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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and...

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Transport

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department guidelines on ensuring that food used for his Department's official functions is of domestic origin.

    • Departmental Libraries

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

      High Speed 2: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits applying to the European Commission for funding for High Speed 2 from the TEN-T programme.

      London and Southeastern Railway: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the 11.8% increase in rail fares by Southeastern for commuters from Tonbridge was almost three times the 3.1% increase in rail fares...

      London and Southeastern Railway: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maximum permissible fare increase for season ticket-holders travelling from (a) West Malling to London with Southeastern, (b) Tonbridge to...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what type and level of written risk assessments have been undertaken in connection with proposed Maritime and Coastguard Agency coastguard station closures.

      Oil: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) emergency planning and (b) contingency planning in place to deal with major oil spillages off the...

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received representations from the government of France on his proposed changes to coastguard coverage; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport: Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential barriers to entry for co-operatives within the (a) rail, ( b) bus and (c) ports industry; and if he will...

      Transport: Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials of his Department are working on the use of co-operative mutual models of service delivery within his Department's (a)...

      Transport: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) rail operators and (b) airlines on the recent severe weather conditions; and if he will make a statement.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 265W, on trust ports, what procedures in the Harbours Act 1964 are referred to in...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the role and function of the Marine Management Organisation for the purposes of determining whether a harbour revision order should...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people are employed in the arts sector in each local authority area in the North East; and if he will make a statement.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the merits of taking steps to assist local authorities in the provision of universal wireless broadband access.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department plans to monitor broadband projects which have been funded by regional development agencies (RDAs)...

      Coastal Areas: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department is taking steps to promote smaller hotels in seaside towns; and if he will make a statement.

      Cultural Relations: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on the repatriation to Australia of Australian indigenous human remains held by institutions in the UK.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) Ofcom worked wholly on digital economy policy and implementation (i) on the...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the compound problem gambling prevalence figure was for all forms of remote gambling taken together, online gambling,...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many visitors there were to each (a) art gallery and (b) museum funded by his Department in each of the last 20 years;...

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons he did not meet representatives of trade unions to discuss his plans for the abolition of the Museums,...

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he made of options other than abolition when considering the future of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which (a) individuals and (b) organisations he consulted prior to proposing abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives...

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment of (a) financial liabilities and (b) potential cost savings he made before taking his decision to abolish...

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what equality impact assessment he undertook in advance of his decision to abolish the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

      National Lottery: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing his Department's funding for running costs of lottery funding...

      Telecommunications: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has assessed the equivalence with telecommunications provision for hearing people of the provision of text relay...

      Theatres: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what central Government grants are available to owners of theatres for (a) maintenance and (b) other purposes.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what requests he has received from trade unions representing members in his Department's non-departmental public bodies for...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2010, Official Report, column 322W, on courts: Sunderland, what progress has been made on the proposed rebuilding of...

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has for the future of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and...

      Legal Aid: Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money from the public purse has been provided (a) directly and (b) indirectly through third parties to support legal cases related to (i)...

      Legal Aid: Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal practitioners and other representatives of (a) immigrants and (b) asylum seekers received legal aid and other monies from the public...

      Legal Aid: Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which 20 organisations or persons have received the largest sums of money from the public purse for the provision of legal services in respect of (a)...

      Legal Aid: Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations his Department has received on the withdrawal of legal aid in relation to immigration matters for stateless people.

      Legal Aid: Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the availability of legal aid to applicants for asylum.

      Magna Carta: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 2015.

      Pleural Plaques: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2011, Official Report, column 811W, on pleural plaques: compensation, how many of the 6,119 applications are from...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the Audit Commission's visual identity guidelines produced with the assistance of HSAG...

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Homes and Communities Agency on the incorporation of quality standards in decisions...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

      Departmental Libraries

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

      Fire Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to introduce directly-elected fire commissioners; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanism he has put in place to ensure that the New Homes Bonus reflects the strategic priority in Planning Policy...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statutory duties are required of local authorities.

      Local Government : Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were employed by local government in the first quarter of (a) 1997 and (b) 2010.

      Park Homes: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proposals he has received in respect of the introduction of a fit and proper person test for owners of park home...

      Planning Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to streamline the working of the Planning Inspectorate.

      Quarrying: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will direct Stoke-on-Trent unitary authority to enforce the ruling by the then Secretary of State for the Environment on...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to provide powers for local authorities to ensure that housing development and related infrastructure...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his Department's policy is on the inclusion in local plans of the need for specialist housing for older people; (2)...

      Sheltered Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the promotion of private sector provision of specialist housing for older people is part of the Government's housing...

      Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department is undertaking into the housing needs of elderly people in need of specialist housing.

  • Defence

    • Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Boeing full hazard analysis of the flying controls and associated systems that was carried out with...

    • European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on which occasions his Department has used the services of the European Defence Agency for procurement purposes for each (a) year and (b) type of...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the 2008 and 2009 Assurance Reports from the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board on...

      O'Brien and Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Minister approved his Department's contract with O'Brien and Associates of Washington.

      Russia: Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent reports he has received of Russian submarines operating in the North Atlantic; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) aircraft and (b) naval vessels will be retired as a result of decisions taken in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      War Crimes: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has offered assistance to the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo on issues relating to (a) war crimes and (b) organ...

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) weapons and (b) rounds of ammunition for which (i) his Department has and (ii) the armed forces have responsibility have gone missing since...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to publish the protocol developed by his Department and the Victim Support National Homicide Service.

    • Commonwealth: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his Commonwealth counterparts on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

      Egypt: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the looting of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo on 28 January 2011; what recent discussions he has had...

      Embassies: London Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received from Transport for London on progress towards recovering outstanding London congestion...

      Gilad Shalit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress he has made in efforts to (a) encourage the release of and (b) allow Red Cross access to Corporal Gilad...

      Hong Kong: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many passport applications have been received by the regional passport processing centre in Hong Kong in the last six...

      Iran: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the report of the UN Panel of Experts to the 1718 Sanctions Committee on co-operation...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU sanctions on Iran since December 2010; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Iran: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether his Department has made any recent representations to the Iranian government on its approach to lesbian, gay,...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of steps taken by (a) Algeria, (b) Morocco, (c) Tunisia and (d) Lebanon in implementing...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department plans to provide to the government of Pakistan in order to strengthen institutions to (a) reduce...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on recruitment to ambassadorial posts through open competition.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the treatment of alleged ex-combatants in Sri Lanka by the police and the military.

      Sudan: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Sudanese counterpart on the implementation of the result on the referendum on...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department has contributed to the Turks and Caicos Special Investigation and Prosecution Team since its...

      United Nations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to maintain oversight of UK financial contributions to the UN for the purposes of ensuring good...

      United Nations: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to maintain oversight of recruitment of international staff to UN posts for the purposes of...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress on political reform in Zimbabwe.

  • Health

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which persons not employed by Government Departments or agencies hold passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

      Doctors: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors in the NHS are employed on tier 1 work permits for highly skilled migrants.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of hospital rotas for doctors identified staffing gaps in the last month for which figures are available; (2) what steps he is...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effects on staffing gaps in hospital rotas of the extension of the European Working Time Directive to...

      General Practitioners

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

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has assessed the risk that patients may be refused care that they were previously entitled to following the implementation of the provisions of...

      Hospitals: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will have discussions with the chief executive of university hospital Coventry on its contract with ISS Facility Services; what the date was...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made in October 2010 of the appropriateness of the proposed launch date for the 2010-11 seasonal influenza advertising campaign.

      Medical Equipment: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has received recent reports on the use of counterfeit pulse oximeter sensors in hospitals.

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the future regulation of (a) salaries, (b) bonuses and (c) pensions of employees of (i) Monitor, (ii) the National Health Service...

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future salary level of the chairman of Monitor in each of the next four years.

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with Monitor to discuss his proposals for NHS reform.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to assign a role to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the provision of advice to pharmaceutical companies.

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to establish the NHS Commissioning Board.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients are to be informed of the costs of the treatments they are offered following the implementation of the provisions of the Health and...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to revise arrangements for data collection on waiting times for (a) operations and (b) diagnostic tests and for publication of...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of attendances at general practitioner surgeries by men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer in the latest period...

  • Wales

    • Coal: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of the coal industry in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the role of higher education in Wales in attracting inward investment; and if she...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of higher education in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Iron and Steel: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of the steel industry in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on science funding in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

    • Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to help assist in increasing food production in the developing world; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Government Securities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to take steps to support the development of the bond market for emerging market sovereign issuers.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has contributed to the Turks and Caicos Special Investigation and Prosecution Team since its creation.

  • Prime Minister

    • Pharmaceutical Industry

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has had with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry since his appointment with whom he met in each case; and what the (a) purpose and (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 284W, on animal products: imports, what proportion of her...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects her Department's research project on the extent of use and humaneness of snares to report.

      Bees: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees and other non-target species.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what objectives she has set for the outcome of the Common Fisheries Policy review in 2013.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dangerous dogs were seized and destroyed in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what senior civil service staff moves there have been in her Department since May 2010; and what the (a) name and (b)...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what senior civil service staff have left her Department since May 2010; and what (a) contractual and (b) non-contractual...

      Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to commission future local environment quality surveys of England; and if she will make a statement.

      Environment: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the development of policies to enhance the local environment and reduce litter; and how many staff of...

      Farming: Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the provision of assistance to the farmed salmon industry.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of likely trends in the amount of timber logged from Forestry Commission land under her proposed...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to announce the results of the consultation on her proposals on the sale of the public forest estate in...

      Land: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many acres of land in Christchurch constituency are owned or managed by the Forestry Commission; what proportion of such...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what her Department's policy is on the role of the private sector in delivering a national litter campaign; (2) what...

      Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in reducing the incidence of crayfish plague.

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the size of the red squirrel population for each of the last five years.

      Sustainable Development Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the carrying out of the capacity building activities of the Sustainable Development Commission...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has any plans to introduce legislative proposals on wildlife crime.

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e) other...

  • Treasury

    • Financial Institutions: Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the names and company affiliations of employees of banks and financial institutions wholly or partially owned by the Government who have...

    • Bank of England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on limiting the tenure of future governors of the Bank of England to a single term.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to secure the return of local authority funds frozen in Icelandic bank accounts.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households that will cease to be eligible for child benefit as a result of the change in the higher rate income...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of savings which will accrue to the Exchequer as a result of reducing the rate of childcare support from 80% to 70%.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to promote credit unions in the last 13 years; and what plans he has for further such steps in the next five years.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take steps to ensure that residents of Redditch constituency continue to receive independent advice on debt management following the ending...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reasons for the trend in the level of gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2010.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the consolidated statement on the use of EU funds in the UK for 2008-09, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of EU payment...

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the implications for debt advice services in Redditch of the ending of the Financial Inclusion Fund.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of the postholder of (a) chief executive officer, (b) managing director of wholesale and...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's assessment is of (a) the practical implications of and (b) the annual level of revenue which would be generated by implementing a...

      Intergenerational Equity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to take steps to ensure that intergenerational equity is included in the Green Book.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent forecast is for gross domestic product growth in 2011.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the figures underlying the graph on page 21 of the June 2010 Budget showing estimates of the output gap based on alternative...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the size of the UK budget deficit.

      Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 316W, on public sector: redundancies, if he will take steps to ensure that public sector...

      VAT: Gravestones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much value added tax was raised on grave headstones in the last 12 months; (2) if he will consider exempting value added tax on headstones for...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect on economic growth in Northern Ireland of recent increases in fuel prices.

    • Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to take to ensure that commitments to capital investment in Northern Ireland made as part of the St Andrews agreement are...

      Economic Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the state of the Northern Ireland economy.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had on inward investment into Northern Ireland.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of Northern Ireland on the incidence of cross-border human trafficking.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government's policy is on reductions to the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) apprenticeship and (b) advanced apprenticeship starts there were in (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford...

    • Apprentices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average wage of an apprentice is in each region.

      BP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of BP on company law and company reporting.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which persons not employed by Government Departments or agencies hold passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what projects in Egypt supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) in the last 30 years is debt owed to the...

      Higher Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many women in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England (i) applied and (ii) were...

      Higher Education: Foreign Investment in UK

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

      Innovation: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications to become a technology and innovation Centre focused on high value manufacturing the Technology Strategy...

      Money Lenders: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on capping the level of interest rates charged by doorstep lenders.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on tuition fees; and if he will make a statement.

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a food prices code adjudicator for the dairy industry.

      UN Special Representative on Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the proposals to the UN by the UN Special Representative on business and human rights.

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on provisions by his Department to assist universities under financial pressures and at risk of closure.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls the Health and Safety Executive's asbestos hotline number received (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in 2011 to date.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time inspectors are employed in the Health and Safety Executive's asbestos division; and how many he expects to be employed in...

      Asbestos: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) prosecutions there were and (b) enforcement and prohibition notices were issued by the Health and Safety Executive regarding...

      Asbestos: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the most recent phase of the Health and Safety Executive's Hidden Killer campaign.

      Asbestos: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what mechanism the Health and Safety Executive monitored the effectiveness of the first two phases of its Hidden Killer campaign; and what...

      Asbestos: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will (a) commission and (b) fund a public information campaign to warn construction workers of the dangers posed by asbestos following...

      Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of its contract with Atos Healthcare to carry out work capability assessments for...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty domestic boiler installation.

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to raise the level of awareness of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty domestic boiler...

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with carers' organisations on the proposed changes in carers' benefits; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many open cases including new claims were added to the Child Support Agency IT system in each of the last three years; and how many open...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many open cases there were with the Child Support Agency in each of the last three years; and how many such open cases were being...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the findings were for Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission's monitoring and evaluation of the use of deduction orders within child...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what proportion of child maintenance cases with an assessment and payment scheme was (a) 100 per cent., (b) less than 100 per cent. but...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff of his Department are employed on fixed-term contracts; and what the job title of each is.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in each age group, (b) of each sex, (c) with each disability and (d) in total receive an automatic entitlement to...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in each age group, (b) of each sex, (c) with each disability and (d) in total in receipt of disability living allowance...

      Disability Living Allowance: Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of disability living allowance who use aids and adaptations to improve their mobility.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average frequency with which an approved healthcare professional's advice to a decision maker determining...

      Health and Safety: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints the Health and Safety Executive received from employees about heat in the workplace in the latest period for which figures...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authority housing benefit staff he expects to transfer into his Department under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the relationship between the incidence of emergency hospital admissions and the number of (a) incapacity benefit claimants...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the causes were of fatal accidents in the workplace in each of the last five years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects on the self-employed of assuming income at the national minimum wage for the purposes of assessing...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bridgend of 30 November 2010, Official Report, column 795W, on mortgages: government assistance,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average additional basic state pension entitlement is for a (a) woman and (b) man retiring in 2011.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average forecast basic state pension entitlement is for a (a) woman and (b) man retiring in 2018.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average forecast basic state pension entitlement is for a (a) woman and (b) man retiring in 2016; (2) what the average...

      Redundancy: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding previously allocated to the Health and Safety Executive's Hidden Killer campaign has been reallocated to fund redundancies.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the (a) reduction in the number of (i) claimants and (ii) benefit spending, (b) additional administrative cost and (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many decisions on benefit appeals by customers in north east Scotland were outstanding (a) prior to the reassessment trial and (b) at the...

      Social Security Benefits: Osteoarthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency successfully claimed benefits for osteoarthritis in each of the last five years.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average length of a call, including the time spent on hold, to his Department's 0800 2888 777 number for contacting...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average amount paid to approved healthcare professionals for carrying out the medical services element of the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's document ESA214 - The Work Capability Assessment, page 17, what estimate he has made of the average time...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 6 of ESA214-The Work Capability Assessment, how many healthcare professionals provisionally approved at stage 3 have...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 6 of ESA214-The Work Capability Assessment, by what criteria the satisfactory standard for the purpose of the stage 2...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 6 of ESA214-The Work Capability Assessment, what criteria are used to determine whether an approved healthcare...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's document ESA214-The Work Capability Assessment, page 15, what medical training is provided to a decision...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 6 of ESA214-The Work Capability Assessment, how many approved healthcare professionals were withdrawn from the work...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's document ESA214-The Work Capability Assessment, page 5, what estimate he has made of the average length of...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on his Department's review of the work capability assessment published in March 2010 from (a) the Social...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will postpone the introduction of the new work capability assessment to enable arrangements to take full account of the recommendations...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people whose work capability assessment initially found them fit for work had their assessments overturned upon appeal and were found...

      Work Capability Assessment: Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) his Department and (b) Atos provide any incentives to find claimants fit for work.

  • Home Department

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of persons who have been in the UK in breach of immigration controls for a period exceeding (a) one...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants who have entered the UK illegally claimed asylum following detection in each year for which figures are available; how...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in domestic premises of each type of tenure there were per 100,000 households in each of the...

      Deportation: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were removed in (a) October, (b) November and (c) December 2010.

      Drugs: Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 344W, on Bolivia: drugs, whether the Bolivian Government's amendment to...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Jtrack programme in tracking offenders; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles screened by port operators or authorities in other EU member states were later found in the UK to have been used to...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many freight vehicles were searched by the UK Border Agency for the purpose of detecting persons attempting to enter the UK illegally in...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected entering the UK at each port in each year for which figures are available; and how each such case...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected in each (a) local authority area, (b) county and (c) region in each year for which figures are...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of people who are in the UK beyond the limit of their visa entitlement.

      Illegal Immigrants: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of processing a case involving (a) an illegal immigrant and (b) an asylum seeker whose application for asylum is...

      Illegal Immigrants: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal immigrants and (b) asylum seekers whose application for asylum was refused have been allowed to remain in the UK by...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the operation of border controls (a) in the UK and (b) elsewhere in each of the last 30 years.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the length of time was of the 20 longest-running immigration appeals cases concerning a single individual.

      Offences against Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of cases involving the sexual grooming of girls from children's homes; and if she will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e) other...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings he has had with members of the campaign team supporting a Yes vote in the proposed referendum on the alternative vote; and how many such meetings...

  • Education

    • Children: Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on (a) the number of children reported to have experienced an asthma attack at school in the last 12 months and...

    • Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of levels of understanding of the requirements of young people with autism among the children's workforce.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the criteria for, and monitoring of, private and voluntary sector providers of children's...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings, visits or other engagements relating to her Ministerial duties the Minister of State for Children and Families has attended since her...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many meetings, visits or other engagements relating to the Ministerial duties of the Minister of State for Children and Families have been...

      Education Maintenance Allowace: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the likely effect on students from poorer backgrounds in Wallasey constituency of the withdrawal of education maintenance allowance.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) further education colleges, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) school sixth forms will receive (i) an increase or (ii) a decrease in...

      Free School Meals: Kingswood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in each ward in Kingswood constituency are eligible for free school meals.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will take steps to ensure that identical courses provided by colleges and a school sixth forms receive the same level of funding per...

      GCSE: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to increase access to and take up of triple science GCSEs in deprived areas.

      Higher Education: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he received from representatives of the crafts sector prior to reaching his decision to reduce higher education funding for the...

      Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in (a) West Ham constituency, (b) the London borough of Newham and (c) London have had a reduction in the level of funding provided...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings his Department has had with (a) deaf children, (b) parents of deaf children and (c) organisations representing deaf children on the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish his Green Paper on special educational needs.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to offer student loans to cover the costs of further education fees.

      Teachers: Intimidation

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

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question (a) 31966 and (b) 31965, on the activities of the Minister of State for Children and Families, tabled on 15 December...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people in Richmond Park constituency were not in education, employment or training on the most recent date for which figures are available.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether all new contracts his Department has tendered over £10,000 have been published with associated tender documents on the...

      Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the national grid on its policy on undergrounding...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2011, Official Report, column 477W, on energy, what mechanisms officials will use to decide...

      Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of efforts to encourage the World Trade Organisation to promote transparency in energy...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of feed-in tariff payments for (a) solar and (b) wind installations have been paid on the measured input of...

      Third Internal Energy Package

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish the guidance on the third party access requirement referred to in paragraph 5.16 of the Government's...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost of constructing fossil fuel power stations to compensate for the intermittency of wind power...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely cost per kilowatt hour of fossil fuel-powered generation to provide back-up for the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of trends in charitable giving by (a) corporations and (b) individuals in the last 30 years.

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which maternity units recorded fewer than 200 live births in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Citizens Advice: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to support staffing levels in (a) advice bureaux and (b) other agencies which rely on volunteer staff.

      Civic Society Initiatives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what comparative research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on approaches to civic society initiatives in other countries.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of levels of inequality on levels of social cohesion and social trust.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of relative levels of social capital in each socio-economic group.

      Deaths: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths attributable to poisoning from carbon monoxide there were in each age decile in each local authority area in each of the last 15 years.

      Deaths: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many deaths from prostate cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each primary care trust area and (c) each constituency in each year from...

      Deaths: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the age-standardised incidence rate for prostate cancer is; and how many diagnoses of prostate cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each...

      Ethnic Groups: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what his most recent estimate is of the ethnic minority population of each (a) borough and (b) ward in London; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of use of the internet on levels of social capital.

      Job Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of (i) economic trends and (ii) trends in job security on levels of...

      Mutual Pathfinder Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many applications his Department received to its mutual pathfinder fund to 31 January 2011.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new businesses have been established in each region since June 2010.

      Occupations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on levels of social trust in each major occupational group.

      Social Trust

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of (a) levels of and (b) trends in social trust in the last 30 years.

      Social Trust

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on levels of (i) formal and (ii) informal sociability in the last 30 years.

      Social Trust

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of social trust to the development of the big society initiative.

      Trading Systems

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of local exchange trading systems since 1990.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment has been made of the relationship between the private and voluntary sectors as part of the Government's big society initiative.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what account will be taken of corporate social responsibility as part of the Government's big society initiative.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which organisations have participated in consultation exercises related to the Government's big society initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) opinion polls and (b) research his Department has commissioned on its big society initiative; and if he will publish the results of each.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in his Department are engaged in work related to the Government's big society initiative.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what public consultation activity his Department is undertaking on the big society initiative; and how much his Department has allocated for such...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what targets his Department has set to measure progress in its big society initiative.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the effects on the development of the Government's big society initiative of changes in the level of social cohesion in areas subject...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the effects of trends in social trust in the British Social Attitudes Survey in the last 20 years in the context of the development of...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of levels of volunteering among (a) children and (b) young adults; and whether he plans to promote volunteering to each...

      Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information the Office for National Statistics collects on the average number of hours per day people aged between (a) five and 15 years, (b) 16...

      Young People: Television

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the Office for National Statistics makes of the average number of hours per day spent by (a) boys and (b) girls on watching television.

  • House of Lords

    • Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the system of (a) bonus payments, and (b) incentive plan benefits was included in the package of financial assistance to the (1) chief executive officer, (2)...

    • Banks: Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the green investment bank will be authorised as a bank to take deposits from the public.

      Banks: Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the green investment bank will be free to issue bonds and debt instruments and raise commercial loans; and, if so, whether they will be guaranteed by the...

      Banks: Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the green investment bank is expected to commence making investments and extending loans.

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they approved the proposed cuts in the funding of the BBC World Service; and what is their assessment of the impact of those cuts on global audience reach...

      Business Competitiveness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to reduce the number of regulations which affect business competitiveness; and what progress they have made in publishing the details...

      Business Payment Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses in each of the last five years have entered a formal insolvency procedure after having been granted a Time to Pay agreement under the Business...

      Commons Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether applications for registration of town and village greens under Section 15(8) of the Commons Act 2006 must be subject to public advertisement for...

      Crown Stewards and Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who have been the last five holders of the offices of Crown Steward and Bailiff of (a) the Manor of Northstead, and (b) the Chiltern Hundreds; how long they held...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recent economic growth figures.

      Elections: Registration Forms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether supplies of printed electoral registration leaflets and forms are still available centrally.

      Employment: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage private sector recruitment.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider regulating retail prices for heating oil along with retail gas and electricity prices, in the light of the rise in heating oil prices in...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of electricity and gas for the average family in 2010-11; and what they forecast it will be in 2014-15.

      Energy: Fossil Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of fossil fuel generating capacity that will be needed as back-up for wind power by 2030.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the output and availability performance of onshore and offshore wind farms during November and December 2010 has had on their policy for...

      EU: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Freud on 25 January (WS 35-6), to what extent European Union member states have exclusive competence for employment...

      Finance: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their loan to the Republic of Ireland has been documented, signed and drawn; and whether it is open to them to renegotiate any terms of the loan.

      Food: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Henley on 7 July 2010 (WA 53) and 12 July 2010 (WA 98-9), which European Union member states did not bring in the required...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the European Commission's proposal to restrict material available to the public through freedom of information rules introduced seven...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make the Financial Services Ombudsman and Financial Services Compensation Scheme subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they will hold with the Crown Prosecution Service about their decision on 10 December 2010 not to prosecute Mr Andy Coulson for past newspaper...

      Health: Quality Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that any National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on quality standards relating to care for patients with...

      House of Lords: IT

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the cost of implementing the upgrade of Members of the House of Lords' computers to Windows 7; what were the forecast advantages of doing so; and what...

      House of Lords: IT

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how much time is being spent on problems experienced by Members of the House of Lords from the upgrade of their computers to Windows 7; what efficiencies have...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following Israel's withdrawal from Ghajar, what steps they have taken to ensure that Hizbollah is not able to use it as a base to attack Israel.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to include Hamas and Hizbollah in wider Middle East peace negotiations.

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given to the special tribunal for Lebanon to ensure that it can work in safety.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff worked in the National Health Service in April 2010 (a) as managers and administrators, (b) as doctors, (c) as nurses, (d) as other staff involved...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make about the President of the Palestinian Authority following election laws and submitting himself for re-election.

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what bases they advise district councils to cancel parking enforcement penalty charge notices wrongly issued in some, but not all, circumstances.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 January (WA 88), how many recipients of the state pension living abroad were found not to be alive last year...

      Police: Demonstrators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to comments by Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, that kettling of demonstrators by police is justifiable.

      Ports and Harbours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support plans to deepen the water channel to the harbour of Falmouth to accommodate larger vessels.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatal, serious and slight road accidents there were from 1997 to 2009; and what is their assessment of the changes in the figures over that period.

      Roads: Speed Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are monitoring the impact on road safety of the number of speed cameras which are being decommissioned; and whether they will publish the results.

      Traffic Regulation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase the period within which an application may be made for judicial review of a new traffic regulation order to the standard period of three...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reviews of operating centres used by heavy goods vehicles have been undertaken by traffic commissioners in each of the past five years.

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much public funding One North East has provided to Liberty Electric Cars Ltd; and what further payments it has agreed to make. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      West Lothian Question

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 24 January (WA 93-4), whether the commission to consider the West Lothian question will examine proposals for a...

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