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Written answers

Friday, 18 March 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Human: Trafficking

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent in Sherwood constituency per head of population in the latest period for which figures are...

    • BBC: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on the future of BBC local radio.

      Betfair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects on the horseracing industry of the decision by Betfair to relocate...

      Broadband: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the number of local authorities in England which will tender for the provision of high-speed broadband...

      Departmental Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has allocated for high-speed broadband provision in each year to 2015.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to reduce the size of his Department's estate; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will work with representatives of the creative industries to produce a joint action plan for jobs and growth in that...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to measure the one- and five-year cancer survival rates for breast, lung and colorectal cancer for patients of all ages in the...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Epilepsy: Totnes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with epilepsy in (a) Totnes constituency, (b) South Devon and (c) England in each of the last 10 years.

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which body will make the final decision on the Safe and Sustainable Review of Children's Congenital Cardiac Services in England; (2) what...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on prescription charges for gluten-free (a) food and (b) medication.

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of blue badges issued for disabled parking as a result of the implementation of his...

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which procurement projects engaged in by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body and agency for which he is responsible had a...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made better to facilitate the adoption by local authorities of residential roads in new housing developments since...

      Roads: Trans-European Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on road pricing for the use of roads in Trans European Networks; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxis: Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that owners of private hire vehicles are able to transfer liability for penalties imposed for bus lane violations to...

      Traffic Lights: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements his Department places on highway authorities for repairs to traffic lights and lights at pedestrian crossings; within what time...

      Trams: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected capital costs to his Department of extending the Nottingham Tram are.

  • Cabinet Office

    • BSkyB and News Corporation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what meetings the Prime Minister's Director of Communications has had with representatives of (a) BSkyB and (b) News Corporation since his...

    • Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Berkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average duration of a jobseeker's allowance claim was in (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading and (c) Berkshire in each of the last 10...

      Tech City East London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contribution his Department is making to the Prime Minister's initiative to create a Tech City in East London.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the merits of equipping the aircraft carrier, the Prince of Wales, with catapults and traps to (a) make it compatible...

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 1 March 2011, Official Report, columns 21-2WS, on armed forces redundancy process, how many of the...

      Blue Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make arrangements for military lawyers and personnel in Afghanistan to provide legal assistance to members of HM Armed Forces who are...

      Commando Helicopter Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what he expects the complement of the Commando Helicopter Force to be in each of the next five years; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which procurement projects engaged upon by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body and agency for which he is responsible had a...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum value is of a project which may be authorised by an official of his Department without seeking ministerial consent; and what the largest...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2011 and 28 February 2011.

      Ex-Servicemen: Long Term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of long-term care for former service personnel who are injured while in service.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkhas serving in the Army have sustained noise-induced hearing loss in each of the last five years.

      Harrier Aircraft: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any pilots have been made redundant as a result of the deletion of the Harrier fleet.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many AWACS aircraft are declared ready for operations; and at what level of readiness such aircraft are held; (2) how many Typhoon squadrons...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, column 70W, on the Air Force: military bases, what the cost to the public purse was of the...

      Squatting

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

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the strategic defence and security review what steps he has taken to enhance simulated training to produce a more efficient and...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions each Minister of State in his Department has been present to welcome returning submariners following a tour of duty of a...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inspectors the Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate employed in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and how many she expects...

    • Animal Experiments: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inspections the Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate made in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and how many she expects it...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice on the effects of proposed court closures on the time taken by police...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has put in place targets in respect of police response to domestic violence cases.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last 12 months the Independent Safeguarding Authority has used its powers under the Policing and Crime Act 2009...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been barred from regulated activity relating to children by the Independent Safeguarding Authority who have not been...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been barred from regulated activity relating to children by the Independent Safeguarding Authority who have not received...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to publish the report into police leadership commissioned from Peter Neyroud.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when (a) schools, (b) children's activities providers, (c) service providers for vulnerable adults and (d) care homes will be required to...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to enable (a) schools, (b) providers of young people's services and (c) providers of services to vulnerable adults to...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to permit the sharing of the outcome of Criminal Records Bureau checks in cases where a similar body has carried out a...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what equality impact assessment he has commissioned in respect of the proposed changes to English for Speakers of Other Languages...

    • Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2011, Official Report, column711W, on entry clearances: India, what the maximum number of such...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to which institutions capital grants have been made from the (a) Strategic Development Fund and (b) University Modernisation...

      Video Games: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many British-made video games were sold worldwide in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010; (2) how many...

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's bilateral aid he plans to allocate to British Overseas Territories from 2011-12 to 2014-15.

    • Departmental Public Bodies

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

      International Labour Organisation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which International Labour Organisation projects and programmes his Department provided funding in the last four years.

      Lesotho: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reason he has decided to reduce the level of his Department's aid to Lesotho; what account he took of the relative gross...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which year his Department's bilateral aid programme with Angola will close; what arrangements he has made for phasing in the closure...

      Pakistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) projects and (b) organisations to assist women and girls his Department funded in Pakistan in the latest period for which...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year 2010-11...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many procurement projects with a monetary value greater than (a) £10 million, (b) £50 million and (c) £100 million the...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, column 18W, on the Equality and Human Rights Commission: pay, what the average salary...

  • Justice

    • Appeals: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals against decisions made on applications for employment and support allowance are outstanding in (a) Wrexham, (b) Wales and (c) Great...

    • Appeals: Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time taken is to determine an appeal for employment and support allowance.

      Appeals: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average it took the Tribunals Service to administer a First-Tier Tribunal social security and child support appeal in 2009-10; and what...

      Appeals: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals regarding (a) disability living allowance, (b) employment support allowance, (c) income support, (d) jobseeker's allowance and (e)...

      Squatters

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

      Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to increase capacity at the Tribunals Service in order to reduce the backlog of appeals awaiting hearing.

      Universal Credit: Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the likely effects of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate reports of Afghan security forces freeing Taliban prisoners for payment or political motives.

    • China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with his Chinese counterpart the treatment in that country of non-Chinese journalists working for (a) UK and...

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with his Chinese counterpart the treatment in that country of Chinese nationals working for non-Chinese news...

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the UK to the Council of Europe.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy has been on the collection of information on the educational background of its staff in the last 20...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Iceland: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Iceland's accession to the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Iranian nuclear programme; what recent discussions he has had with (a) the government...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek information from the Iranian Government on the detention of Dr Frood Fouladvand.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Arab League on the Iranian sanctions programme; what response was received; and if...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Iranian involvement with terrorist proxies; what recent discussions he has had with (a)...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the killing on 11 March of the Fogel family in Itamar; and if he will make a statement.

      Morocco: 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 the government of Morocco.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals he estimates are being held hostage by Somali pirates.

      Southern African Development Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on the role of the...

      USA: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the US government on the abolition of American cotton subsidies; and if he will make a...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he discussed human rights monitoring in Western Sahara during his recent meeting with his Moroccan counterpart;...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Prime Minister which public bodies to which he makes appointments (a) have been and (b) are to be closed, merged or reorganised following his appointment; and how many (i) women and...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to respond to the letter of 30 December 2010 on violence in computer games from the constituent of the hon. Member for Hammersmith, Corinna Jones.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons Service has undertaken a pay audit to determine...

    • Females

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission what proportion of (a) members of the House of Commons Management Board, (b) heads...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the merits of federations of schools established in order to support bids for academy status; and if he will...

    • Academies: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on which dates meetings were held between officials of his Department and Abraham Guest high school in Wigan to discuss the conversion of that school...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the process of adoption.

      Apprentices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding he has allocated for level 2 apprenticeships in 2011-12 in the (a) London borough of Camden and (b) London borough of Brent.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the number of children living in severe poverty in Brighton, Pavilion constituency.

      Children's Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding he has allocated to Sure Start children's centres in the (a) London borough of Camden and (b) London borough of Brent and whether such...

      Children's Centres: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department provided for children's centres in Sefton in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and how much such funding...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average adult-pupil ratio is in (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) special and (d) all schools in England.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of the flexibility available to (a) schools and (b) academies in relation to the national curriculum on...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provision his Department (a) makes to and (b) supports for advice lines providing a service to grandparents and extended families.

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanism he plans to put in place to allocate the discretionary learner support fund according to region; and whether he plans to make provision...

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to permit further education colleges to distribute funds from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund to students aged 19 and over.

      Education: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of potential links between income inequality and educational achievement.

      EU Strategic Framework for Education and Training

      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 Strategic Framework for...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) faith and (b) year of foundation is of each faith school in England.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the compatibility with provisions of (a) domestic and (b) EU legislation of his policy on (i) provision of free school...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent to date on supporting and promoting applications for free schools.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what communications and media support his Department is providing for free school groups.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the average number of pupils in free schools; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of pupils who will attend...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much he expects to provide in capital funding (a) for each free school and (b) in total.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to encourage more schools to offer GCSEs in (a) religious education and (b) geology.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects on music education in schools of reductions in funding for music services.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to announce the allocation of the Music Standards Fund to local authorities.

      National Curriculum in England Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when his Department expects to (a) complete and (b) implement in schools the findings of the second phase of its review of the curriculum...

      Numeracy: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department has spent on training and support for the (a) Every Child Counts and (b) Every Child a Reader programmes in (i) 2008-09...

      Nursery Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on allowing nurseries to charge top-up fees in respect of free entitlement hours.

      Parents: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many parents of children in age group (a) 5 to 11 and (b) 12 to 16 were fined as a result of their children not attending school in each local...

      Physics and Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress he has made in increasing the number of physics and mathematics teachers.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school children in (a) Harlow, (b) Essex and (c) England he expects to receive his proposed pupil premium in its first year of operation.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will extend the pupil premium to pupils aged above 15 years.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) children eligible for free school meals, (b) looked-after children and (c) children of members of the armed forces in each local...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has undertaken an equality impact assessment in respect of his proposal to remove the requirement for local authorities to establish an...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the levels of attainment in examinations of pupils at specialist sports (a) schools and (b) colleges in the last three...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the (a) name, (b) local authority area and (c) book value was of each (i) primary and (ii) secondary school in England that closed in the...

      Schools: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the inclusions and recommendations of the Becta report on school management information systems and value for money in 2010.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, column 164W, on schools: sports, what steps his Department will take to ensure that the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department allocated to school sport in (a) Bolton South East constituency and (b) Bolton in each of the last two financial years; and...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the terms of reference for his proposed review of school transport, including transport for 16 to 18-year-olds; and on what date he...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the provision of careers guidance for young people prior to the introduction of the proposed all-age careers service.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many maintained schools there were (a) with and (b) without a sixth form there were (i) nationally and (ii) in each local authority area in...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were enrolled in maintained schools (a) with and (b) without a sixth form (i) nationally and (ii) in each local authority area in...

      Supplementary Schools: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of pupils attending supplementary schools; and what assessment he has made of the effects of such...

      Sure Start: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has withdrawn any previously-allocated Sure Start funding in (a) Bolton South East constituency, (b) Bolton and (c) England...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the status of any pension fund liabilities for non-teaching staff employed in schools that become academies.

      Teachers: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons he has made it his policy to make the list of barred teachers publicly available.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, columns 288-89W, on vocational guidance, if he will make available additional funding to...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the monetary value was of the strategic grants his Department has made to third sector organisations in each year since 2007-08; and how much...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question 26511, on student financial support in further education, tabled on 22 November 2010 for ordinary written answer.

      Young Apprentices Scheme: Education Business Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to announce the local authority funding arrangement for the (a) Young Apprenticeship Scheme and (b) Education Business Partnership.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of young people aged between 16 and 19 years did not attend school or were not in employment in each (a) local authority area and (b)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Recall of Parliament

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish his proposals to enable electors in a parliamentary constituency to recall their elected hon. Member.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information on costs including (a) consultancy, (b) interims, (c) professional services, (d) legal fees and (e)...

    • EU Grants and Loans: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any staff dealing with European funding bids are to be transferred from One North East to his Department.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he provides guidance to local authorities on the proportion of their top-tier budgets that should be held as a reserve...

      Planning Permission: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of planning applications in Halifax have been refused in the last 12 months.

      Rented Housing: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what responsibility landlords have to ensure that their tenants do not grow cannabis in rented premises.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of ensuring that childcare is provided for families affected by the total cap on...

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of ensuring that childcare is provided for families affected by the total cap on benefit entitlement...

      Cold Weather Payments: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue guidance to residential care homes on best practice in distributing cold weather payments to their residents.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on proposed amendments to payment on account provisions, what estimate he has made of the...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on amendments to payment on account provisions, when he expects to publish the details of...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on proposals for the localisation of crisis loans and community grants; what estimate he...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on reform of disability living allowance, what estimate he has made of the likely cost to...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what training his Department plans to give to people who will be making future assessments on the entitlement to disability living...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the application of his proposed reform of disability living allowance to people under the age of 16.

      Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that people with disabilities living in care homes are able to exercise choice and control following the...

      Disability Living Allowance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to arrangements for the assessment for disability living allowance of people with autistic spectrum disorders...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his Department's plan for the transition to the Work Programme.

      Fit for Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition of fit for work his Department uses; what proportion of assessment of claimants of employment and support allowance resulted in...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the independent living fund on the number of people requiring residential care.

      Minister for Social Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what occasions he has met the Northern Ireland Minister for Social Development since his appointment.

      New Deal Schemes and Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Glasgow, (b) Scotland and (c) Great Britain participated in (i) New Deal programmes, (ii) the Flexible New Deal and...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Financial Assistance Scheme values for the Norman Longley Pension scheme will be made available to members of that scheme.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income was of those in the (a) bottom 90% (b) top five to 10% (c) top 1% to 5%. and (d) top 1% of income in each of the...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the funding of child poverty pilots after March 2011.

      Remploy: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of the Remploy factory in Spennymoor; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monetary value was of loans and grants from the Social Fund on (a) white goods and (b) bedding in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10; and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on the proposed benefit cap, how many people he expects to (a) have benefits capped and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on the proposed benefit cap, what proportion of those who are to lose benefit under his...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on welfare services and housing benefit, what safeguards he plans to establish to prevent...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customers whose benefit entitlement was revised as a result of the trial reassessments of customers receiving incapacity benefit and...

      Squatting

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families currently receiving child tax credit would be excluded from universal credit by the proposed capital rules; and whether their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his Department's estimates of the combined effects of (a) the proposed universal credit and (b) other announced changes in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether self-employed persons will be eligible for universal credit payments.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost in 2011 prices of guaranteeing transitional protection to notional losers from the introduction of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition of change of circumstances will apply to determine whether claimants have transitional protection for universal credit after 2014.

      Universal Credit: Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to integrate the payments of universal credit and council tax benefit in the next four years.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for winter fuel payments were made by households in (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading and (c) Berkshire in each of...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure Atos Healthcare has in place champions with additional expertise in mental, cognitive and intellectual...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Atos Healthcare is subject to a financial penalty in the event that a claimant is found to have been incorrectly deemed fit for work...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many buildings on her Department's estate were occupied by squatters in each year between 2006 and 2010; and on how many...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Earthquakes: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the Chief Nuclear Inspector to complete his report on the implications of the recent situation in Japan and the lessons...

    • EU Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) matters were discussed and (b) decisions were taken at the special meeting of EU member state energy ministers, nuclear...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the adequacy of plans for UK nuclear power plants to respond to a natural disaster.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has assessed the likelihood of the occurrence of (a) an 8.9 Richter scale earthquake and (b) a subsequent tsunami in...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has requested the chief nuclear safety inspector to conduct a review of the measures in place to mitigate a loss of coolant...

      Wind Power: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider the merits of proposals to (a) consolidate and (b) license potential port sites for support for wind farm...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to prevent excessive bank and financial transaction charges on unauthorised overdrafts.

    • Departmental Business Plans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Secretaries of State the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has met to discuss (a) implementation of the departmental business plans and (b) instances...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 (i)...

      Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of (a) Scottish and (b) Welsh devolution in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement.

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding of each type the Exchequer has allocated to Scotland in each year since 1999.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable he has set for the proposed legislation to establish arrangements for the body to succeed the Financial Services Authority.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultation on financial regulation.

      Financial Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to secure European agreement on implementing rules on transparency in the payment of bonuses over £1 million in the financial services...

      First-time Buyers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on assistance for first-time buyers; and if he will make a statement.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the Exchequer of the decision by Betfair to relocate offshore.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Tax Credit Office, Preston plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 14 February 2010 on a constituent, ref. 2011/02...

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many NHS foundation trusts reported at least one special severance payment form examination to his Department in the last year for which figures...

      Squatting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many buildings on his Department's estate were occupied by squatters in each year between 2006 and 2010; and on how many occasions his Department sought...

      Taxation: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax was paid on profits by private equity firms in each of the last 10 years.

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