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Written answers

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the (a) dates and (b) subjects were of his (i) public engagements and meetings and (ii) meetings with ministerial...

    • 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 financial provision his Department...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what holdings of the Government Art Collection are on display in locations outside London.

      Olympic Games 2012: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the London 2012 Olympic games of sports betting integrity breaches;...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the (a) timetable and (b) schedule is of the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics safety and security testing exercise.

      Sports: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support his Department provides to national sports governing bodies to assist them in countering any threat to sporting...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications made by asylum seekers under Article 8 of Schedule 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998 were upheld by the courts in each...

    • Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken in response to the report by Baroness Newlove on Clear Vision for Safe and Active Communities published by her...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 240W, on departmental public expenditure, which stakeholders have made...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategic framework her Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive spending review period.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will instruct the UK Border Agency to review the effects of recent changes to the English language requirements for students under...

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars were stolen by the car keys first being stolen by robbery or burglary in each police force area in 2009-10; and how many...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps her Department has taken to improve the welfare of factory-farmed rabbits; and if she will make a statement.

    • Flooding: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to alleviate the risk of flooding along the River Colne in Hertfordshire.

      Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme beyond 2013.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with representatives of (a) Cuadrilla Resources and (b) the shale gas drilling industry on the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equalities Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what plans she has to implement section 78 of the Equalities Act 2010.

    • Pay: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the effects of higher levels of private sector employment on the gender pay gap.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department provided to each local authority for community cohesion projects in (a) 2011-12 and (b) each of...

    • Derelict Land: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers Natural England has to impose planning conditions on brownfield sites; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Grants and Loans: North East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding from the European regional development fund was allocated to projects in the North East in the latest period...

      EU Grants and Loans: North East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the European Regional Development Fund was allocated to projects in the North East in the latest period for...

      EU Grants and Loans: North East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the European Regional Development Fund allocated to the North East of England (a) has been allocated and (b)...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many of the principal fire officers of the Cambridgeshire fire and rescue service have their main residence in...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive scheme.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to introduce a Business Increase Bonus scheme.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the (a) construction and (b) development industry of his policies on localism.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners have access to adequate professional...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he plans to provide to communities wishing to develop neighbourhood plans.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many successful regional growth fund bids are eligible for match funding from the European regional development fund in the...

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Occupancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of social homes which are under-occupied in (a) each local authority area, (b) each...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to his Department's consultation on planning for Traveller sites, what plans he has to allow local...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people of (a) Pashtun, (b) Tajik, (c) Hazaras and (d) Uzbek ethnicity there are in the Afghanistan National Security...

    • Brazil: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Brazilian Government for the (a) removal of illegal miners from the Yanomami territory...

      Children: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations his Department has received on the application of human rights legislation to British children in EU...

      Crown Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 584W, on Crown Relocations, how many other bids there were for...

      Crown Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 584W, on Crown Relocations, on what date the contract with Crown...

      Serco

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the efficiency savings achieved in 2011 to date.

    • Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on the voluntary sector.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on the voluntary sector.

      Charities: Mental Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the proportion of income of charities in England that is received by mental health charities.

      Company Accounts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small businesses which would not otherwise produce quarterly accounts were asked to do so by the Office for National Statistics in the last 12...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many invoices his Department received in respect of goods or services supplied by tier 1 suppliers between 1 May 2010 and 1 April 2011; and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) under what budget headings and for what purposes the expenditure associated with transaction number (a) 3000014029, (b) 3000014121, (c) 3000014389...

  • Attorney-General

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, columns 376-7W, on trade unions, when he expects information to become available on (a) the number of staff of...

  • Treasury

    • Arch Cru

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of initiating an investigation into the Financial Services Authority's role in relation to Arch Cru funds.

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he has had with his EU counterparts to discuss disclosure by banks of the number of employees paid salary and bonuses of more than £1...

      Construction Industry Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the HM Revenue and Customs Construction Industry scheme enforcement unit in each year from 2005 to 2010.

      Disadvantaged: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has for future provision of money advice in respect of (a) coping with unemployment and (b) managing the transition back into work using...

      Financial Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to monitor the international derivatives market.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the Energy Company Obligation on domestic fuel bills.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what amount of taxable income comprised personal earnings above £150,000 in each month of each of the last 10 tax years; (2) how much was...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury plans to respond to the letters of 1 March 2011 and 21 April 2011 from the right hon. Member for...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate additional national insurance payments which would have been due in (a) employee and (b) employer contributions if the pensions...

      Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many appeals have been received by the Valuation Office Agency against national non-domestic rates valuations (a) in each of the last five years...

      Overseas Companies: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to require UK-based oil, mining and gas companies to make annual reports on payments made to foreign Governments in...

      Personal Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2011, Official Report, column 366W, on personal taxation, if he will estimate the difference in the personal taxation...

      Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential effect of the upward revision in claimant count unemployment shown on table 4.15 of the Office for Budget...

      Tax Avoidance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised as a result of steps taken by HM Revenue and Customs in relation to tax avoidance in Northern Ireland in each of the last three...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of non-domiciled UK taxpayers who will pay the annual levy in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; [Official Report, 4...

      Taxation: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations from inward investors into the UK on the (a) clarity and (b) timeliness of tax advice from HM Revenue and Customs; and if he...

      VAT: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons he plans to reduce the threshold at which commercially imported goods are subject to value added tax from £18 to £15; and what...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on first class rail travel (a) in 2009-10 and (b) since May 2010.

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with UNAIDS on its strategy to combat HIV/AIDS.

      Forests: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries his Department is funding reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation projects.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what planning the Stabilisation Unit in his Department has undertaken on post-conflict Libya.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on securing adequate funding at international level for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what public subsidy his Department plans to provide for the production of biofuels in each of the next four financial years.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the reporting of carbon consumption figures alongside production figures.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what strategic framework his Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive spending review...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account his plans for energy market reform will take of (a) Project TransmiT, (b) the review of market liquidity and (c) other...

      Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on energy research and development since 1981.

      Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of the funding his Department has allocated to energy research and development is to be spent on projects in (a) the UK and...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2011, Official Report, column 777W, on energy, whether the Independent Fuel Poverty Review has been...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) greenhouse gas emissions have been attributable to the UK in each year since 1990.

      Low Carbon Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what process he plans to follow in determining the allocation of funding for the low carbon innovation fund announced in the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 January 2011 and reminder letter of 23 March 2011 from the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has plans to require domestic installers of microgeneration technologies to provide potential users with typical...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what responsibility the Government have to (a) act as an insurer for and (b) cover all costs relating to a nuclear accident in the UK.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what liability the Government have to cover the costs of a nuclear accident exceeding £1 billion; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what legal advice he has (a) sought and (b) received on the increase of nuclear operator liability to over £1 billion.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider the merits of raising the level of revenue support for marine renewables in order to ensure the technology can be...

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the renewables obligation he expects to support wave and tidal energy.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to decide the proportion of the Low Carbon Innovation Fund to be allocated to marine energy.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to provide revenue support for marine energy in the forthcoming review of the Renewables Obligation.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to transpose into domestic law Article 3 (3)(a) of EU Directive 2009/148/EC on the protection of workers from risks...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) task forces and (b) units operate in his Department; what the annual budget is of each; and how many staff each unit employs at each grade.

      Departmental Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many buildings (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department have had renewable energy equipment installed to provide power in the last 12...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will not receive employment and support allowance as a result of a gap in provision between the closure of Pathways to Work in...

      Housing Benefit: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed change to the shared accommodation rate of housing benefit on people in Birmingham.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive issues on (a) workplace temperatures which are not considered reasonable and (b) temperatures at...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Heating

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

      Industrial Health and Safety: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions for corporate manslaughter have been brought by the Health and Safety Executive in each year since 2005.

      Jobcentre Plus: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any Jobcentre Plus staff will be made compulsorily redundant during the comprehensive spending review period.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what qualifications are required of mental function champions based in each medical examination centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the coherence of policy across different Government Departments in the administration of health and welfare benefits.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with trade unions regarding women who will see their state pension age increased by one year or more as a...

      Unemployed People: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, columns 499-500W, on travel to interview, what steps he is taking to increase public...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the second independent review by Professor Harrington on the work capability assessment in relation to fluctuating...

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration is given to the timing of work capability assessments at appropriate points during a cycle of medication of a person with a...

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many appeals against work capability assessments made on the basis of mental health needs were upheld at tribunal in the latest...

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many questions asked during the course of a work capability assessment relate to mental health conditions; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of his Department's budget he expects to be spent on staff pensions in each of the next five years.

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much each local authority received from each (a) revenue and (b) capital funding stream from his Department in (i) 2010-11...

      Postal Services: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether potential postal offences reported to Royal Mail by members of the public are routinely passed on to the police; how many...

      Students: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what legal obligations apply to higher education providers in relation to the emotional wellbeing of their students through the...

      Trade Unions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of full-time trade union officials whose salaries are paid from the public purse.

      Trade Unions: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the employment of full-time trade union officials by public bodies.

  • Wales

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2011, Official Report, column 407W, on freedom of information, if she will publish information on (a) the nature of each...

  • Defence

    • Apache Helicopters: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the safety implications for armed forces personnel of firing Hellfire missiles from Apache helicopters; and if he will...

    • Apache Helicopters: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Hellfire missiles have been fired by Apache helicopters in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) uniformed armed forces personnel at each grade have pension pots (i) currently valued and (ii) projected to be valued on...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications for voluntary redundancy from the armed forces his Department has received from members of the armed forces resident in each...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on operations-specific personal protective (a) clothing and (b) equipment in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Falkland Islands: Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many quick reaction alert activations took place in the Falklands in the last 12 months; and how many aircraft (a) took part and (b) were...

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (a) for how long HMS Endurance was leased, (b) how much that lease cost and (c) at what cost it was purchased.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the decommissioning of HMS Endurance.

      HMS Protector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the (a) fuel, (b) personnel and (c) maintenance of HMS Protector in each year of its...

      HMS Protector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of leasing HMS Protector under sharing arrangements with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Royal Air Force personnel are based at Gioia del Colle as part of Operation Ellamy; (2) what the average (a) daily and (b) monthly cost...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what vessels are leased by the Royal Navy; and what the cost to the public purse was to lease each such vessel in each of the last five years.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what post-operation support his Department makes available to reservists based in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) other parts of the UK.

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the reserve forces in Northern Ireland were mobilised in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Royal Naval Reserve and (b) Territorial Army were recruited in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

  • Transport

    • Cycling England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to support the work formerly carried out by Cycling England; (2) what plans he has to support cycling in large urban areas...

    • Halifax-Leeds Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for future numbers of carriages on passenger rail services between Halifax and Leeds.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average value is of the properties in respect of which compensation has been awarded under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship scheme; and how many...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of those granted HS2 exceptional hardship compensation to date were supported by legal advisors.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to establish appropriate long-term blight arrangements to assist those most seriously affected by the proposed HS2...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many property owners who applied to the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme applied in respect of a property which was inherited following bereavement;...

      Transport: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to promote social inclusion through transport.

      Transport: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of the interim regional transport authority; and through what mechanism its functions are being exercised.

  • Justice

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether arrangements are in place to restrict eligibility to appeal against asylum judgements in the same way as restrictions are placed on eligibility...

    • Civil Proceedings: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on his proposals for reform of civil litigation funding and costs for insolvency cases; what response he has...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of the costs of appeal against a coroner's decision (a) to a Chief Coroner and (b) by means...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made an assessment of the potential cost to the public purse of carrying out functions that would have been undertaken by the Chief Coroner.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) successful enforcements and (b) funding recovered from the original outstanding debt were made by High Court enforcement officers...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the monetary value is of his Department's contract with Sherforce for High Court enforcement services.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases have been passed by HM Courts and Tribunals Service to each High Court enforcement officer in each year since 2006.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the monetary value was of each of his Department's contracts for High Court enforcement services in each of the last three years; and who held...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what strategic framework his Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive spending review period.

      Domestic Violence: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on his proposals for legal aid for private family cases involving victims of domestic violence; what response...

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of (a) possession and (b) supply of illegal drugs of each classification level in each year since 2007; and how many...

      Legal Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has made on his proposals for legal aid for legal help and advice on education matters; what response he has made to such...

      Payments: Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it compulsory for oil, mining and gas companies based in the UK to publish details of any payments...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have served an indeterminate sentence for public protection and been released (a) in total and (b) in respect of each offence; and...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of those convicted of (a) rape, (b) sexual offences and (c) violent offences have been recalled to prison after being...

      Probation: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the arrangements for the disclosing party in respect of probation staff to sign confidentiality clauses in respect of the...

      Probation: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what definition of information previously known to the employee he proposes to use for probation staff required to sign confidentiality clauses in...

      Probation: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects on the role of union representatives for probation staff of signing confidentiality clauses in respect of the...

      Probation: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons it is proposed that confidentiality clauses in respect of the tendering for unpaid work in England and Wales should last for two years.

      Probation: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons probation trusts have been grouped together for the purpose of tendering for unpaid work in England and Wales.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what powers a private sector operator of the contract for unpaid work in England and Wales will have in relation to offenders who reoffend whilst on...

      Shoplifting: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in his consideration of fixed penalty notices for shoplifting offences; and if he will make a statement.

      Victims and Witnesses General Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which organisations applied for funding from the Victims and Witnesses General Fund (2011-14); how much funding each organisation applied for; and how...

  • Education

    • Child Protection Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations of the Munro Report.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much each local authority allows in flexible free entitlement grants to attend day care nurseries in 2011-12.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects on the effectiveness of child protection of reductions in support from the public purse for the voluntary sector.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects on the effectiveness of child protection of reductions in local authority budgets.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether community schools may use Sure Start Children's Centres to assist in the delivery of the curriculum.

      Classroom Assistants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance his Department has provided to schools on the payment of salary increases to teaching assistants earning less than £21,000 per...

      Crown Relocations

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the relevant financial and non-financial interests of members of his Department's independent review panels; and if he will...

      English Baccalaureate: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the potential change in takeup of GCSE and A-level courses in each subject attributable to the introduction of the English...

      G4S

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

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what number and percentage of children (a) receiving and (b) not receiving free school meals attained five grade A*-C GCSEs, including English and...

      GCSE: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many pupils in each (a) school and (b) local authority ward in Reading achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics in...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many hours per week of home tuition was provided on average to pupils under alternative provision in each local authority area in the latest period...

      Ibm

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

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what powers the governors of a state primary school have to increase the intake of that school; and if he will make a statement.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, columns 628-32W, on research, whom he has consulted on the decision to reduce funding for (a)...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the merits of extending the exception in paragraph 2.44 of the Schools Admission Code to include ministers of religion.

      Schools: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the level of provision of video relay services in schools for the hearing impaired.

      Schools: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of deaf pupils in schools in England.

      Schools: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) state schools and (b) academies have operated work experience programmes for whole year groups in each of the last three years.

      Teachers: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) music, (b) art and (c) drama teachers were working in schools in the academic year (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11; and how many he expects...

  • Health

    • Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether funding allocated to Action on Smoking and Health by his Department may be used for lobbying purposes by that body.

    • Art Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many art therapists were engaged to work in NHS hospitals in each of the last three years; and what estimate he has made of the number of such...

      Care Quality Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Care Quality Commission has (a) reduced its staffing levels and (b) removed its learning disability experts.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what strategic framework his Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive spending review period.

      Diabetes: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has any plans to develop a NHS outcomes indicator for diabetic macular oedema.

      Diabetes: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetes specialist nurses were practising in the Peterborough Primary Care Trust area in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value to GP practices of (a) smoking cessation services, (b) contraceptive services and (c) other locally-enhanced services commissioned...

      Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the rate of travel and subsistence reclaimable by war pensioners from the NHS is; and on what date the rates were most recently changed; (2)...

      Hospitals: North West England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) the North West Strategic Health Authority, (b) Warrington and Halton NHS Trust and (c) others on potential...

      Maternity Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the shortfall in maternity-related health workers and professionals nationally; and if he will make a statement.

      Meat Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made an assessment for benchmarking purposes of the level of charges to abattoirs for regulation of meat hygiene controls in...

      Mental Illness: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve public understanding of mental health issues.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people employed by (a) Warrington Primary Care Trust and (b) the North West Strategic Health Authority have taken voluntary redundancy in the...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse of his listening exercise on NHS reform has been.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to publish a revised estimate of the likely cost of his proposals for NHS reorganisation; (2) what plans he has to reexamine the...

      Organ Donor Register Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in implementing each of the recommendations in Professor Sir Gordon Duff's review of the organ donor register.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the reasons next of kin do not consent to organ donation.

      Osteopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the standardisation of collection of data on osteopathic treatments; and if he will make a statement.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value to community pharmacists of (a) smoking cessation services, (b) contraceptive services and (c) other locally-enhanced services...

      Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure the future of the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine as an NHS centre for research into the effectiveness of...

      Scarborough Hospital: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the NHS facilities which have been made available for the purpose of making television programmes at...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to monitor expenditure by local authorities on social care.

      Social Services: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Peterborough constituency were in receipt of local authority funded (a) domiciliary social care, (b) professional support, (c) day care...

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) residents and (b) members of staff in Scotland who may be affected by any failure of Southern Cross...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet tobacco manufacturers to discuss his Department's publication Healthy Lives, Healthy People: a Tobacco Control Plan for England; and if he...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the NHS Blood and Transplant Strategic Plan 2011-2014, what plans his Department has to integrate the commissioning and funding of...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to announce the outcome of the Diamond Jubilee city status competition.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions were notified as being carried out in England in each year since 2000 on women whose normal place of residence was (a) France, (b) Germany, (c)...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of women who had an abortion in (a) 2009, and (b) 2010, were married at the time of the abortion; what was the modal (1) age of the women, (2)...

      Armed Forces: Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost or estimated cost of the intervention in Libya; and what has been the expenditure or estimated expenditure by each of the three armed...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the Government of Bahrain over the death sentences given to Ali Abduallah al-Sarkis and Abdulaziz...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were registered as unemployed and claiming jobseeker's allowance in each of the London Boroughs and the City of London in each year from 1996 until...

      British Pregnancy Advice Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the British Pregnancy Advisory Service was originally invited to sit on the new sexual health forum to replace the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health...

      Care Homes: Southern Cross

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which dates since 2005 the Primrose House Care facility managed by Southern Cross has been subject to inspections by (a) the Commission for Social Care...

      Care Homes: Southern Cross

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the unannounced inspection of Primrose House on 8 January 2008, the requirements for (a) the recording and management of complaints, (b) staff...

      Care Homes: Southern Cross

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date Cheshire County Council (a) suspended placements at the Southern Cross facility at Primrose Hill, and (b) announced its review of all Southern Cross...

      Civil Service Year Book

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to publish the new edition of the Civil Service Year Book.

      Developing Countries: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they propose to take to implement the coalition agreement on strengthening Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development measures on country by...

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in the past 12 months with the Vestas company about wind farms in the United Kingdom.

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 April (WA 44), how many of the 27,000 public bodies subject to the duty under Section 149 of the...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of forced marriages which occur in the United Kingdom annually; and what plans they have to amend the Forced Marriages Act...

      Gangmasters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 6 June (WA 43), whether they consider the combined annual registration and inspection fee for Gangmasters in Band...

      Gilts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of using low yields at the long end of the gilt market to issue more stock gilt maturities of over 20 years.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research and data collection the Ministry of Defence has (a) initiated, (b) terminated, and (c) amended, since 12 May 2010.

      Government Departments: TV Sets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how many television sets there are in the Cabinet Office, (b) what channels are received by them, and (c) how much is paid in licence and other fees or...

      Government: Cabinet Committees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when an updated list of the memberships of Cabinet Committees will be published.

      Government: Red Tape Challenge

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 17 May (WA 301), whether the Government consider that the Equality Act 2010 imposes unnecessary burdens on...

      Health: E. coli

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to deal with the outbreak of E coli.

      Industrial Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days were lost due to industrial action in (a) 2010, and (b) each of the preceding 20 years.

      Medical Students: Non-EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are proposing to limit the Medical Training Initiative for international medical graduates to one year; and whether they have assessed the effect of the...

      Money: Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether contracting the broad money supply is consistent with their economic objectives; and whether they propose to take action to stimulate growth in the broad...

      National Enterprise Academy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many learners have enrolled at the National Enterprise Academy since its inception; and how many of them have set up successful businesses as a direct result...

      Northern Ireland Office: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research and data collection the Northern Ireland Office has (a) initiated, (b) terminated, and (c) amended since 12 May 2010.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many interns have been employed in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in the last two years; what salaries or payments they have each received; and...

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 24 May (WA 424), how their commitment to no more costly and open-ended public inquiries will be met in...

      Public Sector: Terms and Conditions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which public servants other than those in the Armed Forces contract with the state to lay down their lives if necessary in its service.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the effect on train operating companies of ending prescriptive requirements in rail franchising agreements, including restrictions on the freedom to...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many road traffic incidents in which pedestrians have been injured have been reported involving (a) cyclists, and (b) motor vehicles (excluding bikes), and (c)...

      Stateless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average time taken to process applications to be recognised as a stateless person; how many such applications are pending; and on what date the...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the effectiveness of the UK Border Agency with respect to Northern Ireland.

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