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Written answers

Monday, 21 March 2011

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether the Government's legislative proposals for the registration of civil partnerships in religious settings will include protection in law against...

    • Equal Opportunities: Nationality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what guidance (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission issues on the practice of businesses offering...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Audio Equipment: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which private sector organisations (a) his Department and (b) Ofcom consulted to determine the areas which contain critical...

    • BBC: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the proposed changes to the structure of local BBC radio stations; and if he...

      Communications Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will bring forward his proposed Communications Bill in the next Parliamentary session.

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      National Lottery: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people aged 16 and 17 who played National Lottery games and (b) the amount...

      Ofcom: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer on 9 March 2011, Official Report, column 1087W, on Ofcom: finance, with reference to note 30 to the...

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will meet representatives of the Rugby Football Union, Network Rail and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to...

      Sky News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will put in place arrangements for guarantees in respect of the independent ownership of Sky News beyond the current...

      Video Games: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what research his Department has carried out on levels of use of 18-rated computer games among children.

      Video Games: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on measures to restrict the (a) promotion of and (b) condoning of violence and misogyny in (i) computer...

      White Space Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effects of white space devices on the programme making and special events...

      White Space Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what advice his Department has received from Ofcom on the testing of white space devices before they are granted...

  • Health

    • Caffeine: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to introduce an age limit for the purchase of energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine.

    • Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas his Department is undertaking pilot studies on the distribution through pharmacies of the morning after pill to girls aged 13 and over.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts with private sector organisations his Department has entered into in each month since May 2010; and what the (a) monetary value of the...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 9-10W, on the public bodies reform programme, what estimate he...

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the availability of stiripentol; whether he has...

      Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he had with the Scottish Government in relation to the availability of flu vaccine in 2010-11; and what discussions he has had with...

      General Practitioners: Certificate of Completion of Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialty registrars (a) failed to achieve a Certificate of Completion of Training and (b) left the medical profession as a result in each of...

      General Practitioners: Certificate of Completion of Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practice registrars (a) failed to achieve a Certificate of Completion of Training and (b) left the medical profession as a result in...

      Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the provision of (a) cancer services and (b) mental health services in the West Midlands.

      NHS: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical staff in (a) NHS foundation trusts and (b) each such trust were suspended on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants and (b) other medical staff the NHS employed in each year since 2008.

      Nurses: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) nurses and (b) doctors in the NHS were on (i) sick leave for a period of seven days or more and (ii) maternity or paternity leave...

      Potassium Iodide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stocks of potassium iodide tablets his Department holds for the purposes of protection of the public in the event of a nuclear accident.

      Queen's Hospital Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent reports he has received on the adequacy of staffing at Queen's Hospital, Romford; and if he will make a statement.

      Queen's Hospital Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect on Queen's Hospital, Romford of the closure of the maternity ward at King George Hospital; what...

      Screening: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration was given to including lungs in the NHS newborn and infant physical screening programme.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures were cancelled or postponed on the day that they were scheduled to take place in the latest period for which figures are...

      Surgery: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of same day admissions for surgical treatment were treated on the day of admission in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he had with the Reducing Regulation Committee prior to announcing his decision to implement the tobacco display ban; and what steps he...

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which authorities will be responsible for (a) supporting and (b) enforcing compliance by small businesses with the proposed tobacco display ban.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to make the proxy purchasing of tobacco products for minors a criminal offence.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to lay before the House regulations for the implementation of the proposed tobacco display ban.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal advice she has received on the introduction of (a) a voluntary and (b) a mandatory minimum price for alcohol.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by (a) police forces and (b) local authorities for offences of (i) fly-tipping, (ii)...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to increase sharing of criminal records files with other EU member states.

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether travel documentation has been obtained for all the families who have participated in the family return conferences to date, including...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used for awarding highly-trusted status to language schools; and what guidance her Department has provided to such schools...

      Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what schemes her Department operates to assist foreign nationals who wish to cease to be resident in the UK to leave voluntarily.

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrant workers entered the UK from the EU Accession countries in each year since 2004.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to publish the scoping study on human trafficking for forced labour.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to publish the scoping study on human trafficking for domestic servitude.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many notifications the UK Border Agency received relating to individuals detained by police who were found to be in the UK illegally in...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on immigration to the UK.

      Immigration Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the Government's policy on (a) immigration and (b) border control; and if she will make a...

      Liberal Democrats: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of the provision of policing and security for the 2011 Liberal Democrat Spring Conference.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that the duties and responsibilities of police officers are taken into account in the review of public...

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2011, Official Report, column 44W, on police: retirement, if she will review the operation of Rule A19...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much money the Serious Organised Crime Agency has recovered in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales in...

      Squatting

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

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many visas to enter and remain in the UK have been revoked in each of the last five years; (2) how many people who had their visas...

  • Transport

    • Cycling England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget for Cycling England (a) was in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 and (b) will be for (A) 2011-12, (B) 2012-13, (C) 2013-14 and (D) 2014-15.

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of trends in driving test pass rates since the introduction of the approved driving instructor test.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the pass rates for (a) Part 1, (b) Part 2 and (c) Part 3 of the approved driving instructor test.

      HM Coastguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has assessed the merits of a five-year transition period between the current and proposed operating models of HM Coastguard.

      HM Coastguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has conducted a risk assessment in respect of the transition period for the re-configuration of HM Coastguard.

      HM Coastguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken in respect of (a) staff and (b) administration of on-going operations in Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres that are...

      London and Southeastern Railway: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of (a) punctuality and (b) cancellation of passenger rail services operated on routes on the Southeastern franchise other than over...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he considered operating models in other countries when developing the proposed operating model for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to reduce the costs of motor insurance premiums for drivers who are between 17 and 25 years of age.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the saving to the public purse of not introducing an all-electric fleet of trains under the Intercity Express Programme.

      Sea Rescue: Falmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were applied by his Department when taking the decision to place an HM Coastguard sub-centre at Falmouth rather than Brixham.

      Tolls: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) the Eurovignette directive and (b) whether it will entail any cost to (i) the public purse and (ii) motorists;...

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the revenue budget was for the general Transport for London grant as allocated (a) for 2010-11 by the previous administration and (b) in the...

      Transport: Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department plans to issue to free schools on the safety of children travelling to and from free schools.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what responsibilities he has for trust ports.

      Wrexham Shropshire and Marylebone Railway Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department first received notice that the Wrexham and Shropshire Railway was to cease operations.

  • Justice

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were found guilty of (a) drunk and disorderly behaviour and (b) drunk and aggravated behaviour in each police force area in England...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department issues to magistrates on granting bail to a convicted defendant in circumstances where the case has been sent to the Crown...

      Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the potential savings to his Department of removing the posts of (a) chief coroner, (b) deputy chief coroner, (c) medical...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were arrested for an offence but then either charged with or prosecuted for a lesser offence (a) before and (b) after the matter...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith of 10 November 2010, Official Report, column 394W, on criminal injuries compensation, when he...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the categories of people eligible for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme;...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in respect of how many cases under consideration by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority the claimant had not been notified of a resolution on...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many award decisions made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the last (a) six and (b) 12 months have been referred to a Criminal...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individual payments the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority made in respect of (a) terrorism-related and (b) non terrorism-related cases...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what targets his Department has set for the progression of court cases related to domestic violence offences; and how his Department collects information...

      Family Breakdown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of family breakdown since his appointment.

      Interim Possession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for breaching interim possession orders there were in each year since 2007.

      Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate has been made of the number of defendants who elect for jury trial at the Crown court each year for either way offences where magistrates...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what specific guidance his Department plans to issue to (a) businesses and (b) ticketing agents on the sale of London 2012 Olympics hospitality packages.

      Police: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1271W, on assaults on police: sentencing, for what types of indictable-only offence a...

      Prerogative Power of Mercy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria are in place in relation to the advice he offers on the use of the prerogative power of mercy.

      Prison and Probation Ombudsman: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many former Prison Service staff worked for the Prison and Probation Ombudsman in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008, (e) 2009 and (f) 2010.

      Prison and Probation Ombudsman: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Prison Service staff were seconded from the Prison Service to the Prison and Probation Ombudsman in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008,...

      Probation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the outturn expenditure was for each probation trust in 2009-10.

      Public Bodies Reform Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 9-10W, on the public bodies reform programme, what estimate he...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, columns 125-28W, on secure training centres: restraint techniques, what the nature...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1283W, on sentencing, what assessment has been made of the potential effects on (a)...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1284W, on sentencing: appeals, what power a Crown court appeal tribunal has to send a...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the (a) median and (b) longest waiting time was for appeals to be heard in respect of (i) disability living allowance and (ii) employment and...

      Theft: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether theft of a dog is a crime; and what the sentencing guidelines are in connection with such an offence.

      Victims: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the monetary value is of outstanding compensation payments to victims of crime.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the potential savings to his Department arising from the abolition of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to promote sustainable farming; and what assessment she has made on the effect this will have on...

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will set limits on the use of energy crops in anaerobic digestion programmes; (2) what her policy is on the use...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on issuing a strategy on standards of welfare of domestic animals.

      Cotton: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has held with (a) her EU counterparts and (b) the European Commission on EU cotton subsidies.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of dairy farmers who have left the industry in each of the last 10 years.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) average income of (i) farmers and (ii) dairy farmers in the latest...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she expects her Department to meet the Government's commitment to source food that meets British or equivalent...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which public bodies sponsored by her Department (a) have been and (b) are to be closed, merged or reorganised following her...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions her Department has consulted representatives of small businesses on the effects of proposed new...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons persons not employed by Government Departments or agencies are issued with passes entitling them to enter...

      Dutch Elm Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number of elm trees that were killed by Dutch elm disease on land owned or...

      Farms: Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the effects on farmers and rural communities of the use of sky lanterns.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Environment Agency made of the recommendations and conclusions of the 2008 report by the University of...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on labelling of retail products containing monosodium glutamate.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to ensure that the Forestry Commission retains and develops its reserved research capability.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of land were (a) bought from and (b) sold to (i) private owners, (ii) community or charitable bodies and...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she received from the Confederation of Forest Industries on her policy on the disposal of land...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people worked on the enforcement of employment rights and related protections in the Gangmasters Licensing Authority...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many parties were involved in the contamination of a winter oilseed rape crop with the GM trait GT73 at a location in...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will meet representatives of the British Horseracing Authority to discuss the use of the whip in horseracing; and if...

      Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of her policy on the labelling of products to indicate whether they contain material from the...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of supermarkets on the proportion of the retail price of milk paid...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she plans to take to ensure that future peat replacement targets are met by the gardening and horticulture...

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has commissioned any research on measures to combat phytophthora ramorum; and whether she has made an...

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she is taking steps to counter the spread of sudden oak death in trees in Richmond Park.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the amount of plastic waste which was recycled in 2009-10.

      Refrigerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to reduce the number of supermarket refrigeration display cabinets disposed of in landfill sites.

      Veterinary Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the budget of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (a) was in each of the last five years and (b) will be in...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which rivers are being investigated under the Environment Agency's Restoring Sustainable Abstraction Scheme; and in respect...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterpart; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his counterpart in Bahrain the implications of the deployment in that country of military forces...

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the 648 kHz medium radio wave frequency has been allocated to a body other than the BBC.

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the financial saving to be achieved by the BBC World Service ceasing transmission on the 648 kHz...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent consideration he has given to the recommendations of the Seventh Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) salaries and (b) pension entitlements for special advisers in the financial year...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 9-10WS, on the public bodies reform...

      Diplomatic Service: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to improve consular services for UK citizens overseas.

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of political movements in Egypt; what recent discussions he has had with the Government of...

      Former Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidelines his Department has put in place in respect of the provision of briefings to former Ministers.

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of reports of pro-democracy protests in Iran; what recent discussions he has had with (a)...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on Iranian involvement with Islamist militants; what recent discussions he has had with (a)...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Iraqi army to allow (a) stationery, (b) beds and (c) other items into...

      Israel: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to strengthen links with Israel; what steps he plans to take on this matter in the next six months; and...

      Ivory Coast: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the role of the United Nations in protecting civilians in Côte d'Ivoire.

      Japan: Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department was contacted by International Rescue Corps about the provision of support in Japan following the recent tsunami.

      Japan: Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which British aid organisations he has (a) granted and (b) refused permission to work in Japan since the tsunami.

      Japan: Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions International Rescue Corps has been approved by his Department to work in disaster areas.

      Lebanon: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2011, Official Report, column 1041W on Lebanon: capital punishment, what information he has...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Lebanon; what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals who indicated a willingness to leave Libya on flights chartered by his Department have not taken up...

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2011, Official Report, column 841W, on Libya: British nationals abroad, whether he plans to...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the desertion of Libyan air force personnel to other countries.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the civilian operation to evacuate UK nationals from Libya.

      Lydia Hunt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he is making with the Mexican authorities in the investigation into the abduction of Lydia Hunt.

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what briefings his Department has given to former Ministers in the last six months; which department conducted the briefings;...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the state of the Middle East peace process; what recent discussions he has had with (a)...

      Morocco: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Morocco; and if he will make a statement.

      Muammar Gaddafi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2011, Official Report, column 1044W, on Muammar al-Gaddafi, whether he has received...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on overtime for staff working in the private office of the Secretary of State in each of the last...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Pakistan on the treatment of Christians in that country.

      Palestinians: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the economic situation in the Palestinian Territories; what recent discussions he has had...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects of Somali piracy on UK oil supplies.

      Swaziland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the Commonwealth's role in the promotion of democratisation in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has (a) made and (b) received representations on reports of deportations of UK journalists from Yemen on 14 March 2011.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 9-10WS, on the public bodies reform...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of properties in the central London broad rental market area that will be charging...

      Infrastructure: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to increase the efficiency of the planning process for large infrastructure projects.

      Jephson Housing Association Group: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money Jephson Housing Association Group has received from the public purse in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the last...

      Social Rented Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new (a) social rented and (b) intermediate tenure properties have been completed in Peterborough constituency in each...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue accrued from the aggregates levy in each of the last four financial years.

    • Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on payments to compensate members of the public for errors made in the processing of individual cases in each of...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) agency, (B)...

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of recent trends in the level of beer duty on the consumption of beer (a) in public houses and (b) in general in...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend to liquid petroleum gas his proposal for a pilot discount on petrol and diesel in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles and the...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the downstream oil industry since January 2011 on proposals to introduce a fuel price...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from what date the flat pay rise of £250 for public sector workers earning less than £21,000 per year (a) was paid in 2010-11 and (b) will be...

      Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the merits of raising the tax-free gross income threshold for the Rent a Room scheme.

      Taxation: Compost

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a levy on retail peat-based composts.

      VAT: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the application of value added tax to works connected with the retrofitting of derelict domestic properties.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flying days were lost as a result of (a) adverse weather conditions and (b) other factors at each RAF station in each of the last five years.

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) reason for and (b) scope is of his Department's collaboration in studies for the development of the US Administration's W88 nuclear warhead.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the average number of Royal Navy ships transiting the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian sea and the Somali Basin in the latest...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the UK Census held in (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001 at 2011 prices; (2) for what reasons...

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people (a) in England and Wales and (b) in Brighton and Hove gave their religion as Jedi in their response to the 2001 Census.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the memorandum of understanding between his Department and (a) Serco and (b) Capita.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what regulations his Department introduced between 9 February 2011 and 28 February 2011.

      East Grinstead

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of Government Departments to East Grinstead; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff are employed on two year fixed-term contracts in (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Service.

      Government Departments: Personnel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the merits of sharing human resources personnel between departments for the purpose of making savings to the public purse.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has set any targets for the (a) number and (b) monetary value of Crown contracts as a proportion of Government contracts.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that all Government departments at all levels benefit from the use of Crown contracts.

      Obesity and Anorexia: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths (a) in Southend, (b) in Essex and (c) nationally were attributed to an individual being (i) overweight and (ii) underweight in each...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the potential savings to accrue from abolition of the public bodies scheduled for abolition in the Public Bodies Bill; and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on the contents of ministerial drinks cabinets since 12 May 2010.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to respond to the recommendations of the report by the Committee on Climate Change on the fourth carbon budget.

      Cold Weather Payments: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people in the weather station area covering the London borough of Bexley received a cold weather payment in (a) 2009 and (b)...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what regulations his Department revoked between 9 to 28 February 2011.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) his EU counterparts on progress on the cost-benefit analysis on...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will ensure that projects in receipt of funding or in development under the feed-in tariff are not subject to any changes in the...

      Fuel Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will bring forward proposals to regulate the price of heating oil (a) for rural communities and (b) in general; (2) if...

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to assist with (a) capacity-building, (b) governance, (c) civil society and (d) conflict resolution in the...

    • Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on the contents of Ministerial drinks cabinets since 12 May 2010.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees since his appointment.

      Developing Countries: Natural Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to (a) retain and (b) disseminate more widely the information it holds on natural resources in...

      Developing Countries: Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what information his Department holds on (a) the countries that are recipients of remittances from people in the UK, (b) the...

      International Labour Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which International Labour Organisation projects on (a) anti-trafficking, (b) forced labour and (c) child labour his Department...

      International Planned Parenthood Federation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department plans to make to the International Planned Parenthood Federation for (a) abortion, (b) family planning...

      Marie Stopes International: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department plans to make to Marie Stopes International for (a) abortion, (b) family planning and (c) other...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will publish the operational plans for each country receiving bilateral aid from his Department.

      World Bank: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he next plans to discuss the World Bank energy strategy review with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

  • Leader of the House

    • E-petitions

      To ask the Leader of the House what progress has been made in the transfer of e-petitions to the Direct.gov portal.

  • Education

    • Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that the Government's post-16 funding allocation allows secondary schools to teach the International Baccalaureate.

    • Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that only age-appropriate sex education material is used in primary schools.

      Teach First

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to expand the Teach First scheme to Norfolk.

      Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for single assessments and education, health and care plans for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding he has allocated to young apprenticeships in each of the next four years.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many public consultations his Department and its predecessors have conducted in each of the last 10 years; for how long each consultation was open;...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Free School Meals: Education Maintenance Allowance

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe of 9 February 2011 on the pupil premium.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) on what date (a) officials in his Department first identified and (b) he was first made aware of the difficulties in the operation of the IT...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress has been made on the implementation of the Young Runaways Action Plan.

      Schools: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce the administrative burden upon school staff.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on measures to increase the number of people applying to become governors of schools in disadvantaged areas.

      Schools: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many primary schools did not have a road safety officer in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) at how many primary...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much School Sports Partnership grant was allocated to Hastings and Rother in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question 37084, tabled on 25 January 2011 for named day answer on 31 January 2011, on a free schools event.

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage girls to choose science, technology, engineering or mathematics at GCSE level.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether parents of children aged under 12 years who cease to be eligible for child benefit as a result of their partner being a higher rate...

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken into the potential effect on vulnerable groups of a charging regime for child support.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of private voluntary agreements to collect child maintenance payments...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what charges will be levied under the planned charging regime for the future child support scheme against a (a) parent with care and (b)...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions during their operation the number of social fund crisis loans available to an individual over a 12-month period has been...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his decision on the (a) level and (b) availability of crisis fund loans on the number of...

      Crisis Loans: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Jobcentre Plus Social Fund Budget areas covering the London borough of Barking and Dagenham have received (a) crisis...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 9-10W, on the public bodies reform programme, what...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) with reference to paragraph 6 of his Department's impact assessment on reform of disability living allowance, what estimate he has made...

      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 proportion of...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means disability living allowance assessments will take into account the needs of patients with (a) sickle cell disease, (b)...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Totnes, (b) the South West and (c) England receive the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the Social Security Advisory Committee's response to the consultation on his proposed changes to disability...

      Disability Living Allowance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the proposed changes to disability living allowance do not have an adverse effect on claimants diagnosed...

      Disability Living Allowance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to exempt those diagnosed with autism from compulsory disability living allowance personal interviews.

      Disability Living Allowance: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely change in expenditure as a result of extending the qualifying period for disability living allowance...

      Disability Living Allowance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of fraudulent disability living allowance claims as a proportion of total claims in the latest period...

      Disability Living Allowance: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands receive the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have been in receipt of contributory-based employment and support allowance (work...

      Employment Schemes: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what requirements he plans to put in place for people receiving (a) oral chemotherapy and (b) radiotherapy treatment for cancer to (i)...

      Employment Schemes: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures will be in place to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises that win Work Programme contracts are not put at a financial...

      EU Agenda for New Skills and Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the comprehensive review of health and safety legislation by 2014 proposed in the EU Agenda for new skills and jobs; what...

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of family breakdown since his appointment.

      Free Movement of Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to provide assistance to local authorities on the abolition of transitional arrangements for A8 workers; and...

      Housing Benefit: Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has commissioned on the availability of affordable homes in (a) Bristol East constituency, (b) Bristol, (c) the South West...

      Housing Benefit: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed housing benefit in (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading and (c) Berkshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Means-tested Benefits: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in each electoral ward of the Peterborough city council area lived in households in receipt of means-tested benefits in the...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons there was a reduction in the number of flexible new deal starts between May and November 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that a person with autism who undergoes an assessment for the proposed personal independence payment will have...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what date he expects a direct debit payment facility on the Post Office card account to have been enabled.

      Private Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people in the UK with private pensions which provide an income of between £17,500 and £30,000 per year.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people in (a) Glasgow North East constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) Great Britain who will...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what criteria working families would be exempted from the proposed overall benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on requiring (a) knowledge and (b) understanding of autism spectrum disorder in (i) the training of assessors and (ii) the...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential implications for the UK of the EU Agenda for new skills and jobs proposals for the future of...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK of EU proposals to maximise the potential contribution of migration to full...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the evidential basis is for his estimate that universal credit will lead to a reduction of 300,000 in the number of workless households.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the costs and benefits of splitting payments under the universal credit to partners in two person couples with...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) statutory sick pay and (b) employment and support allowance claimed for the first six months of an illness be treated as earnings...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any extra support offered to disabled people in receipt of universal credit will be available to those who (a) live alone and (b) do...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the annual effect on his Department's expenditure of removing the entitlement to winter fuel allowance from persons with an...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has engaged Unum in the (a) design and (b) administration of the (i) work capability assessment and (ii) appeals process.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish the Government's corporate responsibility strategy.

    • Business: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions his Department has consulted representatives of small businesses in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the progress of implementation of the Government's one-in, one-out policy in respect of domestic...

      Business: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to reduce the burden of administration on rural businesses.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 9-10WS, on the public bodies reform...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations his Department introduced between 9 and 28 February 2011.

      Foundation Courses: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which universities in England offer foundation degrees; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of such degrees in...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many university spin-offs were established by each higher education institution in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to write to state school pupils to encourage them to apply to particular universities; to which universities he...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what minimum UCAS tariff score he is setting for entrants to university, in line with the recommendation made by Lord Browne in...

      Office of Fair Access: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which universities have not met the access benchmarks agreed with the Office of Fair Access in each year since that Office's...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which post office branches were under long-term temporary closure on 1 March 2011; (2) how many post office branches were...

      Public Sector: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to support the re-training and re-skilling of public sector workers.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to inform applicants to the regional growth fund of the outcome of their application.

      Science and Technology Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Science and Technology Funding Council; and how much his...

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage girls to choose science, technology, engineering or mathematics at A level.

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the Technology Strategy Board allocated to each (a) university and (b) further education college in England in...

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff were employed by the Technology Strategy Board in each of the last three years; how many he expects to be employed...

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses received funding from the Technology Strategy Board in each of the last three years; how many he expects to...

      Trade: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of Somali piracy on UK trade.

      Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many places to study for veterinary science qualifications are available in universities in England in the academic year...

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received on how best to make apprenticeships accessible to dyslexics. To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether current apprenticeship schemes are compatible with the Disability Discrimination Act.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British aircraft carriers there are.

      Armed Forces: Joint Military Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries they have done joint military exercises since 1990.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Commission about the cuts to its financial support to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium.

      Consumer Prices Index

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Office for National Statistics on the basket used to calculate the consumer prices index.

      Crime: Burglary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many burglaries occurred in each of the past three years for which records are held according to (a) the British Crime Survey, and (b) police recorded crime...

      Criminal Justice: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future funding of the Together Women programme which diverts women from custody.

      Donkeys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations there are governing the weight allowed to be carried by seaside donkeys.

      Education: Dance and Drama

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discontinue the Dance and Drama Awards Scheme; within what timescale; and what provision will be made for students who are part way through...

      Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 8 March (WA 389), how many non-European Union students collectively paid £2.2 billion in higher education...

      English Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 7 March (WS 145) on the Welsh referendum, whether they will bring forward legislation enabling...

      Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislative, administrative or other measures they intend to take to reduce the pay gap between male and female workers in the United Kingdom.

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of United Kingdom business regulation derives from European Union legislation; what steps they plan to take to reduce future European Union...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46-7), what is the impact on the formulation of United Kingdom foreign policy of the...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46-7), whether benefits for British citizens arising from the free movement across...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46-7, what would be the cost of carrying out a cost-benefit analysis of the United...

      Father James Chesney

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discretion the Northern Ireland Office gave to the Royal Ulster Constabulary about the questioning of Father James Chesney about the alleged murders in...

      Finance: Short Selling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to control uncovered short selling by speculative investors. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the latest European...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 February (WA 269-70), what was the outcome of their consideration as to whether any changes should be made to...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 28 February (WA 229), (a) whether the statement by the National Fluoride Information Centre that naturally and...

      Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether charges are imposed for emergency passports or travel to the United Kingdom from overseas in cases involving transnational practices in violation of the...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 8 March (WA 391), why there are no plans to make the Higher Education Statistics Authority subject to the Freedom...

      Government Departments: Energy Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of display energy certificate was awarded to the Cabinet Office building at 70 Whitehall 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 Ministry of Defence office at Floor 5, Main Building, Whitehall, in each of the past three years.

      Government: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely cost implications of letting more Government contracts to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Government: Efficiency Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making in implementing the efficiency review by Sir Philip Green. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are developing a mandate for...

      Government: Efficiency Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that their proposal to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to bid for central government contracts is consistent with the...

      Government: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the legislation they have introduced was preceded by (a) a white paper, and (b) pre-legislative scrutiny; and whether they intend to increase...

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department of Health balances patient safety with the interests of international competitors in medical research.

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resource was allocated for each student aged 16-19 attending a full-time course at a further education or sixth form college for the provision of Guided...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students studying full-time in further education or sixth form colleges currently receive support for living costs through government grants and loans;...

      Higher Education: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the statutory requirement for local authorities to provide free or subsidised transport to 16-19 year old students studying full-time at further education...

      International Planned Parenthood Federation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 3 March (WA 356-7), regarding the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), what are the strategic...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ask for the release of all writers and journalists recently arrested in Iraq, following the appeal of the Writers' Union.

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether assets and accounts associated with Mr Laurent Gbagbo, the former President of Ivory Coast, have been frozen.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposals for the provision of civil and family legal aid in England and Wales in cases involving violence against women or children will include...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people received legal acts of assistance in each of the years 2000-01 to 2009-10 in the constituencies of (a) Broxtowe, (b) North-West Leicestershire, (c)...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they gave in bilateral aid to Libya in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, and (c) 2009-10; what is their estimate of how much Libya received in multilateral aid...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether freezing orders made in respect of Libyan assets and the movement of funds include those of the Central Bank of Libya and businesses incorporated outside...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are able to take to assist Eritrean and other asylum seekers evacuated to Malta from Libya; and what discussions they are having with their...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are providing emergency assistance to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) to aid persons fleeing Libya; and whether they will call...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what taxis were used by the staff of the Northern Ireland Office during the week commencing 21 February 2011; by whom; at what cost; and to where.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation to permit members of the public to refer complaints directly to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.

      Police: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Inspectorate of Constabulary or the Association of Chief Police Officers will investigate and report on the installation and use of databases, including...

      Police: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that lessons learnt from the failure of penetration testing of the anti-social behaviour management database developed by South Wales Police...

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Her Majesty's Ambassadors and High Commissioners in each of the Council of Europe member states have provided, or will be asked to provide, details of (a)...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider the decision to close down all freight facilities grants to rail freight operators in the United Kingdom.

      Shipping: Ship-to-ship Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timescale for responding to the recently closed consultation on ship-to-ship transfers of oil off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk.

      St Andrews Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the St Andrews agreement included agreement to build a new road of any type from the Irish border to Londonderry.

      St Andrews Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there was any official discussion of transport facilities from the Irish border to Londonderry at the multi-party talks at St Andrews in 2006.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of fighting between the Misseriya and Dinka Ngok tribes in Abyei, Sudan.

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have had with the tobacco industry about the proposals on the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

      Transport: Appraisals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the New Approach to Transport Appraisal will be amended to identify separately small time savings to enable Ministers to judge to what extent the appraisal of...

      Transport: Appraisals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what time values for work travel and other travel are applied to (a) car users, (b) train users, (c) tram users, (d) bus users, (e) cyclists, and (f) pedestrians...

      Trees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 31 January (WA 242), what are the sources of data on the street sapling survival rates provided by the London Tree...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Turkey about (a) the alleged blocking of the satellite transmissions of Roj TV, and (b) attacks on the...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Turkey about the importance of ensuring access to communication in the run-up to the forthcoming election.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reduce budget support for Uganda in the light of the increase in government spending prior to the last general election.

      Violence against Women Overseas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Government Equalities Office can take to contribute to tackling violence against women overseas.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the mean salaries for Indian nationals in each of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) categories 1136, 2131, 2132 and 3131 from the tier 2...

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