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Written answers

Friday, 4 February 2011

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Drugs: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings the Secretary of State has had with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry on the long-term future of the...

    • Higher Education: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with potential providers of private medical higher education services; and if he will make a...

      Pfizer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings he has had with representatives of Pfizer (a) before and (b) after its decision to close its research and...

      Pfizer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the South East of England Regional Development Agency was (a) consulted and (b) asked to provide its expertise by his...

      Pfizer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the effects on the pharmaceutical industry in the UK of the decision by Pfizer to close...

      Pfizer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will meet representatives of the Royal Society of Chemistry to discuss the implications for scientific research of the...

      Pfizer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he was informed of the decision by Pfizer to close its site in Kent.

      Royal Mail: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has plans to require the traditional red post box and royal monogram to be preserved under his proposals for...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of teaching staff in each university hold teaching or training qualifications, including PGCEs; and if he will...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Chequers: Operating Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the running costs of Chequers, including the cost of (a) staff, (b) utility charges, (c) council tax, (d) telephone...

    • Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether he has had any discussions on moving civil service jobs from London to Warrington; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many civil...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) public houses and (b) clubs closed in each of the last 10 years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) when he expects DAB digital radio services to be launched for (a) Wyvern FM, (b) Sunshine Radio, (c) Nation Radio,...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are any (a) financial differences and (b) differences in law between the rights of (i) UK nationals and (ii) nationals of UK Overseas...

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has had discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Education and (b) Ministers in the Scottish Executive on the capacity of local...

      Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the experiences of other countries in relocating members of the armed forces and their families for the purposes of identifying best...

      Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the standard of service it provides to members of the armed forces in relocations from base to base.

      Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the average cost of relocation of a member of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Royal Navy and their family in...

      Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department conducts satisfaction surveys following the relocation of members of the armed forces from base to base.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with armed forces charities to discuss the indexation of pensions and benefits by the...

      British Overseas Territories: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the duration was of each operational visit made by each Royal Navy vessel to each Overseas Territory in each year since 2000.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2010, Official Report, columns 221-2W, on defence: procurement, whether the project histories provided were (a)...

      Departmental Libraries

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

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which senior civil service staff have left his Department since May 2010; and what (a) contractual and (b) non-contractual payments were made in each case.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on travel by officials of his Department since May 2010.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy to release to (a) families and (b) legal representatives of deceased nuclear test veterans the report of the MR 185...

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what costs his Department incurred in monitoring the health of nuclear test veterans (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in each of the last three years;

      Military Aircraft

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

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans are in place for the eventuality that aircraft are unable to launch from (a) one of the or (b) both of the RAF bases responsible...

      Nuclear Weapons

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

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will be responsible for (a) managing the project and (b) issuing contracts in respect of (i) construction of the Epure nuclear warhead testing...

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse of US Navy and German Kriegsmarine ASW assets operating from RAF Kinloss was in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for the Armed Services of 25 January 2011, Official Report, column 270 on RAF Leuchars, whether the...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tornado strike aircraft will be retained following the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review; and if he will make a statement.

      TriStar Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been spent on upgrading the TriStar fleet's cockpits to date; (2) what contractual costs are associated with cancelling the TriStar...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) female British troops and (b) British troops have been deployed as part of UN peacekeeping forces in each year since 2000.

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who owns the (a) buildings, (b) fixed assets, (c) site and (d) infrastructure at each US military base in the UK.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to answer questions 36375 and 36579, on defence procurement, tabled by the hon. Member for North East Cambridgeshire on 24 January 2011.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what legal advice he has received on the application of his proposals for prisoner voting rights to elections to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Education

    • Academies: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of year 11 academy school pupils were entered for (a) physics GCSE, (b) geography GCSE and (c) modern foreign language...

    • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the outturn budget for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in Wales (a) was for each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11 and (b)...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a list of the postholders in each local authority who are responsible for children and young people who go missing or...

      Classical Civilisation: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons GCSE Classical Civilisation is not recognised as one of the humanities within the new English baccalaureate.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations his Department has received from faith groups on the forthcoming national curriculum review.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the proportion of those in receipt of an education maintenance allowance who will be eligible for funding from the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's equality impact assessment on replacing the education maintenance allowance.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will increase the age limit for eligibility for free school meals in line with the increase in the participation age.

      Free School Meals: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children whose parents served in the armed forces qualified for free school meals in each of the last six years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 22 November 2010, on the comprehensive spending review and...

      Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made in his discussions with Ofsted on future (a) registration and (b) inspection of part-time educational provision.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) by what mechanism his Department plans to gather evidence for its internal review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education; (2) when...

      Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects of book ownership on (a) propensity to read and (b) reading ability.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funds his Department has assigned to (a) the Specialist Schools and Academic Trust and (b) the National College for School Leadership in each of...

      Schools: Religious Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the rate of adherence by (a) primary and (b) secondary schools to the requirement to hold a daily act of collective worship of a...

      Sure Start Programme: Hammersmith and Fulham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what communications his Department has had with Hammersmith and Fulham council on Sure Start programmes since the date of the announcement of the...

      Theology: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were entered for an A-level examination in theology in each of the last five years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the results of his Department's Energy Demand Research Project to be published.

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in (a) the private rented sector, (b) local...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the amount that will be raised from the Energy Company Obligation in the first year of its...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to announce his plans for the future of the renewable heat incentive; and if he will make a statement.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department made of the likely effects on the level of fuel poverty of the reduction in funding for the Warm Front Scheme.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will consider the merits of including a covenant in all agreements of sale in respect of Forestry Commission...

    • Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list each parcel of land the Forestry Commission owns in South West Bedfordshire constituency; whether any of...

      Forestry Commission: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on the effect on Forestry Commission staff based in Scotland who...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanism she plans to put in place to prevent the development of forests and woodland sold to private owners.

      Wood: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made towards criminalising the (a) importation and (b) possession of illegally-logged timber.

      Wood: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of imported timber which was illegally felled in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Asia Bibi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response his Department received to its representations on the release of Asia Bibi, held in Pakistan on blasphemy charges.

    • BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on members of the armed forces serving abroad of proposed changes to funding for the...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) certified and (b) chartered librarians his Department has employed in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were employed in his Department's security vetting services in (a) May 2010 and (b) December 2010; and where...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which embassies he plans to re-open.

      Iran: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received about the dissemination of anti-Semitic material by Iran; what steps he has (a) taken and...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the Iranian nuclear programme since December 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in discussions between Iran and the P5+1 about Iran's nuclear programme since December...

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Iranian involvement with (a) Islamist militants and (b) terrorist proxies since December 2010;...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his has had with his Israeli counterpart on the Knesset's approval of investigations into the funding of...

      Palestinians: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has any plans to mark Palestinian Nakba day on 15 May 2011.

      Tunisia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals in Tunisia on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Uganda: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with officials from the Government of Uganda since 11 May 2010.

      Uganda: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of levels of respect for the human rights of sexual minorities in Uganda.

      Uganda: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations has he received on the rights of sexual minorities in Uganda since 11 May 2010.

      Uganda: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ugandan Government on the death of David Kato.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the Government's assessed contribution to the UN regular budget was allocated to each agency, programme or body in...

  • Health

    • Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the effectiveness in improving health outcomes of his policy on reforming health care commissioning.

    • Myasthenia Gravis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) cost of provision of orphan treatments for myasthenia gravis on the NHS.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficiency of (a) public investment and (b) private borrowing in terms of the cost to the taxpayer of providing NHS...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference in the cost of providing healthcare services by (a) a private sector acute healthcare...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatrists specialising in the treatment of children the NHS employed in each of the last 10 years.

  • Home Department

    • Breathalysers: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on type approval for evidential roadside breath testing devices; and by what date she expects such devices to be...

    • Control Orders: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) entered and (b) departed from the UK at (i) Ebbsfleet station and (ii) Ashford International station in the latest year...

      Crime: Warwickshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) vehicle crimes, (b) robberies, (c) violent crimes and (d) drug-related crimes were recorded in Warwickshire in each year...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons a DNA record may be deleted from the National DNA Database.

      Theft: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of dog theft have been recorded in each of the last five years.

      Theft: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many thefts of domestic oil were reported in each police authority area in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials of his Department allocated to work on Afghanistan were based in (a) the UK, (b) Kabul and (c) Helmand province...

  • Justice

    • Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what legal advice he received before drafting legislation on the abolition of the post of Chief Coroner.

    • Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost to the public purse was of the post of Chief Coroner for each category of costs in the last year in which figures are available; (2)...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of (a) threats and (b) violence against staff by offenders were recorded during unpaid work placements in 2009-10.

      Exports: Afghanistan and Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of exporting ADE-651 bomb detectors and similar devices to Afghanistan since January...

      Firearms: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of firearms being discharged when offenders were leaving unpaid work placements were recorded in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Offensive Weapons: Prosecutions and Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) prosecutions were brought and (b) convictions there were for an offence of having an article with a blade or a point (i) in a public...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2011, Official Report, column 650W, on prisoners: mental health, what information his Department holds on...

      Prisons: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of a place in a (a) high security, (b) Category B, (c) Category C and (d) open prison in...

      Terrorism: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many persons convicted for offences relating to terrorism since 1 January 2001 have subsequently been released; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Theft: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of offences involving the theft of oil from domestic premises in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions he has met representatives of charitable organisations in Scotland to discuss the effect of both the Comprehensive Spending Review...

    • Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will hold discussions with the Scottish Government on the conclusions and recommendations of the report, Setting the Scene for Scotland's Disabled...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the conclusions and recommendations of the report, Setting the Scene...

      Scottish Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Interim Electoral Management Board for Scotland on the effect of holding an overnight count in respect of elections...

  • Transport

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the likely (a) cost to the public purse and (b) operational performance of public service all-electric...

    • High Speed 2: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the High Speed 2 exceptional hardship scheme (a) for Staffordshire and (b) in total.

      Industrial Health and Safety

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

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many tonnes of salt comprise the strategic salt stockpile; at which locations the strategic salt stockpile is stored; and how many tonnes of...

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the additional costs to business resulting from the changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment announced in the comprehensive...

    • Insurance: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what regulations govern the rights of those not at fault in road accidents to choose legal representation to pursue a compensation claim; and whether...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Newcastle Upon Tyne North of 10 December 2010,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Newcastle Upon Tyne North of 10 December 2010, regarding food price speculation.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Centenarian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people currently aged (a) 56 and (b) 57 years old are expected to live to 100 years old.

    • Life Expectancy: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the life expectancy is of women currently aged (a) 55, (b) 56 and (c) 57 years old.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those who started on the Jobcentre Plus Pathways to Work programme in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d)...

      Pensions: Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of (a) pensions savings and (b) other savings for 56 year old (i) men and (ii) women.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) adults and (b) young people in each constituency have been unemployed for over 12 months.

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