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Written answers

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

  • Wales

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of invoices from suppliers her Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what expenditure her Department incurred on engaging external audit services in each of the last three years; and to which service providers such payments...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for her Department that (a) was on the Marine Conservation Society’s list of fish to...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which hon. Members of each political party were invited to the Secretary of State's St David's Day reception at Gwydyr house on 1 March 2011.

      Electoral Reform Services Ltd

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on levels of funding for agricultural research and...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of the compulsory set aside scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Fishing Catches: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take on fish discards and by-catch following the EU high level meeting of 1 March 2011 on fisheries;...

      Government Departments: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the ministerial governance arrangements to oversee the Government’s performance on...

      Noise: Nuisance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on noise nuisance issues.

      Rural Payments Agency: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which uses the Rural Payments Agency has put the funding allocated to it by her Department to assist with running costs in...

      Rural Payments Agency: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of her Department’s EU dairy fund has been paid out (a) by the Rural Payments Agency and (b) through each of...

      Towards a Green Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Government’s policy on the...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next intends to visit the RAF base at (a) Lossiemouth, (b) Kinloss and (c) Leuchars.

    • Air Force: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Royal Air Force personnel not deployed on operations, recently returned from operations and preparing to deploy on operations are in the...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effect on military operations in Afghanistan of the redundancies from the armed forces announced on 1 March 2011.

      Blue Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) other assistance was provided by his Department to (i) Blue Force Property and (ii) Blue Force Services in each of the last...

      Blue Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department is owed by (a) Blue Force Property and (b) Blue Force Services.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Boeing full hazard analysis of the flying controls and associated systems that was carried out with...

      Critical Capabilities Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) purpose and (b) remit of the Critical Capabilities Pool is.

      Critical Capabilities Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value is of the Critical Capabilities Pool introduced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review; and which departments have...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 515W, on defence: procurement, when he plans to place in the Library a copy of the...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the information his Department holds on the increase in costs (a) of the Eurofighter typhoon project and (b) for each such aircraft...

      Ex-servicemen: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to ensure the take-up of benefits by former service personnel.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which types of Royal Air Force aircraft are authorised to carry special nuclear materials over UK territory; and which section in his Department is...

      RAF Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian staff are located at RAF Valley; and in what capacity.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) RAF and (b) Royal Navy pilots are assigned to search and rescue duties, excluding those assigned for training purposes; and from which...

      Submarines and Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many submarines are currently available for operations; (2) what the (a) name and (b) type is of each (i) destroyer and (ii) frigate in...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

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

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what savings he expects to accrue to his Department from its internal restructuring programme over the lifetime of the programme.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent meetings he has had with the Motor Insurance Bureau on the number of uninsured drivers.

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the work carried out by the Driving Standards Agency was undertaken by the offices in (a) Newcastle, (b) Nottingham and (c) Cardiff...

      Heathrow Airtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the Heathrow Airtrack; and what timetable he has set for its implementation.

      London and Southeastern Railway: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of cancellation of passenger rail services operated by the Southeastern franchise was in each of the last five reporting periods.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the relative safety records of (a) pelican, (b) puffin, (c) toucan and (d) other forms of signal-controlled...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of maintenance of the High Speed Two route after completion.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies are involved in the (a) construction and (b) operation of High Speed Two; and with which companies he has had discussions on High Speed Two.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has assessed the merits of setting targets for the reduction of child road deaths and serious injuries in the forthcoming road safety...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new carriages, excluding carriages for services on High Speed 1, have been brought into service on the Integrated Kent Franchise in each year...

      Taxis: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the owners of private hire vehicles are able to transfer liability for parking control notices (PCNs) to the driver at the time of...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what capital allocations he expects to make in respect of each local authority scheme in the supported group in each of the next four years; and...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General in respect of which offences are cases being returned by the Crown Prosecution Service to the police for charging as part of revised charging arrangements being...

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2011, Official Report, column 805W on public expenditure, by how much the Crown Prosecution Service plans to reduce expenditure on...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent on first-class travel for its staff and directors in 2009-10.

    • Arts Council England: South Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much money Arts Council England spent in South Staffordshire constituency per head of population in the latest period for...

      British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the proposed takeover of BSkyB by News International.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging external audit...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department were in the civil service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) the...

      Electoral Reform Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the effects on pubs and clubs of the timetable for obtaining a licence for small...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the policy of Ofcom is on steps to ensure that unlicensed white space spectrum is available for innovative applications.

      Responsible Gambling Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with representatives of the gambling industry on the funding of (a) the Responsible Gambling...

      Responsible Gambling Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding the Gambling Commission has provided for the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board in the latest period for which...

      Sports: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding his Department provides for sporting organisations for people with special needs.

      Sports: Young People

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

      Telecommunications: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that a choice of telecommunications services is available for users of...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision her Department makes for asylum seekers waiting to hear the outcome of their cases; and what the cost of such support was to...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet representatives of the refugee charity sector in Scotland to discuss the effects of reductions in funding for the UK Border...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to improve the quality of the initial decision-making stage of asylum applications.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum seekers were (a) granted asylum and (b) refused asylum and returned to their home country in each of the last five...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of (a) the accuracy of statistical information on crime provided by her Department and (b) the merits of...

      Death: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to ensure that deaths occurring in England are registered in a timely and exhaustive manner.

      Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assets her Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average monthly cost to the public purse of holding a person in immigration detention in each facility was in 2010.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of steps taken by immigration detention facilities to improve the family-friendly nature of their...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support her Department provides to young children detained in the immigration system.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to ensure the welfare of children during the asylum application process.

      Electoral Reform Services Ltd

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

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of foreign national (a) postgraduate students, (b) undergraduate students and (c) students on...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were granted to citizens of each non-EU country in each of the 12 months to January 2011.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas students from (a) EU member states and (b) outside the EU were attending (i) universities and (ii) further education...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any links between income inequality and rate of (a) homicide and (b)...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the inter-departmental ministerial group on trafficking monitored the progress of anti-trafficking measures in the UK between May 2010...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to make an announcement on her policy on human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to identify victims of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will announce the Government's human trafficking policy by way of an oral statement in the House.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she gave to the EU Directive on human trafficking in formulating her policy on human trafficking.

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances force may be used to deport an illegal immigrant; if she will consider the use of alternatives to force in such...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on returning immigration detainees to Côte d'Ivoire.

      Immigration Controls: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the UK Border Agency has to fully deploy smart zones to improve travellers' experiences of immigration controls; and if she will...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the effect on Northern Ireland of changes in immigration rules.

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were subject to immigration bail conditions in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter of 19 January 2011 from the hon. Member for Walsall North as part of the ongoing correspondence on...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many records there are relating to people aged under 18 on the Missing Persons database.

      Passport Office: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, columns 94-95W, on the Passport Office: Liverpool, if she will publish (a) the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects on co-operation between police forces of the election of police commissioners from...

      Police Community Support Officers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were made redundant in each police force area in England and Wales in 2010-11.

      Police: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the outsourcing of services currently undertaken by police officers.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely savings to the Police Pension Scheme of the proposed indexation according to the consumer prices...

      Shahid Shabaz Khan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the government of Pakistan on the potential danger to Shahid Shabaz Khan should he return to that...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of special constables serving in each police force.

      Telecommunications: Databases

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

      Terrorism: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether each death arising from the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July 2005 has been registered in the register of deaths for England.

      UK Human Trafficking Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what mechanism she plans to put in place to ensure that a focus on the safeguarding needs of trafficked children is maintained within...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been barred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority in the (a) statutory, (b) sporting, (c) faith and (d)...

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Armed Forces: Middle East

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the threat to UK security from the situation in the middle east; and if he will review the Government's programme of reductions in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the 2011 Census.

    • Civil Servants: Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what practice the civil service has adopted on the accrual of holiday days during maternity leave.

      Electoral Reform Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005.

      Government Departments: Business Plans

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which Secretaries of State the Minister of State with responsibility for the coordination of policy has met to discuss (a) implementation of...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much is to be paid to each local authority in New Homes Bonus in the financial year 2011-12.

    • Affordable Housing: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether domestic properties built on the Olympic Park will be eligible for the New Homes Bonus.

      Community Development Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments and grants the Community Development Foundation made in relation to the prevention of extremism since its inception.

      Community Development Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what individual payments his Department made to (a) the Muslim Council of Britain and (b) its associated bodies in each of the...

      Housing Occupancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the capacity of registered social landlords to provide appropriately-sized accommodation...

      Local Government Services: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role he expects the big society to play in providing services previously provided by local government.

      Local Government: Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the quantity of milk purchased by each local authority in England in the last 12 months for which...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of (a) restrictions under section 157 of the Housing Act 1985 and (b) other...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission spent on foreign travel in each of the last three years; and in respect of which countries the...

      Rented Housing: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to bring forward proposals to remove more quickly antisocial tenants causing problems for other...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps he has taken to reduce the number of people who are sleeping rough.

      Social Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of potential links between income inequality and social and community cohesion.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission has spent on translation and interpretation costs in each of the last three years; and in respect...

      Voting Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to (a) the Community Development Foundation and (b) other non-departmental public...

  • Treasury

    • Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effects on the credit rating for UK debt of placing the liabilities of the proposed Green Investment Bank on the national balance sheet.

    • Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission since 15 December 2010 on state aid approval for the aggregates levy credit scheme in Northern Ireland.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review his proposals for increases in air passenger duty.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the value of child benefit payments awarded under the EU co-ordination of social security systems in respect of children living in other EU...

      Child Benefit: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) child benefit is and (b) tax credits are payable to any UK nationals living outside the EEA.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households in receipt of the maximum entitlement for assistance with childcare costs in (a) each region, (b)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of expenditure from the public purse on the provision of assistance with childcare costs in 2011-12.

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the regulation of credit default swaps and similar instruments.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011.

      Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 estimate he has made of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 had...

      Immigrants: Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many foreign-born (a) millionaires and (b) billionaires moved to the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it takes HM Revenue and Customs' National Insurance Contributions Office Special Section A to produce a schedule of employment history...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for schedules of employment history from HM Revenue and Customs' National Insurance Contributions Office Special Section A are outstanding...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North of 25 January 2011 on the future funding arrangements of the...

      Mortgages: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to assist individuals who have been mis-sold mortgage endowment policies to achieve legal redress for their losses.

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, column 38W, and to the answer of 10 February 2011, Official Report, columns 428-30W, on NHS:...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the capital value was of private finance initiative agreements signed by the Government in each year from 1992 to 2010.

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on the introduction of transferable tax allowances for married couples.

      Taxation: Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sanctions will apply if major banks do not comply with his Department's new code of practice on taxation.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Manpower

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

    • Developing Countries: Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the economic effects of remittances from the UK on developing countries receiving the largest amounts of...

      Electoral Reform Services

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

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment he has made of progress towards the Millennium Development Goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to help ensure that the Millennium Development Goals are achieved.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his UN counterparts on international aid and development.

      Rwanda: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the integration of maternal health services and tuberculosis...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has in respect of distribution of aid to Yemen in 2011-12.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) direct aid and (b) multilateral aid his Department plans to distribute to Yemen in 2011-12.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to provide aid assistance to any additional projects in Yemen following the unrest in that country.

  • Scotland

    • RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the handling of redundancies at RAF Kinloss when the base ceases...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for his Department that (a) was on the Marine Conservation Society's list of fish to avoid...

      Electoral Reform Services Ltd

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

      Military Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of his Department's priorities in respect of (a) military assistance to civil powers in Scotland and (b) civil...

      Military Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Minister for Justice in the Scottish Executive to discuss (a) military assistance to civil powers in Scotland and (b) civil...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he had in February 2011 with the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the implementation of the Strategic Defence and Security...

      Visits: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the arrangements for his visit to Edinburgh on 8...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2011, Official Report, column 945W, on renewable energy: wood, what indicators he plans to use to...

    • Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2011, Official Report, column 945W, on renewable energy: wood, how the information yielded...

      Carbon Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he gave to the merits of including in the Energy Bill provisions for the introduction of local carbon budgets.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011.

      Energy Generation Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the relative costs of energy generation infrastructure and energy efficiency measures designed to reduce...

      Energy: Hastings

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

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department's definition of zero carbon applies to technologies which reduce greenhouse gas emissions by (a) 50 per cent.,...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Installations: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) coolant leaks and (b) fires have been recorded at each UK nuclear installation in each of the last five years.

      Power Stations: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he gave to the inclusion in the Energy Bill of provision for a power to make regulations to improve emissions...

      Single Key Low Carbon Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the Single Key Low Carbon Investment Fund will be spent on activity that was previously funded by the Marine...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the average time taken to pay grants under the Warm Front scheme.

      Wind Power: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to announce the first successful bidders for his Department's programme to support the establishment of offshore wind...

      Wind Power: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many for bids for his Department's programme to support the establishment of offshore wind manufacturing at port sites his...

  • Health

    • Cancer Services: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve NHS cancer services for women.

    • Local Democratic Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he is making in introducing local democratic accountability for NHS services.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of blue light emergency cases arising in the London borough of Bexley which were taken to (a) Queen...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department has visited since May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 had...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to contract out any services from his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulations sponsored by his Department have been (a) introduced and (b) revoked since 24 November 2010.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many crutches were provided by the NHS in each of the last two years in each primary care trust area; what the cost was of such provision in each such...

      Electoral Reform Services

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

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what roles and responsibilities were carried out by the Food Standards Agency prior to 20 July 2010; and which are now carried out by (a) his Department,...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for his policy on limiting management expenditure for GP consortia; and what plans he has for the future frequency of...

      General Practitioners: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress he has made on the introduction of GP commissioning in (a) Gravesham constituency and (b) West Kent.

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of potential links between income inequality and (a) life expectancy, (b) infant mortality and (c) obesity.

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of potential links between income inequality and health inequalities.

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce health inequalities.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to ensure that NHS hospital food meets the nutritional standards set by his Department for (a) all patients and (b)...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legal advice he received prior to removing the duty of the NHS to enforce the statutory maximum 18 week waiting time between GP referral and treatment.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has ( a) commissioned and (b) conducted into the effectiveness of introducing a dual purpose quadrivalent human papilloma...

      Influenza: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many deaths resulting from H1N1 influenza in the winters of (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 were (i) attributed to H1N1 alone and (ii) involved...

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) departmental officials have had on the future of the National Blood Service...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of emergency treatment required by patients being treated in private hospitals in the last 24...

      Nutrition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what nutritional training primary care practitioners receive; and what role his Department plays in providing information in respect of best practice...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the relative ranking of the UK in international comparator tables on levels of obesity.

      Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocols govern the funding of out-of-area treatments for NHS patients.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of statutory rights for patients; and if he will make a statement.

      Pregnant Women: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of maternal stress levels during pregnancy on the mental health of (i)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of local authorities which (a) have changed their eligibility criteria for social care in 2010-11 and (b)...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health effects on young people of second hand smoke in confined spaces;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to provide independent and impartial careers guidance for pupils aged 13 to 16 years as part of his proposals...

    • Citizens' Advice Bureaux and Law Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) citizens advice bureaux and (b) law centres likely to close in (i) Bolton, (ii)...

      Employment: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Commission Communication on An Agenda for new skills and jobs: A European...

      Financial Services: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the financial services industry on improving access to work...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 February 2011, Official Report, column 981W, on fossil fuels, what definition of clean fossil fuel...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2011, Official Report, column 568W, on higher education: admissions, when he plans to...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent reports he has received on incidents of Israeli students at universities in (a) London and (b) England being...

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage partnerships between universities and businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Office for Budget Responsibility on the effects on economic forecasts of average university...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department holds information on the provenance of major donations to universities in England; and if he will make a...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely change in the level of income from overseas students for each (a) university and (b)...

      Institute for Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Institute for Learning shares information with his Department on the take-up of continuing professional development...

      Intellectual Property: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with organisations on the reform of intellectual property law in the last 12 months; and...

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with the Office of Fair Trading its policy on search neutrality on the internet.

      Job Creation: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on job creation and apprenticeships in the North West; and if he will make a statement.

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Biological Sciences Research Council gave to neuroscience research in each of the last five years; and how much it...

      Older Workers: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess recent trends in termination of employment of (a) employees in the public sector and (b) employees in the...

      Part-time Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has plans to regulate the number of part-time students; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to abolish regional development agencies sooner than currently planned.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget is for the Regional Growth Fund for Yorkshire for (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many undergraduate students resident in (a) Suffolk, (b) the East of England and (c) England have declared themselves...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he gave to introducing bursaries rather than tuition fee remission for students from low-income backgrounds...

      Vinyl Acetate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will discuss with his EU counterparts provisional measures to prevent the dumping of imports of vinyl acetate...

  • Education

    • Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department provides to education providers in the state boarding school sector; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many looked after children in each (a) local authority area and (b) type of placement were absent for more that 24 hours from their agreed...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average cost was of looking after a child in care in the last year for which figures are available.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with representatives of playgroups and other providers of early years care on their ability to provide 15 hours free...

      Children: Separated People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has held with the (a) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (b) Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential effects on...

      Children: Solvents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many individuals aged under 18 years old were treated for the effects of solvent abuse in each of the last five years.

      Children's Centres: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerable families living in areas not identified as disadvantaged have access to a children's centre.

      Children's Centres: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of Sure Start centres which will no longer employ both a qualified teacher and a staff member with early years...

      College of Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has allocated to the Social Care Institute for Excellence since the announcement of the College of Social Work; and how...

      Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure that the Bailey review on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood considers the role of the family.

      Curriculum: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the place of religious education in the national curriculum.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what single tender contracts his Department has awarded since his appointment; and what the monetary value is of each contract above the EU public...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) with reference to page 22 of his Department's Business Plan 2011-2015, what his policy is on the publication of information on readiness to...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the average number of separate (a) AS, (b) A2 and (c) A level examination or other evaluation sittings taken per...

      Education: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the trends in the teaching of musical instruments in schools and the effect of such trends on the playing of musical...

      Education: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information schools will no longer be required to collect after the implementation of his proposed education reforms.

      Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what regulatory requirements apply to teachers wishing to take their class on a visit out of school.

      English Baccalaureate: Crafts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) Firing Up and (b) organisations seeking to introduce craft skills to schools in...

      English Baccalaureate: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the effect on teaching of religious education of not including it in the definition of the English Baccalaureate for the purposes of...

      Extracurricular Activities: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether an impact assessment was made of the decision of the Training Development Agency to discontinue its support to local authorities in respect of...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many communications officials of his Department were working of free schools in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of the 35 proposals for free schools are in the 35 most deprived areas.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils achieved three or more A grades at A level in each local education authority in England in each year between 2003 and 2010.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the relative academic merits of A Level qualifications in different subjects for the purposes of gaining...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future participation of sixth form students in AS level examinations; and if he will make a statement.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of GCSE students in each local authority area attained a C grade or above in (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) mathematics and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North of 10 December 2010 on the English Baccalaureate.

      Office of the Schools Adjudicator: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many complaints the Office of the Schools Adjudicator received relating to the Admissions Code for secondary schools for (a) Academies and...

      Pen Green Children and Families Research Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) representations he has received and (b) discussions he has had on the funding of Pen Green Children and Families Research Centre.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, column 572W, on health education, for what reasons the review of Personal, Social, Health...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the level of funding to be allocated to early years education for children from disadvantaged families in each of the next...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education from which of his Department's budgets funding for the expansion of free early years provision to 3 and 4 year olds will be drawn.

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to use the expansion of Teach First to primary school level to increase the proportion of teachers who are male.

      Progress Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding was allocated to the Progress project administered by the Children's Workforce Development Council in each region in 2010-11.

      Progress Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will continue to fund the Progress project administered by the Children's Workforce Development Council in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to provide school appeal panels with the power to insist that a school reinstates a suspended pupil.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress his Department has made on its plans to improve discipline in schools by providing alternative provisions in special units for excluded...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department plans to run boot camp-style pilot schemes for excluded pupils in (a) England and (b) Merseyside.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department plans to seek tenders from (a) businesses and (b) existing providers to run special units and alternative provision for...

      Pupils: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children under the age of 11 years received support in schools as a result of a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each...

      Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what resources his Department has provided to encourage reading of books by pre-school children.

      School Capital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the selection criteria were for the position of Chair of the review of school capital funding.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to ensure that every child receives a balanced and healthy school lunch.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what powers are available to head teachers in respect of controlling the behaviour of pupils on their way to and from school.

      Schools: Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps the Government took to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 in schools and colleges; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of health and safety requirements in school laboratories in England; and what information his Department holds on...

      Schools: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether school caretakers will be subject to vetting under the Government's proposed new arrangements for child protection.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to improve schools careers advice in North Swindon constituency.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has plans to collect and publish data on pupil achievement by type of disability.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to provide funding for the post of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Co-ordinator beyond March 2011.

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of deaf pupils who are not recorded as having a special educational need.

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to require local authorities to collect data on the (a) achievement and (b) attainment of deaf children.

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to revise the core universal offer set by his Department for Sure Start children's centres.

      Sure Start Programme: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average administration costs of Sure Start children's centres were in Liverpool in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the registered teacher programme.

      Teachers: Rights of Accused

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether staff working in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges will be given anonymity when accused of an offence by students...

      Teachers: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department undertook an impact assessment in respect of the changes to the number of Training Development Agency staff who provide...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanisms exist for the co-ordination of the implementation in the UK of the Government's obligations under the UN convention on the rights of...

      Vocational Education: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education by what date he expects BTEC or equivalent qualifications to be included as part of the school attainment measure of five GCSE grades at A* to C...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question 37370, on regulations removed by his Department, tabled on 26 January 2011 for answer on 31 January.

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what statutory duties local authorities are required to meet in respect of the early intervention grant.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely budget for council tax benefit in each year to 2014-15.

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish details of all new units or teams established within his Department since May 2010, including the (a) name, (b) purpose,...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) London, (b) Harrow East constituency and (c) the UK will be affected by the changes in the mobility component of...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to support disabled people seeking work.

      Future Jobs Fund: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were placed in employment in Coventry through the Future Jobs Fund, in each of the last three years.

      Future Jobs Fund: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions into what industries in Coventry those in Coventry who had previously been supported through the Future Jobs Fund have been placed in during...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of tenants (a) in the West Midlands and (b) nationally whose monthly rent payments are higher...

      Housing Benefit: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of housing benefit claimants in Coventry were (a) pensioners, (b) in work and (c) out of work in each of the last three years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Jobcentre Plus employees on successive fixed-term contracts of between three and four years in duration in (a) Glasgow, (b)...

      Older People: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of workers aged 65 years (a) in Glasgow South West constituency and (b) nationally who are likely to remain in...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many migrants from other EU member states claimed social security benefits in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Social Security Benefits: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the proportion of benefit enquiries and applications made by those without home access to the internet in the latest period...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the basic state pension is claimable by each recipient with effect from the birthday at which they reach...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average reduction in income for (a) men and (b) women currently aged (i) 50, (ii) 51, (iii) 52, (iv) 53, (v)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of households who will have lower entitlements under universal credit fall into each £10,000 income band.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish an impact assessment on the operation of (a) universal credit and (b) the localised system of council tax benefit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing transitional protection for benefit recipients in households in each...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the composition is of the Afghan High Peace Council.

    • Burma: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Thailand on reports of forced deportation of Rohingya refugees.

      Burma: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Thailand on provision to the Office of the United Nations High...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with his (a) German, (b) US, (c) Indian,...

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of residences used by Ministers in his Department in the latest period...

      Electoral Reform Services

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

      Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to encourage other countries to sign the Hague Convention on Child Abduction.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Israeli counterpart, (b) his Lebanese counterpart and (c) his Syrian...

      Hosni Mubarak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to freeze the assets of former President Mubarak held in the UK.

      Hosni Mubarak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps (a) the Government and (b) the Serious Organised Crime Agency have taken in respect of the assets of Hosni...

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the treatment of Christians in Iraq in the last 12 months.

      Iraq: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Iraq on the human rights of Iraqi Turkmen; and if he will make a...

      Lebanon: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on persons sentenced to death in Lebanon for intelligence gathering for Israel; and if he...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the political situation in Libya.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whom the Government recognises as the de jure government of Libya.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whom the Government recognises as the de jure government of Libya under the Vienna Convention.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the blockade in Gaza.

      Middle East: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 10 February 2011, Official Report, columns 434-5W, on the Middle East: peace negotiations, when the...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Palestinian Authority to encourage it to recognise the religious and historical...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with governments in the Middle East on the boycott by Hamas of Israeli goods in Gaza.

      Muammar al-Gaddafi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the decision was taken to publicise reports that Colonel Gaddafi had travelled to Venezuela.

      Palestinians: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to support the holding of elections in the Palestinian territories; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Security Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 February 2011, Official Report, column 1001W, on Palestinians: security forces, what proportion of...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the Chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia; and what...

      Special Tribunal for Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is able to continue its work in safety.

      Sri Lanka: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on attempts by the government of Sri Lanka to ensure language rights of citizens in (a)...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to support the national reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the constitutional status of Tibet.

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

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

      Yemen

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

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of his recent visit to Yemen; what matters were discussed during his meeting with President Ali Abdullah...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011.

    • Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 estimate he has made...

      Electoral Reform Services Ltd

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

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to seek reform of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

      Human Rights: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the timetable for the proposed accession of the European Union to the European Convention on...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what payments were made to the 20 (a) firms and (b) barristers who received the highest total level of payments from the (i) criminal defence service...

      Legal Aid: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that legal aid recipients pay their legal fees once they are financially able to do so.

      Magistrates Courts: Skipton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with representatives of HM Court Service on the consultation on the future of administrative provision at Skipton...

      Pleural Plaques Extra-statutory Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications his Department has received under the pleural plaques extra-statutory scheme to date.

      Pleural Plaques Extra-statutory Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time taken is for an application to be processed under the pleural plaques extra-statutory scheme.

      Pleural Plaques Extra-statutory Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there has been any liaison between those responsible for administering the pleural plaques extra-statutory scheme and HM Revenue and Customs...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the position of the UK in international comparator tables on levels of imprisonment.

      Prisoners: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) clothing, (b) footwear and (c) hygienic, cosmetic and related sundry products for prisoners in each of the last...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are undertaking courses of an undergraduate degree level or higher; and by what mechanism the fees for these courses are paid.

      Prisoners: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2010, Official Report, columns 979-80W, on prisoners: interviews, how many prisoners have (a) requested and...

      Prisoners: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on the provision of (a) libraries, (b) books, (c) newspapers, (d) magazines and (e) periodicals for use by prisoners in each year...

      Prisoners: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on leisure and sports facilities for prisoners in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were engaged in voluntary work in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many murders have been committed in prisons in each of the last 10 years; (2) what steps the Prison Service has taken to ensure the safety of...

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the probation service has recorded any incidents of threats to probation staff when those staff have not been on duty in the last 12 months.

      Young Offenders: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Brighton, Pavilion constituency the effects of his Department's policies...

      Legal Aid: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many civil contracts to provide legal services were awarded by his Department in 2007; and how many such contracts were still active in the latest...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish pilot studies into the home use of misoprostol in early medical abortions. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether under Section 1(3A)...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why general practitioners cannot claim a legal exemption under Section 4 of the Abortion Act 1967 from giving advice or performing the preparatory steps to arrange...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hectares of land are under genetically modified cultivation in the United Kingdom.

      Alveolar Echinococcosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of importation to the United Kingdom of the disease alveolar echinococcosis for foxes, canines and humans; and what...

      Anglo-Turkish Military Co-operation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent developments have taken place in bilateral Anglo-Turkish military co-operation.

      Arms Export

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what military equipment and armaments were sold to Libya by United Kingdom manufacturers in each of the past 10 years; what was the value of those sales; and what...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful applications for British citizenship were made under Section 4C of the British Nationality Act 1981 by country of birth in each year from 2003...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 16 February (WA 164-5), why it took over two months to calculate the total cost of sending United Kingdom...

      Community Innovation Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Community Innovation Survey, published in 2010.

      Deaf People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held with representatives from the deaf community since May 2010.

      Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated net annual earnings and benefits for the United Kingdom from overseas students attending publicly and privately funded education...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of NHS doctors and facilities being used for the referral of women for fertility treatments overseas with the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 6 April 2010 (WA 393), whether the activities authorised by Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority...

      Energy: Generation Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average percentage capacity for energy generation from (a) nuclear power, (b) fossil fuels, and (c) wind power.

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Higher Education Statistics Agency will be brought within the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Government Departments: Energy Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of display energy certificate was awarded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change office at 3 Whitehall Place in each of the past three years.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will consult Gypsies, Roma and Travellers over the allocation systems for the new homes bonus.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the Prime Minister has had from Mrs Sue Threakall, the widow of a haemophilia patient infected by contaminated NHS blood products; what reply...

      Health: Diabetic Retinopathy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 28 February (WA 244-5), whether they plan to increase the level of provision of the retinopathy screening service...

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research,recently published by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

      House of Lords: Official Report

      To ask the Chairman of Committees at what time on each of the past 30 days on which it was published the Official Report was posted on the Parliamentary website.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce details of the proposed green ISAs.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors cause the differences in life expectancy in different parts of the country; and what proposals they have to reduce those differences.

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any discussions have taken place with members of the European Union in anticipation of any request from the incoming Government of the Republic of Ireland...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the speed limit on United Kingdom roads.

      Science and Innovation Analysis Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the Science and Innovation Analysis Unit.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or HM Inspectorate of Constabulary will investigate the actions of the chief constable Peter Vaughan and deputy chief constable Colette Paul of the...

      Taxation: Married Couples

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are available in the tax system to support married couples.

      Vehicles: Lorries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 1 March (WA 299), what are the new measures on lorry mirrors to improve the visibility of cyclists and...

      Video Games

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is no disruption to the present mechanisms for law enforcement once the new statutory regime for video games enters...

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