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Written answers

Thursday, 24 March 2011

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons the transparency pages in respect of Ministers' meetings and hospitality on the 10 Downing street website have not been updated since September 2010;...

  • Leader of the House

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Leader of the House how much his Office provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much he has allocated for funding to each such charity in each of the...

  • Wales

    • Cyfanfyd: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Secretary for State for International Development on reductions to the budget of Cyfanfyd; and if she will make a...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column 1W, on St David's day, what the name is of each person who was invited to her St David's...

      Departmental Plants

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

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from her Department since her appointment; and what steps have been taken...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what arrangements are in place in her Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff diagnosed with such stress.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much she has allocated for funding to each such charity...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has carried out an impact assessment on the effects of reductions in his Department's administration costs on...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many civil servants in his Department have been offered voluntary redundancy since April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcoholic Drinks

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants in his Department have been offered voluntary redundancy since April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what steps have...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff diagnosed with...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much he has allocated for funding to each such...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Preventing Violent Extremism Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what records (a) his Department and (b) Government Offices the Regions hold on the expenditure by local authorities of...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legal advice he has received on the introduction of an (a) voluntary and (b) mandatory minimum price for alcohol.

      Departmental Plants

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

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to reduce the number of public bodies within his Department's area of responsibility.

      Electoral Reform Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts for electoral administration services of what monetary value his Department and its predecessors had with...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future provision of flood prevention services previously provided through the Government office...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future use of buildings used by the Government Office network.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority received from each (a) revenue and (b) capital funding stream from his Department in (i) 2010-11...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2011, Official Report, column 593W, on departmental public expenditure, whether income from...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the promotion of social mobility through reducing levels of under-occupation of social housing.

      Squatting

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

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much he has allocated for...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer question 35814 tabled on 19 January 2011 for answer on 21 January 2011 on London borough councils.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on the contents of ministerial drinks cabinets since 12 May 2010.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the future funding of charities which support asylum seekers.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any relationship between levels of street lighting and levels of crime.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect on demand of trends in the street price of hard drugs.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of reductions in local government spending on levels of drug abuse among young people; and if she...

      Entry Clearances: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications for intra-company transfers were (a) approved and (b) rejected in each year since 2009.

      Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the joint thematic review on the management of gang issues published in...

      Plants

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

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much she has allocated for funding to each...

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with Brighton and Hove city council on its proposal to use the Transport and Maintenance (LTP) capital grant to remove...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents were caused by the driver using a mobile telephone in each of the last two years for which figures are available; how many (a)...

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of drivers of each (a) sex and (b) age group who regularly use a mobile telephone whilst driving;...

      Driving Tests: Yeovil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in identifying a new site for a practical driving test centre in Yeovil; and if he will make a statement.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of heavy goods vehicles registered overseas which used roads in England in each of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) males and (b) females in each age group who regularly (i) wear and (ii) do not wear a seat belt...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the likely cost to the public purse of increasing the motorway speed limit to 80mph and (b) the effect of such an...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with representatives of Network Rail on the upgrading of the electrified third rail on south east rail lines; and if he...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 28 February 2011, Official Report, columns 17-18WS, on local and regional rail services, what...

      Renewable Fuels Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees the Renewable Fuels Agency has; and what the cost to his Department of that body was in each of the last three years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has assessed the merits of introducing stricter liability rules for drivers involved in collisions with pedestrians and cyclists for the...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pregnant women in each age group were (a) killed, (b) severely injured and (c) slightly injured in road accidents when travelling in the...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated to each local authority for road improvement in each year since 1997.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to examine future proposals for capability reductions consistent with the level of scrutiny applied to such proposals in...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force has made of current and future requirements for community policing within the...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many late entry commissioned officers reached the rank of full colonel or above, or its equivalent in each of the three services in each of the last...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK serving commissioned officers are working in British embassies and high commissions; and how many of these are (a) direct entry and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many commissioned officers including direct entry and late entry commissioned officers appointed to roles in the Ministry of Defence building...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has undertaken on the effect of using the consumer prices index when uprating benefits for army invalid pensioners and war...

      British Antarctic Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the relationship is between his Department and the British Antarctic Survey.

      Community Policing: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the effect of a move towards tri-service accommodation on requirements for community policing.

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

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

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what steps have been taken...

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of base porting the future Antarctic Patrol Ship at Devonport alongside the other ships of the...

      HMS Scott

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to provide the capability usually provided by HMS Scott while she is fulfilling the role of Antarctic patrol vessel.

      Navy: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sea-going commands he expects there to be for Royal Navy officers of the rank of captain in 2012.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many call-outs were attended by (a) RNAS Prestwick, (b) RAF Boulmer, (c) RAF Chivenor, (d) DST Leconfield, (e) RAF Valley, (f) RAF Wattisham,...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to seek contributions from reserve forces to his Department's Reserve Forces study.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's Reserve Forces study is to examine the merits of greater integration of reservists with regular forces.

      Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the long-term future of fast jet aviation in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected decommissioning dates are for (a) RFA Gold Rover, (b) RFA Black Rover, (c) RFA Orangeleaf, (d) RFA Bayleaf, (e) RFA Fort Austin...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abdelbasit Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the whereabouts of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

      Belarus: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to promote respect for human rights in Belarus.

      Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are eligible for assistance for boarding school fees for their children; how many officials...

      Christianity: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received in respect of the treatment of Christians in (a) North Africa and (b) the Middle East.

      Croatia: EU Enlargement

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

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and...

      Egypt: Freezing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which of his EU counterparts he has discussed the request from the Egyptian authorities for an asset freeze; and on what...

      English Language: BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which countries BBC World Service radio broadcasts of programmes in the English language are not accessible.

      India: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to promote human rights in India; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of access to medical treatment for residents of Camp Ashraf.

      Japan: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) his Department and (b) the British Embassy in Japan was first contacted in regard to documentation for International...

      Japan: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee on 16 March 2011, HC 881-i, Q2, what the evidential basis was for...

      Japan: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the British Embassy in Japan did not provide authorisation for the International Rescue Corps to carry out...

      Japan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is giving to the Japanese Government after the recent earthquake in that country.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority on the authority's commitment to ending...

      Palestinians: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the practical consequences of his decision on 7 March 2011 to upgrade the diplomatic status of...

      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 Gaza; what recent discussions he has had with (a) the...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of future levels of demand by his Department for assistance from the armed forces for (a)...

      Saudi Arabia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on political freedoms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff...

      Taliban: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had in the UN Security Council on (a) the supply of weapons to the Taliban and (b) the...

      UN Security Council: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken on reform of the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts he expects to award for delivery of the Access to Work Programme.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to award separate contracts to deliver the Access to Work programme in England, Scotland and Wales.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on allowing prospective prime contractors for the new Access to Work contract to require small charities to sign exclusivity...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to require contractors for the Access to Work Programme to promote assistance for people with (a) a mental health condition...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing childcare support to lone parent households where the youngest...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents called the Child Maintenance Options Service in 2009-10; how many went on to make or change a private maintenance arrangement;...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the estimates of likely take-up of family-based maintenance arrangements at paragraph 4 of his Department's impact assessment...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of his proposals to levy charges on parents who use...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of the live and assessed caseload of the Child Support Agency is attributable to parents with care on income-related...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has carried out an assessment of the likely effect on carers of his proposed reform to disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that people with evidence of autism will not be required to have face-to-face assessments to determine...

      Pensioners: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to support the mobility needs of people aged over 65 years with disabilities.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution of Lord Freud in the Grand Committee of the House of Lords of 15 March 2011, Official Report, column GC57, what...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether claimants at the (a) standard and (b) enhanced rate of the proposed personal independence payment will be eligible for (i) blue...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department proposes to move children from disability living allowance to the proposed personal independence payment; and if he will...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether people in receipt of disability living allowance aged over 65 will be eligible for the personal independence payment; (2)...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2011, Official Report, column 750W, on the Social Fund, what the monetary value of loans and grants from...

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether single mothers being moved from income support to jobseeker's allowance will experience any interruption in payments due to the change...

      State Retirement Pensions: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency are in receipt of the state pension.

  • Treasury

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2011, Official Report, column 762W, on Members: correspondence, when the Child Benefit Office, Preston, plans to reply...

    • Departmental Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what steps have been taken to...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Financial Services Authority in relation to the regulation of independent financial advisers.

      Stress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in place in his Departments to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff diagnosed with such stress.

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Government of (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey on potential abuse of low value consignment relief.

      VAT: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on instances of alleged abuse of low value consignment relief.

      VAT: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria his Department used to determine which energy-saving materials would qualify for the lower rates of value added tax.

  • Attorney-General

    • Stress

      To ask the Attorney-General what arrangements the Law Officers' Departments have in place (a) to reduce levels of and (b) to support staff diagnosed with work-related stress.

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Law Officers' Departments provided to each charity they fund in each of the last five years; and how much he has allocated for funding to each such...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the size of the budget for the common agricultural policy in the five years from 2013.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the effects on the level of support available to smallholder farms of payments made to large-scale farms...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the value for money of payments made to large-scale farms under the common agricultural policy.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on establishing a cap on the payments made to farms under the common agricultural policy.

      Agriculture: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure agricultural workers receive adequate training.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department plans to take during the Hungarian presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU towards reform...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish information on those forests which are to be sold.

      International Climate Financing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money her Department plans to allocate to International Climate Financing in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c)...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support her Department plans to provide to habitat restoration projects in each of the next four financial years.

      Public Forest Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2010, Official Report, column 337W, when she plans to publish the main report of the study...

      Public Sector: Food

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

      Public Sector: Food

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

      Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the number of qualified graduates in veterinary science to meet demand...

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department provides to parents who are considering (a) having and (b) adopting a baby.

    • Childhood and Families Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what work has been completed by Ministers and officials in his Department as part of the Childhood and Families Taskforce.

      Children in Care: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in care were recorded as having physical disabilities in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the ability of (a) Christians and (b) those with religious beliefs to adopt or foster children.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to include emergency life skills in the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Bodies

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

      Football: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on entertainment activities related to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, column 264W, on free schools, what the name is of each of the 60 unsuccessful applicants...

      GCSE: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of the rules on controlled assessment of GCSE courses on disabled children undertaking distance learning who...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of students obtained a C grade or higher in (a) history, (b) physics, (c) French, (d) German, (e) Spanish and (f) chemistry GCSE...

      Leeds School Sports Partnership West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in schools in the Leeds School Sports Partnership West area accessed three hours per week of physical education and school...

      Leeds School Sports Partnership West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of young people in schools in the Leeds School Sports Partnership West area participated in sports leadership courses in (a) 2004 and...

      Leeds School Sports Partnership West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils in years 1 to 11 in schools in the Leeds School Sports Partnership West area participated in at least one inter-schools...

      Leeds School Sports Partnership West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff hours were funded by the Leeds School Sports Partnership West in academic year 2010-11; and how many such hours he expects to be funded...

      Leeds School Sports Partnership West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in schools in the Leeds School Sports Partnership West area accessed two hours per week of physical education in curriculum...

      Leeds School Sports Partnership West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what percentage of children in schools in the Leeds School Sports Partnership West area accessed two hours per week of physical education and school...

      Parent Teacher Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of schools have a parent teacher association in each local education authority.

      Parenting Classes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he is taking to deliver parenting classes within the school curriculum; (2) whether he has made an estimate of the number of schools...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what responsibilities have been transferred from the Qualifications Curriculum and Development Authority; and which bodies have assumed each of...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his most recent estimate is of the reduction by April 2012 in jobs which will result from his proposed changes to non-departmental public bodies...

      Religion: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of (a) Year 11 students and (b) students in other years took GCSE examinations in religious education, religious studies...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on arrangements for admissions to the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the weighted average Key Stage 2 results were of pupils starting Year 7 in (a) Church of England, (b) Catholic, (c) other denominational or...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce national funding formula for schools for 2012.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department allocated for schools sport in Rochdale in each of the last two financial years; and how much he plans to allocate for such...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2011, Official Report, column 345W, on GCSE: science, (1) what form support to schools to offer triple science...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) initial teacher training places and (b) Teach First places there were at each higher education institution in the academic year (i)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will amend the membership of the Qualified Teacher Status review panel to include initial teacher training providers.

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what steps have been...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department last published a Welsh language scheme in accordance with the provisions of the Welsh Language Act 1993; and at which web addresses...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer questions (a) 32855, 32870, 32871, 32872, 32873, 32874, 32877, 32878, 32879, 32880 and 32881 tabled on 21 December 2010 for...

      Youth Clubs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many youth clubs received funding from his Department and its predecessors in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet: Bradford and Derby

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1292W, on meetings: public expenditure, what the cost to the public purse under each...

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what mechanism has been put in place to ensure the security of data during the 2011 Census process; (2) whether his Department takes into account...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which fixed assets his Department has sold since June 2010; and what the (a) sale value and (b) name of the purchaser of each such asset was.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what steps have been...

      Efficiency and Reform Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse of the Efficiency and Reform Group has been in the financial year 2010-11 to date.

      Stress

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what arrangements his Department has in place to (a) reduce levels of and (b) support staff diagnosed with work-related stress; (2) what...

  • International Development

    • Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department provides financial assistance to his officials for boarding school fees for their children.

    • Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what...

      Developing Countries: Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will establish a mechanism to record information on (a) recipients of remittance payments from the UK, (b) the...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff...

  • Health

    • Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many units of prion-filtered red cells have been transfused in the UK as part of the prion-filtered red cells in surgery and multi-transfused...

    • Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to consult on the development of the Breast Cancer Quality Standard; and what...

      Breast Cancer: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to provide additional funding to the hereditary breast cancer helpline.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of potential links between low birth rate and levels of (a) obesity, (b) stress and (c) mental illness in (i) childhood...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are enrolled in the National Prion Disease Monitoring Cohort; and how many of those are (a) in the group of symptomatic patients with...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults who completed addiction treatment successfully in England in 2008-09 were primarily addicted to (a) heroin, (b) crack cocaine, (c )...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many parents in (a) Suffolk primary care trust area and (b) England did not consent to their daughter receiving the national human papillomavirus...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the incidence of (a) cirrhosis of the liver and (b) chronic liver disease in each of the last 10 years.

      Medical Equipment: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures his Department uses to assess the safety of medical devices.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients treated for mental health disorders in NHS facilities received (a) drugs, (b) psychological therapy, (c) mindfulness...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of looked after children were diagnosed with mental illness in the latest period for which figures are available.

      NHS: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether donations made by charities to an NHS trust will be regarded as part of their income under his proposals for NHS reform; and whether such...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what levels of obesity in each (a) income and (b) age decile were in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Parenting Classes: Prenatal classes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of local authorities offer (a) parenting classes and (b) pre-natal classes which are free at the point of use.

      Plants

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

      Radiotherapy Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many stereotactic body radiotherapy treatments were carried out (a) in NHS hospitals and (b) for NHS patients in each strategic health authority...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the provisions of the Health Act 2006 on reducing the number of (a) males and (b) females aged under 17...

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) adults, (b) children and (c) young people were recorded as smokers in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff diagnosed with such stress.

      Substance Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate has been made of addiction rates in each region for (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco and (c) controlled substances.

      Surgery: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were carried out in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what steps have been taken...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much he has allocated for funding to each such charity...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Tobacco Action Plan, what timetable he has set for the publication of the conclusions from his planned consultation on options to...

  • Justice

    • Coroners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse incurred in the implementation of his planned reforms to the coronial system; (2) what...

    • Court: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse to accrue from the closure of Bishop Auckland (a) county court and (b) magistrates...

      Land Registry: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the potential for fraud arising from putting land registry deeds online; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Family Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what date and in what manner the Commissioners of the Legal Services Commission were informed of (a) the Commission's 2010 tender for family law...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Family Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information the Legal Services Commission (a) published on its website and (b) otherwise disseminated in respect of (i) its 2010 family law tender...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Family Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Legal Services Commission has spent on the 2010 family law tender exercise to date; how much it has paid to each counsel instructed in...

      Prison Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much HM Prison Service has spent (a) on each establishment and (b) in each region in 2010-11 to date; and what it has allocated to each for 2011-12.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the Prison Service staff complement in each (a) region and (b) establishment in 2011-12.

      Prison Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the number of Prison Service redundancies in each (a) region and (b) establishment in 2011-12.

      Prisons: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons prisons do not receive enquiries by email; when the decision was taken that prisons could not be contacted by email; and if he will...

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what items with a value of over £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department since his appointment; and what steps have been taken...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much he has allocated for funding to each such charity...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to encourage the development of small-scale low-carbon generation by community organisations.

    • Marine Renewable Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when plans to he has to provide support for the development of marine renewable technologies.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage the adoption of energy efficiency measures in public and private sector workplaces.

      Energy Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to enable consumers to make informed choices about energy use.

      Renewable Heat Incentive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely contribution of the renewable heat incentive to reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure security of energy supplies.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether funding can be allocated to a project under the Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Programme in advance of statutory...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultation with (a) local communities, (b) local authorities and (c) other local and national parties will take place prior...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanism he has put in place to ensure that the potential effects on the environment and local communities of projects considered...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many civil servants in his Department have been offered voluntary redundancy since April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the sale by energy companies of generation capacity.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the implementation of the Green Deal of the application of variable rates of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will request energy companies to introduce a uniform basic tariff for electricity and gas costs incurred by consumers.

      Energy: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will amend the provisions of Standard Licence Condition 7a on the sale of energy contracts to micro businesses and small business...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the loss of energy through transmission in the National Grid.

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will estimate the proportion of wind turbines installed in the UK which use direct drive technology derived from rare earth...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many potential students were reached by Aim Higher in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Beer: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with (a) representatives of (i) pub companies, (ii) breweries, (iii) pub licensees and...

      Beer: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to the implementation of a statutory industry code of practice for the pub industry.

      Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant the answer of 27 January 2011, Official Report, columns 485-86W, on business: higher education, how many businesses...

      Education: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what representations he has received from providers of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses on his proposals to...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many funded places there were for each foundation degree course at each higher education institution in each of the last five...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many potential students were reached under University Access Agreements in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Higher Education: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to individuals with autism and related conditions who wish to go to university; and what...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many undergraduate students are normally resident in Wolverhampton South East constituency; and what proportion of the 18 to...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 439W, on students: fees and charges, when he plans to publish...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely cost to his Department of the information campaign on the increase in annual tuition fees...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to support the big society initiative.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department are participating in volunteering activities as part of his Department's...

      Further Education: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time lecturers were employed in the further education sector (i) nationally and (ii) in the...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 March (WA 425), how much funding was given to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for its...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 March (WA 425), why the Department for Health will not be asked to agree or endorse the final contents of the...

      Armed Forces: Foot Patrol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of heat exhaustion were recorded in infantry foot patrols in Afghanistan in the summer of 2010.

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of industry programmes to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which issues of non-compliance have been raised with them by the European Commission about infraction proceedings in respect of the Channel Tunnel concessionaires...

      Companies: AGMs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to require publicly quoted companies registered in the United Kingdom to hold their annual general meetings in the United Kingdom.

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the European Parliament's proposal to prohibit the use of uncovered sovereign debt credit default swaps, and the likely impact on...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bids for funds from the regional growth fund have been received from applicants in the east Midlands.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 6 April 2010 (WA 393) and by Earl Howe on 8 March (WA 389), what answers were provided by the Human...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is permitted for healthcare professionals to gain financially by preparing a patient in the United Kingdom to travel abroad for treatment that involves...

      Employment: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether former employees of primary care trusts or regional development agencies who secure other public sector employment not subject to Transfer of Undertakings...

      Energy: Carbon Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 16 February (WA 170), whether the Department for Energy and Climate Change will use loans as part of its...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Holford rules on the routing of overhead electricity lines.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the relationship between the value of traded carbon and fuel and energy prices as paid by consumers.

      Environment: Areas of Outstanding Beauty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the new national planning policy framework maintains a high level of protection for national parks and areas of...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many samples were sent to the Forensic Science Service for analysis in each year from 2000 to 2010.

      Government Departments: Business Plans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Permanent Secretaries the Cabinet Secretary has met to discuss the implementation of departmental business plans; and on what dates those meetings took place.

      Government Departments: Energy Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of display energy certificate was awarded to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs building at Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, in each of...

      Government Departments: Transparency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the functions transferred from non-departmental public bodies, next steps and trading fund agencies to government...

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances Ministers are entitled not to accept the advice of the Attorney-General on the legal obligations of the United Kingdom under European Union law.

      Local Authorities: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on public expenditure of capitalisation by local authorities; and what guidance they have provided on this since the 2004...

      Mobile Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that the allocation of additional 3G spectrum encourages fair competition in the United Kingdom mobile communications market.

      NHS: Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis productivity in the National Health Service is determined on an annual basis.

      Railways: East Coast Mainline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will upgrade the east coast main line between Leeds and Berwick-Upon-Tweed so that when HS2 is completed a top class conventional railway is available...

      Red Squirrels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the red squirrel population in the United Kingdom.

      Schools: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of (a) violence, or (b) the use of weapons, were recorded in schools in the past three academic years.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether and if so when they will end the ability of registered sex offenders to travel abroad for up to three days without notifying their intention to do so.

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require the Crown Prosecution Service to review the use and efficacy of Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; whether they will ask the...

      Single Community Registry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 16 March 2011 (WA 63), what are the estimated set-up costs and annual running costs of the Single Community...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the estimated total United Kingdom corporation tax paid by banks operating in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years.

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