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Written answers

Thursday, 5 May 2011

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department and its predecessor paid in (a) damages, (b) claimant costs and (c) defendant costs in respect of all civil claims brought...

    • Departmental Vacancies

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

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Rural Areas

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what representations the Church Commissioners have received on the role of churches in rural communities; and if he will...

    • Clergy: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many vicars of the Church of England from black and minority ethnic backgrounds there were in each year since 2000.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Independent Panel on Forestry: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the Independent Panel on Forestry will publish its meeting dates on her Department's website; and if she will...

    • Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on allowing non-household customers in England and Wales to choose their water and wastewater retailer...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations she has carried out on whether to abolish the retail threshold for non-household customers in England and...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has estimated the number of (a) businesses and (b) public sector organisations in England and Wales who would...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has assessed the potential effects on water use efficiency arising from the introduction of...

      Water: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department (a) has conducted research and (b) plans to commission research on the effects on water use efficiency...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the costs of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme.

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether energy companies which take payments from customers by direct debit are required to return credit balances to customers at...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the adequacy of finance available to householders through the Green Deal to support a whole house...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the level of philanthropic giving to the arts in each of the (a) last four years and (b) next...

    • Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the name is of (a) the chair and (b) each member of the Creative Industries Council.

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date the first meeting of the Creative Industries Council is to take place.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse was of the recent transfer of responsibilities from the Department for Business, Innovation...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many interns his Department employs.

      Fashion: Media Portrayal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has assessed the effect on levels of (a) bulimia and (b) anorexia nervosa of the portrayal of models in...

      Film: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which organisation will be responsible for (a) ensuring diversity and inclusion within the film industry, (b) leading on...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will put in place arrangements to assess the potential effects of reductions in local government, regional development...

      Private Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether any officials in his Department have private health care funded as part of their employment terms and conditions.

      Rugby: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what financial support his Department is providing to support the hosting of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

  • Women and Equalities

    • New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what plans she has for future support for women wishing to start new businesses.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 building.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pilots previously assigned as instructors are flying combat missions in Afghanistan and Libya for each aircraft type.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to change the levels of specialist payments to the Special Air Service and other special forces personnel.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the average reduction in income for service personnel as a result of reductions to military allowances; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding he has allocated under each budget heading to his Department's science and technology budget for 2011-12.

      RFA Fort Victoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) projected and (b) actual cost of reactivating RFA Fort Victoria was following the period of extended readiness.

      Service Complaints Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has made an assessment of the recommendations of the Annual Report 2010 by the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of introducing individual voter registration.

    • Referendums: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what reciprocal referendum voting rights exist for citizens of the UK and the Republic of Ireland; and when he last discussed such rights with his Irish counterpart.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government plans to take to provide assistance for those purchasing a home for the first time in the next 12 months.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to reduce the incidence of homelessness.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Internship Pilot Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many places will be available on the Civil Service internship pilot scheme at (a) undergraduate level, (b) college level and (c) secondary school level.

    • Civil Service Internship Pilot Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which schools and colleges have been approached to participate in the Civil Service internship pilot scheme; and what the criteria were for their selection.

      Contracts: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to (a) simplify and (b) increase the transparency of the procedure for ICT firms tendering for public sector contracts.

      Contracts: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government procurement contracts were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) 2005, (b) 2007 and (c) 2010.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what flights he has taken on Government business since 8 May 2010; (2) when he last flew overseas on Government business.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 building.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 volunteer in...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many students from (a) the UK and (b) Bassetlaw constituency have been offered internships in his Department since 8 May 2010.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what work his Department's behavioural insight team has (a) undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on energy and climate-related matters.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department issues guidance to Government Departments on the use of Miss, Mrs and Ms in correspondence.

      Departmenal Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent guidance his Department has issued on assessing the ethical implications of (a) domestic and (b) overseas contracts held by companies...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has had any meetings since September 2010 with representatives of (a) Tesco, (b) Sainsbury's, (c) Asda, (d) Morrisons and (e) trade...

  • Transport

    • West Coast InterCity Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he plans to use to award the West Coast InterCity rail franchise for 2012 to 2026; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Great Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the seated passenger capacity is of direct services between Chippenham and London Paddington using existing rolling stock; and what estimate he...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration was given to the effect of the introduction of universal access to nearly free high definition video links over the internet on the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether HS2 will use (a) 400 and (b) 200 metre long trains; and what estimate has been made of the energy consumption of such trains.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to budget for the remedial and restoration works following the completion of construction of the High Speed Two line.

      M1: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department's budget of repairs required to the M1 following the recent fire.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the reform of rail franchising; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to assist local authorities to repair potholes.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between high speed train speeds, energy consumption and safety.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the need for new train maintenance depots to support the Thameslink programme.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Ministers or officials in his Department have held discussions with (a) Network Rail and (b) local authorities on the location of new train...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the potential effect on (a) direct and (b) indirect employment of the construction of new train maintenance depots to...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2010, Official Report, column 1364W, on the Thameslink railway line: rolling stock, when he expects to announce a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on possession by the military authorities in Burma of SCUD or similar missiles; and if he will make...

    • Burma: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps with his international counterparts to ensure that the alleged actions of Than Naing Lwin of the Burma...

      Burma: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of repatriation of Burmese refugees in camps on the border with Thailand; and if he will make a...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to commission a flag or standard for the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support and advice his Department offered to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in respect of their...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who is responsible for diversity issues within his Department.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on hospitality since January 2011.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last travelled by (i) London Underground and (ii) public bus...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his ministerial team have been issued with (a) an Oyster card and (b) a (i) monthly and (ii) annual travel card...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Embassies: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of items with a monetary value (a) greater and (b) less than £100 that...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of action by the government of Sri Lanka to establish a domestic accountability...

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the investigations into war crimes allegations conducted by the Government...

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on Iran's involvement in recent political developments in Syria.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the practice of Syrian military forces dressing in civilian clothing.

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) EU and (b) Arab League counterparts on the future of President Ali Abdullah...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental Travel

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

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2011, Official Report, column 210W, on EU grants and loans, how many of the (a) successful...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that a larger number of bids using European Regional Development Fund match-funding are...

      Export Control Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what mechanism his Department has put in place to ensure that export control licences are not granted in circumstances...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the benefits to (a) businesses and (b) Government of extending flexible working to parents of...

      Hallmarking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he held with the jewellery sector of the retail industry in (a) Scotland and (b) elsewhere in the UK...

      Hallmarking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has considered the merits of licensing jewellery retailers in place of the hallmarking of gold and silver articles in...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the inclusion of...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he had with representatives of equalities organisations, prior to the publication of Red Tape Challenge, on the...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the costs to the public purse of implementation of the Red Tape Challenge; and what assessment he...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding he plans to allocate to supporting water and sanitation in Africa in each year to 2013-14.

    • British Overseas Territories: Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of per capita expenditure on UK bilateral aid in the British Overseas Territories in the last year for which...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget he expects to be spent on direct budgetary support in 2011-12.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what funding relating to his Department's commitment to agriculture and food security made at the G8 L'Aquila summit has been...

      Developing Countries: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding he plans to allocate to health services and systems over the comprehensive spending review period.

      Mozambique: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department’s bilateral aid review, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing more than 500,000...

      Nigeria: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department’s bilateral aid review, what estimate he has made of the cost of supporting 800,000 children in...

      Somalia: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department’s bilateral aid review, what steps he plans to take to help get 45,000 people into jobs in Somalia.

      Trade Unions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has any plans to give UK-based trade unions public funds from the aid budget during the comprehensive spending review period.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers he estimates found work through services offered by A4E in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were made for (a) crisis loans and (b) community care grants in each (i) Jobcentre Plus and (ii) local authority area in...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the (a) number and (b) total value of applications for (i) budgeting loans and (ii) crisis loans that were (A) received and (B)...

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the average (a) rise for those better off and (b) fall for those worse off in income for households with a disabled...

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with a disabled child will experience a (a) fall and (b) rise in income attributable to the withdrawal of the disability...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed reductions in housing benefit for social tenants underoccupying their homes on...

      Housing Benefit: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single people aged between 25 and 34 are claiming the shared accommodation rate of housing benefit in the Newcastle upon Tyne local...

      Institutional Investors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the fiduciary obligations of institutional investors.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department provides to jobcentres on informing jobseekers (a) that there is a prescribed list of good reasons for failing to...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what allowance jobcentres make for genuine oversights in respect of non-attendance at jobseeker interviews; whether good character and...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued to nationals of (a) other EU member states and (b) non-EU states in each month since January 1997.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has on the transfer of pre-1997 state earnings related pension schemes from a deceased pensioner to the surviving spouse.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the understanding by pension fund trustees of the long-term effects of environmental,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of using the US H.R. 798 Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers Act 2011 as the basis for (a) pension indexing...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence received by his Department from local authorities, local government...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the change was in the proportion of (a) applications and (b) awards of (i) community care grants and (ii) crisis loans in each Jobcentre...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on advertising in respect of benefit fraud in each year since 2007.

      Social Security Benefits: York Outer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in York Outer constituency received one or more out-of-work benefit payment in the last three years.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration his Department gave to the potential effects on women aged 56 in 2011 of implementation of proposals to increase the state...

      Tattoos: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the provision of funding from the public purse for the removal of tattoos from benefit claimants.

      Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a tax benefit model for 2011-12, including new assumptions on rent levels and council tax bills for each family type.

      Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average speed of response to calls and (b) proportion of failed calls was in respect of each helpline operated by or on behalf of...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of underlying trends in youth unemployment; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change of the level of youth unemployment in the three months to February 2011; and if he...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 April 2011, Official Report, column 750W, on universal credit, if he will estimate the cost to his Department of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what tenders he has issued for IT support for implementation of universal credit; what the date was of each such tender; what the deadline was...

      Universal Credit: Fylde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of basing the administrative offices for the universal credit scheme in the Fylde Coast area.

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what appeal mechanisms he proposes in respect of the sanctions arrangements proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill.

  • Justice

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers were fined for an offence of not having valid motor insurance in each of the last 10 years.

    • European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the outcome was of the Izmir Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights; if he will place in the Library a copy of each...

      Legal Advice and Assistance: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will issue guidance to hon. Members on advising constituents seeking legal advice from their constituency Members; and if he will make a...

      Legal Advice and Assistance: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the effects on the number of people seeking assistance and advice from hon. Members of recent reductions in the legal aid budget; and...

      Legal Aid: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding has been provided to (a) mothers and (b) fathers in legal aid for cases (i) in the family courts and (ii) involving the Children and...

      Legal Aid: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid in cases relating to child access arrangements in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average population of each prison was in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has taken any decisions on which prison establishments are to be closed in the future.

      Prisons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the direct resource expenditure in each (a) public sector and (b) private sector prison was in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) principal officers, (b) senior officers, (c) prison officers and (d) operational support grades were employed in each prison on 31...

      Probate Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend probate law to allow annuities on policies written in joint names to...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he plans to take to enable customers to change current accounts; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has to promote...

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the anticipated yield would be for the Exchequer if the bank levy allowance of non-chargeable equity and liabilities were set at £10 billion with...

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his Icelandic counterparts on banking since 8 May 2010.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total monetary value of loans written off by British banks in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011.

      BCCI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish Part 2 of Lord Bingham's findings into the collapse of BCCI having redacted those parts which would identify individuals who submitted...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he estimates the Exchequer has received as a result of the two per cent. premium charged to companies awarded supported lending via the Enterprise...

      Charitable Donations: Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely change in the level of charitable donations as a result of the reduction in the level of inheritance tax on...

      Excise Duties: Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent to which the reduction in fuel duty announced in the 2011 Budget has been passed on to consumers.

      Financial services: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his proposals concerning new domestic regulation affecting small businesses apply to rules introduced by the Financial Services Authority.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of changes to the carbon price floor on the number of households in fuel poverty in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c)...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value is of the Government's shareholding in the International Monetary Fund; and what the value is of the shareholdings of the 30 largest...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the comparative effects of reductions in public expenditure on each devolved Administration and the total level of public expenditure in...

      Taxation: Solar Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of revenue accruing to the Exchequer from the solar power sector in the next five years.

      VAT: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to provide information for the public to ensure that people sending gifts to the UK from non-EU countries are aware of value added...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people domiciled outside the UK are claiming tax credits.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 46704, on Lord Bingham's findings, tabled on 10 March 2011 for answer on 15 March 2011.

  • Education

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many cases Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has recommended mediation between parents in each of the last five years.

    • Children: Deviance and Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research on childhood delinquency his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated.

      Children: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to increase the number of children who are trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of low emotional intelligence on levels of childhood delinquency.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 building.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 5 April 2011, Official Report, columns 767-8W, on departmental procurement, which officials took part in the appointment of...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 volunteer in...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Education: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the promotion and teaching of emotional intelligence in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges are in receipt of free school meals.

      Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which local authorities have been subject to a partial or full intervention since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he plans to respond to the letter of 9 March 2011 from the hon. Member for Walsall North (Mr Winnick), which was transferred from the...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will press local authorities to (a) implement the recommendations of the Henley Review of music education and (b) maintain support for music...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which external (a) organisations and (b) individuals are contributing to his Department's review of personal, social, health and economic education.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education by what mechanism his Department plans to ensure that the views of young people are taken into consideration during its review of personal, social,...

      Schools: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendations of the School Library Commission report “School Libraries: A Plan for Improvement”.

      Teach First: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has had any discussions with Teach First about operations in Bristol.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had with (a) local authorities and (b) sexual health charities prior to the decision to...

      Teenage Pregnancy

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

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the pilot studies on accident and emergency and urgent care centre nomenclature in (a) East Lancashire, (b) Manchester and (c) Salisbury were...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of 111 calls led to admission to accident and emergency departments in County Durham in the latest period for which figures are...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for (a) individual benzodiazepine drugs and (b) anti-depressants were dispensed by the NHS in 2010.

      Childbirth: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who entered the UK on student visas gave birth in NHS hospitals in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Community Nurses: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many district nurses have been employed at each grade in Worcestershire in each of the last five years.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training and qualifications are required of operators receiving (a) 111 calls and (b) 999 calls.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average duration of a (a) 111 call and (b) 999 call to an ambulance service was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) 111 calls and (b) 999 calls to ambulance services were categorised at urgency level (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C in the latest period...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) 111 calls and (b) 999 calls to ambulance services were found to have been wrongly categorised in the latest period for which...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the categorisation of (a) 111 calls and (b) 999 calls to ambulance services from women reporting (i) childbirth and...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GP consortia or GP practices are to be fundholders under his proposed NHS reforms.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether practices will be expected to undertake weekend callouts as part of his proposed NHS reforms.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress his Department has made in establishing GP commissioning consortia in Hendon constituency and elsewhere in London.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research studies he has reviewed which (a) indicate and (b) do not indicate a link between the introduction of GP commissioning consortia and an...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 8 of the Health and Social Care Bill impact assessment, what the evidential basis is for his Department's conclusion that the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to mitigate any risk of wider health inequalities arising from the implementation of GP commissioning; (2) what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he plans to take of the conclusions of the practice-based commissioning group and independent leads survey: wave 3 in determining any...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the optimum size of a GP commissioning consortium necessary to ensure (a) value for money and (b) health equality.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the ability of primary care trusts to collect and analyse data on health outcomes; and if he will assess the potential...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether public health consultants working with GP commissioning consortia will be funded from (a) consortia budgets and (b) ring-fenced local authority...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he is taking steps to ensure that GP practices do not require their patients to use telephone numbers that are more expensive to call than...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he plans to put in place for the training of NHS staff to fulfil the commitment in his Department's Public Health White paper to encourage...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to his Department's Public Health White Paper, what steps he plans to take to encourage the public to take personal responsibility...

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the NHS Litigation Authority on the allocation of risk between the NHS and private medical insurers in respect of...

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects of changes to insurance premiums for private obstetrics, including the potential effect on NHS (a)...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to improve the (a) administration and (b) recovery rate of outstanding liabilities from overseas visitors who use...

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the evidence base on the effects of commissioning models on health inequalities; and if he will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether hospital trusts were given the opportunity to correct errors of fact in Sir Ian Kennedy's review of children's cardiac surgery units.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the NHS has made of the merits of the use of copper-covered fixtures and fittings in high usage areas of hospitals in limiting the spread...

      Mental Illness: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the requirement on NHS trusts to liaise with the police and the criminal justice system only where the defendant has a...

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in establishing a guideline for Duchenne muscular dystrophy; and...

      Neuromuscular Diseases: North West England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the NHS North West Specialised Commissioning Group in reviewing neuromuscular services in the region; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on promoting diversity in the procurement process for health care services.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the provision of formal qualifications for health care commissioning skills.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on health outcomes of the World Class Commissioning assurance framework.

      North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of operating the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust was in the last 12 months.

      Northwick Park Hospital: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) medical and (b) non-medical staff were employed at Northwick Park Hospital on 1 April 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Respiratory Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS provision of ventilation machines for patients with respiratory difficulties.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the prevalence of the use of animals in the testing of household cleaning products and their...

    • Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department's review of the portability of Criminal Records Bureau checks will address the requirement for dentists to undergo a...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amendments she plans to propose to the draft Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in the...

      Domestic Violence: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many specialist police officers dealing with domestic violence there were (a) on the most recent date for which figures are available and...

      Prostitution: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals she plans to bring forward to prevent the advertisement of sexual services in the media.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the high risk of lower limb injury as a result of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and the number of military personnel surviving these...

    • Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received reports of violence used by members of the Saudi Arabian forces present in Bahrain.

      Banks: Big Society Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have defined the commercial terms to be charged by the Big Society Bank (TBSB); and whether investments made by TBSB will represent new finance or...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 24 January (WA 92), whether they have received any further information concerning Gao Zhisheng; and...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations of human rights violations of Tibetan Monks by Chinese authorities at Kirti Monastery, Sichuan, reported in The...

      Crime: Gun Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what practical steps have been taken to seek to inhibit commission of gang culture gun crimes.

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom has signed the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime; and, if not, what are their reasons for not signing.

      Government: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish online the details of small and medium-sized enterprises providing services to the Government.

      Health: Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of obstructive sleep apnoea amongst (a) the general public, (b) general practitioners, and (c) other healthcare...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are in place for ensuring the repayment of student loans made to British students who subsequently accept jobs overseas.

      Houses of Parliament: Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 April (WA 396), in addition to the information about ministerial salary changes announced on 13 May...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of how many (a) children, and (b) families, will go through the new assisted, required and ensured immigration returns processes each year.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether families housed in pre-departure accommodation as part of the new immigration returns process will have access to legal representation.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether families housed in open accommodation as part of the new immigration returns process will have access to legal representation.

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of (a) the harm caused by, and (b) the cost of, detaining children for indefinite and potentially lengthy periods.

      Immigration: Tinsley House

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will prescribe a formal time limit on the detention of children in Tinsley House immigration removal centre.

      NHS: Pre-registration Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement that there will be no reductions in pre-registration education midwifery commissions in 2010-11, what will be the numbers of...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they seek to return victims of human trafficking to their countries of origin.

      Violence Against Women and Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have excluded human trafficking and prostitution from the definition of violence against women and girls used in the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.

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