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Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2011

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of the reduction in the budget of English Heritage for 2011-12 on its support for...

    • Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many businesses based in the London borough of Bexley have obtained contracts from the Olympic Delivery Authority to date.

  • Wales

    • Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what assessment she has made of the effects on the economy of introducing enterprise zones in Wales; (2) what recent discussions she has had with...

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress the Government have made on introducing tax incentives for small businesses in Wales.

  • Attorney-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what plans he has for the future of the Serious Fraud Office; and if he will make a statement.

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of advice he has received from (a) officials in his Department, (b) the OECD and other UK or international...

  • Justice

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Commission on a Bill of Rights will have powers to take evidence from external parties.

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the minutes of the meetings of the Commission on a Bill of Rights will be published.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates the Commission on a Bill of Rights is scheduled to meet.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the members of the Commission on a Bill of Rights will receive remuneration for their contribution.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding has been allocated for the Commission on a Bill of Rights.

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter of 25 January 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Caroline Woods.

      Prison Service: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) principal officers, (b) senior officers, (c) prison officers and (d) operational support grades employed at each prison left the Prison...

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the operational staffing requirement was for (a) operational managers, (b) principal officers, (c) senior officers, (d) prison officers, (e)...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prison custody officers and (b) other staff are employed at each private sector prison; what the prison population was at each such prison...

  • International Development

    • Libya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to the public purse has been of aid operations in Libya since February 2011; and what proportion of such aid has been...

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department has provided to Palestinian people (a) through the EU, (b) through UN agencies and (c) directly in each of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) ongoing and (b) planned (i) research projects and (ii) statistical data collections that have been...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of (a) research projects and (b) statistical data collections in evaluating the value for money...

      Newspaper Licensing Agency: Fees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has paid in fees to (a) the Newspaper Licensing Agency and (b) the Consumer Licensing Agency in the most recent financial year...

      Sheffield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many invitations he has received to visit Sheffield in 2011 to date.

      Sheffield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he has received from individuals and organisations within the Sheffield City region on the coordination of Government policy and...

      Sheffield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he last visited Sheffield in an official capacity.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on research into Britain's capacity to export biofuel overseas in the latest period for which figures are available;...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the existing workforce of his Department's Shared Service Centre he expects to be required to run the Centre after its privatisation.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the merits of changes to the driving test so that the test is taken in two parts and includes a probationary period; and if he will...

      M5: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what noise mitigation measures for the M5 in Worcestershire the Highways Agency has (a) prepared and (b) implemented.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment has been made of the effects of the issuing of new vehicle registration documents to stretched limousines which have not passed...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to inform the owners of stretched limousines about the requirement to pass the single vehicle approval test.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to requiring motorists to display proof of a valid MOT on their vehicles.

      Rescue Services: Milford Haven

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many call outs were received by Milford Haven Coastguard in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of a (a) fatality, (b) serious injury and (c) slight injury caused through an...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the potential (a) financial and (b) carbon savings of (i) a reduction in the density of lighting on main road and...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the level of road safety in (a) the London borough of Bexley, (b) Greater London and (c) Kent.

  • Health

    • Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to improve the provision of long-term care and support for those with brain injuries.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for cancer treatment.

      Confectionery: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the confectionery industry on the sugar content of their products.

      London Ambulance Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) drivers, (b) paramedics and (c) other staff in the London Ambulance Service were employed to provide services direct to the public on 1 April...

      London Ambulance Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many redundancies the London Ambulance Service plans to make from each category of job in 2011-12.

      Medical Treatments: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to inform those in receipt of disability benefits that they are entitled to buy medical products at zero rate value added tax.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to monitor the implementation of the recommendations in “Best Practice for Ensuring the Efficient Supply and...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS plans to spend on procurement in each year from 2012 to 2015; (2) how much the NHS spent on medical supplies and equipment in...

      Patient Records: Data Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place in NHS hospitals to protect patient records from data loss.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2010, Official Report, column 127W, on radiotherapy, for what reason the national radiotherapy dataset was not...

      St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the North West Strategic Health Authority has proposed the tendering of the management of the St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust in the...

      Trauma: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that best practice in trauma care learnt in Afghanistan is applied in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Children in Care: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the standard of children's homes.

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take in response to the recommendations of the Munro Review of Child Protection.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department and its predecessors spent on hospitality for journalists and members of media organisations in each year between 2005 and 2010.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of young people who will receive funding from the 16 to 19 bursary fund in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the average annual payment to recipients of education maintenance allowance eligible for payment at £30 per week was in the most recent...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated for the provision of top-up bursaries to students in receipt of education maintenance allowance who will receive a...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether people in receipt of a 16-19 education bursary will be able to have their payment paid directly into a bank account; and what discussions he...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the continuation of bursary funding in 2012-13 for those in the second year of study.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether local authorities will be required to provide data to further education and sixth form colleges to enable them to assess the eligibility for...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with banks on provision of bank accounts for 16-year-olds who are to receive bursaries.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education by what mechanism he expects schools to transfer funds to students in respect of 16-19 bursaries.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements his Department plans to put in place to facilitate the transfer of funding for 16 -19 bursaries to schools and colleges.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures his Department plans to put in place to evaluate the 16-19 bursary scheme.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to issue guidance to colleges and schools on implementation of the proposed 16-19 bursary scheme.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what evidence of demand for school places his Department requires to be submitted by schools wishing to be approved as free schools.

      Further Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what basis he would request an inspection of a (a) further education and (b) sixth form college which is judged outstanding by Ofsted under the...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the music grant beyond 2012.

      Pupils: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department is providing for the administration associated with arranging work experience placements for secondary school students.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools received funding from his Department for the promotion of schools sports in Wells constituency in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what constitutes a severe disability for the purposes of assessing the award of a 16-19 bursary; and whether colleges will be expected to verify...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to question 53332, on the bursary fund in the North East, tabled on 21 April 2011 for answer on 27 April 2011.

  • Home Department

    • Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) charged with possession of class (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C drugs in each police force area in each...

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many roadside checks for (a) speed, (b) use of seat belts and child restraints, (c) vehicle safety and roadworthiness and (d) driving...

      Police: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions her Department has used police cells to hold immigrants in each police force area in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Prevent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish her review of the Prevent strategy.

      Visas: Kunai Doshi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to decide on the application for a long stay visa from Mr Kunai Doshi, case reference number D1145300.

  • Treasury

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely number of work experience places he expects to be created in each (a) region, (b) local authority and (c)...

    • Child Tax Credit: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in child tax credits to people domiciled outside the UK in each of the last three years.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of a double-dip recession.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received regarding the decision not to distinguish between providers and intermediaries in respect of the Financial...

      Financial Stability Board: Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has made to the Financial Stability Board on exchange traded funds; (2) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 April 2011, Official Report, column 724-5W, on fuels: prices, if he will publish the pump price data collected by his Department.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight of 8 April 2011, ref. 1/91445/2011.

      Pensions: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of people were contracted (a) in and (b) out of defined benefit pension schemes in 2010.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the savings to the Exchequer of ending contracting out for defined-benefit public sector pension schemes.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that his proposals for electricity market reform support energy efficiency measures.

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of UK energy was generated from fossil fuels in each year since 2008.

      Fuel Poverty: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Sunderland he estimates were living in fuel poverty in 2009-10.

      Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the framework for the procurement of the first generation of communication and data service contracts for the development of smart...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects of his proposed floor price for carbon on the operating costs of companies in the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households previously on the waiting list for the Warm Front scheme who are no...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Citizenship Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has received on the Citizenship Survey.

    • First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the FirstBuy scheme in assisting first-time buyers.

      Historic Buildings: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether he has placed a requirement on any local planning authority (LPA) to supply in default professional advice in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the membership of the Local Government Resource Review working group is; what remuneration each member of the group...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) Liverpool city council, (c) the North West...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on reducing and preventing municipal waste.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to question 51594 on former regional development agency assets, tabled on 1 April 2011 for answer on 5...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Elephant Poaching: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking through international organisations to tackle the poaching of elephants in central and...

    • River Ecology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve the water quality and ecology of rivers in England.

      Private Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made on transferring the ownership of private sewers to statutory sewerage companies.

      Uplands Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on her Department’s uplands review.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to announce measures to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public sector job reduction targets have been set for her Department and its non-departmental public bodies for each of...

      EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, column 785W, on the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement,...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the future flood insurance models she is considering for implementation following the end of the...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether her Department has made an assessment of the effect of inability to obtain home and business flood insurance on...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has established any criteria for flood insurance for the new flood insurance framework after 2013.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to monitor the (a) supply of arms to and (b) use of arms by militia and other non-state groups...

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the British embassy in Kinshasa takes to monitor the situation of women in Eastern Congo; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Indonesia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of levels of religious freedom in Indonesia.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iraqi Government on Camp Ashraf; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of providing arms to the anti-government forces in Libya with UN Security...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye of 17 February 2011, on behalf of her constituent...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the (a) gross cost to the public purse and (b) net cost to the UK economy of the UK's...

      United Arab Emirates: AssetCo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the use of (a) military and (b) other equipment sold to the Government of United Arab Emirates by...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Crisis Loans: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the crisis loans made from the Social Fund were made as interim payments pending benefit receipt in each year since 2009; and what...

    • 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 in receipt of the middle rate of disability living allowance.

      Health Hazards: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on giving tenants in the private rented sector the choice of whether to receive local housing allowance directly.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effects on levels of private sector lending to housing associations of changes in the number of housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he had had with representatives of (a) social landlords, (b) local authorities, (c) lenders, (d) third sector organisations...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of likely claimant (a) on-flow and (b) off-flow rates for housing benefit in each year to 2019-20.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on individual families of the changes in housing allowances...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to retain or reinstate arrangements for housing benefit to be paid direct to private landlords.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of any change in the (a) number and (b) value of rent arrears in the private rented sector since the introduction...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on whether tenants in the private rented sector should be able to decide who receives their housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there will be provision for tenants in the private rented sector to decide to whom the housing element of universal credit is paid.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from (a) Shelter and (b) Crisis on the direct payment to landlords of housing benefit in respect of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the preferences of private sector housing tenants in respect of...

      Incapacity Benefit: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many recipients of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance mental health was a factor in their incapacity for...

      National Identity Fraud Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases were referred to the National Identity Fraud Unit in each year since 1997; how many such cases were investigated in each such...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to apply the health and safety regulations associated with the offshore oil and gas sector to offshore wind development in the UK.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) fraud and (b) error rate was in the administration of the basic state pension in each of the last five years; how many basic state...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has had discussions with representatives of organisations representing people with fibromyalgia on proposals for face-to-face...

      Remploy: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the amounts were of the five largest bonuses paid to Remploy employees in each year since 2005; (2) how much was awarded in bonuses...

      Remploy: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what bonus payments were made to staff of Remploy in 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he intends that the proposed £26,000 benefit cap will be applied in combination with the 13- week rule applied to housing benefit...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his planned changes to the pension age begin in 2016 for women and 2018 for men.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of women he expects to work for longer before reaching pension age in each year from the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the birthday date for qualification for winter fuel allowance will be for (a) men and (b) women in each of the next 15 years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he conducted an equality impact assessment in respect of his decision to increase the qualification age for winter fuel allowance in...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have been recruited to each of the armed forces in each month since the date of the strategic defence and security review; and how...

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the future of the Defence Technical College; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies with headquarters in (a) the UK and (b) the US have received contracts for over £50,000 for work at Menwith Hill in each year since...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to engage with interested parties in his review of the reserve forces; (2) what considerations he gave to synchronising his...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses entered into liquidation in England in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure his Department incurred on its website in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many people...

      Exports: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library the country by country arms export data for (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 in the same format as...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2011, Official Report, column 304W, on the Green Investment Bank, if he will bring forward the...

      Higher Education: Performance Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) drop-out and (b) course transfer rate at each university in England was for students starting degrees in (i) 2005,...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which providers of for-profit higher education services he has met in each of the last six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the drop-out rates were at those for-profit higher education institutions where students received loans via the Student...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to amend the requirement to renew the grant of degree-awarding powers to private providers of higher education;...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the core and margin model in relation to student numbers in higher education; and if he will make a statement.

      London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many representations he has received on the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since its...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of the Higher Education (Higher Amount) (England) Regulations...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether graduate entry medical students will be required to cover the cost of their tuition fees for the first year of study in...

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates he met ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury to discuss the implications for investment in North Sea oil and gas...

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the implications for investment in North...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the policy of UK Trade and Investment is on support for UK-based companies that develop and export tar sands oil extraction...

      Professional Development Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the withdrawal of professional development loans by retail...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria will be used to assess the (a) viability and (b) efficacy of Round 2 bids for the Regional Growth Fund in (i) the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of the phantom share element of Royal Mail's Colleague Shares scheme; and if he will make a...

      Technology Strategy Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the core budget for the Technology Strategy Board was for each of the last three years; what that budget will be for each of...

      Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made on the Doha round; and if he will make a statement.

      World Intellectual Property Organisation: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to support the adoption of the legally binding treaty for the visually impaired and other...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been prosecuted for selling alcohol to those who are under the legal age each year since 2000.

    • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for the ratification of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement.

      Anti-social Behaviour: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 April (WA4-5), on what basis, and by whom, the eight police forces which are to trial a new...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 5 April (WA343), whether they have initiated, or plan to initiate, preliminary discussions on routes to...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific objectives have been set for the National Apprenticeship Service for the current year.

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

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

      Armed Forces: Homecoming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Ireland regarding holding a homecoming march past by the Royal Irish Rangers on their return from Afghanistan.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the political and human rights situation in Saudi Arabia; and whether they have made representations regarding the use of Saudi Arabian...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the superinjunction granted to Sir Fred Goodwin, and referred to by Mr John Hemming MP on 10 March (Official Report, Commons col. 1069), relates to events...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that Irish banks selling products in the United Kingdom are subject to the same standard of regulation as United Kingdom banks.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) alcoholics, and (b) drug addicts, are in receipt of (1) disability living allowance, and (2) incapacity benefit.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the kestrel population in the United Kingdom.

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for elderly people of occupying care homes under licences which can require them to leave at four weeks' notice....

      Care Services: Day Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the needs of elderly and vulnerable people faced with closure of day centres previously provided by local authorities.

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answers by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 April (WA384-5) and 23 March (WA174), why the Polish population in Scotland and England of 1.1 per cent...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to deal with childhood obesity.

      Cornwall: EU Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds were allocated to Cornwall in objective one funding in the most recent programming period; and when the funding will begin and end.

      Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will address the skill gaps and shortages in the United Kingdom outlined recently by Professor Steve Smith, president of Universities UK, Professor...

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 3 May (WA332), how exactly they are "looking at every possible way to stop interest rates from spiralling out of...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel regarding access to Gaza via the Erez border crossing for foreign parliamentary delegations.

      Government: Red Tape Challenge

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which regulations on discrimination and harassment they are referring in the Red Tape Challenge when asking whether they should be scrapped altogether or be...

      Health: Diabetic Macular Oedema

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 May (HL8627 and HL8628), whether they will make an assessment of the prevalence of diabetic macular oedema.

      Health: Homeopathy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the current review of the homeopathy content of the Department of Health website, they will make clear on the website that homeopathy has been...

      Health: Kidney Transplants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients aged 60 and over have received kidney transplants in the past five years for which figures are available; and whether there is an upper age limit...

      Health: Kidney Transplants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current waiting time for patients who have been deemed suitable for a kidney transplant.

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there is an increase in the number of patients suffering from mental health conditions; and whether the use of mood-changing drugs may be a factor.

      Health: Paediatric Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation took place with hospital trusts to obtain evidence used in the review of children's heart surgery units.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are inconsistencies in the decisions of immigration judges and in the procedures of immigration bail hearings; and, if so, what plans they have to...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rights of Bedouin herding communities in the West Bank; and what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel to...

      Justice: Family Justice Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will have regard to the final report of the Family Justice Review before introducing legislation on the subject matter of the review.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that victims of domestic abuse, forced marriage and human trafficking are not adversely affected by changes to legal aid.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure the safety of any United Kingdom deployed personnel in the event of their being taken prisoner by the forces loyal to Muammar...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken any planning, either unilaterally or with international partners, to increase military engagement on the ground in the event of a lack...

      Medical Practitioners: Non-EU Nations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 March (WA97-8), whether they consider that the number of United Kingdom medical graduates needed to fill current...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department is responsible for establishing the National Crime Agency; whether this has changed; and whether the Office of Fair Trading and the Financial...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Clinical Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 May (HL8631), what is their assessment of the impact on patient safety of the use of unlicensed comparators in...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for national insurance numbers have been made in total by nationals of each European Union country since 1997; and what is the total number...

      NHS: Allied Health Professional Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to collate information about the number of redundancies, vacancies, average caseload, referrals and waiting times for ancillary medical...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was (a) the revenue expenditure, and (b) the approved revenue resource limit, for each primary care trust in the East of England region of the National Health...

      NHS: Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was (a) the revenue expenditure, and (b) the approved revenue resource limit, for each hospital trust (including foundation trusts) in the East of England...

      Railways: Caledonian Sleeper

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government to ensure that, in anticipation of the end of the current franchise agreement with First ScotRail in...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the costs of tendering for railway franchises to the public purse, bidders and passengers respectively.

      Schools: Race Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence was used to assess the race equality impact for black school pupils who are prevented from making appeals against their permanent school exclusions...

      Shipping: Irish Lights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the detail of the timetable for the Irish Government to provide full funding for the Commissioners of Irish Lights has been established; and whether an...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 24 January (WA122), whether they have received any further news concerning Ms Hassan; and what is the...

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been prosecuted for selling tobacco products to those who are under the legal age each year since 2000.

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