Written answers

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

  • Wales

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on special advisers' travel by (a) Government car, (b) private hire car, (c) train, (d) bus, (e) commercial aircraft and (f)...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to her Department.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) whether her Department will lead on the proposal for a process for Wales similar to the Calman Commission on devolution funding; (2) what recent...

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether her Department has made any payment to (a) the Manchester college, (b) Manchester college for arts and technology and (c) City college, Manchester...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any ministerial directions have been issued to the accounting officer of his Department since his appointment.

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Employment Schemes: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many voluntary organisations will be involved in the delivery of the Work programme in Barking and Dagenham; and what proportion of the...

      Incapacity Benefit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit in Glasgow South West constituency are receiving incapacity benefit because of (a) alcohol dependency,...

  • Justice

    • Aiding and Abetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2011, Official Report, columns 1259-60W, on joint enterprise, what steps he is taking to ensure the prosecution of all...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fixed penalty notices for disorder were issued for (a) shop theft and (b) criminal damage in each police force area in each year since their...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress has been made on the review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much each executive agency of his Department has spent on travel by (a) private hire vehicles, (b) trains, (c) buses, (d) commercial aircraft...

      Legal Aid: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much legal aid relating to the processing of immigration cases for former Gurkhas was paid to each law firm in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made on his proposed reforms to civil legal aid.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many vacancies there were at each prison directly operated by HM Prison Service in the (a) West Midlands and (b) East Midlands for each grade...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Tooting (Sadiq Khan) of 16 March 2011, Official Report, columns 459-61W, on the Prison Service:...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people who were released from prison having served a sentence for burglary were subsequently convicted of a similar offence (a) in total...

      Reoffenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted on more than one occasion for offences related to violent crime in each region in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of young people aged (a) 12 to 15 and (b) 16 and over in each local authority area are in custody; and what proportion of such children...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the European Commission's proposed 2010 Biodiversity Strategy.

    • Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent progress has been made on the implementation of the coastal access provisions of the Marine and Coastal...

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what models she has identified for insurance for areas of significant flood risk; what assessment she has made of such...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of her Department's compliance with the Statement of Principles on the provision of flood...

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from bodies representing local authority regulators on her Department's recently...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on cleaning rivers in the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what mechanism his Department has established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in accordance with the last date...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Office has spent on private vehicle hire for ministerial travel (a) in total and (b) for each Minister in his Department since 11 May 2010.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the merits and demerits of the Calman Commission process; and if he will make a statement.

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has made any payments to (a) the Manchester College, (b) Manchester College for Arts and Technology and (c) City College,...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff of his Department are entitled to work (a) full-time as trade union representatives and (b) part-time on trade union activities; how many...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that all available non-animal methods in scientific research are implemented.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to reduce the 12-year period for ending the use of wild caught primates for scientific research in the UK.

      Community Safety Local Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of business representation on community safety partnerships.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to her Department.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink driving offences were recorded in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and how many successful...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for spouse and partner visas have been denied on the basis that they have not met the English language requirements...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to address gaps in local data on migrant populations.

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to collect data on public opinion on migration following the discontinuation of the Citizenship Survey.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were detained for immigration purposes and then (a) deported and (b) released in the last six months of 2010 had been...

      Immigration: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2011, Official Report, column 683W, on entry clearances: India, which categories of natural person would...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the number of penalty notices for disorder issued for shop theft...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the United States Administration on inward investment into Northern Ireland.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the powers of the Northern Ireland Assembly to set the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on the implications for Northern Ireland...

      Pat Finucane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to announce the outcome of his consideration of whether to establish a public inquiry into the death of Pat Finucane; and if he...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what mechanism his Department has established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in accordance with the...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

  • Transport

    • Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much his Department has spent on maintaining cycle lanes in the last five years; (2) how much his Department has spent on promoting the use...

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people normally resident in EU countries other than the UK were liable to pay a speeding fine in England in each of the last five years.

      Great Western Railway: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the Great Western franchise beyond 2013.

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) position and (b) payband is of each member of staff of (i) his Department and (ii) High Speed Two assigned to work on the High Speed Two...

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether anyone acting on behalf of his Department or of High Speed Two Ltd approached any of the business leaders who wrote an open letter to the...

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to revise the service assumptions for demand modelling in respect of the High Speed Two proposals.

      HM Coastguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what definition of national resilience his Department uses in relation to its proposals for the future operating model for HM Coastguard.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor cars of each make registered on or prior to 1945 are recorded as still in existence by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department is making in ensuring that railway stations are more accessible.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from transport groups in the North West on links between west coast rail services and the channel tunnel; and if...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on future rail franchise agreements involving Welsh and cross-border rail lines.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to bring forward the Marine Navigation Bill proposed by the previous Administration.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

    • Faith Communities: Places of Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to identify the requirements of faith communities and places of worship within the national...

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments his Department and its agencies have made to (a) the Manchester college, (b) Manchester College for Arts and...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance his Department makes available to local authorities seeking to return houses in multiple occupation to single units.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to review the changes in permitted development rights for small-scale houses in multiple occupation (C4 use...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many invoices his Department received in respect of goods or services supplied by tier-1 suppliers between 1 May 2010 and...

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the merits of maintaining spending on the Government art collection at current levels.

      Olympic Games 2012: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the London Organising Committee of the Olympic games and (b) the Secretary of State...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to assess the outcomes of the School Olympics; and what criteria he will use to conduct that assessment.

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to encourage young people to join sports clubs.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elections: Armed Forces

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many armed forces personnel serving (a) abroad and (b) in Afghanistan were registered to vote in (i) total and (ii) each parliamentary constituency in...

    • Electoral Register: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities in Scotland participated in the data-matching pilot scheme aimed at increasing the number of people eligible to vote.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what changes have been made to the carbon reduction commitment levy, in respect of energy which is also covered by a climate change...

    • Climate Change: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of the Government's contribution of £1.5 billion to Fast Start finance for climate change from 2010 to 2012 will be...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward legislative proposals for the roll-out of display energy certificates to commercial properties.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much he plans to spend on feed-in tariffs; and how much was planned for expenditure on the scheme under the previous Administration.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to ensure that consular staff receive adequate training on legislation for prosecuting travelling sex offenders.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many invoices his Department received in respect of goods or services supplied by tier-1 suppliers between 1 May 2010 and 1...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanism his Department has established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in...

      Israel: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received of terrorist incidents in Israel since January 2011; how many British citizens were (a)...

      Malaysia: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Malaysian counterpart on (a) the right of refugees from Burma to live and work in Malaysia,...

      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 the United Arab...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what management and accounting mechanisms are in place to audit the utilisation of financial aid provided by his Department to (a)...

    • Departmental Billing

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

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of (a) abortions and (b) repeat abortions.

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism his Department has established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in accordance with the last date for...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to implement the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer in his 2009 annual report to appoint a national clinical director for...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on whether to mandate strategic health authorities to add fluoride to water supplies.

      Hospitals: North East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he and (b) any other Minister in his Department has visited a hospital in the north east since May 2010.

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS managers with previous experience in the private sector are recruited; what importance he places on experience...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from hon. Members representing Welsh constituencies on proposed reforms to the NHS in England.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his proposed amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to the NHS on the effect of the pause in the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill on the implementation of the proposed...

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist nurses for (a) breast cancer, (b) haemophilia and (c) sickle cell and thalassaemia there were in the latest period for which figures...

      Nurses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to protect nursing in the West Midlands from the reduction in nursing commissions planned by the West Midlands strategic health...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration the early years strategy will take of the effect on children's health of the provision of free school milk in nurseries.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in each local authority area received free milk in each of the last five financial years.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated for the provision of free milk in schools and nurseries in each of the last five financial years.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have yet to agree a final balance with the local education authority on transferring to academy status.

    • Academies: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of progress on the academies programme in (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading and (c) Berkshire.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many childcare places for children under five years were provided in each local authority area (a) in total and (b) as a full-time equivalent in...

      Disadvantaged: Milton Kenyes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children received free school meals in each school in the Milton Keynes local education authority area in the latest period for which figures...

      Drama: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated for the provision of dramatic arts in schools in 2011-12.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the £1,200 guaranteed bursary allocated from discretionary learner support funds for those in a vulnerable group is part of the same...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of applications for funding in academic year 2011-12 under the proposed 16 to 19 bursary.

      Free School Meals: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in Sunderland received free school meals in the last five years.

      Free Schools: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether teaching staff in free schools will be required to have qualified teacher status; and if he will make a statement.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) state schools and (b) sixth form colleges offer the international baccalaureate.

      Learning Disability: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assistance his Department provides to parents with learning difficulties.

      Music: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review the decision to exclude music from the English baccalaureate in light of the conclusions and recommendations of the independent...

      Physics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the number of physics teachers in schools.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the educational achievement of disadvantaged children in (a) Pendle and (b) England.

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people have been assessed as having dyslexia in each local education authority area in each of the last three years.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of the September guarantee in the comprehensive spending review period.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that commissioners are able to assess the effectiveness of the placement of pupils in (a) non-maintained and (b)...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils there are in (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) all schools in each local education authority area.

      Schools: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in Coventry are being taught in temporary classrooms.

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Walsall South constituency employed a school nurse in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his letter of 10 March 2011 to local education authorities, how many local authorities have submitted plans to raise the performance...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Children and Families of 30 March 2011, Official Report, column 92WH, on children with...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provision he expects non-maintained special schools to make for children with special educational needs or disabilities; and if he will make a...

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the role of sports clubs in the delivery of physical education.

      Supplementary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for future support for supplementary schools.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the likely number of teaching posts in England in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Teachers: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many unfilled vacancies there are for school teachers in Merseyside.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the proposals in his Department's schools White Paper to trial and evaluate assessments of aptitude,...

      Teachers: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the likely number of teaching posts in the West Midlands in 2011-12.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) of 17 March 2011, Official Report, column 614W, on the...

      West London Free School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to publish the funding agreement for the West London free school.

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the information held by his Department to be used to calculate compensation to be paid to Equitable Life...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for the income tax liabilities of Equitable Life policyholders of the receipt of compensation from the...

      Financial Services: Qualifications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the pass rate for diploma examinations sat by independent financial advisers has been since their introduction; (2) what the cost of sitting...

      Financial Services: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has assessed the merits of regulating the provision of savings and loan advice by the voluntary sector.

      Palestinians: Agricultural Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs plans to implement the new arrangements under the EU-Palestine trade agreement to give duty-free access to imports of...

      Taxation: Underpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases involving suspected tax underpayment by individuals which were successfully appealed were due to pension payments being incorrectly...

      Taxation: Underpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many underpayment of tax notices were issued to pensioners by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities office spent on special advisers' travel by (a) Government car, (b) private hire car, (c) train, (d) bus, (e)...

    • Departmental Public Transport

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities on what date she last travelled by (a) London Underground and (b) public bus in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equalities; and how many times...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to ratify the Cape Town convention.

    • Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessor paid in (a) damages, (b) claimant costs and (c) defendant costs in respect of all...

      Domestic Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the proposed International Labour Organisation convention on domestic work.

      Higher Education: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support university outreach work to wider participation under the national scholarship programme; and...

      London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with representatives of (a) the University of Portsmouth and (b) the Student Loans Company on the...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what monitoring his Department undertakes of the level of investment in (a) research and development and (b) new technologies by...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Holding Rooms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that families are no longer held in holding rooms at Heathrow Airport during the period of secondary examination but are...

    • Airports: Holding Rooms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the planned refurbishment and installation of showers in the holding rooms at terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport; and when they expect...

      Animals: Product Testing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the implementation of the ban on testing household products on animals; and whether a date for implementation of the ban has been set.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that apprenticeships are available to young people and school leavers in rural areas, given the concentration of larger businesses in urban...

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work has been carried out in the financial year 2010-11 under the Ministry of Defence's single living accommodation modernisation (SLAM) programme.

      Armed Forces: Dental Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the defence dental services.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 30 March (WA 264), how many asylum seekers and dependants in total have made asylum applications since 1997.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which European Union countries asylum seekers who first sought asylum in those countries are not returned from the United Kingdom at present; how many such...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 10 May (WA 199-200), how many asylum seekers have applied for asylum from each Commonwealth country...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England has produced, or whether the Government have asked the Bank of England or its court to produce, a report on its performance in the run...

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which regulators of exempt charities have signed memoranda of understanding with the Charity Commission.

      Charities Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the implementation of the fund-raising provisions in Part 3 of the Charities Act 2006; and whether they intend to...

      Consumer Prices Index

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 11 May (WA 213), whether their review of the consumer prices index will include reviewing the reasons why the...

      Crime: Motoring Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many motorists were convicted of driving without insurance in each year since 1996 for which figures are available. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many...

      Crime: Motoring Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many motorists were successfully prosecuted in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for making fraudulent accident claims; what estimates they have of the total number of...

      Education: English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the English Baccalaureate can be successfully gained by incremental subject accreditation rather than a single examination sat at the age of 16.

      Elections: Voting System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the referendum on the alternative vote.

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homes that will take up the Green Deal in each of the first five years of its operation.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue they expect to receive from offshore wind farm developments in each of the next 10 years.

      EU: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to support the application from the Government of Iceland to join the European Union; and whether this support is conditional on reaching...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they provide to public bodies about the use of legal advice in determining Freedom of Information requests.

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 January (WA 195), when the acting chief executive of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and senior...

      Government: Ministerial Posts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum number of paid Ministers permitted under present legislation.

      Higher Education: Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many further education colleges are located on sites that are let to them by third parties.

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they will give that the data relating to student loans will not be passed to credit reference agencies in the future so that graduates may not be...

      Home Office: Internships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have been offered internships in the Home Office since 8 May 2010.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide details of the centres for the testing of English in connection with the language requirements of the Immigration Rules; and what waivers...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that United Kingdom and European Union immigration policy is being implemented in a way that is consistent with commitments to...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 9 May (WA 177), whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, in overseeing...

      Investor Protection Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what investor protection treaties there are between the United Kingdom and other countries; and when they were brought into effect.

      Investor Protection Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which government department is legally responsible for enforcing investor protection treaties with other countries.

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants have been seconded to the Office of the Quartet Representative, and at what cost, broken down by each sponsor department, in each year...

      Kyrgyzstan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission and its recommendations concerning (a) accountability, (b) impunity, and (c)...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will protect personnel deployed in Libya for training and humanitarian activities in the event of continued fighting in and around strongholds of forces...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom has established any diplomatic links with the Government of Libya for the purpose of bringing about a ceasefire and the establishment of...

      Magistrates: Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to change the compulsory retirement age for magistrates.

      Marine Environment: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Spain about the Spanish corvette "Atalaya" presence in British territorial waters around Gibraltar on...

      Marine Environment: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the incident within British Gibraltar territorial waters on 3 May involving intrusion into those waters of a Spanish naval corvette, how many similar...

      Marine Environment: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often meetings of the British, Spanish and Gibraltar Trilateral Forum take place; when the last meeting took place; and when it is planned to hold the next meeting.

      Marine Environment: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which member state of the European Union attempted to impose its jurisdiction over part of Gibraltar territorial waters earlier this month; whether that nation...

      Media: Journalists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering statutory regulation of journalists to include a registry of declaration of relevant interests in order to ensure greater transparency.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the trustees of the Tate Britain gallery why their collection of paintings by LS Lowry is not on display.

      National DNA Database

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions for crimes have come about as a consequence of a sample being held on the DNA database and matched at a later date when other offences were...

      National Employment Savings Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their best estimate of the loan finance that will be required to establish the National Employment Savings Trust, and by how much would the loan finance be...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the conditions that have been set for qualifying workplace pension schemes; and what advice has been taken and from whom as to whether these conditions...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 26 April (WA 90), when they will publish the impact assessment for the consultation paper A state pension for the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 10 May (WA 2010), in the light of paragraphs 7.37 and 7.39 of the Cabinet Office's Guide to...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on stabilising the human population in the United Kingdom; and what assistance they have given to the Governments of other countries on...

      Queen's Diamond Jubilee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made with plans to plant trees throughout the United Kingdom to mark HM the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

      RAF Valley

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to refurbish the medical facilities at RAF Valley.

      Tajikistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the Government of Tajikistan played in appointing consultants to the World Bank's assessment studies on the proposed Rogun regional water reservoir and...

      Universities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the additional income which will accrue to universities in England in 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16, assuming a £9,000 fee is...

      Vatican

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what services are provided by the British embassy to the Vatican; and to whom.

      Violence against Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to sign the Council of Europe convention against violence towards women; and, if so, when.

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