Written answers

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

  • Wales

    • Departmental Redundancy

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

  • Scotland

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with travel companies in Scotland on the likely effect on them of the Government's proposed reforms to the Air Travel...

    • Human Rights: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Lord Advocate on the compatibility with human rights legislation of the evidence requirements in Scottish criminal law.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many works of art in the Government Art Collection are (a) on display and (b) in storage.

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, column 900W, on Arts Council England: expenditure, on what date he...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the availability of superfast broadband in rural areas; and what timetable has been set...

      Commercials Production Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has undertaken any surveys of the composition of the commercials production market.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to engage young people from Lancashire in the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to integrate events to mark the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen with events to mark the...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what financial support his Department provides for non-facility-owning sports clubs.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to simplify the provision of information to sports clubs on making grant applications.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Cycling: Civil Service

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the House of Commons Commission expects employees of the House of Commons...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya.

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the role of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Hercegovina.

      Egypt: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals who have left Egypt in 2011 on flights organised by other governments.

      Egypt: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what costs his Department has incurred on chartering aircraft to Egypt in 2011.

      Indonesia: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) purpose and (b) outcome was of his Department's meeting with Governor Suebu of Papua at Wilton Park in May 2010.

      Indonesia: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2010, Official Report, column 711W, on West Papua: overseas investment, what contact the...

      Japan: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals who have left Japan since the tsunami on flights organised by other...

      Japan: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what costs his Department has incurred in chartering aircraft to Japan following the tsunami.

      Japan: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals have used recent flights organised by his Department from Japan.

      Japan: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on charging (a) British and (b) non-British nationals who used recent flights chartered by his...

      Japan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals resident in Japan have contacted his Department in the last seven days.

      Japan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether additional financial resources have been allocated to the British Embassy in Japan following the earthquake in that country.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

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

      Libya: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department (a) sought and (b) received legal advice before authorising the diplomatic mission to eastern Libya.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at what (a) date and (b) time the decision was made to convene the COBR meeting which took place on 24 February 2011 at 10.00 am.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency plans the Government has proposed in the event that escalation of violence in Libya merits international...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department issues to posts overseas on procedures to follow to authorise entry to a country for UK rescue...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his counterpart in Yemen the actions of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the need to avoid disorder and...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Yemen on the treatment of anti-government protestors on 18 March 2011.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many dogs have been engaged by each of the armed services in (a) the UK, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Iraq, (d) Germany and (e) other overseas locations...

    • Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many dogs engaged by each armed service have been retired from service in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what area of land in (a) public and (b) private ownership his Department uses for military purposes in (i) Wales, (ii) England and (iii) Scotland.

      HMS Cumberland: HMS Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what visits by foreign civil and military dignitaries have been hosted by (a) HMS Cumberland and (b) HMS Cornwall in their current deployment.

      Merville Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what provision was made in the design of Merville Barracks, Colchester to allow for the construction of additional blocks of single person...

  • Treasury

    • Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the effect on economic forecasting of the operation of food...

    • Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2010, Official Report, column 471W, on debts: developing countries, what criteria he plans to use to determine...

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he plans to allocate to (a) the Scottish Executive, (b) the Welsh Assembly Government and (c) the Northern Ireland Executive in (i) 2011-12,...

      Motability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward fiscal measures to support the (a) operating costs and (b) fuel costs of cars under the Motability scheme.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford of 15 July 1999, Official Report, columns 328-30W, on the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which measures in Budget 2011 consequential allocations through the Barnett formula are to be made to (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he plans to allocate to the Scottish Executive under the Barnett formula in respect of each item from which consequential allocations arise in (a)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what years the Scottish Executive will be able to claim the sums underspent in previous years identified in the 2011 Budget; and whether any restrictions...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 299-300, on law-making powers in Wales, what the statistical...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has made an estimate of (a) the number of British-based companies which use tax avoidance schemes in Jersey and (b) the amount of...

      Tax Credit: Video Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an assessment of the effects of tax credit changes in the 2011 Budget on the video games industry.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential costs to the public purse of merging income tax and national insurance.

      Taxation: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from arcades in seaside locations on the likely effects of the introduction of a machine gaming duty to replace the...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the taxation of employer-financed retirement benefit schemes.

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue that would accrue to the Exchequer if contributions to employer-financed retirement benefit schemes were subject to taxation...

      Treasury Select Committee: Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the job title is of each member of staff of HM Revenue and Customs who attended the meeting of the Treasury Sub-Committee on 16 March 2011 other than...

      Treasury Select Committee: Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether staff of HM Revenue and Customs are entitled to claim overtime for attendance at Treasury Select Committee hearings after 5.30pm.

      Treasury Select Committee: Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much time in staff hours HM Revenue and Customs spent in preparing for Treasury Select Committee hearings in the latest period for which figures are...

      Urenco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what arrangements he plans to make for the sale of the UK shareholding in Urenco; what estimate he has made of the potential proceeds from the sale;...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has paid to each local authority in the East of England in respect of asylum seeker support in each year since 1997.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department paid to (a) the Refugee Council, (b) the Scottish Refugee Council, (c) the Welsh Refugee Council, (d) Refugee...

      Asylum: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers living in Greater London (a) returned voluntarily and (b) were deported to their country of origin in each...

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of illegal killing of birds of prey have been investigated by the police in each of the last five years.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of passenger name record data her Department expects to capture from passenger movements by December 2013.

      Departmental Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees in her Department are participating in the Cycle to Work scheme.

      Domestic Violence: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women who apply for indefinite leave to remain as a result of alleged domestic violence had their applications refused in the latest...

      Domestic Violence: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of applications for indefinite leave to remain made by women accepted on to the Sojourner Project are determined within the...

      Drugs: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of working days lost due to the effects of hard drug usage in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on measures to make illegal the (a) distribution and (b) sale of legal highs which are harmful to human health.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which countries in Europe nationals require a visa to enter the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to ask the Migration Advisory Committee to conduct an assessment of the potential effects on the economy of her proposed...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral statement of 22 March 2011, Official Report, on student visas, what her definition is of a graduate-level job; and if...

      Human Trafficking: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations she has received in support of the UK opting into the European directive on human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce a decision on the implementation of the EU Directive on human trafficking.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what method her Department used to calculate the immigration cap figure of 21,700.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed as a result of knife crime offences in each police force area in England and Wales in each...

      Local Government Finance

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to the letter of 21 February 2011, on visas for overseas students.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Immigration plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 17 February 2011 on Mrs...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department plans to provide for the National Wildlife Crime Unit in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on establishing joint investigation teams to investigate abuse and exploitation...

      Offences against Children: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has plans to review the effectiveness of legislation governing the prosecution of British nationals who commit sexual offences...

      Offences against Children: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British nationals were arrested on suspicion of crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation of children overseas in the last five years.

      Theft

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

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures her Department has in place to identify cars registered in Great Britain which are stolen and subsequently offered for sale in...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the UK Border Agency's gender-based guidelines; and if she will...

  • Justice

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made in its review of the work of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

    • Magistrates: Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for reform of the payment of expenses to and compensation for time given by magistrates; and if he will make a statement.

      Access to Legal Redress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to ensure equal access to legal redress.

      Imprisonment: Public Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection have completed their tariffs.

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to increase the length of sentences which may be handed down for public order offences.

      Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1283W, on sentencing, what advice the Sentencing Guidelines Council issues to...

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been for the illegal killing of birds of prey in each of the last five years.

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish guidance on corporate hospitality under the Bribery Act 2010.

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid from civil legal aid budgets in disbursements in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to his Department's impact assessment on the Green Paper on legal aid reform, in which year the total number of legal aid cases...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on what occasions W.S. Atkins have breached the terms of the contract for maintenance and cleaning of and catering in the probation estate in each...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department raised from investors in order to run the Peterborough Social Impact Bond payment by results pilot.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has underwritten the Social Impact Bond payment by results pilot at Peterborough prison.

      Prisoners: European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners held in UK prisons have cases (a) before and (b) pending at the European Court of Human Rights.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions in each of the past three years illicit drugs have been discovered inside HM Prison Full Sutton.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1280-1W, on sentencing, how many of the offenders recalled and returned to custody in...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his assessment is of (a) current and (b) future demand for First Tier social security tribunal services in (i) Torbay and (ii) Devon.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Clones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to implement the European Parliament's proposal to ban the sale of meat and dairy...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the proportion of agriculture in the UK that provides biofuels in the latest period for which figures...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department is providing to encourage the up-take of low-carbon and energy efficient equipment and machinery...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much she has allocated for...

      Dairy Farming: Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking in relation to the price for milk paid to dairy farmers.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants in her Department have been offered voluntary redundancy since April 2010; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Theft

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

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on farmers establishing co-operatives.

      Farmers: Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to consult farmers on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; and if she will make a statement.

      Farmers: Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to farmers of establishing new nitrate vulnerable zones; and if she will make a statement.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the (a) level and (b) types of fly-tipped waste recovered from (i) public and (ii)...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidences of fly-tipping were recorded on (a) public and (b) private land in each local authority area in 2010-11.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the contribution of food waste to greenhouse gas emissions in each of the last four years.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reduce levels of food waste over the comprehensive spending review period.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of levels of food waste in each of the last four years.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce a national strategy for the reduction of food waste.

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the process is for the designation of marine protected areas; how her Department monitors the operation of the process;...

      Nitrates: Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the levels of nitrates in rivers; and if she will make a statement.

      Ouse Washes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the environmental assessment of the Ouse washes on which her Department based its conclusion that there...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to (a) protect and (b) increase the hen harrier population.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what target the Rural Payment Agency has set for time taken to deal with enquiries; and how long it took the Rural Payment...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms she has put in place to ensure that advice given by the Rural Payments Agency is accurate.

      Rural Payments Agency: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to improve the Rural Payments Agency's IT systems.

      Tuna

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to meet retailers and producers who have not committed to source tuna fished without the use of fish...

      Tuna

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on fishing for tuna using fish aggregating devices in purse seine nets.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assistance her Department is providing for the development of systems and procedures to enable farm-scale...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to measure the level of water used in each stage of the food supply chain.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to consult on the application to regions other than the South West of her proposals on water affordability.

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which bodies her Department has consulted as part of the preparation of its Water White Paper.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will bring forward proposals to equalise the eligibility of survivors of (a) cohabiting couples and (b) married couples for...

    • Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate...

      Departmental Plants

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

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Work Programme providers will be permitted to provide basic numeracy and literacy skills training to participants where such skills are...

      Employment Schemes: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account arrangements in the Work Programme for rewarding providers for retaining people in work take of the predominance of seasonal...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the drop out rate was for each of the Future Jobs Fund pilot schemes.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the number of people placed in employment in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances a single person with no children would be affected by the housing benefit cap; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether discretionary housing payments are to be included in the calculation for the total household benefits cap.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were made for discretionary housing payments in each local authority area in England in each of the last five years; and...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's budget for crisis loans he proposes to devolve to local authorities under his plans for reform of the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to paragraph 14 of his Department's impact assessment on fraud penalties and sanctions, how many (a) cases leading to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an employee whose employer is not yet providing real-time earnings data to HM Revenue and Customs applying for universal credit after...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing in the Work Capability Assessment Regulations (S.I. No. 228, 2011).

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to receive the next report from Professor Malcolm Harrington on the work capability assessment.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the costs of implementing the Work Capability Assessment Regulations 2011 (S.I., 2011, No. 228) are reflected in his latest estimates...

      Work Programme Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether start dates for work programme contracts will be staggered; and by what date he expects all such contracts to have commenced.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Deaths

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mortality rates per 10,000 were for (a) each region and (b) parliamentary constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Well-being

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research into well-being his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated in the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the date is of the most recent bilateral aviation agreement between the UK and (a) Brazil, (b) the Russian Federation, (c) India, (d) China...

    • Aviation: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what negotiations there have been between his Department and the Government of Japan on bilateral aviation agreements since May 1997; and what...

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on safety of the European Aviation Safety Agency's proposals for reform of flight time limitations.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on flight timetables for pilots.

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department and each (a) agency and (b) non-departmental public body for which he is responsible spent on compensation payments to...

      Departmental Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees in his Department are participating in the Cycle to Work scheme.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the proportion of the seafood procured for (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies for...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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)...

      European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans to meet officials of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made in allowing insurers to gain access to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency drivers' database.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department gave to the local transport authority in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will establish a carbon timeline in respect of housing stock to plan and monitor carbon reduction targets.

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the effects on domestic energy bills of the introduction of a carbon floor price of £16 per tonne of carbon...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department were in the Civil Service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change for electricity market reform to deliver a close to...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers on price differentials for those with pre-payment meters; and if he will make...

      Nuclear Fusion: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of expenditure on research into cold fusion.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hartlepool of 18 March 2011, Official Report, column 757W, if he will direct the Chief...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the reliability of renewable energy generation; and if he will make a statement.

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he made of the potential energy, economic and environmental effects of construction of a Severn barrage.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2011, Official Report, column 704W, on solar power: feed-in tariffs, (a) for what reasons he does...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the provision of support for small-scale photovoltaic generators using feed-in tariffs to enter the below 10KW...

      Solar Power: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to support the development of the solar technology manufacturing sector.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis was for his assessment that the (a) community right to challenge and (b) community right to buy...

    • Council Housing: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Audit Commission plans to publish the report of its strategic inspection of the housing stock of Birmingham City...

      Council Tax Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether pensioner households will be subject to his Department's planned reduction to council tax benefit.

      Departmental Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employees of his Department are participating in the Cycle to Work scheme.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation his Department undertook with (a) environmental groups and (b) the construction industry prior to the...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of removing the requirement for new homes to be zero carbon on the Government's carbon...

      Housing: Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has any plans to work in partnership with (a) the National House Building Council and (b) other organisations to...

      Local Government: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received in respect of filming at public meetings of local councils.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from local authorities in respect of local authority staff...

      Public Buildings: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will provide training for non-facility owning sports clubs to assist in the transfer of publically-owned...

      Public Buildings: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many successful community asset transfers there have been in each of the last six months; and which assets have been so...

      Sportsgrounds: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the effects of local authority planning fees on the development of community sports facilities; and if he will...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to question 44110, on the answer to question 35814, tabled on 1 March 2011 for answer on 3 March 2011.

      Zero Carbon Homes Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions the Zero Carbon Homes Taskforce has met; what the (a) composition and (b) remit of the Taskforce is;...

      Zero Carbon Homes Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence (i) he and (ii) Ministers in his Department had with members of the Zero Carbon...

  • Education

    • Academies: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of year 11 academy pupils (a) in total and (b) in each academy were entered for (i) a history GCSE, (ii) a geography GCSE,...

    • Academies: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of Key Stage Four exam entries was in academic non-applied GCSEs in each school replaced by an academy in the last year of the school's...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1002-06W, on children in care, from what source the information in the answer was...

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on mobility for disabled children in residential schools in each local authority area in the latest period for which...

      Children: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) communal and (b) solitary viewing of television by children and young people on their (i) levels of...

      Citizenship: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on teaching of citizenship in the school curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

      Curriculum: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the designation of information and communications technology as a core subject as part of his Department's...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the change in the (a) volume and (b) monetary value of services provided by his Department and its predecessors which...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of his Department's staff have taken early retirement in each of the last five years; and at what cost to his Department in each such year.

      Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate he has...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of Department-branded drinks coasters in the last year for which figures are...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Teachers TV Board of Governors.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the National College for Leadership of Schools...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Children's Workforce Development Council.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the British Educational Communications and...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants his Department has recruited during the period of the civil service recruitment freeze.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of parliamentary questions for written answer were answered by his Department (a) within one week of, (b) within two weeks of, (c)...

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the UK Resilience Programme in developing children's values.

      Education: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Education Council's conclusions on the role of education and training in the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy, how...

      Education: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the level of value added tax receipts from (a) schools and (b) sixth form colleges in the latest period for which...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had on the introduction of a certificated English Baccalaureate qualification.

      Free School Meals: Totnes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of pupils in (a) Totnes constituency, (b) South Devon and (c) England qualify for free school meals; (2) how many children in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the name is of each GCSE and GCSE equivalent qualification which was available between 1995 to 2010; and for each such year what the (a) GCSE...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of students who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were entered for GCSE examinations in (i)...

      National Citizen Service: Walthamstow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects the National Citizen Service pilot project to be implemented in Walthamstow constituency; and how many places he expects the project to...

      Ofsted: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the policy of Ofsted is on disclosing to police forces on request information on the names and addresses of children's homes in a police force...

      Public Appointments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what public appointments he has made since his appointment; and to what payments each person so appointed is entitled.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will permit children with at least 95 per cent. attendance at school to take a week or less holiday during term-time without incurring a...

      Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects the tendering process to begin for functions performed by the Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority; and if he will make...

      Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he last met representatives of the Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority to discuss the transition of that body's...

      Religion: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of students who took GCSE examinations in religious education, religious studies or similar subjects also took GCSE examinations in...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has any plans to revise the school admissions code.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve school discipline in (a) Portsmouth South and Southsea constituency and (b) England.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education by what date he expects to introduce a national funding formula for individual schools.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Bradford South constituency will be affected by the decision to end school sports partnerships.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from local authorities on planned changes in his Department's expenditure on school sport.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for monitoring and evaluation of future school sport partnerships.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of people resident in the Peterborough local education authority area have been entered for triple science GCSEs since...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the merits of convergence for (a) Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills and (b) Qualified Teacher status.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to enable teachers with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status to teach vocational subjects in schools at the...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of girls (a) in care and (b) not in care aged between 13 and 19 gave birth in each of the last 10 years.

      UK Youth Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department provided to the UK Youth Parliament in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; how much it plans to make available to the UK Youth...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the letter of 9 September 2010 to Professor Alison Wolf, whether she has delivered to him an interim report on her review of...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vocational qualifications were available at level (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 and equivalents to young people in schools and colleges in England...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many potential students the Aimhigher programme reached in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and...

    • Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to increasing funding for apprenticeships in the process and manufacturing sector.

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many licences were granted for the export of controlled goods to Saudi Arabia where the Saudi Arabian National Guard was the...

      Business: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with how many business organisations in (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading and (c) Berkshire his Department has had...

      Business: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of businesses which have failed in each of the last three years in circumstances directly...

      Business: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with how many business organisations in (a) the North East, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women are employed in businesses with fewer than 10 employees excluding sole proprietors.

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 736W, on departmental offices, what further discussions he...

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan of 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 433W, on business:...

      Education: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many students on English for Speakers of Other Languages courses were asylum seekers in each of the last 10 years; (2)...

      Employment Agencies: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who are no longer considered unemployed by virtue of their acceptance on...

      Employment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of flexibility in the UK labour market; and if he will make it his...

      English Language: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what funding his Department provided for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow...

      English Language: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what plans he has for future funding of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bolton South East...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements he has put in place for areas to apply for enterprise zone status; and if he will make a statement.

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what policy measures he has introduced since his appointment which reduce the incidence of family breakdown; and if he will make...

      Further Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to offer student loans to cover the cost of fees charged by further education institutions.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what level of capitalisation he expects the Green Investment Bank to receive from the (a) public and (b) private sector in the...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the Green Investment Bank issuing bonds within the next five financial years.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the Green Investment Bank sourcing capital from small investors through dedicated individual savings...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Open University and (b) other providers of part-time higher education on future...

      ICT: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve skills in IT across the workforce.

      Industry Training Levies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on industry training levies.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the involvement of local enterprise partnerships in skills and training.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase levels of employment in the process and manufacturing sector.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he had had with (a) industry boards, (b) employers and (c) trade unions in the process and...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to help raise the profile of careers in the process and manufacturing sector.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage growth in the process and manufacturing sector.

      Manufacturing Industries: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage employers in the process and manufacturing sector to employ apprentices.

      Micro-business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of (a) micro-businesses and (b) employees of micro-businesses in each (i) region, (ii) local...

      Midwifery: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many enrolments there were in midwifery courses at Northumbria university in each academic year between 2005-06 and 2010-11.

      NHS: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many investigations the Office of Fair Trading has conducted in relation to NHS-funded health care provision under its powers...

      NHS: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many market references to the Competition Commission the Office of Fair Trading has made in relation to NHS-funded health...

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by the Student Loans Company on prosecuting those from (a) EEA and (b) non-EEA...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment his Department has made of the position of the UK in international comparator tables for the length of paid...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on the future of sales of (a) insurance, (b) foreign currency and (c)...

      Regional Growth Fund: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many organisations in Yorkshire have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded funding from the Regional Growth Fund since its...

      Regional Growth Fund: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which York-based organisations have applied for funding from the Regional Growth Fund since its inception; how much was sought in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2011, Official Report, columns 718-19W, on students: loans, how much was owed by those people...

      Students: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students aged between 16 and 19 years normally resident in the Reading West constituency were in further and higher...

      Timesharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on long-term and in-perpetuity management fee obligations on timeshare properties where the...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the effects on small businesses of the European Commission's re-appraisal of the tobacco control directive; and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Eelectoral Law: Convictions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were (a) charged with and (b) convicted for offences under electoral law in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

    • Elections: Council of Europe

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the UK was consulted in advance of the adoption by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe of its Code of good practice in electoral matters in...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Redundancy

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

    • Developing Countries: Leprosy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will allocate funding to reduce leprosy in the developing world.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provided to UNICEF's sanitation and water relief for all campaign in the latest period for which figures...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has with his international counterparts to encourage donor countries to support UNICEF's sanitation and water...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1254-5W, on Export Credits Guarantee Department, for which...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the reform of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) multilateral and (b) bilateral aid his Department plans to provide to increase access to running water and sanitation in...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the progress made in sub-Saharan Africa in achieving the millennium development goal on water provision and sanitation.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis via accident and emergency departments there were in (a) the East of England Strategic...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of deaths (a) directly attributable to alcohol consumption, (b) where alcohol consumption was an...

      Aniridia: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of ethnic minority background have been diagnosed with the eye condition aniridia.

      Aniridia: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to ophthalmologists on the diagnosis of aniridia in children from ethnic minority backgrounds.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's staff have taken early retirement in each of the last five years; and at what cost to his Department in each such year.

      Drugs: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to enable sealed and unused surplus medicines which are returned by patients to be provided for use in developing...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of toxins from food packaging on food.

      Fruit: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for future funding for the provision of free fruit in primary schools.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the British Medical Association on his Department's proposals for GP consortia.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has considered the merits of amending the list of services to GP practices funded by the NHS to cover the provision of letters written to refer...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has considered the merits of reviewing the professional fees charged by GP practices for letters written to refer patients to private practices.

      Gynaecology: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the (a) economic effects and (b) effects on patients of uterine fibroid embolisation as an alternative to...

      Hip Replacements: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for a hip replacement operation in (a) Bolton, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) England in each of the last 10 years.

      Hyperactivity: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the guidance on the use of methylphenidate for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in order to reduce levels of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority received from each (a) revenue and (b) capital funding stream from his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; how...

      Lorazepam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the Gold File for Ativan tablets (refs: PL00011/0034R and PL00011/0036R).

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to allow NHS patients greater access to their health records.

      Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) where the 30 additional mental health nurses in mental health trusts announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review are to be deployed; and...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he had with (a) patient, (b) clinical and (c) industry representatives during the consultation period on his Department's...

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of spending on NHS services per head of population in the (a) Bexley primary care trust area, (b) NHS Greenwich area and (c) NHS West...

      NHS: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the monetary value of medication which has gone missing or been stolen from NHS hospitals in each of the last three years; (2)...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS received from prescription charges in each of the last five years.

      Professor Malcolm Lader

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which regulatory authorities sponsored by his Department Professor Malcolm Lader (a) has served in the last 30 years and (b) is serving; and on what...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to section 6.12 of his Department's publication, Improving outcomes: a strategy for cancer, January 2011, how much additional funding...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females aged (i) nine to 12, (ii) 13 to 15 and (iii) 16 to 17 who regularly smoke...

      Surgery: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical operations were carried out in (a) Bolton South East constituency and (b) Bolton in each of the last three years.

      Venous Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS acute trusts presenting no data or a nil-return in his Department's mandatory Venous Thromboembolism risk assessment data collection...

      Venous Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what reasons were given by (a) Derbyshire county, (b) Dorset, (c) Leicestershire county and Rutland, (d) Newham, (e) North East Essex, (f)...

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare: Rabbits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce a code of practice on the welfare of rabbits.

    • Animal Welfare: Sanctuaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to regulate animal sanctuaries.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the London interbank offered rate from the risk of manipulation.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have been given by banking regulators in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan, as a result of their investigation into the...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the reported increase in bank lending margins indicated in a survey of manufacturers conducted by the Engineering...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the Prime Minister stated that bank lending was going up (Official Report, 9 March, col. 910).

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will transfer the role of setting the principal reference rate for calculating the cost of bank loans from the British Bankers' Association to an...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the proportion of dentists who will register with the Care Quality Commission by 1 April 2011.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will approve the registration fee that will be payable by dentists by 1 April 2011 to the Care Quality Commission.

      Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many band 1, band 2, and band 3 senior civil servants and permanent secretaries were in post in May 2010; and how many there are now.

      Driving: Car Test

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the DVLA driving test for car users.

      Drugs: Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to ratify the Agreement Concerning Co-operation in Suppressing Illicit Maritime and Air Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in the...

      Education: Careers Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current statutory entitlement for careers education advice and guidance for (a) secondary pupils, (b) sixth- form college students, and (c) 16-19...

      Education: Careers Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent careers advice for children at school or in further education will be funded by the institutions they attend; what discretion such institutions will...

      Education: Careers Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all young people under the age of 18 receive free careers advice.

      Education: Nurseries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 17 March (HL 7488), on what basis providers of nursery education may charge for additional hours and...

      Energy: Coal Miners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average number of miners employed in the coal industry in each year from 1984 until 2010.

      Energy: Fuel Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the road haulage industry about the price of fuel since May 2010.

      Energy: Nuclear Fusion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are utilising the United Kingdom's capability in fusion science and technology; and how they plan to collaborate with other countries using fusion energy...

      Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide funding to enable Quilliam to continue its work in countering extremism.

      Flexible New Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many customers will be served under the Work Programme in its first year of operation. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many customers were served by the...

      Food: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 9 March (WA 406-7), who are the United Kingdom representatives at the Office International de Epizooties (OIE);...

      General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the internal financial controls applied by the general lighthouse authorities against the requirements of regularity, propriety and...

      Government Departments: Business Plans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Secretaries of State have met the Minister of State with responsibility for the co-ordination of policy to discuss the implementation of their respective...

      Government Departments: Business Plans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which government departments are overdue on actions agreed in departmental business plans since October 2010.

      Government Departments: Energy Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of display energy certificate was awarded to the Department of Health building at Richmond House, 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 Home Office building at 2 Marsham Street in each of the past three years.

      Government Departments: Wheelchair Access

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Atos Healthcare Centres that are used for work capability assessments are inaccessible to wheelchair users.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 March (HL7657), what is their estimate of the number of people fatally affected by NHS blood and blood products...

      Health: GP Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements will be made for patient participation groups associated with the proposed new general practitioner commissioning consortia.

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that tuition fees for medical students do not discourage applicants from middle and lower income families.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to make provisions enabling electors to recall elected members of a reformed House of Lords.

      Houses of Parliament: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will introduce a Bill enabling electors to recall their Member of Parliament.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in how many families in receipt of housing benefit the claimant is (a) a man, and (b) a woman; and in how many families the claim is a joint claim, excluding...

      Justice: Pre-trial Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been their contribution to the European Commission's Green Paper on pre-trial detention; and when this will be published.

      Media: Plurality Rules

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether to review the rules on media plurality to ensure that the definition of public interest is wider than the provision of...

      Mongolia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote trade between the United Kingdom and Mongolia.

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the expected impact on public expenditure of any move to Birmingham of the Acquisitions, Export and Loans Unit of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

      National Employment Savings Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the subsidy to the National Employment Savings Trust; by how much this would be reduced if the £4,200 limit on individual annual payments...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 28 February (WA 260-2), how many of the 63.73 million people with live national insurance number (NINo) accounts...

      NDPBs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the workforce of the Office for National Statistics is based outside London; what are their principal locations; and what are the principal...

      New Zealand: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what the money paid by the Department for International Development to assist New Zealand after the earthquake there was spent.

      Parliaments: Salaries and Expenses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the disparity between salaries and expenses of Members of the European Parliament and Members of the House of Commons.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the proposed flat rate state pension, what assessment they have made of whether existing female pensioners should be provided with the same level of...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent mis-selling of pensions following the introduction of auto-enrolment.

      Pensions Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people currently claiming carer's allowance will be affected by the change in state pension age proposed in the Pensions Bill [HL].

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research on human trafficking they plan to conduct in the next 12 months, in line with their obligations under Article 5a of the Council of Europe Convention...

      Prisons: Riots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 9 March (WA 415), at what time the recent incident at Ford open prison started; when intervention commenced; why...

      Railways: Intercity Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes took place in the scope of the Intercity Express project between the original invitation to tender and the recent announcement by the Secretary of...

      Roads: A1

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to upgrade the A1.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what accountancy plans are in place to ensure transparency and accountability for the use of public funds by academies.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the schools admissions code.

      Schools: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average cost of educating a primary or secondary school age pupil in England in (a) the public sector, and (b) the independent sector, for each of the...

      Schools: Independent Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work more closely with the independent schools sector in order to increase social mobility in England.

      Schools: Support Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what charges a state primary or a state secondary school in England is allowed to make to parents for educational or support services.

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the annual monetary value limit for acceptance in lieu of inheritance tax has been exceeded in any year in the last 10 years.

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual yield of inheritance tax; and what proportion of this is occasioned by tax on potentially exempt transfers.

      Transport: Appraisals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the New Approach To Appraisal (NATA) cost to develop and run in 2009 and 2010; which consultants were paid to do so; and how much each independent...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the comments by Earl Attlee on 10 March (Official Report, col. 1853) in the debate on the points-based visa system saying that a scientist or philosopher...

      Waste Management: Textiles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support textile waste recycling; what steps they have taken to increase such recycling; and what evidence they have on whether it is...

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