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Written answers

Monday, 9 May 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

  • Prime Minister

    • Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to have discussions with the US administration on the ending of military operations in Afghanistan earlier than previously planned as a result of the...

    • BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he discussed the potential sale of BAE Systems Tactica armoured vehicles with government representatives during his recent visit to Egypt and the Gulf...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 February 2011, Official Report, columns 923-24W, on animal welfare: circuses, which...

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent media briefings her Department has given on the issue of wild animals in circuses; and if she will make a statement.

      Beekeeping: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many registered beekeepers there are in Kent; and what the equivalent figure was in 2000.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review the exemption from a requirement to hold an Environment Agency permit for biodiesel producers who...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she holds on the number of dogs humanely destroyed by local authorities because they could not be returned...

      Food: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she proposes to take with her G20 counterparts to (a) address global food price inflation and (b) encourage...

      Forestry Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of the Forestry Commission were (a) full-time and (b) part time (i) in each of the last four years and...

      Tortoises: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to end the practice of shipping to customers by mail services tortoises which have been...

      Wheels to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was allocated to Wheels to Work projects via the Rural Development Programme for England in each of the last...

      Wheels to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding has been allocated to Wheels to Work projects via the Rural Development Programme for England in 2011-12.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England allocated to the London borough of Bexley in each of the last 10 years.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the pricing by BT of use of ducts and poles to deploy superfast broadband.

      Broadband: Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 34W, on broadband: enterprise zones, from which budgets...

      Broadcasting: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the minutes of discussions between his Department, the BBC and S4C on the future of Welsh language...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the (a) name and (b) address is of each building owned by his Department; and what the estimated monetary value is of...

      Departmental Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) state and (b) independent fee-paying schools each Minister of his Department has visited since their appointment.

      Morecambe Winter Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what grants his Department has allocated for the regeneration of Morecambe Winter Gardens in the last three years.

      National Lottery: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of arts funding raised through the lottery was allocated to projects in (a) the regions and (b) London in the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Pembrokeshire

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

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether any simulation of White Space device deployment is being undertaken by Ofcom; and if he will make a statement.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) with which companies Ofcom had discussions when formulating parameters to prevent spectrum interference to licensed...

  • Scotland

    • Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date he last met representatives of businesses in the construction industry in Scotland to discuss trends in that sector.

    • Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the contraction of the Scottish economy during the fourth quarter of 2010.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the number of contracts in relation to the Work Programme awarded in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made on the likely effect on the WISE group of its loss of the contract for the delivery of services under the Work Programme in...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what dates he discussed with Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions concerns raised by charities based in Scotland of the effect on the...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the oil and gas industry in Scotland of the announcement in the 2011 Budget of an increase in the...

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the Cycle Town scheme (a) nationally and (b) in Colchester constituency.

    • Cycling: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the proportion of cyclists that own cars.

      Departmental Early Retirement

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the costs of implementing staff reductions in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies for...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1218-9W, on departmental public appointments, for what reason the answer referred to...

      Power Line Technology Devices: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints his Department has received in respect of the use of power line technology devices in the last 12 months; and from where such...

      Rescue Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many calls Humber coastguard station received during hours of (a) daylight and (b) darkness in each month of 2010.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of the train fleet was in each railway franchise in (a) 1996, (b) 2001, (c) 2007 and (d) 2010.

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support his Department plans to provide to local authorities for the development of low-carbon based transport systems in the form of (a) bus...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the policy of the House of Commons Service is on the provision of country of...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Security Certificate

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, (1) for what reason the security certificate for the...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Legal Costs

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

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of her Department's budget she expects to be spent on staff pensions in each of the next five years.

      Departmental Vacancies

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

  • Attorney-General

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Attorney-General how many times the Official Solicitor has been appointed to act as litigation friend of last resort for a person who lacks litigation capacity, in appeals against...

    • Lindis Percy: Public Finance

      To ask the Attorney-General what the total cost to the public purse was of the case brought by the Crown against Lindis Percy.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he had with ministerial colleagues before including primary legislation on the Red Tape Challenge website;...

    • Exports: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of UK higher education exports including (a) tuition fees, (b) other spending by overseas...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of people who left higher education because their parents withheld or...

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) on what dates (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met representatives of oil and gas companies to discuss...

      Private Sector: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will strengthen the scrutiny arrangements in respect of (a) the financial health and (b) the quality of teaching at...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 April 2011, Official Report, column 917W, on research: finance, which highest scientific priorities...

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to implement the guiding principles on business and human rights submitted by Professor Ruggie to the...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the potential number of universities in England that will be taken over by...

  • Justice

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that the rehabilitation of alcoholic offenders forms part of the Government's rehabilitation strategy.

    • CCTV: Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the adequacy of the quality of CCTV images for use as evidence in the courts.

      Cycling: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of cyclists involved in the (a) death and (b) serious injury of a pedestrian received a (i) custodial sentence, (ii) fine,...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's budget he expects to be spent on staff pensions in each of the next five years.

      European Convention on Human Rights: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing the judgments of the European Convention on Human Rights since 1998.

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many Ministers representing the Government of the Isle of Man have visited his Department in the last three years; (2) how many Ministers...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions he has had with the Treasury Solicitor on his Department's proposals for reform of legal aid; (2) whether he has made an...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many meetings on legal aid reform (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had at the request of hon. Members since 6 May 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the ability of prospective claimants for clinical negligence compensation to access alternative funding mechanisms...

      Regional Resolution Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with regional resolution groups since 6 May 2010; (2) what representations...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on offshore UK tax avoidance in Jersey; (2) whether he has had recent...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Duty: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions the Government Equalities Office has had with (a) race equality, (b) disability, (c) gender equality, (d) lesbian gay bisexual...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether he plans to publish the correspondence between his Department and Abraham Guest School after the issue of conversion to academy status...

    • Children: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to allow children of parents serving in the armed forces to be given higher priority in the allocation of school...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children under five years were in child care places provided by (a) child minders, (b) private or voluntary nurseries, (c) nursery schools and...

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether discretionary learner support funding for 16 to 19 education is to be means tested.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department issues guidance to (a) examination boards and (b) schools on the circumstances in which children may be granted additional time...

      Extra-curricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Playing For Success partnerships in increasing attendance at school by participants; (2)...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate has been made of the average number of pupils who will attend a school which has been approved as a free school.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the likely (a) number of students and (b) average size of financial reward that will be allocated through discretionary...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many 16 to 19-year-olds he estimates will receive support through the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund in (a) Gateshead constituency and (b) the North East in...

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to link entitlement to free school meals to discretionary learner support funding for 16 to 19 education; and...

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the oral statement of 28 March 2011, Official Report, column 53, on post-16 education funding, how many young people who were eligible for...

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish quality standards in respect of the provision and commissioning of drug education in schools.

      Secondary Education: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of maintained secondary schools in England that teach first aid; and how many such schools train...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his proposed 16-19 education bursary scheme will replace the (a) Care to Learn, (b) Dance and Drama Awards and (c) Residential Support schemes;...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of failing teachers in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what criteria operational allowances are made in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and if he will make statement.

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pilots were in receipt of operational allowances in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Force: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single mode Brimstone missiles the Royal Air Force has.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people aged under 18-years-old serving in the armed forces were court-martialled in each of the last 10 years; and what (a) charges were brought...

      Bahrain: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British military assets are based in Bahrain.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total cost and (b) timescale is of the contract awarded to the Turner Group in respect of facilities management provided to his Department;...

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's budget he expects to be spent on staff pensions in each of the next five years.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many dual mode Brimstone missiles his Department has ordered in each of the last six months; (2) how long it takes to convert a single mode...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances pilots operating in Libya would be eligible to receive operational allowance payments; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy's nuclear submarine reactor programme will be included in the scope of the review to be conducted by HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department provided to each charity it funds in each of the last five years; and how much he has allocated for funding to each such charity...

      War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the practice of removing the pensions of military widows when they remarry; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many armoured cars used by his Department in Afghanistan have been lent to other organisations in the latest period for which...

    • Burma: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the level of financial support provided by the Government of Burma for emergency relief for...

      Burma: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in Burma from malaria in 2009; if he will assess the accuracy of estimates of the...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will publish information on expenditure for reproductive, maternal and newborn health interventions in 2008-09 under...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to publish information on spending commitments for reproductive, maternal and newborn health...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how his Department's planned detailed evaluation framework under the UK's Framework for Results, Choices for Women: Planned...

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support is provided by his Department to counter the influence of the Lord's Resistance Army in (a) Uganda and (b) the Democratic...

      North Korea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department provides aid to North Korea.

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is providing to Syria; and what steps he has taken to ensure that such aid does not assist Syrian security forces.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to lay before the House a legislative proposal to give effect to the Fourth Carbon Budget; and if he will make a statement.

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what priorities he has set for the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Durban.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of his Department’s budget he expects to be spent on staff pensions in each of the next five years.

      Electrical Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the potential cost of retrofitting existing electrical infrastructure with measures to protect...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to minimise the cost of the smart meter roll-out.

      Energy Companies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the HM Treasury publication, Control Framework for DECC levy-funded spending, what estimate he has made of the...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) small building companies and (b) the Federation of Master Builders on the...

      Environment Protection: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps he is taking to provide information to businesses about the potential financial benefits of adopting sustainable...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what definition his Department uses of clean fossil fuel energy production.

      Fuels: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the strategic importance of independent fuel retailers in ensuring national availability of fuel.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what subsidies Centrica received from the public purse in respect of its operations in the Morecambe Bay area in the last five...

      Nuclear Power: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has discussed with his German counterpart the decision of the German Government to phase out nuclear power by 2023.

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether Ministers made representations to other EU member states on the inclusion of the effect of aircraft collisions with nuclear...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what safeguards have been implemented in the last 12 months to prevent explosions and oil spills arising from deepwater drilling in UK...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of recent charges to feed-in tariffs on levels of private sector expenditure on renewable energy.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the potential for (a) growth and (b) employment in the solar power sector.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average time taken to repair a domestic boiler under the Warm Front Programme was (a) in general and (b) in cases where...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received on his decision to make available funding for offshore wind manufacturing under the Grant for...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which port sites in England have received funding for offshore wind manufacturing under the Grant for Business Investment scheme.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Columbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of the massacre of three people in Putumayo department Colombia on 11 February 2011;...

    • Columbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of allegations of collaboration between the Jose Hilario Lopez Battalion of the Colombian Army...

      Columbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has made representations to the Colombian authorities on due process in the case of David Rabelo.

      Departmental Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials from ethnic minorities work in the private offices of Ministers in his Department.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many first class rail journeys were undertaken by staff in his Department between April 2010 and April 2011; and what the...

      Employment Agencies

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

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the 20 states his Department records as having the worst record on human rights.

      Libya: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent information he has received on the protection of foreign diplomatic missions by the Libyan authorities.

      Malaysia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Malaysia concerning Mr Charles Hector Fernandez; what his most recent...

      Maldives: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to update advice offered to UK citizens (a) in and (b) planning to travel to the Maldives following recent...

      North Africa: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) discussions he has had with (i) Ministerial colleagues and (ii) others and (b) precautions have been taken in respect...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the existence of forced labour camps in North Korea; and whether his Department plans to...

      Robert Mugabe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with his EU counterparts on the lifting of the travel ban on President Mugabe to enable him to travel to...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterparts on the release of displaced persons from camps in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the UN Panel of Experts’ report on accountability in Sri Lanka.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has had any recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on offshore UK tax avoidance in St Helena...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had any recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on offshore UK tax avoidance in Sovereign Base...

      United Arab Emirates: Gulf Cooperation Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) military personnel and (b) police officers that the United Arab Emirates...

      United Arab Emirates: Gulf Cooperation Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) military and (b) other equipment that the United Arab Emirates contributed to the Gulf...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Sales: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislative proposals she plans to bring forward for further restrictions on the sale of alcohol to children.

    • Violence Against Women and Girls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the Government's action plan for ending violence against women and girls; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to tackle the abuse of the immigration system through sham marriages.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely effect of her policy on student visas on the number of visas issued in the 12 months following its...

      Police: Rule A19

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were subject to the A19 regulation in the latest period for which figures are available; and if she will make a...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to police forces on the treatment and care of those arrested for being drunk and incapable.

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was recovered under the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003 (a) in total and (b) in each police authority area in each...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues on the (a) quality and (b) standard of CCTV recordings made by (i) police forces and (ii) her Department...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) shotguns, (b) rifles and (c) handguns were stolen in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area in each year since...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations into organised crime organisations have been undertaken by (a) the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and (b) other...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many robberies there were in each police force area in each year since 2009.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of each type committed under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 were recorded in each year since 2006; and what...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many first class rail journeys were undertaken by staff in her Department between April 2010 and April 2011; and what the total cost was...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer from the hon. Member for Suffolk Coastal of 6 December 2010, Official Report, column 99W, on the National DNA...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department made an assessment of the effects of drug decriminalisation in Portugal prior to the publication of the 2010 Drugs...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who will (a) lead and (b) participate in the annual review of the Government's 2010 Drugs Strategy; and what timescale she has set for...

      Drugs: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) produced and (b) evaluated on the legalisation and regulation of controlled substances.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of foreign students have overstayed since the Certificate of Acceptance of Studies/General Student Visas system...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of credit card fraud there were in each year since 1997; what estimate her Department has made of the sums lost through...

      Sex Offenders: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to (a) consult on proposals to strengthen the management of sex offenders and (b) require such offenders to inform...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for sexual offences were made in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

      Young People: Films

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded in respect of cinemas allowing underage children into age-rated films in each year since 1997; how many...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he expects the results of the review into funding for the mobility needs of people in residential care to be published; (2) whether...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the change in the (a) number of claimants and (b) level of public expenditure if the number of new disability living...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of medical assessments for (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance, (c) industrial injuries disablement...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of disability living allowance in Scotland who are diagnosed with autism; and what...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate (a) the change in the number of claimants and (b) change on the level of expenditure if the number of new disability living...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of new claimants for personal independence payments of working age that will be assessed each...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Wimbledon and (b) the London borough of Merton claim disability benefit.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely additional annual cost to the Exchequer of assessing only new claimants for personal independence...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in (a) the number of benefit recipients and (b) the level of Government expenditure...

      Disability Living Allowance: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the weekly cost to the public purse of payments of disability living allowance in Airdrie and Shotts constituency...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the average change in the monetary value of disability living allowance paid to claimants in Airdrie and Shotts...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of disability living allowance in Airdrie and Shotts constituency will be subject to objective assessment in 2011-12.

      Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on the Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information Project to date; and what estimate has been made of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria are for the placement of employment and support allowance claimants in the work-related activity group.

      Employment Schemes: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of cancer patients who return to work (a) within and (b) after a year from starting treatment; and...

      Employment Schemes: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether contracts for the Work programme contain any provision to encourage successful bidders to sub-contract to not-for-profit entities.

      Employment Schemes: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions are contained in Work programme contracts in respect of terms and remuneration for voluntary sector sub-contractors who...

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the provision of support to children and young people with long-term...

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effects of raising the participation age on the availability of benefits for young people with...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 25 years or under claimed housing benefit in each year for which figures are available since 2005.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a claim for (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit was in each of the last five years.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 18 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49 and (iv) 50 to 59 years claimed incapacity benefit in each...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claimants of incapacity benefit were aged over (a) 40, (b) 50, (c) 55, (d) 60 and (e) 65 in each of the last seven years.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Sunderland had been in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance for more than a year in each of the last three years.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of pensioners eligible to receive pension credit who are not in receipt of pension credit.

      Personal Independence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the additional annual cost to the Exchequer of assessing only new claimants for personal independence payments compared to...

      Personal Independence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the change in the (a) number of benefit recipients and (b) level of public expenditure if the personal independence payment...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Remploy to ensure that adults with (a) autism and (b) Down's syndrome are given training and work...

      Remploy: Voluntary Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former employees of Remploy who took voluntary redundancy in the last 10 years went on to (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment.

      Retirement: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of maintaining the current retirement age for public sector workers who have been in employment of a...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to localise all elements of the Social Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for which types of goods and services his Department provided community care grants in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of community care grants were awarded to single people or couples without children in the most recent period for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department reached the calculation that 70 per cent. of households affected by the proposed overall cap on benefit entitlement will be...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the level at which maximum allowable child care costs would need to be set in universal credit in order to cover up to (a)...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the Harrington review into work capability assessments; what plans he...

  • Treasury

    • Banking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net liabilities of British banks to public and private sector entities in (a) Greece, (b) Portugal, (c) Ireland and (d) Spain on the...

    • Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has had discussions with his (a) EU and (b) UN counterparts on multilateral agreements to prevent funds which invest in debt from pursuing...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department are provided with mobile communication devices; and how much his Department spent on mobile telephones and related data...

      Economic Forecasting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in the Office of Budget Responsibility are employed to undertake economic forecasting; and how many of them previously worked in his Department.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with RBS and Lloyds TSB on their use of insolvency practitioners in the last 12 months.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the additional revenue that will accrue to existing nuclear power station operators as a result of the carbon price support...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely changes in opt-out rates for public sector pension schemes as a result of an increase in the contribution rate.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exempt social enterprises from the exclusion of feed-in tariffs businesses from the Enterprise Investment Scheme and venture capital trusts.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the amount transferred in social security payment transfers under the provisions of EU Regulation No 1408/71 in...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has considered the merits of transferring the duty to pay house sale stamp duty tax from the purchaser to the vendor.

      Taxation: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in levels of employment resulting from the proposals in the 2011 Budget relating to the taxation of North Sea oil...

      Taxation: Tourists

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the potential effects on tourism in seaside towns of proposed changes in the taxation arrangements for seaside arcades from amusement...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Charity Commission on the likely effect of the establishment of the Big Society Bank on...

    • Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary redundancies there have been in the civil service since May 2010.

      Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Cabinet Ministers are participating in volunteering activities as part of his Department's Big Society initiative.

      Government Departments: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce (a) costs and (b) inefficiency through collaboration between Government Departments.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what analysis his Department has commissioned on the effect of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on applications to the Targeted...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what analysis his Department has commissioned on the effect of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on applications to the Transition Fund;...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) civil servants and (b) other Government staff of (A) his Department and (B) the Department for Communities and Local Government have been...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate his Department has (a) made and (b) received from (i) strategic partners of the Office for Civil Society and (ii) other external...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to minimise potential levels of electoral fraud in the (a) local elections and (b) London mayoral election in 2012.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether electoral services in each local authority are part of the Tell Us Once service.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to The Plan for Growth, March 2011, paragraph 2.17, what requirements he plans to put in place on the number of...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department is providing to local authorities on the start date for port companies to pay newly-assessed...

      District Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers his Department plans to give to local authorities to incentivise the establishment of district heating systems.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for requirements for Energy Performance Certificates for properties used as holiday lets.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his plans for enterprise zones will include incentives for investment in intangible assets in addition to capital...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that economic incentives available within enterprise zones are not misused by the tax...

      EU Grants and Loans: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2010, Official Report, column 54W, on EU grants and loans: North East, what progress he has...

      EU Grants and Loans: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2010, Official Report, column 381W, on EU grants and loans: North East, what arrangements...

      Fire Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to Chief Fire Officers wishing to transfer to the private sector in the last 12 months.

      Historic Buildings: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to prevent the sale of historic buildings by local authorities.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the potential benefits for Portsmouth of the New Homes Bonus.

      Housing: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on steps to ensure that mainstream housing providers are aware of the (a) needs and (b) rights of...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times he has met representatives of the (a) Federation of Small Businesses, (b) Institute of Directors and (c) Forum of...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations his Department consulted on proposals to fund an external organisation to co-ordinate a representative forum...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on proposals to set up a...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what aims and objectives he has set for the new national representative body for local enterprise partnerships; and if he will...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procurement process was used to award the contract for a national representative body for local enterprise partnerships;...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what process the contract to run the representative body for local enterprise partnerships was awarded; and what consultation...

      Local Government: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2011, Official Report, column 638W, on local government: redundancy pay, whether his...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria are used to determine whether a berth is included in the rating assessment for port companies; and what steps his...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the loss of income to local authorities as a result of the decision to cancel retrospective rate...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on taking account of the potential abolition of regional targets...

      Sheltered Housing Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has plans to encourage greater provision of sheltered housing wardens as part of the big society initiative; and if...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to review the Deposit Protection Service.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives his Department is providing to local authorities to increase the delivery of services by the charitable and...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of accident and emergency waiting times at (a) Queen Elizabeth hospital, Woolwich, (b) Princess Royal hospital,...

    • Bassetlaw Hospital: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementing his proposed NHS reforms on (a) patient care and (b) resources at Bassetlaw Hospital.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to prohibit financial incentives for those giving blood following the proposed changes to NHS Blood and Transplant.

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has carried out and (b) is undertaking on cold sterilisation products for the prevention of cross infection of variant...

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent from the public purse on research studies on tonsils and the appendix to detect variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; and when the...

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of importing blood products from non-UK sources for the purposes of prevention of transmission...

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 28 April 2011, Official Report, column 426, on variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, announcing...

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 28 April 2011, Official Report, column 425W, and the answer of 12 July 2010, Official Report,...

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has conducted a cost analysis to compare the proposed use of prion filters and existing costs of risk reduction measures against...

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Health of 28 April 2011, Official Report, column 430 on variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he last informed the European Commission of his position on the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food...

      Diseases: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the appointment of a UK delegation to the forthcoming UN summit on non-communicable diseases to be announced; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died as a result of an adverse reaction to a licensed drug in each of the last 10 years.

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health authorities have fertility treatment policies which exclude from NHS-funded fertility treatment couples with any living children from the...

      General Practitioners: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential implications for North Yorkshire of the introduction of GP commissioning; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of compliance by GPs with his Department’s guidance on the use of premium line telephone numbers for GP...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the private health care market in England of removing the private patient income cap; (2)...

      Herbal Medicine: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many products have been issued with formal registration approvals under the terms of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive; and how many...

      Hospital: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients waiting longer than 18 weeks have been offered redress under the NHS constitution in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of NHS healthcare workers received an influenza vaccination in the last 12 months; and what steps he is taking to increase...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to reduce the effects of malnutrition since May 2010; and if he will make a statement; (2) with reference to...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were recorded as being malnourished (a) on admission and (b) at discharge (i) in England and (ii) in each strategic health authority in...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the report Care and Compassion by the Health Service Ombudsman for England, what progress his Department is making in supporting the...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is provided to nurses to identify malnutrition, including in vulnerable groups such as older people.

      Medical Equipment: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Health of 28 April 2011, Official Report, column 429, if he will provide details of the research...

      Medical Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake an evaluation of the practice in Scotland of using single use tonsillectomy tools...

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS on follow-up care for British citizens who had undergone (a) cosmetic surgery and (b) all types of surgery abroad in 2009-10.

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that Monitor places a higher priority on safeguarding NHS providers than promoting competition.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 720W, on NHS: legislative framework, when he expects the work programme for the...

      NHS Future Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of the NHS Future Forum are from the private sector.

      NHS Future Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark of 26 April 2011, Official Report, columns 3-4, on NHS reform, how...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition his Department uses of the term equity with regard to health care provision in its Public Health White Paper; and how this definition was...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date Monitor issued its most recent indication to hospitals and hospital trusts of the savings required in the current financial year to meet...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which successor entities will be responsible for funding the costs of claims for medical or clinical negligence that are current but not yet settled...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the financial benefits to the NHS in England of buying in care and health provision from private hospitals in 2010-11;...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential effect on existing NHS service providers of allowing any qualified provider...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's proposals for NHS reform, if he will make an assessment for benchmarking purposes of the effects of GP budgetholding in...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark of 26 April 2011, Official Report, columns 3-4, on NHS reform, what...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve standards of nutrition of residents of (a) care homes and (b) hospitals.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the quality of information given to cosmetic surgery patients prior to surgery.

      Plastic Surgery: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is taking steps to improve the regulation of cosmetic surgery.

      Sex: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to raise sexual health awareness following the expiration of the National Health Strategy and the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 774W, on tobacco: sales, what the arrangements are that will comply with the Government's...

  • House of Lords

    • Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which benefits will and will not be treated as out-of-work income for the purposes of calculating the benefits cap proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill.

    • Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people living outside the United Kingdom are currently claiming jobseeker's allowance; and how many of these there are in each European Union country.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Work and Pensions medical practitioners' and Atos Healthcare medical assessors' training programmes for classified neurological diseases...

      Devolved Administrations: Cash Stocks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will now publish the new HM Treasury rules relating to year-end flexibility for cash stocks held on behalf of the devolved Administration in Wales,...

      Devolved Administrations: Cash Stocks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was reclaimed from the devolved Administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the financial year 2010-11, arising from changes to the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January 2010 (WA 338-9) and by Earl Howe on 22 December 2010 (WA 331) and 26 April 2011 (HL8391, HL8392,...

      Finance: Staff

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

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of United Kingdom and European anti-terrorist legislation upon non-governmental organisations operating in Gaza and...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the Secretary of State for Health has received from Mrs Sue Threakall about contaminated NHS blood and blood products; what reply he is...

      Health: Paediatric Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce their favoured reconfiguration option for children's heart surgery units; and what processes will be gone through before they make that...

      Health: Paediatric Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received in relation to the review into children's heart surgery units in England.

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British students studying abroad will continue to be eligible for student loans.

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for the future of BDUK (Broadband Delivery); by whom the organisation has been monitored; and what was the result of the monitoring.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have made to the Advice Bureau joint submission made in February by Birmingham Against Legal Aid Cuts and Chelmsley Wood Citizens on the impact...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of legal aid cuts in Birmingham on the ability of those on low incomes to get legal advice on housing, debt and...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 6 April (WA 403), what factors are taken into consideration when deciding whether to allow the use of...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether public expenditure on the London Olympics is included in the analysis of identifiable public expenditure shown in tables 9.15 and 9.16 of Public...

      Railways: Caledonian Sleeper

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 5 July 2010 (WA 26), whether the public financial subsidy to the First ScotRail Caledonian railway sleeper service...

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