P-3 Orion, (ii) Airbus A319 MPA and (iii) P-8 Poseidon aircraft.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the suitability of the electronic equipment removed from the MR4A for installation on P-3 Orion aircraft.

      Nimrod Aircraft: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Searchwater radar installed on the Nimrod MR2 was removed for future use on other aircraft.

      Orion Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his officials have had with officials of the United States Air Force on the leasing of P-3 Orion aircraft.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future use of armed forces pilots in search and rescue services under his proposals for the future of such services.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to announce the outcome of his Department's study of reserve forces.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rates of travel and subsistence expenses can be claimed from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency by war pensioners; when the current rates...

  • Justice

    • Appeals: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the backlog in appeals was for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance in each of the last eight quarters.

    • Appeals: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions the reasons for recent trends in the volume of appeals against employment and...

      Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which (a) individuals and (b) organisations have made representations to him advocating a delay in the implementation of the outstanding...

      Cartel Client Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken in respect of (a) Cartel Client Review and (b) its office holders since March 2010; what the status of the company...

      Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the merits of reviewing the role of the chief coroner.

      Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on applying the proposed 10 per cent. reduction in civil court fees to the County Court Possession Duty scheme.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of Department branded drinks coasters in the last financial year for which...

      Ford Prison: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the operational staffing requirement for (a) operational managers, (b) prison officer grades and (c) operational support grades at HM Prison Ford...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 23 November 2010, with regard to Mr A Richards.

      Prison Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department has conducted a review of the effectiveness of the use of In-Vision for staff rostering purposes in the Prison Service; and...

      Prison Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what cost savings have been achieved by the National Offender Management Service following the introduction of In-Vision for staff rostering...

      Prison Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons are using In-Vision for staff rostering purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Tribunals Service has not published the number and outcomes of appeals concerning incapacity benefit and other social security...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission spent on photography in each of the last three financial years.

    • Audit Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which commissioners on the Board of the Audit Commission who had expressed a willingness to serve a further term on the Board...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the threat posed to community cohesion by far-left extremism.

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) freehold and (b) leasehold local authority-owned homes were sold in England and Wales in each of the last five...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on legal advice in December 2010.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of Department-branded drinks coasters in the last...

      Departmental Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list each overseas visit undertaken by Ministers in his Department in 2009-10; at which hotels those Ministers stayed...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on cut flowers under the Mitie Integrated Facilities Management Contract from the date on which...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants were appointed on fixed term contracts without open competition in his Department in (a) 2008-09 and...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission spent on its corporate credit card facility in 2009-10.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwelling management orders were (a) applied for by local authorities and (b) authorised by Residential Property...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation his Department undertook with (a) local authorities and (b) other stakeholders before announcing his planned...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated to London borough councils to reduce the incidence of long-term empty dwellings.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from local authorities following his decision to retain empty dwelling management orders.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to respond to the Fire Futures review of options for the future provision of fire and rescue services in...

      Fire Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average response time was for fire appliances in London attending (a) dwelling fires, (b) commercial building fires...

      Fire Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when Ministers in his Department last (a) met and (b) corresponded with (i) the Chair of the London Fire and Emergency...

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the Homes and Communities Agency's underspend was on Home Ownership for People with Long-Term Disabilities products...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2011, Official Report, column 438W, on housing revenue accounts, what the (a) amounts...

      Local Government Association: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make the Local Government Association subject to the provisions of the Freedom...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the change in the level of aggregate business rate revenue as a result of the increase in empty...

      Non-domestic Rates: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the practice of local authorities (a) withdrawing and (b) capping discretionary rate relief on...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his timetable is for publication of the national planning policy framework.

      Raoul Wallenberg (Memorial) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what files his Department holds on the Raoul Wallenberg (Memorial) Bill of Session 1989-90; and if he will make a statement.

      Rented Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency allocated to (a) Axiom Housing Association and (b) Minster Housing Association for...

  • Health

    • Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential savings to the public purse arising from the use of high dose corticosteroids for the treatment of asthma.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to GPs and health professionals to assist them in dealing with victims of contaminated blood.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he plans to allocate to the Scottish Government from the Cancer Drugs Fund in 2010-11.

      Care UK: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value is of the contract given to Care UK for the treatment of prisoners; and what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the...

      Darent Valley Hospital: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about Darent Valley Hospital were recorded in each quarter of the last four years.

      Diabetes: Rochdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS funding was allocated to Rochdale for the treatment of (a) type-1 and (b) type-2 diabetes in the latest period for which figures are...

      Diabetes: Rochdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of young people in Rochdale suffering from undiagnosed (a) type-1 and (b) type-2 diabetes.

      Diabetes: Rochdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people in Rochdale have been diagnosed with (a) type-1 and (b) type-2 diabetes; and what the average number of young people diagnosed...

      End of Life Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from hospitals on the route to success in end of life care paper published by his Department in June 2010.

      Eyesight: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects on people with sensitive eye conditions of introducing low energy light bulbs under the EU...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish responses to his proposals for GP consortia outlined in the Health White Paper.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) pilot GP consortia and (b) evaluate the outcome of the pilots.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals for GP consortia his Department has received to date; and what criteria his Department is using to assess the merits of such proposals.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he plans to put in place for the governance for GP commissioning bodies.

      General Practitioners: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible for handling unresolved constituency complaints brought by hon. Members against GP consortia under his proposals for NHS reform.

      Heart Diseases: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS trusts provided funding for transcatheter aortic valve implantation in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) how much...

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of children in the UK who have HIV/AIDS.

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of children in the UK who are living with parents who have HIV/AIDS.

      Insulin: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the uptake of insulin pumps in the North West; and what steps he plans to take to increase the uptake of insulin pumps.

      Intensive Care: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many days intensive care beds in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) the North West were put under centralised gold control since 1 December 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to collect data on (a) the number of people accessing child and adolescent mental health services and (b) the use of...

      Mental Health: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the effect of his proposed health reforms on members of the armed forces from (a)...

      Mental Health: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the provision of mental health services to women.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of midwives employed in the NHS (a) by December 2011 and (b) in each subsequent year up to...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provides to clinicians on the treatment of...

      Neurology: Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has plans to review and simplify the decision support tool document for people suffering from end stage neurological conditions who apply for...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid out by the NHS in compensation for medical negligence claims in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on legal fees and costs in responding to medical compensation claims in each of the last five years.

      NHS: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the level of occupancy of children's intensive care beds in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) the North West since 1 December...

      NHS: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the effect of his proposed reform of the NHS in England on the NHS in Scotland.

      NHS: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GPs in England will be permitted to commission services for patients in England from the NHS in Scotland under his proposed reform of the NHS.

      North East Strategic Health Authority: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 10 highest single payments are which have been made to an NHS employee in redundancy payment in trusts in the North East strategic health...

      Primary Care: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals for efficiency savings in the NHS his Department has received from primary care trusts since his appointment.

      Rochdale Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make a decision on the future of (a) the accident and emergency unit and (b) the maternity unit at Rochdale Infirmary.

      Rochdale Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with NHS executives in Rochdale on diabetic care at Rochdale Infirmary.

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) medical and (b) non-medical vacancies at South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

      Steroid Drugs: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of each inhaled corticosteroid have been prescribed in South East Essex Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2011, Official Report, column 459W, on suicide prevention strategy, whether he expects his Department's suicide...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to (a) publish his Department's Tobacco Control Plan and (b) announce his plans for implementation of point of sale display legislation...

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make the reduction of avoidable sight loss an indicator in the public health outcome framework.

      Wrightington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet the hon. Member for West Lancashire and clinicians to discuss the future of the Wrightington Hospital site.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Primary Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had with representatives of political parties on proposals for all-postal primaries; (2) what consultation he has undertaken on...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Saving Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the funding of the Energy Saving Trust was contributed by his Department and each devolved administration in...

    • Energy Supply: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the average system cost in 2030 of electricity per kWh generated by (a) unabated coal-fired power...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the name is of each energy efficient product and measure which is to be eligible for funding under the Green Deal.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage the takeup of energy efficient glazing; and what steps it is taking to ensure glazing...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to mitigate the adverse effects of regional variations in fuel prices on (a) economic activity and (b)...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for test-drilling using the process of hydraulic fracturing for (a) shale-gas and (b) coal bed methane have...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the proposals in the report on shale gas by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has examined the (a) legislative and (b) regulatory framework relating to drilling for shale gas and coal bed methane; and...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will examine the potential effects of the extraction of shale gas and coal bed methane in the UK on performance against the...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects of shale gas and coal bed methane extraction on the development of low-carbon...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what forecast he has made of the average wholesale price of natural gas in each of the next 20 years.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the information contained in his Department's Press Notice: 2011/007 of 24 January 2011 on liabilities for nuclear...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account he took of proposals for the construction of new build nuclear power plants in other countries in each of the next 20...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account he has taken in his proposals for new nuclear construction of international capacity in respect of (a) expertise in, (b)...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place on his Department's website a copy of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's parametric cost model used by his...

      Renewable Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for future levels of subsidies for renewable energy.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is considering to address short-termism in the banking sector.

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child trust fund accounts were opened in the period from 1 April 2010 to 4 January 2011.

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) certified and (b) chartered librarians his Department has employed in each year since 2000.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions between 7 and 11 May 2010 the then Chancellor of the Exchequer had discussions with (a) the right hon. Member for Tatton and (b) the...

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from the Citizens Advice Bureau on the ending of the Financial Inclusion Fund; and if he will make a statement;...

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to establish a successor scheme to the Financial Inclusion Fund from 31 March 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the Exchequer of giving brothers and sisters who share the same property the same rights of exemption...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many health in pregnancy grants were issued in the period from 1 April 2010 to 3 January 2011.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department is making in implementing the spending reductions set out in the comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects on gender equality of his proposals for reform of public sector...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office for Budget Responsibility will take into account liabilities under the student loan scheme in its assessment of Government debt.

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct HM Revenue and Customs to disregard the period for severe winter weather over Christmas 2010 and new year 2010-11 in calculating the...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review his policy on the recovery of value added tax by charitable providers of social care and NHS services.

      VAT: Public Houses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on community pubs of the rise in the basic rate of value added tax.

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

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

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of recipients of working tax credits who have household savings above £16,000.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of working tax credits he expects to be affected by the £16,000 savings limit on universal credit; and if he will estimate the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress his Department has made on establishing the big society bank.

    • Charities: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether fraudulent charity collections will form a part of his review of the Charities Act 2006.

      Citizenship: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many places he expects to be available on the National Citizenship Pilot schemes for young people aged 16 years in Barnsley East constituency in 2011.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what public appointments he has made since his appointment; and to what payments each person so appointed is entitled; (2) how many (a) women...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what regulations his Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much Government Departments budgeted for expenditure on IT in 2010-11; and what changes to forecast expenditure there have been as a result of his...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what single tender contracts the Government has awarded in the last 12 months.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many candidates were considered for appointment to the secretariat of the Chilcott Inquiry; (2) how many candidates were considered for the...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether the Chilcott Inquiry on the war with Iraq has requested permission to publish any document relating to policy of (a) the Department of...

      Pupils: Discipline

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Managed Moves Policy document.

      Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce levels of (a) regulation and (b) administrative requirements; and what assessment he has made of progress against...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to answer question 36145, on a Civil Service register of interests, tabled on 20 January 2011 for named day answer on 25 January 2011.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States and the Joint Strike Fighter prime contractor about (a) structural and propulsion design...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the event of the cancellation of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B variant, how much public money will have been committed to it; and what refunds they would expect.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum applicants are awaiting decisions (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) 18 months, and (d) two years, after submitting their applications.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to take action in support of Sir Philip Hampton, the chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, in tackling the "gangmaster cultural phenomenon"...

      Belarus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will co-ordinate their response to actions against the political opposition in Belarus with the Government of the United States and the European Union.

      Consumer Spending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage consumers to spend more.

      Crime: Knife Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to combat knife crime by teenagers in the United Kingdom.

      Crimestoppers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding will be provided to Crimestoppers in Wales in each of the next three years.

      e-Borders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the proportion of inbound passengers to the United Kingdom who are subject to e-borders control first reached 60 per cent; and when they expect it to reach...

      EU: Financial Stability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose in the Council of Ministers increased take-up of European Financial Stability Facility bonds following the latest issue.

      EU: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 January (WA 400 and 415), what criteria they apply in deciding whether to support applications...

      Fire Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered creating an inspectorate for the fire services; and whether they have estimated the cost of attaching such responsibility to HM...

      Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Gibraltar is within the European Union; if so, whether Gibraltar is represented in the European Parliament; and whether the UK Border Agency treats...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their spending cuts will affect funding for cancer research.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mr Andy Coulson will continue exercising his functions as No. 10 director of communications during the Crown Prosecution Service review of all the evidence...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 24 January (WA 112), whether the 10 largest public sector employers follow the UK Border Agency...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the rise in inflation.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the three MPs from east Jerusalem who have been threatened with deportation from east...

      Israel: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Government of Israel and with representatives of businesses there about how each country could benefit economically...

      Justice: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the use of intensive community punishment as a replacement for prison sentences.

      Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union Rule of Law Mission is able to assist in reducing the backlog of court cases in Kosovo.

      Local Government: Cost Savings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of cost savings from combining district and county councils into a single tier.

      Localism Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make provision to ensure that the diversification of service provision under the Localism Bill is carried out in ways which do not reduce the...

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 29 November (WA 411), whether they will ask the Migration Advisory Committee to review the issue of tier two...

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee they have rejected or not agreed since 11 May 2010.

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monies from (a) the Home Office, and (b) police authorities, have been allocated to the Association of Chief Police Officers in each of the past five...

      Police: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance in setting up payments or grant aid was paid in each of the past three years to (a) Dyfedd Powis, (b) South Wales, and (c) Gwent,...

      Police: Protest Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance or regulations govern the police use of undercover agents joining protest groups.

      Police: Ringmaster Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance is allocated by the Home Office for the operation, administration and equipment to provide the Ringmaster service for notifications to...

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the number of prisoners on remand exercising their ability to vote in local, parliamentary and European parliamentary elections.

      Religious Intolerance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider it their responsibility to oppose the admission to the European Union of countries in which there is significant and persistent...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 January (WA 400 and 415), why they do not make representations concerning the interests of...

      Turkey-Armenia Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have proposals for mediation or conciliation to help normalise relations between Turkey and Armenia.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 17 January (WA 115-6), why the number of grants of extension of leave to remain in the United Kingdom...

      Women: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a quota for the number of women in top company jobs.

      Young People: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create more jobs for young people.

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