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Written answers

Friday, 1 April 2011

  • Health

    • Barnes Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for the future of Barnes hospital.

    • Dementia: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with alcohol-related dementia in each primary care trust area in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department provides national guidelines to GPs on the fees they may charge to patients for signing certificates and completing medical forms.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has undertaken an audit of or research on the health of hepatitis C patients after they have been classed as natural clearers.

      National Commissioning Board: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what duties the National Commissioning Board has in respect of medical research.

      Sleep: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sleep clinics there are in each primary care trust.

      Strategic Health Authorities: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) management and (b) consultancy costs were incurred by each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust in (A) 2006-07, (B)...

  • Scotland

    • Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2011, Official Report, column 31W, on Members, what criteria his Department used to identify hon. Members who have...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many weeks he has spent more than three consecutive days on official business in Northern Ireland since May 2010.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Employees: Travel

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many and what proportion of employees of the Church Commissioners are entitled to travel by first class rail...

    • Priests

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the average stipend for rural priests was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging external audit services in each...

    • Departmental Regulation

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

      Higher Marginal Deduction Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households liable for higher marginal deduction rates he estimates will fall into each £10,000 income band.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on the proposed benefit cap, what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on conditionality measures in the Welfare Reform Bill, what estimate he has made of (a)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing a change to winter fuel allowances to cease making payments to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Torbay of 6 December 2010 on work placement pay; (2) when he plans to reply to the letter...

  • Transport

    • Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on its consultation on ship-to-ship oil transfers.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Devolution: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column 111W, on devolution: Northern Ireland, for what reason no meetings...

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department had had with energy companies on their role in informing consumers about the Green Deal.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the number of third generation nuclear reactors that are in operation around the world.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has assessed the suitability of boiling water nuclear reactors for deployment in the UK.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of boiling water nuclear reactor designs.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications of the situation in Japan for his energy policy.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of inherent passive safety systems in nuclear reactor design.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of core damage frequency for the (a) GE Hitachi (i) Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor and (ii)...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department published the trigger for the fast-track solar photovoltaic feed-in tariff review; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the political situation in Bosnia and Hercegovina.

    • European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 367W, on the European Court of Human Rights, whether the UK's...

      Latvia: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on levels of anti-Semitism in Latvia since July 2010; what discussions he has had with the...

      Libya: 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...

      Security: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution he plans to make to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers' informal meeting of the Drafting Group of...

      USA: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2011, Official Report, column 694W, on the USA: cotton, what the US ambassador's response...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) costs and (b) savings he expects to result from the abolition of the (i) UK Film Council and (ii) Museum, Libraries...

  • International Development

    • Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the £140 million bilateral aid allocated for Sudan in the Bilateral Aid review will be apportioned between north and...

  • Treasury

    • EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council Meeting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreements were made on climate finance at the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting on 15 March 2011.

    • Fuel Duty: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Table 2.1 on page 42 of Budget 2011, what the estimated cost to the Exchequer is of (a) the reduction of fuel duty by one penny per litre...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on requirements for oil, gas and mining companies based in the UK to disclose payments made in other countries in which they operate.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent representations he has received on proposals for (a) a financial activities tax and (b) a financial transactions tax; (2) what...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the opening hours of the Debt Management Telephone Centre unit of HM Revenue and Customs will be on (a) Friday 22 April, (b) Sunday 24 April...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from which domestic regulations he proposes to exempt micro-businesses and start-ups in the next three years as a result of the...

    • Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date his Department informed (a) local authorities and (b) local enterprise partnerships of the criteria for the...

      Enterprise Zones: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding he plans to allocate to enterprise zones in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of bids submitted to the first round of the Regional Growth Fund in each (a) Government office region...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the number of children (a) in total and (b) who had...

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) whole-time firefighter, (b) retained firefighter, (c) fire control room and (d) total posts there were in each...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on formula grant funding to each local authority of allowing such...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether bullet-proof vests are available to all UK combat troops in Afghanistan.

    • Air Force: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the likely number of Royal Air Force personnel to be made redundant at Royal Air Force Valley as part of the...

      Defence: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether training for the France-UK bi-national rapid reaction force has begun; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2011, Official Report, column 1227W, on departmental theft, what the policy of his Department is on monitoring (a)...

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have had with their French counterparts on the future of the European Defence Agency...

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the European Defence Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have met their French counterparts since May 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will request the Office for National Statistics to facilitate public access to the underlying data from the Annual Survey of Hours and...

    • Cancer: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many patients died from cancer in (a) Bolton South East constituency and (b) Bolton borough in the last five years.

      Deaths: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths in the Pendle area were (a) alcohol and (b) drug-related in each of the last five years; and how many of those who died were aged (i)...

      Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish central government guidance issued to Ministers on modes of transport to use whilst on government business.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what training is offered by the National School of Government for senior responsible owners; and how many senior responsible owners have completed such...

      New Businesses: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many business start-ups there were in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year of the last Parliament; and how many such...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 838W, if he will publish the departmental estimates that were collated to arrive at...

      Unemployment: Pendle

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of workless households in Pendle constituency.

  • Education

    • Academies: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the development of an alternative parental complaints mechanism following the abolition of the Young Persons...

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he expects his Department's review of academy funding for 2011-12 to begin; and what the objectives of that review will be; (2) whether he...

      Brook Advisory Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) Brook Advisory Centres and (ii) the Family Planning Association since May...

      Class Sizes: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average class size of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Berkshire, (ii) Reading and (iii) Reading West constituency is.

      Education Business Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for funding education business partnership services in 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the English Baccalaureate; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings he has had to discuss sex and relationship education since May 2010; and which (a) individuals and (b) organisations attended each such...

      Schools: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what educational materials, other than information produced by Frank, warning of the dangers attached to drug use his Department supplies to (a)...

      Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to promote the teaching of science in schools.

      Secondary Education: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to increase the number of students in secondary schools participating in high-quality work experience.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2011, Official Report, column 889W, on sixth form education, what assessments he undertook prior to his decision to...

      Truancy: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the rate of truancy is for secondary schools in (a) Berkshire, (b) Reading and (c) Reading West constituency; and what steps he is taking to...

  • Home Department

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has made to her counterpart in Poland on the number of European arrest warrants issued by that country.

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely future change in the number of European arrest warrants received by the UK as a result of proposals...

      Arrest Warrants: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to the UK was of the European Arrest Warrant system in each year since 2004.

      Arrest Warrants: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to respond to the statement by the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe on Overuse of the European Arrest...

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on a police constable in England and Wales were reported in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010.

      Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency; and what issues they discussed.

      Crimes of Violence: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of levels of violent crime in the west midlands in each of the last three years.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with their EU counterparts on establishing international law in the...

      Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will request the Metropolitan police to publish the report of its internal investigation into the use of CS gas at the protest at the...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate her Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the merging of the Serious Organised Crime Agency...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples police forces submitted to the National DNA Database in each of the last three years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will press all airlines using UK airports to introduce measures to enable them to determine whether they are free of trafficked persons.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on steps to combat illegal migration.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what economic impact assessment her Department undertook on the decision to implement a visa cap.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Business, Innovation...

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to tackle sham marriages; and if she will make a statement; (2) how many people have been arrested for...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas in the category of (a) temporary worker (creative and sporting), (b) temporary worker (charity worker), (c) temporary...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio of police to public was in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for future numbers of front line police officers in England.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on arrangements to improve liaison between police services and other emergency...

      Police: Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether serving police officers will be awarded a diamond jubilee medal; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has conducted (a) an equality impact assessment and (b) a risk assessment on the effects of proposed reductions in police...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many CID officers there were in each police force in (a) each year since 2008 and (b) in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the likely effects of reductions in her Department's budget on frontline police staffing levels at the London 2012 Olympics.

      Police: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the level of overtime payments to full-time police officers at basic command unit level.

      Police: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have left each police force in England and Wales during 2010-11 to date.

      Serious Organised Crime: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the Serious Organised Crime Agency was in each year since its inception.

      Serious Organised Crime: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff at each payband the Serious Organised Crime Agency employs in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland.

      Serious Organised Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Justice Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive on the work of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in...

      Serious Organised Crime: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of European arrest warrants issued to the UK were in respect of serious organised crime or terrorism offences in each year...

      Telephone Tapping: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on contact between the Police Commissioner for the Metropolis and News of the World editors during the...

      Vetting: International Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to enable international organisations to access the criminal records checking procedures of UK institutions.

  • House of Lords

    • Abdul Baset Al Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 1 March (WA 287), in which category of document described in the Cabinet Secretary's report fall (a)...

    • Aviation: Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to alter the flight time limitation regulations set by the Civil Aviation Authority. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposals recently...

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the vetting of senior bank officials at the Bank of Scotland (Ireland).

      BBC: Local Radio

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they are seeking from the BBC about the future of the BBC's local radio network; what information they have received about plans to merge stations...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost last year of child benefit for those aged 16 and older; what was the cost of education maintenance allowances for those aged 16 and older; what...

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instruct the Bank of England to publish a paper on how they intend to reverse quantitative easing.

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make an announcement about the 20 pence tax differential between sustainable biodiesel, particularly that produced from reclaimed cooking oil, and...

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that individuals and voluntary organisations giving hot drinks and food to rough sleepers are not prevented from doing so by...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions the Bank of England is taking to exert downward pressure on inflation.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what planes were hired from the private airline sector for the recent removal of British citizens from Libya; at what cost; which planes had any technical...

      Railways: Service Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received from independent passenger groups concerning the quality of train services; what were the findings of those reports; whether any...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools, by type, have converted to academy status since the Academies Act 2010 was passed; and how many schools are forecast to convert by the end of the...

      Severe Winter Weather: Salt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put in place a strategic stockpile of 250,000 tons of salt before winter 2011-12 as recommended by the Quarmby Winter Resilience Review.

      Sport: Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Department for Communities and Local Government has to promote the benefits of the Community Amateur Sports Club scheme to local authorities.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the impact of Budget 2011 on youth unemployment levels over the next 12 months; and in particular (a) for those aged 16-18, and (b) for...

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