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Written answers

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with (a) banks and (b) ministerial colleagues on the level of employee bonuses paid by banks based in Northern Ireland.

    • Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the future of Southern Cross care homes in Northern Ireland.

  • Scotland

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has received any information from the Scottish Government on the (a) nature and (b) extent of their proposals for the devolution of powers in...

    • Injunctions: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice on the effects of super-injunctions made under English law on the freedom of the...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2011, Official Report, columns...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether officials in his Department have had discussions with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)...

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when and in what form the proposal to withdraw tax relief on VAT for repairs to church and chapel organs was publicised.

      Fifa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the Football Association (FA) on the FA's membership of FIFA; (2)...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much grant in aid funding his Department provided for film-making in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, columns 349-50W, on gambling, what machines research his Department...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, columns 349-50W, on gambling, what meetings he has had with...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on the regulatory future of remote gambling in Great Britain.

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions and on what dates his Department has had discussions with the Unitarian General Assembly on the new tranche...

      Olympic Games 2012: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will ensure that the Gambling Commission's licence condition 15 applies to all betting operators taking bets prior to...

      Olympic Games 2012: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent steps he has taken to promote Northern Ireland as a venue for training camps for foreign nations participating in...

      Telecommunications: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many items of correspondence he has received in the last 12 months from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public on...

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to the merits of establishing a local television affiliate network.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the working definition of anti-Semitism used by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights; and if he will make...

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 33W, on energy performance certificates, for what reasons his...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the potential financial savings across central...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from housing developers on the effect of the time taken to (a) plan and (b) release new...

      Housing: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the Chatsworth Gardens housing project in Morecambe; what funds are available to the project; and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central Government funding Sunderland city council has been allocated for financial years (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c)...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many payments have been made under the Cash Incentive Scheme under section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972 to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many community care grant applications have been made in (a) Bristol, (b) the south-west and (c) nationally in each of the past 12 months;...

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance subsequently entered employment in the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of increasing funeral payments to reflect the recent trends in funeral costs.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions were made by the Health and Safety Executive for breaches of health and safety or negligence by employers that...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure that job seekers receive support and advice to access employment opportunities using public transport, cycling and...

      Managing Agents: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff employed by Atos to work on contracts with his Department have a recognised mental health qualification; and if he will make a...

      Pensioners: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the 2011 Budget on pensioners resident in Coventry.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people in receipt of an active benefit who are unable to speak English to a level which would enable them to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 46WS, on universal credit (review of passported...

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints were made to the Health and Safety Executive in relation to stress due to exposure to high temperatures in the work place...

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on determination of the long-term and short-term physical and psychological...

  • Defence

    • Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) catering and (b) refreshments since May 2010.

    • Israel: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice his Department has (a) sought and (b) received on the implications of the Missile Technology Control Regime for the import of Watchkeeper...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel are active as part of Operation Ellamy; where each unit is based; and what the average (a) daily and (b) monthly cost of operating...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the decision to deploy Apache helicopters as part of Operation Ellamy was made; and if he will make a statement.

      Light Dragoons Museum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will maintain his Department's funding streams which support the Light Dragoons museum at Cannon Hall, Barnsley.

      Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what security clearance Lord Ashcroft will require to enable him to act as an adviser in the review of British military bases in Cyprus.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the UK's contribution to and involvement in NATO’s Istanbul co-operation initiative; and if he will...

      Navy: Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) (a) how many naval aviators are currently training with foreign navies, (b) with which navies they are training, (c) how many such personnel are...

      SBIRS Radome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date each SBIRS radome at the installation at Menwith Hill is to become operational.

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many approved premises are within one mile of a maintained or independent school for pupils aged 12 or under; (2) how many approved premises...

    • Custody Disputes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many representations his Department has received on the representation of the wishes of British children in custody disputes in (a) the UK and (b)...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on legal aid in Aberavon constituency in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what estimate he has made of the potential...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency received legal aid in each category of assistance in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid from residents of Islwyn constituency were granted in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contracts for legal aid services were awarded in Islwyn constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid from residents in (a) the north-east and (b) North West Durham constituency were (i) received and (ii) granted in...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid in the Islwyn constituency in 2009-10; and if he will estimate the likely change in the level of expenditure in that area...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid from people living in Aberavon constituency were granted in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Legal Aid: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to ensure that reductions in the legal aid budget do not affect disproportionately disabled people.

      Legal Aid: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that the Legal Services Commission provides a proportionate distribution of new matter starts for mental health cases in...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an assessment of changes within the prison establishment following the introduction of third sector providers working therapeutically on...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the National Offender Management Service concerning prisoner education, including Open University opportunities.

      Prisons: Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which prisons provide communal television facilities for prisoners; (2) if he will consider increasing the charges for in-cell televisions in...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation trust mergers or amalgamations in England and Wales are planned for (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what arrangements are in place for agencies involved in the payment by results schemes in Lewisham and Croydon to co-ordinate their activities; (2)...

  • Education

    • Careers Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will publish the proposed invitation list for his Department's careers summit on 15 July 2011; (2) if he will publish the agenda for his...

    • Discretionary Learner Support Fund: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date schools and further education colleges in Barnsley will be informed of their allocation of discretionary learner support for 2011-12.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations his Department has received from the outdoor learning sector on the number of field centres available to schools.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of field centres available to schools.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects his Department's internal review of personal, social, health and economic education, including sex and relationship education, to (a)...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) special needs and (d) other schools were built in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools fall below minimum standards in each local education authority.

  • Wales

    • Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent discussions she has had with UK research councils on steps to ensure that Welsh higher education institutions receive adequate research...

  • Prime Minister

    • Childhood and Families Task Force

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hemsworth of 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 24W, on the childhood and families task force, if he will direct the...

    • Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Prime Minister what undertakings he gave to the First Minister of Scotland at the most recent Joint Ministerial Committee meeting in response to requests for further devolution of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Crown Relocations

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

    • G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many contracts his Department holds with G4S; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value of each such contract is.

      Ibm

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

      Office for Nuclear Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the transfer of ministerial responsibility for the...

      Serco

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

  • Treasury

    • Income Tax : Personal Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on low-income families of the increase in the income tax personal allowance in April 2011.

    • Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on implementation of a financial transaction tax at a global level.

      Business Growth Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he estimates is to be made available through the business growth fund following the withdrawal of the financial contribution proposed by Santander.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of child benefit were resident in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures...

      Corporation Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue to be raised from corporation tax in Scotland in each of the next five years.

      European Stability Mechanism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department have been assigned to work on the creation of a permanent eurozone-only European stability mechanism.

      European Stability Mechanism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he has had with his EU counterparts to discuss a permanent eurozone-only European stability mechanism.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on his consultation on merging the operation of income tax and national insurance; and if he will make a statement.

      Office of Tax Simplification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office of Tax Simplification review of tax administration for small business includes consideration of VAT registration; and when he expects the...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many health in pregnancy grants were made in Sunderland Central constituency in 2009-10.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) total updated value of private sector investment in private finance initiative contracts in each Department since 1990 and (b)...

      Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent to which allowances under the Rent a Room scheme have been aligned with increases in the level of rents; and...

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what due diligence process his Department followed in respect of the companies it recently appointed as debt collection agents; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Evasion: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with his G20 counterparts on the adoption of country-by-country reporting on levels of tax evasion and avoidance;...

      Tax Evasion: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on sharing of information between national tax authorities for the purposes of tackling tax avoidance and evasion across national...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Warrington North constituency were in receipt of tax credits in financial years (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what the average...

  • Home Department

    • General Register Office: Birth Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to restrict access to copies of birth certificates held at the General Register Office.

    • Asylum: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2011, Official Report, column 1216W, on asylum: grants, how much has been allocated to each charity and...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which companies her Department has contracts; what the monetary value is of each such contract; what the (a) commencement and (b) expiry...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2011, Official Report, column 301W, on drugs, when the terms of the Government's annual review of the 2010...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings the Minister of State for Immigration has had with interested parties on the operation of tier-4 visa students.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what separate arrangements apply to colleges and schools which have been designated as highly trusted sponsors rating for tier-4 visas which...

      Frontex: Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance the UK has provided to Frontex operations in Greece in the last three years.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department holds with G4S; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract.

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of prevention of harassment letters issued by police forces.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking has met since 6 May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police authority area of England and Wales are trained to deal with cases involving allegations of human...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who have been identified as victims of trafficking have been deported from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the merits of establishing an independent rapporteur on human trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the merits of establishing a system of guardianship for children identified as victims of human trafficking;...

      Human Trafficking: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has considered the merits of requiring local authorities to publish figures for (a) the number of trafficked children they have...

      Ibm

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

      Immigrants: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted indefinite leave to remain under the terms of paragraph 289A of the Immigration Rules in each year since 2005;...

      Immigrants: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who applied for indefinite leave to remain under the terms of paragraph 289A of the Immigration Rules had their application...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department dealt with immigration cases in each of the last 10 years; what the average caseload for each...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 18 April 2011 with regard to Mrs S. Shafique.

      Serco

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

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of shoplifting on retail stores; and what steps she is taking to reduce levels of shoplifting.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons (a) the Union flag and (b) a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen is not displayed at entry points to the UK in premises...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department provides any funds for schemes to support victims and witnesses of crime which exclude victims of domestic violence.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has met the Prime Minister to discuss a prohibition on the use of wild animals in circuses.

    • Beer: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support micro-breweries.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many instances of bovine tuberculosis were reported in east Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage charitable giving by Ministers in her Department.

      Compost: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements community groups, schools and small businesses wishing to register for an exemption from the requirement...

      Droughts: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of levels of rainfall in the south and east of England on...

      E. coli: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) her Department's agencies on measures to support the...

      E. coli: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the financial effects on the horticulture industry of the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany.

      E. coli: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on the agricultural sector of trade bans on fruit and vegetables by (a) other EU...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which activities will qualify for higher level stewardship payments in years (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14; and if...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Forestry Commission has allocated for the acquisition of forestry land in each of the next four financial years.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with representatives of Natural England on its role in promoting standards of...

      Pesticides: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2011, Official Report, column 414W, on pesticides, when the staffing levels and funding...

      Pets: Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on regulation of the pet cremation industry; and if she will consider the merits...

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding for Bikeability cycle training his Department (a) provided in 2010-11 and (b) has made budgetary provision for in (i) 2011-12, (ii)...

    • Driving Tests: Workington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons it is proposed to close the driving test centre in Workington.

      East Coast Railway Line: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings he has had with (a) trade union representatives and (b) hon. Members at which East Coast Main Line's decision to award the East Coast...

      Exhaust Emissions: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to respond to the findings of the Olympic Delivery Authority in respect of likely air quality in London during the London...

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department undertook on the cost of (a) hybrid and (b) electric trains in determining the method of electrification of the Great...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether HS2 Ltd will be required to mitigate any impact of railway building on sites of biological importance in (a) Staffordshire and (b) England.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to permit freight traffic on the High Speed 2 route.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect on wildlife populations of construction of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has estimated the proportion of the High Speed 2 route which will render agricultural land unusable.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to provide for compensation to sports facilities rendered unusable as a result of the construction of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what types of (a) agricultural land and (b) livestock currently using land that will be rendered unusable by the High Speed 2 route.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many homeowners compensated by the HS2 exceptional hardship scheme are renting back their property.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether communities where all property values are adversely affected by proximity to the proposed High Speed 2 line will be eligible to apply for all...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what distance criteria from the proposed High Speed 2 route are used to evaluate properties for compensation under the HS2 exceptional hardship scheme.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what method is used to ensure that those granted compensation under the HS2 exceptional hardship scheme are offered a pre-blight rather than a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects to bring forward legislative proposals to establish a compensation scheme for HS2 as part of the Bill to make provision for the line.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what definition his Department has established for provision over and above statutory blight for homes affected by HS2; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the names are of the members of the HS2 exceptional hardship scheme panel; and what the professional (a) background and (b) qualifications are of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of the number of domestic properties located within (a) 50, (b) 100, (c) 200, (d) 300 and (e) 500 metres of an entrance to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future use of homes purchased under the HS2 exceptional hardship Scheme.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason over 14 miles of the northbound carriageway of the M1 motorway was closed on 26 May 2011; what his policy is on the closure of...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the northbound carriageway of the M1 motorway was closed near Watford Gap on 26 May 2011; on whose authority the road was closed; and...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the A1(M) was closed north of its junction with the A1000 on 26 May 2011; on whose authority the road was closed; and what guidance he...

      Public Transport: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) train and (b) bus operating companies have reached an agreement with his Department to offer fares that are staggered incrementally in...

      Rail Delivery Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the name is of each (a) member of and (b) organisations represented on the Rail Delivery Group.

      Rail Delivery Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, column 517W, on railways, when he plans to announce the members of the high level working...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans for (a) public consultation on and (b) primary legislation to authorise the construction of high-speed rail projects other...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the fares policy review; and whether the review will include a public consultation. [R]

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail passengers used (a) category D and (b) category E train stations in each of the last five years. [R]

      Railways: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of waste from passenger trains was recycled in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tickets were issued at ticket offices at (a) category D and (b) category E stations in each of the last five years. [R]

      Road Traffic Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings his Department's working party on potential changes to section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 has held in each year since 2006.

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation governing the management of street works.

      Roads: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued on the role of the police in traffic management in urban areas.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the environment of (a) hybrid and (b) electric trains.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the fuel efficiency of (a) hybrid and (b) electric trains.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average costs of procurement of (a) hybrid and (b) electric trains.

      Shipping: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has assessed the merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to enable UK-based companies to employ armed personnel on commercial ships.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to set targets for local transport authorities in respect of their contribution to carbon dioxide reduction.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to implement its proposal to rationalise the number of its local authority funding streams.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to devolve capital funding for local transport schemes to sub-national bodies.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Expenditure: External Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the allocation of EU expenditure on external affairs; and if he will make a statement.

    • Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on alleged violations of human rights during the recent...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Nigerian Government since the recent elections in that country.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Arab League on the political situation in Libya.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Chinese Government on human rights.

      Egypt

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

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable and scope are of his Department's review of the BBC World Service.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit British overseas territories in the next year.

      British Overseas Territories: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on the promotion of environmental awareness in British overseas territories in each of the...

      British Overseas Territories: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to promote environmental awareness in British overseas territories.

      British Overseas Territories: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to promote good governance in British overseas territories.

      British Overseas Territories: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with officials from British overseas territories on environmental sustainability.

      Central America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit central America in the next year.

      Clara Gutteridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the high commission in Kenya holds on the deportation from Kenya of Clara Gutteridge; what representations his...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many employees of his Department at each grade have pension pots (a) currently valued and (b) projected to be valued on...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many disciplinary offences have been recorded in his Department for the improper use of a Government procurement card in...

      Henderson Island: Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to combat the rat infestation on Henderson Island.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in (a) Brazil, (b) the Russian Federation, (c) India and (d) China on...

      Mauritania: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider the merits of opening an embassy in Mauritania.

      North Africa: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the European Commission's european neighbourhood policy to the...

      Omar al-Bashir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support the execution of the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the All Darfur Stakeholders conference.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of (a) males and (b) females (i) slightly injured, (ii) seriously injured and (iii)...

      Tunisia: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what programmes of assistance the UK is offering to (a) Tunisia and (b) Egypt.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effects of funding from the big society bank on the operational viability of charities.

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the (a) timetable and (b) process is for his Department's review of the Charities Act 2006; (2) how charitable organisations can contribute...

      Civil Service: Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil service posts were (a) created and (b) lost (i) on Merseyside (ii) in each Government Department and (iii) in each constituency in each...

      Civil Service: Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of civil service posts which will be (a) created and (b) lost (i) on Merseyside (ii) in each Government...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what account he has taken of the effects of income inequality in the (a) formulation and (b) implementation of policy.

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether his Department plans to make available on the alpha.gov.uk website any information or services which are not available on the...

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the purpose is of the alpha.gov.uk website.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the work force that is aged over 60 years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent (a) at current prices and (b) in constant prices on (i) general Government purchase of external goods and services and (ii) annually...

      Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what statistical data his Department ceased to collect in the past year; and what the (a) reasons for and (b) savings arising from each such cessation were.

      Unemployment: Coventry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in Coventry who are economically inactive; and if he will make a statement.

      Well-being

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 304W, on well-being, when the Office for National Statistics will publish the...

  • International Development

    • Argentina: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) direct and (b) indirect aid the Government have given to Argentina in each year since 1982; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made on implementation of the Bribery Act 2010; what further steps are planned during the (a) remainder...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received representations from the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development on the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010;...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to visit British overseas territories in the next year.

      British Overseas Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has given to British overseas territories in each of the last 10 years.

      Central America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to visit central America in the next year.

      Central America: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to promote environmental awareness in central American nations in each of the last five years; and...

      Central America: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote good governance in central American nations.

      Central America: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with Governments of central American nations on environmental sustainability.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on private charter aircraft in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on chartered boats in each of the last 10 years.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated to developing countries to assist with climate change mitigation programmes since 2009.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects figures on funds distributed under the L'Aquila food security initiative in 2010-11 to be available.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of funds disbursed under the L'Aquila food security initiative was spent on initiatives to support women farmers in 2009-10.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department plans to provide for (a) prevention of and (b) research into HIV/AIDS in developing countries during the...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing for provision of anti-retroviral drugs to combat HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the effects of tax avoidance and evasion on GDP per capita in developing countries within the G77.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department gave directly to EU member states in each of the last five years.

      G8

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the development outcomes of the G8 summit in May 2011 were; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many disciplinary offences have been recorded in his Department for the improper use of a Government procurement card in each of...

      South America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent in each country in south America in the last year for which figures are available.

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made on the construction of an airport in St Helena.

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the planned airport in St Helena.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Ministers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the number of Ministers the Prime Minister would be allowed to appoint to membership of the reformed second Chamber at any one time.

    • Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 32W, on voting rights: prisoners, when he expects to announce what his next steps will be in...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in each of the last five years; and how many and what proportion of such procedures were performed (a) to save the life...

    • Burns: South East Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the review of the London and South East Burns Network.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the capability of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to carry out appraisals for...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in implementing the new cancer strategy contained in his Department's report ‘Improving Outcomes: a Strategy for Cancer’.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure timely access to treatment by patients with rare forms of cancer; (2) what steps his Department is...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instigate a review of the work and management of the Care Quality Commission.

      Carers: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with carers' organisations on steps to ensure that carers have equal opportunities in access to (a) further and higher...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects human papillomavirus testing for triage and test of cure as part of the NHS cervical screening programme to be available to all women who...

      Circle: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the performance of Circle in providing NHS services in 2010-11.

      Directors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual salary is of the managing director of NHS South West London; (2) what the total cost to the public purse, including pension...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the proportion of GP surgeries in England which use premium 0844 numbers for patients seeking appointment; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 17 May 2011, Official Report, column 319, on public health...

      HIV Infection: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Reading in the latest period for which figures are available; and what steps...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of hospital admissions that are alcohol-related in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Leukaemia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects second-line treatments for chronic myeloid leukaemia to be approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

      Leukaemia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chronic myeloid leukaemia patients were prescribed standard dose imatinib in the last year for which figures are available.

      Leukaemia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of patients prescribed standard dose imatinib who are likely to become resistant to the...

      Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the organisation Life has been appointed to his Department's sexual health forum.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the right of mentally-ill patients not held under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 to...

      NHS Blood and Transplant: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been (a) requested by and (b) allocated to NHS Blood and Transplant's public awareness campaigns for 2011-12.

      NHS Walk-in Centres: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to assess the viability of an NHS walk-in centre in Morecambe.

      NHS: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2011, Official Report, columns 120-1W, on NHS: freedom of information, where the information is held to which...

      North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to the North East Ambulance Service for each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Nurses: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetic specialist nurses were employed in the north-east for each year since the creation of the post.

      Nurses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the planned reduction in commissioned nurse places in the west midlands in 2011-12.

      Nurses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects on patient care of planned reductions in nursing commissions in the west midlands; and if he will...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) increase awareness of organ donation and (b) encourage the registration of organ donors.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were registered organ donors in each of the last five years.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to assess the status of death in interpreting the wishes of holders of NHS Blood and Transplant organ donor cards.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the NHS Blood and Transplant strategic plan 2011-14, what plans he has to promote more widely the economic case for organ donation and...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the levels of compliance by coroners with its guidance on organ donation.

      Out-of-Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Government Ministers on the effect of his proposed NHS reforms on cross-border service delivery.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training and support is given to nurses in assessing the nutritional needs of patients.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to provide nutritional screening for vulnerable patients on admission to hospital.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the quality of data on malnutrition (a) collected by the NHS and (b) published by his Department.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report of 26 May 2011 by the Care Quality Commission on dignity and nutrition for older people, what progress his Department is...

      Respite Care: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assistance his Department is providing to expand the provision of respite care in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement;...

      Streptococcal Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of testing for group B streptococcal infections in pregnant women; (2) what steps he is taking to prevent...

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's stroke quality standard is to address the prevention and management of stroke in...

      Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff of the Sunderland teaching primary trust took voluntary redundancy in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients who died while waiting for a transplant in each of the last five years.

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of people on a waiting list for a transplant.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Blackstone Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will institute an inquiry as to whether Blackstone is a fit and proper company to conduct business in the UK.

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on simplification of Government support for businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the name is of each business support scheme facilitated by his Department.

      Business: National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for future funding of the Business Improvement Techniques NVQ.

      Debts: Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have requested help for debt-related problems from citizens advice bureaux in Wales in (a) the last 12 months for...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on travel in respect of (a) each of his Department's Executive agencies and (b) the chief executive of...

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to (a) amending the content and (b) delaying the implementation of the agency workers directive...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 17 May 2011, Official Report, column 150W, on the English...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what overseas public projects were funded by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in the latest period for which figures are...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the potential sums to be spent on flood defence projects by the Green Investment Bank in the first...

      Further Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people entered formal post-16 education in further education colleges in (a) 2000 and (b) 2009.

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices there are in each Government department.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential contribution to the private capital of the Green Investment Bank of...

      Higher Education:Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of higher education institutions (HEIs) on steps to ensure that...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of amending Section 233 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to include on-sellers of...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Insolvency Service's proposals for regulation of the insolvency community will be subject to the moratorium on new...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effects of after-the-event fee review in insolvency cases on the number of...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from the public purse will be provided to each local enterprise partnership in Yorkshire in (a) 2011-12 and (b)...

      Motor Vehicles: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the potential effects on the economy of Plymouth of the removal of the 2002 motor vehicle block exemption...

      Motor Vehicles: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will request motor manufacturers to agree to a Europe-wide franchised code with the franchised car dealership industry.

      Motor Vehicles: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess (a) the extent of control of vehicle manufacturers over retailers in a franchised network and (b) the effect of...

      Pets: Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to require the provision of information at the point of sale by pet cremation businesses on...

      Private Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage employee shareholding and mutual ownership in the private sector.

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from the public purse regional development agencies were provided within (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the...

      Regional Growth Fund: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding each successful applicant to the regional growth fund in Yorkshire and Humber received; and for what purpose...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students who lived (a) at home and (b) away from home took out a loan to fund their undergraduate studies in...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many undergraduate students lived (a) at home and (b) away from home whilst completing their studies in each of the last five...

      Summer Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to proposing legislation to amend daylight saving time.

      Yorkshire Forward: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding from the public purse Yorkshire Forward received in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the previous three financial years.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in each strategic health authority area in England and Wales who had had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h)...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the National Health Service of providing abortions in (a) NHS hospitals, and (b) approved independent sector places in 2010.

      Airports: Gatwick

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a discrimination complaint has been lodged with the Civil Aviation Authority against the owner of Gatwick Airport, under Section 41 of the Airports Act 1986.

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any individual or organisation has a duty to inform airline passengers when there has been a fume event on an aircraft in which they travelled following...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Civil Aviation Authority requires airlines to provide appropriate training for commercial airline pilots and crews to recognise and respond to...

      Aviation: Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a duty to ensure that Resolution A35-12 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, on the protection of the health of passengers and crews...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that new entrants to the United Kingdom banking market are not disadvantaged in the purchase of branches and assets to be sold...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much is owed to the banks in which they have an interest by the Anglo Irish Bank; and what are the arrangements for repayment.

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have power to require the Financial Services Authority to release to the Government the PricewaterhouseCoopers report on the collapse of the Royal...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Sir David Walker and Mr Bill Knight, who have been commissioned to produce a report into the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland, have power to subpoena...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they are making to Macmillan Cancer Support's concern about the effect on cancer patients of time-limiting contribution-based employment and support...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) private, (b) voluntary, and (c) public, residential care and nursing homes were rated (1) poor, and (2) excellent, by the Care Quality Commission (or...

      Cyclists: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many road traffic incidents involving cyclists have been reported in (a) Manchester, and (b) Cambridge, in each of the past five years.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freehold Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government of which buildings the Department for Work and Pensions owns the freehold; and what is their monetary value.

      Education: Careers Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what initiatives are currently in place to provide face-to-face careers advice for individuals with below average literacy skills.

      Education: Mathematics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the reasons for the United Kingdom's declining position in the mathematics section in the Programme for International Student...

      Finance: Derivatives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that the United Kingdom is well placed to take a leading position in the development of electronic trading of over-the-counter...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many freedom of information requests the Department for Work and Pensions has received since the Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force in each year...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of their policies on Gypsies and Travellers with the proposed European Commission Framework for National Roma...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many specialist diabetes nursing jobs will be lost as a consequence of the projected cuts in staffing in that field; and what has been the increase in the...

      Homelessness: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 23 May (WA 382), whether they intend to begin collecting comprehensive data on the number of homeless people...

      Honour-related Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether public funding will continue to be provided for the Honour Based Violence Couples Service.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many visits to the homes of people on housing benefit the Minister for Welfare Reform has undertaken since 12 May 2010.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people claiming housing benefit resident in each of the London Boroughs and the City of London who presently have a spare room.

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were detained, and where, for immigration purposes on (a) 1 June 2009, (b) 1 June 2010, and (c) 1 June 2011.

      Intelligence Gathering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what laws are in place to address alleged collusion between police, intelligence and security forces and criminal elements; and what rules or protocols are in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobseekers have been defrauded via Jobcentre Plus vacancy advertisements into selling non-existent goods on eBay; and what steps have been made towards...

      Local Government: Consent Regimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many departmental consent regimes apply to local authority decision-making in England; and what plans they have to reduce them.

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Polish nationals registered for national insurance numbers in each of the last four quarters; and how many have registered in total since January 2002.

      NHS: Clinical Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all National Health Service purchasing of non-clinical services is subject to European Union competition laws; and, if so, how long that has been the case....

      Plastic Bags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 6 June (WA 57), what assessment they have made of the proportionality and subsidiarity of a European Union-wide...

      UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they will make towards implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness in 2011, the fiftieth anniversary of the...

      Vehicles: Number Plates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 7 June (WA 126), how many enforcement actions have been taken against suppliers of number plates who are in breach...

      Visas: Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are being made to ensure the effective administration of visa applications to enter the United Kingdom for competitors and visitors to the...

      Young People: Work Readiness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that young people are work-ready in such areas as social skills, timekeeping, and other disciplines, when they complete their...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the recent report by Unicef that each year up to 12,000 children die of malnutrition in Zimbabwe; and whether this is an indication...

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