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Written answers

Thursday, 3 March 2011

  • Leader of the House

    • Committee of Selection

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions he has had with the Chair of the Committee of Selection on the operation of that Committee.

    • Chair of the Committee of Selection

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions he has had with the Chair of the Committee of Selection on the operation of that Committee.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Voluntary Work: Charities

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church Commissioners have a policy to encourage their employees to (a) volunteer and (b) donate to charity...

  • Scotland

    • Flexibility Drawdown: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the Spring Supplementary Estimates 2010-11, HC 790, for what reasons there is proposed an increase of £1,900,000 in voted...

    • Scottish Parliament: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the Spring Supplementary Estimates 2010-11, HC 790, for what reasons there is proposed an increase of £125,784,000 in grant to...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Calyx UK Ltd

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what services and equipment Calyx UK Ltd provide to the...

    • Calyx UK Ltd

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

      Expenditure

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

      Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the job descriptions of the Independent Parliamentary...

      Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the salaries of the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many expense claims from hon. Members have been rejected by...

      Overtime

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

      Pay: Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what comparators the board of the Independent Parliamentary...

      Personnel

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how much members of the Board of the Independent Parliamentary...

      Public Opinion

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

      Triumph Corporate Furniture and Storage

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many items of furniture of each type the Independent...

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Philanthropy: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage philanthropy in the arts.

    • Community and Grass-roots Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on funding for community and...

      Boxing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of rates of participation of young people in boxing.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Aberconwy of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 281W, on broadband, when...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the £10 million of funding for the superfast broadband pilot in North Wales will be disbursed by the Welsh...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will define the geographical coverage of the North Wales superfast broadband pilot area announced on 11 February 2011.

      National Lottery: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will instruct the National Lottery Commission to examine the appropriateness of the actions of Camelot National...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of future trends in levels of participation in seated volleyball.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that her published departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities...

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, columns 291-92W, on flood control: finance, how much she expects...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the effects on the red squirrel population of her recent decisions on policy on the ownership and...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the inclusion of...

      Nature Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the ownership and management of nature reserve land in England.

      Polar Bears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of her Department is on the status of the polar bear as an endangered species.

      Recycling: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on incentives for recycling for small and medium-sized companies.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2011, Official Report, column 922W, on cycling: access, what steps her Department has...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the change in distance of rights of way in England in each of the last four years.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2011, Official Report, column 922W, on cycling: access, what estimate she has made of...

      Sewers: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to ensure that new housing developments are only built with sewers that are adopted by...

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to lay before Parliament regulations on the transfer of private sewers and lateral drains to water and...

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the purchase of shark fin products.

      Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department provided for the conservation of the red squirrel population in the latest period for which...

      Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the conservation of the red squirrel.

      Swans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the effects of illegal shooting on the size of the (a) whooper and (b) Bewick's swan...

      Swans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the size of the (a) whooper and (b) Bewick's swan population in the UK during winter periods in...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to support the big society initiative.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations Ministers in her Department have met in connection with its review of waste policy in England.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will estimate the number of households in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each local authority...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the merits of defining a measure for water poverty.

      Water Supply: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of climate change on the supply of water in each of the next four years.

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of her Department is on whaling for scientific purposes.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff have left his Department's employ since May 2010; (2) how many (a) actual and...

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons persons not employed by Government departments or agencies are issued with passes entitling them to enter his Department's...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what calculation his Department made to arrive at the figure of 20 per cent. as a target for the level of savings on disability living...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the maximum reduction in housing benefit for working age social tenants (a) nationally and (b) in each region as...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the June 2010 Budget Report, what methods his Department used to calculate the savings to the public purse arising from...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the setting of a target for the eradication of pensioner poverty.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance his Department provided to pensioners during the recent recession.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many delays to benefit payments there were in (a) Gloucester, (b) the South West and (c) England in each of the last five years; and if...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the households affected by the proposed introduction of a maximum benefit entitlement will be tenants in social housing.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the potential effects of changes to disability benefits on individuals in North Swindon constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his estimate is of the monetary value of benefits claimed fraudulently in each month since May 2010; (2) what his estimate is of...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice his Department gives to ATOS on the frequency of medical assessments for persons diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Interpreters

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for which services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies interpreters provide services in a language or languages other...

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what regulations his Department introduced between 22 November 2010 and 8 February 2011.

      Immigrants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office in which 10 countries the most permanent emigrants from the UK settled in the most recent year for which records are available.

      NDPBs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many non-departmental public bodies he expects to have been (a) established and (b) proposed to be established between 10 May 2010 and 31 December...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when she expects the Government Equalities Office to meet the Government's commitment to source food that meets British or equivalent standards of...

    • Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will take steps to ensure that the published organisational chart of the Government Equalities Office includes the names and responsibilities...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects his Department to meet the Government's commitment to source food that meets British or equivalent standards of production.

    • Third Sector

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

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what steps his Department has taken to support the big society initiative; (2) whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department are...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to respond to the European Aviation Safety Agency's notice of proposed amendment for flight time limitations; and if he will make a...

    • Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the airline industry on the European Aviation Safety Agency's proposals to change flight time limitations for...

      Buses: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues on methods for the provision of information on buses in (a) audio and (b) visual form.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cyclists were killed in road accidents in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each of the last five years.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the (i) prevalence and (ii) adoption of audiovisual announcement systems on...

      Public Transport: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account his Department's plans for an integrated transport system will take of the needs of visually-impaired passengers.

      Safety Belts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the level of seat belt usage among children travelling in (a) the front and (b) the rear of cars in (i)...

      Safety Belts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of seat belt and child restraint use in reducing the severity of injury to children involved in...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to answer question 37390 on the removal of regulations tabled on 26 January 2011 for answer on 31 January 2011.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the future independence of the Committee on Climate Change.

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons persons not employed by Government Departments or agencies are issued with passes entitling them to enter his...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will direct Ofgem to commission a study of the attitude of consumers to the costs of (a) providing infrastructure for (i)...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of (a) electric and (b) magnetic fields from (i) overhead electricity lines,...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has discussed with Ofgem the account taken in the pricing regime for National Grid of the cost of (a) underground or...

      Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effects on energy-intensive...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Government's policy on the recommendations of the UN...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the tripling of total installed capacity by 2050 indicated in Part 3 of the Revised...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of households that spent (a) 9 per cent., (b) 8 per cent. and (c) 7 per cent. of their income to...

      Smart Electricity Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Department of Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on the allocation of spectrum for smart...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the levels of air passenger duty in relation to aviation taxation regimes in other countries in the EU and G20; and if he...

    • Capital Allowance Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to expand the enhanced capital allowance scheme to increase the use of remanufactured energy-saving equipment.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects his Department to meet the Government's commitment to source food that meets British or equivalent standards of production.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of his Department to Brighton; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreements on energy subsidy reform were reached at the recent G20 meeting of finance Ministers and central bank governors.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 20 December 2010 concerning a constituent, Mr Kerwin.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to table 1.1 of the June 2010 Budget, what spending consolidation he plans to implement in 2011-12 in addition to the consolidation for...

      Wealth Redistribution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the monetary causes of wealth redistribution; and if he will make a statement.

      Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken in respect of the assets held in the UK of the former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his associates.

  • Home Department

    • DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many samples have been added to the DNA database in each police authority area in the last five years; and how many of those samples were...

    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students entering the UK on a student visa were refused entry at the border in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010.

      Newport Passport Office: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral evidence of the Minister of State for Immigration to the Welsh Affairs Committee on 10 November 2010, HC 590, column 73,...

      Police: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue accrued to police forces from charges for the return of stolen vehicles to their owners in (a) England, (b) Leeds and (c)...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to extend the sex worker diversion scheme pilot to London boroughs other than Newham.

      Shotgun Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many shotgun certificate holders there are in each parliamentary constituency.

      Vetting: Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislative provisions she plans to introduce to remove the requirement on coach drivers working for a single employer and taking...

  • Health

    • Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the budget to be allocated to blood and transplants following the implementation of the proposals in the public health White...

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place in relation to a recipient of donated blood tracing the donor; and if he will make a statement.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of blood donors on the donor register who are unknowingly infected with CJD; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Location

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what regulations his Department introduced between 24 November 2010 and 8 February 2011; (2) what regulations his Department removed between 24...

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made on its proposed strategy to deal with rare diseases; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the entry of products derived from genetically modified organisms into the UK food chain.

      Health Visitors: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the new health visitor posts announced by his Department will be (a) full-time and (b) located in the North East.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS's budget for maternity services is in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Blackpool North and Cleveleys of 16 December 2010.

      Mental Illness: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners diagnosed with acute and severe mental illness were transferred to an appropriate healthcare setting in each of the last five years.

      Midwives: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to assist independent midwives with access to professional indemnity insurance provided by the NHS.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the budget to be allocated to midwifery training places following the implementation of the proposals in the public health...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conditions a hospital must meet to achieve foundation status.

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals provide treatment to private patients; and what the (a) limit on numbers, (b) income, (c) expenditure and (d) amount owed by...

      Spinal Injuries: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) complex spinal, (b) scoliosis and (c) primary anterior lumber surgery procedures have been carried out in each hospital trust in each of...

      vCJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to screen (a) the UK blood supply and (b) blood donors for vCJD.

      vCJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assess the merits of removing the warning Risk of Adverse Reaction Infection Including vCJD from blood bags; and if he will make a...

      vCJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure the provision of advice to people who are about to receive blood or blood components on the risk of infection of vCJD.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Kosovo: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps (a) he and (b) the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe plan to take in response to the recommendations...

    • Kosovo: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment (a) he and (b) the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe have made of the allegations in Resolution...

      North Africa and Middle East: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the safety of journalists in (a) Libya, (b) Tunisia, (c) Yemen, (d) Morocco, (e)...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN Secretary-General on the human rights of people in Sri Lanka.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on the review of the rules governing the awarding of medals to armed forces personnel.

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2011, Official Report, columns 383-4W, on departmental information officers, what the estimated cost to his...

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual operating cost of the (a) Hawk T1 and (b) Hawk T1A aircraft was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      HMS Cumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the likely savings to the public purse arising from the decommissioning of HMS Cumberland over the comprehensive...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Commando helicopter force; and if he will make a statement.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he expects the Type 26 frigates to be brought into service.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an equality impact assessment was undertaken in respect of the new investment framework for the Homes and Communities Agency.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 10 local authorities collected the lowest proportion of council tax due in the latest period for which figures are...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on the inclusion of requirements relating to biodiversity for wildlife in woodland and forests in his...

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of closing the Government Offices of the Regions; and what proportion of...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people aged 16 and 17 years were accepted as owed a main homelessness duty by local authorities in England in each...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities his Department has consulted on the ring-fencing of housing revenue accounts receipts following...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Housing Revenue Account is treated as a landlord account; and whether rents paid by tenants may be used other than...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 23 June 2010, Official Report, column...

      Leisure Facilities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans his Department has to monitor the levels of funding by local authorities for sports and leisure facilities; (2)...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issued to local authorities on the work of remuneration committees in local authorities in...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have not yet published online details of expenditure of sums over £500.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse of employer contributions to the Local Government Pension Scheme for local authority staff,...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has considered the merits of extending the (a) Right to Buy and (b) Right to Acquire home ownership scheme to cover...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reporting requirements in relation to unadopted sewers there are for local authority searches.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his estimate is of the number of socially-rented properties of each number of bedrooms to be allocated by local...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the list of payments to charities and voluntary groups published in his Department's resource accounts for...

  • Justice

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what resources he plans to allocate to alternative dispute resolution and mediation over the comprehensive spending review period.

    • Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps have been taken at HM Prison Belmarsh to ensure the prison complies with requirements under the Equality Act 2010 following the...

      Citizens' Advice Bureaux: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will assess the likely effects on citizens advice bureaux in North Wales of the planned reduction in the legal aid budget; (2) what...

      Courts: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of proposed weekend court openings in each year from 2011-12 to 2014-15.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons persons not employed by Government Departments or agencies are issued with passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

      Deposit Protection Service Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many successful cases were brought against landlords by tenants for (a) breach of Deposit Protection Service regulations and (b) not paying...

      Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will discuss with the Minister for Women and Equalities the potential effects on the ability of people in abusive relationships to (a) complete...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the public purse of a case heard at an employment and support allowance appeal tribunal was in the latest period for which...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects his Department to meet the Government's commitment to source food that meets British or equivalent standards of production.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for early release under the home detention curfew scheme have been made in each of the last five years; how many such applications...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of each category of offence and who were released early under the home detention curfew scheme due to exceptional...

      Legal Advice and Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effects on access to legal advice in rural and remote areas of his proposals for legal aid reform; (2)...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what functions previously undertaken by the Legal Services Commission are (a) being undertaken or (b) in the process of being undertaken by his...

      Licence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in West Yorkshire Police Force area were prosecuted for offences related to not having a television licence in each year since 2005.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the National Offender Management Service staff diversity review for 2009-10 will be published; and what the reason is for the time taken before...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress he has made on implementing his proposals for a competition strategy for all offender management services.

      Prison Service: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on uniforms for prison officers working in young offender institutions for persons aged between 15 and 17 in each year since 2006.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many projects in prisons there are in which prisoners receive remuneration from a private company for the work undertaken.

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2010, Official Report, column 281W, on prisoners: gender recognition, whether the final draft of the proposed Prison...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with which countries the UK has a treaty for the repatriation of foreign national prisoners; (2) with which countries he expects the UK to sign...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress he has made on implementing his plans for working prisons.

      Prisons: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates were held in HMP Birmingham in each of the last six months.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what criteria are being used to determine which prison establishments will be closed; and what the decision-making process is; (2) whether he has...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision probation trusts in England and Wales make to issue staff with personal alarms.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation governing the removal of squatters from homes.

      Victim Surcharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the amounts to be committed from the Victim Surcharge to each recipient in 2010-11.

      Victim Surcharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the amount to be raised from the Victim Surcharge in 2010-11.

      Violence: Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) instances of and (b) threats of violence were recorded in (i) unpaid work placements, (ii) probation offices and (iii) approved premises...

      Violence: Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what strategy his Department has developed to deal with threats of violence at work in the probation service in England and Wales.

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has a policy to encourage its employees to (a) volunteer and (b) donate via payroll giving.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Communities and Local Government and (b) Education on the resettlement of young...

  • Prime Minister

    • Arms Control

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he proposes to take to put in place firmer controls on the export of arms from the UK to non-democratic states.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes in Afghanistan his Department is funding.

    • Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assistance his Department plans to provide to smallholder farms in Africa in each of the next four financial years; (2)...

      Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided for smallholder farms in Africa since the L'Aquila summit in 2009.

      Cambodia: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received from non-governmental organisations on the Cambodian Government's proposals to regulate...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of his Department's adherence to each of the principles of good employment practice set out in the Cabinet...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of his Department to Brighton; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many senior civil servants have left his Department's employ since May 2010; and what (a) contractual and (b) non-contractual...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) name, (b) purpose, (c) staffing level and (d) estimated annual cost was of each new unit or team established in his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) total and (b) average salary is of members of staff employed on fixed-term contracts in his Department.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what regulations his Department introduced between 18 November 2010 and 8 February 2011.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on Ministerial travel since May 2010.

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the 10 largest public donations to national and international disaster relief organisations were for which the Government have...

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided to microfinance organisations that are (a) sustainable and (b) not sustainable without...

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations in Bangladesh have received funding from his Department and its predecessor for microfinance initiatives between...

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided in the last three years to microfinance organisations that have undergone an Initial...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether arrangements are in place to enable claw back or disallowance of aid-related funds that have not been spent appropriately.

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is for the future funding of the Education for All Fast Track initiative.

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to (a) contribute to and (b) work with his international counterparts towards closing the gap of $16 billion of...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department had allocated to the Palestinian Negotiation Support Unit in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided to the Palestinian Negotiation Support Unit in each year since 1999.

      Payroll Deduction Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has a policy to encourage its employees to (a) volunteer and (b) donate via payroll giving.

      Sudan: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his Sudanese counterpart on facilitating an agreement on oil revenue between north and south Sudan.

      UN Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he is providing to the UN Women agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings were held during the Minister of State's visit to Yemen; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will suspend the licensing of arms exports to Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

    • Arms Trade: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many licences were issued to companies for the export of arms to (a) Egypt, (b) Bahrain, (c) Tunisia, (d) Libya and (e)...

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, columns 736-7W, on departmental offices, what forms he expected his...

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, columns 737W, on departmental offices, by what means his...

      Green Economy Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what matters were discussed and decided at the inaugural Green Economy Council meeting on 16 February 2011; who sits on the...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to determine the level of funds to be released from asset sales to be provided to the proposed Green Investment Bank.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to launch the consultation on implementing an improved system for assessing health and safety standards for large...

      International Institute of Cricket Umpiring and Scoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will direct Companies House to take no further steps in respect of the registration as a company of the International...

      International Institute of Cricket Umpiring and Scoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will commission an investigation into allegations of irregularities in the registration at Companies House of the...

      Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2011, Official Report, column 492W, on knowledge transfer partnerships: finance, which...

      Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2011, Official Report, column 492W, on knowledge transfer partnerships: finance, how many...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many local enterprise partnerships have representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) universities and (c) the voluntary...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 593W, on business: higher education, what discretionary...

      National Composites Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which body owns the site of the National Composite Centre in Bristol.

      New Businesses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage business investment in the West Midlands.

      Overseas Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government have taken on business co-operation between India and the UK since the Prime Minister's visit to India.

      Regional Growth Fund: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bids for the Regional Growth Fund have been received from applicants in the West Midlands.

      Renewable Energy: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in the marine energy sector which will be created as a result of planned...

      Research: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the amount of funding provided by the charity sector for research conducted by...

      Riot Control Weapons: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to which countries the Government has licensed the export of tear gas in the last three years.

      Small Businesses: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas.

      Technology Strategy Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the core budget for the Technology Strategy Board for 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the monitoring and enforcement of bus service performance, particularly punctuality.

    • Disabled People: Blue Badges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests they had from local authorities for joint investigations into suspected Blue Badge fraud in 2008, 2009 and 2010; how many of those requests were...

      Disabled People: Blue Badges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Blue Badges are in circulation; what percentage of those they estimate have been fraudulently applied for; what percentage of issued Blue Badges they...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their plan to increase the diversity of fuel sources takes account of the expiry in 2012 of the reduction in fuel duty for biodiesels made from used...

      International Planned Parenthood Federation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have funded affiliates to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America; and, if so, when;...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which conflict- affected states are they provide (a) humanitarian aid, (b) mediation, and (c) military support.

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which ports in the United Kingdom are trust ports.

      Railways: Channel Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to resolve the disagreement between rail companies in relation to the use of the Channel Tunnel.

      Railways: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the closure of the direct Wrexham-Shropshire-London train service (a) generally, and (b) in respect of any effect on competition in the...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they issue guidance on whether compensation to passengers for delayed trains should be paid in cash, cheques or vouchers.

      Roads: Bus Lanes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to restore the 70 miles per hour speed limit on the M4 between junction 4 and the Chiswick flyover following the removal of the bus lane.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how local education authorities will be affected by the expansion of the academies programme.

      Schools: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the funding allocation to schools in the City of Manchester in 2010-11; and what will be the allocation in 2011-12 after the introduction of the pupil premium.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in the past 20 years the appointment of Mr John Littlechild, vice chair of the South Wales Police Authority, has been renewed as a member of that...

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last 20 years Mr John Littlechild JP, vice chair of the South Wales Police Authority, has been consulted by the South Wales Police...

      Transport: Appraisals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 4 February (WS 7-10), whether the projects detailed have been assessed using the New Approach to Transport...

      Wreck Removal Convention Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Secretary of State will use his new powers in the Wreck Removal Convention Bill to direct the general lighthouse authorities to mark or remove wreckage in...

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