Written answers

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2011, Official Report, column 695W, on equal...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Legal Costs

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has provided advice to the London borough of Bromley to assist in its assessment of BT's plans for superfast...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what advice he has given to local authorities on the provision of superfast broadband services by (a) BT and (b) other providers.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on measures to ensure that local authorities do not use the...

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons individuals are not able to take out a subscription to access the National Archives online.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on the estimated opportunity cost of use of the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum;...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many tickets for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics his Department plans to purchase for use by (a) Ministers and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what advice the Government Equalities Office provides to those wishing to (a) work as an intern, (b) undertake a work experience placement and (c)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has provided information to the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) on the effects on...

    • Forests: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department is providing funding to the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will introduce mandatory targets for the gardening and horticulture industry to phase out the use of peat-based...

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date she expects to publish the regulations relating to transfer of private drains and sewers; and if she will make a...

      Water: South East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department plans to take to ensure the provision of a sufficient supply of water to meet the needs of people...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has assessed the levels of (a) stress and (b) potential fatigue experienced by pilots on standby duty.

    • Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on the promotion of car sharing schemes.

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his Department's document, “Carriage of Mobility Scooters on Public Transport: Feasibility Study, 2006“, when he plans to...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles there are of managed motorways that allow the use of the hard shoulder at peak times; and where they are located.

      Official Cars: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on the acquisition of new Government cars in the last Parliament; and how much has been spent on such purchases since May 2010.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the likelihood of being (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) injured as a result of a road traffic accident...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many cyclists have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in a collision with (i) a car, (ii) a motorcycle, (iii) a goods vehicle, (iv) a...

  • Justice

    • Claims: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to Annex A of the impact assessment of the cumulative Jackson proposals, how many and what proportion of the road traffic accident cases...

    • Claims: Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effects on non-personal injury litigants of the removal of after-the-event insurance recoverability in the...

      Courts: Conditional Fee Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases brought on appeal to (a) a circuit judge in the county court, (b) the High Court, (c) the Court of Appeal and (d) the House of Lords...

      Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on the closure of specialist domestic violence courts.

      Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) constituencies and (b) local authority areas will not house a specialist domestic violence court at the end of the court closure...

      Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many domestic violence cases were heard in each of the last three years at each of the specialist domestic violence courts scheduled for closure.

      Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the savings to accrue through proposed closures of specialist domestic violence courts.

      Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the longest journey from a home address by public transport that a victim of domestic violence would have to travel to...

      Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how he plans to review the discount rate under the Damages Act 1996; what representations he has received on the matter; and if he will make a statement.

      Damages: Employers’ Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to Annex A of the impact assessment of the cumulative jackson proposals, for what reason (a) the chart at paragraph 1.23 shows that 75 per...

      Damages: Employers’ Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to the results table in Annex A of the impact assessment of the cumulative Jackson proposals, what steps his Department has taken to...

      Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were born in each prison in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of women in prison who have one or more previous convictions had a residential address prior to imprisonment up to (a) 100,...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) target and (b) actual (i) total hours achieved per establishment and (ii) average hours achieved per inmate in respect of each of the...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) operational capacity and (b) prison population was of each private sector prison on 25 March 2011; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which RAF stations in the UK have an enhanced level of snow and ice clearing equipment.

    • Armed Forces: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a diagnosis of HIV on the (a) role and duties, (b) terms of service and (c) employment prospects...

      Armed Forces: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to assign HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion to duties supporting the London 2012 Olympics.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department budgeted for recruitment in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much his...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions his Department applies to the recruitment to the armed forces of people diagnosed with HIV solely on the basis of their HIV-positive status.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been made redundant from each of the armed forces in each month since the date of the strategic defence and security...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department’s defence co-operation agreement with Libya includes training specialised military units; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ground sign awareness training is conducted in (a) hybrid foundation training and (b) mission specific training.

      Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made on the effects on pilot training for the GR4 Tornado and Typhoon fleet of the current operational tempo.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which contracts his Department has renegotiated since May 2010; and what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department arising from each such...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much funding his Department has allocated under each budget heading to the Independent Monitoring Board for the Military Corrective Training...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the future level of funding for the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for future funding of the National Army Museum.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much funding his Department provided to the Nuclear Research Advisory Council in the last 12 months; and under what budget headings such...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many staff of his Department are employed by the Oil and Pipelines Agency; and how many such staff are on (a) temporary and (b) permanent...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for future levels of funding for the Royal Air Force Museum.

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Advisory Group on Military Medicine was established; (2) what the purpose and function is of the Advisory Group on Military Medicine; (3)...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors was established; (2) what the purposes and function is of the Advisory Committee on...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what reasons he plans to abolish the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee; (2) when the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee was established; (3)...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees was established; (2) what the budget was for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees in...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Science Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less Lethal Weapons was established; (2) what the purpose and function is of...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Review Board for Government Contracts was established; (2) what the purpose and function is of the Review Board for Government Contracts;...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many staff of his Department are assigned to the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee; and how many such staff are on (a) temporary and (b)...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many staff of his Department are employed by the Defence Scientific Advisory Council; and how many such staff are on (a) temporary and (b)...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what date the Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation was established; (2) how many staff of his Department are assigned to the...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many staff of his Department are engaged by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body; and how many such staff are on (a) temporary and (b) permanent...

      Departmental Vacancies

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

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department has allocated to the prevention of cyber attacks by the Stuxnet computer virus.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to investigate the health effects of nuclear test veterans' exposure to ionising radiation on their offspring.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has assessed the merits of extending the entitlement criteria applying to the war pension scheme to include radiation-linked diseases other...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what occasions (a) officials, (b) Ministers and (c) military personnel in his Department have met their counterparts from (i) Tunisia, (ii)...

      HMS Albion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to place HMS Albion into extended readiness.

      HMS Albion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution (a) HMS Albion and (b) HMS Ocean has made to the Royal Navy's Response Force Task Group; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what decommissioning date he has set for HMS Liverpool.

      Navy: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for Royal Navy vessels to be used to provide office and control centre accommodation for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Navy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the results of the Naval Review of Training; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when research and development work for the PWR2b type reactor was initiated; (2) what studies have been carried out into the use of the PWR2b type...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the composition of the Cougar deployment is; and what its mission is.

  • Treasury

    • Double-dip Recession

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of the likelihood of a double-dip recession.

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of changes in the outlook for economic growth since the assessment made as part of the comprehensive spending review.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of trends in the level of economic growth in the last two quarters.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of changes in the outlook for economic growth since May 2010.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of trends in the level of economic growth in the last two quarters.

      EU Budget 2012

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the European Commission's proposals for the EU budget for 2012.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families who earn less than £30,000 a year who will have their income reduced as a result of changes to the...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the OECD on the effects of his Department's fiscal policies on levels of child poverty.

      Public Sector Borrowing Requirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the size of the public sector borrowing requirement.

      Bank Lending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of trends in levels of bank lending to small businesses.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants there are of child benefit in (a) the UK and (b) England.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants of child benefit in England are in receipt of that benefit in respect of (a) two, (b) three and (c) more than three children.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 14 March 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J. Lambert.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he proposes to include the energy companies’ obligation in the cap on the impact of levy-funded support on energy bills described in paragraph...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition of a green tax his Department uses.

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the monetary value to the UK economy of overseas sales in the whisky industry in Scotland.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he made of the implications for human rights of the Clean Development Mechanism projects (a) augan biogas recovery from...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received on the (a) augan biogas recovery from palm oil mill effluent ponds and biogas utilisation and (b)...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many instances his Department and its predecessors have recorded of transfers between energy suppliers made in error and without...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how much has been paid to each individual law firm from the Coal Health Compensation scheme in respect of cases of (a) vibration...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much compensation has been awarded under the Coal Health Compensation scheme for cases of (a) vibration white finger and (b)...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many claims for vibration white finger under the Coal Health Compensation scheme received (a) from North Durham constituency...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the measures contained in Budget 2011 on the UK downstream oil industry, including...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis was for the decision to cap expenditure on the feed-in tariff scheme as part of the comprehensive spending...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on levels of antisocial behaviour; and if she will make a statement.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of (a) providing accommodation and support to asylum seekers, (b) processing asylum applications and...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2011, Official Report, column 312W, on asylum, in which month of 2011 the UK Border Agency expects to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) applied for asylum, (b) were granted asylum on initial decision, (c) were granted exceptional leave to remain on initial...

      Bigamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of bigamy were recorded in each year since 2007; and what proportion of such offences resulted in (a) court proceedings...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rate in (a) each police force and (b) England and Wales was in each year since 2007-08.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed per head of population in each police force area in each year since 2007-08.

      Cycling: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalties were issued to cyclists for the offence of (a) carrying another person and (b) cycling on pavements in each police...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has paid to external consultants for the implementation and management of the activity-based costing scheme for...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department holds with Serco; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each contract.

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcomes were of the meeting of 17 March 2011 in her Department which was attended by 37 suppliers to her Department, the Minister...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Deportation: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases the Minister for Immigration has exercised his discretion in a deportation case in the last year for which figures are...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice her Department has issued on the implications for public security of the provision of litter bins at (a) railway stations and (b)...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motoring offences were dealt with by police in each police force area in each year since 2006.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation she has undertaken with (a) further education colleges and (b) other interested parties on the effects of the proposed...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether international students studying higher education courses at further education colleges will be allowed to work for 20 hours a week on...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2011, Official Report, columns 871-2W, on homicide, what causal factors her Department has identified as...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of human trafficking into the UK.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted leave to remain after (a) 10-years legal residence and (b) 14-years illegal residence in the UK in each year...

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions she has made for the approval of English language test providers in the period between the withdrawal of the list of approved...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scale of fees was payable to interpreters by (a) the UK Border Agency and its predecessors and (b) each police force in respect of (i)...

      Kent Police Authority: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the running cost of Kent Police Authority was in each of the last five years.

      Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on newspapers and periodicals in each of the last three years.

      Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded per 1,000 population in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force area for each type of offence in each...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incorrectly issued passports were seized by the UK Border Agency in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incorrectly issued passports were returned voluntarily to the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of passports were incorrectly issued by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rules she plans to introduce to govern the funding of election campaigns for directly-elected police and crime commissioners.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations she plans to introduce to govern the elections of directly-elected police and crime commissioners.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police resources is allocated to traffic policing in each police force area; how many dedicated traffic police officers...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the costs of policing the annual party political conferences in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and from which...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) were killed on duty and (b) received bravery awards in each police force area in England and Wales in each year...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of abstraction of Metropolitan Police officers from each London borough for (a) counter-terrorism, (b) special operations and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to support volunteers who (a) staff police stations and (b) undertake other voluntary work for police forces.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on policing in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sectionings under the Mental Health Act 1983 were initiated by a police officer of each police force in each of the last five years.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the use of police custody suites to detain persons considered (a) mentally ill or held for their own protection and (b)...

      Police: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of policing each airport was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials of her Department have been assigned to duties with the objective of reducing the burden of administration on police...

      Police: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of corruption involving police officers which involved illegal drugs there were in each of the last five years.

      Police: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were brought against police forces by members of the public for (a) malicious prosecution, (b) false imprisonment and (c)...

      Police: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those brought into a police station tested positively for class A drugs in each year since 2007-08; and what proportion of...

      Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of the work of police forces with (a) the NHS, (b) voluntary organisations and (c) local...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have received firearm injuries while on duty (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each police force area in each year...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many operations firearms were issued to police officers in England and Wales in each year since 2005; in how many such operations...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were found guilty of offences of unlawful killing using firearms in each of the last 20 years.

      Police: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in Harrow in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the integration of IT systems used by (a) police forces and (b) other policing bodies.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of employing police officers as a proportion of the total budget for each police force in England was in each year since 1990.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian staff have been employed in England and Wales, broken down by police force area in each year since 2007.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each police force in each year since 2008.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to police forces on the involvement of serving police officers in recruitment processes for police...

      Police: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) total and (b) average overtime payments for police officers were in each police force in England and Wales for each year since...

      Police: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of occasions CS gas spray has been used in public order operations by police.

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the use of mobile police units in policing rural areas; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officer recruits in England and Wales began residential training in each year since 2006.

      Police: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of police hours saved attributable to the introduction of personal digital assistants for...

      Prince William: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department is taking to protect the wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton from terrorist threat; (2)...

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firms will be engaged to provide security services during the London 2012 Olympics.

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the readiness of the police and security forces responsible for public protection during the London 2012...

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Metropolitan Police and (b) security forces on the performance indicators for private sector...

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to evaluate the competence of private security companies contracted for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regarding dissident republican terrorism; (2)...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Justice Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive regarding dissident republican terrorism.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many and what proportion of record checks processed by the Criminal Records Bureau chief police officers in each police force area had...

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will set a target to increase the use of video conferencing by her Department's officials as an alternative to staff travel to meetings.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were committed by juvenile offenders in each year since 1997.

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the average cost of child care (a) nationally and (b) in each region in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14.

    • Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated to discretionary learner support for (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the saving to the public purse of reducing to £20 education maintenance allowance payments for the 2010-11 intake of...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students were enrolled on a course of study in 2009-10 will continue to receive the top rate of education maintenance allowance in the next...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Capita will be responsible for administering (a) 16-19 education bursaries and (b) continuing education maintenance allowance payments for...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 281W, on education: finance, whether he has made an estimate of the likely cost to (a)...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his assessment is of the effectiveness of conditional cash transfer schemes in post-16 education.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether 16 to 19 education bursaries will be paid directly to (a) the student or (b) a parent.

      Further Education: Finance

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

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children (a) in receipt of and (b) not in receipt of free school meals went on to further education in each local...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of GCE A-level students were entered for GCE A-level (a) accounting, (b) art and design, (c) business studies, (d)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many GCSEs undertaken by students in year 9 were included in school league table results for 2010.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in local authority funding on the provision of (a) music services, (b) music trusts and (c)...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated to implementing the national plan for music education.

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to local education authorities on assessing dyslexia among pupils in schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the support provided by local authorities for children with special needs.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the awarding of a guaranteed bursary to students defined as vulnerable will affect their entitlement for Care to Learn funding.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many armoured cars his Department (a) owns and (b) leases for use in Afghanistan.

    • Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take as part of the G8 commitment to provide additional funding for maternal and child health up to 2015 to...

      Developing Countries: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides to people in developing countries to help set up their own businesses.

      Developing Countries: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support the use of solar lamps in developing countries.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has provided information to the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) on the effects on progress towards...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria he applies to decisions on the grant of aid to developing countries.

      World Bank: Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on World Bank support for unabated coal-fired power stations.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anti-Semitism: Germany

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

    • Chile: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Government of Chile in respect of journalists at the La Nacion newspaper.

      Chile: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on media plurality in Chile.

      COE Commissioner for Human Rights: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what voluntary contributions the Government has made to the costs of the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights in...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for the future of his Department's global diplomatic network.

      Germany: Nazism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on neo-Nazi activity in Germany; and if he will make a statement.

      Osama bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the assistance provided to Osama bin Laden by Pakistan in the past five years.

      Osama bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at what time he was notified of the US military operation against Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad; and whether his Department was...

      Osama bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to prevent any reprisal attack on UK interests overseas following the death of Osama bin Laden.

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Pakistan.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he made to the Vatican City State authorities in respect of the EU travel ban on President Mugabe and other...

  • Health

    • Allied Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the involvement of representatives of the allied health professions in (a) commissioning and (b) service provision of public...

    • Allied Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he has taken of the role of allied health professionals in public health in preparing for the transfer of public health responsibilities to...

      Aspartame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to commission research to investigate a potential relationship between levels of aspartame consumption and adverse health...

      Blood: CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who have contracted variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease as a result of receiving (a)...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) others in his Department on the implications of Lord Archer's report on...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in England in each of the last five years.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the NHS European Office social partner on the effects of the European Working Time Directive on...

      Health Professions: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places at each university in England NHS London commissioned for nursing and allied health professional education in (a) pre-registration...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to improve the early detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation.

      Liphophilic Biotoxins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether animals have been used for detection of liphophilic biotoxins in the UK since 10 January 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the risks associated with Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases of malaria there have been in the UK in the last 12 months; what assessment he has made of rates of takeup of preventive...

      Medical Equipment: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department’s policy is on the sterility of (a) medical and (b) in vitro diagnostic devices for the containment or culture of specimens.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to maintain the level of specialist nurse services for multiple sclerosis.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the NHS East of England Specialised Commissioning Group in recruiting and appointing three neuromuscular care advisors for...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of the NHS sustainable development unit in the last year for which figures are available.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to join the Organ Donor Register.

      St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the North West Strategic Health Authority has received from St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust on (a) the financial...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts (PCTs) are reviewing their support for Life After Stroke Services; which PCTs have reduced their support for such services for...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he provides to local authorities to ensure their employees receive training in dealing with those who have communication difficulties...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to require that organisations which engage with his Department on tobacco control issues disclose whether they are linked to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of households (a) with parents who are reliant on formal child care in order to work but...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many consolatory payments in respect of errors and maladministration were made to clients by the Child Support Agency in each of the last...

      Child: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many responses his Department received to its consultation Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility; and how many of these...

      Child: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Government Response to the Work and Pensions Committee's Third Report, Session 2009-10, on the Child Maintenance and...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland have been in receipt of disability living allowance since 1992; how many of these have had their award reviewed...

      Disability Living Allowance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people with autism who are in receipt of the middle rate of disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

      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 the North East who are diagnosed with Parkinson's...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Teesside and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency claimed housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received (a) housing benefit but not council tax benefit, (b) council tax benefit but not housing benefit and (c) housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what equality impact assessment he undertook on the effect of the provisions of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2010 on people aged between 25...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Employment to the Public Bill Committee on the Welfare Reform Bill of 31 March 2011, Official...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each local authority received from each (a) revenue and (b) capital funding stream from his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii)...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level was of recovery of crisis loans in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms in each year from 2003 to 2010.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government on proposals to localise the Social Fund.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the planned abolition of the post of Social Fund Commissioner.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the Exchequer of implementing the proposed total household benefit cap in each financial...

      Social Security Benefits: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is provided for staff dealing with benefits and employment to ensure that they understand the needs of people who have suffered a...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his policy is on honouring (a) existing and (b) future earnings-related pension entitlements under his proposed pension reforms; (2)...

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were enrolled in welfare-to-work schemes (a) in total and (b) in each programme at the start of (i) 2010-11 and (ii) each of...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Questions 50232 and 50236, on community care grants, tabled on 28 March 2011 for answer on 30 March 2011.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to reply to the letter of 2 August 2010 from a constituent of the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston, Mr Charlie Donegan.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the level of growth in the manufacturing sector in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects the Cabinet Secretary to reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Don Valley of 3 March and 4 April 2011 on the Audit Commission.

      Public Bodies Reform Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 9-10WS, on public bodies reform programme, if he will (a)...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to (a) draw the attention of and (b) encourage the involvement of hon. Members in identifying best practice in civil society.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to promote the development of more affordable housing in Wirral West constituency.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on the contents of ministerial drinks cabinets since 12 May 2010.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Government Procurement Cards have been issued to Audit Commission (a) commissioners and (b) other staff in the last 24...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 195W, on the Government Procurement Card, what the (a) date of...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 195W, on the Government Procurement Card, which Audit...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 195W, on the Government Procurement Card, what the purpose was...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 195W, on the Government Procurement Card, what the purpose was...

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he had with (a) local authorities and (b) local economic partnerships on the need for enterprise zones prior to...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that landowners within enterprise zones are prevented from receiving significant benefits.

      Enterprise Zones: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the monetary value of business rates to be retained by local authorities over the 25 years...

      EU Grants and Loans: North East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2011, Official Report, column 390W, on EU grants and loans: North East, what the monetary...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Audit Commission has taken to encourage the use of the Government Procurement Cards by local authorities.

      Historic Buildings: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in local authority staffing levels on his Department's ability to...

      Housing: Building Alterations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the category of dwellings that may have permitted development rights in order to include flats.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration his Department is giving to planning for the housing needs of older people in developing its definition of...

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has for the supply of aerial photography and height data following the cessation of the Pan Government...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions he has had meetings with representatives of the (a) Federation of Small Businesses, (b) Institute of...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procurement process his Department used to select the British Chambers of Commerce to lead a national representative body...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which organisations were consulted on the decision to select the British Chambers of Commerce to lead a national...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) mean and (b) median cost was of business rates to businesses of each size category in the (i) manufacturing, (ii)...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local planning authorities continue to be required to consider regional strategies as set out in ODPM circular 01/2006...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid into his Department's scheme to enable port companies to pay off retrospective rate demands over eight years;...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (b) the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account he took in his Department's business planning processes for future years of the use of former regional development...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are in place to assist local authorities in determining the appropriate level of site provision for Gypsies and...

      Rents: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the potential effects on rent levels in Exeter of the Government's restructuring of council house rents.

      Social Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department provides support for social clubs in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b) the...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the average proportion of rent which will be met from housing benefit in social housing...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of total housing stock was social housing in each local authority in (a) 1981, (b) 1997 and (c) 2009-10.

      Social Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) private and (b) social housing units were completed in each London local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) date of purchase, (b) gross amount, (c) level 3 line item detail and (d) supplier was in respect of each...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has assessed the effects of the staged increase in the national fee assumption for adult apprenticeships between 2006...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanism he has put in place to monitor the adequacy of supply of apprenticeships for those aged 19 to 25 in (a) the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect on apprenticeship take-up rates of the withdrawal of design and technology...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprenticeship starts there were in (a) each of the last three quarters of 2010 and (b) the first quarter of 2011;...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been allocated to apprenticeships in 2011-12; how much such funding is available to fund apprenticeships in...

      Apprentices: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to take on apprentices; what recent representations he has...

      Apprentices: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employers have offered to provide apprenticeships within the Stoke-on-Trent/Staffordshire local enterprise partnership...

      AssetCo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many export licences have been granted to AssetCo plc for the sale of equipment to the government of the United Arab Emirates...

      British Library Business and IP Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the British Library's Business and IP Centre regional pilot study in the...

      British Library Business and IP Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support he plans to provide the British Library Business and IP Centre following the termination of its funding by London...

      Bureaucracy: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many comments expressing (a) support for existing regulations and (b) requests for additional regulations he has received...

      Business: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) new business start ups and (b) business insolvencies there have been in Bassetlaw constituency since 8 May 2010.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's announcement of 18 March 2011 on business regulation, if he will bring forward proposals to...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to The Plan for Growth, what his definition of an economically significant project is.

      Employment: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the effects on the further education sector of...

      Employment: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of international students attending further education colleges who will be affected by...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of English for speakers of other languages students in (a) September 2010, (b) January 2011 and...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what mechanisms are in place to ensure the protection of (a) democratic freedoms and (b) human rights when assessing...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Plan for Growth, what plans he has to provide a bespoke service to key inward investors; and if he will...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on contracting out the delivery of support for inward investment by UK Trade & Industry; and if...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 15 March 2011, Official Report, column 305W, on further education, which of the further education...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the consultation document on the introduction of loans for further education students referred to on...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with which stakeholder groups and organisations he has discussed his proposals for the introduction of loans for further...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the proposed consultation document on the introduction of loans for further education students has not been...

      Further Education: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will commission an equality impact assessment of his proposals for the introduction of loans for further education students...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to announce the proposed location of the headquarters of the Green Investment Bank.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that people wishing to undertake medical degrees are not deterred from doing so by changes to...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department provides financial assistance to students wishing to undertake medical degrees; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Trade: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the primary (a) imported and (b) exported goods and services are between the UK and (i) Australia and (ii) New Zealand.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions his Department has discussed shared parental leave with the Childhood and Families Taskforce.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how levels of compensation received by sub-post offices upon being made a Post Office Local will be determined; (2) what...

      Power Line Technology Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the security of power line technology devices following concerns expressed by GCHQ.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what funding the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency received from his Department for the design and...

      Red Tape Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the default presumption that burdensome regulations will be removed under the Red Tape Challenge will apply in the case where...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the principal differences in function are between regional development agencies and local enterprise partnerships.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consultation process was undertaken prior to the decision to abolish regional development agencies.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria he has set for the assessment of projects in round 2 of the regional growth fund.

      Skills Funding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff were employed by the Skills Funding Agency in (a) April 2010 and (b) April 2011; and what his most recent estimate...

      Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on small businesses of changes in levels of lending charges by banks.

      Social Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to paragraph 2.214 of “The Plan for Growth”, which regulations he has identified as having a...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the timetable for establishing a groceries code adjudicator.

      Supply Chain Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to stimulate the use of supply chain finance.

      Supply Chain Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the supply chains which would benefit from the use of supply chain finance; and what...

      Technology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Plan for Growth, what assessment he has made of progress in contracting out the marketing of the East...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the future regulation of power line telecommunications devices; and if he will make a statement.

      TrustMark Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of firms accredited by the TrustMark scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      TrustMark Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on expanding the number of scheme operators under the TrustMark scheme; and if he will make...

      Working Hours: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the future implementation of the European Working...

  • House of Lords

    • Abdul Baset al-Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 1 April (WA 309), why they cannot reveal the particular category of documents on Abdul Baset al-Megrahi...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting a regional approach to political reconciliation in Afghanistan; and what action they are taking to build support for this approach among...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to remove the cap on compensation for injuries incurred by serving members of the military, or to put their compensation on an equal footing...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their involvement in the setting up in Australia of the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal to consider posthumous eligibility for the...

      Arms Export

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 22 March (WA 136), why they have not made any assessment of the decisions by Germany, France and the United...

      Arms Export

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the timescales for consultation with non-governmental organisations, Parliament and the United Kingdom defence industry as part of the review of arms exports.

      Arms Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 April (WA 8), whether they will publish their proposals for the agenda for the forthcoming P5...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are they taking to improve the accuracy of initial immigration decisions on asylum claims for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

      Asylum Seekers: Political Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give political asylum to Zimbabwean citizen Nelia Kapenzi, Home Office Ref: K1294363.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 1 March (WA 292), whether they have received any further news concerning the welfare of Dr al-...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to non-violent democratic protests in Bahrain.

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 1 April (WA 309-10), whether senior bank officials at the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) operate in the United...

      Cyclists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to discourage cyclists from using footpaths.

      Domestic Violence: Refuges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities co-ordinate the provision of refuge places for victims of domestic violence.

      Energy: Oil and Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the report by Professor Alex Kemp of Aberdeen University, what is their assessment of the impact on employment and domestic production of oil and...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what currency the United Kingdom's contribution to the European Budget is calculated.

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the United Kingdom contribution to the European Union budget for official development assistance in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, and (d) 2010.

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 26 April (HL8207), how many measures were adopted before 1 December 2009 under the Police and Criminal...

      Finance: Prudential

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether steps have been taken to ensure that it would be possible to publish the report commissioned by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) under Section 166 of...

      Finance: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation to secure macroprudential regulation; and what steps are being taken in advance of this legislation to avoid the risk of...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to fund the Honour Network Helpline.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable victims of forced marriages to withdraw their visa sponsorship of their spouses.

      Government Departments: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a list of the counter fraud champions appointed in each government department.

      Government: Big Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the specific responsibilities of each individual minister for aspects of the big society; and which Ministers are responsible for the co-ordination and...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 27 April (WA 131), why they do not compile centrally information of how many service men and women lost a...

      Gun Amnesty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the last gun amnesty was held in the United Kingdom.

      Health: Paediatric Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what emphasis has been placed on the co-location of paediatric services in consideration of the location of children's heart surgery units in England.

      Health: Physiotherapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the interests of personalisation and patient choice and in the light of the experience in Nottinghamshire, they will provide guidance in relation to...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to increase the funds available to the Student Loans Company in the light of a predicted shortfall.

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to restrict the number of students entering universities in the light of a predicted shortfall of funds available to the Student Loans Company.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the report commissioned in 2010 by the Department for Communities and Local Government from the Centre for Housing Policy at the...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are currently held in immigration detention; from which countries they arrived; and what was (a) the cost, and (b) the average length of...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Iraq and the ability of Iraqi forces to operate following the planned United States troop withdrawal.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of religious freedoms and sectarian violence in Iraq; and what discussion they have had with the Government of Iraq regarding the...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Iraq the Amnesty International publication Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq, dated April 2011.

      Ireland: Alleged Murder of British Citizens in 1920s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Ireland regarding the alleged cleansing and murder of 60,000 British citizens in the 1920s in Cork and West Cork.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding restrictions placed upon Palestinian building activity in Area C of the West Bank.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek the approval of the United Nations Security Council for a 25-mile exclusion zone around the city of Misrata in Libya.

      Libya: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they, with other European Governments and the European Union collectively, are taking to protect bona fide Libyan students in Europe, and to ensure the...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much public funding is made available to the national bodies representing local government; and whether any restrictions on lobbying are imposed as a result of...

      London Underground: Line Extensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the extension of the Central Line on the tube network to Southall.

      Ministry of Defence: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the strategic defence and security review on policing requirements for Ministry of Defence estates.

      Ministry of Defence: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of future security requirements for Ministry of Defence estates.

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have applied for asylum in the United Kingdom in the past 10 years; from which 25 countries the most applications have been received; and how many...

      Organophosphates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when publishing the discussion paper on organophosphates poisoning by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the...

      Panama

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Council about the possibility of developing education and cultural programmes in Panama; and what was the outcome.

      Panama

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will finalise the plans for an official visit to London by the President of Panama.

      Panama

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what priority they accord their relationships with Panama economically, socially and politically, both in bilateral and regional matters.

      Papal Visit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Catholic bishops conference has now paid its share of the costs of the papal visit, due by the end of February.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 April (WA 404), what were the total employee and employer contributions in the past three years for...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds it was decided not to award the contract for support to trafficked women to the Poppy Project.

      Portugal: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they were first made aware that Portugal would need to apply for a bail-out loan.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total public expenditure related to the 2012 London Olympics by (a) year, (b) country, and (c) region of the United Kingdom.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 6 April (WA 405), whether they have made any inquiry of the train operating companies about the value of...

      Railways: Resignalling Projects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 26 April (WA 93), what is the estimated cost of the modifications needed for the line between Newport and the...

      Roads: Fatalities and Injuries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were killed or injured on London roads in the years 2000 to 2010.

      Rome: Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports the two United Kingdom embassies in Rome have issued in each of the past five years.

      Scotland: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the revenue accruing to the Scottish Government from the devolution of taxation powers under the Scotland Bill will be deducted from the total grant...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 March (WA 230), whether they have received any further news concerning Prageeth Ekneligoda; and...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that a United Nations peacekeeping mission continues in south Sudan after independence in July; and what major objectives...

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 April (WA 408) concerning second-hand tobacco smoke, what funding they propose to use in this financial year to...

      Transport: Heavy Goods and Passenger Carrying Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the public expenditure cuts have had on enforcement and licensing for the heavy goods vehicle and passenger carrying vehicle industries.

      Transport: Heavy Goods and Passenger Carrying Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an impact assessment, or any other analytical work, was undertaken of the recent change in emphasis from enforcement to education regarding traffic...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to stimulate economic activity in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their marketing plans for promoting tourism in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to the appointment of a politician or a businessman as Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands on the replacement of the current...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Violence Against Women and Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that local authorities fulfil their obligation to protect services for vulnerable women and children.

      Violence Against Women: Sojourner Project

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Sojourner scheme is limited to those with a spousal visa.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why students from outside the European Economic Area changing their sponsor college can commence studies at a new college before receipt of the UK Border Agency's...

      Voluntary and Community Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the research on central government funding of the voluntary and community sector commissioned by the Cabinet Office for the years 2006-07...

      Wales Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce in the course of this Parliament a Bill for Wales, similar to the Scotland Bill, providing for the National Assembly of Wales to...

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