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Written answers

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what contracts his Department and its associated public bodies signed with Lockheed Martin in each of the last 10 years; and...

    • Departmental Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much each local authority received from each (a) revenue and (b) capital funding stream from his Department in (i)...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last used a ministerial car while travelling in an...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the merging of the Commission for...

      Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last travelled by (i) London Underground and (ii) public...

      Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many of his ministerial team have been issued with (a) an Oyster card and (b) a (i) monthly and (ii) annual travel card...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether he has received representations from (a) the gambling industry and (b) GamCare on the administrative burden...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) under what powers the White List of approved gambling jurisdictions has been suspended; (2) whether any applications...

      Humanitarian Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff his Department's Humanitarian Assistance Unit employed in (a) April 2010 and (b) February 2011.

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees since his appointment.

      Royal Parks Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the Royal Parks Agency is taking steps to address trends in acute oak decline in trees in Richmond Park.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the post is of each person employed in the House of Commons Service with a...

    • Select Committees: Visits Abroad

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many overseas visits each select committee has made in the course of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the payment of a cold weather payment has been triggered for residents of Clwyd South constituency in the last five years.

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) guidance and (b) training his Department provides to staff on eligibility and processing of interim claims under the Social Security...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy was on payment of more than three crisis loans in one year to a claimant prior to the implementation of the cap on...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts his Department and its associated public bodies signed with Lockheed Martin in each of the last 10 years; and for what purposes...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the change in function of the Health and Safety Executive.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on consultancy since May 2010.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single people aged between 25 and 34 are claiming the one bedroom local housing allowance rate in each (a) local authority area and...

      Housing Benefit: Motherwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much housing benefit was paid to claimants in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency in 2010-11; and what estimate he has made of the level of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has recovered from payments of fraudulent claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support...

      Pensioners: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Northern Ireland he estimates are affected by the administrative error identified by the National Pension Centre...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the nature is of the administrative error that the National Pension Centre has identified concerning the additional pension component of...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of women who will have their state pension age increased by 18 months or more as a result of his...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average monetary value of pension payments which will not be paid to women born between December 1953 and...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether advice and information on Sure Start maternity grants for second and third children is still being provided to eligible mothers.

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Sure Start maternity grants were awarded in respect of second and third children in (a) March 2011 and (b) March 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Poole constituency have been in receipt of out-of-work benefits for (a) more than one year and (b) more than five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in what proportion of the National Benefit Fraud Hotline cases closed in each of the last five years (a) claims were found to be...

      Social Security Benefits: Motherwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much benefit was paid to claimants in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency in 2010-11; and what estimate he has made of the level of payments...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency were in receipt of out-of-work benefits for more than (a) one and (b) five years...

      Unemployment: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of workless households in (a) the north east, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, column 970W, on universal credit, if he will estimate the number of families with...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, column 970W, on universal credit, in how many families with savings (a) between...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, column 970W, on universal credit, how many families with savings between (a)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of provision of winter fuel allowance to those (a) aged 60 to 79 at the rate of (i) £200...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change in expenditure he expects to result from implementation of his proposed changes to winter fuel payments in the winter 2011-12.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to his Department of retaining the winter fuel payment at the enhanced rate for households in receipt of pension...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to ensure pensioners are aware of the planned withdrawal of the top-up payment to the winter fuel allowance.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid out in winter fuel allowances awarded to residents of Clwyd South in the winter of 2010-11; and what forecast he has made of...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people over the age of 80 and resident in Clwyd South constituency received a winter fuel allowance in the most recent year for...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency over the age of 80 received winter fuel allowance payments in the latest period for...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely impact of proposed changes to winter fuel payments on the future level of excess winter deaths; and...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Warrington North constituency aged (a) under and (b) over 80 years receive winter fuel allowance.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on improvements to armed forces' accommodation (a) nationally and (b) in Poole constituency in each year since 2005.

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of his Department's contracts by (a) value and (b) number were placed (i) directly and (ii) through sub-contracts with small and...

      Departmental Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for which services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies, interpreters provide services in a language or languages other...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last used a ministerial car while travelling in an official capacity; and how many...

      Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Ministerial team have been issued with (a) an Oyster card and (b) a (i) monthly and (ii) annual travel card valid on London Transport...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff have applied for early release as part of the reduction of civil service numbers in his Department.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department have been (a) seconded and (b) attached or on loan to Defence Equipment and Support Project teams in its prime...

      Ex-servicemen: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides to veterans in Poole constituency.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of any potential relationship between the armed opposition to the Libyan government and combatants who have previously...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of depleted uranium weapons; and how that policy (a) is applied to and (b) will apply in operations in Libya.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether reactors on Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarines in service have (a) systems for safety injection of coolant into the reactor pressure...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on which occasions each Minister of State in his Department was present to welcome returning submariners following a tour of duty of a...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether any grants or contracts have been awarded to external bodies to assist schools seeking to convert to academy status since May 2010.

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which Academy schools have been assessed as having received an over-payment of grant; and what the amount concerned was in each such case. Question...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what local authority central spend equivalent grant allocation has been made to each academy school for 2011-12.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to increase the number of apprenticeship places for 16 to 18-year-olds.

      Apprentices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 16 to 18 years beginning apprenticeships in the (a) London borough of Camden and (b) London...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with Liverpool city council on progress on projects under the Building Schools for the Future programme in Liverpool.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of his proposed bursary scheme on the number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds remaining in...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Sure Start places were provided in (a) Brighton Pavilion constituency, (b) the Brighton and Hove area and (c) England in 2009-10; and how...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the change in the number of Sure Start children's centres since May 2010.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for how many hours consultancy work his Department paid Michael Wilkins in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff have left his Department's employment since May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff were employed by his Department in May 2010.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last used a ministerial car while travelling in an official capacity; and how many...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1009-11W, on departmental procurement, what process was used to determine the value...

      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 School Support Staff Negotiating Body.

      Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last travelled by (i) London underground and (ii) public bus services on Government...

      Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of his ministerial team have been issued with (a) an Oyster card and (b) a (i) monthly and (ii) annual travel card valid on London Transport...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on ministerial travel by (a) ministerial car, (b) train, (c) bus, (d) commercial aircraft and (e) private...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on first class train travel in financial year 2009-10.

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 411W, on the discretionary learner support fund: Poplar, on what date he plans to...

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what eligibility criteria he plans to put in place for eligibility for discretionary learner support for students attending (a) sixth form and (b)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review his decision to end education maintenance allowance in the light of recent figures for youth unemployment.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which 16 to 19-year-old students in (a) sixth form and (b) further education colleges who received education maintenance allowance he met in the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of students in Blackpool who were in receipt of education maintenance allowance in academic year 2010-11 who...

      Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the Blueprint drug education research programme.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the oral statement of 28 March 2011, Official Report, column 65, on post-16 education funding, who carried out the opinion poll cited in...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the statement of 28 March 2011, Official Report, columns 51-53, on post-16 education funding, what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the administrative burden on (a) school sixth forms and (b) further education colleges of the operation of the new...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the Association of Colleges, (b) the Association of School and College Leaders, (c) the 157...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what requirements will be placed on training providers to report on the (a) number and (b) size of awards administered through discretionary funding...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions steps to identify those young people who do not stay in education and training due...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to develop and issue national guidance for providers who will award 16-19 education discretionary funds.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that each young person who was in receipt of free school meals in year 11 and progresses to post-16 education between...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what timetable he has set for consultation on the award of payments through the new 16 to 19 education bursary and discretionary fund.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether any of the funding for his Department's 16 to 19 education bursaries will come from departmental reserves.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date he plans to inform education and training providers of the level of funding they will be allocated for discretionary learner support.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information he plans to issue to young people on the new 16-19 student finance arrangements; and whether the cost of issuing such information will...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which private training providers will have access to discretionary learner support funding.

      Educational Maintenance Allowance: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of recipients of educational maintenance allowance who are not eligible for free school meals who will receive...

      Educational Maintenance Allowance: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the average change in annual income attributable to the introduction of the bursary for recipients of educational...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the difference in average annual incomes attributable to the introduction of the bursary payments for children in receipt...

      Free School Meals: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he will determine free school meal eligibility in sixth form and further education colleges for the purposes of allocating discretionary funding...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the basis in legislation is for the establishment of free schools.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will have discussions with local authorities for the purposes of asking them to encourage more applications for free schools.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of students were entered for A-level examinations in (a) English literature, (b) history, (c) further mathematics, (d)...

      GCSE: Free Schools Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children gained five or more A* to C grades at GCSE in English, mathematics, the sciences, a foreign language and a...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what requests for information relating to (a) abortion and (b) sex and relationships education were made to his Department and its predecessor under...

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the (a) funding and (b) availability of places to study for the International Baccalaureate in maintained schools and colleges.

      Outward Grange Consultancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department spent on education services provided by Outward Grange Consultancy in the last 12 months for which figures are available;...

      Outward Grange Consultancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the appropriateness of the award of public sector contracts to Outward Grange Consultancy; and if he will make a statement.

      Parenting Classes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) pre-natal classes and (b) adult parenting classes in improving child development.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of pupils in (a) Berkshire, (b) Reading and (c) Reading West constituency who will qualify for the pupil premium.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of closing the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of transferring staff working on the National Curriculum Assessment at the Qualifications and Curriculum...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to avoid compulsory redundancies among staff working at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the September Guarantee of a funded learning place to all 16 to 17-year-olds.

      School Meals: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on school meals in each year since 2007 (a) in the City of Brighton and Hove and (b) nationally.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects on levels of employment at Portland and Valley schools of his decision to award academy status to Outwood...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications his Department has received from schools seeking to become Academy schools since August 2010.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure equitable funding of schools (a) within and (b) between local authority areas.

      Schools: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of A-level students in (a) comprehensive schools, (b) selective schools, (c) independent schools and (d) sixth form...

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was to be allocated to schools in Nottinghamshire in 2011-12 before the allocations from the fourth round of Standards Fund payments; and how...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which body is responsible for arbitrating disputes over responsibility for payments under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in cases where a school...

      Schools: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding for discretionary learner support his Department plans to allocate for schools in Southwark in academic year 2011-12.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on the use of school facilities for sport.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effects of reductions in the revenue support grant on the ability of local authorities to meet their...

      Secondary Education: Kingston upon Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make funding available for a new secondary school in North Kingston.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to integrate education for children with special educational needs into mainstream schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average household income is of those who will receive a full bursary from his Department's 16 - 19 education fund who are (a) severely...

      Special Educational Needs: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether parents of children with statements of special educational needs (SEN) are restricted in seeking to send such children to academy special...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with what frequency payments to those awarded 16 to 19 bursaries will be made.

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to consult on the development of a discretionary fund for 16 to 19 student finance.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the likely effects on quality of education of proposed reductions in teaching assistant pay in Cumbria.

      Value-added Metric

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish key stage 2-4 value added results for each local authority under the pre-2005 value-added metric alongside the contextual...

      Vocational Guidance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to increase the standard of career services available to young people; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer (a) Questions 38027 and 38028 tabled on 31 January 2011 for answer on 3 February 2011, (b) Question 38806 tabled on 25...

  • Justice

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will request the Sentencing Guidelines Council to review sentencing guidelines for offences of driving without insurance to provide that the...

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to increase the level of fine payable on conviction of an offence of keeping a car without insurance; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Orders: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration has been given to the use of recent technology in developing innovative alternatives to custody as part of his Department's review of...

      Community Orders: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms have been considered as means of enabling the voluntary sector to implement innovative approaches to ensuring that offenders complete...

      Community Orders: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from private and voluntary sector providers interested in providing alternatives to custody as part of his...

      Crime: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people normally resident in (a) Poole constituency and (b) the criminal justice area covering Poole constituency were convicted of...

      Data Protection: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has assessed the merits of extending data protection exemptions conferred on charities to include sports clubs.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department are provided with mobile communication devices; and how much his Department spent on mobile telephones and related...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the staff vacancy rate in his Department was in 2010-11; and what vacancy rate has been assumed in his Department's budget for 2011-12.

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the financial effects on his Department of the non-implementation of the dual discrimination rules in the Equality Act 2010.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff training in...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects to meet staff representatives to discuss the future of the Land Registry.

      Law: Repealed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many laws have been repealed since May 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid from residents in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley were granted in...

      Prisons: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons have been operating under the private finance initiative since 1997.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what comparative analysis he has undertaken of the reports on standards in (a) private sector and (b) public sector prisons undertaken by HM Chief...

      Probation: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration has been given to means of ensuring that probation trusts increase the involvement of the voluntary sector in managing offenders as...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted under section 1 of the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 in relation to public protests.

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for injunction were made under section 3 of the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 in each of the last five years; on what grounds...

  • Attorney-General

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General when he expects the Crown Prosecution Service to publish its public policy statement on the prosecution of cases involving human trafficking.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Land Registry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the proposed Public Data Corporation is to take over the work of the Land Registry.

    • Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many men in each age group were diagnosed with prostate cancer in each of the last five years; and what proportion (a) died and (b) recovered in...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of (a) residents, (b) groups and (c) organisations who have participated in each of the Big Society vanguard...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy/Laity

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the Church Commissioners have made of the number of (a) clergy and (b) laity who joined the Church of...

    • Zurbarán Paintings

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what consultation the Church Commissioners have undertaken on the future of the Zurbarán paintings in Auckland castle.

      Social Cohesion

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the potential contribution of Church of England schools to social...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Prisoners: Enfranchisement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to bring forward legislation on the enfranchisement of prisoners.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register.

      Alternative Vote

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on preparations for the referendum on the use of the alternative vote system for elections to the House of Commons.

      Elected Representatives: Recall

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his proposals for the recall of elected representatives will apply to local councillors.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Feed: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an assessment of the factors underlying trends in farmgate prices for feed wheat in the last 12 months.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on animal welfare standards in countries from which...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) statutory and (b) parliamentary processes required to be satisfied before any cull...

      Farmers: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of supermarket codes of practice on the prices paid to farmers; and...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department plans to take in response to the recommendation from the Sustainable Development Commission...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to implement the terms of the Food 2030 plan since May 2010.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has held meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister to discuss her Department's policy on the future of (a) the...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the number of woodlands and forest areas in the ownership of the Forestry Commission which do not have...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number and proportion of UK listed companies which have reported on their...

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether officials of her Department have discussed with European Commission the possibility of a UK derogation in respect of...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider the merits of measures to prohibit the long-term tethering of horses.

      Oak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on measures to combat acute oak decline; and...

      Rural Development Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to simplify the applications process for claiming funding under the Rural Development...

      Wild Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of snares on wild animals.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2011, Official Report, column 429W, on asylum: housing, how many of the homes provided to people...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2011, Official Report, column 429W, on asylum: housing, what contingency plans are in place to house...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 647W, on asylum: housing, what discussions her Department has held to...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 647W, on asylum: housing, what related services and other duties the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average number of times a person or family seeking asylum and housed in accommodation provided through...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints against British citizens alleged to have been active Wachmänner guards during the Second World War her Department...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts her Department and its associated public bodies signed with Lockheed Martin in each of the last 10 years; and for what...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public sector job reduction targets have been set for her Department and its non-departmental public bodies for each of the next 24...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department are provided with mobile communication devices; and how much her Department spent on mobile telephones...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 777W, on departmental public appointments, how many (a) women and (b) men...

      Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her ministerial team have been issued with (a) an Oyster card and (b) a (i) monthly and (ii) annual travel card valid on London...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staff vacancy rate in her Department was in 2010-11; and what vacancy rate has been assumed in her Department's budget for 2011-12.

      Deportation: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) children were deported to eastern European countries outside the EU in each year since 2000; and how many of...

      Deportation: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers and (b) victims of human trafficking were deported to eastern European countries outside the EU in each year...

      Disturbances: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 28 March 2011, Official Report, columns 25-32, on disturbances (London), how many people have been charged to...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2011, Official Report, column 686W, on drugs: misuse, whether her Department plans to undertake...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) measures and (b) indicators she intends to use to assess the effectiveness of the Government's drugs strategy.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the decriminalisation and regulation of drugs which are currently...

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 22 March 2011, Official Report, columns 855-872, on student visas, what assessment she has made of the cost to...

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 22 March 2011, Official Report, columns 855-72, what definition of (a) low-risk countries and (b) high-risk...

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many university students who entered the UK on study visas in each of the last three years were enrolled on (a) science and (b)...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals for a free multilingual national hotline for the use of (a) victims of human trafficking and (b)...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of human trafficking her Department uses.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to assess the performance of each police force in (a) tackling and (b) investigating offences of human...

      Human Trafficking: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what factors were taken into account in assessing whether a woman had been trafficked into the UK in the period from 2000 to 2005; (2)...

      Human Trafficking: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police (a) investigations and (b) raids there were in relation to human trafficking offences in each local authority area in the...

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2011, Official Report, column 233W, on immigrants: English language, (1) when verification of the...

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence she has received from Secure English Language Test providers on their adherence to the Common European Framework.

      National Public Order Intelligence Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the level of funding of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit since October 2010; (2) what...

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidance she provides to police forces on the length of time data obtained through the use of facial recognition technology should...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish proposals for the administration of the election of police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of electing a police and crime commissioner for the (a) South Wales, (b) Gwent,...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to bring forward proposals to regulate the funding of election campaigns for police and crime commissioners in England and...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to (a) launch and (b) fund public information campaigns in (i) England and (ii) Wales on the proposed supplementary...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of work undertaken by HM inspectorate of constabulary on the policing of protests; and whether she has assessed...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met the Deputy Prime Minister to discuss funding for police services.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) the (i) pay, (ii) expenses and (iii) contributions made to environmental...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to the implications for police pensions of the recent report of the Independent Public Service Pensions...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she issues to police forces on the time period for which the assessment results of potential police recruits are valid during a...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) to what extent the findings of the review of Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary into the operational accountability of...

      Police: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the budget of police authorities in England and Wales was allocated to remuneration for shift work in antisocial hours in...

      Public Order Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) prosecuted under section 1 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in relation to public...

      Quilliam Foundation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans she has for future funding of the Quilliam Foundation by her Department; and if she will make a statement; (2) what steps...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many out-of-country applications for intra-company transfer work permits her Department approved in each year since 2007.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health organisations invited to subscribe to his proposed public health responsibility deal on alcohol in England have not yet done so; what...

    • Bone Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received on the time taken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to conclude its final appraisal...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of deaths in care homes were attributable to (a) MRSA, (b) clostridium difficile infections, (c) malnutrition and...

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of clostridium difficile infection was among patients in each NHS organisation in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what objectives on clostridium difficile have been set for each NHS organisation.

      DH Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the use of DH Mail e-mail addresses on his Department's website was withdrawn and replaced by a new contact page system.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the adequacy of provision of (a) NHS diabetes specialists and (b) diabetes care and diagnosis facilities.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to improve diabetes diagnosis following the publication of the NHS Diabetes report, Coding, Classification and...

      Doctors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to increase the number of doctors employed by the NHS.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has any plans to amend the NHS Constitution to include a right of patients to have access to drugs and therapies recommended by the...

      Facial Disfigurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East, (d) Teesside and (e) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency (i) were born...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in introducing GP commissioning consortia in (a) Poole constituency and (b) England.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to enable all willing providers to bid for contracts with (a) the NHS Commissioning Board and (b) GP consortia.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what transparency requirements he plans to establish in respect of the awarding of contracts under GP commissioning arrangements.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of operating (a) primary care trusts in the last 12 months for which figures are available and...

      Health Research Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what timetable he has set for the commencement of operations at the Health Research Regulatory Agency; (2) what steps he is taking to reduce the...

      Hospitals: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospitals in (a) England and (b) Bedfordshire have (i) 24-hour and (ii) seven-day cover for gastrointestinal bleeding; (2) what...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions he plans to make to provide for adequate low-volume services for (a) inflammatory bowel disease and (b) other chronic conditions.

      Medical Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to encourage the innovative use of medical technologies in the NHS.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of NHS patients were voluntarily in receipt of medication at home at the point immediately before such provision was made compulsory...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the age profile was of NHS midwives in each year from 2002 to 2008.

      National Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the progress of the National Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure in removing barriers to research and...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the application of state aid in the NHS following the re-establishment of Monitor as an economic regulator.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide financial assistance to non-designated NHS organisations and services which do not qualify under EU state aid rules and competition rules.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS walk-in centres there were (a) in May 2010 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available; what information his Department...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has received on the effect of the implementation of the any willing provider model on the application of EU competition rules to NHS services.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of real-terms expenditure on the NHS which will be accounted for by restructuring requirements over the...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) individuals and (b) full-time equivalents were employed in the NHS in 2010.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure an equitable distribution of NHS contracts of greatest monetary value between the private and the public sector.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he plans to issue to NHS trusts on the relative assessment of the merits of price and quality when determining the award of contracts under...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage greater co-operation between primary and secondary health care professionals as part of his proposals for NHS reform.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in the number of NHS targets on the quality of service to patients.

      Personnel: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary cost to his Department in respect of (a) staff salaries and (b) other costs of Monitor has been in each year since its inception; and...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what process the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence follows in instances when the final decision on a drug appraisal process is delayed...

      Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what mechanism his Department proposes to measure progress on the Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention agenda; and if he will make a statement.

      Respite Care: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve respite services for families of children with disabilities.

      Roaccutane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made of the risks associated with isotretinoin and its prescription for teenagers and young adults.

      Science: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who will be responsible for advancing his Department's evidence-based cost-benefit risk analysis to inform the appropriate model of regulation for...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that funding it has provided to the NHS for adult social care is used for that purpose.

      Social Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in the number of social workers on (a) children at risk, (b) disabled children and (c) carers.

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the potential sale of land owned by South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust: Restructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the potential restructuring of South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect of introduction of the any willing provider model on access to post-stroke physiotherapy services.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of the NHS research budget was spent on research into surgical procedures in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to allow optometrists to refer patients with (a) cataracts, (b) diabetic retinopathy, (c) glaucoma and (d) wet age related macular...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Assets Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to assist community organisations who wish to purchase assets of community value.

    • Community Assets Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are in place to assist community organisations with the community asset transfer process.

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide that expressions of interest in the provision of public services under...

      Community Development: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legislative and other provisions provide that religious organisations which win contracts to deliver public services under...

      Construction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had on the Accredited Construction Details (ACDs) scheme; and when he expects to approve a scheme...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authority in England collected the lowest proportion of council tax in 2009-10 according to records held by his...

      Enterprise Zones: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to the establishment of a Greater Peterborough enterprise zone; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to produce a new Fire and Rescue Services National Framework following the expiry of the Framework for 2008 to...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to support home ownership and first-time buyers.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Financial Statement of 23 March 2011, Official Report, column 956, what steps he plans to take to ensure...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider the merits of introducing (a) a two-stage discharge of the homelessness duty into the private rented sector...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department expects local authorities to take to prevent homelessness.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to increase the level of compliance by local authorities with their duty to offer advice and assistance to...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider the merits of requiring local authorities to discharge their homelessness duty through a landlord...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to assist homeless people.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he is providing to local authorities on ensuring an adequate supply of housing.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his estimate is of the average carbon dioxide emission of (a) a new home built in 2016 according to the provisions of the...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will (a) issue guidance on and (b) bring forward legislative proposals to establish the minimum (i) standard assessment...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals for (a) a strategy on and (b) collection of statistics on the energy performance of...

      Housing: Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to improve housing availability in the Benwell and Scotswood area of Newcastle.

      Infrastructure: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers he plans to transfer to the Major Infrastructure Planning Unit.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations are members of the North East Economic Partnership.

      Local Government Finance: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated to Northumberland county council in each of the last five years.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will work with the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Review Group to examine alternative reforms to achieve long term...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the funding raised by additional employee contributions to the local government pension scheme will not be used...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance and information he plans to provide to (a) private house developers and (b) landowners on changes to the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms exist to resolve disagreements in and between communities in the determination of planning issues matters.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on the level of house-building of the abolition of regional...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on the principle that a tenant's rent is only spent on the services provided by the landlord.

      Solace: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding (a) his Department and (b) the public bodies for which he is responsible provided to (i) Solace and (ii) Solace's...

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to promote the Community Amateur Sports Club scheme.

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what ways Neighbourhood Plans will confer extra protection on sport and recreation facilities.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors he plans to take into account in developing a definition of sustainable development for use in the planning system.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Dudley North of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 919W, on tenancy...

      Voluntary Organisations: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will encourage local authorities to offer rate relief to voluntary community organisations.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

    • Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's commitment to agriculture and food security made at the G8 L'Aquila Summit has been disbursed to...

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has for the use of the remaining funds from its commitment to agriculture and food security made at the G8...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the provision of generic drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in developing countries; and what his policy is on...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees , (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c)...

      Overseas Aid: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government has taken to publicise its reasons for increasing official development assistance to 0.7 per cent. of gross...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the British Ambassador to Burma has raised with the government of Burma the circumstances of the execution on 19...

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of attacks by the Burma Army on civilians in the Manorone area of Ta Naw Tha Ri township, Karen state.

      Burma: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on EU support for a UN commission of inquiry into possible war crimes and...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of his Department are on secondment to (a) a business organisation and (b) a charitable or non-governmental...

      EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the policy of the Government is on the examination of the scientific evidence presented by the European Commission in...

      Exports: Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to support the development of export markets for UK dairy producers (a) in the Far East and China...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the operating costs of the Research, Information and Communications Unit in the Home Office (a) was met by...

      Haiti: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Haiti following the time taken to announce the outcome of the...

      Ko Mya Aye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Government of Burma on the (a) detention of and (b) access to medical treatment of...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK humanitarian aid flights have landed in Libya since UN Security Resolution 1973 was adopted; and how much aid has...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the ability to deliver humanitarian assistance to Benghazi following the establishment of a...

      Libya: Aviation

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

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on the detention by Libyan authorities of Iman al-Obaidi; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the effects of financial sanctions on Libya on Libyan students who are living and studying in the UK; and if...

      Libya: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with banks to ensure that Libyan students who are living and studying in the UK are not...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to visit Somaliland on official business.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official visits Ministers in his Department have made to Somaliland in the last five years.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at EU level on Somaliland.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at UN level on Somaliland.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) letters, (b) emails and (c) other items of correspondence on the status of Somaliland his Department has...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings officials in his Department have had with officials from Somaliland in the last five years.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to support the Big Society initiative.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential implications for UK policy of the departure from office of President Saleh of Yemen...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, column 182W, on Heathrow airport, if he will set out each relevant Government policy that...

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the fitting of silencers to small planes.

      Aviation: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which private air fields, flight schools and leisure flight operators will be within the exclusion zone during the London 2012 Olympics.

      Aviation: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether steps will be taken to compensate private air fields, flight schools and leisure flight operators who are within the exclusion zone during the...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the behavioural impact analysis report by the Cycle to Work Alliance on the effects on the cycling industry of the...

      Cycling England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what residual functions will remain following the abolition of Cycling England; which organisation will carry out each such function; what the...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Renewable Fuels Agency.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Commission for Integrated Transport.

      Departmental Theft

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

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Driving Standards Agency (a) received in income from and (b) spent on administration of the Driver Certificate of Professional...

      European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1053, on the European Aviation Safety Agency, what his policy is on lowering...

      Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the draft Local Authority Basic Carbon tool in evaluating the carbon impact of whole...

      Great Western Railway: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pontypridd of 7 March 2011, Official Report, column 835W, on the Great Western Railway: electrification,...

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to which public libraries his Department has sent hard copies of the consultation documents on the proposals for High Speed Two.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the role and responsibilities are of Mr Ian Jordan, Project Sponsor of HS2 Ltd; and what remuneration he receives.

      High Speed Two: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the likely average seat occupancy rate of High Speed Two trains.

      London-Norwich Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent from the public purse on rebranding (a) engines and (b) rolling stock used on rail services between Norwich and London in (i)...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has had made of the likely level of carbon dioxide emissions over the lifetime of a hybrid car compared to that of a petrol or diesel car.

      Motor Vehicles: Finchley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of applications for renewal of vehicle excise duty tax discs were made (a) online and (b) at post offices by (i) all residents and...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he has taken to assist police forces and insurers to address motor vehicle insurance fraud; (2) what steps he is taking to tackle...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcome was of the review of pavement parking conducted in 1988.

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which radioactive materials were carried on the ship Captain Yakovlev which departed from Hull on 25 February 2011 for St Petersburg; and which company...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what consideration his Department has given to removing responsibility for rail and signalling infrastructure from Network Rail in (a) Scotland,...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to further electrification of the UK's existing rail infrastructure.

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost-benefit analysis his Department has undertaken on proposals for restructuring of rail and signalling infrastructure in (a) Scotland, (b)...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effects on rail fares of the development of the Northern Hub.

      Railways: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that a direct rail service between Shropshire and London is included within the new West Coast franchise.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the business case for electrification of the South Wales Valleys rail lines.

      Rescue Services: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to implement the value added tax refund for Mountain Rescue.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans his Department has for road safety campaigns on television in 2011-12; (2) what plans his Department has for road safety campaigns in...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 786W, on rolling stock, what the source is of the base data on which the net present...

      Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the most recent tests for local knowledge administered to coastguards working at maritime rescue...

      Tamar Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the construction of communication masts along the Tamar Valley line is required to be carried out under an obligation required by any...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the 60-year cost-benefit ratio of (a) the Thameslink programme, (b) Crossrail, (c) High Speed One and (d) High Speed Two.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of delay minutes on the Thameslink Route were attributed to (a) Network Rail, (b) First Capital Connect and (c) delays...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the (a) performance and (b) level of customer service under the franchise agreement provided by First Capital...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the change in the real terms cost of a passenger journey by (a) private car, (b) bus, (c) rail and (d) air...

      Transport: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of passengers travelled by (a) private car, (b) bus, (c) rail and (d) air transport in each year since 2000.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate has been made of the book value of Waterloo International railway terminal.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has allocated to the costs of tendering for the West Coast rail franchise.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Agriculture: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of agricultural businesses which will receive funding from his Department for the use of low-carbon...

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department are provided with mobile communication devices; and how much his Department spent on mobile...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last travelled by (i) London underground and (ii) public bus...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the staff vacancy rate in his Department was in 2010-11; and what vacancy rate has been assumed in his Department's budget for 2011-12.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to provide information to the public on (a) creating low-carbon energy, (b) matching supply and...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the ability of independent renewable electricity generators to secure a reasonable value for their...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely effects on consumers of provisions in the Energy Bill to increase the information provided on...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with local authorities on their role in (a) providing access to the Green Deal and (b)...

      Energy: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether any (a) special advisers, (b) parliamentary assistants and (c) Ministers' spouses or partners took part in the green...

      Exhaust Emissions: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has made on raising of international climate finance from the regulation of shipping emissions at the (a)...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many certificates an investor or generator may hold for the purposes of feed-in-tariffs in respect of a site with a unique (a)...

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consult the Environment Agency on the potential implications of seismic tremors for onshore drilling for unconventional gases.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether defence nuclear activities will be included within the scope of the review into the safety of UK nuclear plants by the Health...

      Office for Renewable Energy Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, columns 107-8W, on departmental manpower, which specific technologies the...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for future support to the UK oil refining industry.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effects of removing the prohibition on the sale by local authorities of electricity...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the written ministerial statement of 18 March 2011, Official Report, column 33WS, on feed-in-tariffs (review), what...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of Ofgem's ability to make feed-in tariff payment; (2) what key performance indicators...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2011, Official Report, column 1074W, on the solar photovoltaic sector: Brighton, what size of market...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will discuss with the banking industry future funding for solar photovoltaic developers affected by the outcome of the fast-track...

      Solar Power: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the effect of the fast-track review of the feed-in tariff scheme on farmers in Cornwall who have signed contracts...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many megawatts of solar photovoltaic generating capacity have been installed in Northumberland since the launch of the feed-in...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when his Department first announced that air passenger duty would be increased by the rate of inflation each year; (2) how much income from (a) air...

    • Banks: Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of EU proposals for a financial transaction tax.

      Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely annual dead-weight cost to the public purse of the exemption from national insurance for new businesses setting up...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the dead-weight cost to the public purse of operating the child benefit system in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of households in (a) Glasgow North East constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) Great Britain in which the...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the the proportion of businesses trading in the UK and subject to corporation tax who will pay tax in each of the next...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last travelled by (i) London Underground and (ii) public bus services on...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the first compensation payments to be made to Equitable Life policyholders.

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to sell the Government's stake in (a) Northern Rock, (b) Bradford and Bingley, (c) RBS and (d) Lloyds TSB Bank.

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate UK Financial Investments Ltd has made of the monetary value of each of the financial institutions in which it has a stake.

      Financial Institutions: Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on using proceeds from any future sale of the stake UK Financial Investments Ltd holds in UK financial institutions for payment of the...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraph 3.5 of Project Merlin-Banks' Statement, whether a banking institution may be released from its obligations under the agreement...

      Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the capital requirement rules within the Basel III accord in respect of financial institutions based in the UK.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to accrue to the Exchequer from landfill tax receipts arising from disposal in landfill of waste previously fly-tipped on (a) private...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will consider the merits of extending the criteria for gift aid eligibility to include junior subscriptions to community amateur sports clubs;...

      ISA: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the content of (a) the website taxfreejuniorisa.co.uk and (b) commercial websites which present information...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future mutual status of Northern Rock.

      Oil and Gas Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings on what dates he had with representatives of the oil and gas industry in the six months prior to 23 March 2011; and who attended each...

      Oil and Gas Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on future trends in production and investment in the oil and gas industry of the supplementary charge on...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements he has made for the reduction in the supplementary charge on the oil and gas industry should the oil price fall below the level of $75 per...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reductions in public expenditure required to reduce the budget deficit by half over four years.

      Solvency II Process

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many officials (a) in his Department and (b) of the Financial Services Authority are engaged in policy development in respect of the Solvency II...

      Statoil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department received from Statoil or its representatives or agents prior to the 2011...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage Crown Dependencies to share more information in respect of potential tax evasion; and what effects he expects such...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Belfast East of 14 February 2011, Official Report, column 566W, on animal welfare,...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new apprenticeship places will be available as a result of announcements in the 2011 Budget in (a) 2011-12, (b)...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts his Department plans to fund in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the (a) allocation and (b) funding of the additional apprenticeships announced in the 2011 Budget in each...

      Apprentices: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with private sector training colleges on provision of car mechanic apprenticeships in (a)...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for how many apprenticeship places he plans to allocate funding in 2012-13; what recent discussions he has had on this issue; and...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department plans to contribute to funding the apprenticeship places announced in the 2011 Budget; and from which of...

      Apprentices: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts there were for (a) men and (b) women in (i) the north west, (ii) Merseyside, (iii) Wirral and...

      Apprentices: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people in Poole constituency (a) started and (b) completed an apprenticeship in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.

      Apprentices: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much he has allocated for level 2 apprenticeships in Wolverhampton North East constituency in 2011-12.

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of raising the bankruptcy level under section 267(4) of the Insolvency Act 1986 to...

      Business: Maidstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises located in Maidstone and the...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has asked the National Physical Laboratory to take steps to support (a) the assessment of low carbon...

      Consumers: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of introducing Simplified Individual Voluntary Arrangements for simple consumer debt cases.

      Departmental Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for which services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies, interpreters provide services in a...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Easter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring into force the provision of the Easter Act 1928 fixing the date of Easter.

      Employment Agencies: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department takes to ensure that individuals who are proposed for vacancies by employment agencies or businesses...

      Employment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the number of (a) men and (b) women...

      English for Speakers of Other Languages: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what work his Department has undertaken on the equality impact assessment on the changes to the funding for English for Speakers...

      EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what objectives his Department has set for the outcome of negotiations on the EU-India Free Trade Agreement.

      Executives: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make a comparative assessment on the relative performance of private sector companies which have (a) women and (b)...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to (a) increase British exports and (b) reduce the UK's trade in goods deficit.

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much financial support UKTI provided to (a) agricultural companies, (b) manufacturing, (c) universities and educational...

      Further Education: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to reduce administrative burdens for further education colleges.

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with external organisations on the role of the Higher...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students from (a) sixth form and (b) further education colleges entered university in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the capacity of the director of fair access to (a) fulfil his statutory duty to protect the...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much capital funding for teaching and research his Department allocated to each university in each of the last five years;...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings he has had with external bodies to discuss allocation of the higher education budget in each month since 1...

      Higher Education: Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in further and higher education are studying courses in forensic science in 2010-11.

      Horticulture: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of (a) qualifications and (b) apprenticeships available in ornamental...

      Horticulture: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the level of skills deficit in the (a) gardening industry and (b) ornamental horticulture...

      Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the funding allocated by his Department to the High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre will be distributed...

      Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department provided to each of the partners in the High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to the merits of introducing a moratorium from creditor action for financially distressed...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effects of...

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with their counterparts in (a) the Department for Communities and Local...

      New Businesses: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of his Department's provision of support for business start-ups in Kent.

      New Businesses: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of small and medium-sized businesses in Kent.

      New College Redditch: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the apprenticeships announced in the 2011 Budget will be allocated to New College in Redditch.

      Novartis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) he or (b) Ministers in his Department met representatives of Novartis in the period 12 May 2010 to 16 March 2011.

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many representations his Department received on the role and powers of the Office for Fair Access in each month since 1...

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2011, Official Report, column 1180W, on overseas students: loans, how much has been...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the UK's share of world trade in the next six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2011, Official Report, column 833W, on the Post Office: bank services, what estimate he...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what access criteria he has agreed with Post Office Ltd for the main post offices it has committed to provide by the end of the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which post offices will be main post offices by the end of the current Parliament; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which post offices are to be converted into Post Office Locals by the end of the current Parliament; and how many of these will...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which services offered by (a) Crown Post Offices and (b) sub-post offices are not offered by a Post Office essentials service.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what payments are made to (a) sub-postmasters and (b) providers of Post Office essentials services by Post Office Ltd.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what compensation payments have been made to sub-postmasters for converting to Post Office Locals services as part of the Post...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 742W, on the Post Office: modernisation, whether there are...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of transferring regional development agency assets to local...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department had with (a) research councils and (b) local authorities before taking its decision on...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to review the role of sector skills councils in further education.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure differentiation in the level of tuition fees between higher education institutions whilst...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to fund initial teacher training for teachers in further education colleges.

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many representations his Department received on the role of the Technology Strategy Board in each month since 1 January 2011;...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met (i) trade associations, (ii) charities and (iii)...

      Training: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what methods he plans to use in his Department's equality impact assessment on the changes to English For Speakers of Other...

      UK Trade and Investment: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) hospitality was received and (b) expenses were incurred by each member of the board of UK Trade and Investment in each...

      UK Trade and Investment: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking (a) to increase awareness of private sector approaches and (b) ensure that his Department makes...

      Unskilled Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department provides to unskilled agency workers in the construction industry aged 16 to 24 to assist them in...

      Visits: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise last visited Salford in a ministerial capacity.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the contribution of vocational training and apprenticeships to the economy; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much development assistance to Afghanistan has been provided by (a) the Department for International Development, (b) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (c)...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with professional institutions concerning planning a route to membership through apprenticeships, part-time study and practical...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations for the inclusion of the instrument meteorological conditions rating in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) safety...

      Banking: Special Liquidity Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instruct the Bank of England to extend or replace the special liquidity scheme if the interim report from the Independent Commission on Banking...

      Banks: Stress Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, without the publication of results for liquidity stress tests, the proposed stress tests on European banks to be conducted by the European Banking...

      British Telecom: Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role Ofcom had in the recent decision to increase telephone charges by British Telecom.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings United Kingdom government officials have had with representatives of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the United Nations Department of Political Affairs to ensure that United Nations envoys to Burma meet and consult with...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in 2009 and 2010 the Burmese ambassador to the United Kingdom has met with officials and Ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss...

      Channel Tunnel: Intergovernmental Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 15 March (WA 32), what action the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission has taken to ensure compliance by...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there is not a freeze on that part of council tax which is allocated to town and parish councils.

      Crime: Knife Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 28 March (WA 209-10), when the last United Kingdom-wide knife amnesty was held.

      Diplomatic Service List

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will resume annual publication of the Diplomatic Service List.

      Drugs: Mephedrone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the ban on mephedrone has had an impact on (a) public attitudes to, and (b) the consumption of, mephedrone.

      Energy: Fuel Prices

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

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many legal challenges have been made in the past year to the Department for Communities and Local Government's compliance with equality legislation; what were...

      EU: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (a) the €17 billion spent by the European Investment Bank on climate action projects in the European Union in 2010, and (b)...

      Finance: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the workforce of the Bank of England is based outside London; what are their principal locations; and what are the principal functions performed...

      Finance: Staff

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

      Finance: Staff

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

      Finance: Year-end Flexibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Treasury officials discussed changes to the rules relating to the use of year-end flexibility resources to fund new capital investment with the...

      Financial Service Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 21 March (WA 110), how the operational independence of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) would be affected...

      Financial Services: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have brought forward proposals for robust action to tackle unacceptable bonuses in the financial services sector as promised in The Coalition: Our...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the bombing in Gaza on the night of 21 March.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they have taken to contact the Hamas Government in Gaza following renewed firing of rockets into southern Israel.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a no-fly zone over Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the recent attack by Hamas on the foreign media outlet in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel on any potential visit to Gaza by a United Kingdom Minister.

      Government Departments: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent by each department on new furniture for Ministers' offices since 12 May 2010.

      Government Departments: Travel Expenses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 31 March (WA 296), how many civil servants in the Department for International Development are...

      Government Departments: Travel Expenses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 31 March (WA 296), how many civil servants in the Cabinet Office are entitled to first-class rail...

      Government: Shares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to begin the sale of their shares in banks; and what funds they expect to raise from the sale of such shares.

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total value of unpaid student loans.

      Insurance: Gender Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 23 March (WA 177) concerning the decision of the European Court of Justice on insurance and gender...

      Intelligence Handling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect HM Inspector of Constabulary to produce recommendations on intelligence handling by National Domestic Extremism Units.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of violence and suffering of civilians in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel.

      Lesotho

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on bilateral aid to Lesotho in each financial year since 1995-96.

      Lesotho

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the United Kingdom's contribution to multilateral aid to Lesotho for each financial year since 1995-96.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 21 March (WA 118-19), when they expect the figure for expenditure by the British Council in 2009-10 to be available.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the future government of Libya, in particular whether there should be a Libyan constitution; and what assessment they have...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current tribal structures in Libya, in particular any changes imposed by Muammar Gaddafi; and what plans they have to support...

      Local Authorities: Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have to intercede with a local authority when they suspect that operational or policy decisions do not comply with the law.

      London Transport: Ticketing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the ticketing system for public transport in London caters adequately for overseas visitors; and whether it will meet the...

      Middle East: Water Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will give to plans to use water resource management as a means to socioeconomic development and peace in the Middle East, as suggested in the...

      Music Industry: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to deal with the digital piracy threat facing the music industry.

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether National Savings and Investments adhere to the Guidance Notes for ISA Managers issued by HM Revenue and Customs.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the March 2011 report of the United Nations World Food Programme on conditions in North Korea, in order to plan food aid to that...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what account they and their partners have taken of (a) the reduced food provision in 2010-11 due to poor weather and funding, (b) the impact of global price rises...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of North Korea about levels of malnutrition and food shortages there, and in particular whether they have...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for International Development forecasts to spend on faith based development projects in 2010-11; and what budgetary allocation has been...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Foreign and Commonwealth Office forecasts to spend on human rights projects in 2010-11; and what budgetary allocation has been made for 2011-12.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 23 March (WA 185-6) regarding race hatred in Palestinian schools, what specific reports they have...

      Party Conferences: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they have received or expect to receive from the Liberal Democrat party towards the security costs of their spring conference in 2011. To ask Her...

      Police Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to undertake a risk assessment of the proposals for elected police commissioners in the Police Reform and...

      Police: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of police force efficiency savings on front-line services.

      Police: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on front-line police officers of the reduction in back-office staff.

      Police: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for front-loading cuts to the police budget.

      Police: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the salary scales or contract rates paid to all uniformed and plain-clothed grades, including police community support officers, police constable, police...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking action to promote population control.

      Ports and Harbours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make a decision regarding the future of the port of Dover; and what further information they require, if any, before taking that decision.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many appointments to public bodies they have made since 12 May 2010, and whether they will list the appointments.

      Railways: European Train Management System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 28 March (WA 225), what assessment they have made of whether the results of the Cambrian trial suggest that lines...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the financial terms under which Southeastern have been given a two-year extension of their franchise.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when it is planned that European Union Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight will come into effect in the UK.

      Railways: Intercity Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received, and from whom, in support of the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport to the Northern Echo that connecting a diesel...

      Railways: London Midland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the written answer by Earl Attlee on 22 March (WA 157), whether any changes to ticket office hours proposed by London Midland have to be agreed to by...

      Railways: London Midland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 22 March 2011 (WA 157), whether they are seeking a reduction in operating costs for the London Midland franchise.

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in any future discussions about lending funds to the Republic of Ireland, they will require the Government of the Republic to review (a) residency rights...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 23 March (WA 187-8), whether the Government of the Republic of Ireland was required to comply with the Universal...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instruct the General Lighthouse Authorities to provide information regarding travel-related expenditure, following their failure to supply this...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 10 November 2009 (WA 152), why the documents referred to have not yet been placed in the Library of the House.

      South Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide material assistance and sufficient visas to support the proposal of the Government of South Korea to provide funding for collaborative...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will divide statistics they hold on north and south Sudan after 9 July; and what sources of statistics they will use for south Sudan until information...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, individually or with the international community, to encourage co-ordination of technical skills and training, particularly in...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Syria; and what discussions they have recently had with the Government of Syria on human...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider the devolution of corporation tax raising power to (a) the Scottish Parliament, and (b) the National Assembly for Wales.

      Terrorism Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish self-defined ethnicity data of those examined or detained under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 currently held by the National...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned regarding the viability of using only hydrogen fuel cells to power heavy goods vehicles (HGVs); what estimate they have made...

      Treatment of Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the inquiry into the treatment of detainees will begin its work. To ask Her Majesty's Government when the inquiry into the treatment of detainees will...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Turkey about the trial and detention of 151 Kurdish activists and elected officials in Diyarbakir, Turkey;...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Turkey about the prohibition of the Kurdish language in the Turkish National Assembly and courts of law.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union will deploy international observers to monitor the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the recently renewed arms embargo on Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aid they are giving to Zimbabwe at present; and whether aid arrangements will change following the elections.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the Southern African Development Community in its efforts to ensure that the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair.

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