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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

  • Scotland

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on levels of cross-border human trafficking.

    • Bank Lending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of levels of bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many procurement projects with a monetary value greater than (a) £10 million, (b) £50 million and (c) £100 million her Department was...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which procurement projects engaged upon by her Department had a designated senior responsible owner in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Future Jobs Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned from other Departments of the performance of the Future Jobs Fund in Wales.

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned from other Departments on the effect on recipients in Wales of changes to housing benefit.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned from other Departments on trends in the level of youth unemployment in Wales.

  • Leader of the House

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to announce proposed dates of Fridays after 17 June 2011 on which Private Members' Bills may have precedence; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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...

      Fuels: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) the cost of fuel in Northern Ireland and (b) the introduction...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department, (ii) other Departments in respect of...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Bolton South East constituency and (b) Bolton received legal aid in each of the last five years.

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Manpower

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to employ (a) at the end of March 2011 and (b) at the end of each subsequent financial year in the...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Attorney-General what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) the Law Officers' Departments and (ii) the (A) agency and (B) other...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service has spent in 2010-11 to date on redundancy costs.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to make redundant in each Crown Prosecution area in 2010-11; and from what roles he expects staff to be...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to make (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant in 2010-11.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Attorney-General how much funding the Crown Prosecution Service allocated to meet redundancy costs in 2010-11.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to make redundant in each Crown Prosecution area in each financial year from 2011-12 to 2014-15; and from...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Attorney-General how much funding has been allocated by the Crown Prosecution Service to meet redundancy costs in each financial year from 2011-12 to 2014-15.

      Electronic Case Files

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what recent progress has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service in developing a full electronic case file system; and when he expects full electronic case...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to install (a) solar panels or (b) renewable heat technologies on buildings occupied by his Department; and if he...

    • Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what method his Department uses to calculate food miles incurred by food sold in its refreshment outlets.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) press officers, (b) marketing officers, (c) speech writers, (d) website managers and (e) other communications and...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department takes to encourage carbon off-setting for air travel undertaken by its Ministers and officials; and what...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely effects on industrial electricity prices of his proposals for electricity market reform; and...

      Electricity Generation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on electricity market reform.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) minimum and (b) maximum rate of interest that will be set on Green Deal finance loans.

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to the merits of (a) producing a timetable introducing minimum energy efficiency standards in the...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on feed-in tariff payments to date; and how much it expects to spend in the first year of the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that his published departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of all...

      Social Enterprises: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of goods and services supplied directly to his Department were sourced from (a) social enterprises, (b) mutuals and...

      Solar Photovoltaic Sector: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the size of the solar photovoltaic market in (a) the Brighton and Hove area, (b) East and West Sussex...

      Solar Photovoltaic Sector: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his Department's review of feed-in tariffs on plans for the installation of...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the level of each tariff for solar photovoltaics is to be considered under the fast-track review announced on 7 February 2011.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many representations his Department has received on the fast-track review of feed-in tariffs for large scale solar photovoltaics.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the contribution of small-scale photovoltaic projects to community projects; if he will exclude such...

      Third Sector

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

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to support the big society initiative.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how parents of a disabled child will be able to acquire the aids and adaptations necessary for the well-being of that child under his proposed...

    • Electoral Reform Services

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

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what circumstances cited for failing to take part in the training or education mandated by the work programme will be considered reasonable.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether individuals who participate in mandatory training or education as part of the work programme or skills conditionality programme...

      Incapacity Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an individual appealing against a work capability assessment decision on their ability to work may continue claiming incapacity benefit...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of people not in work who are ineligible for jobseekers' allowance owing to insufficient...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Stockton North constituency and (b) the UK who (i) were...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency received support for mortgage interest payments in each of the last five years.

      Poverty: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Commission Communication on The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion:...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be subject to the total cap on benefit entitlement which are currently in...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the effects on the Exchequer of bringing forward the proposed increase in the state pension age to 67 years old to...

      Unemployed People: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with Transport for London on the promotion of discounted public transport fares for people in receipt...

      Unemployed People: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the availability of discounts for bus, train or tram fares provided to recipients of jobseeker's...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in England aged (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21, (e) 22, (f) 23 and (g) 24 were (i) unemployed according to the...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effects of unemployment on income inequality.

  • Prime Minister

    • Big Society Initiative

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether (a) he and (b) any staff of his Office are participating in volunteering activity as part of the Government's big society initiative; (2) what steps his...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding Arts Council England allocated per head of population in (a) Wolverhampton North East constituency, (b)...

    • Arts: Brighton and Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the contribution to UK gross domestic product by the arts and creative industries (a)...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on the potential effects of BBC online local news content on private...

      British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on his decision on the News Corp bid for BSkyB; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will ensure his departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of all staff paid over...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects the outcomes of the next Gambling Prevalence Survey to be published.

      Languages: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress he has made on meeting his Department's responsibilities regarding Scottish Gaelic for (a) language maintenance...

      Ofcom: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons Ofcom owes £29.3 million to central Government bodies; what plans there are to recover these funds; and...

      Olympic Games 2012: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of the affordable homes to be provided through the transformation of the Olympic Athletes' Village will...

      Sports: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to support grassroots sport in the London borough of Bexley.

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects an announcement to be made on redundancies in the Sheffield offices of (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) her Department.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of likely redundancies in the UK Border Agency in the next four years.

      Dr Michael Savage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the exclusion from the UK of Dr Michael Savage.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had on the grant of intracompany transfer visas or other visas to (a) Indian and (b) other non-EU workers; what...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce the Government's policy on human trafficking.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which Department of the UK Border Agency is responsible for ensuring that immigration detainees scheduled for removal are able to...

      Local Child Curfew Schemes: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child curfew orders were issued in Suffolk in each year since 1997; and how many such orders were breached in each such year.

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on sentences given for (a) possession of a knife and (b)...

      Prevent Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated to Milton Keynes local authority under the Prevent scheme in each of the last three years.

      Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the chance of an individual becoming a victim of crime (a) nationally and (b) in North Wales in each of the...

      Visas: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the effect on UK universities of the decision to (a) withdraw two-year post-study working visas and...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to work with (a) the Afghan Ministry of Education and (b) donors to (i) reduce barriers to girls'...

    • Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of barriers to girls' education in Afghanistan.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 International Development 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...

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last discussed the World Bank energy strategy review with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid he plans to allocate to India in cash terms in each of the next five years.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the membership is of his Department's Multilateral Aid Review.

      International Labour Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he consulted the TUC prior to taking the decision to reduce his Department's level of support for the International Labour...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized businesses in Halifax have closed since May 2010.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to ensure that votes cast by service personnel in Afghanistan for elections to be held on 15 May 2011 reach the UK securely.

    • Air Force: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to continue to pay flying-related financial retention incentives.

      Arab States: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions representatives of the government of (a) Egypt, (b) Bahrain , (c) Libya and (d) Tunisia have attended sales and marketing events...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 January 2011, Official Report, columns 45-47WS, on armed forces allowances, what assessment he has...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of active members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme earn (a) between £10,000 and £15,000, (b) between £15,000 and...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, columns 815-22W, on armed forces (redundancies), what actions (a) he and (b) Ministers in...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the factors determining the withdrawal of MR2 Nimrod were taken into account in his decision to cancel the MRA4 Nimrod.

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has given to local authorities on the provision of blue badges for drivers responsible for adults with learning difficulties; and if...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to increase cycling as a means of transport in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      Cycling England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of closing Cycling England.

      Cycling: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to raise cycle parking standards for new developments.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and which staff positions he expects to be removed as part of his Department's programme of internal restructuring.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations his Department introduced between 7 December 2010 and 8 February 2011.

      Driving Tests: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has given consideration to changing the level of fees charged for driving tests; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration the South East Airports Taskforce plans to give to restrictions on night flights at Heathrow airport after October 2012.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the replacement of pelican crossings by puffin crossings (a) in total and (b) per crossing in the...

      Railway Stations: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2011, Official Report, column 349W, on Network Rail: passengers, if he will assess the merits of introducing a...

      Railways: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of Network Rail assuming responsibility for the Evergreen 3 project from Chiltern Railways.

      Railways: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the funding for the Evergreen 3 project his Department is providing.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department are participating in volunteering activities as part of his Department's involvement in the big...

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Transport when he plans to answer questions (a) 24052, (b) 24053, (c) 24051 and (d) 24054 tabled on 10 November 2010.

  • Education

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the local authority central spend equivalent grant to each academy school was in real terms in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

    • Business: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to develop and promote enterprise education; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which members of the senior civil service have left his Department since May 2010; on what date and for what reasons the exit occurred in each case;...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the most recent previous employment was of each senior staff member employed on a fixed-term contract in his Department since May 2010.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on grey fleet in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of the named day parliamentary questions tabled for answer by his Department received a substantive answer on the...

      Disadvantaged: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage voluntary and community sector engagement with local authorities in the delivery of early...

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the allocation of the discretionary learner support fund.

      Education Endowment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges will be eligible to submit applications (i) to the Education Endowment Fund...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which body will monitor the effects on students of the proposed changes to student financial support in further education; and when he expects initial...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect on the ability of students to travel of the abolition of education maintenance allowance.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the costs it will incur as a result of the replacement of the education maintenance allowance; and if he will...

      Free School Meals: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children receive (a) free school meals and (b) education maintenance allowance in each local authority ward in Blackpool North and Cleveleys...

      Free Schools: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has allocated to expenditure on consultant to support free school proposers to develop business cases and arrange school...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye of 6 January 2011, reference AR/DDS/564, on behalf of her constituent Mr...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for the use of fieldwork as a teaching method in teacher training courses.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that children from low income families are not excluded from participating in out of school learning because of the...

      Primary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated to rebuilding and improvement of primary schools in England in each of the next four years; and if he will make a...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of students in (a) Newton Abbot constituency and (b) Devon who will qualify for the pupil premium.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of students who would qualify for the pupil premium under a system based on (a) Mosaic and (b) Acorn calculations.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of funding per school pupil in the maintained sector in England in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      School Capital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who was responsible for the appointment of the Chair of the review of school capital funding.

      School Leaving and Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teenagers (a) did not complete their schooling and (b) were absent from school without authorisation in each (i) local authority...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on provision for children of service families in the schools admissions code.

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the report of the James Review into the allocation of capital for schools.

      Schools: Crawley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce the budget for School Sport Partnership funding for schools in Crawley constituency for academic year 2011-12.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to provide pupil-focused careers advice to pupils of all ages in all schools.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the availability of triple science GCSEs in deprived areas; (2) what steps his Department is...

      Specialist Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on publishing the level of capital grant paid to specialist schools upon initial designation.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what formula he plans to use to determine how much each provider of post-16 education receives from the learner support fund; and whether this formula...

      Supplementary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy is on the role of supplementary schools within general education policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Sure Start Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the level of funding for the Sure Start programme in each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review period; and what...

      Three Valleys Independent Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has received a proposal for a Three Valleys Independent Academy in Rotherham.

      Westminster Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) agenda, (b) list of speakers, (c) budget and (d) invitation list is for the event on free schools he plans to attend at the...

      Young People: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people aged 16 and 17 years were placed in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation in the latest period for which figure are available.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has provided to Bolton local authority for community cohesion projects in each of the last three...

    • Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government Offices for the Regions spent on calls to speaking clock services in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on external legal advice in (a) January and (b) February 2011.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that his published departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much special advisers in his Department claimed in expenses in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on newspaper (a) supplements and (b) advertorials in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii)...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on film production and associated costs for video messages from each Secretary of State in (a)...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department and its agencies have provided to (a) Global Action Plan, (b) Forum for the Future, (c) the Green...

      Electoral Reform Services

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

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he gave to the merits of including in the Energy Bill a requirement that (a) energy performance certificates...

      External Audit Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging in each of the...

      Food: Procurement

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public authority holds the archived records of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the purposes of the Freedom of...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on the Government Procurement Card in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10; and...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much housing market renewal funding was allocated to Stoke-on-Trent in the last three years; what transitional relief...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans he has to review the funding formula for fire authorities; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grant spending data for items over £500 has been published by (a) his Department, (b) its Executive agencies, (c)...

      Local Government: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department takes in the event of a local authority's accounts being qualified.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on levels of pay for local authority staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of non-domestic rates that is uncollected in the latest period for which...

      Opencast Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of land remediation following the closure of open cast mining operations; and...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings he has had with (a) English Heritage and (b) the Council for British Archaeology on proposed changes to the...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to commence work on the strategic environmental assessment required prior to the revocation of regional spatial...

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) home energy efficiency and (b) micro-generation schemes have been undertaken by registered social landlords in...

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in expenditure on (a) home energy efficiency and (b) micro-generation...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to include in proposed regulations under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 a requirement for...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department has taken to support the big society initiative.

      Third Sector

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

      Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the winding-up of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation; and if he will make a...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department plans to publish new guidance for local councils on Gypsy and Traveller sites.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether national policy on planning applications for Gypsy and Traveller sites is contained in circular ODPM 01/2006; what plans...

      Travellers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department gave to (a) Traveller groups and (b) associated representative bodies providing support or...

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) legislation and (b) guidance issued by his Department determines responsibility for preventing building on greenfield...

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned vehicles were recorded in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e)...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims to the Rural Payments Agency for Single Farm Payments are outstanding from 2010; and when she expects such...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will include in the next edition of her Guidance Note on the duties of relevant authorities to have regard to the...

      Beef: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the import of (a) beef and (b) pork from Brazil.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reason is for the time taken to publish the response to her Department's consultation on a badger control policy;...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the quantity of (a) milk and (b) other dairy produce Government bodies purchased in the...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued to public bodies in England on purchasing milk produced in the UK; and how much of the milk...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for...

      Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

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

      Exmoor National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of visitors to Exmoor National Park in each of the last five years.

      Fisheries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings she has had with representatives of the Northern Ireland fishing industry since her appointment.

      Forestry Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the devolved administrations on planned changes in staffing at the Forestry Commission.

      Forestry Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on the implications for her Department's budget of...

      Forestry Commission: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she intends to proceed with the proposed redundancies of Forestry Commission staff based in Edinburgh.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations her Department consulted in developing its policy on the sale of the forest estate in accordance with...

      Forests: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many acres of forest land the Forestry Commission owns in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex constituency; and what the...

      Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the regulatory framework governing country of origin labelling.

      National Parks: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has given in grants to the National Parks in 2010-11; how much she has allocated for funding to the...

      Natural England: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Natural England's approach to and processes for quality...

      New Forest: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2011, Official Report, columns 311-2W, on New Forest, what her policy is on whether drag...

      Rural Payments Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Rural Payments Agency has targets in place for the time taken to respond to correspondence.

      Rural Payments Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons claimants are not able to communicate with the Rural Payments Agency by telephone.

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the proportion of sewers that are properly maintained.

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps she has taken to reduce the number of unadopted sewers.

      Shale Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings have taken place at her Department at (a) ministerial and (b) official level to review Environment Agency...

      Supermarkets: Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to encourage supermarkets to increase the number of refrigerated display cabinets that...

      Timber: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to make an announcement on proposals for implementation of the EU Timber Regulation.

      Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reduce levels of imports of illegally-logged timber.

      Veterinary Services: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinary surgeons of each grade her Department expects to directly employ in each year of the comprehensive...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the gasification process for waste with the provisions of European...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the effects of water metering tariffs and charging policies on levels of household income in each income...

      Water Supply: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will encourage mutual forms of ownership in the running of water and sewerage supplies; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the detention and sentencing of Shoaib Said Assadullah.

    • Burma: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of India on the provision of assistance to Rohingya refugees...

      Croatia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress on the accession of Croatia to the EU.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the...

      Departmental Security

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

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has plans to reform the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in its interpretation of the...

      European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2011, Official Report, column 219W, on the European Parliament: location, with which...

      Israel: Business Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 498W, on Israel: business initiatives, what funding his...

      Italy: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the operation legislation in Italy on the legal rights of foreign workers.

      Italy: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the rights of UK citizens teaching in universities in Italy.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals who used flights from Libya chartered by his Department have (a) paid and (b) not paid for the flight.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens resident in Libya have contacted his Department in the last three weeks.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures are being taken by the British Embassy in Tripoli to assist UK nationals on the Libyan/Algerian border.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals have been evacuated from Tripoli through (a) scheduled and (b) chartered flights arranged by his...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse has been of chartering aircraft to evacuate UK nationals from Tripoli since 21 February 2011.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many scheduled flights with which airlines his Department booked seats for the evacuation of UK nationals from Tripoli in...

      Libya: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to visit Libya.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment on the impact of recent events in Libya on the Israeli and Palestinian peace process; and if...

      Nigeria: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the government of Nigeria on Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

      Nigeria: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to assist Nigeria in tackling internal corruption.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the effect on national reconciliation in Sri Lanka of the creation of high security zones in the...

      Tunisia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department has given to British nationals in (a) Tunisia and (b) Egypt since 21 February 2011.

      Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress on the accession of Turkey to the EU.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis via accident and emergency departments involving people under the age of 18 years there...

    • Epilepsy: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 September 2010 , Official Report, columns 458-9W on epilepsy, what information his Department holds on World Health...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals for GP consortia he has received to date from organisations in (a) Wolverhampton, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England; and what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the funding of GP consortia which cross existing primary care trust boundaries.

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to consult on the draft of his Department's forthcoming sexual health strategy.

      Health Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of running and administering the (a) East of England Strategic Health Authority and (b)...

      Health Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the proposed restructuring of NHS commissioning in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester.

      Health Services: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated cost to the public purse is of the review of health services in North Yorkshire; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure GP...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what penalties are applied to local authorities for failing to follow the required procedures for tendering domiciliary care contracts; (2) what...

      Hospitals: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on weekend staffing levels in hospitals; and what response he has made to such representations.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of primary care trusts in making patients aware of their entitlement to be treated within 18 weeks or...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of a vaccination for human papilloma virus 6 and 11 on the incidence of false positive smear tests.

      Leeds General Infirmary: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the provision of children's services at the Leeds General Infirmary.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of using block contracts in the NHS on the Any Willing Provider model of commissioning.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS block contracts were awarded to independent providers (a) nationally and (b) in each region in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of block contracts were awarded by the NHS to independent providers of (a) mental health services and (b) secure services...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made on the value for money of block contracts in NHS commissioning; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken in response to the recommendations of the Co-operation and Competition Panel in its report of 16 December 2010 on the...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to abolish prescription charges in England.

      Primary Care Trusts: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the future status of primary care trust debt accrued after 1 April 2011.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a consultation on stroke care prior to taking any decision on where the functions currently undertaken by stroke networks will be...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has plans to make functional electrical stimulation for stroke victims available on the NHS.

      Surgery: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations funded by the NHS have been performed in private hospitals in each primary care trust area in each of the last three years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Social Mobility

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the effects of income inequality on social mobility.

    • Social Mobility

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department takes to measure social mobility.

  • Treasury

    • Corporation Tax: Reforms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the net effect on the public purse of changes to corporate branch taxation proposed in the HM Revenue and Customs...

    • Arts: Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential role of the arts and creative industries in the Government's strategy for economic recovery (a) nationally and...

      Capital Gains Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue foregone as a result of the avoidance of capital gains tax on second homes in the latest period for which figures...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in each (a) local authority, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c) region will be affected by the reduction in the main rate of...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on an average business in each (a) local authority, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c) region of reducing...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many businesses in each (a) local authority, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c) region will be affected by the change in the small profits...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an estimate of the degree of losses (a) offset and (b) not offset by businesses trading in the UK in reducing their liabilities to...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of profits paid in corporation tax after losses offset have been taken into account by (a) large companies and (b)...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect of the projected revenue accruing from corporation tax in the next financial year of losses not yet offset by businesses...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent consideration he has given to extending the provisions of the Developing Countries (Debt Relief) Act 2010.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies for which...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons he has not implemented the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman on compensation levels for Equitable Life policyholders.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis was for his calculation of the funding to be made available to Equitable Life policyholders.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he plans to take to introduce (a) a fuel duty stabiliser and (b) a rebate for remote rural areas in (i) North Yorkshire and (ii) other...

      Financial Services: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he proposes to apply restrictions to European-based independent financial advisors operating in the UK following implementation of the...

      Government: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the rate of return on the Government's asset holdings in (a) British Waterways, (b) the Dartford Crossing, (c) the Defence...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect of lowering the threshold at which the higher rate of income tax becomes payable on the weekly income of a person earning...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West of 8 November 2010 concerning Blantyre and South Lanarkshire...

      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 21 January 2010 on fuel prices.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he plans to introduce to reduce levels of waste to landfill over the comprehensive spending review period.

      Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of public sector employees who are women who will be made redundant from public services in...

      Revenue and Customs: Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the three most common reasons were for staff absence in each HM Revenue and Customs business stream in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses moved their headquarters for tax purposes away from the UK in each of the last four year for which figures are available.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on small and medium-sized enterprises of the time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to process value added...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for which countries arms export licences have been revoked as a result of his Department's review of export licences announced on...

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential role for the arts and creative industries within local enterprise partnerships...

      Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support (a) existing small businesses and (b) to local business start-ups.

      Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department offers to assist start-up companies in the manufacturing sector.

      Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of remanufacturing to achieving a low carbon economy.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to make the operations of the Export Credits Guarantee Department more transparent and accountable; and if...

      Green Investment Bank: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of salaries for (a) staff and (b) board members of the Green...

      Green Investment Bank: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements he plans to put in place to underwrite the Green Investment Bank.

      Green Investment Bank: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely number of employees at the Green Investment Bank in its first year of operation.

      Green Investment Bank: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements he plans to put in place to determine appointments to the board of the Green Investment Bank.

      Intellectual Property: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on changes to legislation governing intellectual property.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of the further and higher education sectors on the setting of local skills...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has issued guidance to prospective local enterprise partnerships regarding the inclusion of further and...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what account his Department's approval process for local enterprise partnerships takes of the capacity of applicants to reflect...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that Buckinghamshire is included in a local enterprise partnership; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what salary scales apply to staff in local enterprise partnerships; and how many staff working for a local enterprise partnership...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the effects of planned changes to the student finance regime on those undertaking...

      Motor Vehicles: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the availability of (a) training and (b) skills in the automotive electronics sector; and...

      Office of Fair Trading: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2011, Official Report, column 960W, on the Office of Fair Trading: complaints, how many of...

      Overseas Companies: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the effects of recent unrest in Libya on the finances and cash flow of UK small and medium-sized enterprises...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 600W, on overseas students: EU nationals, how many (a)...

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many non-EU overseas students have not made scheduled student loan repayments in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the relative position of the UK in international comparator tables on the number of patents...

      Patents: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will assess the effects on the (a) economy, (b) businesses and (c) UK competitiveness of (i) participation and...

      Postal Boxes: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Royal Mail post boxes there are in (a) the borough of Kettering, (b) Northamptonshire, (c) England and (d) the UK.

      Postal Boxes: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information Royal Mail holds on the (a) geographical location of and (b) Royal monogram borne by each post box in the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to announce the outcome of the transfer of regional development agency assets.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government prior to making the announcement on...

      Regional Growth Fund: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bids to the Regional Growth Fund have been made from (a) the Sheffield City region and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber;...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students who will apply for deferred places at universities for 2012; and when he...

      Technology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of organisations involved in the East London Tech City development.

      Vinyl Acetate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to provide support for British manufacturers of vinyl acetate.

      Vinyl Acetate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of skilled workers employed in the production of vinyl acetate in the UK.

      Yorkshire Forward: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what options he is considering for disposal of the assets and liabilities of Yorkshire Forward.

  • House of Lords

    • Algeria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Algeria.

    • Alveolar Echinococcosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to prevent alveolar echinococcosis entering the United Kingdom when the European Union derogation permitting the United Kingdom to...

      Armed Forces: Rescue Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following recent action by the Armed Forces in rescuing British citizens from Libya, the United Kingdom retains sufficient military capability to meet its...

      Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what part (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) the Department for International Development, (c) the Ministry of Defence, (d) the Department for Business,...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with the Financial Services Authority about reducing the liquidity requirements placed on United Kingdom banks.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to protect British honey bees from the spread of Asian hornets through Europe.

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration is given in determining entitlement to benefits to married couples who both have a disability and neither can be presumed to be the carer of the...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 25 January (WA 131), how many disabled people not living in residential care they expect will lose their existing...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate now live in poverty in (a) the city of Manchester, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) Greater London, and (d) the United Kingdom as a whole;...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China about the human rights activist Chen Guangcheng and his family.

      Civil Partnership Act 2004

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will amend Section 1 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 so as to enable a man and a woman of sufficient age to establish a valid partnership which...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the interim Government of Egypt on the transition to and holding of democratic elections.

      Elderly People: Residential Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to ensure that elderly people can receive residential care.

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Sassoon on 28 February (WS 87-9), what is their assessment of the practical effect of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands...

      Family and Relationship Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the contract process for family and relationship support has been suspended; what proposals they have for a new timescale and process for contracting family...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the financial situation of AssetCo reported in the Financial Times on 21 February, what assessment they have made of any risk that London could be...

      Food: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 9 February (WA 63-4), why they did not transpose Council Directive 2007/43/EC on minimum welfare standards for...

      Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review has affected the United Kingdom's defence commitments in Gibraltar.

      Good Friday Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what paramilitary prisoner early release and amnesty legislation has been enacted as a consequence of the Good Friday agreement.

      Government Departments: Energy Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of display energy certificate was awarded to the Department for Communities and Local Government office at Eland House in each of the past three years.

      Health: Education and Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, in a speech on 25 February to the Universities UK spring conference that...

      Health: Psychological Therapies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 February (WA 180) on psychological therapies, whether the plans being drawn up by primary care trusts to...

      Houses of Parliament: Maintenance

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans there are to clean the walls in State Officers' Court and Chancellor's Court.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the current rate of inflation, in particular the impact of external factors such as energy prices; and how that...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the alleged psychological torture of Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf in Iraq through the continuous use of multiple loudspeakers...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in light of alleged psychological torture of Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf in Iraq through the continuous use of multiple loudspeakers, they intend to...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens have been evacuated back to the United Kingdom during the current unrest in Libya.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what modes of transport have been used to evacuate British citizens from Libya during the current unrest.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what stage they have reached in their negotiations with the Government of Libya about compensation for those in Northern Ireland who were injured by arms and...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reached agreement with the Government of Libya on the provision by that Government of financial resources to persons or organisations within the...

      Myanmar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose that the United Nations establish a commission of inquiry to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have been...

      Myanmar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose an international arms embargo on the Government of Myanmar.

      Myanmar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose that the United Nations initiate a tripartite dialogue between the Government of Myanmar, the National League for Democracy and ethnic groups.

      New Zealand: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to New Zealand following the recent earthquake there.

      New Zealand: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have provided to the Government of New Zealand following the earthquake.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of couples for whom, as a result of changes in the qualifying date for state pension proposed in the Pensions Bill, the female...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of retaining the existing state pension age for women to determine the age of eligibility for pension credit, in each financial...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of limiting increases in women's state pension age to a maximum of 12 months in addition to the timetable set by the Pensions...

      Prisons: Riots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have protocols on prison riots; and, if so, whether they state at what point intervention by prison officers should commence and what restrictions are...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the delay in answering 29 Questions for Written Answer to the Department for Education is due to the parliamentary section of that department being closed...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the document Strategic Rail Freight Network: The Longer Term Vision, published by the Department for Transport in 2009, reflects current rail freight...

      Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Health and Safety Executive plans to amend the minimum reporting time for minor injuries from three to seven days in industries subject to the...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a request from the Government of the Republic of Ireland to re-negotiate the terms of the £7 billion loan provided by the United...

      Royal National Lifeboat Institution: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to extend to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution the exemption from investigation or prosecution under health and safety legislation for...

      Safeguarding Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage charities to participate in promoting the safeguarding of children in place of local authorities who have reduced or removed their budgets.

      Schools: Looked-after Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are assisting local authorities who may be experiencing difficulties in placing looked-after children in schools when they have been re-located from other...

      Sunscreens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote sunscreen protection using the recommendation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's report Skin...

      Sure Start

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact of local authority cuts on Sure Start centres around the country.

      Sure Start

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have forecast the likely level of closures of Sure Start centres in 2011; whether they maintain a record of centres which local authorities propose to...

      Thames Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have carried out studies to determine (a) the proposed locations of the surface access shafts for the Thames Tunnel between Hammersmith and Beckton,...

      Trading: Derivatives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the competition implications for European exchange-traded financial derivatives of the proposed merger of Deutsche Boerse and...

      Vehicles: Biomethane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken as a result of the feasibility study for a Road Vehicle Biomethane Demonstration Project completed for the Department for Transport in...

      Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the present arrangements for licensing the operating centres for public service vehicles and heavy goods vehicles; and to what extent those arrangements...

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the gender impact assessment for the Welfare Reform Bill.

      World Book Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 28 February (WA 284), whether they have initiated or resourced any activities in support of World Book Day.

      Youth Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cuts by local authorities in community services for young people.

      Youth Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that local authorities protect youth services in the next financial year.

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