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Written answers

Thursday, 19 May 2011

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what mechanism his Department has established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many contracts his Department holds which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; to which...

      Telecommunications: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of text relay services for British Sign Language users.

      Telecommunications: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated any cost-benefit analysis of introducing a universal video relay...

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the potential number of jobs to be created from the establishment of a new national television...

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport by what date he expects the new national television spine for local television to be in place; and if he will make a statement.

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which organisations have submitted bids to operate a new national television spine supporting local television.

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what research his Department has undertaken to assess the economic impact of a new national television spine for local...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Accommodation

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the House's accommodation policy.

    • Environmental Targets

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the environmental targets set for the parliamentary estate for 2010-11 were...

      Times of Sittings

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what additional costs were incurred by the House of Commons Service in consequence...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 195W, on the Government Procurement Card, what the purpose was...

    • Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding streams he expects to make available for eco-town developments other than from the New Homes Bonus.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to bring disused residential properties back into use; and what strategy his Department has developed to...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects on supply of properties for holiday let of the requirement for such properties to...

      Gurkhas: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) (a) how many and (b) which local authorities have submitted requests to his Department for additional resources to support...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effects on (a) the cost of housing and (b) council waiting lists of his proposals...

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1181W, on land: databases, when his Department plans to publish a...

      Religious Buildings: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider the merits of bringing forward amendments to the Localism Bill on the provision of guidance to local...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date special advisers in his Department last used the Government car pool to travel in an official capacity; and on how many occasions a...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) longitudinal and (b) other (i) research and (ii) collection of data his Department has (A) initiated, (B) terminated and (C) amended in...

      Trade Unions

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Council of Europe: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what voluntary contributions the Government has made to the costs of each institution of the Council of Europe in (a) 2010 and...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date special advisers in his Department last used the Government car pool to travel in an official capacity; and on how...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support in the UN Security Council the proposed visit by representatives of that Council to South Sudan and Abyei.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts in Governments in the middle east and (b) international bodies on...

      Uganda: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with (a) civil society and (b) the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual community in...

      Uganda: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has had made to the Government of Uganda on proposed legislation imposing the death penalty in respect...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crime: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) senior executives and (b) directors of UK-based financial institutions have been subject to criminal prosecution for financial crimes since July 2007.

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Attorney-General what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to the Law Officers' Departments.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how much each Executive agency of the Law Officers' Departments has spent on travel by (a) private hire vehicles, (b) trains, (c) buses, (d) commercial aircraft...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the potential effect on women (a) in work, (b) in training and (c) in the provision of services of the decision not to...

    • Left-handed People: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission has commissioned research into discrimination against...

  • Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the evidential basis on which his decision not to implement the Office of the Chief Coroner was based; and if he will make a statement.

    • Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 453W, on corruption, which colleagues in other Departments, non-governmental...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the effectiveness of fixed penalty notices; and if he will make a statement.

      Risley Prison: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the number of suicides at HMP Prison Risley in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexual Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the conviction rate for each type of sexual offence was in each region in each of the last five years; (2) what the average length of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people completed 2011 Census forms in languages other than English.

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects the Office for National Statistics to publish complete neighbourhood statistics datasets for England and Wales at ward level based on...

      Civil Servants: Early Retirement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate his Department has made of the number of civil servants likely to take early retirement during the spending review period.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Behavioural Insight Unit has undertaken any work on the recent popular protests in North Africa and the Middle East.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on special advisers' travel by (a) Government car, (b) private hire car, (c) train, (d) bus, (e) commercial aircraft and...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department plans to cease to fund any of its functions over the period of the comprehensive spending review.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when officials in his Department last met representatives of (a) Serco, (b) Capita, (c) A4e and (d) G4S; what aspects of Government policy were...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date special advisers in his Department last used the Government car pool to travel in an official capacity; and on how many occasions a special...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the likely effect of the changes to funding arrangements proposed in the Scotland Bill on the level of per capita...

      Offshore Industry: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2011, Official Report, column 948W, on offshore industry, what proportion of pre-tax profits in the oil and gas sector...

      Scottish Grand Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any plans to bring forward proposals for a meeting of the Scottish Grand Committee; and if he will make a statement.

      Scottish Grand Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will meet hon. and right hon. Members representing Scottish constituencies to discuss the Scottish Grand Committee.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what share of the sea fishing quota is held by fishermen using vessels of under 10 metres.

    • Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishing vessels of (a) 10 metres and under and (b) over 10 metres are licensed in the UK.

      Floods: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will instruct the Environment Agency to carry out an assessment of the Sutcliffe Park flood alleviation scheme...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of reductions in public spending on flood defence on compliance with the...

      Hydrofluorocarbons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to her Department's Carbon Plan, March 2011, paragraph 10.13, what progress she has made on reducing the (a)...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her proposals for further restrictions on the sale of alcohol to children will apply to micro-businesses.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to withhold any certificate of designation for the proposed Marshall Biosciences beagle breeding factory at...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to give a right of redress against enforcement authorities to persons who have been subject to antisocial behaviour in...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information held on the National DNA Database her Department received from other countries in each year since 2007.

      Domestic Violence: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which local authority areas her Department allocated funding in respect of independent domestic violence advisers in financial year...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the 2010 Drugs Strategy.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department are working on the Government's review of the 2010 Drugs Strategy; and whether such officials have met...

      Entry Clearances: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons private schools are treated differently from higher education institutions in the private sector who have highly trusted...

      Greater Manchester Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contribution the Greater Manchester Police Authority made to the Exchequer as a result of assets seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Thurrock of 14 February 2011.

      Victim Support Schemes: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) independent domestic violence advisers and (b) independent sexual violence advisers were employed in Newcastle upon Tyne (i) on...

  • Health

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (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...

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the provision by his Department of funding for fluoridation to strategic health authorities where consultations show local...

      Fluoride: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department made funding for fluoridation available to South Central Strategic Health Authority for use in Southampton and parts of Totton in...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the productivity of (a) military and (b) NHS hospitals.

      North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had recent discussions on the potential merger of North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust with another trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of specialist sickle cell and thalassaemia nurses in (a) improving patient experience, (b) improving patient...

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in discussions with Southern Cross Healthcare on the continuing provision of service to their clients; and if he will make a...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many press officers his Department employs.

    • Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Driving: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to monitor trends in motor insurance premiums; and if he will make a statement.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of traffic accidents on motorways involved a heavy goods vehicle with a foreign registration in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c)...

      Motor Vehicle: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the effects of moving to MOT inspections every two years for private vehicles on the number of (a) vehicles that fail MOT tests,...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with representatives of the insurance industry the effects of the cost of car insurance for young drivers on the take-up of such...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the co-ordination of Government policy on regional airports; (2) which regional...

      Shipping: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will seek to amend Directive 96/71/EC in order to harmonise employment rights for EU-based seafarers with those of other EU citizens.

      Shipping: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is in respect of the exclusion of EU-based seafarers from the provisions of Directive 96/71/EC.

      Shipping: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether ships under foreign flags are legally entitled to permit smoking on the bridge whilst UK pilots are present and within UK territorial waters;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken by the Child Support Agency and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to close cases was in each of the...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcome was of each child support case closed by the Child Support Agency and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission in each...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division of the Northern Ireland Executive on the Government's proposals...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for reform of the child maintenance system; and he will make a statement.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Disability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for processing disability assessments for young disabled people; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for disability living allowance there have been in each year since 1992; how many such claims are in respect of children; what...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of claimants who will cease to receive contributory employment and support allowance...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on measures to ensure that people with myalgic encephalomyelitis who are unable to work are not required to undertake...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability for Work and Limited Capability for...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving (a) housing benefit but not council tax benefit, (b) council tax benefit but not housing benefit and (c) housing...

      Housing Benefit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled tenants in social housing which his Department's Equality Impact Assessment estimates will be affected by his proposed...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the factor by which the number of sanctions issued with respect to each working age benefit by each Jobcentre Plus...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to address child poverty; and what arrangements he has made to assess progress towards the Government's objectives on...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of progress towards the four child poverty targets defined in the Child Poverty Act 2010; and if he will make a...

      Social Security Benefits: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to support (a) people diagnosed with autism and (b) their families in the delivery of its services.

      Social Security Benefits: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) guidance has been issued and (b) training is provided to staff of his Department on dealing with claimants who make threats of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what terms of reference his Department has agreed with the Social Security Advisory Committee on its review of passporting arrangements under...

  • Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people from other EU countries who have made fraudulent claims for child tax credits in the latest period for...

    • Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential long-term effect on global commodity prices of trends in the economies of (a) Brazil, (b) the Russian...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the extent of avoidance of corporation tax by businesses trading in the UK.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) 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...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2011, Official Report, column 1391W, Members: correspondence, what the reasons were for the time taken to transfer the...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the future level of UK contributions to the EU budget of implementation of the European Commission's...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department assessed the merits of raising the top rate of income tax to a rate higher than 50 per cent.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department made of the revenue implications for the Exchequer of raising the top rate of income tax from 40 per cent. to (a) 41, (b) 42,...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis his Department undertook of the potential revenues to be raised from the setting of the 50 per cent. top rate of income tax.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to mitigate the effects on consumers of high oil prices.

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to his Department was of training for HM Revenue and Customs staff in self-defence techniques in 2010-11; what type of training is provided;...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to counter tax avoidance since May 2010; when his Department last discussed the Government's tax avoidance policies with (a) the HM...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the tax gap; and when he next plans to make such an estimate.

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department has given to HM Revenue and Customs on maximising the collection of tax revenues.

      Tax Yields: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the total tax take of (a) income and (b) corporation tax was received from the financial services industry in (i) 1979-80, (ii) 1987-88,...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on proposals for an EU-wide flight tax to supplement the contributions of member states to the EU budget.

      Taxation: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2010, Official Report, column 285W, on taxation: land what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of (a) his Department, (b) the Asset Protection Agency and (c) the UK Debt Management Office are entitled to work (i) full-time as trade...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to table 4.15 of the Economic and Fiscal Outlook of the Office for Budget Responsibilities, what expenditure on each tax credit scheme is...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Agricultural Products: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) tariff and (b) non-tariff barriers discouraging agricultural imports to the EU from (i) Algeria, (ii) Morocco, (iii)...

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the next quarterly Country Pivot Report on strategic export controls.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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 Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanism his Department has established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts his Department holds which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; to which...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress the Government has made in securing greater inward investment to (a) England and (b) the UK.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding he plans to allocate to advertising campaigns aimed at persuading students to take up places in higher education...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met representatives of any company providing for-profit higher education...

      Higher Education: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications for the university sector of the recent Supreme Court judgment in the case of...

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of hours of work lost as a result of industrial action in each year since 1997.

      Intellectual Property and Growth Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received the report by Professor Ian Hargreaves on his Review of Intellectual Property and Growth; and when he...

      Intellectual Property and Growth Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will schedule publication of his Department's response to the Review of Intellectual Property and Growth by Ian Hargreaves...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage new business start-ups.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support universities to attract students from (a) Brazil, (b) the Russian Federation, (c)...

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Ofsted to commence the access to education accreditation...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many sub-post offices have changed ownership since May 2010; (2) how many post offices have closed since May 2010.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future availability of banking facilities via the Post Office network.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of access points for postal services required to meet the needs of the public.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in which (a) regional and (b) local enterprise partnership area each successful bid approved in the first round of the Regional...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2011, Official Report, column 417W, on armed forces: young people, if he will write to hon. Members outlining the...

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the EU Military Committee meeting with Chiefs of Defence from EU member states on 3 May 2011; what...

      Defence and Diplomacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the relative merits of (a) hard and (b) soft power.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many missions the (a) Nimrod R1, (b) Sentinel R1, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-130 have flown in Operation Ellamy.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sorties have been flown over Libya by UK armed forces; and in how many such sorties weapons have been deployed.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2011, Official Report, column 418W, on Libya: armed conflict, whether officials of his Department have had discussions...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made towards achieving the non-frontline savings identified in the Strategic Defence and Security Review; and if he will make a...

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the 1973 Cost Sharing Agreement with the US concerning US military bases in Great Britain.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

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

    • Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which civil society organisations in Ethiopia his Department consulted in the course of its bilateral aid review; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he takes to ensure that his Department's bilateral aid is used for the purposes for which it is intended.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Oil Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to provide incentives for investment in oil refineries.

    • Offshore Wind Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what target he has set for the amount of electricity to be generated by offshore wind capacity by 2020.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the Carbon Trust's analysis of trends in total UK emissions including imports up to the 2020s; if he...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the contribution to global carbon emissions attributable to (a) Brazil, (b) the Russian Federation, (c)...

      Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Fourth Report of the Committee on Climate Change; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Unions

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

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Holding Rooms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that when detainees in holding rooms at Heathrow Airport have to be moved during the night they have undisturbed sleep at a single...

    • Animals: Deer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in England with the Deer Initiative.

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which countries the BBC World Service is no longer being transmitted; and how much this is expected to save.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 26 April (WA 16), how they will ensure that disabled people fully understand the Government's aims and proposals...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 5 May (WA 174) in which he referred to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and not myalgic encephalomyelitis/CFS, why...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who in Government are ultimately responsible for determining policy on recognition, diagnosis and treatment for particular medical conditions.

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 26 April (WA 36), what is their assessment of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO); how the RTFO...

      Extradition: Gary McKinnon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 23 March (Official Report, col. 729-731), what consideration the Home Office has given to the 2009 statement...

      Extradition: Gary McKinnon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 23 March (Official Report, col. 729-31), whether, in the Gary McKinnon court hearing in 2009, the Crown...

      Flood and Water Management Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the risk-based approach to the regulation of reservoirs introduced by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010; and whether...

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals who left the employment of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 2007 and 2011 have been employed as consultants by...

      Government Departments: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 10 May (WA 189), why they have no plans to publish the names of counter fraud champions in each...

      Health and Safety: Adventure Activities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Health and Safety Executive intends to begin a consultation on adventure activities.

      Health Research Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 6 May (Official Report, cols. 699-701), what will be the role of the proposed Special Health Authority if the Human...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to reduce variations in mortality rates from breast and prostate cancer in different regions of the United Kingdom.

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the proposed independent oversight of the removal of detainees from the United Kingdom on chartered flights.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which staff in the Northern Ireland Office were allowed to use taxi transport on 3 May; where they went; for what purpose; and who authorised their use.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 9 May (WA 178), what measurements are used to determine whether the taxis provided to staff of the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of United Kingdom official development assistance allocated to fragile and conflict-affected states met the Department for International Development's...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the economic implications of stabilising the human population.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the condition of new arrivals from the north in Juba and other towns in southern Sudan; and what support they are giving to the...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have of current or recent abuse of visas granted to artists from abroad coming to the United Kingdom to perform or exhibit; what plans they have...

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