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Written answers

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the House of Commons Commission will take steps to install recharging points for...

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Art Works

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

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations her Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists attended safer driving courses in lieu of receiving a three-point driving licence penalty in each of the last three years.

      Entry Clearances: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were granted to citizens of Bangladesh in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what point of entry facilities are available for those entering the UK from abroad via the Republic of Ireland who activate the residency...

      Entry Clearances: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seafarers holding documents issued by nations who have ratified International Labour Organization Convention 185 were required to...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the (a) financial viability and (b) compliance with Companies Act requirements of private sector suppliers...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to establish contingency arrangements should private sector companies be unable to supply forensic science support...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet representatives of Migrant Helpline to discuss the Government's proposed new policy on combating human trafficking in order...

      Licensed Premises: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the conduct of test purchases of alcohol in drinking establishments by police forces.

      Licensed Premises: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drinking establishments that failed test purchases of alcohol in (a) Lincoln constituency, (b) Lincolnshire and (c) England and...

      Licensed Premises: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of test purchasing of alcohol in drinking establishments by police forces.

      Licensed Premises: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of conducting test purchasing of alcohol in drinking establishments in (a) Lincoln...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to Answer the letter sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 20 December 2010, with regard to Elain...

      Police: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints police forces received in respect of late-night noise in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004, (e) 2005 and (f) 2006.

      Tattooing: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2011, Official Report, column 822W, on prosecutions: tattooing, what assessment she has made of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding she has allocated to the National Bee Unit to address recent trends in the bee population.

    • Bees: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the merits of issuing guidance to local councils to encourage greater numbers of beekeepers in cities.

      Departmental Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations her Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number of farm workers in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Forestry Commission sites in England are to be disposed of in each of the next four financial years.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the creation of legal obligations on the maintenance of footpaths, tracks or public access to car parks...

      UK Forestry Standard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the revised edition of the UK Forestry Standard and its associated environmental guidelines to be published.

  • Justice

    • Appeals: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of employment and support allowance appeals lodged in each quarter of the last two years were determined (a) within six weeks, (b)...

    • Appeals: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the Employment and Support Allowance Appeals Tribunal Service in each of last two years.

      Appeals: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of applications for employment and support allowance made by residents of Chippenham constituency were rejected on the basis of the work...

      Civil Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has conducted on the ability of individuals without legal or advice work expertise to conduct their own civil law cases; and...

      Courts: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to reduce the time taken for consideration by the courts of applications relating to repeated incursions on the same piece of...

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) certified and (b) chartered librarians his Department and its predecessors have employed in each year since 2000.

      Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences involving uninsured drivers of motor vehicles in the latest period for which...

      Prisoners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what percentage of (a) the prison population and (b) prisoners who have previously served in the armed forces have been diagnosed with a mental...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria must be met for a prisoner to be allowed to be employed in the community as part of their rehabilitation strategy.

      Prisons: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much expenditure was incurred by his Department under each budget heading in connection with marking Christmas in prisons in each year since 1997.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) who the members were of the Selection Commission for the Justices of the Supreme Court on each occasion when the Commission has been convened; (2)...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) persons and (b) organisations were consulted by his Department on the selection process for Justices of the Supreme Court on each occasion on...

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage cycling as a means of commuting.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has plans to address range anxiety for owners of electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has plans to install charging points for electric vehicles in rural areas.

      Freight Facilities Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding he has allocated to the Freight Facilities Grant scheme in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the next three years.

      High Speed Trains: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications have been made to the High Speed Two Exceptional Hardship scheme; how many such applications have been (a) accepted and (b)...

      HM Coastguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of HM Coastguard; and what assessment he has made of its likely future effectiveness.

      Leeds-Bradford Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used Leeds-Bradford airport in each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of road fund licences were issued (a) by the Post Office and (b) in response to an online application in 2009.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish his consultation on the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times assistance from another state was requested for a search and rescue mission in each of the last five years; what asset was provided in...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans to introduce a levy on deep trenching by utility companies.

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorists received (a) fixed penalty notices and (b) convictions in respect of offences connected with exceeding temporary speed limits on...

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorists received (a) fixed penalty notices and (b) court convictions for offences of speeding on the M6 Toll in each of the last five years.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to oppose any attempts by a trust port to amend powers available to him to require such a port to compulsorily transfer...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to revise Schedule 2 of the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 to make trust ports subject to the jurisdiction of...

      Tyres: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with his German counterpart the potential for use in the UK of tyres used in winter conditions in Germany.

  • Attorney-General

    • Business Plans

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish of 30 November 2010, Official Report, columns 661-62W, on business plans, what progress he has made...

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Extradition

      To ask the Attorney-General what the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service was under each category of expenditure of responding to extradition requests in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d)...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2010, Official Report, column 234W, on public expenditure, what progress has been made by the Law Officers' Departments on...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney-General under what budget headings expenditure reductions will be made by the (a) National Fraud Authority, (b) Serious Fraud Office and (c) Crown Prosecution Service...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney-General whether he has made an assessment of the compliance of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review with the provisions set out in (a) equalities legislation and...

  • Wales

    • Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on the future of Remploy factories in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effect on claimants in Wales of proposed changes to disability living allowance.

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent estimate she has made of the number of public sector job losses in Wales attributable to the implementation of the outcomes of the...

      Localism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the implications for Wales of the provisions of the Localism Bill.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when she next plans to make an official visit to Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what payments her Department has made to consultants in relation to devolution since 1997.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support women's participation in public life, conflict resolution and peace initiatives...

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ministerial cars his Department has used since May 2010.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed Kashmir with his US counterpart; and whether he has discussed Pakistan's request for US mediation in...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, column 476W, on Kashmir, whether he has identified any potential...

      Personnel: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of staff in the Diplomatic Service were (a) policy and (b) operational staff educated at (i) Oxford...

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

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

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the new unity government in Tunisia.

      War Crimes: Kosovo Liberation Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on investigating claims of war crimes on the part of the Kosovo Liberation Army; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support women's participation in public life, conflict resolution and peace initiatives in...

    • Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) certified and (b) chartered librarians his Department has employed in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what regulations his Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the last four years; and how much...

      United Nations Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to receive the final pilot report of the UK's implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals to provide for a national recount of ballots in the proposed referendum on the alternative vote; and if he will make a statement.

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff in his office have been engaged in developing policy on the proposed referendum on the alternative vote; and if he will make a statement.

      Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent from the public purse on preparations for the proposed referendum on the alternative vote to date; what budget has been established for...

      Lord-Lieutenants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to the public purse was of each lord lieutenancy in England in 2009-10; and what the estimated such costs are for (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many women were diagnosed with (a) breast cancer and (b)...

    • Economic Situation: Derby

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the gross value added was of the economy of the City of Derby was in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospitals: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) mortality rate in hospitals in the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and (b) the average mortality rate in hospitals in England...

      Politics and Government: Public Participation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of trends in the public's involvement in the political process in the last 30 years.

      Solvents: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many fatalities resulting from the misuse of solvents there were among people aged (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 34, (c) 35 to 49 and (d) 50 or more...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects Ofcom to publish its code of practice on reductions in online infringement of copyright.

    • Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) certified and (b) chartered librarians his Department has employed in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of Department-branded drinks coasters in the last...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the preparedness of households in the London borough of Bexley for digital switchover.

      Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what discussions he has had with representatives of consumer organisations on proposed changes to quality assurance...

      Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate how many UK citizens have taken a holiday within the UK in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Horserace Betting Levy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will commission an independent assessment and external audit of the methodology and assumptions of the submission...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made in reviewing the health and safety regulations for which it is responsible since his...

      Libraries: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the career prospects of students completing (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate courses in...

      Music: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many live music licences were issued to premises with a capacity of under (a) 100 persons and (b) 200 persons in (i)...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of the tourism marketing fund announced in August 2010 will be spent in East Anglia; (2) whether people...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what recent assessment he has made of progress towards achieving revised common standards of quality assurance by the...

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess whether there has been a change in the economic state of the tourism industry in (a) seaside towns and (b)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) certified and (b) chartered librarians his Department has employed in each year since 2000.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what regulations his Department has introduced since 6 May 2010.

    • Departmental Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what regulations his Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) purpose and (b) date was of the Audit Commission's internal communications conference hosted at the Thistle Hotel...

    • Audit Commission: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose was of the expenditure of £138,824 by the Audit Commission in July 2010 on a conference at the Hilton...

      Audit Commission: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission spent on (a) functions and (b) hotel room hire at the City Inn, Westminster in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Bromwich East of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 485W, on departmental...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Ministers in his Department and their private offices spent on their corporate credit card facility in 2009-10.

      Gardens: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what monitoring arrangements are in place concerning the construction of dwellings on garden land.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any planning application for a third runway at Heathrow would be determined by the Major Infrastructure Planning Unit of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on the housing market of the ending of home information packs; and...

      Housing: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds his Department has provided for the purpose of supporting private sector spending on housing in Halifax in the last...

      Localism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the impact assessment for part 2 of the Localism Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      Solar Power: Brownfield Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to confine the construction of solar parks to brownfield sites.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Learning Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisation will be responsible for administration of the Adult Learning Grant in future; whether the grant will continue...

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ask the Office of Fair Trading to initiate an inquiry into the practice of banks charging interest on loans during the...

      Fair Trading Act 1973

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what legislative amendments by (a) Act or (b) statutory instrument have amended the definition or meaning in law of the term...

      Furs: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of requiring clothing made from or trimmed with real fur to be labelled as such; and if he will make...

      Insolvency: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has plans to align regulation of debt management providers with that of other professionals working in the insolvency...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made in establishing a local enterprise partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

      Manufacturing Industries: EC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the competitiveness of British manufacturing companies of short-time working...

      Manufacturing Industries: Immigration Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to ( a) monitor and (b) review the effect on manufacturing industry of the changes to immigration rules to...

      Money Lenders: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations his Department has put in place to combat unscrupulous money lenders in the last 13 years; and what plans he has...

      Office of Fair Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office of Fair Trading in regulating businesses providing debt management...

      Office of Fair Trading: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many on-site compliance visits have been carried out by the Office of Fair Trading in relation to compliance with its Debt...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the likely effects on his Department's staffing levels in Livingston constituency (a) in each local office and (b) by the...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance he expects to be successful in finding work...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason a person receiving oral chemotherapy who applies for employment and support allowance is placed in the work-related activity...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the removal of the default retirement age on levels of youth employment in Scotland.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount of housing benefit paid was for each tenure type in (a) the Dumfries and Galloway local authority area and (b)...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made on reviewing the (a) employment law and (b) health and safety regulations for which it is responsible...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the likely number of applications for insolvency in (a) Sunderland, (b) the North East and (c) nationally in the next 12...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the UK, (b) each region of England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales are in receipt of jobseeker's allowance; and how many...

      Older Workers: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of workers aged 65 years in (a) Scotland and (b) Livingston constituency who are likely to remain in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) income support have a partner in prison.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to provide additional support to (a) parents of disabled children, (b) children with a disability, (c) carers and (d)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration will be given to childcare costs in determining entitlement to universal credit.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what importance will be placed on the views of claimants' GPs in work capability assessments for the purposes of the payment of employment and...

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 figures...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (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...

      Double Taxation: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had on the potential for double taxation to occur as a result of granting greater fiscal powers to the Scottish Parliament.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue was raised through duties payable on fuel in each of the last five years; (2) what information his Department holds on the (a)...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects on small businesses of increases in the rate of fuel duty.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the difference in effects of levels of inflation on (a) the elderly and (b) other age groups.

      Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential relationship between the price of petrol in (a) the UK and (b) other European countries and economic activity...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice which informed Lord Hill's letter of 15 December 2010 to head teachers of schools that have...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what resources his Department has allocated to responding to legal challenges from the local authorities who have had their Building Schools for the...

      College of Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which trade unions are involved in discussions on the establishment of the College of Social Work.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce its carbon emissions to meet the target of reducing central Government carbon emissions by 10 per...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many Ministerial cars have been used by his Department since May 2010; (2) what the (a) make and (b) model was of each car provided by the...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on services provided by the Government Car Service since May 2010.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pieces of artwork his Department has moved since May 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Working Conditions

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department arising from the reduction in value of Capita's contract for education maintenance allowance;...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of people in Halifax constituency who received education maintenance allowance in 2010.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people receive education maintenance allowances in each (a) unitary authority and (b) district council area in York and North Yorkshire.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total monetary value of education maintenance allowance paid in each (a) unitary authority and (b) district council area in York and North...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex were in receipt of education maintenance allowance in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps the Department plans to take to ensure that pathfinder GP consortia are able to share best practice over the next two years.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what response he plans to make to the report of the Henley Review of Music Education.

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he made of the ability of other organisations to perform the role allocated to the New Schools Network.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils in (a) North West Durham constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England he expects to receive the pupil premium in each of the...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special school pupils are eligible for free school meals in each ward in Sevenoaks constituency.

      Schools: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) England, (ii) Yorkshire and (iii) Leeds North West constituency employ biometric identity...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements he proposes to put in place to monitor the effect of ending education maintenance allowance and starting enhanced discretionary...

      Teachers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on taking into account a decision to enter into an agreement with teaching unions on the pay and conditions of staff when...

      Teachers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects on levels of experience in the workforce of planned redundancies in teaching staff in schools.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to question 29342, on the IGCSE, tabled on 3 December 2010 for ordinary written answer.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what regulations his Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what secondments (a) EDF Energy, (b) British Gas, (c) ScottishPower, (d) E.ON Energy and (e) Scottish and Southern Energy have...

      Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on domestic heating oil from (a) members of the public, (b) Members of Parliament and (c)...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made in reviewing the health and safety regulations for which it is responsible since his appointment.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households who have used (a) liquefied petroleum gas and (b) oil for domestic purposes in...

      Natural Gas: Drilling

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

      Natural Gas: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely proved global reserves of natural gas in each of the next 20 years.

      Urenco: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, column 216W, on Urenco: mutual societies, what criteria the Government has...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in the London borough of Bexley who are alcohol-dependent.

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to work with charities and the third sector to deliver improved health outcomes for patients with rheumatoid arthritis; and...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to ensure an adequate supply of Femara (letrozole) to local community pharmacists; (2) what discussions he has had with the...

      Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether former officials of his Department have asked for permission to join (a) Care UK, (b) BUPA, (c) Roche, (d) Ellipse, (e) Grunenthal, (f) IMS...

      Departmental Libraries

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees, including permanent and temporary contracted staff, are seconded from his Department and its agencies to (a) Care UK, (b) Priory...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees, including permanent and temporary contracted staff, are seconded to his Department and its agencies from (a) Care UK, (b) Priory...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what secondments (a) Care UK, (b) BUPA, (c) Roche, (d) Ellipse, (e) Grunenthal, (f) IMS Health, (g) Janssen-Cilag, (h) Lundbeck and (i) PharmaMar...

      Deviance and Behaviour Disorders: Day Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of day care centres for people with personality disorders.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the National Treatment Agency will publish figures on the number of clients treated through (a) residential rehabilitation and (b) community-based...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the representations received on his Department's White Paper on GP commissioning consortia.

      General Practitioners: Ashton-in-Makerfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for GP consortia have been received from Makerfield constituency.

      General Practitioners: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there are in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency.

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which clotting factor products were in use (a) on and (b) off licence in the UK in 1994; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation he plans to undertake on the provisions of the Health and Social Care Bill.

      Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve information to the public on NHS services for ex-service personnel.

      Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rates of travel and subsistence expenses can be claimed from the NHS by war pensioners; when the current rates were implemented; and whether he has...

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he expects the 30 mental health nurses for veterans announced in the Fighting Fit report to be in post by March 2011; (2) whether he...

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to take steps to reduce stigma associated with veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of including transplants on the list of medical conditions that grant exemption from...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department is taking steps to maintain the management of the support functions for family health services will continue to be managed on...

      Prostate Gland: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultations he undertook with medical practitioners in the field before issuing his proposed changes to the Best Practice Tariff for laser...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training the London Ambulance Service gives to ambulance staff on the (a) symptoms and (b) emergency treatment of sickle cell anaemia; and if he...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the London strategic health authority is taking to improve the emergency care of patients with sickle cell disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Speech Therapy: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Department for Education on the role of speech and language therapy services...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many improvised explosive device attacks there were on UK forces in Afghanistan in each month between June 2006 and December 2007.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the capital costs are of (a) constructing and (b) extending the runway at Kandahar Airfield for military purposes; what proportion of these costs...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Africa: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the UK's ability to mount (a) humanitarian and (b) peacekeeping interventions following the implementation of the...

      Aircraft Carriers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what programmes have been (a) planned and (b) initiated to train fast-jet pilots and supporting carrier personnel to retain the skills necessary to...

      Armed Forces: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 January 2011, Official Report, columns 45-47WS, on armed forces allowances, what estimate he...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the proposed increase in payments for ex-service personnel with mental health...

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation, with which organisations, he has had on the preparation of the Military Covenant Annual Report; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reported break-ins to service personnel accommodation there have been in each year since 2008.

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people living in (a) Brecon and Radnorshire constituency, (b) Wales and (c) the UK have left the armed forces as a result of injury or...

      Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department maintains a budget for the relocation of members of the armed forces from base to base.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies his Department has commissioned on the mental health of serving and former armed forces personnel in the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many new starters joined (a) the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, (b) Disablement Gratuity Scheme and (c) the Armed Forces Disablement Pension...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many 16 and 17 year olds have died while on service or training in the armed forces since 1997; and what the (a) cause of death and (b) country...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what overseas visits he undertook in the last six months; what the (a) country and place visited, (b) date, (c) meetings attended during the visit,...

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the likely effect of the conclusions of the Redfern Inquiry into examination of tissue from nuclear industry workers on his...

      Falkland Islands: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ability the armed forces will retain to re-take the Falkland Islands in the event of their occupation during the next 10 years.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people living in (a) Brecon and Radnorshire constituency, (b) Wales and (c) the UK are in receipt of (i) a War Pension and (ii) payments from...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make further cuts to the Armed Forces budget; and, if so, by how much.

    • Aviation: Boarding Passes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with their legal and aviation advisers the possibility of preventing low-cost airlines from obliging passengers, under a penalty, to...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the eight formal recommendations in the National Audit Office's report, Reducing losses in the benefits system caused by customers' mistakes.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will produce an impact assessment on the effect of underpayment or overpayment owing to customer error or fraud when making changes to the welfare...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have in place to monitor the impact of changes to bus subsidies. To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have in place or will put in...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 24 January (WA 92-3), whether individuals who believe their details may be held in the National Archives file BN...

      Commons Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a commons registration authority may refuse registration of a town or village green following an application under Section 15(8) of the Commons Act 2006.

      Control Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to end control orders.

      Diplomatic Missions: State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 16 December 2010 (WA 209) about the recognition of the Vatican City, what are the normal criteria for...

      e-Borders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of electronic passport scanners at entry points into the United Kingdom are linked to the e-borders system; and what function is performed by those...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether wind-powered electrical generators performed as they expected during December 2010.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 19 January (WA 32), at what rate offshore wind turbines have been installed since 2003.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 19 January (WA 32), at what rate it would be necessary to install wind turbines to deliver the 4,000 offshore...

      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 Lebanon to encourage...

      EU: Association Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (a) Algeria's, and (b) Lebanon's, progress in promoting trade and co-operation with other countries in the region,...

      EU: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in the European Union on the possible impact of the European Union-India free trade agreement on India's ability to manufacture key...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 19 January (WA 34), what are the "significant economic benefits" which European Union membership...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 29 November 2010 (WA 404-5), whether they have estimated the number of staff employed by the...

      Health: Heart Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more funding for the early detection of heart diseases.

      Health: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments for healthcare costs were paid to and by Ireland under European Social Security Regulations 1408/71 and 574/72 in 2009-10; what is contained in the...

      Health: Respite Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ring-fence the funding of respite care.

      Houses of Parliament: Motoring Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the mileage allowance in Section 230 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003, which has determined the level of the parliamentary motoring allowance...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect rising inflation will have on pensioners.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken following UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk questioning Israel's right to exist and calling for a one-state solution.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (a) Egypt's, (b) Jordan's and (c) Saudi Arabia's progress in implementing "confidence measures" towards Israel, as called...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the fatal shooting from an Israeli gun tower of Shaban Qarmout on his farmland 500 metres...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have asked for from the Government of Israel to ensure the safety of Gazan farmers tending their land near the buffer zone of the barrier wall...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which civil society and non-governmental organisations in Kenya have received United Kingdom or European Union funding in each year since 2000; and what were the...

      Media: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to amend the Ministerial Code to reduce the level of contact between Ministers and overseas-based media owners who do not usually pay direct...

      Montenegro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for two refugee camps in the Konik suburb of Podgorica, Montenegro; and what action they will take to ensure that proper protection is afforded...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Palestinian Authority leaders to encourage the resumption of peace negotiations.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 January (WA 117-8), how many state pension claimants reside in (a) Bangladesh, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c)...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their proposals on human trafficking; and how many non-governmental organisations they have met to discuss the proposals.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Home Office Minister will meet the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking to discuss the Government's proposals on human trafficking before...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, on 20 December 2010 (Official Report, Commons, col. 1201-33), why "the...

      Schools: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider including the GCSE in classical civilisation as a humanity, and the WJEC certificates in Latin as a language, in the English...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral aid they have given to (a) north Sudan, and (b) south Sudan, in the past three financial years.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance and aid they have provided to the Government of south Sudan annually since the signing of the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement. To ask...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the statement of acceptance of the possible outcome of the south Sudanese referendum by spokesmen of the ruling National Congress Party...

      Waste Management: Refuse Collection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following reports of local authorities stopping weekly refuse collections and the decision of Wokingham Borough Council to introduce a collection limit of...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 January (WA 88-9), why winter fuel payments are paid to persons residing in warm countries.

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