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Written answers

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of the budgets of the Law Officers' Departments he expects to be spent on staff pensions in each of the next five years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel are deployed in (a) India, (b) China, (c) the US, (d) Russia, (e) France and (f) Germany; and at what cost to his...

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on advertising campaigns in each form of media to recruit service personnel in each month since the date of the...

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) practicability, (b) desirability, (c) cost-effectiveness and (d) effect on Anglo-American military relations of...

      HMS Albion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the running cost of HMS Albion was in each of the last five years; (2) what arrangements are in place for the reactivation at short notice of...

      HMS Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution HMS Liverpool has made to Operation Ellamy; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of HMS Ocean after HMS Illustrious returns to service.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average weekly cost of the contribution of each of the armed forces to military operations in Libya has been since the commencement of operations.

      Navy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any members of the ships' companies of (a) HMS Albion, (b) HMS Ocean and (c) HMS Liverpool are to be made redundant following their return from...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will re-open the strategic defence and security review in response to recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East.

      Syria: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the activities of Iranian troops in Syria.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what reports he has received on the role of (a) the British American Security Information Council, (b) the Ploughshares Fund and (c) the Joseph...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) consequences of and (b) risks entailed by any move away from the policy of continuous at-sea nuclear deterrence;...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the (a) retention and (b) full replacement of the Trident independent nuclear deterrent.

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which bodies will be responsible for the work undertaken by Cycling England following its closure; and if he will make a statement.

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers' hours offences were detected in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what proportion of such offences were committed by drivers of...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of road accidents in which a blind spot of a vehicle was found to be the primary cause in...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the number of road deaths and injuries attributable to vehicle blind spots.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of drivers involved in (a) fatal accidents and (b) serious non-fatal accidents did not have (i) valid motor insurance and (ii) a valid...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Health on any potential effect on the number of casualties requiring treatment of...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents involving drivers who did not have a driving licence in the last three years involved drivers who had already...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were reported on (a) the A2 in Bexley borough, (b) the A20 in Bexley borough, (c) Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, (d)...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 30 March 2011, Official Report, column 144WH, on motor...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress his Department has made in developing a new road safety framework; and when he expects that framework to be published.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department plans to use to assess performance against its road safety strategy.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to set targets for reductions in deaths and serious injuries from road crashes following the expiry of the Road Safety...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) his Ministerial colleagues had with representatives of (i) road safety and (ii) other organisations before issuing the...

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made by the Independent Investment Programme Advisory Group in assessing the economy and efficiency of Transport for London's...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Human Rights: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the consideration given to...

    • Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries participating in the coalition to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973 (a) are and (b) are not...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the level of UK diplomatic representation is to the Transitional Council of Libya in Benghazi; what roles such...

      Osama bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports on the source of funding for the purchase and maintenance of the compound in Abbottabad which...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on voter registration amongst displaced civilians in the north of Sri Lanka during recent local...

      Western Sahara: Self-determination of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of (a) Morocco, (b) Algeria and (c) Mauritania on the future status of...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has allocated in grants to charities and non-governmental bodies involved in asylum matters in each of the...

    • Business Crime Reduction Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take further steps to develop the Business Crime Reduction initiative in Huddersfield and Kirklees.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will discuss with representatives of (a) the Design Council and (b) other organisations with design expertise the potential of design...

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments her Department and its agencies have made to (a) Manchester College, (b) Manchester College for Arts and Technology and (c)...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of human trafficking for sexual purposes were detected in each of the last three years; from which countries the persons...

      Lord Wasserman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of each submission made to her by Lord Wasserman in his capacity as adviser on policy and...

      Monarchy: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) funding and (b) resources her Department has allocated for security at the Royal wedding.

      Police: Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days sickness after an assault were taken by police officers in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of police officers left the police service in each police force area (a) within two to five years, (b) within...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy: Gender

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the ratio of male to female clergy is in the Church of England; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the sub-contractor business his Department estimates has been awarded to charities and voluntary sector organisations as...

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each London borough whose primary diagnosis was obesity claimed incapacity benefit in each of the last five years for which...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many and what proportion of people eligible for but not receiving (a) pension credit, (b) incapacity benefit,...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Chandler’s Wharf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action the Health and Safety Executive has taken following the collapse of a crane at Chandler's Wharf in Liverpool on 6 July 2009; and if...

      Jobcentre Plus: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the future (a) relationship and (b) status of Jobcentre Plus will be in relation to his Department after the reorganisation of senior...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants in (a) Chesterfield constituency, (b) Derbyshire and (c) the UK were sanctioned...

      Medical Examinations: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints relating to employment and support allowance medical assessments conducted by Atos Healthcare were recorded by his...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme to be rolled out in Islwyn constituency.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Islwyn constituency who will be eligible for the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to extend the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme to groups other than those who have been on jobseekers' allowance for more than...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of new businesses to be created under the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local entrepreneur mentors are supporting the New Enterprise Allowance in Wales; and whether any minimum level of expertise or...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the New Enterprise Allowance scheme to be introduced in Aberconwy constituency.

      Personal Injury: Compensation Recovery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was recovered by the Compensation Recovery Unit in respect of each type of personal injury claim in each of the last three years; and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the cap on benefit entitlement on the (a) level of child poverty, (b) ability of...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of benefit fraud committed in respect of each benefit which was attributable to identity fraud in...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the sums not paid out by his Department for each benefit as a result of detection of benefit fraud in each year...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual cases of customer overpayment debt there have been in each year since 2006; what the total monetary value was of customer...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2011, Official Report, column 733W, on social security benefits, how much his Department paid in (a) attendance...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of young people between 16 and 25 years were not in work, training or education in each local authority area in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in considering the options for child care support under universal credit, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the potential effects...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what IT contracts he has awarded for implementation of universal credit; what the name is of each successful bidder; how many bids his...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he proposes to monitor the distribution of income within the household following the introduction of universal credit, as proposed in his...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he proposes to ensure that notifications of entitlement and awards are clear under universal credit both on initial qualification for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the earnings rules will be for individuals on contributory benefits in a couple entitled to universal credit.

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on conditionality measures in the Welfare Reform Bill, what assessment he has made of the...

      Welfare State: Reform

      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 5 April 2011, Official...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the categories of transfers or sales of arms or components of arms by the Government or its agencies to (a)...

    • Environment Protection: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to promote low carbon alternatives in businesses in Coventry.

      Further Education: Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what payments his Department and its agencies have made to (a) Manchester College, (b) Manchester College for Arts and Technology...

      Marketing: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support the international marketing and promotion of the creative industries.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many pieces of correspondence his Department received (a) supporting and (b) against privatisation of the Royal Mail in...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contracts (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies have had with (i) Manchester College, (ii) Manchester...

      Startup Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse was of the establishment of Startup Britain.

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to take steps to establish a groceries code adjudicator.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effects of reductions in...

    • Arts: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to improve access to the arts amongst disadvantaged groups.

      British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to announce his decision on News Corporation's proposed acquisition of BSkyB.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent progress he has made on the roll-out of fast speed broadband.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      English Heritage: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which places of worship in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London have received funding from (i) English Heritage and...

      English Heritage: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of grants awarded by (a) English Heritage and (b) the Heritage Lottery Fund have been spent on places of...

      Football Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to (a) retain the expertise and (b) carry out the functions of the Football Licensing Authority.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of gambling authorities in overseas jurisdictions wishing to join the...

      Gaming Machines: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will take steps to provide assistance to seaside arcades at risk of closure; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 March 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr P. Walsh.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to announce the preferred bidder for the National TV Spine to support local television.

  • Justice

    • British Nationals Abroad: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he plans to implement the provisions of the Crime and Security Act 2010 related to compensation for victims of terrorism overseas; (2) what...

    • Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what payments his Department and its agencies have made to (a) Manchester College, (b) Manchester College for Arts and Technology and (c) City College,...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Office of the Information Commissioner is unable to assess cases more than 12 months after the incident has occurred.

      Joint Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the common law doctrine on joint enterprise.

      Legal Aid: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the availability of legal aid for victims of domestic violence who do not seek an initial non-molestation order but are...

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his estimate is of the change on the level of legal aid expenditure in London as a result of the implementation of proposed reforms.

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid in London in 2009-10.

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to (a) support and (b) promote the use of mediation services for disputes.

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what definition of self-harming the Prison Service uses; (2) how many instances of self-harming were reported on the prison estate in (a) 1997-98...

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) operational staffing requirement and (b) number of staff in post was for each grade of staff employed at each prison directly operated by HM...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the costs incurred by parties in the case of Arathoon v. the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (C/2005/0126).

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many independent social workers were appointed in care cases in each of the last three years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Petitions: Electronic Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect on the accountability and transparency of Government of the suspension of the facility to submit petitions through the...

    • Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has received notification of any proposal by the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe to make a third party intervention under the...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the commitment made at the G8 summit in 2010 to produce an accountability report to track progress towards the...

    • Global School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided to the London borough of Bexley for the Global School Partnerships scheme in the latest...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what public sector job reduction targets have been set for his Department and its non-departmental public bodies for each of the next 24 months; and...

    • Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS); how many complaints are outstanding at the FOS; and how...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to reply to the letter of 11 March 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms C. Dean.

      Minimum Wage: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people resident in each London borough receive the national minimum wage.

      Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Pensions Regulator; how many complaints were outstanding at the Pensions Regulator on the...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the status is of the Commission for Rural Communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will request the administration of the European Court of Human Rights to amend the factsheet of the European Court of Human Rights entitled...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Members: Insurance

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, (1) if he will urge the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

  • Health

    • CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on research into (a) prion decontamination and (b) variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease blood tests in each year for which figures...

    • Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS spent on (a) elective and (b) emergency admissions for acute myocardial infarction in (i) each primary care trust and (ii) England...

      NHS Future Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what listening exercise events the NHS Future Forum plans to undertake before the end of the consultation; (2) what listening exercise events the...

      Radiotherapy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to section 6.12 of his Department's report on Improving outcomes: a strategy for cancer (1) which NHS hospital trusts have applied for...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2011, Official Report, column 765W, on suicide, when he plans to publish his Department's suicide prevention strategy.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of animals (a) slaughtered without stunning and (b) which suffered a mis-stunning in...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) advice officials have provided to Ministers in her Department and (b)...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had on reform of the common fisheries policy.

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many miles of public access network have been available in each of the last three years; and how many are forecast to be...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the most recent previous employment was of senior staff newly employed on fixed-term contracts in her Department since...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees since her appointment.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many first class rail journeys were undertaken by staff in her Department between April 2010 and April 2011; and what the...

      Elephants: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to discourage future legal ivory sales within the Convention on International Trade in...

      Elephants: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department is providing through international organisations to reduce the level of poaching of elephants in...

      Fisheries: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effects of cormorant predation on recreational and commercial fisheries in the...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who was responsible for drafting the consultation document on the future of the public forest estate in England; and what...

      Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to ensure that her Department collects and publishes statistics on rabbit farming in a manner...

      Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the seabed off the coastline of the UK has been mapped.

      Trees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on forests of diseases affecting pine trees; what research her Department has (a)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he expects the extension targets contained within Statutory Instrument No. 1958 (2010) concerning the Electricity and Gas Act...

    • Climate Change: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has provided information to the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) on the effects on climate change of...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken to support a transition towards a low carbon economy.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken with its international counterparts to support a transition to a low carbon global economy.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what incentives his Department provides for businesses to adopt low carbon alternatives.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage households to reduce their levels of carbon dioxide emissions.

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will suspend the consideration of licence applications for deepwater drilling in UK waters until the Oil Spill Prevention and...

  • Wales

    • Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the establishment of enterprise zones in Wales.

    • Devolution Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made on the Government's commitment to undertake a process similar to the Calman Commission on devolution funding; and if she will...

  • Education

    • Departmental Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the guidance on conflicts of interest issued by his Department to members of independent review panels.

    • Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education from which of his Department's budgets the funding for the 16-19 bursary and discretionary fund will be drawn.

      Education System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received from hon. Members representing Welsh constituencies on his proposals to reform the education system in England.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was paid to examination boards by maintained schools in each of the last five years.

      Further Education: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 285W, on further education: catering, whether he has received reports of any (a)...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of GCE A-level students were entered for GCE A-level (a) mathematics and (b) one or more foreign languages in (i)...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of GCSE A-level students were entered for at least three GCSE A-levels in (a) mathematics, (b) English literature, (c)...

      Gcse

      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 attained GCSE grade G or above in (i) English,...

      Higher Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many places there were at each higher education institution in England for initial teacher training in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; what his...

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department provides to local education authorities for the purposes of assessing dyslexia in pupils and providing support.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of people who participated in the September Guarantee in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent school nurses employed in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Walsall...

      Sixth Form Colleges: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1048-9W, on sixth-form colleges: capital investment, which of the sixth form colleges...

      Supplementary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1234W, on the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Schools: finance, what...

      Supplementary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1234W, on the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Schools: finance, what...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy; and if he will make a statement.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to respond to the Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group's final report, published on 14 December 2010.

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging external audit services in each of the last...

    • Excise Duties: Liquefied Natural Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether industries sourcing liquid natural gas are liable for a different duty rate from industries sourcing other forms of gas.

      Natural Gas: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any tax incentives exist for the export of gas direct from source.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future level of charges on rates for business units that are not in use.

      PAYE: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to take steps to ensure that parish council staff are given adequate training prior to the commencement of registration of...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average value was of the rebate to an (a) employer and (b) employee of a private sector contracted-out defined benefit scheme in the latest...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to amend the Green Book so that national wellbeing is taken into account when evaluating Government policies and projects.

      Public Sector: Borrowing

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

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements he plans to put in place for the treatment of variable renewable obligation certificate prices when assessed against any overspend by the...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average monetary value to (a) businesses and (b) small and medium-sized enterprises of his decision to introduce a...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) businesses and (b) small and medium-sized enterprises (i) nationally, (ii) in each region, (iii) in each...

      VAT: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the maintenance of value added tax exemption for outsourced insurance-related services.

  • House of Lords

    • Allotments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the value of allotments to communities and individuals.

    • Allotments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to change the duty of local authorities to provide allotments; and, if so, whether they have assessed the impact on the number of allotments...

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the rooms at RAF Cranwell are en-suite for (a) officers, (b) officer cadets, (c) warrant officers and sergeants, and (d) other ranks.

      Armed Forces: Homecoming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they decided not to hold a homecoming parade for the Royal Irish Rangers. To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the past four years, what regiments...

      Banking: Cheque Guarantee Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take in response to the decision by the United Kingdom banking industry to withdraw cheque guarantee cards from the end of June 2011, and to...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have had to their proposed cut in the mobility component of the disability living allowance paid to people in residential care.

      Consumer Prices Index

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to refine the methodology for the Consumer Prices Index to ensure that it is a suitable measure of inflation for the uprating of...

      Cornwall: Stannary Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in a legal context, what is the status of stannary law in Cornwall.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 April (WA 25), what are the criteria by which Capita is referred to as the private sector partner...

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the constitutional position of the Duchy of Cornwall.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to public funds of the installation and maintenance of wind turbines; and what proportion are fully utilised.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to aid victims of forced marriages to determine and regularise their marital status.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff are employed in the Behavioural Insights Team based in the Cabinet Office.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many units or teams, in addition to the Behavioural Insights Team, have been set up in the Cabinet Office since 12 May 2010; and what they are.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what subjects the cross-governmental ministerial level group on Gypsies and Travellers has discussed; and what have been its decisions.

      Law Reform: Civil Litigation Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their proposals to reform civil litigation costs on the damages received by seriously injured victims of road...

      Law Reform: Civil Litigation Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce legislation on civil litigation costs.

      Law Reform: Civil Litigation Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact assessment has been carried out to evaluate the effect on accident victims of the proposed change whereby a claimant will have to deduct their lawyers'...

      Party Conferences: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 22 March (WA 155), whether any application has been received or is expected from the South Yorkshire...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made since 11 May 2010 on reducing plastic bag usage (a) in supermarkets, and (b) as a whole; what policy changes have taken place; and what...

      Police: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 15 March (Official Report, col. 131), what is their definition of police "front-line positions".

      Police: Special Constables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many special constables there are in London; and what is their estimate for the number in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, and (d) 2015-16.

      Political Lobbyists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are progressing with statutory regulation of political lobbyists to include a registry of declaration of relevant interests, in order to ensure greater...

      Portugal: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Portugal since being made aware that Portugal would be applying for a bail-out loan. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Regional Stock Exchanges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any plans to encourage the establishment of one or more regional stock exchanges as part of their policies to stimulate the economies of the...

      Schools: Charitable Status

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements need to be met for a private school to receive charitable status.

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have been held with private sector providers for the establishment of for-profit "free schools".

      Schools: Race Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidential factors were considered when assessing the race equality impact of the current Education Bill.

      Schools: Race Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence exists and is used to assess the race equality impact for black pupils attending academies.

      Schools: Race Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the available evidence for under-achieving in education by black pupils in academies and in other schools.

      Schools: Race Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the available evidence of the number of exclusions for black pupils attending academies compared to other schools.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the additional costs to South Wales Police of policing major events in Cardiff and VIP visits to the city.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any requests from the Welsh Assembly Government for an increase in funding for South Wales Police in recognition of their role in...

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reassess the funding formula applied to South Wales Police in recognition of their additional responsibilities for policing Cardiff.

      Sport: Motorsport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether agreement has been reached with the motorsport industry regarding continued access to Forestry Commission land for events.

      UK Trade and Investment: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources UK Trade and Investment are currently putting towards the promotion of Wales throughout the world; and what resources have been devoted to this in...

      UK Trade and Investment: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Trade and Investment has had any contact with Cardiff Council or with Cardiff Business Partnership since the findings of the research by Cardiff...

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