Written answers

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • European Union Third Package

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the European Union Third Package has been transposed into domestic legislation; and if he will make a statement.

    • Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the financing of the Green Climate Fund.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed biofuels plant near Avonmouth on levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount of electricity consumed by wind turbines when they are not generating electricity; and what...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on his proposals for relocation of posts in his Department out of London by 2015.

  • Home Department

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of her Department to Brighton; and if she will make a statement.

    • Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been held in immigration detention for a period of over six months owing to an inability to remove them from the UK...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were detained in the immigration system in 2010.

  • International Development

    • Burundi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department provides to Burundi; and what plans he has for (a) government-monitoring, (b) assisting in the...

    • Burundi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is providing to local industries and natural resources projects in Burundi.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's expenditure on overseas aid was spent on education in each of the last three years; and what the...

      Environment Protection: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what timetable he has set for the development of his proposed innovation prizes for pro-poor environmental technologies.

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what timetable he has set for the development of indicators to measure the effectiveness of the International Climate Fund.

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided for new TB vaccines in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • AIRE Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department has provided to the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre in each of the last five years.

    • Bahrain: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate reports of the use by the government of Bahrain of military equipment sold to it by UK companies; and if...

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has estimated the number of British citizens serving custodial sentences in prisons overseas.

      Burundi: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for diplomatic engagement in Burundi.

      Burundi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent support his Department has given to post-conflict reconstruction in Burundi.

      Costa Rica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) the San Juan River dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and (b) the potential effects...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of his Department's adherence to each of the principles of good employment practice set out in the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff his Department employed at the latest date for which figures are...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Iran on the detention of Mrs Fariba Kamalabdi and Mrs Mahvash...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the adoption of a resolution at the Human Rights Council on the state of human rights in Iran; and if he...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on Iran's human rights record; and what response he has received.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the UN Sanctions Committee on reports of the discovery of a consignment of weapons in...

      Japan: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on whaling ahead of the International Whaling Commission meeting in July.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his objectives are for his Department's participation in the Quartet in the Middle East peace process.

      Mohammed Junaid Babar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US administration on the case of Mohammed Junaid Babar; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will upgrade the Palestinian General Delegation in London to a diplomatic mission.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to review his policy on Tibet.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what matters were discussed during his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to continue to seek agreement on a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights in addition to a UK Bill of Rights.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether information on a criminal conviction of a member of the armed forces is automatically passed to the commanding officer concerned.

    • Armed Forces: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what further powers he plans to give to the Royal Military Police to investigate allegations of serious crimes by individual members of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on giving the Royal Military Police powers to overrule the ability of a commanding officer to prevent the investigation by that force...

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the savings to accrue to (a) his Department's budget and (b) the budgets of each of the armed forces attributable to (i)...

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost was of providing a meal to members of the armed forces (a) based in Britain, (b) serving in Afghanistan and (c) serving in...

      Ballistic Missile Defence: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK of the NATO share of the contribution to the US missile defence system.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the likely savings to his Department through contract renegotiations over the comprehensive spending review period;...

      India: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology had on the Arms Trade Treaty with ministers and officials of the Indian...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to answer question 37369, on regulations removed by his Department, tabled on 26 January 2011 for answer on 31 January.

  • Treasury

    • Private Rented Housing: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer from the Secretary of State for Scotland of 17 February 2011, Official Report, column 893W, on private rented housing: fines, what...

    • Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the (a) monetary value, (b) quantity in hectares and (c) number of locations of surplus public sector land; and if he...

  • Education

    • Children's Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what plans he has for the future level of funding to Sure Start Children's Centres; (2) what plans he has for (a) short-term, (b) medium-term...

    • Free Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications his Department has received from (a) individuals and (b) groups in (i) North Yorkshire and (ii) York to establish a free school.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanism he plans to put in place to handle complaints regarding school admissions after the implementation of his proposal to remove the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the status of existing agreements between his Department and school sports partnerships will be where funding for partnerships is withdrawn;...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average number of sports was to which pupils in (a) secondary schools and (b) specialist sports colleges had access in each year since 2005.

      Sure Start Programme: Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future allocation of funding for Sure Start services in Walsall South constituency.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on the estimated cost to the public purse for each Parliamentary Boundary Commission of conducting...

    • General Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on the potential cost to the public purse of introducing the alternative vote electoral system for...

      Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many amendments were tabled to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill in each House; and how many amendments proposed by hon. Members who are...

      Public Bills

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the benefits to the legislative process of public reading stages for bills.

      Public Bills

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proposals he has for the (a) minimum and (b) maximum amount of time for public reading stages of Bills.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Small Businesses: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to make Government procurement simpler for small and medium-sized enterprises.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will permit UK airports to determine their own security procedures for air crew.

    • Cycling: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with Cycling England on the proposal of Brighton and Hove city council to remove cycle lanes funded by Cycling England.

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on new high speed rail services.

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents involving oil spillage during ship-to-ship transfers of oil off the UK coastline have been recorded in each year since 2000.

      Trams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an announcement on the tram-train pilot.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for which services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies, interpreters provide services in a...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff have left his Department's employment since May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff his Department employed on the latest date for which figures are...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff were employed by his Department in May 2010.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse of the Gambling Prevalence Survey 2010 was; whether his Department plans to provide funding...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the (a) achievements and (b) costs of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and the...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether an impact assessment has been conducted by (a) his Department and (b) the Gambling Commission of the potential costs...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Citizens' Advice Bureaux: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of citizens advice bureaux that are likely to close in (a) Wales and (b) Aberavon...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 737W, on departmental procurement, for what reasons the...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons persons not employed by Government departments or agencies are issued with passes entitling them to enter his...

      Drugs: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2011, Official Report, column 381W, on trade: India, what evidence has been provided to his...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which contracts entered into by UK companies in (a) Bahrain, (b) Democratic Republic of Congo, (c) Egypt, (d) Libya and (e)...

      Intellectual Property and Growth Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) when he expects to publish the final report of the independent review of intellectual property and growth; (2) if he will...

      Intellectual Property and Growth Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which officials accompanied Professor Ian Hargreaves on his visit to the USA undertaken as part of the independent review of...

      Intellectual Property and Growth Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Professor Hargreaves' visit to the US undertaken as part of the...

      Intellectual Property and Growth Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who Professor Ian Hargreaves met during his visit to the US undertaken as part of the independent review of intellectual property...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the representation of the agricultural sector in local enterprise partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Postal Services: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the operations of the new machinery in the Royal Mail sorting offices...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that sufficient radio spectrum is made available to support the development and...

      Strode College: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason the single contract held by Strode College in relation to 13 prisons was replaced by two separate contracts; for...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on the liberalisation of trade in climate-friendly goods through the Doha Development Agenda...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what future plans he has to encourage venture capital investments.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the House of Commons Commission will take steps to ensure that the published...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the reform of the common agricultural policy; and if she will...

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to develop potential for commercial success in the dairy industry; what recent discussions she has...

      Fisheries: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishermen have been reported as (a) lost and (b) injured at sea in each of the last five years.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps she has taken to improve the accuracy of food labelling; and if she will make a statement.

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to take steps to ensure that (a) public rights of way in and (b) access for (i) walkers, (ii) horse...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites of special scientific interest there are in forests in England owned by (a) the Forestry Commission and (b)...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the Forestry Commission staff consultation referred to by the hon. Member for...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reasons (a) Rendlesham Forest and (b) Dunmid Forest have been designated small commercial forests in her...

      Forests: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to manage (a) existing rights to public access and (b) biodiversity in forests in England in...

      Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any companies which were compliant with Gangmasters Licensing Authority regulations were required to cease operations...

      Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration her Department has given to the evidence and advice on the (a) Lyme Bay and Torbay and (b) Prawle Point...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has met the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss her proposals to establish a...

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 710W, on trapping (1) what the outcome was of the 39...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what regulations his Department introduced between 22 November 2010 and 8 February 2011.

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bids for Work Programme prime contracts he has received for each Contract Package area.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of tenants of working age in receipt of housing benefit who were under-occupying their social rented...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of widows and widowers in social rented housing who are of working age and on housing benefit and who...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to paragraph 34 of his Department's Two Year Review of the local housing allowance, page 111, showing that 45% of non-student,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the changes to rules on properties in respect of which housing benefit...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London borough of Enfield and (c) London received over...

      Jobcentres: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2010, Official Report, column 1193W, on jobcentres: sanctions what criteria Jobcentre Plus applies...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of not increasing the qualifying age for pension credit in line with the state pension age.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the effect on the monetary value of private pensions of the level of inflation.

      Pensions: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford district receive the state pension.

      Social Fund: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 683W, on Social Fund: television, how many Social Fund (a) budgeting...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to assist those who experience delays in benefit payments.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department provides to local authorities wishing to pursue (a) UK nationals, (b) A2 nationals and (c) A8 nationals who are...

      Social Security Benefits: Livingston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was to process notification of changes of circumstances of benefit claimants (a) resident in Livingston...

      Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken on the merits of using the consumer prices index in uprating benefits for people under pensionable age.

      Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefits and pensions enquiries and applications were made by people aged 65 or over in the latest period for which figures...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the merits of reviewing the statutory standards in respect of overcrowding in social housing.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps he has taken to increase the provision of family-sized affordable homes.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of New Homes Bonus will be payable for purpose-built student accommodation.

      Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the extent to which provision of allotments meets demand (a) nationally and (b) in each region.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the agenda for the next meeting of the cross-Government group working to tackle...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from (a) hon. Members, (b) Members of the House of Lords, (c) the Board of Deputies of...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the achievements of the cross-Government working group to tackle anti-Semitism; and if he...

      Biofuels: Avonmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of the potential environmental effects of the construction of a proposed biofuels plant near...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, columns 207-8W, on community development, what consultations his...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff have left his Department's employment since May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff his Department employed on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff were employed by his Department in May 2010.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for which services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies, interpreters provide services in a...

      European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Harrow East of 3 November 2010, Official Report, column 813W, on European...

      Housing: Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent research his Department has commissioned on links between home ownership and social mobility.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to publish the report by the Minister of State for Decentralisation to the Prime Minister on localism and...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) powers are available to and (b) procedures are followed by local authorities to make properties at risk structurally...

      Local Government: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of promoting European Local Democracy Week in 2011; and what the cost...

      Local Government: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government funding is available to public bodies and other organisation to promote European Local Democracy Week 2011.

      Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of (a) the level of newspaper readership in each decile of the population and (b) its...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to amend Section 43 of the Planning Act 2008 to make parish councils statutory consultees for...

      Racial and Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements his Department has put in place to measure levels of racial and religious hatred.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to the conclusions and recommendations of the coalfields regeneration review report.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking in respect of the under-occupation of social housing and the promotion of social mobility.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account he has taken of the Compact between the Government and Civil Society in policy development.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of long-term volunteering rates among (a) men and (b) women as (i) formal and (ii) informal volunteers.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of long-term trends in formal volunteering by those with (a) a degree, (b) higher education below...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, columns 212-4W, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

  • Health

    • Abortion: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that independent abortion providers have appropriate care pathways in place for women following...

    • Abortion: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women have been re-referred to NHS antenatal units from independent abortion providers following a decision to continue with their...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of children admitted to neonatal units who (a) died within (i) 24 hours, (ii) two days, (iii) three...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors he took into account in determining how many hours of counselling should be provided to people who have been infected by contaminated NHS...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on improving access to insurance and financial services for people who have been infected by...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to provide additional support to people caring for individuals who have been infected by contaminated blood products.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are circumstances in which the additional payments available through the Skipton Fund for people infected by contaminated blood products may...

      Cervical Cancer: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the link between smoking and cervical cancer.

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the years of life lost owing to mortality from (a) epilepsy, (b) asthma, (c) Parkinson's disease and (d)...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 570W, on drugs: rehabilitation, what estimate he has made of the number of people...

      General Practitioners: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2011, Official Report, column 608W, on general practitioners, whether a licensed private healthcare provider will...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the (a) re-building of the West Cumberland Hospital, (b) Keswick Cottage Hospital development, (c) Millom Cottage Hospital development,...

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the average cost to the NHS of treating a case of laryngeal papilloma; (2) which wart viruses cause laryngeal papilloma.

      Leeds General Infirmary: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received on the future of the child heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

      MRSA: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the capacity of methods of screening against the MRSA bacterium used by NHS hospitals to detect new strains of the...

      National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who were reported as successfully discharged from treatment in the National Drug Treatment Monitoring...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) value as a proportion of all NHS services of those NHS services which are subject to a set...

      North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has of the likely effects on the provision of acute hospital services at West Cumberland Hospital of (a) implementation of the...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on training and career development of the proposal to freeze the payment of annual increments in the salaries...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of long-term trends in (a) calorie intake and (b) exercise levels; and whether he has made an assessment of the relationship...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of NHS expenditure in each region which will be spent on implementing his proposals on patient choice in the...

      Prostate Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to address the variations between trusts in the experience of treatment and care reported by men with prostate cancer in the 2010...

      Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support the NHS provides to persons diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

      Rotavirus Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to receive a further recommendation on the rotavirus vaccine from the Joint Council on Vaccination and Immunisation; (2) when he...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of (a) new and (b) repeat cases of (i) genital warts, (ii) pre-cancer and (iii) overt cervical cancer in the latest...

      South Central Strategic Health Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) registered nurses and (b) doctors are employed by the South Central strategic health authority.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) incidences of and (b) deaths involving swine influenza there were in each of the last five years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of any internal background note prepared for the response to each Parliamentary question tabled by the hon. Member...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether cargo security controls exist in all English airports.

    • Animals: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that primates imported from Asia are not captured from the wild.

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many properties allocated for service families' accommodation in the United Kingdom need to be upgraded to reach condition 1.

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to upgrade and improve single living accommodation for serving members of the Armed Forces.

      Armed Forces: Bomb Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reduce from six months the length of overseas tours for high-threat bomb disposal operators in Afghanistan and other frontline areas; and,...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers came to the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years; and whether they have received any European Union aid to assist with costs related...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed bank levy will lead to a reduction in corporation tax paid by banks; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood of the cost of the...

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of proposed cuts to the BBC World Service; and whether they will provide appropriate funding to ensure a high level of...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to update licensing arrangements under the Local Transport Act 2008 to allow more use of volunteer and part-time drivers of local bus services.

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Secretary of State for Education has met the Children in Care Council since his appointment.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the young people who would currently qualify for the education maintenance allowance will qualify for payment from the enhanced discretionary...

      Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many educational projects have been stopped due to cuts in (a) Birmingham, (b) Coventry, (c) Solihull, (d) Wolverhampton, (e) Walsall, (f) Dudley, and (g)...

      Education: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take account of alternative accreditation to a languages GCSE when awarding the English Baccalaureate.

      Elections: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend local government electoral law in Northern Ireland to remove the requirement for electoral addresses to be personally addressed to...

      Film Industry: UK Production

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 14 February (Official Report, col. 505), how many of the 191 films that were passed by the British Board of Film...

      Government Departments: Suppliers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether authorisation was (a) sought and (b) given for Serco Group plc to use the headline "Serco Civil Government-At a glance" in an information sheet about...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students came to the United Kingdom to study from (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Bangladesh in 2010.

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 14 February (WA 112-13), how many educational institutions with transitional B-ratings are on the UK...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to take action in the light of the finding by the International Monetary Fund's Independent Evaluation Office that HM Treasury, the Bank of...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Kenyan non-governmental organisations received financial and logistical assistance from the United Kingdom or the European Union in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and...

      Northern Ireland: Operation Banner

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to recognise the part played by civilian workers who maintained the military and police estates during Operation Banner in Northern Ireland.

      Papal Visit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 February (Official Report, col. 354), what was the total cost of the papal visit falling to the United...

      Railways: East Coast Mainline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the East Coast Mainline East Coast 2016 Capacity Review consultation paper published in August 2010, which says that no distinction is...

      Railways: East Coast Mainline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their role in developing the Eureka timetable for the East Coast Main Line railway due to start in May 2011.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the confidence level of the data that make up the basket of railway fares from which permissible increases in railway fares are measured.

      Railways: Passenger Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they monitor train operating companies' compliance with the arrangements in the franchise agreements on passenger compensation for delayed train services; and...

      Railways: South Eastern

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the performance of South Eastern Trains during the recent adverse weather conditions and of its performance generally.

      School Finance (England) Regulations 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to lay the School Finance (England) Regulations 2011; and under what procedure the regulations will be approved.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many academies there are in each local education authority in England.

      Schools: Disruptive Pupils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give head teachers greater powers to exclude aggressive pupils.

      Sport: Football Transfer Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent professional football, including transfer fees, is subject to European Union regulation; and whether they would support any proposals for further...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that France and the United States are considering deferring the referral of President Bashir to the International...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote a common European Union foreign and security policy towards the new state of south Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to restore the flow of aid from the European Development Fund to southern Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve co-ordination with France in Sudan in accordance with the agreement made at the 1998 Anglo-French summit in St Malo to...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they played with other European Union member states in supporting and realising a successful outcome to the recent referendum in Sudan.

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