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Written answers

Thursday, 10 February 2011

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2010, Official Report, column 704W, on common land, if she will assess the effects on...

    • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to announce the outcomes of her Department's consultation on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the (a) sustainability and (b) contribution to net decreases in carbon and greenhouse...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2011, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA2, on animal experimentation, which minimum...

    • Data Sharing: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in encouraging data-sharing between companies engaged in animal testing.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of proposed reforms to the immigration system on the number of non-EU students applying to (a)...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration legacy cases were (a) lodged and (b) dealt with in each of the last 24 months; and what the outcome of each was.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) Universities Scotland on the likely effect of her...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas under Tier 5 (religious workers) of the points-based visa scheme have been granted to applicants in each of the last three years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Carbon Offsetting

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon...

    • International Women's Day

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what plans she has to mark International Women's Day; and if she will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Prayers

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will discuss with the Procedure Committee the holding of daily prayers at a location other than in the Chamber of the House.

  • Attorney-General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what powers he has to direct the Director of Public Prosecutions on individual cases under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1879.

    • Public Expenditure

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussion he has had with Ministers in the Department of (a) Health and (b) Education on the effects of activity...

    • VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether VisitEngland has delivered to his Department a rural tourism action plan; (2) whether VisitEngland has provided...

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects VisitEngland to publish its English national marketing strategy for domestic and international markets.

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether VisitEngland has provided its plan for major events including the diamond jubilee.

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much VisitEngland spent on internal industry marketing material in 2010.

  • Scotland

    • Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Universities Scotland on the likely effect of proposed reforms to the immigration system on the number of non-EU...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what logistical planning his Department is undertaking for the withdrawal of (a) British personnel and (b) military equipment from Afghanistan; and if...

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which RAF bases have listed buildings and scheduled monuments within their grounds.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which RAF bases in the UK are on (a) owned land, (b) leased land and (c) land with legal rights; and what the annual land cost is in each case.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on future involvement in multinational defence equipment acquisition; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the state of airworthiness was of each dismantled Nimrod MRA4 aircraft prior to its dismantling; and what faults impacting upon airworthiness were...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship places for people aged (a) 16 to 18 years and (b) 18 to 24 years he has allocated funding for in the...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Newcastle and (b) England received funding under the Grant for Business Investment scheme in each of...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for local offices of his Department in each region; where he expects each to be located; and if he will make a...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2011, Official Report, column 620W, on the Green Investment Bank, when he expects the...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any concerns were raised with him by (a) his officials and (b) other individuals and organisations in respect of the...

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on businesses of removing tobacco point-of-sale displays from...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason UK Trade and Investment did not include Israel in its promotional material about the forthcoming middle east...

  • Education

    • Children's Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions his Department has had with Hammersmith and Fulham Council on funding for children's centres.

    • Children's Centres: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has allocated to children's centres in Stoke-on-Trent in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      College of Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has reached an agreement with UNISON on membership of the College of Social Work.

      College of Social Work: Social Care Institute for Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the Social Care Institute for Excellence will have a role in the running of the College of Social Work.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future status of ring-fenced funding provided to local authorities to support children with disabilities; and if he will make...

      Pre-school Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure the provision of 15 hours of free nursery education for disadvantaged children aged two years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Security

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

    • EU Grants and Loans: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2010, Official Report, column 382W, on EU grants and loans: North East, what the monetary...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will chair the European Regional Development Fund programme monitoring committees in each region from March 2011.

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations he has received from local housing authorities on the likely effects of returning personnel from...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic dwellings valued at £2 million or higher in each (a) local...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

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

      Local Government Finance: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the change in (a) the amount of formula grant, (b) the amount of specific or area-based grants and (c) the total central...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will make an assessment of the (a) economic and (b) social factors leading to trends in the level of closure of...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on dealing with children who run away from home.

  • Treasury

    • Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the ending of the Financial Inclusion Fund on provision of debt advice after March 2011.

    • Departmental Photography

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on photography since May 2010.

      Departmental Security

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

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the additional revenue that would be raised by the introduction of a machine games duty in each of the first three...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is taking steps to curb commodity speculation for the purposes of limiting increases in food prices in the developing world.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the level of gold and foreign currency reserves.

      Income Tax: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions HM Revenue and Customs has had with professional football clubs on the payment of income tax on payments to professional footballers for...

      Income Tax: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of income tax which would have been received by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last 10 financial years had...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of taxpayers earning £100,000 and over in each (a) local authority, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c)...

      Income Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income tax was generated from those with an income of (a) £6,475 to £7,475, (b) £7,476 to £8,475, (c) £8,476 to...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has met representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss the regional national insurance contribution holiday.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of raising the trivial pension threshold.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the underlying figures of Chart 1.1 published on his Department's flickr photostream on consolidation of the...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects HM Revenue and Customs to publish its (a) change and delivery plan and (b) business implementation plan.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from stamp duty land tax on residential properties (a) up to £150,000, (b) from £150,001 to £250,000, (c) from...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission a study on the effect on the economy of implementing a flat tax.

      Taxation: Members

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the online submission facility for self-assessed tax returns is not available to hon. Members.

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to bring forward proposals to bring charitable providers of health care services within the provisions of section 41 of the Value Added Tax...

      VAT: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation he undertook with the business community in Northern Ireland in advance of the rise in value added tax.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the estimated savings to be made from reforms of tax credits and housing benefit take account of the changes to housing benefit entitlement...

  • Justice

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many arrest warrant applications were made to district judges by private individuals under laws relating to universal jurisdiction between 1 January...

    • Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to implement in full the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010.

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evidence he has evaluated on the effect of implementation of the Bribery Act 2010 on the competitiveness of British business; and if he will place...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent meetings he has had with representatives of (a) business organisations and (b) businesses to discuss the implementation of the Bribery Act...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he last met representatives of charities to discuss the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010.

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he sought legal advice on his decision to delay the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010; (2) by what date he expects to complete his...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with (a) the Confederation of British Industry, (b) the Institute of Directors, (c) the British Chambers of Commerce and...

      Departmental Security

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

      National Offender Management Service: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the National Offender Management Service headquarters in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish the results of the prison estates review; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect costs to the public purse of the commissioning process for the suspended private finance...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect costs to the public purse of the commissioning process for the previously planned...

      Social Impact Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable the National Offender Management Service has set for the Social Impact Bond pilot.

      Social Impact Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish the evaluation of the National Offender Management Service Social Impact Bond pilot; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Impact Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding has been allocated to the National Offender Management Service to date to pilot the Social Impact Bond.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to review his Department's policy on use of biofuels in the transport network; and what the (a) timing and (b) scope of the...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to implement provisions from the EU renewable energy directive prohibiting the import of biofuels which do not fulfil sustainability...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the use of imported biofuels from areas at risk of (a) degradation of natural habitats, (b) indirect land use change and (c)...

      Bus Services: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of bus routes which received a public subsidy in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Buses: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives his Department provides to bus operators to use fuel which has minimal adverse effects on the environment.

      Crossrail Line: Woolwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the agreement between his Department and Transport for London and Berkeley Homes for the construction of the station box...

      Cycle to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of take-up by (a) employees and (b) employers of the Cycle to Work scheme.

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Dover Harbour Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, column 151W, on the Dover Harbour Board, on what dates since May 2010 officials in his...

      Dover Harbour Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the majority view was of respondents to the two consultations carried out by his Department on the transfer scheme proposed by the Dover Harbour Board.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) electric cars and (b) hybrid cars sold in the UK in 2009-10.

      High Speed 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what preparatory work his Department has undertaken on the interoperability of High Speed 2 with European rail standards; (2) what estimate he...

      High Speed 2: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has allocated for exceptional hardship purposes in its budget for High Speed 2.

      Local Sustainable Transport Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had recent discussions on the role of employers in use of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

      Localism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to take steps to encourage community ownership bids for statutory harbour authorities under clauses 66 to 70 of the Localism Bill.

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from local authorities on the level of parking charges and penalties since 12 May 2010; and how many of these...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2011, Official Report, column 891W, on railways: disability, if he will assess the provision of support available...

      Railways: Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanism he plans to put in place to measure rail overcrowding in (a) Manchester, (b) Leeds and (c) Birmingham under his proposed rail...

      Railways: Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the relative consideration to be given to (a) investment, (b) profitability, (c) punctuality and (d)...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what resources his Department has allocated to help train operators manage overcrowding.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether parties injured in a motor vehicle accident where the driver at fault is not insured are entitled to compensation from the public purse.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the compatibility of his proposals to reduce the number of (a) coastguard control centres and (b) coastguard control...

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ships gave notice of ship to ship oil transfers in January 2011, as required under MARPOL Annex 1 New Chapter 8.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans to convert those trust ports classified as public corporations into organisations owned by the local community.

      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 relevant policy guidance his Department provides; and if...

      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, whether any sanctions are available to him in respect of...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the Member for Christchurch of 16 September 2010, Official Report, column 1250W, on trust ports: privatisation, what...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make it his policy that when a trust port is sold the levy of 50 per cent. applicable under the provisions of the Ports Act 1991 be...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Marine Management Organisation has received any recent proposals from a trust port to seek powers through a harbour revision order to...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that public corporation status for major trust ports be rescinded in favour of community ownership.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) local authorities and...

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on the publication and distribution of its DWPeople magazine in each year since the magazine's first publication.

      Disability Living Allowance: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of local housing allowance claimants are in receipt of disability living allowance; (2) how many disability...

      Disability Living Allowance: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have successfully claimed industrial injuries disability benefit for osteoarthritis in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the operation of the future jobs fund on economic growth; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the timetable he has set for implementation of the proposed housing benefit cap and the proposed 30(th) percentile...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of single 25 to 35 year-old local housing allowance claimants living in single-occupancy households in (a) West...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent in real terms on housing benefit in each year since the introduction of the benefit.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the average income of (a) women and (b) men retiring in 2011 will be made up of (i) basic state pension, (ii) occupational...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the additional basic state pension entitlement is for (a) a woman and (b) a man retiring in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2018.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average occupational pension for a (a) woman and (b) man retiring in (i) 2011, (ii) 2016 and (iii) 2018.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of out-of-work benefits were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) severe disablement allowance and (c) employment...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has any plans to renegotiate the contract with companies providing medical assessments for employment and support...

      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 4, what the cost of the contract to the private company...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many assessments conducted by Atos were carried out on people suffering from a terminal illness in 2010.

  • Prime Minister

    • Remploy

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cynon Valley of 2 February 2011, Official Report, column 857, on Remploy, for what reasons he believes the previous...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Security

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

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has provided in aid to Palestinians, excluding for police and security purposes, in each of the last three...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated to aid to Zimbabwe in 2010-11.

  • Health

    • Care UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have had with representatives of Care UK since his appointment.

    • Darent Valley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has undertaken any consultations on health provision at Darent Valley hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a confidentiality clause in a contract entered into with a public body and concerning a special severance payment prevents the other party to that...

      Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to satisfy himself that all special severance payments comply with HM Treasury guidance Managing Public Money, annex 4.13;...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals for GP consortia he has received to date in (a) Enfield, (b) London and (c) England; and what criteria will be used to assess such proposals.

      Gosport War Memorial Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure accountability in the case of the deaths of patients at the Gosport War Memorial hospital in the late...

      Hospital Wards: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) urgent care units, (b) accident and emergency departments and (c) maternity departments are the subject of a closure proposal.

      Infant Foods: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had at EU level on the effects on consumer confidence of industry practices in labelling formula milk containing docosahexanenoic acid.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the pay of all NHS staff will remain within the remit of the relevant national pay review bodies after implementation of the provisions of...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) costs to the public purse of the Agenda for Change programme in the NHS.

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which five (a) NHS acute trusts, (b) foundation trusts, (c) mental health trusts, (d) special health authorities, (e) strategic health...

      Primary Care Trusts: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the administrative costs of operating each primary care trust, excluding the administrative costs of running clinical services where the trust was...

      Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reconfiguration proposals have been referred to the Reconfiguration Panel in the last 12 months.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had recent discussions with the (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) North Down and Weald primary care trust on approaches to limiting the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which persons not employed by Government departments or agencies hold passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

    • Kashmir: Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the presence of al-Qaeda in Kashmir.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Israeli counterpart and (b) the Palestinian Authority on trends in the...

      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) Egypt, (b) Jordan and (c) Saudi Arabia on implementing the...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the potential use of the EU's Association Agreement with Lebanon...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the potential use of the EU's Association Agreement with Tunisia...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the potential use of the EU's Association Agreement with...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Arts and Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess effects of long-term trends in attendance at (a) rock and pop concerts, (b) shows, (c) theatre, (d) football matches, (e) rugby...

    • Sports: Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the role played by team sports in developing community cohesion and civic society.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Feed-in Tariff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made on the feed-in tariff review; and if he will make a statement.

    • Winter Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what advice he has received from the Met Office about likely weather conditions in the winter of 2010-11.

      Low-carbon Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to stimulate the development of low-carbon technologies; and if he will make a statement.

      Low-carbon Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much Barnett consequential funding his Department has provided to each devolved Administration in (a) 2010-11 to date and (b)...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to abolish his Department.

      Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to support the development of a European supergrid.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the change in the number of people who will be classified as fuel poor as a result of increase in energy...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 524W, on fuel poverty, what the (a) number and (b) proportion of...

      Fuel Poverty: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in fuel poverty which do not have a mains gas connection.

      Natural Gas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2011, Official Report, column 742W, on natural gas: escapes, if he will assess the effect of the...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that new nuclear power stations do not receive public subsidy; and if he will make a statement.

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2010, Official Report, column 981W, on Sheffield Forgemasters: finance, whether any formal...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will discuss with Ministerial colleagues steps to restrict the construction of solar parks on brownfield sites.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether solar photovoltaics installed in social housing will be covered by the first review of the feed-in tariffs scheme.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many decisions on offshore wind farms are pending under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what medical help is available to asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what medical help is available to asylum seekers due for deportation from the United Kingdom.

      Business Payment Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money owed under the Business Payment Support Scheme has been written off in each year since its establishment.

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the details of the 2011 Census will be made available to all member states of the European Union.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS chronic fatigue syndrome service centres are fully functional; what percentage of patients referred with ME/CFS are subsequently found to have fatigue...

      Education: ESOL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many adults studying English for Speakers of Other Languages courses are (a) women, and (b) men; and how many in each category have been on (1) active...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 January (WA 137), whether they will publish the results of the vote at the ECOFIN Council on 15 February on a...

      Health: Accident and Emergency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether accident and emergency departments will be affected by spending cuts.

      Health: Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a mixed ward in a hospital.

      Higher Education: Fee Remission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the proposal to restrict fee remission for adult education courses to certain benefit claimants, as detailed on page 10 of the Skills for Sustainable Growth...

      Higher Education: Graduates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the finding that one in five students left university without a job last year.

      House of Lords: Overnight Sittings

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 27 January (WA 200), what is the length of the rolling period over which allowances are calculated; and what he estimates the...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace the International Passenger Survey with an immigration accounting mechanism, as recommended in the 13th Special Report of 2007-08...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Brenda Namigadde is not covered by their stated policy that they will not deport individuals who are at risk of persecution because they are gay or will be...

      Industrial Tribunals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) single, and (b) multiple, cases were lodged with industrial tribunals in the last three years; and how many of each type of case involved staff who...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of claims for asylum from countries which share a border with the Ivory Coast.

      Justice: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 1 December 2010 (WA 466), whether Annette Hewins, whose conviction was quashed on appeal, was compensated; and,...

      Northern Ireland Office: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what correspondence the Northern Ireland Office had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in December 2010; and whether they will place copies of it in...

      Office of the Chief Coroner

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering the future of the office of Chief Coroner, they will be consulting the Royal British Legion's Independent Inquest Advice service on the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will hold talks with private sector pension representatives about the steps needed to promote pensions when automatic enrolment begins next year.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been identified as potential victims of trafficking by UK Border Agency staff assigned to controls at Eurostar terminals in France and Belgium.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of the Metropolitan Police's Paladin team, who safeguard children at London entry ports; and whether they plan to...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards will be in place in United Kingdom ports in the lead up to and during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games to prevent children being trafficked.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Lord Hunt of Kings Heath's Question for Written Answer HL4848, tabled on 1 December 2010, remains unanswered on 31 January; and whether the delay has involved...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer HL4848, tabled on 1 December 2010.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Question for Written Answer on frontline police services tabled by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 1 December 2010 has not been answered. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Red Squirrels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many red squirrels there are in Kielder Forest; and what proportion of the red squirrel population in Northumberland they represent.

      UK Trade and Investment: Central Asia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of exports from the United Kingdom to each of the countries in central Asia, including Mongolia and the South Caucasus, in each year since 2001.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest figures for youth unemployment in Birmingham.

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 2 December 2010 (WA 488-90), why funding was provided through the Union Learning Fund and unionlearn for (a)...

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