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Written answers

Thursday, 28 April 2011

  • Treasury

    • Consumer Prices Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in working with the Bank of England to investigate how housing costs may be included in the consumer prices index as set out in...

    • Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the fuel price stabiliser proposed in the 2011 Budget on (a) motorists, (b) the logistics industry and (c) oil...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 14 February 2011 regarding a constituent, Mr N. Clark.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 14 February 2011 regarding a constituent Ms M. Burchell.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of new jobs created to which the national insurance holiday has applied since its inception; (2) what his most recent...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of taking Northern Rock into public ownership.

      Revenue and Customs: Corruption

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of corruption involving customs officers which involved illegal drugs there were in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Deloitte

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings the Permanent Secretary for Tax in HM Revenue and Customs has had with the Chairman of the UK Board of Partners at Deloitte in each year...

      Taxation: Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) in which half of the income distribution of UK families a single earner family with two children in receipt of an annual income of £42,500 will...

      Taxation: Handbooks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to resume annual publication of HM Treasury's Tax Benefit Reference Manual or publish in an alternative form the information contained...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advice his Department provides to those wishing to (a) work as an intern, (b) undertake a work experience placement and (c) work as a...

  • Education

    • Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what impact assessment has been undertaken of the proposed changes to the Teachers Pension Scheme; and what estimate he has made of the change in the...

    • Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what arrangements are in place to ensure that the changes to the Teachers Pension Scheme are sustainable and progressive; (2) what assessment he...

  • Justice

    • Charter of Fundamental Rights: EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the Report of the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

    • Charter of Fundamental Rights: EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget is for (a) the Legal Services Board, (b) the Legal Services Commission, (c) the Legal Services Consultative Panel, (d) the National...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had on the possible accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons are for the difference in time taken compared to the previously published timetable for the announcement of the successful provider in...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people used the telephone to access legal aid advice in 2010-11.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences of (a) one month or less, (b) two months and (c) three months are being served by women prisoners; and if he will make a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how he plans to monitor progress in the delivery of high speed broadband services across the UK.

    • Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to make a decision on the future ownership of the Tote.

  • Prime Minister

    • Tony Blair

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what Government facilities have been made available to Tony Blair at his request since June 2007; what the cost has been for each facility; and if he will make a...

  • International Development

    • Burma: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what emergency relief he has provided to people affected by the earthquake in Shan State, Burma.

    • Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any ministerial directions have been issued to the accounting officer of his Department since his appointment.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had at EU level on improving the effectiveness and value for money of the EU development budget.

      Ivory Coast: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Ivory Coast; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column 150W, on departmental offices, for what reasons he proposes to...

    • EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to the UK of a Free Trade Agreement between India and the EU.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on staffing levels in field change teams; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people were employed by Post Office Ltd in its field change teams working directly on ongoing or temporary closures and...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Post Office branches have been subject to long-term temporary closure since May 2010.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the staff (a) costs and (b) complement of his Department, its agencies and its associated public...

      University and Business Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings he has had with external bodies to discuss university and business partnerships in 2011-12 and 2012-13 in each...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the recent earthquake in Shan State, Burma.

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether staff from the British embassy in Burma have visited Kachin State in the last 12 months.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of forced relocation of ethnic Kachin people in advance of the construction of the Myitsone dam in...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indian Government on the detention of democracy activists from Karen and Rakhine State...

      Columbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart for an investigation into the recent assassination attempt made...

      Columbia: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on the imprisonment of Aracely Canaveral Velez.

      Columbia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of trade unionists killed in Colombia in 2010.

      Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of clauses on human rights and democracy in the free trade agreement between the EU...

      Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of implementation in Mexico of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders.

      Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the involvement of local non-governmental organisations in Mexico in the development of local...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department spent on administering disability living allowance under the gateway for the benefit in the last 12 months.

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers receive Carer's Allowance for looking after a person who receives the (a) middle rate and (b) higher rate care component of...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the performance of Vertex in delivery of the administration child maintenance payments; and if he will...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees at each Civil Service grade are employed at his Department’s offices in (a) Norcross, (b) Warbreck House and (c) Bispham.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely change in expenditure on contributory employment and support allowance as a result of limiting payments...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking in relation to the involvement in the work programme of those organisations which did not gain prime...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the criteria for the award of Work Programme contracts in Scotland took account of levels of experience in dealing with people most...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether housing benefit restrictions will apply to tenants deemed to be under-occupying their social rented accommodation where they are in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by Jobcentre Plus in each (a) office, (b) London borough and (c) region on (i) 6 April 2010 and (ii) 6 April 2011.

      Jobcentre Plus: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Jobcentre Plus staff on a fixed-term contract have had their contract extended in March or April 2011 in each (a) London borough...

      Jobcentre Plus: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus staff were employed on a fixed-term appointment in each (a) London borough and (b) region between April 2009 and April 2010.

      Mortgages: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in St Albans constituency received support for mortgage interest payments in each of the last five years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average pension for an individual with average earnings of (a) £10,000, (b) £15,000, (c) £25,000, (d)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the prices charged by undertakers who accept payments from his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households entitled to (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit also received assistance with childcare costs in the latest...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to bring forward proposals to shorten the time taken for a decision to be made on an appeal lodged against the outcome of a...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was between the submission of an appeal against the outcome of a work capability assessment with Jobcentre Plus and...

  • Transport

    • Driving Offences: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revenue was collected through speed camera penalty charge notices in (a) St Albans constituency and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last three...

    • Electric Vehicles: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many payments his Department has made to provide a subsidy for the sale of electric-powered motor vehicles to date.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of annual passenger numbers travelling between (a) London and Birmingham, (b) London and Leeds and (c) London and...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what equality impact assessment he undertook in making his decision to suspend funding for local rail projects.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) full train length equivalent diagrams and (b) carriages will be built for (i) Crossrail, (ii) Thameslink, (iii) the Intercity Express...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date he expects existing Intercity diesel units to have been withdrawn from the rail network.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: Clones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of her Department is on the sale of meat and milk products from the offspring of cloned animals.

    • Animal Products: Clones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of her Department is on the introduction of a traceability scheme for meat and milk products from the...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to announce the Government’s response to the Radcliffe recommendations on animal health policy in England.

      Bees: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the pesticide approved regime in relation to neonicotinoid pesticides.

      Bees: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wycombe (Steve Baker) of 9 February 2011, Official Report, column 274W,...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has had discussions with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government on (a) the operation of the badger cull...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure no culling of badgers is sanctioned by her Department for the purposes of preventing the spread of bovine...

      Cattle: Clones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the number of cattle which originate from a cloned parent.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff her Department employed on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition of a green job her Department uses.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to receive the conclusions of the Flood Rescue National Capability Enhancement Project; and how frequently...

      Forestry Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed by the Forestry Commission on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Forests: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to ensure that (a) cycling and (b) equestrian access which are not classified as rights of way are given...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will meet representatives of the horseracing industry to discuss standards of safety and welfare in the Grand National.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 14 February 2011 regarding early...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which pesticides were banned from use in the UK in each of the last 30 years.

      Salmon: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate has been made of the contribution of the Scottish salmon industry to the UK economy.

  • Scotland

    • Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2011, Official Report, column 515W, on Members, which hon. Members, other than those representing Scottish...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Accommodation

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2011, Official Report, column 11W, on location,...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public sector job reduction targets have been set for his Department and its non-departmental public bodies for each of the...

    • Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements he plans to put in place to publicise and disseminate information on the potential benefits of enterprise zones.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure enterprise zones (a) are tailored to local needs and (b) encourage local partnerships.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to include incentives for training and educational opportunities within enterprise zones.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has assessed the likelihood that incentives in enterprise zones will be made available to businesses which would have...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount that local authorities will receive from the retention of business rates within...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2011, Official Report, column 532-3W, on fire services, whether the figures for 31 March 2011...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate has been made of the number of (a) whole-time firefighters, (b) retained firefighters, (c) fire control...

      Historic Buildings: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent reports he has received of local authority selling historic buildings in order to save costs.

      Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce recent progress on his Department's review of statutory duties placed on local authorities.

      Local Government Act 1972

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made on the proposal to repeal section 150(5) of the Local Government Act 1972.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what arrangements are in place to ensure that the proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme are sustainable...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people had opted out of local government pension schemes on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Parish Councils: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to bring forward proposals to enable parish councils to use online banking.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on a community right to appeal in the planning system.

      Private Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the regulatory burden on private sector landlords by simplifying and consolidating...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the Deposit Protection Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Hand-held Devices

      To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has received on the use of hand-held devices during proceedings of the House and its Committees.

    • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House for what reason the time allocated to questions for oral answer to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been reduced to 45 minutes;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the level of (a) cancer incidence and (b) cancer mortality by (i) socio-economic group, (ii) gender, (iii) age, (iv)...

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons the contract for handling the UK 2011 Census data was awarded to a non-British company; what steps will be taken to ensure (a) the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) 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...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish a Bill to make provision for (a) individual voter registration and (b) the recall of hon. Members by constituents.

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by when he expects to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a wholly or substantially elected second Chamber.

      West Lothian Question

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made in setting up a commission to address the West Lothian question.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what missions have been flown from Royal Navy aircraft carriers between 2003 and 2010; and what type of craft was used in each mission.

    • Armed Forces: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of new recruits to the armed services aged between 16 and 18 years had been looked after children prior to their enlistment...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department offers to members of the armed forces under the age of 18 who choose to leave the armed forces.

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with their counterparts at the EU on the arms trade treaty.

      Army: Brecon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Armed Forces on the future of the Regular Army Headquarters in Brecon; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stage of training each trainee pilot who has been made redundant had reached prior to their notice of redundancy.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether revenues raised from the sale of land owned by his Department will be retained by his Department.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what land owned by his Department has been sold in each of the last four years; and how much revenue was raised from such sales in each such year.

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions Ministry of Defence (a) officials, (b) Ministers and (c) military personnel have met their counterparts from (i) Sri Lanka and (ii)...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the unit cost of a UK (a) air to surface missile, (b) air to air missile, (c) ship to surface missile and (d) ship to air...

      MOD Bicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money MOD Bicester has paid to (a) Palletways (3PL Contract), (b) Pertemps Employment Agency and (c) City Sprint and other private couriers...

      Naval Air Warfare Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the full regeneration of the naval air warfare capability; (2) what timetable he has...

      Service Complaints Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were made to the Service Complaints Commissioner in every month since May 2010.

      Service Complaints Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of processing a complaint through the Service Complaints Procedure in the latest...

      Service Complaints Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the average time taken to process a single complaint through the Service Complaints Procedure in the latest period for which figures...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on solar energy installations on the Sovereign Base Areas of (a) Akrotiri and (b) Dehekelia.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions which have resulted from the use of combined heat and power...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason the exemption of combined heat and power (CHP) generating units is being considered for removal from climate change...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) name and (b) address is of each building owned by his Department; and what the estimated monetary value is of each such...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff from which organisations have been seconded to his Department to work on electricity market reform.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many students from (a) the UK and (b) Bassetlaw constituency have been offered internships in his Department since 8 May 2010.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish the findings of each review undertaken by his Department of the preparedness for shale gas exploration in the UK in...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has considered the merits of including in the scope of the review of nuclear safety by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (a)...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the nuclear industry on the nuclear safety review; and whether representatives of the industry...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the competitiveness of the UK oil refining industry with that of other EU member...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the regulatory regime in the UK on the recent decision of four oil refining companies to...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that vacated oil refinery capacity is maintained as insurance against the reduction or cessation of...

      Tidal Power: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the performance of the tidal energy demonstration project in Pembrokeshire.

      Tidal Power: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government on its agreement to work with the Crown Estate on marine energy.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many offshore wind turbines became operational in UK waters in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2011, Official Report, column 1090W, on immigrants: detainees, what the UK Border Agency’s policy is...

    • Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) shot at, (b) injured by shooting and (c) killed by shootings in each police force area in England and Wales...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been in the methods of calculating crime statistics for (a) the British Crime Survey and (b) police recorded crime in...

      Crime Prevention: Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of cloned number plates were reported in each of the last three years.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much energy in kilowatt hours her Department purchased from renewable sources in each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06.

      Detention Centres: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases families with children under immigration controls were (a) required to report daily, (b) given curfews, (c) tagged and (d)...

      Detention Centres: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what proportion of immigration cases family court proceedings or legal applications prevented removal for the majority of the parent's...

      Detention Centres: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to determine the length of time afforded to a family to consider voluntary return.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of maintaining the DNA database was in each year since 2006-07.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples were taken from people (a) charged and (b) cautioned in each police force area in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the five most common makes and models of vehicles stolen in each police authority area were in each of the last five years.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK nationals have been extradited to foreign countries in each month since May 2010; and to which destination in each case.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to combat people trafficking.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her Department’s budget for the Independent Police Complaints Commission was in each financial year since 2005-06; (2) how...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children in contravention of a curfew notice were removed to their place of residence by (a) community support officers and (b)...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded of absconding from lawful custody in each year since 2007-08; and what proportion of these offences (a)...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints in each category of complaint (a) in total and (b) against police community support officers were received by the police...

      Police: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy not to charge victims of crime for the recovery of their property from (a) the police and (b) those holding...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers of each rank were in post in England and Wales on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether her Department has carried out an impact assessment of the proposed changes to the Police Forces Pension Scheme; and what...

      Police: Polling Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers are available to police attending polling stations on election days.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to police forces on the treatment of candidates who have passed a final panel interview assessment for...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) are trained to handle digital evidence, (b) are serving with computer crime units and (c) have higher level...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially-motivated crimes were recorded in each police force area in each of the last five years.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered (a) sex offenders and (b) sex offenders convicted of offences involving minors were resident in each police authority...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have had tobacco seized from them at UK ports of entry in the last 12 months.

      Terrorism: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to protect the 2012 London Olympics from terrorist threat.

      UK Border Agency: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many UK Border Agency enforcement team staff held a valid firearms licence in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of staff recruited to (a) her Department and (b) its agencies were required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check before an...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis was for the removal of the senior care worker category from the tier 2 shortage occupation list.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people being treated for alcohol addiction in each primary care trust are being prescribed (a) acamprosate and (b) disulfiram.

    • Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of provision of health care services for people with autism.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Colne Valley of 30 March 2011, Official Report, columns 399-400W, on blood: contamination, what...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the exclusion from blood donations of men who have sex with men, if he will make it his policy only to exclude blood donors (a) who have...

      Brighton and Hove: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ring-fenced grants provided by his Department were available for Brighton and Hove city council to claim in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c)...

      Bristol Homeopathic Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet the representatives of United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust to discuss the future of the Bristol Homeopathic hospital; and if he will make...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died as a result of infection with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the last 20 years.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column 76W, on epilepsy: Brighton, for what reasons (a) he has made no assessment of the...

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that future decisions about the fluoridation of water supplies shall be taken by elected local authorities following the...

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the outcome of fluoridation exercises in countries where health authorities (i)...

      Fluoride: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the proceedings of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Hampshire county council of 14 March 2011, what reports he has received...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism has been put in place to ensure that local capacity to deliver (a) weight management services and (b) other public health services is...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will reconsider his policy on offering H1N1 vaccines to children between the age of six months and five years.

      Liver Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of a fibroscan in determining the level of liver damage in each case of hepatitis C caused by...

      Medical Records: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements there are to enable British citizens resident overseas to gain access to their NHS medical records.

      Myasthenia Gravis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of EU orphan drugs legislation on the cost of provision of medical treatments for rare forms of...

      National Institute of Health Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has set benchmarks for the performance of the National Institute of Health Research as conditions for securing public funding.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will reverse his decision not to publish the legal advice he has received relating to EU competition law as it will affect the NHS under the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 98 of The Plan for Growth, what proportion of the actions on health care and life sciences are to be funded by his Department.

      NHS: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much debt each NHS trust has accrued directly as a result of private finance initiative contracts; (2) what each NHS trust's annual repayment...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing his proposed NHS reforms (a) nationally and (b) in the Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust area.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a representative of public health will be included on the NHS Future Forum; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts do not have an obesity lead staff member in post owing to a staff member leaving or having been made redundant in the...

      Skin Piercing: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to issue new guidance to local authorities on the regulation of ear and body piercing of minors.

      Skin Piercing: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of minors affected by medical complications associated with ear and body piercing.

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he took to ensure that widows and trustees of those who were infected with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment and subsequently died were...

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health following an award of Stage 2 payment from the Skipton Fund to an individual, what additional payment is to be made to the (a) surviving spouse and (b)...

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what organisations hold the records of the surviving spouses and trustees of those who were infected with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment and...

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surviving spouses of those infected with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment, who have subsequently died, (a) were contacted before the 31...

      South Central Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he expects (a) the South Central Strategic Health Authority to be abolished and (b) its functions to be assumed by local authorities in Hampshire.

  • House of Lords

    • Elected Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of holding referenda on electing a mayor in England's 12 major cities; and what would be the cost per local authority. To...

    • Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff employed in Government Offices for the Regions at the date of the announcement of the abolition of the offices have been redeployed within the civil...

      Government: Public Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to measure public support for the different policies in The Coalition Agreement: Our Programme for Government.

      Local Authorities: Referenda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the estimated cost of conducting one referendum in each local authority in England; and what would be the cost per referendum per authority.

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