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Written answers

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

  • Wales

    • Devolution of Powers: Referendum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the outcome of the referendum on devolving primary law-making powers to the National Assembly for Wales.

    • National Laboratory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the future of the Environment Agency's national...

      Rail Electrification: West Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government on the implications for the economy of west Wales of the Government's proposed...

      Cardiff-Maesteg Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the (a) Welsh Assembly Government and (b) Secretary of State for Transport on electrification of the Cheltenham to...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which public bodies sponsored by her Department (a) have been and (b) are to be closed, merged or reorganised following her appointment; and how many (i)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget of the Animal Health Agency (a) was in each of the last five years and (b) will be in each of the next four...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish a bovine TB eradication programme for England.

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30 November 2010, Official Report, column 68WS, on greenhouse gas...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of the Environment Agency.

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the draft Regulation on food labelling adopted by the Council of Ministers on 21 February...

      Food: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many certified organic arable food producers there were in Kent in each of the last 10 years.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure that sport and recreation organisations are represented on her proposed independent advisory panel on forestry.

      Forestry Commission: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent from the public purse on the consultation on the proposed disposal of Forestry Commission land.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, column 177W, on the National Wildlife Crime Unit: finance, when...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will set targets to limit the use of high grade timber for energy production; (2) what her policy is on the use...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what method his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of his Department's projects designed to assist women and girls.

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms his Department use to (a) regulate and (b) evaluate microfinance projects supported by his Department.

      Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2011, Official Report, columns 396-7W, on developing countries: microfinance, what tools will be...

      Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on the effectiveness of his Department's microfinance projects.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) projects and (b) organisations in Pakistan his Department funded in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent on administration in 2009-10.

    • Arts Council England: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much was paid in bonuses to staff by Arts Council England in 2009-10.

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England provided in grants per head of population to projects in each parliamentary constituency in the...

      Sky News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport who will be responsible for monitoring the independence of Sky News in the next decade; who will be responsible for recruiting...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what mechanism he plans to put in place to evaluate the effectiveness of his tourism strategy.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

    • Glasgow Children's Heart Surgery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of those who received treatment at the Glasgow Children's Heart Surgery Unit were normally resident in England in the last three years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the operation of the big society bank in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to reduce the size of his Department's estate; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support his Department is providing to the Northern Ireland Executive in preparing for the (a) Northern Ireland Assembly and (b) local...

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will hold discussions with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland on the introduction of...

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made on the commitment made in the St Andrews Agreement on introduction of an Irish Language Act.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the potential effects on shire county councils of changes to funding for...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2010, Official Report, column 569W, on public expenditure, how many households not in receipt...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions his Department has consulted representatives of small businesses on the effects of proposed new...

      Domestic Waste: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what complaints on the frequency of household waste collections the Local Government Ombudsman has considered in the last three...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on measures to avoid compulsory redundancies arising from closure of the Government Office...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been paid to each local authority in planning grant in financial year 2010-11.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to increase the efficiency of the planning process for large infrastructure projects.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues on (a) the responsibilities for maintenance of roads, drains and associated services on new...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will put in place measures to ensure that the reduction in funding for local authorities will not result in the...

  • Home Department

    • Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to help reduce the incidence of burglary.

    • Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) convictions, (b) cautions and (c) fixed penalty notices were issued to people arrested for speeding offences in each police...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent illegal drugs from overseas reaching the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) scheduled and (b) unscheduled checks of (i) English language schools and (ii) other educational institutions the UK Border...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the implications for the UK of the proposals in the EU Agenda for new skills and jobs in respect of...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to provide support for the Missing Rights campaign; and if she will make a statement.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent child sexual exploitation.

      UK Border Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to appoint a permanent chief executive of the UK Border Agency.

  • Transport

    • Ambulance Service: Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the merits of introducing an exemption from requirements to wear seatbelts in motor vehicles for staff of ambulance services.

    • Bembridge Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the future of Bembridge Harbour.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to promote the greater use of wheat-based bioethanol; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments of Bus Service Operators Grant were made to each operator in 2009-10; and what estimates he has made of the payments to be made to each...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to his Department was of funding free bus passes for the elderly in the latest period in which figures are available; and if he will make...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the take-up rate was by elderly people of free bus passes in the latest period in which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the savings accruing to his Department from changes to the Bus Service Operators Grant in the next four financial years.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has saved in (a) energy costs and (b) carbon dioxide emissions since bringing in real time energy display.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day between 27 May 2010 and 9 March 2011 did not receive a substantive answer...

      Highways Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are planned to reduce the cost of contracts for the Highways Agency; and what estimate has been made of the level of savings that will arise...

      London and Southeastern Railway: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) capacity benchmark figures and (b) service delivery benchmark figures have been in each month of operation of the Southeastern rail...

      Ports: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what responsibilities he has with respect to the operation of ports and harbours which enter into bankruptcy.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the report of Passenger Focus on the operation of the assisted passenger reservation system, if he will take steps to encourage the...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce road congestion.

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure the (a) evidence and (b) recommendations and the conclusions of the Transport Select Committee inquiry into coastguard...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Attorney-General whether receipts from the sale of assets owned by regional development agencies are reflected in the spending plans of the Law Officers' Departments for (a) 2012-13...

    • Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library a copy of each representation the Law Officers' Departments have received on the introduction of deferred prosecution agreements in...

      HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate: Manpower

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

      Serious Fraud Office: Finance

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what the (a) resource and (b) capital budget of the Serious Fraud Office will be in each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review period; (2) what the (a)...

      Serious Fraud Office: Finance

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2011, Official Report, column 805W, on public expenditure, by how much the Serious Fraud Office expects to reduce expenditure...

      Serious Fraud Office: Manpower

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many staff the Serious Fraud Office expects to employ (a) at the end of March 2011 and (b) at the end of each subsequent financial year of the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Salt Awareness Week

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons catering service has plans to promote Salt Awareness Week.

  • Prime Minister

    • Libya: Higher Education

      To ask the Prime Minister whether 10 Downing Street has (a) had any discussions with and (b) provided any assistance to British universities in securing (i) contracts and (ii) financial support...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library each item of correspondence his Department has received from HM Treasury in respect of its RAF basing review.

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence his Department received from hon. Members in respect of its RAF basing review.

      Air Force: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trainee pilots on courses of study leading to qualifications for flying Harrier aircraft have been made redundant to date under his Department's...

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the operational life is of the (a) L16, (b) L17 and (c) L18 propellant charges used for kinetic energy penetrator ammunition; (2) whether...

      Amphibious Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the suitability of Bay-class landing ship docks for humanitarian assistance duties; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Amphibious Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role RFA Largs Bay undertook in providing humanitarian relief to Haiti following the earthquake in that country in 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Amphibious Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of RFA Fort Victoria to counter piracy activities; and whether further such contributions...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rate of local overseas allowance is payable to personnel based in each overseas location.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 815, on the armed forces (redundancies), on what date and at what time (a) the...

      Army: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many regional brigade headquarters his Department plans to close; how many redundancies he expects to result from such closures; and whether...

      Cyprus: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the illegal trafficking of songbirds at UK sovereign bases in Cyprus.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that his published departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of all staff paid over...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the potential saving to his Department from the reductions in expenditure on (a) food, (b) energy, (c) professional...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on travel in each month in the period from January 2009 to March 2010.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day between 27 May 2010 and 9 March 2011 did not receive a substantive answer on...

      European Fighter Aircraft: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the suitability of an active electronically scanned array for the third tranche of Typhoon aircraft; (2) what...

      Germany: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of the soldiers currently based in Germany will live in existing service accommodation upon their transfer to UK bases; (2) what...

      Germany: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 582W, on returning troop costs (Germany), what estimate he has made of the...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has plans to recover (a) equipment and (b) systems installed in Harrier aircraft for use elsewhere; (2) whether his...

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Board of Inquiry to issue its report on the recent grounding of HMS Astute; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that report...

      Improvised Explosive Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on capability to counter the use of improvised explosive devices in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2010-11.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to purchase helicopters for the RAF.

      Navy: Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Naval ships have participated in anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia in each of the last five years.

      New Zealand: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department considered the merits of providing naval assistance to New Zealand following the recent earthquake in that country.

      Point Class Ships: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) difference in cost compared to the original estimate is of the procurement of six commercial Point Class...

      Seas and Oceans: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to explore the widest possible range of private sector defence alternatives for combating piracy on the high seas.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he made of the threat to international shipping from Somali piracy.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much he expects his Department to save as a result of sale of the (a) Defence Support Group, (b) Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre and (c) Defence...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with its (a) US and (b) NATO counterparts on sharing surveillance capabilities.

      Type 22 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average running cost to a Type-22 batch 3 frigate was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes to design costs there have been as a result of the decision to combine the C1 and C2 requirements into a single variant for Type 26 Global...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent progress in reaching local and regional political settlements in Afghanistan.

    • BBC World Service: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of regular weekly listeners of BBC World Service Hindi-language radio broadcasts in each...

      BBC World Service: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what cost benefit analysis his Department conducted prior to the decision to end BBC World Service transmission of...

      China: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits to prisons in China have been made by British embassy staff in the last 12 months; and how many (a) UK...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK plans to send representatives to the Council of Europe high level conference on the future of the European Court...

      Hungary: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with their Hungarian counterparts on political reform in Hungary.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates his Department chartered each aircraft to evacuate UK nationals from Tripoli; and on what date and at what time...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any (a) British and (b) non-British citizens who were evacuated by the Royal Navy from Libya paid for their passage.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals who used the flights from Libya chartered by his Department have not...

      Libya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to provide assistance to areas of Libya no longer under the control of the Libyan government.

      Libya: Politics and Government

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

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the number of UK nationals in Libya.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken at the United Nations in respect of the use of force against civilians by the Government of...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the risks of weapons seized from the Libyan armed forces being used in conflicts outside of Libya.

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Myanmar.

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate whether weapons and riot control equipment sold by UK companies have been used against protesters in (a)...

      Thailand: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Thailand.

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions issues relating to Tibet have been raised with the government of China by staff of his Department in the...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on United Nations reform.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the United Nations; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition of a serious offence will be used in connection with the enfranchisement of prisoners.

    • Protection of Freedoms Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister at what time on 15 February 2011 (a) the written ministerial statement on the Protection of Freedoms Bill: Public Reading Stage was delivered to the House and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many birth certificates have been issued for babies born at under 21 weeks of pregnancy in each year from 2005 to 2010; (2) how many death...

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of setting up and administering the Your Freedom website has been to date.

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip, Northwood of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 409W, on public relations, whether...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what regulations his Department revoked between 2 February 2011 and 28 February 2011.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons persons not employed by Government departments or agencies are issued with passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to publish the Government's ICT strategy.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department provides to other Government Departments on the minimum monetary value for a procurement project for which a senior...

      Government Efficiency Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which of the recommendations from Sir Philip Green's Efficiency Review have been implemented to date.

      Public Sector: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) employment agencies and (b) other private sector contractors on contingency plans to operate...

      Public Sector: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contingency plans his Department is developing to operate services in the event of industrial action by public sector workers; how many staff of...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what legal advice he has received on the introduction of an (a) voluntary and (b) mandatory minimum price for alcohol.

    • Bank Services: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the banking industry on reducing the time taken to clear cheques into bank accounts.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of implementing the recommendation made by the Walker Review of corporate governance of the UK banking industry on...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many procurement projects with a monetary value greater than (a) £10 million, (b) £50 million and (c) £100 million (i) his...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulations his Department introduced between 9 and 28 February 2011.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulations his Department revoked between 9 and 28 February 2011.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the future of the UK rebate from the EU budget; (2) what reports he has received on...

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what inflation rate his Department assumed in calculating the additional revenue forecast from the beer duty escalator for 2011-12; and what change would be...

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which alcoholic attracts the lowest rate of duty per unit; and whether his Department has made an estimate of how much the duty on spirits would need to...

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the brewing and pub sector to economic growth; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Financial Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what details (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department had with their European counterparts on securing agreement on transparency of executive pay in the...

      Financial Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on discussions with his European counterparts on increasing transparency in executive pay in the financial services sector.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-build home projects there were in (a) Brighton and Hove, (b) Sussex and (c) nationally in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010.

      Individual Savings Accounts: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what progress he has made on the facilitation of a voluntary scheme for financial institutions and the third sector to contribute to the junior ISAs...

      Insurance: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on UK law of the recent European Court of Justice ruling on gender discrimination in (a) insurance...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye of 23 September 2010, Ref: AR/LS/195, and 26 November 2010, Ref: AR/LS/635...

      Rented Housing: Selby

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reverse the increase in rental prices in the Selby District Council area.

      Scotland: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he notified the Scottish Government of the proposed end of end-year flexibility.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has plans to align legislation governing co-operatives, community benefit societies and credit unions with that governing other corporate bodies.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what transitional protection arrangements will be put in place for parents in receipt of assistance with childcare costs at the point at which...

    • Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider amending the eligibility criteria for community care grants to include people entitled to contributory benefits.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many social fund crisis loans were paid in each parliamentary constituency in the last 12 months.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many defaults there were in social fund crisis loans in the last 12 months.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to allow remote telephone applications to the social fund crisis loan scheme.

      Crisis Loans: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many social fund crisis loans were made to (a) individuals registered as disabled, (b) individuals over the pension age and (c) lone...

      Crisis Loans: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to repay a social fund crisis loan was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for which services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies interpreters provide services in a language or...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on photography since May 2010.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) higher and (b) lower rate of disability living allowance (i) is and (ii) was in each of the last five years.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Carshalton and Wallington constituency are receiving disability living allowance for an indefinite period in each...

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women in each age group had their application to receive (i) higher and (ii) lower rate disability living allowance...

      Disability Living Allowance: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people normally resident in Bedford constituency were in receipt of (a) disability living allowance and (b) employment support...

      Disability Living Allowance: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed industrial injuries disability benefit for osteoarthritis in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South...

      Disability Living Allowance: Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are receiving disability living allowance for an indefinite period for (a) low-rate care, (b) low-rate care and low-rate...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether claimants on contributory employment and support allowance in the Work Related Activity Group whose household income exceeds the...

      Employment: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the potential effects of planned reductions to the budget of the Health and Safety Executive on the number of deaths...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the geographical distribution of households which will be affected by the cap on the level of household...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were in receipt of (i) housing benefit, (ii) council tax benefit and (iii) attendance allowance on the most...

      Housing Benefit: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the likely change in weekly income for a family with (a) three, (b) four, (c) five, (d) six, (e) seven and (f) eight...

      Income: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the protection to be given to households whose incomes will be uprated by the consumer prices index as a result of the introduction of...

      Jobcentre Plus: Incapacity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what private sector organisations he plans to engage to assist Jobcentre Plus with the incapacity benefit reassessment programme; and what...

      Motability: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Bedford constituency claimed the mobility component of disability living allowance at (a) the higher rate, (b) the lower...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women and (b) men are in receipt of (i) the basic state pension, (ii) pension credit and (iii) the additional state pension.

      Personal Independence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has in respect of the level of understanding of (a) severe learning disabilities and (b) autism spectrum disorder to be...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of monetary value of unclaimed benefits in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much was...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the expected level of benefit overpayments in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has any plans to provide support for those affected by the proposed increase in the state pension age for women born...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the effects of the introduction of universal credit on the income of couple households of one full-time...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions his Department made on the (a) employment rate, (b) number of vacancies and (c) claimant count in carrying out the impact...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to table 2 of his Department's impact assessment on universal credit, how many households in receipt of the lower entitlement...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people who will receive lower household entitlement under universal credit than under their benefit...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people who will enter work solely as a result of the introduction of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to paragraph 51 of his Department's impact assessment on universal credit, which benefits will be subject to automatic passporting.

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions underlie his estimate that (a) 950,000 individuals and (b) 350,000 children will be lifted out of poverty through the...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of persons who will be subject to the higher withdrawal rates of universal credit in (a)...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the net change in the incomes of couple households of one full-time worker and two children in (a) Glasgow North East...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of (a) households and (b) individuals in (i) Glasgow North East constituency, (ii) Glasgow, (iii) Scotland and...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of (a) households and (b) individuals in (i) Glasgow North East constituency, (ii) Glasgow, (iii) Scotland and...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average change in income of (a) households and (b) individuals in (i) Glasgow North East constituency, (ii) Glasgow,...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effects of the introduction of universal credit on the amount retained from each additional pound earned in...

      Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the effect on average income of (a) households and (b) individuals in (i) Glasgow North East constituency, (ii) Glasgow,...

      Universal Credit: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of protection for benefit recipients in each year of the transition to universal credit.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the outcome of the boiler scrappage scheme.

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) have been and (b) are to be closed, merged or reorganised following his...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions his Department has consulted representatives of small businesses on the effects of proposed new regulations since...

      Electricity Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will amend the draft National Policy Statement on Electricity Networks Infrastructure in the light of the recent research on bird...

      Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing the measures on the Energy 2020 Strategy adopted by the...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the efforts of the interaction between the EU Emissions Trading scheme and the proposed Emissions...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of his announcement on 7 February 2011 on the number of companies participating in the solar...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, column 241W, on solar power: feed-in tariffs, how many megawatts of solar...

  • Education

    • Academies and Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much and what proportion of formula grant provided for each local authority is to be top sliced to cover expenditure on Academies and Free Schools...

    • Academies and Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what methodology is used to calculate the amount of formula grant to be top-sliced from local authorities to cover expenditure on Academies and Free...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential effects in the quality of apprenticeship places of reductions in his Department's contribution to funding...

      Book Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which bodies he consulted before deciding to end funding for Booktrust.

      Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of schools in each local authority area offer boxing as part of the sports curriculum.

      Bullying: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effects of income inequality on levels of childhood bullying.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service employees can participate in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the relationship between childhood obesity levels and participation in sport; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate the scoping review to draw together data on child injury and safeguarding and to compare the position in England with that in other...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Sure Start children's centres he expects to be open in 2014-15; what proportion of these he expects of offer a full service; and if he will...

      Children's Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much funding he plans to provide to Sure Start centres in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency, (b) Birmingham and (c) England in each of...

      Children: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children's deaths were recorded in an Ofsted significant incident report as resulting from suspected (a) abuse and (b) neglect in (i) 2008,...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has assessed any relationship between levels of student educational attainment and class sizes (a) below 30 and (b) of 30 and above in (i)...

      Day Care: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether disabled children will be classified as disadvantaged for the purposes of allocating free childcare for two-year-olds.

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures he has undertaken to reduce jargon and promote plain English in departmental communications.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason his Department did not invite the Grandparents' Association to submit a bid for its proposed advice line.

      Early Intervention Grant: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what funding his Department plans to provide for the Early Intervention Grant for the Think Family scheme in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; (2)...

      Education Business Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce his decision on funding for education business partnership services from April 2011.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation will collaborate with universities in its work to monitor and improve the quality of A...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much and what proportion of formula grant to each local education authority has been allocated to expenditure on academies and free schools...

      Extracurricular Activities: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has for the (a) regulation and (b) inspection of out-of-hours schools and clubs.

      Independent Review Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what account is taken of relevant (a) financial and (b) non-financial interests in the appointment of members of independent review panels in...

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what circumstances his Department is authorised to intervene in a local education authority under the provisions of Section 11 of the Education...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Torbay of 22 December 2010 on his constituent Mark Thorneywork.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress his Department has made on developing the future Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of (a) Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and (b) Health on the effects of...

      Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Accredited Parenting programmes; and if he will make a statement.

      Positive Activities for Young People Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department allocated to the Positive Activities for Young People Programme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Pre-school Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pre-school facilities closed due to a lack of available trustees in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Pre-school Education: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many free early years education places were provided in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex and (d) Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997.

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanisms are in place to take account of high levels of mobility of pupils in pupil level annual school census data.

      Pupils: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the number of disabled children in each local authority area was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his most recent estimate is of the amount that will be spent on pupil premium in each local authority area in each year from 2011-12 to 2014-15;...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has plans to update his Department's statutory guidance on access to education for children and young people with medical needs published in...

      Special Educational Needs: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations his Department has received on provision of special educational needs services by academies.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which organisations his Department consulted in developing its policy on the future of Sure Start in accordance with paragraph 2.4 of the Compact...

      Sure Start: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Sure Start places were provided in Bolton South East constituency in 2009-10; and how many such places he expects to be provided in 2010-11.

      Teachers: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers took early retirement in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e) Bedfordshire, (f) Hertfordshire and (g)...

      Teaching Methods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the likely cost to the public purse of introducing one-to-one tuition for all people aged 16 to 18 years who do not have at least a...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer (a) question 25142 tabled on 16 November 2010 for answer on 18 November 2010, (b) question 36851 tabled on 25 January 2011...

      Youth Taskforce: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department allocated to the Youth Taskforce in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advantage West Midlands: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was paid in bonuses to staff by Advantage West Midlands in 2009-10.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) apprenticeship and (b) advanced apprenticeship starts he plans in (i) Southend West constituency, (ii) the...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of weapons manufactured in the UK were exported in the latest period for which figures are available; (2)...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arms exports have been licensed for (a) Morocco, (b) Tunisia, (c) Algeria, (d) Libya, (e) Egypt, (f) Yemen, (g) Saudi...

      Business: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of online business turnover which is dependent on Internet search engines as a means...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations affecting business have been removed by his Department in the last 10 months.

      Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the dedicated schools grant will be allocated to the all-age careers service.

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that credit card transaction fees are proportionate to the cost of processing payments when...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many public consultations his Department and its predecessors have conducted in each of the last 10 years; for how long each...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many regulations sponsored by his Department have been (a) introduced since 24 November 2010 and (b) revoked since 3...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions his Department has consulted representatives of small businesses on the effects of proposed new regulations...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many regulations affecting businesses have been revoked under his Department's one-in one-out policy since his appointment.

      Education: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of further and higher education institutions using biometric systems; and if...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his estimate is of the requirement for English for speakers of other languages courses in (a) Leyton and Wanstead...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of learners in receipt of fee remission for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses are in...

      Export Credits Guarantees: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in respect of which projects in Sudan supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) before 1980 debt is owed to ECGD.

      Institute for Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with further education lecturers and their representatives on mandatory membership of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from the retail motor sector on the application of a European code of conduct to (a) car...

      Northwest Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the economy of the North West Regional Development Agency's inward...

      Nurses: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many places for nursing courses there were at Northumbria university in each year since 2008.

      Student Loans: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average student loan taken out in (a) East Sussex and (b) Hastings and Rye constituency was in each year since 2005.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will prepare and publish an equality impact assessment on the decision to increase the cap on student fees to (a)...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on the relative propensity of students to apply to...

  • Health

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those who contracted HIV from contaminated blood products administered by the NHS are now clear of the virus.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish (a) each written submission, (b) each minute of meetings and (c) all other information he received from each of the expert...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the financial needs of those infected with contaminated blood during his Department's recent review of the treatment of those...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who contracted hepatitis C virus from contaminated blood products administered by the NHS have now been cleared of the virus while in (a)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions his Department has consulted representatives of small businesses on the effects of proposed new regulations since 6 May 2010.

      Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential rehabilitation centres for (a) drugs, (b) alcohol and (c) drugs and alcohol there were in England in each year since 2005.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the experience GPs have in budget management to be required under his proposals for GP commissioning.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential role of (a) nurses and (b) other ancillary health professionals in the proposed arrangements for GP...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing the European Directive on cross-border healthcare; (2) what estimate he...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients from other EU member states who will use NHS services in the 12 months following implementation of the...

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the number of single rooms available to hospital patients in the NHS.

      Injuries: Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many knife wound injuries were treated in hospitals in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f)...

      Lung Transplant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are awaiting a lung transplant in (a) Bolton, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) London; and how many such patients are over the age of...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the cost of healthcare commissioning by primary care trusts in the last 12 months for which figures are available and...

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses per 100 beds there were in (a) England, (b) West Suffolk hospital and (c) Ipswich hospital in each year since 2009.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults were (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index in (A) Bury St Edmunds constituency,...

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to endure that primary care trusts provide funding for patients to obtain access to drugs with orphan drug status.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has plans to review the list of chronic illnesses which entitle those diagnosed with those illnesses aged under 18 years or over 60...

      Radiosurgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the report of the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group on radiosurgery to be published; (2) what progress he has made in...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to promote Salt Awareness Week; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such activities.

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) prevention and (b) management, (c) rehabilitation of strokes in children with sickle cell disease.

      Tattoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the NHS in each of the last three years on the removal of tattoos; and if he will estimate the proportion of such spending...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account the NHS takes of a patient's age when deciding whether a patient can receive an organ transplant.

      Urology: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had with representatives of the specialist nursing sector to discuss the work of frontline staff in stoma care.

      Vaccination: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a non-electronic alternative to the online ImmForm system for the ordering of vaccines.

  • Justice

    • Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what work he has undertaken in his role as the UK's international anti-corruption champion; and if he will make a statement.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many claimants to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were awarded the maximum award of compensation available in each of the last five...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much compensation was paid out by the criminal injuries compensation scheme for each type of injury in each financial year since 1997; (2)...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department allocated to the criminal injuries compensation scheme in each financial year since 1997.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Spring Supplementary Estimate 2010/11, HC 790, for what reasons there is proposed a reduction of £770,000 in non-voted...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Spring Supplementary Estimate 2010/11, HC 790, for what reasons there is proposed a reduction of £175,000 in voted expenditure...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department are entitled to travel first class by rail within the UK.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what regulations his Department introduced between 9 and 28 February 2011; (2) what regulations his Department revoked between 9 and 28 February 2011.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day between 27 May 2010 and 9 March 2011 did not receive a substantive answer on...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of each category of fixed penalty notices were (a) issued and (b) paid in each month since their introduction in each police force area; and...

      HM Courts Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was for HM Courts Service in each financial year from 2005-06 to date.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what requirements the Land Registry places on developers relating to the provision of accurate information on the price of new properties.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what powers the Land Registry has to take action in instances where the registered price of a new property is higher than the sale price.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances a price other than the sale price of a property may be registered with the Land Registry.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison staff have been appointed on the new prison officer contract in each prison since September 2009.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that those referred to the Peterborough prison social impact bond scheme are representative of all short-term prisoners...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has plans to implement further social impact bond schemes based on the model used at HM Prison Peterborough.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure all offenders sentenced to 12 months or less take part in a social impact bond scheme.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the level of reoffending of prisoners who are not referred to the social impact bond scheme at HM Prison Peterborough.

      Prisoners: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1055-6W, on prisoners: mass media, what consideration was given to consulting victims...

      Prisoners: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1056-7W, on prisoners: publications, with which publishers and newspapers (a) prisons...

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent in each category of expenditure on (a) advertising for and (b) recruiting for the position of Prisons and Probation...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much capital funding his Department has allocated for prison building for each year of the comprehensive spending review period; (2) how much...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been charged with an offence under section 45 of the Crime and Security Act 2010 since its entry into force.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms he has put in place to prevent the use of mobile communication devices within prison.

      Prisons: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries were sustained by (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each prison disturbance for each category of injury in the last 12 months for...

      Prisons: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons experienced any kind of disturbance in the last 12 months; and what the nature was of each such disturbance.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who have breached a suspended sentence (a) received and (b) did not receive an immediate custodial sentence in the latest period for...

      Speed Limits: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much revenue was received from fixed penalty notices issued in respect of speeding offences in each police force area in England and Wales in each...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates he has met the Secretary of State for (a) Education and (b) Communities and Local Government to discuss the resettlement of young...

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17-year-olds were given custodial sentences in each police force area since 2007; and what the average length of...

  • House of Lords

    • Allotments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authorities have the power to lease land which they own to allotment societies or co-operatives on long leases in the case of (a) land used as...

    • Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what services are available to service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to abolish the Audit Commission; and what measures are in place to provide external, transparent and objective auditing and advice to local...

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 16 February (WA 160), whether the criteria they used when deciding whether to agree to the BBC World...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 January (WA 115) and the letter of Darra Singh, Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, what assessment they have...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in receipt of the disability component of working tax credits are in receipt of the higher rate of disability living allowance.

      Broadcasting: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to broadcasters whose programmes feature smoking; when; and with what result. To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they...

      Charities: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many charities with a purpose related to the Armed Forces have been established in each of the past three years.

      Conservative Party: Spring Forum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the Prime Minister's remarks on 5 March about the "enemies of enterprise" were directed at (a) the civil service, and (b) the European Union.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 March (WA 389), whether healthcare professionals providing fertility treatment and services that are subject to...

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that carbon emissions traded under the European Emissions Trading Scheme are verified by bona fide certificates of origin.

      EU: Air Passenger Details

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 16 February (WA 171-2), what form of parliamentary scrutiny there will be of the proposal for a...

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46-7), what plans they have to review the impact of European Union legislation on...

      EU: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46-7), whether third countries have equal access through the World Trade Organisation...

      Fire Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in deciding whether to introduce spray-water systems to suppress smoke in buildings, ships and aircraft, either in isolation or in...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many firearms certificates are presently in force in the United Kingdom.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the number and types of firearms held by citizens in possession of a firearms certificate in the United Kingdom.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in proposing that local authorities should in future be the lead commissioners for water fluoridation schemes in line with section 3.9 of the public...

      Food: Salt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reach an agreement with relevant interest groups on a substantial reduction in the salt content of United Kingdom foodstuffs, including...

      General Social Care Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they propose transferring functions of the General Social Care Council to the Health Professions Council.

      General Social Care Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that the specialist skills of the General Social Care Council will be transferred to the Health Professions Council.

      Global Navigation Satellites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to reduce the vulnerability of global navigation satellite systems to terrorist attacks.

      Government: Decentralisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the independent evaluation of the local social impact of public services.

      Government: Decentralisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that power devolved to local levels will not become disproportionately concentrated.

      Government: Commercial Interests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all Ministers with commercial interests have sold their investments or placed them in trusts with no restrictions on their trustees' ability to sell the...

      Government Departments: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government earn over £100,000 per year; and whether they propose to subject the...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they will allocate to the Travellers' Pitch Funding Scheme; and how it will be operated.

      Health and Care Professions Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the proposed Health and Care Professions Council will require all students to register with the council before they begin practice...

      Health and Care Professions Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that the transfer of social worker registration to the proposed Health and Care Professions Council will not affect the movement of social...

      Health and Care Professions Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that the proposed Health and Care Professions Council has sufficient social work expertise on its council and within its staff.

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the changes proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill will affect the principle of universal access to healthcare.

      Health: Histopathology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the maximum number of working days within which consultant histo-pathologists in NHS laboratories should be expected to issue a report to the...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries they have a reciprocal health agreement.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent aggression against the people of Libya by the government there.

      Local Authorities: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on music tuition of the delay in informing local authorities in England of the grant allocations they will receive for...

      London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written statement by Baroness Hanham on 7 March (WS 144-5) about the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, why they did not include the...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local history museums are to be closed as a result of recent budget decisions taken by local authorities.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total resource allocated to meet the redundancy costs of employees working for primary care trusts in each of the years 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14.

      NHS: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take in response to representations by the British Medical Association about the changes proposed to the National Health Service by...

      NHS: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what is their forecast of the reduction in the number of NHS employees which will be achieved by the proposed NHS reforms, and (b) what is the number of such...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid to the staff of the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) in bonuses and payments in addition to salaries in the current financial year; and to what...

      Northern Ireland Office: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff in the Northern Ireland Office are paid more than £100,000 per year; what grades they are; and how much each received in bonuses.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the 16 countries which will cease to receive Department for International Development bilateral aid by 2016 (a) receive development aid from the European...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 9 February (WA 70), what follow-up action to recover funds was taken in respect of the 9,374 state pension...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries they have a reciprocal pensions agreement.

      Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was paid out in 2009-10 under the provisions of the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 to (a) former slate quarrymen and their...

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will regularly publish data for each police force showing the impact of funding cuts on (a) specialist units, (b) front-line services, and (c) middle...

      Property: Scrappage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for introducing a property scrappage scheme.

      Royal Family: Official Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which countries, and on what dates, the Duke of York made official visits in his trade promotion role in each of the past three years; and to which countries...

      Schools: Religious Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they intend to give to the research published by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales on the value attached to the teaching of...

      Social Work Reform Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the work of the Social Work Reform Board will be aligned with the development of proficiency standards by the proposed Health and Care Professions Council.

      Squatting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the legislation covering squatting.

      UN Summits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the United Nations General Assembly to include mental health in the forthcoming UN summit on Non Communicable Diseases in New York in September.

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