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Written answers

Thursday, 9 June 2011

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ofcom on the effects on informed consent to participation in a television broadcast by a...

    • Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many works in the Government art collection are currently on display; and how many such works are on display in London.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to encourage the engagement of young people in the north-east in the London 2012 Olympics.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many local tourism centres sponsored by his Department are in operation; (2) how many local tourism centres...

      UK Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse has been of the abolition of the UK Film Council.

  • Transport

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) 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...

    • Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2011, Official Report, column 1300W, on motor vehicles: registration, if he will bring forward proposals to compensate...

      Navigation: General Lighthouse Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work he is undertaking with the General Lighthouse Authority to (a) continue maintenance of LORAN-C radionavigation and (b) to develop a full...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has carried out research into the productivity of business passengers while travelling by rail.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to amend the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation target for the obligation period beginning on 15 April 2012; and what steps he has...

      Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date he expects to make an announcement on the future of coastguard stations in Northern Ireland.

      Roads: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons no organisation representing cyclists was included among the experts championing the Red Tape Challenge on Road Transport; and if he...

  • Wales

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 her office has received since her appointment; and what the time taken to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 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 have resulted in a...

    • Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the House of Commons Service plans to take to combat recent cases of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Crown Relocations

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many contracts the Government Equalities Office holds with Crown Relocations; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value of each such contract is.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member from Erith and Thamesmead of 15 March 2011 on her constituent the Reverend Geoff Clark.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has received legal advice on instances where a single EU member state has taken unilateral action on animal...

    • Apples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage the stocking of English apples by supermarkets.

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date her Department removed from its website the impact assessment undertaken in respect of regulation of wild...

      Departmental CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many CCTV cameras are installed in and around her Department's premises; and how much such cameras cost to (a) install...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contracts her Department holds which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; to which...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many subscription or membership fees for (a) the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and (b) other professional...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to cease to fund any of its functions over the period of the comprehensive spending review.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the annual amount of consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions produced by the UK.

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the guidelines on place of origin labelling issued by her Department on 10 December 2009 do not apply to all...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new asylum cases initiated in each year are awaiting resolution.

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure that housing provided by the National Asylum Support Service meets the needs of tenants.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what supervision and control processes her Department is putting in place to regulate the use of Geotime and other software used for covert...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on (a) the (i) cost to the visitor and (ii) efficiency of the UK's tourist visa-processing...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many UK nationals were extradited to the US in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007, (e) 2008 and (f) 2009; (2) how many cases...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many potential offences under section (a) 2, (b) 3, (c) 4 and (d) 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 were recorded in...

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to removing the right of appeal for people who have been refused visas to enter the UK for up to six months;...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of armed forces veterans left the armed forces and found employment in each year since 2000.

    • Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of time was for armed forces veterans to find post-service employment in each year since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what sectors armed forces veterans found post-service employment in the latest period for which figures are available.

      British Sovereign Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Lord Ashcroft will be given an official level of security clearance as senior independent adviser to the study of British sovereign base areas in...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the European Defence Agency's interim report on the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy.

      Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the pooling and sharing of military assets.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the name is of each body responsible for regulation of operations at his Department's site at Coulport; and what plans each has for regulation of...

      Departmental Research

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

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 1 September 2004, Official Report, columns 715-6W, on the Ministry of Defence, what the locations are of the two high...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of introducing a mobility component of attendance allowance to ensure that a person with mobility needs is...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on disability benefits.

      Future Jobs Fund: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Kirklees have been placed in employment through the Future Jobs Fund.

      Income Support: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people aged between 16 and 18 years were in receipt of income support in each category in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Managing Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions his Department has reclaimed money from Atos as a result of unsatisfactory medical advice in each month since May 2010;...

      Managing Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the criteria to determine whether responses to freedom of information requests prejudice the interest of Atos Healthcare...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Minister for Employment plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Weaver Vale of 22 June 2010 and 8 March 2011 on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire dated 13 July 210, reference JS8612.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 17 February 2011 on support for mortgage interest.

      Mortgages: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Barnsley East constituency received support for mortgage interest payments in each of the last five years.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will prepare and publish an impact assessment in respect of the proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill affecting the qualifying age...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pensioners lived in poverty in each year between 1981 and 2004.

      In-work Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce levels of in-work poverty.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what resources his Department expects to allocate to the implementation of measures set out his Department's report in A New Approach to Child...

      Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of units of shared accommodation available (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area;...

      Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the costs to the discretionary housing payments budget of supporting individuals aged 25 to 34 years affected by...

      Shared Housing: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the (a) demand for and (b) supply of shared accommodation in Blackpool in its planning for the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to encourage high street chemists to promote awareness of the eligibility of those on disability benefits to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate (a) the total number of families (i) working 16 or more and (ii) fewer than 16 hours per week which would be better off or...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of work capability assessments made in the last 12 months have been undertaken by (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) others.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Manpower

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

    • Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) longitudinal and (b) other (i) research and (ii) collection of data his Department has (A) initiated, (B) terminated...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Iraq on the loudspeakers around Camp Ashraf; and if he will make a...

      Israel: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the defence of the borders of Israel; and if he will make a...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of seeking changes to the rules of engagement in respect of military action in Libya...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to ensure that Hamas accepts each of the Quartet Principles...

      Senegal: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens are imprisoned in Senegal.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the situation in Abyei.

      Syrian Arab Republic: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on border incidents in the Golan Heights.

      Syrian Arab Republic: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of human rights abuses in Syria.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has provided any financial support to (a) the National Union of Teachers, (b) the National Association of...

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the legal advice he has received on the definition of command and control structures, as opposed to...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will ask HM Ambassador to Morocco to raise with the Moroccan authorities allegations of torture, ill treatment and...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Yemen.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual salary cost is of staff in his private office; and what the cost was of salaries in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office in each year from 2007-08...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • North East Local Economic Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of progress in establishing the north-east local economic partnership; and if he will make a statement.

    • Esol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the equality impact assessment undertaken on his Department's co-financing proposals for courses in...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on the second round of allocations from the regional growth fund; and if he will make a statement.

      One North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the opportunity costs of the sale on the open market of the assets held by One North East; and if...

      Companies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department issues on the governance of remuneration committees of limited companies.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make the carrying out of an impact analysis a pre-condition for all projects supported by the Export Credits Guarantee...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the debt owed by developing countries to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to adopt mandatory standards on human rights as part of the remit of the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to include green technology products in the remit of the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Export Credits Guarantees Department: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will prohibit support for (a) arms and (b) fossil fuels from the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Global Positioning System: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) the US administration and (b) his EU counterparts on the effects of recent earthquakes on...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the legal status is of a local enterprise partnership.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department provides to local enterprise partnerships on the appointment of board members.

      Nuclear Engineering: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) vacancies on university courses and (b) graduates in nuclear engineering in each...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote economic growth in the space sector.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lung Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the incidence rate for lung cancer among (a) men and (b) women (i) in each primary care trust, (ii) in each cancer network and (iii) in...

    • Pensions: Prison Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will consider the merits of classing the Prison Service as a uniformed service for the purposes of public sector pensions.

  • Health

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many statutory notifications the Care Quality Commission received in each category of notification in the year to (a) 1 April and (b) 1 April 2011;...

    • Art Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many art therapists are engaged to work in hospitals in (a) East Midlands, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that Public Health England and the NHS work together to promote early diagnosis of (a) bowel cancer and (b) other...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that expertise in cancer commissioning developed by cancer networks is retained in each year of the...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on each contract with a firm of management consultants since May 2010.

      Enforcement Actions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many enforcement actions have been taken against (a) NHS trusts, (b) independent healthcare providers and (c) adult social care providers in each of...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to take steps in relation to the use by/of GP surgeries using 084 telephone numbers after April 2011.

      NHS Direct: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place for British Sign Language users to contact NHS Direct.

      NHS: Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the continued provision of homeopathy through NHS homeopathic hospitals; how many NHS homeopathic hospitals provide homeopathic...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Professor Steve Field of the NHS Future Forum during his Department's listening exercise on the future of the NHS.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings officials in his Department have had with Professor Steve Field.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has requested Professor Steve Field to report to him at the conclusion of the listening exercise on the future of the NHS.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse has been of sums paid to (a) Professor Steve Field and (b) his colleagues for reimbursement of expenses incurred during...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support Professor Steve Field has received from his Department during the listening exercise on the future of the NHS; and what the cost to the...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark of 26 April 2011, Official Report, column 3, on NHS reform, where each of...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research on the potential links between increasing salt consumption and improving health his Department has evaluated.

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce non-attendance rates for hospital appointments.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used in determining whether to allow new commercial registered pharmacy premises to open; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescriptions: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations (a) his Department and (b) the NHS Information Centre have received on proposals to publish prescribing data at practice level;...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to increase the uptake of free milk amongst primary school children.

  • Leader of the House

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Leader of the House whether he has established a timetable for the passage of the proposed legislation to enshrine in law the commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on...

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what information he holds on the proportion of questions for written answer on a named day which have received a substantive answer (a) on the day named, (b) (i)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what limits he plans to put in place on the level of charges local authorities can make on planning applications for the...

    • Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum contribution is a local authority can make towards flood prevention measures without activating the trigger for...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last used a ministerial car while travelling in an official...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many meals at venues outside the Department were provided from the public purse for (a) the right hon. Member for...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the date was of each official visit to each local authority area undertaken by the right hon. Member for Don Valley during...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities will have powers to introduce local standards for electrical safety which are more stringent than...

      Enterprise Zones: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the economy of the North East of the creation of enterprise zones.

      Enterprise Zones: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of each job created in an enterprise zone.

      Fire Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the leasing of fire appliances from private sector companies.

      Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what gifts valued below £140 (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department received in 2009-10.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to increase local accountability in respect of community empowerment and the inclusion of (a) the...

      Housing: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of single occupancy residency is in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) North West Durham constituency.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which business organisations he consulted on the decision to establish a representative body for local enterprise partnerships.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has considered the merits of establishing a model constitution for local enterprise partnerships to include...

      Local Government Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many occasions the right hon. Member for Don Valley met representatives of the Local Government Association during the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect on formula grant of proposals for business rate retention; (2) what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 30 March and 12 May 2011 on regional...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on the decision to end support for empty property rates.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses of empty property business rates.

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer question 35814, tabled on 19 January 2011 for answer on 21 January 2011, on local government finance...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the merits of introducing a compensation directive in the event of local authorities choosing to exercise...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that landowners who allow their property to be used for local amenities are able to appeal...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications in each development category were required to be referred to the Secretary of State under the...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals in each category the Planning Inspectorate considered in each of the last five years; and how many and...

      Special Advisers: Code of Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the letter from the Cabinet Secretary to the right hon. Member for Don Valley of 10 May 2011, what the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial support his Department has provided to (a) the National Union of Teachers, (b) the National Association of...

  • Treasury

    • Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to extend Enterprise Investment Scheme relief to assets held via limited liability partnerships.

    • Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission since 8 March 2011 on state aid approval for the aggregates levy credit scheme in Northern Ireland.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the money lent to small and medium-sized enterprises was lent to businesses based in Scotland in the first quarter of 2011.

      Disadvantaged: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that sectors which benefit from repaid debt other than the financial services sector contribute towards the funding of...

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of the 20 pence fuel duty differential for biodiesel.

      Public Sector: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of public sector net investment was in each year since 1981.

      Retail Prices Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purposes he proposes to use the retail prices index as the measure of inflation.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what classes of individual are not allowed to file tax returns online; and for what reasons in each case.

      Trust Ports: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any receipts due to the Government from any sale of trust ports are to be hypothecated to the Green Investment Bank.

  • Education

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to publish monthly information on changes in the numbers of his Department's employees categorised by (a) seniority, (b)...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

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

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the relative number of students taking each A level subject in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) maintained schools in...

      History: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of students sat (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examinations in history in each of the last five years.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on age-appropriate relationships education in schools.

      Religion: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review periodically (a) the number of schools offering GCSE religious education and (b) the humanities element of the English Baccalaureate.

      Separation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department spent on relationship support services with respect to family separation in each of the last four years; (2) whether the...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to questions 55761 and 55767, on the Frank Buttle Trust, tabled on 11 May 2011 for answer on 13 May 2011.

  • Justice

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether the Cabinet Office Statement of Practice on Staff Transfers in the Public Sector applies to the National Offender Management Service's...

    • Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the expected date of publication is for data on (a) convictions, (b) cautions and (c) fixed penalty notices in respect of speeding offences in each...

      Office of the Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget had been proposed for the Office of the Chief Coroner for each year of the comprehensive spending review period prior to his decision on the...

      Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of risks to the health and safety of prison officers at work.

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to retain prison officers.

      Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which prison establishments employed an imam in each year since 2007; (2) how many prisons imams have been dismissed since 2007; and for what...

      Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid in public funds to prison imams in each year since 2007.

      Prisons: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to change the retirement age for prison officers.

      Reparation by Offenders: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many charitable bodies were the direct beneficiaries of Community Payback in the financial year 2010-11.

      Super Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he will bring forward proposals for the membership of the joint committee to consider law and guidance in relation to super-injunctions; (2)...

      Youth Justice Board: Office of the Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what costs his Department will incur as a result of its decisions on the future of (a) the Youth Justice Board and (b) the Office of the Chief Coroner.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the specific activity level was of (a) uranium and (b) plutonium in each air filter sample from the high volume air samplers...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of global man-made emissions which are attributable to the UK.

      Climate Change: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has made to the European Commission on proposals to designate 5 per cent. of the EU budget to measures to...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what definition of affordable warmth his Department uses.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has considered the merits of asking the Committee on Climate Change to examine outsourced emissions and consumption-based...

      Nuclear Power: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of nuclear engineers required to deliver the UK's nuclear power station replacement programme.

      Voltage Optimisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of voltage optimisation technology in reducing energy use; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) number and (b) total generating capacity of wind turbines is in each parliamentary constituency that (i) have been...

  • House of Lords

    • Abattoirs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the financial impact on small and medium-sized abattoirs of their plans to put in place a full cost recovery system.

    • Agriculture: Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many farms will be established as part of their demonstration farms programme; how they will be geographically spread across England; what purpose they will...

      Agriculture: Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will implement the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force chaired by Richard McDonald.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will refuse applications from Bahraini students for leave to enter the United Kingdom until they receive assurances from the Government of Bahrain...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether banks are on course to deliver their commitments under Project Merlin; and whether they will produce a report on progress...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the review into the collapse of Royal Bank of Scotland commissioned by the Financial Services Authority from PricewaterhouseCoopers; and...

      Caste Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the review in 2011 of the United Kingdom by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and its recommendation in...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will strengthen the voluntary responsibility placed on schools to support the health and well-being of children with medical needs, especially those...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the agreement by the French and Dutch Ministers of Agriculture that the Common Agricultural Policy budget should remain at least at its...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved Administrations about the introduction of enterprise zones in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 26 April (WA 40), why they do not include dealing with tax avoidance and evasion by United Kingdom...

      Government: Red Tape Challenge

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why their Red Tape Challenge invites the public to respond on whether the Equality Act 2010 should be scrapped.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 28 March (WA 216-17), when they placed a copy of their reply to the letter from the chair of the United...

      Healthcare: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much in sterling was paid to and received from Poland in the past three years for medical and healthcare costs under European social security regulations for...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 April (WA 53), what assessment they have made of Israel's compliance with the quartet principles.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering any action to assist the international community in the apprehension of Muammar Gaddafi.

      Madeleine McCann

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the police review of the Madeleine McCann case; where its funding will come from; whether arrangements for the review were discussed...

      Madeleine McCann

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Prime Minister's intervention in the Madeleine McCann case, whether they will make periodic reports to Parliament on the level of resources...

      Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many representations they have received on their proposals for shadow mayors; and how many were (a) supportive, and (b) not supportive.

      Party Conferences: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 11 May (WA 219), what criteria will be used when considering the application from the South Yorkshire...

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the impact of police funding cuts on crime figures.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they consider to be a prudent limit applicable to the new Budget Exchange system referred to in the Red Book on the 2011 Budget.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to apply the Budget Exchange system in the same way across all departments of Government, including the devolved administrations in Wales,...

      Railways: Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for reducing the average age in rolling stock on the Northern Rail franchise, given that the average age of trains is now 25.7 years.

      Schools: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will specify academy projects, for which statements of intent or expressions of interest have been submitted since May 2010, in respect of secondary...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Somalia to seek relocation of the British Office for Somalia, currently based in Nairobi, to Mogadishu and...

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many written apologies have been issued by the chief constable of South Wales Police in each of the past six years resulting from failure to deal with...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are considering in partnership with international partners to address the recent unrest in Syria.

      Violence against Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 18 May (WA 354), which articles of the Council of Europe Convention against Violence to Women give rise to...

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