Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Written answers

Friday, 10 June 2011

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the House of Lords Reform Draft Bill, if he will estimate (1) the additional resources required by the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the House of Lords Reform Draft Bill, what his policy is on proposals that would enable parties not in Government to appoint or recommend peers...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the House of Lords Reform Draft Bill, if he will estimate the number of peers in the proposed reformed House of Lords that would hold frontbench...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on his proposals for House of Lords reform; and if he will make a statement.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 769, what plans he has to produce an estimate of the cost of a reformed House of Lords; and when he...

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has proposed to the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers that it make a referral under Article 46(3) of the European Convention on Human Rights...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Sky Broadcasting: News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which (a) law firms and (b) barristers his Department engaged to advise on the proposed takeover of BSkyB by News Corporation...

    • Departmental Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many lawyers are employed within his Department; and how many such lawyers are qualified to practise in England and Wales...

  • Scotland

    • Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has discussed with the Ministry of Defence proposals by the Scottish Government that a future independent Scotland could share...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Secretary of State for Transport; and whether he discussed the future of Scottish coastguard stations at that meeting.

      Scottish Grand Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with officials in his Department on the Scottish Grand Committee.

  • Prime Minister

  • Cabinet Office

    • Businesses: Durham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many business start-ups in North West Durham constituency there (a) were in each month between June 2005 and May 2010 and (b) have been in each...

    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths in each age decile were due to accidental and unintended carbon monoxide poisoning from a domestic fuel source in each of the last 15 years.

  • Treasury

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely number of additional apprenticeship places he expects to be created in each (a) region, (b) local authority and (c)...

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 353W, on business: finance, if he will estimate the proportion of the letters received by his...

      Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have been assisted by the HM Revenue and Customs Business Support Service in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of corporation tax received in Scotland was paid by banks and other financial institutions with headquarters in Scotland in the latest...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount foregone by the Exchequer in a financial year from a reduction in corporation tax payable in Scotland of (a) one, (b) two and...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent representations he has received on the review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme; (2) what recent meetings he has had with...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) change plan for 2011 on the overall level of employment at HMRC; and if he...

      Insurance: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of progress on the Insurance Guarantee Scheme Directive.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Weaver Vale of 16 December 2010 and 8 March 2011 on...

      Members: Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons hon. Members are proposed to be exempted under section 554E of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003.

  • Transport

    • High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of the Brackley High Speed Two Roadshow.

    • High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of the Upper Boddington High Speed Two Roadshow.

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of the Chipping Warden High Speed Two Roadshow.

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse of the High Speed Two project has been to date.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the consolidation of support mechanisms for low and ultra-low emission vehicle research and development to be complete.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the safety of high-intensity discharge lighting on vehicles.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of future demand for London to Portsmouth passenger rail services.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of employees of his Department that will be made redundant in each of the next three years; how many...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households receive the severe disability premium; and how many such households have a child who is caring for a disabled adult.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of reassessing each person of working age who is in receipt of disability living...

      Housing Benefit: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a foster child is to be allocated a bedroom on the same basis as any other child in the calculation of the appropriate maximum housing...

      Housing Benefit: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Liverpool will have their benefit reduced as a result of the extension of the shared accommodation rate of housing benefit...

      Jobcentre Plus: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been received by each Jobcentre Plus in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last 12 months.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Barnsley East constituency who (a) have been affected by his...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter of 9 May 2011 from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning a constituent.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce the level of (a) long-term and (b) youth unemployment.

  • Education

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he expects local authorities to supply learning providers with data on incoming students who will qualify for assistance under the 16 to 19...

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects learning providers to receive their funding allocation under the 16 to 19 Bursary Scheme for the 2011-12 academic year.

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of (a) art, (b) music, (c) drama and (d) design and technology in the school curriculum to the...

      Curriculum Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that design and technology is prioritised in his Department's curriculum review.

      History: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information he holds on the (a) name and (b) constituency of each school which took part in the OCR GCSE History pilot course.

      Pupils: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Common Assessment Framework; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has for road safety campaigns in schools in 2011-12.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the adequacy of system to provide routes back into education for those who leave formal education at 16.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of extremism in schools.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on allegations of human rights abuses in Burma; and if he will make a statement.

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take further steps to address the human rights situation in Burma and promote the establishment of a UN Commission of...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Burma for the introduction of a nationwide ceasefire in that country.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on encouraging tripartite dialogue between the Burmese government, the National League for Democracy and...

      Egypt: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any of the £40 million in the Arab Partnership Fund announced for political reform is to be used to support women's...

      Indonesia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the British embassy in Indonesia was closed on 13 May 2011.

      Palestinians: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the demolition of houses in Area C of the West Bank;...

      Republic of Ireland: Roman Catholic Church

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Vatican on the time taken to publish the Roman Catholic church's full report into sex...

      Russia: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make representations to the government of Russia in relation to steps taken against people seeking to...

      Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the aims and objectives of his policy on Zimbabwe are; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Doncaster Central of 23 December 2010 on the Police Reform and Social...

    • Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on its review of the sex offender register; when the report of that review will be published; and if...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in making it compulsory for persons on the sex offender register to report to the authorities their...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 559W, on courts: fees and charges, if he will bring forward proposals to extend the...

    • Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on retaining recoverability of (a) success fees and (b) after-the-event premiums for litigation related to (i) insolvency, (ii)...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what submissions his Department has received from HM Revenue and Customs on his planned reforms of civil litigation costs and funding; and if he will...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of providing judges' lodgings in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates have (a) retired and (b) resigned (i) nationally and (ii) in West Yorkshire since his recent announcement of decisions to close...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many available spaces there are on the open prison estate.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many category D prisoners are in higher security prisons awaiting transfer to an open prison and how many such prisoners have been waiting (a) less...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people released from prison in England and Wales following a determinate sentence during 2009 and 2010 were subsequently on licence.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the number of foreign national prisoners in prisons in England and Wales.

      Terrorism: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many residents in the Probation-Approved Premises estate have been convicted of terrorist offences.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises to offer apprenticeships in the current economic...

    • Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on accepting the recommendations of the Office of Fair Trading's review into the high-cost credit market; and...

      Employment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what evidence his Department holds on the effects of employment protection legislation on (a) recruitment levels and (b) job creation.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many degree course places funded by (a) the Higher Education Funding Council for England and (b) other organisations there...

      Intellectual Property: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the implementation of the recommendation of the Gowers Review on Intellectual Property that the UK Patent...

      Intellectual Property: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage World Trade Organisation member states to ratify the amendments to the Agreement...

      Intellectual Property: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the implementation of the recommendation of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property relating to the...

      Legal Systems: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many family law cases have been dealt with by Sharia tribunals under the Arbitration Act 1996 in each year since 1997.

      Technology and Innovation Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much is to be allocated from the Technology Strategy Board budget in 2011-12 to develop a national grants for research...

  • Health

    • Blood and Transplant Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on plans to make parts of the National Health Service Blood and Transplant Service subject...

    • Blood: CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2011, Official Report, column 1273W, on blood transfusions, whether the dates for the timetabling of the prion...

      Blood: CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs of the (a) development and (b) implementation of (i) prion filtration and (ii) a blood test for vCJD.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on health inequalities (a) in the North East and (b) nationally for each year since 1997.

      Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) midwives, (c) specialist scientific staff, (d) nurses, (e) medical managers, (f) non-medical managers, (g) administrators and...

      Health Services: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis his Department has conducted on the ability of medical experts to (a) identify and (b) report those who are vulnerable to being drawn into...

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason the documents associated with the Safe and Sustainable Review consultation were not translated into Urdu; (2) for what reason the...

      Netcare Healthcare UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he or officials of his Department have met representatives of (a) Netcare, (b) Network Healthcare Holdings Ltd and (c) General Healthcare Group...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospital sites in England provide access to transcranial doppler ultrasound assessment for children with sickle cell disease.

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure suitable training for clinical staff in the theory, protocols and equipment used in transcranial doppler...

      Social Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inspections were carried out by the Care Quality Commission or its predecessors in each year between 2000 and 2010; and how many have been...

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department first discussed with Southern Cross the financial position of that company; and on what subsequent dates such meetings have...

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve stroke services for children.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many CCTV cameras are installed in and around his Department's premises; and how much such cameras cost to (a) install and...

      Departmental Research

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Fire Engines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire appliances were (a) owned and (b) leased by each fire and rescue authority in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the Ideas Bank established following the report of the Fire Futures forum; and...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) whole-time, (b) retained and (c) total firefighters there were per head of population in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing Benefit: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what funding his Department provided to Cornwall council for discretionary housing benefit payments in 2010-11; and what...

      Housing: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the availability of shared accommodation in Birmingham.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel have been severely injured in Afghanistan in the last 12 months; and how many such personnel are receiving treatment in the...

    • Armed Forces Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date current provisions on the army under the Armed Forces Act 2006 will cease to have effect.

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he has discussed implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant with representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government in relation to (a) the...

      Armed Forces: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on the care and upkeep of horses in each of the last five years.

      British Sovereign Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Lord Ashcroft will be given any resources by his Department in his role of senior independent adviser to the Study of British sovereign base...

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of repair to Apache helicopters attributable to the firing of Hellfire missiles has been in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the cost of maintaining HMS Endurance in the next three years; and if he will make a statement; (2) what estimate...

      HMS Protector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse has been of refitting HMS Protector; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the military and associated action taken in Libya since the passage of UN Security...

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which countries have participated in military training in UK territory in each of the last 10 years.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises by UK forces have taken place in another country's territory in each of the last 10 years; and what the location was of each...

  • International Development

    • Arab Partnership Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the £40 million in the Arab Partnership Fund announced for political reform is to be funded by his Department.

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is providing support to the office of the UN Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict.

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK-based trade union officials' employment has been funded in whole or in part through funding agreements between his...

      Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of female genital mutilation in the developing world.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the co-ordination of work to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women...

      Diaspora Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the date was of each meeting he has had with representatives from diaspora organisations in the UK.

      Libya: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will discuss with the Italian Government the provision of humanitarian assistance to migrants from Libya.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of Israeli restrictions on planning, construction, movement and access in Area C of the West...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had on decentralised energy with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department has given to the role of distributed generation in its consideration of security of energy supply in...

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress has been made on his Department's National Policy Statements for energy infrastructure; and if he will make a...

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the renewal of the Risk Sharing Financing Facility.

      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, on what dates (a) he and (b)...

      Natural Gas: Fylde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to investigate the safety of shale gas extraction on the Fylde coast following recent seismic activity in...

      Natural Gas: Morecambe Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has allocated any funds to the development of the Centrica liquefied natural gas platform to be stationed in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the UK's electricity supply came from renewable energy in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Roads: Roundabouts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many roundabouts are still in existence between London and the Scottish border on the A1 road; where they are; and what plans exist to eliminate the five...

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

June 2011
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930 

Did you find what you were looking for?