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Written answers

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Crops: Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has undertaken of whether Bt proteins from genetically modified crops can survive the human...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to respond to her Department's consultation on (a) proposals for compulsory microchipping and (b) other...

      Appliances: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on encouraging the implementation of (a) energy efficiency and (b) energy labelling standards for all...

      Food Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the food production industry is comprised of small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations govern the provision by retail outlets and restaurants of items of food past their sell-by date to homeless...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements she has put in place to ensure the protection and continuation of existing permissive access rights under...

      Infectious Diseases: Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the treatment of echinococcus multilocularis following the implementation of the EU...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information regarding animal welfare (a) on the journey and (b) at the final destination is requested by the Animal...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the regulation of the export of live animals.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on pet cat containment fences; and if she will make a...

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on banning the use of cat containment fences.

      Rain Forests: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of Brazil on the deforestation of the Amazon region and its likely...

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 710W, on trapping, whether she has set a date for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the (a) highest, (b) average and (c) lowest percentage change is in estimated revenue spending power for fire...

    • West Midlands Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on changes to the formula grant for West Midlands Fire Service.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to the balance between community empowerment and preventing opposition to any kind of local...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what process his Department undertook in determining the awarding of the contract to run the national representative body...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to the letter of 20 April 2011 concerning public sector pensions sent by the hon. Member for Walsall...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 345W, on the arts, when the project into quantifying the...

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will initiate discussions with the BBC Trust on steps to assist in ensuring that any BBC cost-saving measures are...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the scope is of potential changes that can be made to the governance of the BBC in advance of charter renewal.

      Henley Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what meetings he has had with the Secretary of State for Education to discuss the Henley review of cultural education;...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he received a request from (a) members of the Welsh Government or (b) the Secretary of State for Wales between 6 May...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to implement recommendations of the Byron Review relating to assistance to parents to...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Surveys

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority how many (a) opinion polls and (b) surveys IPSA (1) has...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of (a) his Department, (b) HM Courts and Tribunals Service, (c) HM Land Registry, (d) the National Offender Management Service, (e) the...

    • Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of a drug rehabilitation requirement was in the latest period for which figures are available; how many such requirements are in...

      Homicide: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences of (a) murder, (b) rape and (c) unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor there have been in each year since 1997; and...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what sanctions he has considered introducing in the event that the banks participating in Project Merlin do not meet their lending targets; (2) what...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the analysis underlying the decision to set carbon price support at the level (a) announced in the 2011 Budget and (b) proposed in the...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of households that are entitled to assistance with childcare costs through tax credits received in excess of...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on incentives on single parents to work of the end of childcare tax credit.

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what matters were discussed during his meeting with the First Minister on 23 May 2011; and what his policy is on the Scottish Government's request to (a)...

      Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he received requests for meetings from (a) members of the Welsh Government or (b) the Secretary of State for Wales between 6 May and 20 May 2011 to...

      Double Taxation: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the UK-Israel convention on double taxation is applied to (a) income tax and (b) company tax levied by Israel on individuals or companies based in...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reason is for the time taken to commence the review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on the potential effect on insurance brokers of the increase in the levy for the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much accrued to the Exchequer from empty property business rates in the last 12 months.

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) received on the operation of HMRC in respect of (i) service levels, (ii)...

      Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs has received on the use of vehicle stop and search powers in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years and...

      Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations HM Revenue and Customs received from political parties in Northern Ireland (a) in the 12 months prior to and (b) during its review of...

      Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many detections HM Revenue and Customs made as a result of the use of vehicle stop and search powers in each of the last five years.

      Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse incurred in training HM Revenue and Customs officers in Northern Ireland in the use of vehicle...

      VAT: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the future of the exemption from value added tax for outsourced insurance-related services in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Burmese Government following reports of a breach of the ceasefire agreement with the Shan...

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a public address on diversity in his Department.

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Uganda and (c) Rwanda on...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Ugandan counterpart the treatment of the opposition leader Kizza Besigye and unarmed civilians...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were employed in each directorate of his Department in 2009-10.

    • Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of staff at the Northern Ireland Office at each grade were transferred to the Department of Justice Northern Ireland (a)...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Board of Directors of the Prison Service Trust in Northern Ireland in the last two...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has plans to make the data generated by real time information equipment supported by Bus Service Operators Grant available to (a) the...

    • Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officers the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency made available for monitoring the performance of bus services in each region in the latest...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) buses and (b) coaches were subject to prohibition notices as a result of (i) announced and (ii) unannounced checks by the...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for journey time improvements to the Great Western main line between south Wales and London other than by electrification; and if he...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when guidance for local authorities on the introduction of (a) school, (b) pedestrian and (c) light-controlled pedestrian crossings was last published;...

      Traffic Commissioners: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many support staff were available to (a) the Senior Traffic Commissioner and (b) individual traffic commissioners in the latest period for which...

      Transport: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his response to the European Commission on the EU White Paper on Transport.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2010, Official Report, column 32W, on transport: finance, when he intends to publish up-to-date business case...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Dogs and Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average daily feed cost for (a) dogs and (b) horses in the service of the armed forces was in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of procuring the new Chinook helicopters referred to in the strategic defence and security review.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects a decision to be made on the future of his Department's base at Bordon.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department expects to spend on the (a) Joint Strike Fighter Autonomic Logistics, (b) Joint Strike Fighter Autonomic Logistics Global...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 785, on Libya, which countries have provided military advisers to assist the opposition forces.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems his Department (a) plans to install and (b) has installed on the GR4 Tornado; (2) if he will estimate the...

  • Scotland

    • Crown Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many contracts his Department holds with Crown Relocations; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value of each such contract is. [58635 ]...

    • EU Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any agreement on enabling Scottish Government Ministers to sit on the EU Council of Ministers was reached at the meetings between the UK...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions his Department has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Scottish Government on the Scottish Government’s request that the...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many contracts his Department holds with Serco; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value of each such contract is.

  • International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the amount to be spent on overseas aid in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2014-15.

    • Fair Trade Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on fair trade procurement.

      Aid Workers: Misrata

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to assist aid workers in Misrata.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effects of climate change in developing countries.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of British overseas aid was channelled through EU institutions in the last year for which figures are available.

      Libya: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the UN Secretary-General on post-conflict resolution planning and delivery of humanitarian aid to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • British Constitution: Wales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he received a request from (a) members of the Welsh Government or (b) the Secretary of State for Wales between 6 May and 20 May 2011 to meet to discuss...

    • Diamond Jubilee 2012: Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many panel members will determine the outcome of the Diamond Jubilee City Status competition; (2) what process he plans to follow to assess entries in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate his Department has made of the financial return on investment that banks lending on commercial terms through the big society bank will receive.

    • Charitable Donations: Schools

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the White Paper on giving, what assessment he has made of the role of the Speakers for Schools programme to play in the promotion of...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many thefts from the parliamentary estate have been reported in each month from...

    • Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many cases of theft from the parliamentary estate were reported in each year...

  • Home Department

    • Foreign Travel Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign travel orders issued to prevent a registered sex offender from travelling abroad have been issued in the last three years.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people referred to the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking are being accommodated in the prison estate.

      Human Trafficking: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to transpose into UK law the provisions of the EU directive on human trafficking.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to respond to the letter of 4 April 2011 from the hon. Member for Walsall North about a constituent, reference M7095/11;...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers of each rank and (b) sergeants in charge of safer neighbourhood teams were in post in each (i) police authority...

      Police: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 422W, on police: termination of employment, what regulation required police...

      Public Houses: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions police officers attended incidents at (a) pubs, (b) night clubs and (c) non-profit making private members' clubs in the...

      Road Traffic Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many graduated fixed penalty notices for foreign vehicles have been issued by the Central Roads Policing Department in (a) Kent and (b)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Wimbledon of 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 10W, on fossil fuels, what...

    • Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent advice he has received on the effect of hydraulic fracturing in the production of shale gas on levels of water pollution.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review the implications of recent seismic tremors near Blackpool for his policy on onshore drilling for unconventional gas.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 5 April 2011, Official Report, column 885W, on natural gas: exploration, if he will meet (a) the Health and...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what representations he has received from oil and gas companies on levels of production in the UK Continental Shelf in each of...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether discussions at (a) ministerial and (b) official level were held between his Department and the Treasury prior to the...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 May 2011, Official Report, columns 26-28WS, on the Ofgem review: summary of...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 May 2011, Official Report, columns 26-28WS, on the Ofgem Review: summary of...

  • Health

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average caseload was of compliance inspectors in the Care Quality Commission as at 1 April (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) highest and (b) lowest caseload was of a compliance inspector in the Care Quality Commission as at 1 April 2011.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices the Care Quality Commission will be responsible for regulation of from 2012; and what estimate the Care Quality Commission has made...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days training on the new regulation methodology Care Quality Commission assessors and inspectors have received on average; and what evaluation...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what professional support he expects the Care Quality Commission inspectors to receive from (a) dental and (b) medical advisors to assist them in...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many site inspections the Care Quality Commission carried out in each quarter of the year to 1 April 2011; and what estimate the Care Quality...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the potential effects on (a) patients and (b) service users and (c) the public of the Care Quality Commission's plans to reduce the...

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will visit Brighton Pavilion constituency to hear the views of members of the public on the Health and Social Care Bill at a public meeting.

      Sexual Assault

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexual assault referral centres there are in (a) England and (b) North Yorkshire.

      Air Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on support for air ambulance services.

      Community Hospitals: Eltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the contract to build a new community hospital in Eltham to be let for tender; and if he will make a statement; (2) what date he...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in improving children's dental health in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire since May 2010.

      Diabetic Specialist Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of diabetic specialist nurses under his proposed reforms to the NHS; (2) how many diabetic...

      Epilepsy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research to examine the reasons for the difference between the rate of the UK and the median rate for the EU-15 in respect of...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he plans to put in place to ensure meetings and decisions taken by GP commissioners are open and transparent to the public following the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to address any inequality between urban and rural provision of medical and care services when establishing GP consortia.

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of compliance by general practitioners with his Department's guidance on the use of premium line telephone...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to GPs on the use of 0844 numbers for patients seeking appointments; and if he will make a statement.

      HealthWatch: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons local HealthWatch bodies are not to be covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to put in place arrangements to ensure NHS consultants are prevented from establishing their own companies as part of his NHS reforms.

      Injuries: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in implementing the draft guidance developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on strategies to...

      James Kingsland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the work conducted by Dr James Kingsland for his Department is subject to a contractual agreement.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chest x-rays were requested by GPs for the purposes of diagnosis of suspected lung cancer (a) in each primary care trust and (b) in England in...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 30-day mortality rate for patients with a diagnosis of lung cancer who received a major surgical resection was (a) in respect of each provider,...

      National Association of Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on the National Association of Primary Care of the work of Dr James Kingsland for his Department.

      National Association of Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Association of Primary Care has received any funding from his Department in the last 18 months for which figures are available.

      National Clinical Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will appoint a national clinical director for allied health professionals with responsibilities equivalent to those of the Director of Nursing and...

      National Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to enable the expertise of allied health professionals to be available to the National Commissioning Board.

      Neuromuscular Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made by the NHS South East Coast Specialised Commissioning Group in reviewing neuromuscular services in the region; and if...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Litigation Authority paid (a) on average to successful claimants (i) in total and (ii) for medical reports in cases of clinical...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many settled claims funded by legal aid and brought against the NHS Litigation Authority were brought on behalf of a minor in each of the last three...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Litigation Authority paid in damages to successful claimants in each of the last three years; and how many and what proportion of cases...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) all legally aided claims and (b) all claims brought by minors were made to the NHS Litigation Authority on behalf of a...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in legal costs by the NHS Litigation Authority to successful claimants in each of the last three years; what proportion of such payments...

      NHS: Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total recovered by the NHS was in respect of recovery of treatment costs in personal injury claims for each case type in each of the last three...

      NHS Chaplaincy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of NHS chaplaincy services.

      Passive Smoking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to protect children from exposure to passive smoke.

      Primary Care Trusts: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in each primary care trust in (a) administrative and (b) frontline service posts in (i) May 2010 and (ii) May 2011; and if he...

      Primary Care Trusts: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former primary care trust employees have been re-employed or redeployed in preparation for the implementation of GP commissioning in each primary...

      Special Needs: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that new GP consortia will provide annual health checks for people with profound and multiple learning...

      Spinal Cord Injuries: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the rehabilitation requirements of people with spinal cord injuries who are not treated in specialist spinal cord injury centres; and if...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to encourage charitable giving by Ministers in his Department.

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the potential savings to the Exchequer for charging (a) the parent with care and (b) the non-resident parent for...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on proposals for the localisation of crisis loans and community grants, when he expects to...

      Disability Aids: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what information his Department holds on the number of people found to have wrongfully received support in respect of an adapted motor...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children, excluding existing applicants, whose premium entitlement in respect of disability will be...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to gather evidence of overlapping payments made to recipients of the disability living allowance...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of disability living allowance claimants with an indefinite award who will be granted a short-term...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what income threshold will apply to people (a) with and (b) without disabilities for the payment of universal credit.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2011, Official Report, columns 1002-3W, on the disability living allowance, for what reasons he does not plan...

      Disposable Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the level of personal disposable income in real terms in each year since 1981.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women claimed income-related employment and support allowance for themselves and a partner in the latest period for...

      Employment Schemes: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Work programme will support people with mental health problems into work; and if he will make a statement.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) the Minister for Employment have had with (i) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of exempting from the total household benefit cap households where any member is in receipt of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of exempting from the total household benefit cap households where no adult is subject to any...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of exempting from the total household benefit cap couples with dependent children who would not...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of excluding from the amount liable for the total household benefit cap (a) child benefit, (b)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the public purse of exempting from the total household benefit cap households that would be...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the public purse of exempting from the total household benefit cap households where someone...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of excluding from the amount liable for the total household benefit cap any amount of the...

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workplace injuries where exposure to high temperatures was a contributory factor were reported to the Health and Safety Executive in...

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions of employers the Health and Safety Executive has brought for failure to manage high temperatures in the workplace in each...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions his Department has had with representatives of Motability on Aspect Conversions Ltd; (2) whether his Department has any...

      Motability: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department provided for the Motability scheme in each of the last 10 years.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect of recent changes in child benefit on the number and proportion of children living in...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce child poverty in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London.

      Retirement: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the number of (a) women and (b) men who would be affected by increasing the state pension age for men and women from...

      State Retirement Pensions: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many women in Barnsley East constituency born between 6 March 1954 and 5 April 1954 will be required to wait an additional two years...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of second earners who will be subject to higher withdrawal rates under universal credit who are...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2011, Official Report, column 1340W, on winter fuel payments, what the birthday date for qualification for...

  • Education

    • Children: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what financial support his Department (a) has provided in each of the last three years and (b) plans to provide in 2011-12 and 2012-13 for...

    • Departmental Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage charitable giving by Ministers in his Department.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children are trained in emergency life support skills including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

      School Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has conducted on the cost-effectiveness of packages of education, care and health support in (a) non-maintained and (b)...

      Separation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in what geographic area the funding his Department has allocated for relationship support services with respect to family separation over the next four...

      Special Educational Needs

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

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to make a decision on the future ownership of the Ansty Business Park in Coventry following the closure of...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding he has allocated to support (a) apprenticeship places, (b) advanced apprenticeship places and (c) higher...

      Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant the answer of 27 January 2011, Official Report, columns 485-6W, on business: higher education, how much funding was...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium-sized enterprises of the failure of banks who are party to the...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made in implementing the one-in-one-out rule to reduce the level of business regulation.

      Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to remove regulatory burdens from businesses.

      Businesses Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of business mentors.

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the Government’s response to the consultation on reforming the consumer credit regime.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to publish monthly information on changes in the numbers of his Department's employees categorised...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

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

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to “Making Prisons Work: Skills for Rehabilitation”, how many and what proportion of offenders paid...

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to “Making Prisons Work: Skills for Rehabilitation”, when he expects a loans system to be in place to...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to the merits of auditing debts owed by Egypt to the Export Credits Guarantee Department; and if...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Trinidad and Tobago

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2010, Official Report, column 361W, on export credit guarantees: Trinidad and Tobago;...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) with reference to the report of the Higher Education Funding Council for England on “Diverse provision in higher...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish his White Paper on higher education.

      Investment: North-East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage investment in the north-east.

      Knowledge Economy: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to encourage the growth of the knowledge economy in the Liverpool city region.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the representation of micro-businesses on local enterprise partnerships.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of companies on local enterprise partnership boards represent micro-businesses; (2) how many...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate places at each university for (i) nursing and...

      Micro-business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the average wage of employees of micro-businesses of each (a) gender and (b) age group for those in (i)...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on the effects of the (a) frequency and (b) cost...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on the second round of the Regional Growth Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of fees for part-time university courses in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2011, Official Report, column 717W, on students: finance, how much his Department spent on...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to address skills shortages nationally.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental CCTV

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many CCTV cameras are installed in and around the Government Equalities Office premises; and how much such cameras (a) cost to install and (b)...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Commemoration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will create a memorial for those military and police personnel killed in the Republic of Ireland between 1916 and 1923; whether they will ascertain...

    • Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the value to the Scottish economy of the Faslane naval base and ancillary facilities.

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the value to the Scottish economy of Royal Air Force bases in Scotland.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to the Government of the United States concerning the alleged refusal of due process, over claims of abduction, false...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the resignation of 18 members of the Bahraini parliament, and its impact on the legitimacy of that parliament.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake a review of the effectiveness of the governance of the Bank of England and the performance of the court; and, if so, whether this...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Financial Investments have made representations to Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland to claw back past bonuses and benefits paid to...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Financial Investments voted its shares in Lloyds Banking Group to approve the report endorsing the payments of bonuses to Mr Eric Daniels.

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are a shareholder in the European Central Bank.

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of reference, projected budget and source of funding for the review by Sir David Walker and Mr Bill Knight into the review on the collapse of...

      BBC Trust: Welsh Member

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Wales is required by statute to obtain the agreement of the Welsh Assembly Government before making a recommendation for the...

      Donkeys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether donkeys used by the British Army for burden-carrying are subject to United Kingdom animal welfare regulations.

      Egypt and Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amounts of government debt have been written off or rescheduled for each of (a) Tunisia, and (b) Egypt, since January 2011 both by them and multilaterally;...

      Egypt and Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what travel advice they issue to tourists intending to visit (a) Tunisia, and (b) Egypt.

      EU: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether membership of the European Union is conditional upon adherence to all articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.

      European Commission: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the plans by the European Commission to spend £225 million in 2012 on communication; and whether the expenditure has been...

      G20

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the conclusion of the Pittsburgh G20 meeting that the head of the International Monetary Fund "should be appointed by an open, transparent and...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the delivery of fuel to Gaza for the commercial market; and what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel...

      Government: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 11 May (WA 210), why, in the light of their emphasis on the role of the voluntary and community...

      HMS "Ark Royal"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when a decision will be made about the future of HMS Ark Royal.

      Identity Assurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated capital and annual running costs for the identity assurance system being introduced to identify users of government websites; what are its...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the judgment in Iran to blind Majid Movahedi; and what representations have they made to the Government of Iran on the matter.

      NHS: Refurbishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospitals were refurbished or had major building works in each of the London boroughs and the City of London in each year since 1997.

      Office of the European High Representative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the effectiveness and efficiency of the Office of the European High Representative; and whether this office has contributed to a...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with European partners on the formation of a common European Union policy towards the recognition of a Palestinian state.

      Public Sector: Terms and Conditions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 23 May (WA 373), how many people employed in the public sector, having contracted with the state to...

      Yemen: British Embassy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to review and improve security for United Kingdom embassy staff in Sana'a, following the recent surrounding of the United Kingdom...

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