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Written answers

Friday, 13 May 2011

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Audio Recordings

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 4 April 2011, Official Report, column 566W, on motions:...

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice has been given to Ministers on mobile telephone security in the last three months.

    • Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has considered the merits of extending the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme beyond the end of 2011.

  • Health

    • NHS: Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS ambulances were damaged while in service in the last five years.

    • Sickle Cell Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on sickle cell anaemia and the NHS.

      Air Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS air ambulances are in service; and whether he has plans to increase this number.

      Departmental Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many official trips he has made abroad in the last 12 months; and what expenditure his Department has incurred on such visits.

      Hospitals: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of expenditure on hospital libraries in the last five years.

      NHS Bursary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the cost of the NHS bursary scheme in each of the financial years from 2011-12 to 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Bursary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS bursary scheme will continue to cover tuition fees following the implementation of the Higher Education (Higher Amounts) (England)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of the number of immigrants that would be affected by the proposed introduction of a seven-year minimum...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Office has taken to support the big society initiative.

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Office are participating in volunteering activities as part of his Office's involvement in the big society initiative.

  • Justice

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and victims' services to be completed.

    • Cumulative Jackson Proposals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the impact assessment of the Cumulative Jackson Proposals, whether he has taken steps to verify independently the results table in...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many invoices his Department received in respect of goods or services supplied by tier 1 suppliers between 1 May 2010 and 1 April 2011; and how many...

      Earned Privilege Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) foreign national prisoners and (b) immigration detainees were involved in incentive and earned privilege schemes in each of the last...

      Judicial Review: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to revise the Boxall rules on costs in judicial review cases.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims were brought in the Administrative Court under a conditional fee agreement using legal aid and in any other funding category in each of...

      Legal Aid: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in responding to his Department's consultation on the reform of legal aid; and when he plans to issue the response.

      Legal Aid: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the name is of each respondent to his Department's consultation on the reform of legal aid.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has received reports of prisoners who have been identified as presenting a risk to children who have (a) requested and (b) been granted...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have taken part in the payment by results programme at HMP Peterborough to date; how long each such offender was in custody in HMP...

      Prisons: Crimes of violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of attacks on (a) prison staff and (b) prisoners were recorded in prisons where the victim (i) was and (ii) was not hospitalised...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) covert tests, (b) unannounced tests and (c) planned tests with the objective of testing security processes, procedures and equipment in...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many tests designed to test security processes, procedures and equipment in prisons identified areas of concern in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals attempted to commit suicide in the prison estate in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010.

      Young Offenders: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent reports he has received on the effectiveness of the intensive alternative to custody pilot schemes for young adult offenders; (2) how...

      Young Offenders: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has for the future of the intensive fostering programme for juvenile offenders.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision exists for training placements for nurses in military hospitals.

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Nimrod R1 will be retired; when the RC-135W Air Seeker will come into service; and which assets will fill the SIGINT and ELINT capability in the...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals have been made by his Department to its French counterparts on the future joint operation of ship submersible ballistic nuclear fleets.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Deaths: Liver Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths from (a) liver cancer and (b) other liver disease there have been in (i) England and (ii) each parliamentary constituency in each of the...

    • Departmental Pensions

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

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the initiative to reduce back office IT costs across government.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new businesses have been started in (a) Crewe and Nantwich constituency, (b) Cheshire East unitary authority, (c) the North West and (d) the UK...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of progress in enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to tender for Government procurement contracts; and if he will...

      Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the quality of public statistics; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Brighton and Hove: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many ring-fenced grants provided by his Department were available for Brighton and Hove city council to claim in 2011-12; how much is available in...

    • Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to provide additional assistance to schools for the administration of 16 to 19 bursaries.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to communicate to students details of the eligibility criteria for the proposed 16 to 19 bursary system; and what funds...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what dates students requesting 16 to 19 bursary funding in financial year 2011-12 will receive their first payment.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department plans to give schools and colleges on the final date on which applications for 16 to 19 bursaries may be submitted for...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) school sixth forms and (b) further education colleges he expects to offer 16 to 19 bursaries in academic year 2011-12.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to prevent any discrimination in the administration of the proposed 16 to 19 bursary scheme.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to publicise and raise awareness of the 16 to 19 bursary scheme; and how much funding he has allocated for that purpose.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, columns 49-50W, on free schools, what criteria his Department used in making decisions to...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what number and proportion of children (a) receiving and (b) not receiving free school meals were entered for GCSEs in English, mathematics, science,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what number and proportion of children (a) receiving and (b) not receiving free school meals attained grade C or above at GCSE in English, mathematics,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children of each ethnicity achieved A* to C GSCE grades in English, mathematics, one language, two sciences and history or geography in 2010.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 5 April 2011, Official Report, columns 779-80W, on health education: sex, when he plans to place copies of the information in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of schools in Coventry sent at least one pupil to the university of (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge in each of the last 13 years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter of 17 March 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton transferred from the Chancellor of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government intends to exempt any regulations from the moratorium on new domestic regulation for small businesses...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many press officers his Department employs.

      Private Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2011, Official Report, column 669W, on private rented housing: regulation, whether (a) sole...

      UK Trade & Investment: AssetCo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether staff of UK Trade & Investment have provided (a) advice and (b) support to AssetCo plc; in which years such advice...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what information his Department holds on the criteria Camelot applies in considering existing businesses with lottery...

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations (a) his Department and (b) the National Lottery Commission have received on the practices of Camelot in...

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many organisations have submitted to his Department expressions of interest to operate the new national television spine...

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport by what date he expects the first local television stations to begin broadcasting.

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what plans he has for future development of local television services; (2) what progress has been made on the bidding...

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much resource his Department has allocated to manage the bidding process for a new national television spine.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Pensions

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

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce details of his proposed pilot land auctions; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Resource Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to complete the review of the funding formula as part of the local government resource review.

      Ordnance Survey: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total gross cost to the public purse is of the Ordnance Survey's new offices at Adanac Park, Southampton.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain: United Arab Emirates

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

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) name and (b) address is of each building owned by his Department; and what the estimated monetary value is of each...

      Embassies: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent in the last two years on improvements to embassy and high commission properties in each...

      Shoaib Assadullah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Afghan Government on the case of Shoaib Assadullah; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with UN counterparts on the UN Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka

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

      West Africa: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the threat to UK shipping from piracy off the coast of West Africa.

  • Treasury

    • Corporation Tax: Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average value to businesses of his decision to reduce the main rate of corporation tax to 26% with effect from April 2011.

    • Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is taking steps to encourage his counterparts (a) in the US Administration and France and (b) other members of the Paris Club to introduce...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is taking steps to encourage (a) Jersey and (b) other British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories to introduce legislation in line with...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what efficiency savings will be required of the Valuation Office Agency in each of the next four years; and what changes in staffing levels are planned.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2011, Official Report, column 1166W, on excise duties: fuel, if he will submit an application to the European Commission...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the letter of 20 April 2011 from the hon. Member for Walsall North regarding changes to public sector pensions has not yet been transferred...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what arrangements he has put in place in connection with the payment of £250 salary increases to lower-paid workers employed by the Government;...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether funding granted to wireless microphone owners towards the cost of replacing redundant channel 69 equipment will be classified as a grant for...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2011, Official Report, column 529W, on telephone services, how many telephone calls staff in the Debt Management Telephone...

      Taxation: Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the average change to the level of income in (a) real terms and (b) cash terms as a result of his decision to increase...

      Taxation: Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who will no longer be eligible to pay income tax following his decision to increase the personal...

      Taxpayers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely number of income tax payers in 2011-12.

  • House of Lords

    • Children: Access

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ensure that non-resident parents who are responsible for the support of their children have proper access to, and contact with, their children.

    • Criminal Justice Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will amend Section 329 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 in response to the observations of the Court of Appeal in Adorian v Commissioner of Police...

      Cyprus: British High Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how duties and responsibilities are shared between the United Kingdom embassy in Athens and the British High Commission (BHC) in Nicosia; whether there is a...

      Diplomatic Missions: State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 April (HL8410), in what circumstances human rights considerations are not necessarily criteria for...

      Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to make the holding but not the use of a mobile telephone while driving an offence.

      Education: English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether students who have special educational needs, health or social problems, or are carers, can complete the English Baccalaureate after the age of 16.

      EU: Republic of Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision to admit the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union on 1 May 2004 in the light of recent reports about the role...

      Falkland Islands: Queen's Birthday Celebrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they transported a military band to the Falkland Islands to celebrate the Queen's birthday on 21 April after their musical instruments were removed before...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage the Government of Kenya to outlaw female genital mutilation following recent protests by young women in Kenya against this practice.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent violence in Gaza and southern Israel; and what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel to prevent...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of organisations in Gaza that subscribe to Salafist-influenced Islamic ideology.

      Government Departments: e-mails

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance private office staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office receive about managing e-mail correspondence from parliamentarians to Ministers; and what...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, in conjunction with the United Kingdom national human rights institutions, in compiling a measurement framework of standard...

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the United Kingdom contribution to the office costs and travel expenses of (a) the Office of the Middle East quartet representative, and (b) Mr Tony...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Israel's handling of non-violent protests in Bil'in in the West Bank.

      Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in Kosovo.

      Law Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rates of implementation of Law Commission reports has improved, as envisaged by the protocol between the Lord Chancellor and the Law Commission of...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Strathclyde on 21 March (Official Report, col. 468), how they are working with other European Union member states to meet the needs...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Strathclyde on 21 March (Official Report, col. 468), how they will ensure that any solution to the crisis in Libya is not...

      Montenegro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Montenegro about discrimination in relation to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how recent developments between Hamas and Fatah will affect their policy in the Middle East.

      Panama

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and other British airlines about the possibility of a direct air link between Panama and the...

      Republic of Ireland: Celebrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 April (WA 144), how they ascertained that the celebration of the murder of police officers at...

      Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many grant-maintained schools, city technology colleges, academies, trust schools and free schools were established in each year from 1988 to April 2011.

      Schools: Free Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in London received free school meals in the years 2000 to 2010.

      Schools: Independent Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many for-profit schools have been established in each of the years 1997 to 2011.

      Schools: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage primary schools to provide pupils with access to ukulele teaching.

      Schools: Performance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which categories of schools in the United Kingdom performed best and worst according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development economic survey 2011.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have they made, and to whom, following the publication of the United Nations report into war crimes in Sri Lanka.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the continuing violence in Syria and the plea of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Government of Syria to stop killing its...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website regarding the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are consulting the Governments of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey over the situation in Syria and its possible impact on neighbouring countries.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the meeting of United States Senator John Kerry with President Bashar al-Assad, the United Kingdom will consult American colleagues about...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any intention to deploy a stabilisation response team, as is envisaged in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, to Syria at an...

      Yemen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in Yemen.

      Young Offenders: Education and Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisation will be responsible for managing the contracts that govern the delivery of education and training to people in young offenders' institutions...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide aid to assist in improving good governance and democratic oversight of Zimbabwe's armed forces following the elections.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Zimbabwe concerning persecution of Gertrude Hambira.

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