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Written answers

Monday, 7 March 2011

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the potential for an increase in (a) arrears and (b) instances of recovery action...

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to ensure that the local delivery of council tax benefit or its replacement will not increase...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) data of purchase, (b) amount and (c) supplier was in respect of each transaction undertaken by the Audit...

      Health Care Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Audit Commission provides health care or health care insurance funded from the public purse to any of its staff.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission has paid to Cigna Healthcare and Group Life in each of the last three years; and for what purposes.

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on the continuation of Homes and Communities Agency capital funding to the home ownership for people...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria his Department uses to determine the number of houses to be built in Mid Sussex constituency.

      Local Authority: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Audit Commission has made of changes in the average salary of local authority chief executives in the last 10...

      Promotional Merchandise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission has spent on promotional merchandise since 2006; how many of each item of promotional merchandise...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission has a policy to encourage its employees to (a)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public body for which he is...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) each non-departmental...

      Electoral Reform Services Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services Ltd in each year since 2005.

  • Prime Minister

    • Chequers: Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has visited Chequers since his appointment.

    • Public Bills

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff of his Office he expects to work on (a) the introduction of a public reading stage for Bills and (b) the introduction of a public reading day within a...

      Trident

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 9 February 2011, Official Report, columns 296-97, to the hon. Member for New Forest East on the nuclear deterrent, if he will rule out...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Creative Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of (a) lending to and (b) financing of the creative industries; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Location

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

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what discussions he has had with the (a) Association of British Bookmakers, (b) Responsible Gambling Strategy Board,...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps he plans to take in response to the outcomes of the Gambling Prevalence Survey 2010 relating to trends in the...

      Internet: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) all households and (b) households in which at least one person claims a...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what professional specialist consultancy services were provided to Ofcom in 2009-10; what the name of each provider was; what...

      Olympic Games 2012: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions has he had with (a) representatives of non-governmental organisations and (b) other interested...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Flowers

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons Commission expects to spend on flowers and plants in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of electoral registration officers in improving levels of electoral registration.

  • Wales

    • St David's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what the cost to the public purse was of her Department's St David's Day reception at Gwydyr house on 1 March 2011; (2) who was invited to her...

    • Wales: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales with reference to the Spring Supplementary Estimates 2010-11, HC 790, (1) for what reasons there is proposed an increase of £1,300,000 in voted...

  • Justice

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to review Sections 2 and 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 as part of his plans to establish a British bill of rights.

    • Coroners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on training for coroners in 2009-10; and how much was budgeted for (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Coroners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been (a) spent on and (b) budgeted by his Department's Coroners and Burials Unit for (i) staff costs and (ii) office costs, including...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department were in the civil service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of these...

      Homicide: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether provision for compensation for families of victims of murder and manslaughter is ringfenced in his Department's budget.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the future jurisdiction of the European Court on Human Rights in England and Wales.

      International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government plan to (a) sign and (b) ratify the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

      Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the potential implications on the UK system of trial by jury of the judgment of the Grand Chamber of the...

      Juries: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people resident in the London borough of Bexley (a) were summoned for and (b) undertook jury service in each of the last three years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many cases people with frozen bank accounts have been recipients of legal aid in financial year 2009-10.

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many files held in the National Archives have been recalled by each central Government department under Section 4(6) of the Public Records Act 1958...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether approved premises in England and Wales are required to have alarm links to local police stations.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any link between income inequality and rates of imprisonment.

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what expenditure his Department incurred on (a) pay and (b) unemployment pay for prisoners in each year for which figures are available; and how...

      Prisons: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what disciplinary sanctions are available to the Prison Service against prison governors who do not fulfil requirements to maintain (a) workplace risk...

      Prisons: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Health and Safety Executive has been required to investigate an incident in a prison in each of the last 10 years; which prison...

      Prisons: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what investigations his Department has undertaken into (a) levels of violence in prisons and (b) the causes of such violence in the last three years;...

      Probation Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether probation staff in England and Wales are required to routinely attend health and safety training.

      Probation: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether interview rooms in probation trusts in England and Wales are routinely fitted with alarms.

      Probation: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation trusts in England and Wales have issued standard notice of redundancy letters to probation staff since 1 April 2010.

      Sentencing: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average length of sentence handed down to a person convicted of an offence of breaching an injunction under the terms of Section 3 of the...

      Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many regulations sponsored by his Department have been (a) introduced and (b) revoked since 18 November 2010.

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people have (a) entered the youth justice system, (b) left custody and (c) been resettled after a custodial sentence in each year since...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of payments to farmers made as a result of meat controls;...

    • Beetles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the size of the hazel pot beetle population in the United Kingdom.

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of predation on the size of the songbird population.

      Bottle Deposit and Refund Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of the Prime Minister of 15 September 2010, Official Report, column 878, on bottle deposit and refund...

      Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of her Department to Brighton; and if she will...

      Corporate Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) meetings, (b) correspondence and (c) other contact officials of her Department have had with officials of the...

      Dairy Farming: Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is taking to promote uptake of the grassland derogation to assist dairy farmers in preparing for...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to open the Index of Exempted Dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to owner-led...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of her Department's adherence to each of the principles of good employment practice set out in...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the expenditure on redundancies of public bodies sponsored by her Department in each of the...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are in place to assess the value for money of scientific evidence and advice provided by the...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) openness and (c) accessibility of scientific evidence...

      Dog and Cat Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the effectiveness of (a) neutering and (b) euthanasia as a means of control of the...

      Dogs and Cats: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the monetary value of the illegal trade in dogs and cats in each of the last four financial years.

      Electric Shock Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects her Department's research into electric shock training devices to be completed; and by whom the research...

      Fish: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on promoting consumption of (a) anchovies, (b) herring and (c) sardines.

      Floods: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on trends in the number of householders with homes at risk of flooding refused...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to implement the Food 2030 strategy.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to appoint the members of the expert panel on the future of the Forestry Commission; and on what date she...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from representatives of the rallying sector on the future of land owned and managed by...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what type of land the Forestry Commission (a) owns and (b) leases in each parliamentary constituency in...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a list of the forest sites within the 100,000 acres of land to be sold to which the current consultation...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the proposed independent panel to consider forestry policy in England will have access to (a) research and...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what dates she met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss her policy on the disposal of land owned and managed...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the merits of using Section 16 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to dedicate routes within the...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what proportion of (a) commercial and (b) heritage woodland in each local authority area is owned (i) by the...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are in place to ensure diversity of expertise in the membership of the independent panel of experts...

      Forests: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2011, Official Report, column 922W, what assessment she has made of potential changes...

      Forests: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the sale of land managed by the Forestry Commission in the North East.

      Forests: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on the sale of land managed by the Forestry Commission in the North East.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the costs to the public purse arising from (a) the closure of landfill sites and (b) the...

      Maize: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of instances of the importation of maize without an EU import licence in each of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to reply to the letter reference MM/JH/14/01/2011 of 14 January 2011 from the hon. Member for Bridgend.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with which (a) civil society and (b) other organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber the Forestry Commission in Yorkshire...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she made of the level of slurry storage capacity in the dairy farming sector in preparation for the...

      Pet Advertising Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the next meeting of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group to take place.

      Pet Advertising Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group took place in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and how many such meetings...

      Rural Areas: Rallying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the contribution of rallying to the rural economy in each of the last four years.

      Salmon: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much farmed salmon was exported from the UK to the People's Republic of China in each of the last four years.

      Salmon: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effects of levels of production of farmed salmon in Scotland on levels of sea lice;...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of sewers which are not adopted by a water authority.

      Supermarkets: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will examine the effects on the supply of food of contracts with supermarkets which require food that is fit for human...

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has a policy to encourage its employees to (a) volunteer and (b) donate via payroll giving.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking ahead of the meeting of the International Whaling Commission in July 2011 to ensure maximum...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his most recent estimate is of the number of stateless people residing in the UK.

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to inform holders of potential dormant accounts prior to funds being redistributed by the Big Society bank.

      Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he has received on the legality of using funds from dormant bank accounts to fund the proposed Big Society Bank.

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps the Office for National Statistics has taken to engage with community media to promote the 2011 Census; and what budget has been assigned for...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward proposals to strengthen the relationship between charities and the state.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2010, Official Report, column 88W, on charities: public expenditure, what progress has been made in examining the...

      Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the basis for any link between habitual television watching and civic disengagement.

      Deaths

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate has been made of age-adjusted mortality rate for each income decile.

      Deaths: Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children have died where child (a) abuse and (b) neglect was recorded as a contributory factor in each year since 1990.

      Population: Yemen

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the amount of remittances from British Yemenis to Yemen in each of the last five years.

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of suicide rates in each socio-economic group.

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding his Department provided to strengthen charities and civil societies in each year since 1997.

      Unemployment: Airdrie

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of workless households in Airdrie and Shotts constituency.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on establishing a Big Society day.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will develop and publicise a national scheme to monitor corporate giving.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what factors he took into account in setting the deadline for applications to the Transition Fund by voluntary organisations; and whether he discussed...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of barriers to volunteering.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of volunteering on the (i) well-being and (ii) employability of (A)...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what role behavioural science has played in his Department's development of its policy on (a) giving, (b) volunteering and (c) the Big Society.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has made an assessment of geographical variation in (a) levels of volunteering and (b) the number of charities; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what use his Department has made of time-use studies in establishing volunteering patterns across (a) socio-economic, (b) age, (c) gender and (d)...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2011, Official Report, columns 453-4W, on voluntary work, what the evidential basis is for his Department's...

      Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what was the average number of hours worked by (a) adults aged 18 to 65 and (b) employed adults aged 18 to 65 in each year since 1981.

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution of fiscal measures to reduce levels of waste to landfill to the Government's carbon emission reduction targets.

    • Fiscal Policy: Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made on the effects on fiscal policy of rising global food and commodity prices.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he has had with (a) the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) other Ministerial colleagues on capitalisation and accounting practices for the...

      Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has for the future use of revenues raised through the aggregates levy following the closure of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund;...

      Arch Cru

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Financial Services Authority is taking to investigate the collapse of the Arch Cru fund.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to prevent banks from offsetting losses incurred since autumn 2008 against their tax liabilities.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2011, Official Report, column 494W, on banks: pay, for what reasons the release of the document would prejudice the...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what sanctions will apply if Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group or RBS do not meet their commitments on pay disclosure as part of the Project Merlin...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraph 1.3.4 Project Merlin-Banks' Statement, (1) what steps he plans to take to determine whether sufficient demand for lending...

      Child Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent child benefit fraud.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) corporation tax and (b) proportion of gross profits paid in corporation tax by the banking sector in (i) 2007-08,...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff have left his Department's employment since May 2010; (2) how many (a) actual and (b)...

      Economic Growth: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK of implementing the EU's 2020 Strategy for economic growth; how many (a) directives and (b) regulations he...

      Electoral Reform Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005.

      European Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2011, Official Report, European Committee B, column 9, for what reasons the Financial Secretary to the Treasury stated...

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the extension of net lending targets to the covered by the Project Merlin agreement.

      Financial Services Authority: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will revise the objectives of the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority to include the promotion of corporate diversity.

      Financial Services Authority: Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff at the Financial Services Authority were entitled to receive a bonus in 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      Mileage Payment Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future level of the mileage payment allowance.

      Northern Rock: Financial Health of Friendly Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings he has had on the (a) possible remutualisation of Northern Rock and (b) financial health of friendly societies; and if he will make a...

      Personal Savings: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department has plans to introduce Government-backed individual saving accounts enabling investment in environmental industries; (2)...

      Refrigerators: Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce financial incentives to increase the use of remanufactured refrigerated display cabinets.

      Tax Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the monetary value of tax credits claimed fraudulently in each month since May 2010.

      Tax Relief: Dairy Farmers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide tax relief to assist dairy farmers in preparing for implementations of the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone regulations in each of the next four...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take steps to ensure that air passenger duty exemptions for passengers departing from the Highlands and Islands are maintained in...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rate of gross profit tax is paid by (a) adult gaming centres, (b) onshore gaming websites and (c) offshore gaming websites.

  • International Development

    • British Overseas NGOs for Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided for the Bond organisation in each of the last five years; and what reports he has received...

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department's report on Building support for Development Strategy-Impact of strategy, expenditure and activities,...

      Civil Society Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2010, Official Report, column 210W, on the Civil Society Challenge Fund, which trade unions...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging external audit services...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) furniture, (b) paintings and (c) other items costing over £100 were purchased for the private offices of Ministers in...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) each...

      Environment Protection

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

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on the Music for Change World Music Matters project; what music has been produced; and if he will...

      National Union of Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds his Department has given to the National Union of Teachers in each year since his Department's formation.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the potential use of biochar in assisting carbon and nitrogen fixation in smallholder farms in developing countries...

      Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps with his EU and UN counterparts to make improvements to the lives of the people of northern Sudan.

      Trades Union Congress

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the Mini Learning Fund report of June 2006 appended to the report on the strategic grant...

      Woodcraft Folk Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of its funding for Woodcraft Folk Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for the Government Equalities Office that (a) was on the Marine Conservation Society's...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of the Government Equalities Office was in the last...

      Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what arrangements the Government Equalities Office has in place to monitor the status of women in society.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what account she has taken of the Compact between the Government and Civil Society in policy development.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the outcome of the NATO Surge in Afghanistan.

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of meteorological differences between RAF bases located in the UK on their operational sustainability.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many days each RAF base located in the UK was closed as a result of (a) adverse weather conditions and (b) other factors in each of the last...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria were used to determine that RAF Leuchars should undertake Quick Reaction Alert North duties.

      Air Force: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the redundancies in the Royal Air Force announced on 1 March 2011 on harmony guidelines in that force.

      Air Force: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which courses RAF pilots in training and served with (a) a redundancy and (b) a transfer notice were undertaking; and what the (i) mean and (ii)...

      Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse of training a Royal Air Force pilot was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Aircraft Carriers: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential savings to his Department from the decommissioning of aircraft carriers in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c)...

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Chiefs of Staff Committee on the contribution of the Military Covenant to the effectiveness of the armed...

      Armed Forces: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether criminal convictions of members of the armed forces are recorded on the Police National Computer.

      Armed Forces: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the relevant foreign police force is informed in cases where a member of the armed forces who has been convicted of a criminal offence is...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel in each service are due to renew their contracts in the next 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 1 March 2011, Official Report, columns 21-22WS, on the armed forces redundancy process, what definition...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the relevant foreign police force is informed in cases where a member of the armed forces who has been convicted of an offence and placed on the...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the armed forces have been placed on the sex offender register.

      Bermuda: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources his Department provides for soldiers in the Bermuda Regiment.

      Bermuda: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether there is any mechanism for soldiers in the Bermuda Regiment to obtain uniforms directly from his Department; (2) what arrangements there...

      Bermuda: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements there are to make British Army training manuals available to soldiers of the Bermuda Regiment; and if he will make a statement.

      Bermuda: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many places on British Army training courses have been allocated to soldiers of the Bermuda Regiment in each of the last 10 years.

      Blue Force Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department is offering to serving and former members of HM armed forces who have lost money as a result...

      Civil Emergencies: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department has spent on measures to develop community resilience to civil emergencies since May 2010; and how much he has allocated...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department has put in place to respond to (a) terrorist attacks using unconventional materials, (b) major tidal or coastal flooding...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for spending by his Department to enhance the UK's ability to tackle civil emergencies.

      Defence: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made on the development of the cyber operations memorandum of understanding; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department were in the Civil Service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of these...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid in bonuses to civil servants in 2009-10; how many bonuses were paid; what the aggregate monetary value of those bonuses was;...

      Electoral Reform Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason there is a difference between the 6,000 recorded exposures to radiation in the UK atomic tests reported to the House on 19 December 1984,...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the National Museum of the Royal Navy on the future management of the wreck of HMS Victory 1744.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential savings resulting from a reduction in the initial order of Joint Stroke Fighters from 138 to 40 in (a)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the condition was of each of the five BAe 125 aircraft sold by his Department in 2007; and how many hours had been flown in the aircraft in total at...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many VC10 aircraft 101 Squadron has; how many are in service at present; and what their commitments are.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has for passing on to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office the costs to the public purse of military transport...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department reached agreement with the US administration on freehold arrangements affecting (a) buildings, (b) fixed assets and...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2011, Official Report, column 990W, on USA: military bases, what the location is of each area on United States...

      Military Aircraft: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operating cost per flight hour is of the (a) Tornado GR4, (b) Tornado F3 and (c) Typhoon FGR4 aircraft.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has plans to conduct joint exercises with (a) Indian, (b) Sri Lankan and (c) Indonesian military personnel.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effects on (a) the Royal Navy and (b) his Department's policy on the deployment of a private anti-piracy...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential savings resulting from the cancellation of Nimrod in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what fee he expects his Department to pay Ofcom for the use of its spectrum holdings in the financial year 2011-12.

      RAF Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what civilian contractors work at RAF Valley; and in what capacity.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department has put in place to meet its commitment in the Strategic Defence and Security Review to (a) strengthen international...

      Vanguard Submarine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Islington North of 16 February 2011, Official Report, column 806W, how much of the £330 million...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current location is of (a) HMS Ocean, (b) HMS Bulwark and (c) HMS Albion; and what the current duties of each are.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name and (b) type is of each (i) frigate and (ii) destroyer to be decommissioned over the next five years.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of ships required to counter (a) immediate and (b) long-term threats to the UK.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging external audit services...

    • Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A)...

      Electoral Reform Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will use powers under Section 14(3) of the Planning Act 2008 to include electricity network infrastructure projects that are...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he took into account the effect on the time taken to achieve electricity connections by means of underground cables of the...

      Energy Supply: Wychavon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in the Wychavon District Council area did not have a mains supply for (a) electricity and (b) gas in the latest...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how he expects energy efficiency improvements to be measured following the repeal of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 by the...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on preparations for the recruitment, training and deployment of (a)...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the need for incentives to encourage households to take part in the Green Deal.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to oversee the work of energy-saving installers under the Green Deal; by what means they will be selected;...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2011, Official Report, column 911W, on energy: housing, what consideration he has given to...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what definition of zero-carbon technology (a) his Department uses and (b) is used in the Revised Draft Overarching National Policy...

      Environment Protection: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment has been made of the potential cost to firms developing green technologies of sourcing rare earth metals from...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has any plans to revise his Department's definition of fuel poverty.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent contesting claims by sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease prior to the introduction of the...

      Oil: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider the merits of introducing legislative proposals to repeal all existing enabling legislation promoting further oil...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department receives any revenue from electricity feed-in tariffs.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Access to Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been allocated to the Access to Learning Fund in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each of the next four...

    • Charity Research Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to the Charity Research Support Fund in each of the last five years for...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations his Department consulted in developing its policy on future funding of citizens advice bureaux in accordance...

      Electoral Reform Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005.

      Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to end licensing for employment agencies and gangmasters operating in the sectors covered by the...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the University Modernisation Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been allocated to the University Modernisation Fund in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each of the next...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many universities were awarded New University Challenge funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England in the...

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to provide information to small employers on statutory holiday entitlement.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have been declared insolvent in each (a) region and (b) constituency since May 2010.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of bids submitted by the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise...

      Neurology: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to research into neuroscience in each of the last five years; and how...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department plans to review the Technology Strategy Board rules on research contracts with start-up businesses and...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many sub-post office branches closed (a) in total and (b) in each local authority area in the East of England in each year...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the economy of the replacement of the May Day bank holiday by a bank...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the replacement of the May Day bank holiday by a bank holiday in October on the (a)...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the replacement of the May Day bank holiday by a bank holiday in October.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students normally resident in the Suffolk local education authority area applied for (a) student loans and...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Access to Learning Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has assessed the likely effect on faith communities of proposed changes to daylight saving hours.

  • Transport

    • Air Travel Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Air Travel Trust Fund to next report a surplus.

    • ATOL Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timescale he has set for the completion of reform of the ATOL scheme.

      ATOL Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether including click-through arrangements in the ATOL scheme would require primary legislation.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from the aviation industry on the effects of Government policy on that sector.

      Aviation: Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the maximum amount of time airline pilots should be expected to fly in 24 hours.

      Aviation: Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the maximum amount of time airline pilots should be expected to fly in one day.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce a personnel advanced screening system at UK airports; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on the threat to airport and airline security from air crew.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to bring forward proposals to enable UK airports to determine their own security procedures for air crew.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on safety of the European Aviation Safety Agency's plans to reform flight time limitations.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess any potential risk to UK air travel posed by the European Aviation Safety Agency's plans to reform flight time limitations.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what capital expenditure his Department incurred on the Dartford Crossing in 2010-11; and what such expenditure it expects to incur in each of...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the effect on revenue generated of suspending tolls at the Dartford Crossing in periods of severe congestion.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many regulations sponsored by his Department have been (a) introduced and (b) revoked since 7 December 2010.

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect the outcome of the comprehensive spending review will have on the review of the Driving Standards Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Great Western Railway: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce plans for the electrification of the main railway line into Wales.

      Great Western Railway: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the full business case on which he based his decision to extend the electrification of the Great Western Line from Didcot to...

      London and Southeastern Railway: Cancellations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford of 14 February 2011, Official Report, columns 638-40W, on Southeastern, how...

      Railway Stations: Public Service Announcements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which public service announcements are required at railway stations.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely frequency of replacement of track sections on High Speed Two.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the revenue to accrue to (a) train operating companies and (b) his Department attributable to the increase in rail fares...

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what private finance initiative contracts exist in respect of coastguard services in Scotland; and what the monetary value is of such contracts.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the registered tonnage of the merchant fleet under the UK flag was on the most recent date for which figures are available; and what the average...

      Shipping and Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce carbon dioxide emissions attributable to (a) shipping and (b) aviation.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Bermuda.

    • Brighton

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

      Cote d'Ivoire: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the safety of British nationals resident in Cote d'Ivoire.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Witham of 27 October 2010, Official Report, columns 339-40W, on departmental...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official visits Ministers from his Department have made to Egypt since 1997; and for what purpose.

      Iran: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the passage of Iranian warships through the Suez Canal; whether he has had discussions...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the quality of intelligence assessments by his Department relating to Libya.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department first discussed with the Ministry of Defence the provision of assistance for the evacuation of UK citizens...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he first received information that commercial carriers were cancelling flights to and from Libya as a result of the recent...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aircraft have been used for each evacuation of British nationals from abroad in 2011.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals have been evacuated from Libya on RAF aircraft to date.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the terms of reference are for his Department's review of aircraft evacuation procedures; how it will report; and by what...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date and at what time his Department first placed the order for the charter aircraft to evacuate British nationals from...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of UK nationals evacuated from Tripoli on flights organised by other governments since...

      Libya: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many non-UK nationals have been evacuated from Tripoli on flights arranged by his Department since 15 February 2011.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he plans to reply to the letter of 1 February 2011 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent whose...

      New Zealand: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been provided to New Zealand following the recent earthquake in Christchurch.

      North Africa: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals were evacuated from (a) Tunisia, (b) Egypt and (c) Libya by other EU member states during the...

      North Africa: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many non-British European citizens have been evacuated from (a) Tunisia, (b) Egypt and (c) Libya using his Department's...

      North Korea: South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in conjunction with his international counterparts to deal with the security situation between North...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make urgent representations to the government of Pakistan on the killing of the Minister responsible for religious...

      Sudan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the risk to UK nationals in the Abyei region of Sudan.

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) dates and (b) purposes were of each visit to Tunisia by Ministers in his Department since 1997.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for permanent residence certificates the Turks and Caicos Islands Government has received in each of the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he expects the embargo on new permanent residency applications in the Turks and Caicos Islands to be lifted.

      Yemen: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the safety of British nationals resident in Yemen.

      Yemen: Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments: Stockton on Tees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the weather station area covering Stockton North constituency qualified for cold weather payment on the most recent date for...

    • Departmental Food

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and (b) managers of residential care homes on removal of the mobility component...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to respond to his Department's consultation on the disability living allowance.

      Disability: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an equality impact assessment was undertaken in respect of proposals to reduce the support for mortgage interest rate for people...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason medical evidence is not sought from the GP of a claimant of employment and support allowance as part of the work capability...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he plans to take to increase youth employment; (2) if his Department will bring forward proposals for a successor scheme to...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review his Department's public literature on funeral payments to ensure that the information it contains is accurate, concise but...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the cost of assessing and reassessing claimants' incapacity benefits through the work capability assessment in...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each region were referred for job training by Jobcentre Plus to a training provider in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Jobcentre Plus: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the likely change in the level of provision of Jobcentre Plus in (a) Glasgow, (b) Scotland and (c) the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance and Travel Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what information he holds on schemes which allow those on jobseeker's allowance to access discounted bus, train or tram fares; (2) if he...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Airdrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of the working age population of Airdrie and Shotts constituency is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16 to 24 year olds in Coventry claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Maternity Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many families in the Jobcentre Plus Social Fund budget areas covering Livingston constituency received the Sure Start maternity grant...

      Older People: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women and (b) men aged 65 years received (i) free bus travel, (ii) free prescriptions and (iii) winter fuel payments in the latest...

      Older People: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average monetary value of (a) free bus travel, (b) free prescriptions and (c) winter fuel payments to a (i)...

      Pension Service: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on piloting a document verification service for the Pension Service.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have been lifted out of poverty in (a) Coventry South constituency and (b) the UK since 1997.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners living in poverty in Dartford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made on proposals for a single flat-rate pension.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Coalition agreement, page 13, what steps he has taken to implement the proposal to ensure that direct debit discounts are...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with trade unions representing Remploy employees on the future of the company.

      Remploy: Voluntary Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of Remploy took voluntary redundancy in the last 10 years.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department has allocated to social fund (a) budgeting loans, (b) crisis loans and (c) communicare grants for each of the next...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women aged (i) 60, (ii) 61, (iii) 62, (iv) 63, (v) 64 and (vi) 65 years are in receipt of (A)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of suspected fraud were reported to the National Benefit Fraud hotline in 2009-10; how many such cases (a) were referred to the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average fee paid to ATOS for carrying out a work capability assessment was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to announce the award of the contract for processing green giro payments.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the implementation of proposals to increase the state pension age on the average monetary...

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) public awareness campaigns and (b) consultation his Department has undertaken for individuals affected by his plans to bring forward...

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department made of the required implementation period for changes to the retirement age to allow individuals sufficient...

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the experience of other countries who have increased their pension age.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of limiting increases in women’s state pension ages to a maximum of 12 months in...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of retaining the existing state pension age for women to determine the age of eligibility for...

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

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

  • Home Department

    • Crime Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in the levels of crime recorded by the British Crime Survey since 1997.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the outcome of the Government’s review of antisocial behaviour powers.

      Police Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of the term front line her Department uses in relation to police services.

      Police Numbers: Crime Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has commissioned and evaluated on any relationship between numbers of police officers and levels of crime.

      Asylum Seekers: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of attempted suicide by asylum seekers in Glasgow were reported to her Department in the last 12 months.

      Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) physical assaults, (b) verbal assaults, (c) injuries and (d) serious injuries have been reported by (i) Metropolitan police...

      Anti-Terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to publish draft legislation and guidance on terrorist protection and investigation measures prior to seeking parliamentary...

      Asylum: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what provision her Department makes for the accommodation of asylum seekers with children who have experienced domestic violence; (2)...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to encourage greater use of automated number plate recognition technology by police forces better to facilitate the...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deprivation of citizenship orders have been issued in each of the last five years.

      Counter-terrorism Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral statement of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 306, on the Counter-terrorism Review, when she expects to...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the new funds recently announced for surveillance of terrorist suspects will be distributed to (a) the Special Branch and...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people in England were a victim of crime in each year from 1997 to 2010; (2) how many people in England were a victim of...

      Crimes of Violence: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to tackle violence against women and girls.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her Department to meet the Government’s commitment to source food that meets British or equivalent standards of production.

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of residences used by Ministers in her Department in the latest period for which...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that her published departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of all staff...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure (a) her Department and (b) each public body sponsored by her Department incurred on engaging external audit services in each...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stateless persons (a) are resident in the UK, (b) are lawfully resident in the UK, (c) are held in immigration detention because...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the time taken in transferring immigrants diagnosed with a mental illness from detention centres to...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the publication of responses to the consultation on her proposals for student visas.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were granted settlement in 2010 initially entered the UK on student visas.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students from outside the EU were granted visas to study at each (a) privately- and (b) publicly-funded further education...

      Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether data losses have been reported to her Department by the security services as a result of computer hacking by media organisations in...

      Hizb ut-Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration she has given to the proscription of Hizb ut-Tahrir under the Terrorism Act 2000.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the homicide rate was in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to allow local authorities to access police data systems for the purpose of reducing housing benefit and council tax fraud.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce the Government's strategy on human trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil penalties have been imposed on employers for employing illegal workers since the introduction of the provision; and how much...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to consult on proposals to reduce levels of net migration through routes other than student visas.

      Immigration: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average immigration queuing times for (a) EU and (b) non-EU nationals were at Heathrow airport in each of the last 12 months;...

      Lord Macdonald of River Glaven

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met Lord Macdonald of River Glaven QC.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 12 January 2011 on correspondence from the Chair of the...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of police forces which are complying with the Police Code of Practice for Missing Persons Data.

      Operation Viper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future funding arrangements for Operation Viper.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how she plans to redistribute funds from the Neighbourhood Policing Fund following the introduction of police and crime commissioners;...

      Police: Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision her Department makes for (a) financial and (b) other support for police officers who take legal action as a result of...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the proportionality of the use of CS gas by police officers against protestors in Oxford street on 29 January...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to revise the funding formula for grants to police authorities; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force had served 30 or more years as of 1 January 2011.

      Police: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the likely effects of her proposals to reduce the police grant on the level of crime in Liverpool.

      Police: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received on the use of private investigators by media organisations to follow serving police officers in the course of...

      Police: Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to produce standard national guidelines on policing public order events.

      Police: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) people who volunteered and (b) hours given by volunteers in police services in the latest...

      Policy: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the report by Jan Berry on Reducing Bureaucracy in Policing.

      Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulations sponsored by her Department have been (a) introduced since 18 November 2010 and (b) revoked since 2 February 2011....

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress she has made on the Intercept Modernisation Programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Telephone Tapping: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will request a report from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on how many current and former hon. Members are listed in the evidence...

      Terrorism: Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent reports she has received on the development of biological weapons by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; and if she will make a...

      Terrorism: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of terrorist offences in Coventry in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account she has taken of the Compact between the Government and Civil Society in policy development.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to support the big society initiative.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions police officers in (a) the Metropolitan police, (b) Nottinghamshire police and (c) all police forces in England and...

      Young People: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were barred from working with children and vulnerable adults by the Independent Safeguarding Authority on the grounds of (a)...

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to increase the number of successful adoption applications.

    • Children in Care: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that the care system only seeks adoption in cases where children cannot return to their parents.

      Children: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of carers working with children in each region.

      Children: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure equality of access of parents to their children in divorce cases.

      College of Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had on the establishment of the College of Social Work.

      College of Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has sought legal advice on the use of the title of College of Social Work by his Department's College of Social Work.

      College of Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what role he envisages for the Social Care Institute for Excellence in the operation of the College of Social Work.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many letters from hon. Members his Department received between 11 May 2010 and 28 February 2011; and how many such letters have received a...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what specialist sports schools and colleges each Minister in his Department has visited since their appointment.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received between 11 May 2010 and 28 February 2011; and how many such...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions his Department has had with the organisers of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme on the promotion of that scheme in schools.

      Family Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many families have received assistance from family intervention projects in 2010-11 to date; and what estimate he has made of the number to receive...

      Fee Schools: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much he has allocated to capital expenditure on free schools over the Comprehensive Spending Review period.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he made of the cost to his Department and its non-departmental public bodies of compliance with (a) domestic, (b) European and (c)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 17 December 2010, concerning Mr Larrett.

      Progress Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the performance of the Progress project against its objectives in (a) England and (b) each region.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of levels of social capital on levels of educational attainment.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for regulations pertaining to the quality and provision of food in schools.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he undertook an assessment of the likely effect on the (a) curriculum, (b) enrolment advice, (c) on-programme support, (d) mentoring, (e)...

      Teachers: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to introduce a mechanism to provide anonymity for any teacher who is subject to an allegation of misconduct by a pupil.

      Teaching Methods: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress has been made in expanding the Every Child a Reader scheme.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what reviews relating to children and young people he has established since the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued its concluding...

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

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

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department made as to the number of columns and lines required in Hansard for a published reply to written parliamentary question 20371.

      Young People: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures he is considering to prevent the involvement of young people in criminal activity.

  • Health

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had on late diagnosis of rarer cancers; with whom; on what dates; with what outcomes; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging external audit services in each of the...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) the (A) agency, (B)...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that all graduates of medical schools in the UK are able to gain a place on the 2012 Foundation Programme; and if...

      Drugs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on medicines for (a) primary care, (b) secondary care and (c) in total for each of the last five years for which figures are...

      GP Consortia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect of (a) UK and (b) EU competition rules on the operation of GP consortia.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value of payments made to other European countries for healthcare provided to British citizens under the European Health Insurance Card...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many disputes arising from the receipt of healthcare in the European Economic Area by UK nationals for which a charge was subsequently made have been...

      Health: Tendring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the likely effects of implementation of his proposed changes to the NHS on health inequalities in Tendring.

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he plans to apply to the regulation of unlicensed herbal medicines; and if he will make a statement.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Government response to the petition to the Prime Minister which closed on 6 June 2010 on the recommendations of the Science and...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to hospital in (a) Devon and (b) England in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of the new system for bar coded wrist and ankle bands for babies recently introduced at Kettering General Hospital for the...

      Medical Certificates: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Probation Service spent on doctors' notes for offenders in connection with non-attendance for part of community sentences in each of the last...

      Mental Illness: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made on the effects of advertising on (a) adult and (b) child mental health.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the requirement for (a) training and (b) employment of midwives in the next five years.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places for student midwives there were in (a) England and (b) each region in academic year 2010-11.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to improve outcomes for those with musculoskeletal problems.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of expenditure on treatment of problems of the musculoskeletal system in the next three years.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the external advice received by Ministers in his Department prior to 5 May 2010 on (a) the 2010-11 operating framework-maximum price...

      NHS: Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the volume of milk purchased by the NHS in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how much the...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of public expenditure on health as a proportion of (a) GDP and (b) total public expenditure in each of the last 10 years for...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future funding of the nhs.net service from 2013.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary redundancies in NHS non-clinical staff which will occur in (i) the London borough of...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated average calorific intake of (a) children and (b) adults was in each of the last 10 years.

      Patients: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many foreign patients treated in hospitals who were liable for the cost of their treatment did not pay for treatment in (a) 2007-08, (b)...

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many personnel his Department has appointed to deal with combat stress; what research studies on this issue are being undertaken; and if he will make...

      Prescription Drugs: Royal College of General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has consulted the Royal College of General Practitioners as part of its review of addiction to prescribed medicine.

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department is making on a voluntary scheme for payments towards the cost of social care for the elderly.

      Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to review the safety of sodium valproate.

      Standing Commission on Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of the Standing Commission on Carers; and if he will make a statement.

      Streptococcus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) clinical and (b) cost effectiveness of introducing screening for group B streptococcus for all pregnant women;...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition to publish its advice on the appropriate levels of vitamin D to be used in supplementation.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of walking to mental and physical health.

  • House of Lords

    • All-Party Groups and Interparliamentary Organisations

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether any committee of the House agreed to the change in the rules for all-party groups so that members of the House of Lords may no longer be the named...

    • All-Party Groups and Interparliamentary Organisations

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether, in considering the proposed changes in the governance of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Commonwealth Parliamentary...

      All-Party Groups and Interparliamentary Organisations

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what evaluation has been conducted into the time devoted by Members of the House of Lords to all-party groups, the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 February (Official Report, col. 647) which said that it was for the Bank of England to make any proposals on...

      Banks: Big Society Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether bank loans to the Big Society Bank will be extended on commercial terms and at the discretion of the banks.

      Banks: Big Society Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Big Society Bank will be a regulated banking institution.

      Charities: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which non-governmental organisations and charities where the chief executive or equivalent receives annual compensation of £100,000 or more receive government...

      Consumer Prices Index

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which date the Office for National Statistics (ONS) collected consumer price data in January for the purpose of calculating the consumer prices index; whether...

      Education: Nurseries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of disadvantaged two year-olds in receipt of free early learning places.

      Elections: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to sending postal ballots for the referendum on the parliamentary voting system in time to ensure that they reach voters in the...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to reduce the risk of smaller companies in the financial sector being unable to continue trading as a result of levies by the Financial...

      G20

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's statement after the G20 meeting, whether the details of any agreement on the creation of an international...

      Government Departments: Best Practice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the finance function exercised by government departments is in step with the latest industry standards of best practice...

      Housing: Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they intend to make to address the affordability of home purchase for first-time buyers.

      Housing: Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they and the Bank of England will review collateral criteria to support central bank liquidity provision to include securities based on prime residential...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they forecast to be the medium-term prospect for inflation, as stated by the Bank of England in section 5 of their February 2011 Inflation Report. To ask Her...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 February (Official Report, col. 648) saying he took "the noble Lord's point about the nature of one-off rises" in...

      National Citizen Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what output they anticipate from the National Citizen Service compared with the Youth Service.

      National Citizen Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training will be given to youth workers employed by the National Citizen Service.

      Planning: Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether planning approval granted under the very special circumstances provisions in Planning and Policy Guidance 2: Green Belts would create a precedent for...

      Schools: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 25 January (WA 154-5), what percentage of pupils in English schools were entered for the GCSE in (a)...

      Schools: Religious Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not included religious education as a possible subject in the humanities section of the English Baccalaureate; and whether they will review that...

      Social Cohesion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to achieve racial, ethnic and cultural integration and improved social cohesion. To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the...

      Social Cohesion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Big Society agenda will contribute to racial equality and social justice.

      Sure Start

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reclaim capital grants in the event of any closure of a Sure Start centre.

      Youth Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the Youth Service to reducing crime and spending on the criminal justice system.

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