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Written answers

Thursday, 3 February 2011

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Regulations

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

    • Internet: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of households in Devon without access to the internet.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company to reach a decision on the future of the Olympic Stadium.

      Public Libraries: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on library closures in (a) the North West, (b) Cumbria and (c) Westmorland and...

  • Attorney-General

    • Police

      To ask the Attorney-General whether he has plans to review the guidance to police officers and Crown prosecutors issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • Transport

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to give effect to the Government's big society initiative since May 2010.

    • Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for an official visit to Dorset.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to (a) amend the rules for issuing Group 2 medical licences to drivers with insulin-dependent diabetes in line with...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contribution he has made to the Government's review of its strategy on human trafficking.

      Railways: Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment will be undertaken of the availability of other forms of public transport before any rail services are ceased under new...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what will be the maximum time a passenger should have to stand on an intercity rail journey under the new franchises.

      Railways: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on steps to deal with incidents of vandalism on the rail network.

      Sea Rescue: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential effects of closure of the coastguard station in Northern Ireland.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the likely effect of technological changes to business working on the forecast demand for passenger travel on the West Coast Main...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage passengers to engage in the consultation process on the West Coast Main Line franchise.

  • Scotland

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2010, Official Report, column 453W, on economic growth, whether he has requested the Chancellor of the Exchequer...

    • Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the effects in Scotland of proposed changes to...

      President of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions since his appointment he has met the President of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Regulations

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residential properties were sold by local authorities in each region in each of the last five years for which figures...

    • Decentralisation and Localism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation he has undertaken with the construction industry in relation to the provisions of the Localism Bill that...

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders: Bromsgrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in Bromsgrove constituency were subject to an empty dwellings management order in each year since 2007.

      Government: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 306W, on Government: assets, which clauses in the Localism...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government took to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to reduce carbon emissions in new properties.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of emissions allow a property to be classified as a zero carbon home.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely change in the level of house building following the announcement of the abolition of...

      Localism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library copies of responses to the consultation on Part 6 of the Localism Bill.

      Localism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Explanatory Notes to the Localism Bill, paragraph 463, what the evidential basis is for the calculation...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has plans to encourage local authorities to adopt accreditation schemes for private rented sector landlords.

      Public Sector: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the EU target for all new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities to be near-zero carbon from...

      Social Rented Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many residential properties have been sold by registered social landlords in each region in each of the last five...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has plans to bring forward proposals to improve Tenancy Deposit Schemes.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister what information his Office holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing his Office who were not paid at a rate equivalent to or above the London living wage in...

    • Rupert Murdoch

      To ask the Prime Minister whether (a) he and (b) staff of 10 Downing street have met (i) Rupert Murdoch, (ii) James Murdoch, (iii) Rebekah Wade and (iv) other individuals representing (A) News...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his policy is on the required (a) scope and (b) parameters of the proposed Arms Trade Treaty; (2) what assessment...

    • Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will include his plans for the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in his forthcoming Building Stability Overseas strategy.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requirement there is on the Secretary of State to consider the effect on British Overseas Territories of legislation...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Diplomatic Service: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many diplomatic missions to the UK have asserted diplomatic immunity against investigations of the (a) employment status...

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on (a) political unrest and (b) disruption of internet and mobile phone communications in...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Iran on the protection of human rights of people of the Baha'i faith in that...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, column 554W, on Kashmir, for what reasons his policy is that is...

      North Africa: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions his Department made representations to the governments of (a) Egypt, (b) Tunisia and (c) Algeria on...

      Private Military and Security Companies: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 59WS, on private military and...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the level of executive remuneration in publicly-owned banks.

    • Cycle to Work Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanism other than monitoring take-up he evaluates the effectiveness of HM Revenue and Customs' cycle to work scheme.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent representations he has received on the differential between duty levels applied to petrol and diesel; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether implementation of his proposals to reform fuel duty will be revenue-neutral.

      Excise Duties: Wines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of wine fraud in the latest period for which figures are available; and what recent steps he has taken...

      Financial Inclusion Fund: Halifax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Halifax have received assistance from the Financial Inclusion Fund in the last 12 months.

      Income Tax: Sunderland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Sunderland were in each income tax band in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who will no longer pay income tax as a result of the increase in the...

      Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of people who use payday loans in each (i) region, (ii) local authority and (iii)...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made a recent estimate of the (a) number and (b) proportion of people in each (i) region, (ii) local authority area and (iii) constituency...

      Sovereign Support Grant

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2011, Official Report, column 756W, on the Sovereign Support Grant, whether he plans to introduce the primary...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for the future of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government and the devolved Administrations.

    • Electoral Register: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will assess the likely effects on the accuracy and completeness of the electoral register of requiring benefit claimants to be on the electoral register to...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which staff he has appointed to advise him on strategy from outside the civil service since June 2010; and what their (a) areas of responsibility and (b) dates...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average number of calls per (a) day, (b) week and (c) month to his Department's 0800 2888 777 number for contacting...

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff responsible for answering his Department's 0800 2888 777 number for contacting Atos in relation to work capability assessments...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed to answer his Department's 0800 2888 777 number for contacting Atos in relation to work capability assessments.

      Employment Schemes: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether he plans to establish separate work programmes for those with a history of alcohol and drug misuse from 31 March 2011; (2) if he...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate was made of expenditure from the public purse on housing benefit in each year to 2015 as part of the (a) Autumn forecast and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have been working with his Department on the simplification of housing benefit letters to claimants.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will be affected by the proposal to cap housing benefit for working age tenants in the social rented sector based on family...

      Housing Benefit: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with housing officers at the London borough of Brent on the anticipated changes in the number of homeless families...

      Jobcentre Plus: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that information provided on Jobcentre Plus websites is up-to-date and accurate.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2010, Official Report, columns 936-37W, on social security benefits: fraud, how many of the calls...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish a Green Paper on the proposed single tier state pension.

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the proposed change in the indexation of the state pension from retail prices index to consumer...

      Telereal Trillium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts his Department has with Telereal Trillium; and what the monetary value is of all contracts his Department has with Telereal...

      Telereal Trillium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received from landlords whose properties are managed through a contract between his Department and...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to review the September qualifying deadline for the £400 winter fuel payment for those turning 80 years old with a view...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will implement Professor Harrington's recommendations relating to the work capability assessment in full.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is provided to staff responsible for the medical assessment of applicants for employment and support allowance.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions a Jobcentre Plus decision-maker did not follow the advice of an approved health care professional when making a decision...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work capability assessment claim closures there have been in each month since October 2008.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people who made a claim for employment and support allowance (ESA) and who were found fit for work at assessment have had an...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the sale of land managed by the Forestry Commission in England.

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which forests in the North East she is considering for sale as part of the disposal of the public forest estate.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made on improving the performance of the Rural Payments Agency.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if she will make a statement.

      Global Food Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on global food security; and if she will make a statement.

      Crayfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to conserve the white-clawed crayfish population through the establishment of native-only...

      Crayfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the size of the signal crayfish population in each of the last 5 years.

      Crayfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) advice and (b) guidance her Department provides to (i) the Environment Agency and (ii) other relevant agencies on...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce its carbon emissions to meet the target of reducing central Government...

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) certified and (b) chartered librarians her Department has employed in each year since its creation.

      Departmental Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on (a) the space provided per employee, (b) home working and (c) hot desking; how many...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of catch-quota schemes in reducing the discarding of fish; and if she will...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the creation of a global record of fishing vessels.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tracts of land have been sold by the Forestry Commission since 1997; what the (a) area in hectares, (b) sale price,...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in reviewing the health and safety regulations for which it is responsible since her...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on which local authorities employ officers dedicated to the implementation of public...

      Salmon

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

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the use of imported biofuels.

    • Carbon Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that the EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 80 and 95 per cent. by 2050 is...

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the financial effects on owners of private electricity and gas networks who become liable to...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many coal-fired power stations were in operation in the latest period for which figures are available; and what estimate he has...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with the National Grid on the installation of an underground electricity cable between Scotland...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will introduce a target to achieve a 20% or greater reduction in primary energy use through energy efficiency measures by 2020 as...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what representations he has received on off-grid energy supply between 1 June 2010 and 10 December 2010; (2) whether he has...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to protect consumers who enter into fixed-term energy contracts from large early termination penalties.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the chair of the fuel poverty review is.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the Government's fuel poverty review to report.

      Global Warming Policy Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) meetings and (b) discussions he and Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the Global Warming Policy...

      Natural Gas and Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will request the European Council not to authorise an assessment of the potential for the extraction and use of (a) shale gas...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to subsidise renewable heat energy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Social Security Benefits: Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans to allocate additional resources to voluntary sector benefit advice agencies during the period of reductions in public sector expenditure.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2010, Official Report, column 195W, on anti-Semitism, if she will make it her policy to collect details of...

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission a report from the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis on allegations of anti-Semitic comments made at the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether gender-related persecution claims are considered as claims unlikely to be accepted into the fast track detention process for asylum...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers of each country of origin have participated in the detained fast track process in each year for which figures are...

      Departmental Art Works

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

      Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Video Recordings

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

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are held in immigration detention; and how many were so held in each month since September 2010.

      Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reasons her Department has identified for the doubling in the number of appeals against refusals of entry clearance between 2005 and...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entry visas her Department issued to non-EU nationals for the study of English as a second language in each year since 2006.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of non-EU nationals working in the NHS with an appropriate visa.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which non-governmental organisations (a) she has met to discuss and (b) were consulted on the formulation and content of the Government's...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she gave to the consulting non-governmental organisations on the formulation and content of the Government's forthcoming...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the compatibility of her Department's conduct of the consultation process on its policy on human trafficking with the...

      Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will review guidance to police forces on the practice of kettling in policing demonstrations; and if she will introduce...

      Police: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on police powers on noise abatement rules in respect of the provisions of the Police Reform and...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) C-17s, (b) TriStars and (c) VC10-s are owned and operated by the RAF; how many are serviceable at any one time; and how many have...

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether funding for the health for heroes campaign will be allocated to armed forces based in (a) Scotland and (b) Wales.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his proposal to increase compensation payments for ex-service personnel suffering mental health disorders will apply to service personnel based...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit-for-task strength is of each corps of the Army.

      Artillery: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much ammunition was allocated to courses involving the training of artillery personnel and forward observation officers to call in fire in each year...

      Departmental Photography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on taking, mounting and hanging photographs of its Ministers since April 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which programmes funded by his Department are taking place in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Angola, (c) Burkina Faso, (d) Burma, (e) Burundi, (f) Central...

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the terms under which the Future Lynx contract was awarded.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of training exercises were cancelled in 2010; and what exercises those were.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect withdrawing RAF Nimrods will have on the armed forces' ability to (a) detect and (b) track foreign military operations; and if he will make...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when preliminary discussions commenced with the French government on the scope of the treaty between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts (a) have been awarded and (b) are expected to be awarded for the inception, design and construction of Project Hydrus at the Atomic...

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects the RAF's Hercules Fleet to retain the requisite systems and equipment for humanitarian search and rescue missions following the...

      Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his officials have had with (a) Canadian, (b) US, (c) Norwegian and (d) French defence officials on maritime reconnaissance...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether MQ-9 Reaper pilots are licensed under the Civil Aviation Authority for that aircraft.

      World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has plans to bring forward proposals to recognise the contribution made by munitions workers to the defence and security of the UK during the...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for future use of the building used by Kidderminster county court after its closure.

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the closure of Kidderminster County Court.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the effects of closing Kidderminster county court on the status of the private finance initiative contract with Kidderminster...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to renegotiate the Kidderminster court house private finance initiative contract after the closure of Kidderminster county court.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future provision of legal aid in respect of advice on social welfare law; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the Legal Services Commission has made of the number of legal aid funded cases that were unnecessary in the...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding the Legal Services Commission provided from the legal aid budget for legal assistance and representation relating to multi-party actions in...

      Legal Aid: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Cumbria and (b) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency received legal aid in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) London and (b) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency received legal aid in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing legal aid to prisoners in respect of judicial review proceedings in each of the...

      Legal Aid: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the effects of his proposed reductions in expenditure on legal aid provision for social welfare issues on people in Coventry.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what ongoing private finance initiative contractual obligations are in place in respect of Kidderminster magistrates court.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the availability of parole board hearings for persons imprisoned for public protection.

      Prisoners: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a generic health treatment community order; and whether he has made an estimate...

  • Health

    • Biomedical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he has allocated for biomedical research over the period of the comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria the Cancer Drugs Fund will use to assess the appropriateness of funding a treatment; and whether he has any plans to establish an advisory...

      Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his Department's implementation plan for cancer information prescriptions.

      Carers: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the conclusions and recommendations of the Age UK report, Invisible but Invaluable.

      Community Health Services: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the effects of increases in fuel prices on district nurses and health visitors in the NHS who use their own cars for work; and if he...

      Departmental Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what secondments (a) GlaxoSmithKline, (b) Pfizer, (c) Sanofi Aventis, (d) Astra Zeneca and (e) Novartis have made to his Department in each of the...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of fertility treatment on the NHS; how many women over the age of 40-years-old received infertility...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he plans to put in place to monitor expenditure on the GP consortia pathfinder programme.

      General Practitioners: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the ratio of GPs to population in (a) Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that there is a sufficient and appropriately qualified multi-disciplinary public health workforce at local authority...

      Health: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assess the likely effects of including private healthcare companies in the commissioning process in the light of international...

      Hearing: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he plans to put in place for the delivery of quality assurance for the newborn hearing screening programme by Public Health England; and if...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of patients medically fit for discharge who remained in hospital in the latest period for...

      Industrial Health and Safety

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

      Influenza: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the availability of the influenza vaccine in Newton Abbot constituency.

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the five most prevalent causes of maternal mortality were in the last 10 years.

      Medical Equipment: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanisms there are to ensure the NHS recovers medical aids loaned to patients and others; (2) what estimate he has made of the expenditure...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) criteria to be applied and (b) evidential basis is for the proposed (i) health ringfence and (ii) health premium.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to provide training on chronic pain for (a) general practitioners and (b) nurses.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the cost per quality adjusted life year for each drug with patient numbers of less than 500 approved by the National Institute for Health and...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued for medicines which are available over-the-counter in pharmacies in each of the last three years; how many such...

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to take steps to maintain a focus on preventative healthcare in his proposals for reform of the NHS.

      Speech Therapy: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on levels of provision for speech and language therapy in Worcestershire; and if he will assess the adequacy of such...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department allocated to apprenticeships for young people in each of the last three years.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeships which will be created in the next 12 months (a) in Liverpool...

      Apprentices: Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people took up an engineering apprenticeship in (a) Britain, (b) Cumbria and (c) Carlisle in 2009-10.

      Burton's Foods: Moreton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has assessed the merits of offering support for the continued operation of Burton's Foods Factory in Moreton.

      Burton's Foods: Moreton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what grants were paid to Burton's Foods Factory in Moreton in 2009-10.

      Burton's Foods: Moreton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will match any grant offered to Burton's Foods Factory in Moreton by the Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government...

      Consumer Credit: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many consumer credit licences under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 were (a) issued or renewed and (b) revoked for failure to...

      Consumers: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to provide consumer advice in deprived communities.

      Departmental Libraries

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations his Department has removed since 6 May 2010.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2010, Official Report, columns 1005-06W, on the Scottish Government First Minister, in what...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the green economy roadmap.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to extend the ban on exports of ADE-651 bomb detectors and similar devices beyond Afghanistan...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the sale of ADE-651 bomb detectors and similar devices sourced from abroad to (a)...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on ensuring the export ban of ADE-651 bomb...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will work with his EU counterparts towards implementing an EU-wide ban on the export of ADE-651 bomb detectors and similar...

      Exports: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the most recent export licences were granted for components for (a) F-15 aircraft, (b) F-16 aircraft and (c) Apache...

      Further Education: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what requirements arising from EU regulations govern the exemption from value added tax or zero-rating of buildings for sixth...

      Higher Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people normally resident in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency applied to attend university to start in the...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of providing a small budget to local economic partnerships for the purpose of establishing a...

      National Union of Students: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will bring forward proposals to reform the membership of rules for student unions and the National Union of Students...

      Office of Fair Trading: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints relating to the practice of debt management companies the Office of Fair Trading has received in each year...

      Older Workers: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of workers aged 65 years in (a) Cumbria and (b) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency who are...

      Overseas Students: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many postgraduate students from Bangladesh were enrolled at a university in the UK in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Overseas Students: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many students from Yemen were enrolled on a postgraduate course in the UK in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

  • Education

    • Children in Care

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

    • Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether (a) academies and (b) free schools will be subject to national curriculum changes made by his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff in each age group his Department employed at each (a) grade and (b) location in (i) 1980, (ii) 1983, (iii) 1987, (iv) 1992, (v) 1997,...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many interns his Department has engaged in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) unpaid, (b) remunerated with expenses only and (c) paid a...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) the Wirral borough council area, (c) the North West and (d) England are in receipt of free...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on eligible families not taking up free school meals due to a perceived social stigma.

      Free School Meals: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people received free school meals in Sunderland in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of introducing the first free schools by September 2011.

      Home Education

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

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer from the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, of 10 January 2011, Official Report, column 8, on the enterprise...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 20 January 2011, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, when he plans to conduct his separate internal...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what account his Department takes of appeals made direct to it by parents in respect of unauthorised absences of pupils from school.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent analysis has been undertaken of geographical variations in levels of unauthorised absences from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Pupils: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of students in Coventry who will qualify for the pupil premium; and how many students in Coventry have received...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils who enrolled in primary schools in Keighley constituency in each of the last five years did not speak English as a first language.

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of primary schools had more than 50 per cent. of pupils with English as an additional language in each year since 1997.

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils there were where English was an additional language in the last 12 months.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the average funding per school pupil in (a) Cambridgeshire County Council area, (b) Surrey County Council area, (c)...

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the requirement for religious education to be a compulsory subject in all maintained schools.

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department's review of the national curriculum will include the status of religious education.

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons he has excluded religious studies from the humanities list of the English Baccalaureate.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has made a cost-benefit assessment of the merits of extending the Dinner Money module to all primary schools using the SIMS register software.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how funds for capital spending will be allocated equitably to (a) new academy schools and (b) maintained schools.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of trainee teachers retook the compulsory (a) numeracy and (b) literacy test (i) once, (ii) twice and (iii) three times...

  • House of Lords

    • Art: Export

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the export control system for art, following recent refusals by new owners to sell after a successful public appeal by a major...

    • Care Services: Elderly People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the level of care provided to the elderly is consistent across the country.

      Crime: Fuel Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much they lost in taxes because of fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in 2010.

      Employment: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been created by the private sector since May 2010; and how many jobs have been lost since then.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 24 November 2010 (WA 341-2), what is the source of their definition of fuel poverty; and whether their definition...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they wish to see the price of carbon-based energy, including coal, gas, oil products (such as petrol, diesel and fuel oil) and electricity generated by...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 19 January (WA 32), whether the statement that "DECC calculations suggest these levels of wind imply a subsidy...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of last quarter's gross domestic product figures on poorer families.

      Health: EEA Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government against which non-waiver European Economic Area countries the United Kingdom made no claims last year for healthcare costs under European Social Security...

      Health: EEA Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom members of families of employed and self-employed persons living in each non-waiver European Economic Area state were in 2009-10 on the...

      Health: EEA Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom pensioners and members of their families living in each non-waiver European Economic Area state were in 2009-10 on the list each country...

      Health: EEA Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid to each individual non-waiver European Union and European Economic Area country for healthcare costs under European Social Security Regulations...

      Health: EEA Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the average medical costs, in sterling, per head agreed for each non-waiver European Union and European Economic Area country under European Social...

      Health: Enlarged Prostate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposed changes in the Best Practice Tariff for laser treatment of the enlarged prostate have been drawn up with the agreement and support of medical...

      Media: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to prevent social contact between media owners and representatives and Ministers ahead of any competition investigations into media...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much cash primary care trusts have been asked to hold in their budgets to meet the estimated cost of management change.

      Schools: Pupil Premium

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding will be made available to schools in the City of Manchester as a result of the pupil premium.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to the expansion of trade links with Sudan since May 2010.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of their bilateral aid to south Sudan since 2006 has directly supported the civil service.

      Treasure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in (a) establishing a Coroner for Treasure, and (b) in implementing the other amendments to the Treasure Act 1996 in the Coroners and...

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