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Written answers

Monday, 7 February 2011

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Encams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future funding of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

    • Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of each type of land owned by the Forestry Commission in each parliamentary constituency in Northamptonshire has...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on conducting a review under the Chemicals Regulations Directive of data on the effects of neonicotinoid...

      Shale Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) guidance and (b) regulations issued by the Environment Agency have been modified to take into account the use...

      Water Supply: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the installation of trickle valves in household water pipes and systems by water companies in England.

  • Prime Minister

    • BSkyB: News Corporation

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he has discussed Newscorp's proposed acquisition of BSkyB with James Murdoch on or since 21 December 2010; (2) whether he has discussed Newscorps'...

    • Sustainable Development

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will appoint a Minister for Sustainable Development in the Cabinet Office as recommended by the Environmental Audit Committee; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria are applied to determine the languages for which translation services are offered in the criminal justice system.

    • Children in Care: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted under section 49 of the Children Act 1989 for illegally removing, keeping away, assisting or otherwise encouraging a...

      Courts: Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent progress he has made in amending the discount rates that courts apply to the award of damages; (2) what his most recent assessment is...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average collection rate of court fines was in (a) England and (b) Hendon constituency in each of the last five years.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunals have awarded costs to the respondent because a claim was deemed to be frivolous or vexatious in each region in each of the...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid in legal aid and other funds from the public purse to support persons taking action in the European Court of Human Rights against...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases against the UK are pending judgment at the European Court of Human Rights; (2) how much the UK has paid in compensation as a...

      Judiciary: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training is offered to immigration judges on gender and equality issues; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the effects of a withdrawal of legal aid for employment law cases on the economy of (a) Merseyside, (b) the...

      Legal Aid: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 564W, on legal aid: homelessness, whether he plans to make legal aid available to...

      Offenders: Ex-gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its agencies have paid in ex-gratia payments to those convicted of a criminal offence to settle cases prior to litigation in...

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department (i) met and (ii) corresponded with officials or representatives of BP on the proposed...

      Prisons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Prison Service spent in London on transporting inmates to hospital in each of the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electronic Equipment

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what consideration the House of Commons Commission has given to (a) reducing the...

    • Housing

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what residential accommodation is provided to officers of the House in the form of...

      Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much funding the House of Commons Commission allocated to salary costs for the...

      Speaker's Office

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much funding the House of Commons Commission has allocated to the provision of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the effects of reductions in levels of public expenditure on levels of employment of women.

    • Pay: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) what plans her Department has to bridge the pay gap between male and female employees in small businesses should employers choose not to engage...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Lottery: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects the results of the report commissioned by the Minister for Tourism and Heritage on the international...

    • National Lottery: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consultations he has undertaken with lottery funding distributors on the reduction in his Department's expenditure on...

      National Lottery: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consultation he has undertaken with community and voluntary groups on the reductions in his Department's expenditure on...

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what information his Department holds on trends in participation in each sport funded by his Department in each of the...

      Sport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his Department's budget was for increasing participation in sport in each of the last 10 years; and what plans he has for...

      Tennis: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding his Department has provided for the development of tennis in each of the last five years; and what criteria his...

      Tourism: National Quality Assessment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what recent assessment he has made of the (a) accuracy and (b) impartiality of tourist accommodation reviews on...

  • Scotland

    • Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what studies his Department has made of spoilt ballots in Scottish elections related to the use of a new electoral system; and if he will place in the...

    • Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what costs his Department has incurred in respect of (a) secure storage, (b) maintenance and (c) staff training associated with Scottish...

      Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what studies his Department has undertaken of failures in machine reading of ballots in Scottish elections; and if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library a copy of each consultancy report commissioned by his Department on the (a) efficacy and (b) reliability of machine...

      Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what costs his Department has incurred in respect of the provision of information to the electorate on the (a) operation of and (b) voting system for...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will initiate a formal process to take forward consideration of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

  • Attorney-General

    • Terrorism: Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions he has appealed on the grounds of leniency against a sentence handed out to an individual convicted for offences relating to terrorism since 1...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

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

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received from the Co-ordination Forum for Countering anti-Semitism on the level of anti-Semitism...

      BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what impact assessment he has undertaken of his proposed changes to funding for the BBC World Service.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will work with his international counterparts to inform the Government of Burma of concerns about the Burmese Parliament's...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take following the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue on the issue of human rights in China and Tibet.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Egypt: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the British embassy in Egypt is taking to ensure the most accurate travel advice is given; and what steps the embassy...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the effectiveness of international sanctions programme...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2011, Official Report, column 227W, on Kashmir, what assessment he has made of the effect...

      Lebanon: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the transport of weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon; what recent discussions he has had with...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Lebanon since December 2010; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his most recent assessment is of progress in the Middle East Peace Process; what recent discussions (a) he, (b)...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) new Israeli settler homes built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, columns 830-31W, on Palestinians: international assistance, to what...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received on the economic situation in Gaza since December 2010; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Somalia on the need for further steps to safeguard safety of international...

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has offered assistance to Tunisia as a result of the political situation in that country.

      Western European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisation will guarantee the pensions of former employees of Western European Union (WEU) after the closure of WEU in 2011.

      Western European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the open market value of the Western European Union premises on Avenue President Wilson in Paris; what share...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning his Department has completed in relation to the composition of British forces in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of combat troops; and...

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2011, Official Report, column 20W on air force: military bases, what the outcome was of the 2010 planning round...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pupils received the continuity education allowance for each year of study in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of armed forces recruits in each age group withdrew from training before the end of phase two in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice he has received on the disparity in minimum service periods for a recruit who enlists at the age of 16 compared with a recruit who...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice he has received on the retention of an armed forces recruit who no longer wishes to be bound by the enlistment contract he or she...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice he has received on the retention of an armed forces recruit aged under 18 if his or her parent withdraws consent after attestation.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid in bonuses to civil servants in 2009-10; how many bonuses were paid; what the aggregate monetary value of those bonuses was;...

      Fleet Air Arm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the remaining (a) establishment and (b) structure of the Fleet Air Arm is in terms of (i) manpower and (ii) aircraft.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to revise the Rotary Wing Strategy in the light of the conclusions of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the legal status is of his Department's ownership of the buildings, fixed assets and site infrastructure at the US base at RAF Menwith Hill.

  • Home Department

    • Animals: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees of the UK Border Agency were engaged in the enforcement of anti-smuggling controls in respect of products of animal origin...

    • Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people of each nationality have been subject to a control order since such orders were introduced; (2) how many of those...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people on control orders absconded in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many of these were...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of her Department's expenditure on legal matters relating to control orders since such orders were...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of those currently subject to a control order have lodged an appeal against their order; (2) how many control orders have...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many control orders issued since such orders were introduced have included an element of (a) house arrest and (b) curfew; (2)...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been subject to a control order since the implementation of the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the costs to her Department of (a) administering control orders and (b) defending legal actions in relation...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the renewal of expired control orders.

      Association of Chief Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the accountability and transparency of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum period of detention is for a stateless person in an immigration detention centre.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people classified as stateless were held in immigration detention centres on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Border Agency unit dealing with older unresolved asylum cases is on schedule to resolve all such cases by its target date of...

      Bomb Disposal: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) investigated and (b) arrested on suspicion of exporting ADE-651 bomb detectors and similar devices to...

      Convictions: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted following police operations using undercover officers in each of the...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many ministerial cars have been used by her Department since May 2010.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what public appointments she has made since her appointment; and to what payments each person so appointed is entitled; (2) how many...

      Deportation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are made for families resident in Northern Ireland awaiting removal for immigration reasons.

      Detention Centres: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements she plans to put in place for the children of adults detained in the planned immigration detention facility in Northern Ireland.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the effect on the economy of a (a) 10 per cent., (b) 50 per cent. and (c) 100 per cent. reduction in the number of...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are held in the UK awaiting extradition to (a) EU countries and (b) non-EU countries.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to her Department in each cost category was of responding to requests for extradition in each year since 2006.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for extradition from the UK in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010 (i) were granted, (ii) were denied...

      Identity Cards: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign workers' identity cards have been lost while in transit between the office of the UK Border Agency and the individual in the...

      Industrial Health and Safety

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

      Judiciary: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice on the training offered to immigration judges on gender and equality...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of (a) 23 November, (b) 20 December and (c) 21 December 2010 regarding the comprehensive spending review.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of 15 October 2010 transferred to her Department by the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) procedure and (b) time frame is for activating a residency permit in a passport which grants temporary or permanent right of...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the provisions of Police Reform Act 2002 relating to the body which hears complaints from former police officers for the...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects the review by Tom Winsor into pay and conditions in the police service to result in cost savings for the purposes of...

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the use of rule A19 to require experienced police officers to retire involuntarily from police services.

      Police: Tasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the (a) number of X12 Tasers and (b) quantity of ammunition for such devices held by each police force.

      Police: Tasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason her Department has ceased regular publication of statistics on police use of Taser weapons; when data from the fourth quarter...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans she has for future arrangements for police training; and if she will make a statement; (2) what recent discussions she has...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans she has for the future of Hendon Police Training Centre; and if she will make a statement; (2) what assessment she has made...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in each police authority area in (a) 1995, (b) 2000, (c) 2005 and (d) 2010.

      Terrorism: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the granting of pre-charge bail to terror suspects.

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people the UK Border Agency employed in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and what forecast she has made of the...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to encourage better road safety on African roads; and if he will make a statement.

    • Africa: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to encourage investment in Africa's North-South Corridor road network; and if he will make a statement.

      Africa's North-South Corridor Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the state of Africa's North-South Corridor road network; and if he will make a statement.

      New Framework for Results, Choices for Women: Planned Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department's New Framework for Results, Choices for Women: planned pregnancies, safe births and healthy newborns,...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the World Trade Organisation's initiative on aid for trade; and if he will make a...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 505W, on Church of England: employment, what the...

  • Transport

    • A11: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date he expects work to begin on improvements to the A11.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on disruption of air travel; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received on the European Aviation Safety Agency's proposals to standardise flight time limitations across the EU; (2)...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which pilot fatigue affects aviation safety; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on travel safety of implementation of the European Aviation Safety Agency's recent proposals for...

      Big Society Initiative

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

      Biofuels: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of greater use on rural petrol stations of biodiesel made from used cooking oil.

      Crossrail: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he has set for the appointment of a new chief executive for Crossrail.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of commuters who cycle to work.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Communication

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many opticians in Christchurch constituency have applied to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for authorisation to provide services in...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what opticians in Christchurch constituency are authorised by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to provide services in connection with vehicle...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria the Driver and Vehicles Licensing Agency applies in selecting opticians to carry out eye tests for the purposes of driver licensing; and...

      Electric Vehicles: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to promote the use of hybrid vehicles.

      First Capital Connect: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which franchise obligations First Capital Connect was found to have contravened in September 2009.

      First Capital Connect: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreed management provisions for franchise performance during each four-week period of First Capital...

      First Capital Connect: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from customers of rail services operated under the First Capital Connect rail franchise.

      First Capital Connect: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions of its franchise agreement First Capital Connect had contravened by September 2009.

      Heathrow Airport: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what criteria will be used in the review of restrictions on night flights at Heathrow Airport after October 2012; (2) what timetable he has set...

      HM Coastguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what risk assessments were carried out in respect of the proposals in his Department's document Protecting our Seas and Shores in the 21st Century:...

      London and Southeastern Railway: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Southeastern's rail fare increases for 2011 were approved by Ministers; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the motor insurance industry on the (i) availability and (ii) cost of motor insurance to...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue he expects to receive from the sale of the Government's remaining share of National Air Traffic Services.

      Railways: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that rail services are not disrupted in the event of severe weather; (2) what steps he plans to take to...

      Sea Rescue: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has undertaken an impact assessment of the proposed closure of the Coastguard Centres in Stornoway, Shetland, Clyde or Forth.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage active travel.

      Transport: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the Minister for Transport in the Scottish Government; and what matters were discussed.

  • Education

    • School Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of school standards in South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency.

    • Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average level of funding per pupil in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) England will be in 2011-12.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the status of the Building Schools for the Future programme in Liverpool.

      Teacher Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to protect teachers from false allegations made by pupils.

      Standards: Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve standards of achievement in secondary schools.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of his Department's capacity to oversee the governance of academies.

      Social Work: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress is being made in reducing the burden of administration in social work with children.

      Booked Up Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children have received books from the Booked Up scheme in (a) England, (b) West Midlands and (c) Dudley Borough in each year since 2004.

      Bookstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children have received books from the Bookstart scheme in (a) England, (b) West Midlands and (c) Dudley borough in each year since 2004.

      Bookstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, column 513W, on the Bookstart programme: finance, how much funding he has allocated to...

      Booktime Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children have received books from the Booktime scheme in (a) England, (b) West Midlands and (c) Dudley borough in each year since 2007.

      CAFCASS: Finance

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials his Department has appointed on a fixed-term contract since 7 May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) names and (b) salaries are of each senior civil servant who has (i) joined, (ii) moved posts within and (iii) left his Department since...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of the operation of the education maintenance allowance on the number of young people from deprived...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to announce the funding for the replacement to education maintenance allowance (EMA); and what alternatives to EMA he is considering.

      Family Rights Group Kinship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the allocation of funding by his Department to the Family Rights Group Kinship helpline in the next three years.

      Languages: Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the British Council's language teaching assistantship scheme.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on maintaining present levels of access for mature students to higher education courses.

      Missing Persons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to take steps to replace national indicator 71 on missing children and adults.

      Missing Persons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which local authorities have in place those procedures and protocols on the actions to be taken when children in care go missing or run away...

      Missing Persons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the number of return interviews with children who had gone missing which were carried out in each local...

      Missing Persons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to improve the collection of national data on children who run away or go missing; and if he will make a statement.

      Missing Persons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what procedures are in place in his Department to monitor the implementation by local authorities of the statutory guidance of July 2009 on children...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will rank all secondary schools within each local authority area according to the proportion of children eligible for free school meals in...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what account of birth rates is taken in planning pupil placing; (2) what account he takes of existing trends in pupil numbers when determining...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has reached a decision on funding for schools in York Outer constituency for the period of the comprehensive spending review;...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of his Department's funding settlement for the comprehensive spending review period on expenditure on new...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to ring-fence within school and college budgets their allocation of proposed enhanced discretionary learner support funds.

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is considering any changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment beyond those announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will make a...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have had outstanding tax liability of more than £100 million forgiven by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in each of the last five...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on payment of compensation to Equitable Life trapped annuitants.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average daily net financial contribution of the UK to the EU in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the renewable transport fuel industry of the level of duty for biodiesel produced from used cooking oil.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to change the three per cent. taxation rate on diesel fuel.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of respondents to his Department's consultation on a gross profits tax on gaming machines were (a) supportive of and (b) opposed to the...

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many gambling companies have requested meetings with Ministers and officials of his Department to discuss the implications of a gross profits tax on...

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the publication in January 2011 of draft legislation on the imposition of a Machine Games Duty is consistent with his Department's commitment in Tax...

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact assessments have been conducted to analyse the potential effect of a machine games duty on the industry by (a) his Department and (b) external...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on achieving fiscal neutrality with respect to machines in betting shops.

      Income Tax: Bradford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Bradford East constituency will no longer pay income tax as a result of the decision to increase the personal allowance by £1,000.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people paid income tax at the higher rate in each year since 1988.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bristol East of 21 July 2010, Official Report, column 387W, on Revenue and Customs: telephone services, when...

      Technology: Derby

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effects of his economic and fiscal policies on the high technology manufacturing sector in the City of Derby; and if he will make a...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose was of the payment of £4,981 by the Audit Commission to Thomas Telford Ltd in May 2010; how many officials...

    • Audit Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of the sundry debtor expenditure incurred by the Audit Commission in September 2010...

      Faithwise Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 304W, on...

      Faithwise Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 304W, on...

      Local Government Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions he has met representatives of the Local Government Association since May 2010.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of unspecified savings he considers it acceptable for local councils to include when setting their budgets.

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to assess the extent to which the Government's localism agenda raises accountability issues; and if he...

      Localism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of the term localism his Department uses.

      London Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what costs his Department has incurred in respect of the provision of information to the electorate on the (a) operation and...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to introduce a fit and proper person test for mobile home owners; and if he will make a statement.

      Parish Councils: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of elections to parish councils that were uncontested in each year since 1991.

      Social Rented Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which registered social landlords have notified the Tenant Services Authority of an intention to dispose of properties (a) in...

      Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions he has met representatives of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities since May 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date his Department's contract with Atos Origin is due for renewal.

    • Cold Weather Payments: Vale of Glamorgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2010, Official Report, column 1180W, on cold weather payments, what temperatures were recorded at St...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his estimates of marginal rates of withdrawal in the welfare reform White Paper take account of payments of council tax benefit.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in receipt of council tax benefit are in employment; (2) what the average weekly council tax benefit payment was to (a)...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of disability living allowance and aged between 25 and 35 years are resident in (a) Dumfries and Galloway local...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants of employment and support allowance in Fife local authority area have been judged fit for work since...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 28 October 2010, Official Report, column 432W, on employment and support allowance: Scotland, what proportion of the...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 January 2011, Official Report, columns 5-6WS, on incapacity benefit reassessment, how many...

      Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Fife local authority area and (b) Scotland have been placed into employment as a result of funding from the Future...

      Housing Benefit: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the effects of his proposed cap on the level of household benefits on the number of applications for disability living allowance.

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 300W, on methane: natural gas, whether the Offshore Installations and Wells...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 300W, on methane: natural gas, what the legislative and regulatory...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 300W, on methane: natural gas, whether he has had recent discussions at...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the suitability of the work capability assessment for people with (a) Parkinson's disease and (b) other...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the number of couples choosing to live apart for financial reasons of his proposed cap on...

      Social Security Benefits: Kirkcaldy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of the working age population of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency are in receipt of (a) jobseeker's...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether staffing levels were increased during the trial of the reassessments of customers receiving incapacity benefit and income support in...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long appeals by customers against benefit entitlement reassessments during the trial in north east Scotland took to process on average.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the work capability assessment.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the backlog of work capability assessment claims awaiting hearing of an appeal by the Tribunal Service to be cleared; and if he...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many work capability assessments the Jobcentre Plus decision-makers' final decision differed from the initial Atos...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many re-assessments of work capability assessments were undertaken within (a) three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six to nine...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to assist employers in Newton Abbot constituency to take on an apprentice.

    • Carers: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) employers and (b) carers' organisations on possible changes to flexible working...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage new exports.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the quality of information higher education institutions make available to potential...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate degree starters were (i) men and (ii) women in the last 12...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of students who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals at the age of...

      Higher Education: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to make alternative provision for higher education for university applicants who are unsuccessful in...

      Higher Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with higher education institutions on promoting science and innovation; and if he will make a...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made in reviewing the (a) employment law and (b) health and safety regulations for which it is...

      Nuclear Power: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage school leavers to train in nuclear engineering.

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures are in place to ensure that students from other EU countries studying in the UK repay their student loans after...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of trade with Israel.

      Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) 18 to 24 year olds and (b) over 24 year olds studied on (i) part-time undergraduate degrees, (ii) part-time...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure post offices are able to provide a variety of services to customers.

      Skills and Jobs Retention Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the membership of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group is; whether it has met since its establishment; and if he will make a...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) not-for-profit and (b) community interest companies were registered in each of the last five years.

      Student Loans Company: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many disputes between the Student Loans Company and individuals in (a) Romsey and Southampton North constituency and (b)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to allocate additional funding for student finance to university courses in (a) early years education, (b)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 600W, on overseas students: EU nationals, how many judgments...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the effect of the operation of the European working time directive on levels of wellbeing.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with (a) his officials, (b) Ministerial colleagues and (c) industry representatives on the potential...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress he has made on the implementation of the carbon reduction commitment.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) owners of private electricity and gas networks and (b) tenants receiving...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has received representations on the protection of data gathered from domestic smart meters.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the use of data gathered from smart...

      Fuel Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he is taking steps to increase (a) competition and (b) accountability in the heating oil market.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to achieve its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 34 per cent. by 2020.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects on the timetable for delivery of new nuclear build of his proposal to increase the liability...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the use of used cooking oil in the provision of renewable and sustainable energy (a) for...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which energy-from-waste producers and project developers have been contacted by his Department as part of its review of the renewables...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many installations of (a) solar photovoltaic panels, (b) wind turbines and (c) mini hydro-generators have occurred in (i)...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any concerns were raised with him by (a) his officials and (b) other individuals and organisations in respect of the likely...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of implementation of the provisions of the Health and Social Care Bill on the time taken by GPs to refer...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the provision of carers' services in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Cataracts: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for the NHS for eye lens treatments in financial year 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of primary dental care providers had registered with the Care Quality Commission by 31 December 2010.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that junior doctors receive adequate time for training.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of hospital placements for trainee doctors.

      Family Practitioner Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements his Department proposes for the future of (a) pay and (b) provision for (i) GP practices, (ii) dentists, (iii) opticians and (iv)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) other individuals employed by his Department have had discussions with (i) any private...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department has incurred on the Change4Life programme in each of the last five years; and what contributions to the programme were...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make pulse checks a routine procedure within the NHS Health Check programme as a means of identifying arrhythmia; and what steps he is taking...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of (a) funding for children's hospices under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 and (b) the...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department spent on waiting list initiatives in the latest quarter for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future (a) collection and (b) publication of data on waiting times for operations and diagnostic tests.

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects on infant health of (a) synthesised forms of docosahexaenoic acid used in formula milk and (b)...

      Malaria: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis on the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the take-up of perinatal healthcare by (a) socio-economic group and (b) ethnicity; (2) what arrangements...

      Maternity Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made provision for specialist perinatal healthcare in (a) the London borough of Haringey and (b) Greater London.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of midwife numbers in (a) Norfolk, (b) the East of England and (c) England.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacant places there were on midwifery courses in each of the last five years.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry on potential changes to the National Institute for Health and...

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether an ophthalmic services specialist will be appointed to the proposed NHS Commissioning Board.

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of cancelling operating contracts for (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the uptake of personal budgets and direct payments for the purposes of encouraging integration between...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he has provided for integration between health services and social care services since May 2010.

      NHS: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of overtime payments for (a) consultants, (b) surgeons and (c) other NHS staff in the most recent...

      NHS: Re-organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the future viability of NHS trusts which will become foundation trusts in cases where the trust would not have met the...

      NHS: Re-organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely cost of redundancy payments following the proposed abolition of (a) primary care trusts and (b) strategic health...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with stakeholder organisations on the potential effects of the (a) Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England)...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to make an announcement on the NHS Bursary Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Education and (b) the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on the...

      Palliative Care: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS takes a systematic and safe approach to the prescribing of terminal care drugs.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) level of availability and (b) effects on NHS budgets of cosmetic surgery on the NHS in the most recent quarter...

      Post-natal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were diagnosed with post-natal depression in each year since 2000.

      Primary Health Care: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in the number of posts in primary care trusts and their successor bodies in the North East following...

      Public Health England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the likely funding allocation to Public Health England in each of the first five years following its inception; (2)...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his contribution of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 605, on the Health and Social Care Bill, what the evidential basis is for his...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to extend the provisions of the Stroke Quality Standard to cover community-based...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that GP consortia are skilled in the commissioning of strategic stroke services.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to incorporate the main elements of the National Stroke Strategy into future guidance issued by the National Commissioning Board.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that the provision of stroke services remains a priority for the NHS following the implementation of his plans to reform the NHS.

  • Cabinet Office

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward proposals to publish details of each UK project in receipt of over £25,000 of EU funds.

    • Gross National Product

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of gross national product was accounted for by the (a) financial and (b) manufacturing sector in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 315W, on public bodies, what consideration he gave to including (a) efficiency and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2011, Official Report, column 827, on public bodies, how much more than £500 million a year he expects to...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2011, Official Report, column 828, on public bodies, what steps he plans to take to make the code for public...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to encourage public sector bodies to give priority to local businesses in their procurement policies.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 years there were in each region in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion of young people this...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to reply to questions 33786 and 33787 tabled on 11 January 2011 for ordinary written answer.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Co-operation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom Armed Forces co-operate with those of France and Germany; if so, how; and whether such co-operation is intended as a step towards the...

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Prime Minister on 12 January, what proportion of the £20 billion tax revenue they expect to be paid by the United Kingdom banks...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the renegotiations reported by Baroness Warsi on Newsnight on 12 January to be taking place between the Government and the Royal...

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs are expected to be lost due to the cuts to the BBC World Service.

      Carers: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more funding to support the work of carers.

      Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made with the implementation of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008.

      Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support children in care will receive in place of the Education Maintenance Allowance.

      Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in care councils are established.

      Civil Service: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 21 December 2010 (WA 276-7), how many civil servants earn £228,186 or more.

      Commons Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidance on voluntary applications for registration under Section 15(8) of the Commons Act 2006 issued in December 2007 is still valid.

      Diplomatic Missions: State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they recognise the Vatican City as a state.

      Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the pharmacological needs of patients with very rare cancers will be appropriately met, as well as those with more common...

      Drugs: Ultra-orphan Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given or plan to give the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the appropriate methods for appraising ultra-orphan...

      Education: ESOL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research (a) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and (b) the Skills Funding Agency, have undertaken into the potential impact on people from...

      Education: ESOL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether adults on inactive benefits will be eligible for loans if they wish to take an English for Speakers of Other Language course in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13,...

      Education: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which proposals for new free schools have been approved; in which local education authorities; in each case, what will be the funding from government funds for (a)...

      Education: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which proposals for the conversion of schools to academies are under consideration; and what stage each proposal is at.

      Education: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of maintained secondary schools set a benchmark of between 50 per cent and 90 per cent for take-up of a modern foreign language at GCSE.

      Education: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of maintained secondary schools have shortened Key Stage 3 to two years; and what effect that has had on the teaching and learning of modern...

      Education: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Key Stage 2 language advisers and consultants employed by local education authorities have had their funding withdrawn, or will have had their funding...

      Education: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the teaching of more foreign languages in schools.

      Education: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the findings of the national curriculum review.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 June 2007 (WA 159-60), how many human embryos have been created involving fresh, non-frozen...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority about the ethics of and possible exploitation of women from permitting the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many inter-species embryos have been created since 2008.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the internal background note for each parliamentary question tabled by Lord Alton of Liverpool and...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration was given by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's licence committee members or any of its peer reviewers to the experience of...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 will be adhered to if the Human Fertilisation and Embryology...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 January (WA 97-8), whether the report in Human Reproduction (volume 23, issue 4, pp 756-71) that 631 cases of...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers have policy responsibility for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's evaluation of research proposals ensures that would not otherwise occur in applications to fund research...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 January (WA 96-7), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) does not comment on previous...

      EU: Access to Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to ensure that the protection given by EU Regulation 1049/2001 on access to documents of the European Union institutions is not weakened...

      EU: Access to Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will advocate the extension of access to documents at European Union level to documents, particularly scientific studies, used by member states when...

      EU: Economic Co-ordination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the German Finance Minister's statement on 18 January that a new package of economic reforms to strengthen the European Union's rescue...

      EU: Education Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the production by the European Commission of £4.4 million worth of 2011 diaries, 350,000 of which have been distributed to United...

      EU: Integration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 19 January (WA 34), how many times the scrutiny reserve resolution has been overridden in each House...

      European Commission: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the European Commission suggesting that they do not make new proposals for legislation, and re-examine existing...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 December 2010 (WA 34-5), in which subsection of Section 12 of the York report A Systematic Review of Water...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 November 2010 (WA 156), why the words "(level B)" were omitted after "evidence" in the quotation from the York...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the lowering in 2007 of the concentration of fluoride in the water supply in the Republic of Ireland from 1.0 to 0.7 parts per million, the recent...

      Forestry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they will use to determine which parts of the forestry estate will be sold during the spending review period; to which types of bodies they may be...

      Forestry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which plots of land in the forestry estate they plan to sell this year.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 27 January (WA 196), what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations made by Sir...

      Government: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the aggregate value of non-financial management consultancy contracts in excess of £100,000 agreed by the Government over the past 12 months; and...

      Health: Alzheimer's

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report by the Alzheimer's Society which found that inadequate care is resulting in patients being admitted to care homes sooner than...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of any savings made by transferring the Health Protection Agency to the Department of Health.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase investment in the National Health Service for the treatment of breast cancer.

      Health: Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the quality of midwife-led birth centres.

      Health: Pathfinders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many general practitioner "Pathfinder" consortia have been instituted; and how many expressions of interest they have received.

      Health: Pathfinders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether general practitioner "Pathfinder" consortia are operating with a defined devolved budget.

      Health: Pathfinders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role primary care trusts are playing in the funding of active general practitioner "Pathfinder" consortia.

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 January (WA 7), when they expect to conclude a reciprocal health agreement with Jersey.

      Independent Banking Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Independent Banking Commission to publish all suggestions for reform made by senior bankers.

      Iraq Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the forecast cost to the public purse of the Iraq inquiry. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have carried out a cost-benefit analysis of the...

      Iraq Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why correspondence between the then Prime Minister and the then President of the United States regarding the possible use of joint military action in Iraq is...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to reports of a confrontation between Israeli police and Bedouin at the village of Al-Araqib in the Negev, around 19 January, and the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was provided for coexistence projects between Israelis and Palestinians in 2010; and what percentage of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provided to promote joint business initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians in 2010; and what percentage...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the European Union provided for co-existence projects between Israelis and Palestinians in 2010; and what percentage of European Union aid to...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the European Union provided to promote joint business initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians in 2010; and what percentage of European Union...

      Jobcentre Plus: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give to Jobcentre Plus staff about customer contact and information provision by text message, e-mail and other forms of electronic and digital...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 24 January (WA 114-15), how many of the 300 representations received on the proposals for the 2011-12 local...

      Marine Environment: Maerl Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take on issues raised by the Marine Management Organisation about maerl beds.

      Media: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that media competition regulators are not subject to lobbying by media owners which exceeds guidelines or the law.

      Northern Ireland: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convicted paramilitaries were released as a result of the Good Friday agreement; and for which offences they had been convicted.

      Northern Ireland: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many alleged paramilitary-related murders, attempted murders and other terrorism-related offences in Northern Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom...

      Northern Ireland: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many paramilitary-related offences were committed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1981; and how many convictions of each type of offence there were.

      Northern Ireland: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what United Kingdom legislation has been enacted to provide amnesties for convicted paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.

      Organophosphates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review of organophosphates is being conducted by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment or by the Health...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their spending cuts will affect teachers' pensions.

      Police: Undercover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 12 January (Official Report, col. 1402), whether HM Inspectorate of Constabulary or the Association of Chief...

      Prisoners: Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average number of prisoners in HMP Gloucester without work, training or education in the last six months of 2010; and what was the average number of...

      Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mr Colin Allars, recently appointed Director of Probation and Contracted Prisons, has practical experience of working in probation or prisons. To ask Her...

      Prisons: Resettlement of Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which are the top three prisons ranked for success in the resettlement of offenders.

      Public Bodies Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government about whether a Sewel motion is necessary for clauses 17 to 19 of the Public Bodies Bill [HL].

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not make their loan to the Government of Ireland conditional on that Government's human rights record in the areas of employment and housing.

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 20 December 2010 (WA 310) about their loan to the Government of Ireland, what discussions they had with that...

      Retirement Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 18 November 2010 (WA 240), why they will not estimate the savings from increasing the pension age for...

      Roads: Unadopted Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of how many miles of unadopted roads there are in the United Kingdom.

      Sarfraz Ibrahim

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 27 September 2010 (WA 464), what decision the Minister for the Civil Service has made on whether to...

      Schools: Disruptive Pupils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect teachers from pupils who make unfounded claims about misconduct.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many entries there are on the Serious Organised Crime Agency's Elmer database of Suspicious Activity Reports; and how many entries have been removed since the...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have (a) at any time had, and (b) currently have, (1) direct desktop access, or (2) access from a terminal in a local police unit, to the...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce a de minimis exclusion from the requirement to report suspicious activities to the Serious Organised Crime Agency under money...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer on 24 January by Lord Sassoon (WA 124), what would have been the additional revenue if the 40 per cent tax rate had remained at the...

      Traffic Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 13 December 2010 (WA 148-9) about the issuing of notices to owners by the Traffic Enforcement Centre, what...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent arrest in Uganda of the chief executive officer and managing editor of the Ugandan Summit Business Review magazine,...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 25 January (WA 159-60), how many certificates of sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom were issued...

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