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Written answers

Monday, 16 May 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contracts his Department holds which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; to which contracts this applies;...

  • Transport

    • Car Hire: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the level of road safety of requiring car rental and leasing companies to hire vehicles to...

    • Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of speeding fines issued to citizens of EU countries other than the UK were paid in each of the last five years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department’s consultation on High Speed 2 assesses the potential economic effects of the project on the level of air passenger demand.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the average house price within 1,000 metres of the route of High Speed 2 in Staffordshire in (a) February 2010 and (b) April 2011.

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many motorcycle examiners have worked with the Transport Research Laboratory on trials of the proposed new motorcycle test since June 2010;...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail on recent signal failures; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential role of targets in achieving reductions in deaths and serious injuries on roads.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 relating to taxis, private hire vehicles and accessibility for disabled persons and assistance...

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce the successful bidder for the Thameslink rolling stock order.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr Amess) of 3 May 2011, Official Report, columns 630-31W, on...

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 764, on broadcasting, whether he proposes to hold a public...

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to publish the minutes of meetings of the Creative Industry Council.

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what criteria he proposes to use to decide which organisations will be represented on the Creative Industries Council.

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many charities in Crewe and Nantwich constituency have (a) applied for and (b) received awards from the Heritage Lottery...

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what financial assistance (a) his Department and (b) the national lottery has given to (i) amateur sports clubs and (ii)...

      Scratch Cards: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the potential effect on levels of gambling (a) in general and (b) among vulnerable people of the...

  • Scotland

    • Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date he most recently met representatives of the Scottish oil and gas industry; and what the outcome was of those discussions.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to make it easier for community groups to establish allotments.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to improve the level of animal health and welfare in the (a) farming and (b) pet industry...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will include in the proposed Roadmap to a Green Economy a commitment to (a) measure and (b) reduce the UK's total...

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinarians are employed in her Department's legal team.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps her Department has taken in respect of horse owners who do not possess a passport for a horse; and if she...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the illegal importation of ivory.

      Palm Oil: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to support the mandatory labelling of palm oil on food packaging in negotiations on the...

      Pesticides: Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many acres of arable cropland are regularly treated with neonicotinoid pesticides; where such croplands are located; and...

      Pets: Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to tackle the sale of unauthorised herbal and homeopathic pet remedies in 2011; and if...

      Pigeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department is taking steps to reduce the number of pigeons in England.

      River Rom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps have been taken to improve, manage and maintain the River Rom in Essex.

      Rural Areas: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bodies have participated in the LEADER programme in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimates she has made of the number of black squirrels in England.

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to ensure the long-term survival of red squirrels in England; (2) what recent...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many voluntary groups in the west midlands have joined the Big Tree Plant scheme.

      UN Convention on Biodiversity's Nagoya Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what (a) date and (b) process she intends to sign and ratify the UN Convention on Biodiversity's Nagoya Protocol on access...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided for the provision of education in Bangladesh to children with special education needs.

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department provided to Burma in 2009-10; and how much it plans to provide to that country for (a) cross-border...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the funding allocated by his Department to support the forthcoming presidential and legislative elections in the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on recent disruption by the Congolese...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which overseas countries UK-employed staff of his Department are based; and how many such employees are based in each such country.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to enable children who do not have access to education to do so.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to assist the UN World Food Programme.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Security Certificate

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

    • Security Certificate

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, on what date the security certificate for the Independent...

  • Attorney-General

    • David Kelly

      To ask the Attorney-General how many representations he has received on the need for a coroner's inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many postal votes were issued for (a) the 2010 general election and (b)...

    • Alternative Vote

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, for what reason no counting of votes for the referendum on the alternative vote was...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the rights of Christians are observed in Afghanistan.

    • Bahrain: United Arab Emirates

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

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on facilitating grave-tending visits to the Chagos Islands in each of the last 10 years.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are stationed in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people illegally residing in the British Indian Ocean Territory were evicted in each of the last 10 years.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Marine Protected Area around the Chagos archipelago is enforced.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what additional pay he plans to provide to officials in his Department in the period from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013 to...

      Hamas: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the acquisition by Hamas of long-range rocket and high-specification anti-aircraft...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to enable Chagos Islanders to return to the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      Israel: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on Israel's security concerns since 14 February 2011; and if he will...

      Middle East: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, columns 395-6W, on Middle East: anti-Semitism, if he will place in the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his UN counterparts on Judge Goldstone's recent comments on his report on the Gaza war; and if...

      Middle East: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has distributed guidance to British nationals in (a) Tunisia, (b) Egypt and (c) Libya during the recent...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to press (a) Hamas and (b) other Palestinian terrorist organisations to renounce violence; what...

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of comments by the leadership of Hamas on the...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to address the humanitarian needs of Yemen; (2) what support he is providing to the...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much aid the UK provided to Yemen in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the alcohol industry on the alcohol content of their products.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-asylum cases were granted settlement outside the immigration rules in each year since 1997.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to ensure that housing provided to asylum seekers meets the needs of its tenants.

      Crime: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of crimes committed by nationals of other EU member states in the latest period for which figures...

      Criminal Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to implement the recommendations of the Mason Review of criminal record disclosures to remove old and minor...

      Detainees: Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what comparison the UK Border Agency has made of the cost of calling cards for the new telephone system for detainees with the price of...

      Departmental Refreshments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on (a) bottled water and (b) coffee in each month of the last five years.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were fined for speeding in England and Wales in each year since 2008 in each police force area.

      Marriage of Convenience: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2011, Official Report, columns 673-4W, on Operation Gomozia, how many arrests have been made of non-EU...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pornographic images of children were removed from the internet following investigations by (a) police forces and (b) her...

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has held with interested parties on tier 4 student visas.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the (a) Gay Police Association, (b) National Black Police Association and (c) Christian Police Association received from her...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers in each police force area were identified as members of each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to make a decision on implementation of the recommendations of the (a) Hutton and (b) Winsor reports in respect of police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place for the approval of police forces exchanging undercover police officers with police forces in other countries.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date she last met Jan Berry to discuss recommendations for reducing the burden of administration on police forces.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of national police recruitment campaigns in each budgetary category was in each police force area in each of the last five...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications to join the force each police force received in each year since 1997; and how many officers were recruited in each such...

      Police: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in Nottinghamshire have been made redundant in the last three months.

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detectives have left police forces under rule A19 in 2011.

      Police: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which company has been awarded the contract for the proposed biometric vetting scheme for police recruits; (2) whether she has...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stops and searches were conducted in each police force area (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 population in each year since 1997; and...

      Stop and Search: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their vehicles stopped and searched under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in each year since 2006;...

      Stop and Search: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their vehicle stopped and searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2005; and how many of...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 visa holders extended their leave to remain by switching in-country to a Tier 2 (General) visa category in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Visas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the cost of visas.

  • Justice

    • Career Breaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department and its agencies have taken career breaks of (a) three to six months, (b) six to 12 months, (c) one to two years, (d)...

    • Charter of Fundamental Rights: EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government was represented at the Ninth Meeting of the National Liaison Officers held by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to introduce legislation to implement his policy proposals for reform of civil litigation.

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the representations made by defendant insurance companies in response to Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil litigation costs.

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations (a) he and (b) his Department have received from defendant insurance companies since the publication of Lord Justice Jackson's...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of his proposed reform of civil litigation costs on people who have sustained long-term disabilities...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to hold a public consultation as part of the review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

      Domestic Violence: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued for wasting police time in cases where the accused had previously made an allegation of domestic...

      Human Rights Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will instruct his legal representatives to intervene on one or more cases in respect of recent judgments in terms of the balance between articles 8...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people resident in (a) Sunderland and (b) the North East received legal aid in each of the last five years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many serving prisoners have been in prison for longer than their tariff length; and in which prisons those prisoners are located; (2) for what...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the provisions of Prison Service Instruction 06/2011 on Prisoner Communications—Correspondence, how many prisoners have been (a)...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners have been released under home detention curfew in error in each year that figures are available; (2) how many prisoners have...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners he estimates will have their release dates recalculated following the issuing of Prison Service Instruction 55/2010 on Sentence...

      Prisoners: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost to the public purse was of postage on behalf of prisoners sending (a) statutory letters and (b) special letters in each of the last...

      Prisoners: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of prisoners with protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010 for each type of...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners (a) are held in prison and (b) were so held in May 2010; and what steps he is taking to reduce the number of such...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of providing activities in prisons in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse was of the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff working in prisons have been (a) investigated on suspicion of, (b) disciplined for and (c) dismissed for providing unauthorised items to...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were reprimanded for bringing prohibited substances into prison in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff working in prisons have undergone treatment for substance abuse in each of the last three years; and how many staff were undergoing...

      Prisons: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost is of implementing Prison Service instruction 32/2011 on ensuring equality in 2011-12.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many security breaches occurred in each prison in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place for the collection by his Department of reports of prison establishments which have (a) persistent breaches of security...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) shotgun cartridges, (b) mobile phones, (c) replica firearms, (d) blank rounds, (e) flick knives, (f) SIM cards, (g) mobile phone...

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners he estimates are affected by bedding standards in respect of fire retardancy set out in Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 22/2011; and...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to cease to fund any of its functions over the period of the comprehensive spending review.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of affordable housing his Department uses.

    • Affordable Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding from the public purse he allocated to the HOLD scheme in the last 12 months; (2) if he will estimate the...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the operation of the localised council tax benefit.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what equality impact assessment he plans to undertake on his proposed changes to council tax benefit.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to cease to fund any of its functions over the period of the comprehensive spending review.

      Housing: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to provide new housing stock for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities;...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to review the operational and enforcement guidance for the housing, health and safety rating system in the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce the conclusions of his review of statutory duties placed on local government.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department is providing to private sector organisations on the abolition of regional spatial strategies.

      Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data his Department collects on the activities of unscrupulous landlords in the private rented sector.

      Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has any plans to bring forward legislation to tackle unscrupulous landlords.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the Planning Inspectorate held a Gypsy and Traveller workshop in November 2009; who attended the workshop; what...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) workshops and (b) meetings were held by the Planning Inspectorate with representatives of Gypsy and Traveller...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what advice he received in advance of deciding not to proceed with option 2 of the planning for Traveller sites...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions his Department had with (a) the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and (b) representatives from Gypsy and...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals involving Gypsy and Traveller sites have been (a) upheld and (b) refused by the Planning Inspectorate...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve access to drugs subject to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence funding for cancer patients in...

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support and advice his Department gives to people who wish to plan for self-funded care in later life; and if he will make a statement.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients contracted C. difficile while in hospital in Havering in the last five years.

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to protect the blood supply from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who are considered to be at risk of contracting variant Creuztfeldt-Jakob disease; (2) what...

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people diagnosed with variant Creuztfeldt-Jakob disease.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists' surgeries he has visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Disability: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that local advocacy services meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities; and if he...

      Disability: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the specific housing needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities; and if he will...

      Preventable Diseases: South Asian Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to tackle preventable diseases in South Asian communities; (2) what steps he is taking to provide information on diabetes...

      GP Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries he has visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Health Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) allied health professionals work in GP clinics in each London borough.

      Health Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs practise in each London borough.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients contracted MRSA while in hospitals in Havering in the last five years.

      Hospitals: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) paramedics and (d) dentists have been injured on duty by a patient in the last five years.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pieces of correspondence his Department received (a) in favour of and (b) against removing hospital car parking charges in England in the latest...

      Hospitals: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has plans to increase security in hospitals; (2) what recent discussions he has had on security in hospitals.

      Hospitals: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals he has visited in an official capacity in the last year.

      John Radcliffe Hospital: Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the development of the electronic blood transfusion system at the John Radcliffe Hospital was first initiated.

      Liverpool Primary Care Trust: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent on (a) advertising promotions and (b) promotions by Liverpool primary care trust in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what clinical studies are required in respect of new high risk implantable devices to be used in surgery; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many opticians' premises he has visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to cease to fund any of its functions over the period of the comprehensive spending review.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been prescribed Ritalin in England in each of the last five years.

      Seasonal Affective Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on seasonal affective disorder and the NHS.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the predominant determinants of smoking initiation.

      Surgery: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations on NHS patients were carried out by private sector organisations in each year since 2000.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 March 2011, Official Report, columns 66-68WS, on the Tobacco Control Plan (England), what...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with representatives from the tobacco industry in the last 12 months.

      Tobacco: Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to make available the conclusions of the proposed consultation on plain packaging of tobacco products before the entry into force...

      Tobacco: Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to include a sunset clause in any amended regulations on the display of tobacco products in retail premises; (2) whether he plans...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Directors: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when she plans to respond to Lord Davies' recommendations on increasing the numbers of female directors; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the future capacity of the armed forces following the decisions made in the strategic defence and security review.

    • Defence Equipment: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the equipment available to the armed forces in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase UK defence exports.

      Operation Ellamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the commitment to Operation Ellamy; and if he will make a statement.

      Franco-British Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in developing a work programme for increased Franco-British co-operation on the acquisition of (a) submarine technologies and...

      Technical Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of defence technical training; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British-based private security companies were employed in operations in Afghanistan in the latest period for which information is available; and...

      RFA Largs Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of RFA Largs Bay.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reason letters are sent from his office to hon. Members giving information which cannot be true; (2) what responsibility he takes for replies sent to...

    • Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister on which occasions he has met the First Minister of (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland since his appointment.

      Prime Minister: Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister what matters were discussed during his meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel; who attended the meeting; what the duration of the meeting was; and if he will make a...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive state aid approval from the European Commission for the proposed changes announced in the 2011 Budget to (a) research and...

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to support credit unions.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential change to (a) the EU budget and (b) UK contributions to the EU budget arising from any sovereign defaults on loan payments...

      Financial Institutions: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid in redundancy or other severance compensation to each senior executive and director of a UK financial institution that has received...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of people resident in Crewe and Nantwich constituency who will no longer pay income tax consequent on the proposed increase...

      Libya: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the size is of the Treasury reserve he plans to provide for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

      Loans: Portugal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the EU financial rescue package for Portugal on the (a) integrity of the eurozone and (b) UK economy.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the surplus of the National Insurance Fund was in each of the last five years; and what proportion of receipts of the National Insurance Fund was...

      Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs plans to complete its review of the use of vehicle stop and search powers in Northern Ireland.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the Exchequer of social security payment transfers to be made under the provisions of EU Regulation...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

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

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what evidence his Department has evaluated relating to allegations of UK tax avoidance by (a) Vodafone, (b) Arcadia, (c) Diageo, (d) Shell and (e) Barclays...

      VAT: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) social clubs and (b) working men's clubs of the (i) increase in the rate of value added...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanism his Department has established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in accordance...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many contracts his Department holds which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; to which contracts this...

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what additional pay he plans to provide to officials in his Department in the period from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013 to reflect (a)...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to cease to fund any of its functions over the period of the comprehensive spending review.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what his policy is on the setting of installer qualification requirements under the Green Deal; (2) whether installers who will...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether an installer registered under the Green Deal will also be able to act as an assessor under that scheme.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the new Green Deal on suppliers of cavity wall insulation; and if he will make a statement.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how much he estimates the feed-in tariffs scheme would cost energy consumers if the rules on eligibility and tariff levels...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on the independent petrol retailing sector of the varying cost to the sector of premium...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the UK (a) Government and (b) downstream oil industry will be consulted on the terms of reference for the investigation by G20...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the UK (a) Government and (b) downstream oil industry will be involved in the investigation by G20 countries into the workings...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the Downstream Oil Industry Forum report to be published; and to whom it will be circulated.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the energy supply was generated from renewable energy sources in the UK in (a) 1997 and (b) 2010.

      Renewable Energy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the renewable energy sector in the UK in each of the last three...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the section of the report to the Radioactive Substances Committee of the OSPAR Convention for the...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and (b) Nuclear Management...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much each wind farm (a) operator and (b) site received in constraints payments in the last two financial years.

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to modify the constraints payments to wind farm operators as part of his plan for electricity market reform.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many contracts his Department holds which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; to which contracts this applies; in...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of retendering Government contracts for IT suppliers since May 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance: Norwich City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of attendance allowance in the Norwich city council local authority area in the latest period for which figures...

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of cases of asthma caused by high exposure to flour within the baking industry.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials in his Department are provided with mobile communication devices; and how much his Department spent on mobile telephones and...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on ministerial travel by (a) ministerial car, (b) train, (c) bus, (d) commercial aircraft and (e) private...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many responses he has received to his Department's consultation document on the reform of disability living allowance.

      Employment Agencies

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of recipients of employment and support allowance there would be in the (a) work related activity group and (b)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of contributory employment and support allowance claimants in (a) the work-related activity group...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the new Work programme contractors his Department estimates are planning to sub-contract to voluntary sector organisations in (a)...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account his Department took of (a) price and (b) previous performance in the assessment of bids for contracts for the Work programme.

      Employment: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the sustainability of the increase in the level of private sector employment which took place during the quarter...

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits are available to 16 to 18-year-olds with long-term health conditions who are (a) in employment, (b) unable to work as a result of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Denbighshire were in receipt of housing benefit in each of the last five years.

      Industrial Accidents: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the policy of the Health and Safety Commission is on investigation by the Health and Safety Executive of each industrial accident that...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department monitors the effectiveness of Jobcentre Plus centres in providing long-term employment.

      Jobcentre Plus: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many assaults occurred at Jobcentre Plus establishments and their predecessor benefit offices in each year from 1997 to 2010.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people whose claim for Support for Mortgage Interest ceased as a consequence of the rules on the two...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were (a) issued and (b) current in each year since 2007.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the operation of the new housing element of state pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any future recipients of welfare payments to couples where one person is above the qualifying age for state pension credit and their...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the contribution to meeting his Department's planned efficiency savings which will be made by reducing sickness...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fines were issued for benefit fraud in each year since 2006; and how much was received from such fines in each such year.

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the likely effect of the cap on benefit entitlement on the financial incentives and disincentives for...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the number of people eligible to receive a state pension in each of the next 10 years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consideration he has given to bringing forward proposals to ensure that returning officers meet agreed standards in the (a) organisation and (b) timing of...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated assessing any correlation between levels of business taxation...

    • Exports: United Arab Emirates

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

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date he applied for EU state aid approval for the creation of the Green Investment Bank.

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of his Department’s employees work out of premises in the London borough of Havering.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the right hon. Member for Bermondsey (Simon Hughes) and Old Southwark on the implications of his...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether public schools will be able to sponsor off-quota places in universities under his proposals; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of schools in Reading West constituency sent at least one pupil to the university of (a) Oxford and...

      Office of Fair Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of resources available to the Office of Fair Trading to carry out the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the calculation of redundancy pay for staff of regional development agencies in circumstances where there...

      Space: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contribution the funding allocated to science centres in the 2011 Budget will make to the space industry.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the potential effect of changes to higher education tuition fees on the ability of graduates to secure a mortgage.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what prominence he plans to give to information on the absence of any requirements for students to pay tuition fees upfront in...

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2011, Official Report, column 715W, on innovation, with which centres funded by regional...

  • House of Lords

    • Allotments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the shortfall in allotment provision by local authorities; and what is the average time someone has to spend on a waiting list before...

    • Allotments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to ensure that land provided for allotments has a presumption against development for any other purpose.

      Arts and Humanities Research Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants of over £100,000 have been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the past 12 months; and what was the date, recipient, amount and...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance with human rights of the actions of Saudi Arabian forces in Bahrain; and what representations have they made to...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are circumstances in which it would be possible to extend the current term of the Governor of the Bank of England, or to appoint him for a third term.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are pressing for a review of the basis on which international banks calculate risk weightings for assets in order to achieve global consistency.

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sums were intended to be repaid to the United Kingdom under the agreement rejected in the recent second referendum in Iceland; how they intend to pursue the...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Financial Services Authority will be producing the Report on the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland which they committed to publish by the end of March.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 6 April (WA 381), which aspects of the incapacity benefit reassessment process will now be enhanced.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children and young people up to and including age 16 who have been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have also...

      Elections: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will hold an investigation into the length of time the elections in Northern Ireland on 5 May took to be counted.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 May (HL8617), in what ways the two reviews conducted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

      EU: Republic of Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether legal opinion was sought from the Attorney-General concerning the accession by the Republic of Cyprus to European Union membership on 1 May 2004; whether...

      Finance: Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to stimulate activity in the residential mortgage-backed securities and covered bonds markets.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (a) the ability of the de facto Government of Gaza to enforce law and order, and (b) the impact of Israel's siege upon this.

      Government Departments: Mobile Communication Devices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff in the Cabinet Office are issued with mobile communication devices; and what work has been done to ensure the value for money of this policy. To ask...

      Hallmarking: Gold and Silver

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total annual cost to public funds of the British gold and silver hallmarking system.

      Health: Smallpox

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the risk of a re-emergence of smallpox as a threat to public health; what precautionary measures they have in place to protect the...

      Health: Surgical Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider a dispensation to the guidelines issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which currently prohibit...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Telephone Calls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the target for HM Revenue and Customs tax offices for the proportion of telephone calls to be answered within a specified number of rings or time; and what...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what principal changes they plan to make in the composition, operation and functions of the House of Lords.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many troops and civilian experts they have deployed, or intend to deploy, to support training of forces opposed to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

      Local Government Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants were made to local authorities under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 from 31 March 2010 to the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of funding provided to British orchestras (including youth and chamber orchestras); and what contribution such funding...

      Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they provide any funding to the London Mozart Players; and whether they will review this level of funding.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 14 December (WA 173-4), whether they will now publish their exchange of views on the Northern Ireland...

      Places of Religious Worship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recently published findings of the National Churches Trust's survey of the state of repair of Britain's churches; and whether they...

      Road Accidents: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that victims severely injured in road traffic accident cases will continue to receive a level of compensation proportionate to their needs.

      Sport: Cricket

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated to encouraging participation in cricket among young people in London in the last five years.

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to reduce or abolish VAT on the retrofitting of existing structures, both domestic and commercial, if adequate standards of insulation are...

      Water Supply: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the extent to which national demand for water would be reduced if all domestic and commercial users had their supply metered and were...

      Water Supply: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the approximate annual progress in the installation of (a) domestic, and (b) commercial, water meters.

      Water Supply: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when in their estimation the installation of water meters will be complete for (a) domestic, and (b) commercial, users.

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what consultation took place, (b) when, and (c) with whom, about the equality impact assessments relating to the Welfare Reform Bill.

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