Written answers

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

  • Transport

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice his Department issues to security staff at airports on the x-raying of shoes.

    • British Chamber of Shipping: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many secondments to his Department from the British Chamber of Shipping there have been in each year since 1997; for what (a) periods and (b)...

      Departmental Security

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

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the emissions arising from charging an electric vehicle through traditional power sources.

      Northern Rail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2011, Official Report, column 146W, on Northern Rail: standards, what information his Department holds on (a)...

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway stations in Devon have been renovated as part of the National Station Improvement programme.

      Rolling Stock: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the (a) East Midlands Trains, (b) Northern Rail, (c) Cross Country, (d) First TransPennine Express and (e) East Coast rail franchises...

      Shipping: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) causes and (b) safety implications of the recent collision between a recreational fishing vessel and a tanker...

      South Eastern Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the performance data for each relevant reporting period submitted to his Department by Southeastern Trains in respect of the review...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will request from the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

    • Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many communications officers the Independent Parliamentary...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many apologies the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will...

  • Home Department

    • Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to reduce the manufacture of illicit synthetic drugs in the UK; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

    • Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to introduce equipment to test motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.

      Revenue and Customs: X-rays

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure HM Revenue and Customs incurred in operating X-ray scanners in 2009-10.

  • Scotland

    • Petrochemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with INEOS Grangemouth and PetrocChina on their agreement for technology sharing in the field of petro-chemicals.

  • Justice

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases at Bexley magistrates court have involved child maintenance issues in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting were made in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of its requirements for annually managed expenditure in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the comparative length of sentences given to people convicted of (a) possession and (b) possession with intent to supply of (i)...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of a sentence given to people convicted of (a) possession and (b) possession with intent to supply of (i) cocaine, (ii) heroin...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects on the prison population of implementation of the provisions of the Drugs Act 2005.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunals were cancelled less than 24 hours before the scheduled sitting in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has discussed with ministerial colleagues the findings in paragraph 27 of the impact assessment of his cumulative proposals for reform...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with not-for-profit advice organisations on the likely effects on them of loss of funding streams from legal aid budgets; and...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of claims brought against Government Departments and other public bodies by employees under...

      Legal Aid: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Health the potential effects of the proposed removal of legal aid funding for face-to-face assistance...

      Legal Aid: Personal Injury and Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for future provision of legal aid to people in respect of (a) personal injury and (b) clinical negligence cases; and if he will make...

      Legal Aid: Rochdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on the provision of legal aid in Rochdale constituency in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid: Rochdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Rochdale constituency received legal aid in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the savings that would accrue to the Exchequer from ceasing to provide legal aid for advice in relation to decisions about welfare...

      Legal Aid: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made an estimate of (a) the number of not-for-profit organisations who rely on funding from legal aid streams and (b) the number of such...

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of lawyers per 10,000 head of population.

      National Offender Management Service: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of all those employed at the (a) head office and (b) regional offices of the National Offender Management Service have (i) a probation...

      Offensive Weapons: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were (a) convicted, (b) cautioned and (c) given custodial sentences for possession of a blade or an instrument in each year...

      Offensive Weapons: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences involving the possession of a knife or offensive weapon resulted in a (a) caution, (b) absolute or conditional discharge, (c) fine,...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were convicted of burglary and received a custodial sentence of less than (a) four years, (b) three years, (c) two years, (d)...

      Prison Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who in his Department signed off the contract for central procurement of IT equipment in prisons.

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether it is the policy of prison establishments to ask inmates at reception whether they have served in the armed forces.

      Prisons: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he has taken to identify the presence of asbestos in the fabric of prisons; and if he will make a statement; (2) in which prisons it is...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much of the money paid to friends and relatives to assist them in visiting prisoners was provided for subsistence costs in the latest period for...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the administrative cost of reimbursing relatives of prisoners for prison visits by girocheque in the latest period for which figures...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of long-term trends in (a) visits to art galleries, (b) visits to museums, (c) attendance at...

    • Broadband: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in Devon with a broadband connection speed of less than 2mbps.

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what areas of North Wales are included in the pilot area for superfast broadband announced on 10 February 2011.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what definition of the term economically sterile traffic his Department uses; and what plans his Department has to remove such...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to Ofcom of implementation of sections 3 to 16 of the Digital Economy Act 2010; and if...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons his Department has decided to impose 25 per cent. loss of costs for implementation of sections 3 to 16 of the...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the effects on consumer demand for internet broadband of implementation of sections 3 to 16 of...

      EU Electronic Communications Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take in respect of implementation of the EU Electronic Communications Framework.

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the trends in long-term participation rates in each region for (a) football, (b) cricket,...

      Sport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2011, Official Report, column 12W, on sport: finance, what proportion of the...

      Television: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of children with a television in their bedroom.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to ensure the safety and security of blood supplies to members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

    • Armed Forces: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers received a blood transfusion as part of their medical care in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the use of pathogen reduction technology in healthcare provision for armed forces personnel; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and (b) the Ministry of Defence Hospital Units have considered the use of pathogen reduction...

      Armed Forces: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether staff at the Defence Medical Services establishment have carried out any studies into the use of pathogen reduction technology for use on blood...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date long-lead items for the Astute-class submarines, including reactors, have been purchased or ordered to date.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the value of each industrial participation contract involving foreign firms in each of the last 25 years; (2) if he...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on travel in each month since April 2010.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for East Lothian of 13 January 2011, Official Report, columns 747-48W, on ex-servicemen: radiation exposure, on...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of overnight accommodation in (a) April 2010 and (b) each subsequent month.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what type of reactor his Department plans to order for the Trident replacement submarines.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether steel for the substantial construction of the hull structure of the first boat of the Trident replacement programme will be made as a long-lead...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which work streams the £750 million of savings to the public purse arising from the Trident replacement programme identified in the Strategic...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date he expects it will be necessary to reach a decision on the replacement or refurbishing of the UK nuclear warhead.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts his Department has agreed for work on the Trident replacement concept phase to date; and with which companies such contracts have been agreed.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has allocated to spend on the Trident replacement programme in each year between 2010-11 and 2015-16.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to seek Parliamentary approval for long-lead orders prior to the Trident replacement main gate decision.

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he had discussions with his US counterpart prior to the sharing of information with the Russian Federation on UK-designated Trident D5...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to his Department is of meeting its contractual obligations to Atos Origin in each year of that contract.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend recognition of shared care parenting in the arrangement for the payment of child maintenance.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Dichloromethane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment has been made of the risks to human health and safety from the use of products containing dichloromethane for (a)...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of extending the higher rate disability living allowance component to people in employment aged 65 and over.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Rossendale and Darwen constituency receive disability living allowance; and what the cost to the public purse was of such...

      Disability Living Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people with cancer who are eligible for disability living allowance who will be ineligible for the...

      Employment: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what measures he is taking to increase the rate of employment of refugees; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that the Work...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 24 January 2011, Official Report, House of Lords, column 778, on...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many private rented homes in the (a) City of London, (b) London borough of Camden and (c) London borough of Brent he estimates will be...

      Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in funding to the Health and Safety Executive on the effective operation of the...

      Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation he has undertaken on changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he next plans to visit the jobcentre which serves Thirsk, Malton and Filey constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Lone Parents: Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to the merits of introducing an increased earnings disregard for lone parents prior to implementation of other...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of women in Newport East constituency who will be affected by the change in timetable for the equalisation of...

      Poverty: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with service users to inform the development of universal credit proposals; and to what extent those proposals take...

      Social Fund: City of Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund (a) budgeting loans, (b) crisis loans and (c) community care grants for the purpose of buying television sets over the...

      Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on each type of welfare and benefits payment to people with an income of (a) £6,475 to £7,475, (b) £7,476...

      Work Capability Assessment: Carmarthen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of claimants of employment and support allowance in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to support post-conflict reconstruction in Burundi, with particular reference to...

    • Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department issues on flying the EU flag from (a) embassies, (b) high commissions and (c) other Government...

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the provisions of any EU treaty govern the flying of EU flags from Government buildings overseas; and if he will make a...

      Egypt: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of each unclassified item of briefing given to Ministers on the outcome of the 2010...

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact his Department has had with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; and if he will make a statement.

      Embassies: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure was incurred for hospitality for the British embassy or high commission in (a) Albania, (b) Macedonia, (c)...

      European Union Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with hon. Members on the European Union Bill.

      North Africa and Middle East: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to facilitate the safety of UK nationals in (a) Tunisia, (b) Egypt, (c) Jordan and (d) Yemen.

      Sudan: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he has provided to Sudan following the recent referendum in that country.

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the then Foreign Secretary led trade delegations to (a) Brazil, (b) Russia, (c) India and (d) China between...

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he first received reports of unrest in Tunisia.

  • Prime Minister

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the role of Sure Start centres in developing the big society.

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Prime Minister what the attendance list was for the 10 Downing street event for GP pathfinders held on 26 January 2011; and with which organisations each attendee is affiliated.

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total salary cost and (b) average salary is of staff employed on fixed-term contracts in his Department.

    • EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many EU directives are pending transposition into domestic legislation by his Department; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each such...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has assessed the merits of allowing county and metropolitan councils to collect and retain fuel duty locally; and if he will make a statement.

      James Murdoch

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings in an official capacity (a) he (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) Rupert Murdoch, (ii) James Murdoch,...

      Public Bodies: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department issues to (a) Ofcom and (b) other arm's length bodies on ensuring that their accounting practices are in line with those...

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2011, Official Report, column 578W, on tax collection: debts, for what reason HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on aviation taxation regimes in (a) EU member states and (b) G20 countries; and if he will...

      Taxation: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the likely yield to the Exchequer of a tax on financial trades (a) internationally and (b) within the UK alone for clearing house...

      VAT: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether EU member states may operate differential value added tax rates on the sale of alcohol through the on trade and the off trade.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Leader of the House how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting were made in each such year.

  • International Development

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote fair trade in developing countries.

    • Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that development aid contributes to poverty reduction in the developing world.

      Poverty Relief Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist African nations in meeting world poverty relief targets by 2015.

      Africa: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation of children and young people in (a) Sudan, (b) Uganda, (c) the...

      Burundi: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to support the post-conflict reconstruction process in Burundi; and what support he has...

      Cotonou Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that development assistance provided by the European Union under the Cotonou Agreement is linked to...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Childbirth: Enfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many births there were at (a) Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, (b) North Middlesex Hospital, Enfield and (c) Barnet Hospital in each of the last five...

    • Government Departments: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department provides guidance to departments on data collection on the pay of sub-contracted staff.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of jobs created in 2010 were ( a) full-time and (b) part-time.

      Televisions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what data his Department holds on the average number of televisions in households in (a) 1981, (b) 1990, (c) 2000 and (d) 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Barking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department plans to provide for the provision of affordable housing in the Barking Riverside development in the...

    • Audit Commission: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each director of the Audit Commission claimed for (a) hospitality and (b) other expenses in each of the last two years.

      Audit Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission spent on calls to (a) premium-rate telephone numbers, (b) directory enquiry services and (c)...

      Community Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many community centres have been (a) refurbished and (b) built with assistance from funds from his Department in...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, columns 206-7W, on citizen engagement, what (a) new legislation...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the level of expenditure on council tax benefit in each local authority in 2009-10; and how much...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Housing: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has estimated the annual revenue to be raised from implementing a levy of 1 per cent. on the monetary...

      Landlords: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many landlords in Coventry have applied for a selective licence to date.

      Local Government: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has any plans to revise the best value code of practice on workforce matters in local authority service contacts in...

      Non-domestic Rates: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residential properties in the South Hams district council area have been transferred from council tax to business rates...

      North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Ministers of his Department have visited the North East since their appointment; and what the (a) date and (b) purpose...

      Regeneration: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2010, Official Report, column 355W, on urban regeneration: Newcastle upon Tyne, what...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposed cap on household benefit entitlement on the ability of...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition his Department uses to determine under-occupancy in the social rented sector.

      Solar Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many large-scale solar photovoltaic schemes are the subject of a planning application which has not yet been determined.

      Standards Board for England: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Standards Board has spent on office chairs in the last 36 months for which figures are available; and what the (a)...

      Supporting People Programme: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the effects of the reduction in the supporting people grant to Liverpool city council on people in Liverpool.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Algae: Liverpool Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the level of algal blooms in Liverpool Bay; and if she will make a statement.

    • Flood Control: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of spending on flood defences in each parliamentary constituency in Wales was in each of the last 10 years;...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) residential and (b) industrial properties in each local authority area were flooded by each source in (i) 2005...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on whether owners of former Forestry Commission land disposed of by sale should be entitled to charge fees...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) redundancy costs and (b) costs of transferring staff from the Forestry Commission to...

      Forestry Commission: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2011, Official Report, column 998W, on Forestry Commission: Scotland, if she will place...

      Forestry Commission: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people the Forestry Commission employs in (a) Thirsk and Malton constituency and (b) England.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many expressions of interest in purchasing land in England put up for sale by the Forestry Commission have been received...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average market price of timber from the public forest estate was in each year since 2000.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what land owned by the Forestry Commission is for sale.

      Forests: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the access arrangements are for Dedmansey Wood in South West Bedfordshire constituency.

      Forests: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many acres of forest land the Forestry Commission owns in (a) Devon and (b) Newton Abbot constituency; and where such...

      Forests: Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) oral and (b) written ministerial statements have been made by Ministers in her Department on (i) the Forestry...

      Forests: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the net cost to the public purse of the sale of (a) forestry woodland and (b) commercial...

      Forests: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage change in the volume of wood supplied to the market from the public forest estate in (a) England and...

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made since 2007 of the effect of polychlorinated biphenyls on the marine environment...

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the mass of fertiliser washed into the Irish sea in each of the last 10 years.

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pollution incidents of each type there were on each river flowing into the Irish Sea in each of the past 10 years.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of the net cost of (a) the proposed transfer to the charitable sector of land...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effects on common land of the provisions of the Localism Bill.

      Nature Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the long-term trends in visits to nature reserves.

      Plantations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Forestry Commission and Forest Enterprise-owned plantations of 50 hectares or more in Yorkshire and the Humber (a)...

      Sewage: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an assessment of the legality of authorisations granted for train operating companies discharging sewage...

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Forestry Commission spent on controlling the size of the squirrel population on its estate between 2008 and 2010.

      Wareham Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of Wareham Forest; and what steps she plans to take to maintain current public rights of...

      Wood: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much timber was removed under felling licences from (a) Oxford West and Abingdon constituency and (b) Oxfordshire in...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the (a) prospects for, (b) funding requirements for and (c) potential contribution of...

    • Chemicals: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will meet representatives of the chemical industry from Teesside to discuss UK energy policy.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon...

      Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his oral statement of 13 December 2010, Official Report, columns 698-99W, on the Cancun Climate Change Conference, what...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average quantity of radioactive materials released into the atmosphere from each (a) coal-fired and...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what minimum efficiency standards his Department has set for solar photovoltaic projects to qualify for subsidy.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaic energy vary by latitude.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the variation in (a) efficiency of and (b) payback periods for investment in solar...

  • Health

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) number, (b) number per 1,000 head of population and (c) proportion of people who gave blood in each age...

    • Children: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential effects of television viewing on the (i) metabolic rates and (ii)...

      Cockermouth Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the rebuilding of Cockermouth Community Health Hospital; and on what date he expects construction to begin.

      Dentistry: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to equalise the position of British and foreign citizens seeking to obtain access to discretionary recognition of...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting were made in...

      Food: Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of providing routine screening for food intolerances to children from an early age.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many local authorities have launched the Food Standards Agency national food hygiene rating scheme recommended in Lord Young's report, Common...

      General Practitioners: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GP consortia will be subject to the general duties of the public sector equality duty under the Equality Act 2010.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that relevant commissioning expertise will be available for the provision of integrated sexual health services by local...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the impartiality of decision-making within local authorities in delivering public health commissioning.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department uses measures of health and well-being that involve self-reporting by individuals.

      Health Services: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that competition in the health sector is based on the quality of the supplier; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to encourage hospitals to comply with the Government Buying Standards for the public procurement of food and food services.

      Hull and East Riding NHS Stop Smoking Service: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many unsolicited letters the Hull and East Riding NHS Stop Smoking Service has sent; and what the cost to the public purse, including postage,...

      Meat: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimates he has made of the cost to the livestock industry in Wales of implementation of the Food Standard Agency's proposals for full cost...

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Minister of State's contribution on 4 February 2011, Official Report, column 327WH, on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, what recent...

      NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to clause 262 of the Health and Social Care Bill, whether the functions of the NHS Institute will be incorporated into the Commissioning...

      NHS Outcomes Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include indicators on the incidence of fragility fractures in older people in (a) the NHS Outcomes Framework and (b) the Adult Social Care...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pudsey of 27 January 2011, Official Report, column 468W, on the NHS: drugs, if he will assess (a) the...

      NHS: Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority spent on market research and opinion polling in 2009-10; and what estimate he...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports his Department has received from former NHS employees about administrative errors associated with the processing of their pension in the last...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration he has given to allowing private health providers to take ownership of NHS property under his proposals for NHS reform; and if he...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any limit will be imposed on the amount of private income a Foundation Trust can earn as a proportion of its overall income under his proposals...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that NHS patients do not wait longer for treatment as result of the removal of the private income cap for Foundation Trusts; and if he...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely status of the NHS as a protected state service under the relevant European directives under his proposals for...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he will ensure that his Department's proposals for health and social care reform will not create a risk of loss of financial control; and if he will...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards he plans to put in place to maintain quality of care in the NHS in the light of cost pressures; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of maintaining process targets which have a relationship to health outcomes; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the public sector pay freeze on the payment of annual increments to NHS nurses who earn less than...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that patient choice will continue to be determined on the basis of clinical need rather than price or competition law under his...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the implications for patient choice are of lifting the competition exemption for the NHS under EU requirements; and if he will make a statement.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what mechanism patients will be able to choose any healthcare provider under his proposals for GP commissioning.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of mothers who suffered from a post-natal mental health problem as a proportion of the number of live births in...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the report prepared for his Department, One to one support for cancer patients, what steps he is taking to address the gap in the...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the number of diagnosed schizophrenics of each (a) age group and (b) sex there were in each region in each of the last 30 years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his review of informal adult learning will include consideration of (a) the transparency of and (b) mechanisms for...

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether local authority adult community education services will be exempt from the Skills Funding Agency's minimum contract...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the process of reviewing and reinvigorating informal adult learning will include a review of the funding process for...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the future of citizens advice bureaux.

      Citizens Advice: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much central Government funding has been allocated to Citizens Advice in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which colleges he expects to participate in the job outcome pilot scheme in 2011-12 (2) whether funding for job outcome...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the operation of the job outcome pilot scheme in...

      Employment Schemes: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding he plans to allocate to colleges for the purposes of providing training for those who have been out of work for...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether higher education institutions charging more than £6,000 tuition fees for degree courses from 2012 will be required...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether all higher education institutions charging more than £6,000 in annual tuition fees will be eligible to join the...

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the purpose is of the access performance indicators identified in paragraph 6.1 of the guidance to the Director of Fair...

      Human Rights and Transnational Corporations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the outcomes were of his meeting with the UN Special Representative on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations on 10...

      National Regional Development Agency Transition Programme Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the decision was made to include representatives from One North East, Advantage West Midlands and the East...

      Pharmaceutical Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings he or Ministers of his Department has had with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry since May 2010; with...

      Post Office Mutualisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Post Office workforce on his proposals for Post Office mutualisation.

      Post Office Mutualisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the National Federation of Sub-postmasters on mutualisation of Post Office Ltd.

      Post Office Mutualisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to receive the outcome of the consideration by Co-operatives UK on the options for a mutualised Post Office.

      Post Office Mutualisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received initial findings from Co-operatives UK from its study on options for a mutualised Post Office.

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's document Securing the Post Office Network in the Digital Age, November 2010, what estimate he...

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's document Securing the Post Office Network in the Digital Age, November 2010, what estimate he...

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a weekly budgeting account at the Post Office.

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has taken steps to assist the development of new banking products through the Post Office joint venture with the Bank...

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's document Securing the Post Office Network in the Digital Age, November 2010, what assessment...

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on extending access to high street bank current accounts through the Post...

      Post Office: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) HSBC, (b) Santander and (c) Northern Rock on providing access to current accounts...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assets are held by each regional development agency in each region; what the estimated value is of each; which organisation...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2011, Official Report, column 215W, to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central,...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the new all-age careers service will be established on a uniform model across England.

  • House of Lords

    • Air and Rail Travel: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the reasons for searching bags at United Kingdom airports and Eurostar terminals are the same; and, if so, why computers and liquids over 100 ml are...

    • Animals: Trophy Hunting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations apply to shooting as a form of trophy hunting wild mammals which are enclosed so that they are unable to escape.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle and reduce the level of anti-Semitic incidents.

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that service personnel leaving the Armed Forces are treated as a priority for housing by local authorities.

      Armed Forces: Seriously Injured Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether service personnel who suffer injuries in Afghanistan are offered the same level of care in all parts of the United Kingdom.

      Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources HM Revenue and Customs is dedicating to supporting and taking forward their approach to the Arms Trade Treaty in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

      Aviation: Unaccompanied Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Civil Aviation Authority has had with the airline industry on the age at which children may travel unaccompanied.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 7 February (WA 1-2), whether the estimated £4 billion in corporation tax to be paid in 2010-11 by large...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much is being transferred to each of the devolved Administrations under the Barnett formula in relation to tuition fees paid by students; and whether the...

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provided the BBC World Service with £13 million per annum of additional contributions towards the deficit in BBC...

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how BBC World Service superannuation contributions are paid; by whom; what are the respective employer and employee contribution rates; and what terms are in place...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide links to websites containing advice issued since January 2009 on face-to-face contact with benefit claimants by (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b)...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 27 January (WA 184), whether they have estimated the number of chronically sick and disabled persons who will have...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 31 January (WA 217), whether they have calculated the administrative costs of parents of disabled children in...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 31 January (WA 217), how they will ensure that the Motability car scheme remains affordable for the parents of a...

      Bolivia: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their objection to the proposed Bolivian amendment to the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, whether the obligation to prohibit...

      Bolivia: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the statement on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's website that "We are committed to protecting the human rights of indigenous people" takes account of...

      Bolivia: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in relation to narcotics policy, they regard the chewing of coca leaves separately from the illegal processing of coca into cocaine.

      Bolivia: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the memorandum of understanding on counter-narcotics they have signed with Bolivia addresses the elimination of the processing of coca into cocaine; and...

      Charity Research Support Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of support they plan to give to the Charity Research Support Fund.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be their principal objectives at the United Nations climate change conference COP17/CMP7 to be held in Durban in November.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 13 December 2010 (WA 110), what was the cost of sending United Kingdom delegates to the climate change conference...

      Consumer Credit Acts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of protection for consumers in the Consumer Credit Acts 1974 and 2006 and any need to amend those Acts.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress by the Government of Congo in promoting good governance and increasing democracy since the last presidential election.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Government of Congo to arrest and imprison the Congolese opposition leader of the Christian Democrats,...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Congo about the security of its border with Rwanda.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided to (a) the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and (b) the Government of Congo,...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, to mark the tenth anniversary of the first publication of the United Nations report on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of...

      Devolved Administrations: Block Grant Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will permit devolved Administrations in the United Kingdom to convert any capital allocations in their block grant settlements for 2011-15 to revenue...

      Dublin Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women have been removed from the United Kingdom under the Dublin Regulation EC No 343/2003; and what procedural changes they intend to introduce under the...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of the Egyptian people to decide their own political future free from external interference or domestic pressure.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are planning to protect United Kingdom citizens affected by the disturbances in Egypt.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 February (WA 12-13), whether the "single focus to protect the special status of the embryo" of the Human...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 February (WA 12-13), what the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is doing with information...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what proportion of in vitro fertilisation treatment cycles at centres 0076 and 0017 more than 20 eggs were retrieved from women per cycle (a) between 1999 and...

      Energy: Carbon Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken steps to ensure that existing government loans and grants for research and development into carbon reduction will not be affected by the...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 2 February (WA 267), what are their expectations of wind-powered electrical generators.

      EU: Air Passenger Details

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on the proposal by the European Commission to make available to all police forces in member states United Kingdom air travellers' telephone...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 January (WA 137) stating that they consider it unacceptable that the European Court of Auditors for the 16th...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the introduction of a European Union common consolidated corporate tax base.

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposal by France and Germany at the European Council meeting on 4 February for a common consolidated corporate tax base was intended to apply to...

      EU: UK National Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 January (WA 190), which areas of British national life, other than the functioning of Parliament...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 27 January (WA 193), why they shipped a stone crusher and screening plant to the Falkland Islands which...

      Falkland Islands: Minefields

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the extent, quantity and location of unexploded cluster munitions in the Falkland Islands as a result of the military action in 1982.

      Falkland Islands: Minefields

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate all minefields and sites of unexploded munitions on the Falkland Islands will be cleared.

      Film Industry: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide transitional funding to film and media organisations in England from April following the abolition of the UK Film Council.

      Finance: Retail Distribution Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Financial Services Authority on the Retail Distribution Review since 29 November 2010. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      Food: Aspartame

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the full protocols relating to the research study commissioned by the Food Standards Agency into...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Destruction of Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines on the destruction of documents in force on 26 November 2008 were issued.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of sites in England managed by the Forestry Commission giving the name, location, size and a location...

      Fur Products: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the case for clearly labelling all real fur products so consumers can make an informed choice.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the political situation in Egypt on the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the population's access to essential goods.

      Gaza: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to assist the reopening of Gaza International Airport.

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the recent National Audit Office report, what steps they will take to ensure that the advice they receive from management consultants results in...

      Graphene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any public funds were used by the University of Manchester in financing the development of graphene.

      Health: Charcot Foot

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the United Kingdom were treated for Charcot Foot in each year from 1996 to 2010.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of vitamin B1 for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of vitamin D for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

      Health: Psychological Therapies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding for psychological therapies recently announced in the Department of Health's mental health strategy will come from savings made elsewhere in...

      Hereditary Peers' By-election

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the expected cost of all of the elements of the hereditary Peers' by-election on 22 March; and what are the component parts of those costs, including...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many overseas students entering the United Kingdom in years for which figures are available before 2005 remained here five years later and were not undertaking...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students and Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many universities have made representations to them about the impact of (a) new visa caps on the employment of academic staff, and (b) proposed changes to...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students and Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all representations from universities about the impact of the new and proposed changes to immigration...

      House of Lords: Hansard

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the annual cost of delivering Hansard by courier to Peers requesting that service in the London area; and how many copies were delivered each day.

      House of Lords: Hansard

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what consultation was held with Peers receiving a daily delivery of Hansard by courier before the service was terminated.

      House of Lords: Overnight Sittings

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 10 February (WA 80), whether compensation will be given as an ex gratia overtime payment, separate from the night allowance, to...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which British citizens or residents have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights against extradition to the United States; and how long each of their...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Israel about the closure of Karni crossing and its impact on the Gaza Strip.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the deportation of a 30-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank to Gaza by Israeli forces after having lived in Jericho for 20...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the request of the Israeli Foreign Minister that the United States Congress prevents transfers of financial assistance to Palestinians...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with (a) the Palestinian Authority, and (b) representatives of business in the West Bank and Gaza, about how each could...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the situation in the Ivory Coast.

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the humanitarian situation in the Ivory Coast.

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to impose further sanctions on the Ivory Coast.

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that export sanctions on Côte D'Ivoire are being enforced.

      Jordan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the appointment of Marouf Bakhit as the new Prime Minister of Jordan and the impact that will have in Jordan.

      Libel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the publication of the draft bill on libel reform.

      Local Authorities: Formula Grant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their financial support for local authorities is based on the principle of resource equalisation.

      Low Value Consignment Relief

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the amount of annual loans to the Exchequer arising from low value consignment relief; and whether they have estimated the benefits and...

      Manufacturing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a strategy for manufacturing in the United Kingdom.

      Multiculturalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what evidence the Prime Minister said to the Munich Security Conference that multiculturalism has failed.

      Multiculturalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable ethnic minority communities to integrate within the host community.

      Muslim Chaplains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 31 January (WA 234), and with reference to the speech made by the Prime Minister at the Munich Security...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the regulation of nanotechnology.

      Northern Ireland: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they offered assistance to the Northern Ireland Executive during the recent water emergency; what assistance they offered; and what response they received.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the Palestinian Prime Minister's state building project; and what support they are offering for it.

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of any link between the number of police officers available for front line policing and (a) reported crime levels, and (b) public...

      Police: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 7 February (WA 31-2), if the person alleged to be a domestic extremist had not committed any criminal...

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monies from (a) the Home Office, and (b) police authorities, have been allocated to the Association of Chief Police Officers' crime prevention programmes in...

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they propose to the funding of police forces in (a) Birmingham, (b) Coventry, (c) Solihull, (d) Wolverhampton, (e) Walsall, (f) Dudley, and (g) Sandwell.

      Police: Pursuits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the public consultation conducted by the National Policing Improvement Agency, when the Code of Practice on the Management of Police pursuits will be...

      Post Office: Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Wilcox on 3 February (HL Deb, col. 1464), what action they are taking to reinforce links between the Post Office and credit unions.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their proposed timetable for restoring funds to members of the Presbyterian Mutual Society. To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they received...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they issue guidance about whether passenger compensation for delayed trains should be able to be used in ticket machines or online, given the reduced hours...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are using the data about train operating companies being collected by Passenger Focus (a) to improve passenger services and the franchise system, and (b)...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they changed the rules for the first round of bidding for the regional growth fund at the time that they did.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what bids for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership had to be discarded because of the timing of the change in the rules for the first...

      Royal Mail: Channel Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many small packets and parcels were received by the Royal Mail from the Channel Islands in each of the past 10 years for which records are available.

      Sale of Goods Act 1979

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of protection for consumers in the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and of any need to amend that Act.

      Sarfraz Ibrahim

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 7 February (WA 36-7), whether a decision has been made on the possible forfeiture of Sarfraz Ibrahim's...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 October 2010 (WA 302), what general lighthouse authority expenditure was sanctioned by the Department for...

      Sport: Athletics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of UK Athletics moving from Crystal Palace Park to some of the Olympic stadia after the Olympic and Paralympic...

      Taxation: Tax Bands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many taxpayers they forecast will be moved into the highest income tax band (a) this financial year, and (b) in each of the next three financial years, as a...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will lower VAT rates to assist the promotion of tourism and hospitality, as other European countries have done.

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the MoT test uses the same standards as other countries in the European Union; if not, whether they have assessed what the differences are; and whether...

      Trees: Phytophthora

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the research they are conducting of the overall Phytophthora programme; and whether they will publish the findings by the end of March.

      Trees: Phytophthora

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect the recent cold weather to have had any beneficial effect on the Phytophthora infections.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-European Economic Area students were granted visa extensions to undertake postgraduate work in the United Kingdom last year; and whether such periods...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether time spent in the United Kingdom by a foreign national on a student visa counts towards the qualifying period for naturalisation as a British citizen.

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