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Written answers

Thursday, 17 March 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2011, Official Report, column 452W, on the Bill of Rights, if he will take steps to increase the likelihood...

    • Departmental Public Bodies

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to reduce departmental expenditure.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many days in each of the last three years (a) he and his predecessors and (b) Ministers of State have been in Northern Ireland on...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the migration to the National Crime Agency of the work...

  • Attorney-General

    • Legal Advice and Assistance: Libya

      To ask the Attorney-General whether he provided legal advice to Ministers prior to the recent diplomatic mission to eastern Libya; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of availability of services to provide free bus passes to elderly people in rural areas; and if he...

  • Wales

    • Business Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the name is of each member of the Business Advisory Group for Wales.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Public Bodies

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

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what regulations his Department introduced between 3 February 2011 and 28 February 2011.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what regulations his Department revoked between 3 February 2011 and 28 February 2011.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days (a) he and (b) his predecessors have spent in Scotland on official business in each of the last three years.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the Spring Supplementary Estimate 2010/11, HC 790, for what reasons there is proposed a reduction of £15 million in non-voted...

  • Treasury

    • Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on proposals from the UK Payments Council to phase out cheques as a method of payment; and if he will make a...

    • Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) Glasgow North East constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) Great Britain received assistance with the cost of childcare...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans permanently to uprate civil service pensions using the consumer prices index.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of businesses trading in the UK which paid no corporation tax in each of the last four financial years.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether receipts from the sale of assets owned by regional development agencies are reflected in the spending plans of his Department for (a) 2012-13 and...

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that there is sent to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton without further delay a copy of the letter of 21 February 2011 setting...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have made use of the regional employers national insurance contribution holiday for new businesses since June 2010.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on reforming the PAYE system to introduce real time collection of payments.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the number of retired people receiving public sector pensions worth more than (a) £100,000, (b) £75,000 and (c)...

      Revenue and Customs: India

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what matters officials of HM Revenue and Customs discussed with their Indian counterparts when in Delhi between 29 November and 5 December 2010.

      Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross total was for the number of days lost due to staff sickness in each of HM Revenue and Customs business streams in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training staff have undertaken on claiming and payment of working tax credit before assessing individual claims.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax investigations were settled for a sum of more than (a) £10 million and (b) £100 million below the tax estimated to have been at...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development and (b) consultation he has undertaken with (i) developing...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many taxpayers became non-resident in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (2) what proportion of taxpayers who became...

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of reducing the rate of value added tax on energy efficiency home improvements in order to help meet the objectives of the...

      Video Games: National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what contribution the video games industry made to gross domestic product in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010. (2) what proportion of...

      Working Tax Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much working tax credit has been overpaid due to fraudulent claims in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to take steps to support the financing of self-build homes.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many suicide bombings against International Security Assistance Force forces operating under Regional Command South in Afghanistan were recorded in...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department will be of installing a catapult on the new aircraft carrier in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Amphibious Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the construction cost of RFA Largs Bay was; and what its running cost was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on potential exemption from changes to the indexation of pensions and benefits for (a)...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 15 February 2011, Official Report, columns 815-6W, on armed forces (redundancies), which Minister in his Department is...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 15 February 2011, Official Report, columns 815-6W, on armed forces (redundancies), what arrangements have been put in...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the size of the Army following the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2011, Official Report, column 805W, on nuclear weapons, what estimate he has made of the likely level of savings...

      Blue Force Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department had with (a) Blue Force Property and (b) Blue Force Services (i) before and (ii) since the companies went into...

      Blue Force Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of (a) serving members of HM armed forces and (b) former service personnel who entered into property deals with...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Land

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to make budgetary savings in addition to those identified in the Strategic Defence and Security Review in each of the next...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department expects to save as a result of the commitment in the strategic defence and security review to reductions in spending on...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what professional services to his Department he expects to be reduced as a result of commitments in the Strategic Defence and Security Review; and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the unfunded liability in respect of (a) equipment, (b) procurement, (c) support and (d) each other expenditure category...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations his Department introduced between 9 and 28 February 2011.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what correspondence he has received from the devolved Administrations on the (a) principle and (b) implementation of the armed forces covenant and...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Indian government on the sale of tranche 3 Typhoon aircrafts; and if he will make a statement.

      France: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the proposed UK-France treaty on nuclear weapons co-operation, from what date military flights between the UK and France transporting...

      Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capabilities the (a) Type-22 and (b) Type-23 frigate has to act as a flagship.

      Germany: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department will be required to make any payments to the German government under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and its supplementary...

      Germany: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost to the public purse is of maintaining and operating bases in Germany in 2010-11.

      Germany: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the relative costs of basing a soldier in (a) Germany and (b) the UK.

      Libya: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates he discussed the recent diplomatic mission to eastern Libya with the (a) Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and (b)...

      Libya: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he received the submission outlining the intention of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to send a diplomatic...

      Libya: HMS Cumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what days HMS Cumberland has (a) been docked in Benghazi Port and (b) been deployed in Libyan territorial waters in 2011; and what the cost to the...

      Libya: Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department made to the Government's policy on the deployment of special forces in Libya.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which barracks his Department is considering for sale or demolition as part of the proposed rationalisation of the defence estate arising from the...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the merits of using Nimrod MRA4 aircraft for monitoring flights over the Mediterranean, Libya and North Africa.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the projected (a) discounted and (b) undiscounted nuclear decommissioning costs for the seven Astute-class submarines.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what date the safety case for the new truck cargo heavy duty mark 3 vehicle was approved; (2) on what date the truck cargo heavy duty mark 3...

      Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Minister in his Department approved the use of special forces in operations in Libya on 4 March 2011.

      Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedure is followed in his Department for Ministerial clearance for the deployment of UK armed forces.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the strategic defence and security review, which capabilities to counter explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices will...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment will be (a) sold (b) decommissioned and (c) deleted as a result of the commitment in the Strategic Defence and Security Review to...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent (a) in total and (b) on (i) design, (ii) purchase of materials and (iii) other categories of expenditure on Trident...

      WE 177 Nuclear Bomb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse of the WE.177 missile programme was (a) in cash terms and (b) in 2011 prices up to the date of its withdrawal from...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Ofcom: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2011, Official Report, column 472W, on Ofcom: consultants, on what services Ofcom's...

    • Arts: Finance

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

      Broadband: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many local authorities have issued tender documents for contracts to provide high-speed broadband services to date.

      Broadband: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many local authorities in England have issued tenders for contracts for the provision of high-speed broadband.

      Broadband: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has for local authorities to issue tenders for contracts for the provision of high-speed broadband in England.

      Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2011, Official Report, column 611W, on broadband: public expenditure, what assessment he...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether receipts from the sale of assets owned by regional development agencies are reflected in the spending plans of his...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many procurement projects with a monetary value greater than (a) £10 million, (b) £50 million and (c)...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many public consultations his Department has conducted in each of the last 10 years; for how long each consultation was...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what regulations his Department (a) introduced between 4 February and 28 February 2011 and (b) repealed between 2 February...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to respond to his Department's consultation on remote gambling; and if he will make a statement.

      Holiday Accommodation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) with reference to the Government Tourism Policy of March 2011, what assessment he has made of the likely future...

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress he has made in his Department's responsibilities for language maintenance and development under the European...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Bridgend of 23 November 2010, reference MM/JH/22/11/2010.

      Ofcom: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport with reference to Ofcom's supplementary written evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on expenditure 2009-10, with which...

      Ofcom: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport with reference to Ofcom's supplementary written evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on expenditure 2009-10, with which...

      Sports: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department is taking steps to support grassroots and community sport in Dartford constituency.

      Tourism: Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) with reference to the Government Tourism Policy of March 2011, whether he has undertaken an assessment of the potential...

      Tourism: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reason the Government Tourism Policy published on 4 March 2011 was unavailable on his Department's website on the day...

  • Home Department

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her Department's review of the Contest programme indicated in its business plan to begin.

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether receipts from the sale of assets owned by regional development agencies are reflected in the spending plans of her Department for...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public consultations her Department has conducted in each of the last 10 years; for how long each consultation was open; how many...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to support victims of domestic violence.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department between what dates the sodium rhodizonate test was used by the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory to detect firearms discharge...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to implement Article 6 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in relation to...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to take steps in accordance with the requirements of Article 5 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against...

      Imitation Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations her Department has received from (a) police organisations, (b) medical professionals and (c) others on...

      Northumbria Police: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overtime hours were paid to (a) warranted officers and (b) civilian staff of Northumbria Police Force in each of the last three...

      Passport Office: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the compliance of her Department's consultation on the closure of Newport Passport Office with the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is her policy that after May 2012 chief constables should be able to enter into significant contracts without the prior authority...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish each response to her Department's consultation on Policing in the 21(st) Century.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force hold the rank of sergeant.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force had received up-to-date training in the use of firearms on the most recent date for which...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2011, Official Report, columns 519-20W, on police: investigations, (1) what procedural and...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force have current specialist traffic and vehicle training.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to reduce the amount of duplication in the forms police officers are required to complete when responding to incidents.

      Refugees: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effect of proposed reductions in refugee integration funding on (a) statutory and (b)...

      UK Border Agency: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days on average employees of the UK Border Agency have taken in sick leave in each year since its inception.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of vandalism were reported in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish (a) the minutes of meetings her Department has had with and (b) written submissions her Department has received from...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal records checks have been received and processed by her Department in each year since 2005.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Budget Limits

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

  • Justice

    • Contact Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many contact orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 issued to fathers in respect of their children were issued in response to the...

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether receipts from the sale of assets owned by regional development agencies are reflected in the spending plans of his Department for (a) 2012-13...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the average cost to his Department of administering the electronic tagging of an individual for (a) 90 and (b) 120...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were sentenced to supervision by the courts in England and Wales with a condition of being electronically tagged in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he has taken to improve the working of family courts; (2) what steps he has taken to minimise any adverse effect on a child arising...

      HM Inspectorate of Prisons: Political Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the role of Chief Inspector of Prisons is politically restricted under civil service guidelines.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions the UK Supreme Court has declared an incompatibility between domestic legislation and the European Convention on Human Rights under...

      Offenders: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people arrested and charged for drug-related offences in (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading and (c) Berkshire were prosecuted...

      Playgrounds: Acklington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the estates directorate of his Department will notify Acklington Parish Council of its conclusions on the transfer of land at Acklington for a...

      Police: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are being held in police cells; at what cost; and how many were so held in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the...

      Police: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was allocated to the daily cost of food for a prisoner in (a) a prison cell and (b) a police station cell in each of the last five years.

      Police: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of using videolink equipment installed in prisons to record interviews between police officers and witnesses in...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders held in a cell designed for one inmate shared it with (a) one other inmate and (b) two other inmates in the last 12 months for which...

      Prison Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget for staff training in each prison was in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were subject to home detention curfew in England and Wales on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has given to prisoner support groups in each year since its inception.

      Prisons: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether the Government were consulted in advance of the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of Recommendation (87)3 on European prison rules;...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers received a (a) caution and (b) reprimand for providing prisoners with mobile telephones in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought by (a) the Crown Prosecution Service and (b) local authorities for offences of (i) fly-tipping, (ii) graffiti,...

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2010, Official Report, columns 1166-67W, on rape: victim support schemes, what funding he has allocated to rape...

      Shoplifting: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of shoplifting led to a (a) caution and (b) conviction resulting in (i) probation and (ii) custodial sentences in each parliamentary...

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost to the public purse of introducing the victims of overseas terrorism compensation...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent young offenders are registered; and how many and what proportion of total offences were attributable to persistent young offenders in...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Youth Rehabilitation Orders; (2) how many Youth Rehabilitation Orders have been issued...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) non-resident parents and (b) parents with care called the Child Maintenance Options Service in the last 12 months.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many referrals were made by the Child Maintenance Options Service to its face-to-face service in the last 12 months; what the criteria for...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what proportion of Child Support Agency cases which have a positive maintenance liability is the weekly maintenance liability (a) less than...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of maintenance direct cases dealt with by the Child Support Agency (CSA) in 2009-10 reverted to the CSA's normal collection...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Social Fund crisis loan scheme cost to operate in each of the last five years.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the number of social fund crisis loans available to an individual in a 12 month period is to be set at three; and whether any...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he plans to provide to individuals who have exceeded the social fund crisis loan cap on accessing alternative sources of...

      Crisis Loans: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) men and (b) women resident in (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (ii) the London Borough of Bexley applied for...

      Crisis Loans: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women resident in (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (ii) the London Borough of Bexley defaulted on...

      Departmental Land

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what regulations his Department revoked between 8 February 2011 and 28 February 2011.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria for receiving the (a) higher and (b) lower rate of disability living allowance (i) are and (ii) were in each of the last...

      Disability Living Allowance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to amend the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill which require people diagnosed with autism and in receipt...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of the disability benefits system for children aged under 16.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of claimants in the (i) assessment phase and (ii) work-related activity group of employment and support...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that those with variable mental health conditions are not penalised for missing a work-focussed interview.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he is taking steps to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises can compete for contracts under the work programme.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of the proportion of Work programme contracts which will awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of compatibility with regulations on the national minimum wage of the requirement for jobseekers to undertake work...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workplaces registered an (a) accident or (b) incident with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in each year since 2000; and on...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent (a) submissions and (b) representations he has received which propose an alternative workplace inspection model to the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had on the levels of annuities offered by private pension providers.

      Personal Independence Payment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will put in place support for people with autism who lose eligibility for a personal independence payment or disability living allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many investigations of individuals suspected of benefit fraud have taken more than nine months in the latest period for which figures are...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to support the Big Society initiative.

      Third Sector

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

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Public Bills: Internet

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the dedicated website for public reading stages of bills will inter-operate with the Your Freedom website.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2011, Official Report, column 935W, on carbon emissions: biofuels, (1) which other energy...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department's carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition will take into account the creation of a CCS infrastructure to...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2010, Official Report, column 866W, on aviation: carbon emissions, if he will take steps to...

      Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the diversity of the range of scientific opinion on climate change that is represented on the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that studies of the cost of power generation technologies commissioned by his Department estimate...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the cost per megawatt hour, excluding the cost of carbon, of electricity generated from (a) coal,...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2011, Official Report, column 438W, on energy: EU action, what discussions he has had with his...

      Fuel Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely level of fuel poverty in rural areas in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) the UK.

      Fuel Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the level of fuel poverty in rural areas in (a) Totnes constituency, (b) South Devon, (c) the...

      Fuel: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of speculation on oil prices.

      Hinkley Point C power station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to provide support for communities adversely affected by the proposed Hinkley C connection project.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the safety of nuclear power plants in the UK.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to the potential effect on the UK's reputation as an investment destination of potential changes to the...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what projection he has made of the level of take-up of solar photovoltaics for the Feed-in Tariff scheme in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many buildings on his Department's estate were occupied by squatters in each year between 2006 and 2010; and on how many occasions...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the Mott MacDonald report, UK Electricity Generating Costs update in determining the commercial...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for taking decisions on consent on Round 2 offshore wind farm applications which have not yet been approved.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the time taken by his Department was to process each application for consent for Round 2 offshore wind developments which have so...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Battery Cages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on the introduction of a prohibition on battery cages for laying hens.

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the practice of intensive dairy farming; and if she will make a statement.

      Fish Discards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on reductions in fishing discards; and if she will make a statement.

      Fish Discards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to reduce the incidence of fish discards.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department allocated to research and development on (a) sustainable farming and food and (b) animal...

      Animals: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding she has allocated over the period of the comprehensive spending review to reduce the level of illegal trade in...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on reform of the common agricultural policy; and if she will make a statement.

      Cotton: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions she has raised the issue of cotton subsidies in the EU Council of Ministers; and if she will make a...

      Dairy Farming: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on animal welfare of zero-grazed dairy...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations her Department revoked between 3 February and 28 February 2011.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations her Department introduced between 9 and 28 February 2011.

      Oil: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many oil spills at (a) residential and (b) commercial properties in each region were reported in each of the last five...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage citizen participation in local democracy.

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps his Department has taken to improve facilities for local community use.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps his Department has taken to improve community relations between different populations.

      Departmental Land

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

      Departmental Location

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which procurement projects engaged upon by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body and agency for which...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether receipts from the sale of assets owned by regional development agencies are reflected in the spending plans of his...

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to take steps to encourage self-build home projects.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to review the rules relating to the requirement to pay rates on empty properties.

      Northwest Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) effect on employment levels in the North West of...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines his Department issues to local authorities on payments to trade unions (a) in cash and (b) in kind.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the minimum required number of pupils in a school to support academy status in (a) primary and (b) first schools.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools approached his Department to request advice on conversion to academy status between May 2010 and January 2011.

      Academies: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of pupils excluded from school of trends in the number of schools becoming academies; and what...

      Academies: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of each (a) letter and (b) email his Department has received of support for the Three Valleys Independent...

      Aiming High for Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future provision of funding through the Aiming High for Disabled Children grant in (a) Bolton South East constituency, (b)...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Sandwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much interest is due under private finance initiative arrangements to the equity holders of the Building Schools for the Future Wave 3...

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has received reports of Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service managers allocating cases to practitioners without the...

      Early Intervention Grant Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the amount of money which local authorities will be expected to hold back from their early intervention grant...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2011, Official Report, column 80W, on the education maintenance allowance, how many (a) current students and...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Bolton South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students will have their education maintenance allowance payments terminated before their programme of study is complete in (a) Bolton South...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the costs to the public purse of replacing education maintenance allowance over the comprehensive spending review period;...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has assessed the average cost per pupil of educating children aged 16 to 18 years in (a) school sixth forms and (b) further education colleges.

      Education: Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to require Ofsted to take into account pupil success rates when assessing the education provided by school sixth forms.

      EU Educational Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many EU-branded diaries schools in England received in 2010; (2) what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the...

      EU Youth on the Move Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the (a) likely effect on and (b) cost to his Department of the implementation of the EU Youth on the Move strategy;...

      Family Rights Group: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the funding for the Family Rights helpline from March 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the retention of the requirement that all Key Stage 3 pupils should receive at least 24 hours of practical cookery lessons.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the average cost per pupil of free schools (a) including and (b) excluding start-up costs.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which free schools have had their business case and funding agreement approved; and how much funding has been allocated in each case for (a)...

      GCSE : Mathematics and English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average proportion of pupils per school (a) nationally and (b) in the London borough of Lambeth was who achieved five or more GCSEs...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the review of music education led by Darren Henley will consider the ability of children whose families cannot afford to pay for lessons to...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for future standards of music tuition in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Primary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the proportion of funding for primary and secondary education in England derived from (a) public and (b) private sources...

      Pupils: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future provision of funding for children with disabilities in (a) West Ham constituency, (b) Newham and (c) London through...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to promote vertical integration between primary and secondary schools.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the establishment of schools for pupils aged between 14 and 19.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consultations he has undertaken on the proposal to give the Secretary of State power to close schools that have received an intervention order.

      Schools: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils attending (a) Church of England, (b) Catholic, (c) other denominational or faith and (d) other maintained (i) secondary...

      Schools: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had on the school building programme in Warrington; and when he expects to announce those school building projects which...

      Schools: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when schools and further education colleges in Wolverhampton will be informed of their allocation of discretionary learner support for 2011-12.

      Sexualisation of Young People Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the independent review of the excessive commercialisation and premature sexualisation of children will include an assessment of the role of...

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of sixth form colleges in England are registered for value added tax.

      Sure Start: Bolton

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

      Sure Start: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the level of entitlement funding was in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12 for (i) Bolton South East constituency, (ii) Bolton and (iii) Greater Manchester.

      Targeted Mental Health in Schools Grant: Finance

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

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the removal of the further education initial teacher training bursary for (a) history and (b)...

      Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what impact assessment he has undertaken of the abolition of the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy; (2) what his most recent...

      Teenage Pregnancy Scheme: Finance

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

      Teenage Pregnancy: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of potential links between income inequality and rates of (a) teenage births and (b) teenage pregnancy.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to question 24438, on funding for family rights helplines, tabled on 13 November for ordinary written answer.

      Young People: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to raise awareness of the problems of under-age excess drinking through the Youth Service.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 were not in full-time education or training in each local education...

  • Health

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in producing a protocol for the recording and sharing of information on adults with autism; and if he will make a...

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons people with autism are not included in the draft social care outcomes framework; whether he plans to address social care outcomes for...

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to take steps to increase the number of patients who are able to choose implantable lens technology on the NHS for the treatment of...

      Contraception: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and the NHS spent on contraceptive (a) services and (b) provision through primary care in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will visit the Anthony Nolan cord blood bank in Nottingham South constituency to discuss an increase in the UK stock of umbilical cord blood.

      Dental Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of practising dentists in each county in the East of England are taking on new NHS patients.

      Dental Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists are operating under (a) general dental services contracts and (b) personal dental services agreements in (i) Suffolk, (ii)...

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GP surgeries and (b) single-handed GP surgeries there were in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire, (iv) Essex, (v)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits and demerits of requiring patients to make appointments with GPs through call centres; and if he will make a...

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average distance travelled for an out-of-hours GP appointment was in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e)...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the expenditure by (a) Sefton Primary Care Trust and (b) other primary care trusts of the Improving Access to...

      Health Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by (a) West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust and (b) Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust on salaries and wages for (i) general and senior managers,...

      Health Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) Suffolk Primary Care Trust and (b) the East of England Strategic Health Authority spent on (i) management and (ii) other consultants in each...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents of each (a) EU member state and (b) non-EU country were treated by the NHS in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has plans to bring forward proposals to increase access to insulin pumps for people with Type 1 diabetes.

      Mental Illness: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding his Department provided to Timebank for its Shoulder to Shoulder programme in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010; (2)...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delay event notices in the National Programme for IT in the Health Service have been issued by (a) Connecting for Health (b) other NHS bodies...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take under his NHS reforms to ensure redress for patients who suffer injury as a result of negligent medical treatment in an NHS...

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total public expenditure per head of population was on (a) capital and (b) running costs of the NHS in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii)...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is taking steps to reduce regional variations in the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register; and if he will make a statement.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of 16 to 20 year-olds are on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

      Patients: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the proportion of accidental falls suffered by patients in NHS facilities which are the result of poor vision; and if he will make a...

      Patients: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs have been incurred by the NHS in each region as a result of (a) treatment for and (b) payments to patients who have suffered accidental falls...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of extending the range of conditions which qualify parents for prescription charge exemptions.

      Suffolk Primary Care Trust: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Suffolk Primary Care Trust spent on salaries and wages for (a) general and senior managers, (b) nurses and midwives, and ( c) administrative...

      Third Sector

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

      Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to use the provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 to transfer employees of primary care...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Land

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

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what regulations his Department revoked between 27 January 2011 and 28 February 2011; (2) what regulations his Department...

      Developing Countries: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on programmes where businesses participate in corporate social responsibility initiatives in developing...

      Developing Countries: Social Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided to World Bank social protection programmes in each of the last three years.

      Developing Countries: Social Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department expects to have spent on social protection in 2010-11; and what budgetary allocation has been made for 2011-12.

      Developing Countries: Social Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is taking steps to support the development of social protection systems in developing countries to address the...

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries his Department funds microfinance projects.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had on (a) the outcome of his Department's recent evaluation of cash transfers and (b) the potential...

      West Africa: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the effects of EU cotton subsidies on West African cotton farmers; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the costs to developing countries of the proposed relaxation of the controlled foreign company rules and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what arrangements he plans to put in place to fund the big society bank; and whether he expects there to be any differences in the operation of the bank...

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contracts his Department holds with the big society network.

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what options he is considering as an alternative to holding a full UK Census in 2021; (2) what estimate he has made of the financial savings...

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of operational charities receive funding from the public purse.

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) charities and (b) operational charities with two or more employees receive funding from the public purse.

      Charities: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will have discussions with the Charity Commission on the size of redundancy payments permitted to be made by charities.

      Charity Commission: Political Activities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will have discussions with the Charity Commission on the requirements for political neutrality of that body.

      Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the influence of religious engagement on levels of civic engagement.

      Efficiency and Reform Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the highest salary is of a member of staff working in his Department's Efficiency and Reform Group.

      Employment: Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people to be employed in the charitable and voluntary sector in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c)...

      Epilepsy: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) males and (b) females in each (i) age group and (ii) strategic health authority's area died in circumstances attributable to epilepsy in...

      Mutual Pathfinder Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the potential monetary value of bids to the Mutual Pathfinder Fund.

      Office for Civil Society: Operating Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the operational costs of the Office for Civil Society at the end of (a) March 2011 and (b) each subsequent financial year...

      Office for Civil Society: Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants have been engaged in work of the Office for Civil Society (a) through secondment and (b) in addition to their usual duties...

      Office for Civil Society: TimeBank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Office for Civil Society paid to TimeBank in each year since 2007.

      Older People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of older volunteers.

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many organisations have tendered to deliver the programme of support for public sector mutuals.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants have been engaged in the work of the big society ministerial group (a) through either secondment and (b) in addition to their...

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what mechanisms he has put in place to evaluate the performance of his Department's Transition Fund for civil society organisations.

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the potential effects of reductions in Government funding to the charities and voluntary sector on the level of employment...

      Third Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people he expects to be employed in the charitable and voluntary sector at the end of (a) March 2011 and...

      Third Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Transition Fund which will be spent on redundancy payments.

      Voluntary Organisations: Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2011, Official Report, column 370W, on voluntary organisations, what recent assessment his Department has made of...

      Voluntary Organisations: Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2011, Official Report, column 370W, on voluntary organisations, what recent assessment his Department has made of...

      Voluntary Organisations: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of jobs in the voluntary sector in the next three years.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of trends in the level of volunteering in the last 10 years.

      Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has a policy to encourage its employees to (a) volunteer and (b) donate via payroll giving.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many young people he expects to participate in the National Citizen Service programme following its initial pilot scheme.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help prevent the recruitment and deployment of child soldiers.

    • British Overseas Territories: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to make an official visit to British Overseas Territories.

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with his Chinese counterpart reports of unauthorised access by state officials to personal and business email...

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has participated in the Council of Europe's project on Living together in 21st century Europe; and what...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo steps to ensure that (a) parliamentary and (b)...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Secretary General of the United Nations an extension to the UN mandate in the Democratic Republic of...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regulations his Department revoked between 9 and 28 February 2011.

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the plans of the Government of Egypt for a democratic settlement in that country.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions human rights issues have been raised with the Government of (a) Morocco, (b) Tunisia, (c) Algeria, (d)...

      Indonesia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of relations between the UK and Indonesia; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to request any payment from oil companies in respect of the cost of evacuating workers from oil fields in Libya.

      Libya: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has (a) had any discussions with and (b) provided any assistance to British universities in securing...

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Iranian Government on measures to increase the level of stability in the Middle East...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the monetary value of all of his Department's expenditure in each individual country in (a)...

      Patrol Craft: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to apply for funding for maritime patrol aircraft under the EU External Borders Fund.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the circumstances in which UK armed forces should be committed for the purpose of keeping internal order...

      Qatar: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to reach trade agreements with other countries following the model of the recent agreement with the Government...

      Somalia: 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 Somalia; and what reports he has received of the (a) capture...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the level of independence of Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she plans to take to introduce (a) the recommendations of the recent meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeships which will be created in (a) Bedford constituency and (b) England in...

    • Apprentices

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

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Office of Fair Trading to complete its investigation into surcharges for credit and debit card purchases.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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 Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations his Department has repealed between 4 February and 28 February 2011.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Brighton, Pavilion constituency, his...

      Further Education: Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he proposes to permit further education colleges to distribute funds from the Learner Support Fund to students aged 19...

      Green Investment Bank: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the mechanism for setting the interest rates for the Green Investment Bank; and if...

      Green Investment Bank: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the Green Investment Bank; and on which date each...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many local enterprise partnerships have websites.

      Northwest Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) effect on employment levels in the North West of...

  • House of Lords

    • Africa: Landmines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 28 February (WA 203), of the landmines laid during World War II that remain to be cleared in North Africa,...

    • Agriculture: Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average payment made to farmers in England in the past financial year for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the savings that will be achieved by the scrapping of the Nimrod maritime surveillance aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Foot Patrol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum proportion of bodyweight that infantry soldiers are expected to carry on foot patrol in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Foot Patrol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the recommended quantity of water to be carried by infantry on foot patrol in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Foot Patrol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many suspected insurgents have been detained by foot patrols following exchanges of fire in Afghanistan in the last six months.

      Armed Forces: Munitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long small arms munitions are kept by the Armed Forces before being destroyed if not used.

      Armed Forces: Seriously Injured Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the military covenant with the Armed Forces results in adequate care being provided in all parts of the United Kingdom to those personnel discharged from...

      Armed Forces: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of British female soldiers assigned to work with female engagement teams in Afghanistan.

      Big Society: Safeguarding Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what help is available through the Big Society programme to organisations such as the Southern Brooks Community Partnership in Bristol to support families and...

      Education: Creative Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue the work of Creative Partnerships in schools, or to create something similar, after the withdrawal of funding in April.

      Education: Dance and Drama

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students currently benefit from the Dance and Drama Awards Scheme.

      Education: Nurseries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider their policy of disallowing top-up fees above the level of the Nursery Education Grant in private and voluntary nursery settings.

      Elections: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to include the right for servicemen and women on duty abroad to vote in person and in secret in United Kingdom elections and referenda in the...

      Employment: Redundancy

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

      Energy: Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to install anaerobic digestion plants in rural areas to the level currently found in Germany; by what date; and what assessment they have made...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual generation cost of a kilowatt of electricity from (a) wind, (b) coal-fired, and (c) gas- fired generation.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what current and future prices per barrel of oil were used to calculate the figures in the Carbon Plan published on 8 March 2011.

      EU: Solvency II Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of the implementation of Solvency II requirements by the United Kingdom insurance industry; whether it will be...

      Finance: Retail Distribution Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 March (WA 307), whether enterprises that provide financial advice will be able to take their own decisions...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 December 2010 (WA 248-9), (a) what status an uncontrolled comparison of dental decay figures in one city with...

      Food: Global Sustainability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the report by Foresight, The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability.

      Forests: Access Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that equestrians and cyclists can enjoy access rights in perpetuity equivalent to those enjoyed by walkers in most of the...

      Government Departments: Energy Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of Display Energy Certificate was awarded to the Attorney General's Office building at 20 Victoria Street in each of the past three years.

      Government Departments: Energy Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of display energy certificate was awarded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills at 1 Victoria Street in each of the past three years.

      Government: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Local Government Association about the reductions in government funding in the years 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the new homes bonus will benefit Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

      Keydata Investment Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will order an inquiry into the collapse of Keydata Investment Services and the contribution, if any, of regulatory failures.

      Medical Practitioners: Non-EU Nations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number of (a) European Economic Area, and (b) non-European Economic Area, medical practitioners came to the United Kingdom in each of the past three years;...

      Monetary Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the reasons why the monetary aggregate "M4 less intermediate other financial companies" is not growing in real terms; and whether they...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the ban on smoking to public places that are not enclosed.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether Sudan is a state sponsor of terrorism.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles Operating Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from local authorities or the police about the suitability of public roads leading to and from (a) heavy goods vehicle, and...

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the result of their review of the requirement to carry out MoT tests on new vehicles after three years and annually thereafter.

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