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Written answers

Friday, 11 February 2011

  • Transport

    • Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to instruct or encourage local authorities to (a) allow taxis, motorcycles and electrically-powered vehicles into bus lanes and...

    • Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of requiring vehicle owners to display proof of insurance on the windscreen of their vehicles; and if he will...

      Network Rail: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Network Rail completes the planned electrification of rail lines between Manchester, Liverpool,...

      Railways: Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to encourage rail freight under future franchise obligations.

      Railways: Lowestoft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether his Department has made an assessment of the likely economic effects on Lowestoft of the removal of direct train services from Lowestoft...

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what potential procurement options are now in place for search and rescue helicopters in the UK; whether these options include maintaining continuity...

      Rolling Stock: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to make (a) new and (b) additional rolling stock available to operate on electrified rail lines between Manchester,...

      Sea Rescue: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of changing information technology infrastructure as part of the proposed reorganisation of...

      Sea Rescue: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis in respect of the change of information technology infrastructure as part of the proposed...

      Sea Rescue: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Office of First and Deputy First Minister, (b) Northern Ireland Coastguard and (c) Irish Coast Guard...

      Shipping: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) UK-registered ships and (b) foreign flagged ships were inspected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each of the last 12 months;...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations apply to pilots remotely flying unmanned aircraft in UK airspace that is under the jurisdiction of the Civil Aviation Authority from...

  • Education

    • Departmental Libraries

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

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) directorates and (b) teams there are in his Department; what the responsibility of each is for (i) policy formation and (ii) policy...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2011, Official Report, column 980W, on armed forces: education, what figures have been provided to his Department...

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the establishment and structure of the infantry is; and what its establishment will be after the implementation of the outcome of the strategic...

      Caribbean: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all seizures of narcotics by the Royal Navy in the Caribbean in each of the last five years.

      Caribbean: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the likely level of savings to his Department following the withdrawal of the Royal Navy from anti-narcotic and...

      Caribbean: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disaster relief work was carried out by the Royal Navy in the Caribbean in the last five years.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account he takes of sustaining skills and capabilities in the UK defence industry in determining his policy on equipment procurement.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the proposal for a team of wise men on European defence co-operation considered by EU Defence Ministers in December 2010; and if he...

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he plans to use to assess the performance of the European Defence Agency against (a) its objectives and (b) future UK membership of the...

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to implement the Defence and Security Co-operation treaty since the UK-France summit of 2 November 2010; and if he...

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any other nations apart from France and the UK may be involved in the Franco-British joint brigade announced in November 2010; and on what basis.

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress has been achieved by the Senior Level Group on Franco-British defence co-operation to date; and if he will make a statement; (2) on...

      Low Flying: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many payments of compensation in respect of low flying have been made to recipients in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland in each of the last...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what organisational structure his Department has put in place to undertake its review of RAF bases.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent assessment if of the extent of future provision of search and rescue helicopters at RAF bases; what plans he has for the future...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding from the public purse has been spent on the Joint Search and Rescue Harmonization project to date.

      Royal Armoured Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the establishment and structure of the Royal Armoured Corps is; and what its establishment will be after the implementation of the outcome of the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what permissions are required for unmanned aerial vehicle flights by aircraft over 150kg in airspace controlled by the Civil Aviation Authority.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of primary energy consumption in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales was accounted for by...

    • Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to protect consumers from anti-competitive practices in the heating oil industry.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to publish further information on the technologies to be supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date the Government first introduced subsidies to encourage the development of wind power; and what estimate he has made of the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Art Works

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) how much funding the Commission has allocated for the acquisition of new...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2010, Official Report, column 698W, on child benefit, whether he has now considered the full...

    • Cold Weather Payments: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the weather station area covering Dartford constituency received cold weather payments in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether claimants who have migrated from non-means-tested incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance (ESA) will lose their...

      Employment: Kirkcaldy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) young and (b) disabled people resident in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency have found employment through the New Deal in...

      Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely change in employment rates in Scotland among those (a) aged 16 to 24 and (b) of all age groups...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Osteoarthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Central Ayrshire constituency were awarded industrial injuries disablement benefit for osteoarthritis in the latest...

      New Deal Schemes: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people resident in Wirral South constituency have found employment through the New Deal in each year since 2001.

      New Enterprise Allowance Scheme: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Peterborough constituency are participating in (a) the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme, (b) Work Clubs and (c)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) women and (b) men receive pension credit in retirement.

      Remploy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons managers and directors of Remploy were paid bonuses for 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the level of annual savings to expenditure on benefits which will accrue from universal credit sanctions;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for future qualifying criteria for carer's allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the way in which medical assessments for the purposes of determining benefit suitability are carried out.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2011, Official Report, column 103W, on social security benefit: medical examinations, what discussions he...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women he estimates will be affected by the plans to accelerate the raising of the pension age for women.

      Universal Credit: Livingston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the effects of the introduction of the proposed universal credit in Livingston constituency.

      Work Capability Assessment: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has estimated the average cost (a) in total and (b) per minute of a call from a mobile telephone to the 0800 number...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2010, Official Report, column 10W, on anti-Semitism, what steps he has taken to protect the...

    • BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what organisations he consulted prior to making the statement on the BBC World Service on 26 January 2011.

      British High Commission Dhaka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the staff cost of the British high commission in Bangladesh (a) was in each of the last five years and (b) is projected...

      Embassies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions officials of his Department have had with their counterparts overseas on planned changes in the level of...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the conclusions of the February 2011 European Council, what the terms are of the limited treaty change to be...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken with the Secretary of State for International Development in response to the political and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department expects to conclude its discussions with the Department for Transport on the publication of airport noise...

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has assessed the risk of EU infraction proceedings occurring as a result of the time taken to produce airport...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect the natural environment and nesting sites inhabited by farmland birds identified by her...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of questions tabled in the House to her for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on the revision of restrictions on the number of days in which fishermen may catch fish.

      Fossil Fuels: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will carry out an overall assessment of the effects of fracking on underground water supplies; and if she will issue...

      Nature Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) departmental officials, (b) Natural England and (c) environmental charities on the...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many owners of sites of special scientific interest were served restoration orders in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and...

      Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what duties are placed on British Waterways in consequence of the operation of the Water Framework Directive.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities he estimates will (a) gain and (b) lose financially as a result of the implementation of his...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to publish proposals for funding arrangements for registered providers under the affordable rent scheme; and if...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Security

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

    • Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding the Government Art Collection plans to allocate to the acquisition of new works of art in (a) 2010-11 and...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the value of the Government Art Collection.

      Ofcom: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the name was of the consultancy on whom Ofcom spent £2.7 million in 2009-10 on that consultancy's role as a thought...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether Visit England has provided to the Department its annual review on the opportunities arising from the London 2012...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has plans to compensate businesses whose premises will be temporarily inaccessible because of security measures...

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which companies based in Scotland have been awarded contracts to provide supplies and services to the London 2012 Olympics to date.

      Telecommunications: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of the use by deaf people of video relay services.

  • Health

    • Bowel Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to support effective commissioning for bowel cancer; (2) if he will take steps to ensure communication and partnership...

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the letter of 4 February 2011 from his Department's freedom of information case officer to the right hon. Member for Wentworth and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of foundation house officers did not continue their training beyond the Foundation Programme in the latest period for which figures are...

      Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-medical staff at Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospital are paid over £150,000 a year.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether family planning will fall within the commissioning responsibility of (a) GP consortia and (b) local authorities under his proposals for NHS reform.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential for staff of primary care trusts to enter employment with GP commissioning consortia.

      General Practitioners: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publicise whistleblower rights and protections for GPs.

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects non-geographic telephone numbers for GP surgeries to be phased out; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) doctors and (b) other healthcare professionals from outside the EU who were employed in the UK on the...

      Living Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on living wills.

      Myasthenias

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of trends in the costs of medicines to treat (a) congenital and (b) Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.

      Myasthenias

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the EU orphan drugs regulations on the development of medicines to treat (a) congenital and (b)...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of his Department's fund for children's palliative care has been spent to date; and on what he expects the remainder to be spent.

      Palliative Care: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to assess the (a) safety and (b) consistency of the approach of the NHS in prescribing drugs to frail and elderly patients in...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department monitors the implementation of the NHS Standards and Guidance for Transcranial Doppler Scanning for Children with Sickle Cell...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department plans to take to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crime and disorder in university towns and cities.

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission a report from the chief constable of Greater Manchester police on allegations of anti-Semitic comments made at the...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Community Security Trust on levels of anti-Semitism; what matters were discussed; and if she...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings she has had with the Board of Deputies of British Jews on levels of anti-Semitism; what matters were discussed; and if...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of the changes to student visa requirements on the number of students studying at (a)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to support the development of not-for-profit contractors for public services through the big society bank.

    • Big Society Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his most recent assessment is of the level of public support for the big society initiative.

      Big Society Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the levels of (a) recognition and (b) understanding of the Government's big society initiative among (i) the general...

      Big Society Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will establish a formal definition for his Department's Big Society initiative.

      Public Service: Contractors

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to enable the big society bank to provide capital support to not-for-profit contractors for public services in order to guarantee...

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what role his Department has in the co-ordination of discussions between Departments on speech and language therapy.

      Transition Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much of his Department's Transition Fund he expects to be used to fund debt advice services in financial year 2010-11; (2) how much of his...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the likely financial cost to his Department of the operation of the (a) Civil Procedure Rule Committee, (b) Criminal Cases...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the findings of the feasibility study into the future of the Land Registry will be published.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in the Cabinet Office on the Land Registry and the use of...

      Prosecutions: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been in (a) the UK and (b) Yorkshire in respect of breaches of the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations...

      Victims and Witnesses: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the financial cost to his Department was of support to the victim and witness voluntary sector in the financial years (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and...

  • Scotland

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the decision to remove the mobility component of disability living...

    • Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2011, Official Report, columns 1015-6W, on disability: children, when he plans to meet the Scottish Government to...

      Heathrow: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with (a) BAA, (b) BMI and (c) trade unions on the future of direct flights between Glasgow and London Heathrow.

  • International Development

    • Cambodia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to aid in Cambodia in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the previous five years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of the £1.4 billion fund for the creation of new apprenticeship places he expects to be used to fund...

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to promote the use of carbon monoxide alarms in residential properties; what plans it has for...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provided to Citizens Advice bureaux in England in each financial year from 2001-02 to 2009-10.

      Citizens Advice Bureaux: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding was provided by his Department to Citizen Advice bureaux in England in 2010-11.

      Financial Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Coalition Agreement, page 13, when he plans to bring forward proposals to end unfair bank and financial...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to the location of the headquarters of the Green Investment Bank.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Higher Education Funding Council for England will announce the (a) subjects which will receive grant funding and (b)...

      Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships he expects to be formed in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding was allocated to innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer partnerships between universities and...

      Open University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of extending the charter for the Open University so that it can run specific courses for students in...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Barnett consequential funding his Department has provided to each devolved administration in (a) 2010-11 to date and...

      Qualifications: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of Peterborough city council area had no formal qualifications in each year since 2001.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of turnover in the social enterprise sector in each region in each of the last five years.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many social enterprises there were in each region in each of the last three years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what external advice he has received on the potential sale of the student loan book; and what the cost to the public purse was of...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the document CRD3 Briefing on the Committee of European Banking Supervisors Guidance on Remuneration Provisions in...

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the amount of capital gains tax raised on the sale of residential properties in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department plans to announce future plans for funding debt advice following the ending of the financial inclusion fund.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed (a) as press officers, (b) as internal communication officers, (c) as external communication officers, (d) as...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Barnett consequential funding his Department has provided to each devolved administration in (a) 2010-11 to date and (b) each of the last three...

      EU Economic Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the conclusions of the February 2011 European Council, what criteria the European Council will use to judge the successful implementation...

      EU Economic Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the conclusions of the February 2011 European Council, what further steps heads of state or government plan to take in the euro area...

      Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was paid out through the drawback duty regime in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; (2) what the annual value was of drawback duty fraud in...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the logistics industry to discuss the likely effects of...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from inheritance tax in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Lloyds Banking Group: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of the forthcoming sale of assets of Lloyds Banking Group in which UK Financial Investments has a significant holding, if he will maintain the...

      Revenue and Customs: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the list of companies shortlisted by HM Revenue and Customs to tender for the contract to provide print services as its preferred print...

      UK Financial Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of UK Financial Investments Ltd in meeting its objectives of promoting competition.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 24 January (WA 82), whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the materials they have...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many flying hours Tornado aircraft main spars were lifed for on build. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Tornado aircraft have been withdrawn from...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 7 December 2010 (WA 25), how they plan to carry out the commitment in The Coalition: our Programme...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of their review of the rules governing the award of medals, they will consider making the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and...

      British American Community Relations Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have taken place over the last two years, or are under consideration, in the structure, management and resourcing of the British American Community...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Egypt and the stability of the Government there.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual amount of aid paid to Egypt by the European Union; what proportion is paid by the United Kingdom; and whether any of it is used for military or...

      Energy: Photovoltaic Installations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider new measures to promote investment in photovoltaic technology.

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 26 January (WA 169), whether any statutory instruments have been repealed to balance the making of 20 new...

      EU: Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much United Kingdom aid is paid directly and through the European Union, as contributions to (a) NATO, (b) the Council of Europe, (c) the United Nations and...

      EU: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 December 2010 (WA 9), what they estimate would be the cost of the cost-benefit analysis of the United Kingdom's...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Iran about the reported desecration of the Jewish historical site at the tomb of Esther and Mordechai.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with British companies about supporting settlement activities in East Jerusalem.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Palestinian documents recently leaked to Al-Jazeera and their correlation with Israel's statements about the Palestinians'...

      Israel: Turkel Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Turkel Commission; and what assessment they have made of the impartiality of its members.

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to victims of the conflict in the Ivory Coast.

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the appointment of Nijab Mikati as Prime Minister designate of Lebanon.

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House details of meetings (including informal meetings) of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their stance on the draft Palestinian United Nations Security Council resolution on settlements.

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