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Written answers

Thursday, 16 June 2011

  • Prime Minister

    • Children and Families Taskforce

      To ask the Prime Minister what progress the Children and Families Taskforce has made since its establishment.

    • Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister from whom he has (a) requested and (b) received legal advice relating to actions which can be undertaken under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973; and if he...

      Sir Brian Souter

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Honours and Appointments Secretariat received any communication from the Scottish National Party in support of the nomination for an award of Sir Brian Souter.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many charities in Brighton, Kemptown constituency have (a) applied for and (b) received awards from the Heritage Lottery...

    • Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many charities in St Albans constituency have (a) applied for and (b) received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in...

      Languages: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he next plans to publish a periodical report on the UK's responsibilities under the European Charter for Regional or...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what legislation governs the provision of local library services; and if he will make a statement.

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has considered the merits of introducing a right for property owners to appeal against decisions regarding listing...

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has assessed the merits of introducing a right for property owners to be consulted before the awarding of listed...

      Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support he is providing for local radio stations.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warrington North of 18 May 2011.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the proportion of public (a) museums and (b) art galleries which are open on Sundays.

      Royal Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has any plans to review the prohibition of cycling in parts of London's Royal Parks.

  • Leader of the House

    • Westminster Hall Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps he plans to take to enhance the profile and status of debates in Westminster Hall.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what consideration the House of Commons Commission has given to the merits of...

    • Printing Machinery

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the House of Commons Commission has made of the whole life value...

  • Treasury

    • EU Economic Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has made to the European Commission on the sovereignty of EU member states in matters of taxation.

    • Income Tax: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) Oxford West and Abingdon constituency will (i) have their income tax payments reduced and (ii) cease to pay...

      Railways: East Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect contribution to (i) the economy and (ii) the public finances of the rail technology industry...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2011, Official Report, column 493W, on HM Revenue and Customs: manpower, what assessment he has made of the likely effect...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) police officers and (b) staff in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011,...

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps he has taken in relation to skills, organisational capacity and supply chain barriers to investment in the new energy...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has issued guidance on the application of the Holford rules for overhead electricity connection and transmission...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to increase competition in the energy market by limiting the market share of any one company to not...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what requirements there will be for installers who wish to participate in (a) the Green Deal and (b) the Renewable Heat Incentive...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department at each grade have responsibility for the (a) formulation and (b) implementation of policy on the...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the operation of (a) section 1 and (b) section 2 of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of households in (a) Southend West constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England are in fuel poverty; what...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) training and (b) expertise of engineers to (i) design, (ii) commission and (iii)...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate sea defences for nuclear reactors at sea level.

      Peak Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to address the challenges posed by peak oil.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has considered the merits of (a) reducing the level of public subsidy for onshore wind energy production and (b) increasing...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to policies to support solar photovoltaic schemes above 50 kilowatts; and if he will make a statement.

      Undergrounding Transmission Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the KEMA and Institution of Engineering and Technology report on the cost of undergrounding transmission lines to be...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of subsidies paid for electricity generated by wind power in the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the practice of treating productive agricultural land with powdered human effluent and...

    • Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, columns 540-1W, on angling, whether the Sea Angling 2012 research...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the principal Government web pages are that cover (a) welfare for food and farm animals, domestic pets and wildlife and...

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions officials of her Department have had with officials of the European Commission on wild animals in circuses...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what strategic framework her Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive...

      E. coli: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether UK farmers will receive EU compensation as a result of the E. coli outbreak in Germany.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the information her Department holds on (a) the individuals or bodies who hold UK...

      National Policy Statement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to issue a draft National Policy Statement for waste management.

      Ports: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions apply to proposals to develop an inshore locked boating marina in Morecambe.

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the results are of monitoring measurements carried out by or notified to the Health Protection Agency of (a)...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to preserve river and stream flows in the summer of 2011; and if she will make a statement.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that micro-hydro schemes do not adversely affect (a) stream courses and (b) the...

      Water: South East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of the introduction of hosepipe bans as a response to drought conditions in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has contributed (a) funding and (b) staff to the development of the Afghan High Council for Peace.

    • Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of progress in tackling inter-ethnic tension in Afghanistan since 2005.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the timetable for drawing down US forces in Afghanistan.

      Australia: Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assistance his Department has given for the repatriation of Australian indigenous human remains.

      Bahrain: Motor Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the FIA on proposals to stage a Formula 1 race in Bahrain in 2011.

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Brazil, (b) the Russian Federation, (c) India and (d) China who...

      Caribbean: Cultural Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to build closer cultural ties with states in the Caribbean.

      Caribbean: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support trade and investment into British overseas territories in the Caribbean.

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the parliamentary election process in Egypt.

      Israel: OECD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 830W, on Israel: OECD, on what dates the OECD study team...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the implications of the Hamas Charter for the Middle East peace process; (2) what steps he...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the Government's recent discussions with the government of the Russian Federation on the position of...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil National Alliance; and if he...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of (a) shooting by forces aligned to Sudanese armed forces in Kadui, (b) northward movements of...

      Uganda: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of Uganda on alleged human rights abuses by Ugandan...

  • Transport

    • British Transport Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) police officers and (b) staff in the British Transport Police in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv)...

    • Community Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues about Government plans for community budgets; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of cable theft on the number of train delay minutes on the railway network in (a) each of the last five years...

  • Health

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish a public inquiry into the operation of the Care Quality Commission including the adequacy of its resources for the functions it is...

    • E. coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the British Retail Consortium and its members measures to ensure that the UK horticulture industry is not undercut by the export...

      General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason a GP in a rural area may not dispense drugs for patients resident within a mile of the GP practice.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the potential health risk to humans of genetically-modified crops and animal feed.

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to set out to the NHS the likely effect on the NHS of any amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill proposed by the Government.

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 430W, on the Health and Social Care Bill, whether he now plans to re-commit the Health and...

      Health: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the health effects of poor housing standards.

      Infant Mortality: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the funding allocated by his Department for health research was allocated to research on (a) maternal and (b) foetal health in...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the means by which the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence takes account of innovation in its health...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients chose to use a private provider for an NHS funded procedure in each year from 1997 to 2010; and at what cost to the public purse in each...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses the NHS Future Forum received from (a) Skipton and Ripon constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to (a) consult on the 2012-13 NHS Outcomes Framework and (b) publish the 2012-13 NHS Outcomes Framework; (2) when he plans to publish...

      NHS: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North, of 30 March 2011, Official Report, column 401W, on NHS: surveys, whether he has...

      Respite Care: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department allocated to South of Tyne and Wear primary care trusts for breaks for people who care for disabled family members in the...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2011, Official Report, column 71W, on smoking, what research his Department has evaluated on the contribution of the (a)...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to implement his proposed ban on private transplants using organs from NHS donors.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control makes for meetings between Government Ministers and representatives...

  • Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms his Department has put in place to monitor the performance of local coroners.

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people pleaded guilty before their case reached trial in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; (2) how many people received a 33 per cent. sentence...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) laptops and (c) hand-held IT devices issued by his Department have been recorded as lost since May 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on (a) stationery, (b) ministerial hospitality, (c) taxis, (d) pot plants and cut flowers, (e) lost mobile phones, (f)...

      Departmental Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many managers at grade C or above have left the employment of (a) his Department and (b) the National Offender Management Service in the last two...

      Foreign Nationals: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners held on the prison estate are entitled to reside in the UK.

      Foreign Nationals: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign nationals were convicted of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault, (c) sexual offences against children and (d) violent offences in each of...

      Foreign Nationals: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals convicted of (a) rape, (b) sexual offences against children, (c) other sexual offences and (d) a violent offence were released...

      Legal Aid: Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of legal help contracts with citizens advice bureaux on (a) debt, (b) welfare benefits, (c)...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were released on life licence in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010 in England and Wales.

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to prevent resettled ex-offenders from being concentrated in certain regions.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether a risk assessment was carried out by the relevant probation trust prior to the closure of any Probation Service office since May 2010; (2)...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were recalled to custody following a breach of a (a) determinate licence and (b) life licence in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010 in England and Wales.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people recalled to custody were deemed high risk in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010 in England and Wales.

  • Education

    • Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of local authorities to support children identified as victims of human trafficking; and if he...

    • Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to small and medium-sized...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Diamond Jubilee 2012: Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he expects to announce the outcome of the competition for diamond jubilee city status; (2) which areas have submitted a bid for city status as part of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of age discrimination in the workplace.

  • Northern Ireland

    • European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings he has had with European Commission officials since May 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what impact assessment his Department has carried out in respect of proposed changes to the competent person assessment scheme;...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what strategic framework his Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive spending...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the Government's response to its consultation on the future of fire controls in England.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to publish a new Fire and Rescue Services National Framework.

      Fire Services: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on the merits of including the fire service within the remit of the proposed...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the decision to end support for empty property rate measures.

      Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation he has had with (a) the Welsh Government, (b) the Scottish Government and (c) the Northern Ireland Executive...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to amend the circular 1/2006 on Travellers; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to reform attendance allowance.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure families living in poverty have adequate access to childcare in order to take up employment.

      Departmental Research

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in receipt of the (a) medium rate care component and (b) high rate mobility component of disability living allowance also...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future rate of the (a) enhanced disability element of child tax credit and (b) severe disability element of income...

      Disability Living Allowance: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Vale of Clwyd constituency who will be affected by the planned change to disability living...

      Disability Living Allowance: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people with a (a) mental health condition and (b) physical disability who were in receipt of...

      Disability Living Allowance: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Bridgend constituency (a) of each age group, (b) of each sex, (c) with each physical...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will allow claimants of employment and support allowance to move to universal credit ahead of the planned transfer date.

      Jobcentre Plus: Complaints

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

      Jobcentres: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to monitor the effectiveness of jobcentres in assisting individuals into long-term employment.

      Personal Independence Payment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to ensure that the needs of those with autism are adequately accounted for in the draft descriptors for the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what processes he plans to put in place to determine entitlement to universal credit for claimants with complex cases which cannot be dealt...

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the higher earnings disregard for disabled adults within the universal credit will apply to carers of disabled children.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-combat vehicles owned by his Department were manufactured (a) in the UK, (b) in another EU member state and (c) in a country outside the EU.

    • Defence Reform Unit: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department has been of the establishment and operation of the Defence Reform Unit.

      Departmental Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals completed civilian apprenticeships in his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on consultants since 1 November 2010.

      Departmental Films

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on producing films since December 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on recreational facilities for staff in its buildings in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on advertising since May 2010.

      Departmental Renewable Energy

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

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average daily cost of (a) using Italian air bases and (b) providing accommodation for UK armed forces in Italy as part of Operation Ellamy has...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF reserves at each (a) rank and (b) speciality are deployed on Libyan operations.

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the decision of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals in respect of the wearing of the Pingat Jasa...

      Military Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 June 2011, Official Report, column 25WS, on military low flying 2010-11, how many low-flying training...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of introducing a national defence medal.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to provide recognition of service for all those who have served in the armed forces through a medal or certificate.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of (a) police officers and (b) staff in the Ministry of Defence police in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv)...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work classified as redevelopment has been (a) commenced and (b) continued at RAF Leuchars since 1 November 2010.

      Stabilisation Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department has allocated to its Stabilisation Fund in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's buildings have swimming pools for staff use.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential effect of civil service job losses on (a) each region of England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what strategic framework his Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive spending review period.

      Government Departments: Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses undertaking work for Government Departments and agencies are paid promptly.

      Ipsa

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, column 560W, on IPSA: Parliamentary Commission for Administration, whether it is the...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) market and (b) opinion research his Department has (i) conducted and (ii) commissioned on public expectations of Government in respect of...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of public attitudes towards the balance between fairness and diversity in the provision of public services.

      Well-being

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for Government policy of the Government Office for Science's Foresight report on Mental Capital...

  • Home Department

    • Interview Transcribers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interview transcribers have been made redundant by West Midlands Police since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 235W, if she will list the provisions of (a) EU and (b) domestic legislation...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will maintain the commitment not to permit the use of great apes in scientific procedures.

      Arts: Immigration Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum permitted length of stay under each Tier Five Government-authorised exchange scheme is.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects on the effectiveness of child protection of reductions to police budgets.

      Cycling: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cycle thefts were reported in (a) England and Wales and (b) London in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many managers at grade C or above have left the employment of her Department in the last two financial years; and how many of those...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in encouraging small businesses to bid for Government contracts.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to address drug misuse amongst the migrant youth population.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Pakistani nationals who travelled to the UK in each of the last three years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has provided to non-governmental organisations on its consultation on the human trafficking strategy.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been employed by the UK Human Trafficking Centre in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many emails sent to the UK Border Agency public email address UKBApublications@ukba. gsi.gov.uk, to report suspected immigration crime...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of the knife amnesty boxes to combating knife crime.

      National Crime Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to allocate funding to the National Crime Agency to compensate victims of crimes.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of each of the four police and crime commissioners in Wales during their four-year...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which police authority area each local authority in England and Wales, excluding London, is situated.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) letters and (b) emails she has received supporting her proposals for elected police commissioners.

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department provides to police authorities on the levels of charges for the costs of policing payable by the organisers of...

      Police: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many properties were provided by territorial police forces for the use of police officers and staff in (a) the London Borough of...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact assessment has been undertaken on the effects of proposals to suspend incremental increases in police pay.

      Quilliam: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding from the public purse was provided to the Quilliam Foundation in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12.

      Repatriation: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Kosovan asylum seekers were repatriated in each year since 2000.

      Telephone Tapping: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the information she holds on the terms of reference for the Operation Weeting inquiry into hacking being undertaken by...

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes have been reported involving pickpockets in each of the last three years.

      Visas: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK visas have been granted to citizens of Kosovo in each of the last five years.

      West Midlands Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the rate of employee attrition for (a) civilian staff and (b) warranted officers in West Midlands Police was in each of the last...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of progress in reducing the level of corruption in Afghanistan since January 2011.

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development by what date he plans to commit the amounts pledged by his Department as fast start climate finance for developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy to press his counterparts at the Rio Earth Summit preparatory meetings to (a) invest in and (b)...

      Developing Countries: Law and Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on provision of (a) law and order services, (b) police services, (c) prison services including the...

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will (a) attend the Rio Earth Summit preparatory meetings and (b) press his counterparts at such meetings to recommit to the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Copyright: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the level of licences and fees charged by the Performing Rights Society for the...

    • Departmental Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage charitable giving by Ministers in his Department.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what strategic framework his Department has developed for the delivery of its core functions during the comprehensive spending...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which projects in Zimbabwe supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) have contributed to the debt owed by...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which 10 countries provide the highest level of inward investment in each of the sectors mentioned in the Plan for Growth; and...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) representations and (b) research he has received on the relative performance of UK-domiciled full-time first degree...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, columns 645-46W, on higher education: admissions, (1) how many (a) UK...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, columns 645-46W, on higher education: admissions, how many UK-domiciled...

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who will go to university in (a) 2011-12 and...

      Higher Education: North West England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people normally resident in Warrington North constituency applied to attend higher education institutions in the...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to increase financial support for early career and postdoctoral researchers in universities.

      Horticulture: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to implement a UK trade ban on the import of horticultural products following the recent E. coli outbreak in...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from English universities about English language testing for overseas students; and...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will put in place transitional arrangements to enable universities to apply the 2010-11 entry criteria for international...

      Patents: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to encourage the European Patent Office to pursue work-sharing with the United States Patent and Trademark...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2011, Official Report, column 108W, on students: loans, what proportion of students currently...

      Students: Fees and Charges

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

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of undergraduate loans were awarded to students whose household income was (a) less than £25,000, (b)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average undergraduate loan was for students who lived (a) at home or (b) away from home in each of the last five years.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's publication Thinking of Going to University in 2012, what assessment he has made of the...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions have been performed under the Abortion Act 1967 as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many and what proportion...

    • Afghanistan: Women's Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights abuse of young girls in Khan Neshin, Helmand.

      Air Ambulance Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, notwithstanding the European Communities Act 1972 as amended, they will take action to exempt the Air Ambulance Service from VAT payments, as with the...

      Alcohol Concern

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants were made to Alcohol Concern in (a) the current financial year, and (b) each of the last four financial years; and why the Department of Health have...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 18 May (WA 328), how many of the 675,000 asylum seekers who have applied for asylum since 1997 have had...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seeker applicants there have been from each European Union member state in the past 10 years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 7 June (WA 88), whether they will assist the Greek Government in improving the living conditions and...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of demonstrators who have been killed and disappeared in Bahrain this year.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Shias who have been removed from their posts in the public service in Bahrain this year.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 18 May (WA 340), what guidance is given to companies seeking to develop offshore wind farms to assess the charges...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate the net contribution to the European Union budget by Croatia will be in each of the five years following the date of Croatia's accession to the...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 7 June (WA 103) concerning the taxation of savings interest, whether they will give details of the wider range of...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

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

      Government Departments: Research and Data

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

      Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley, on 16 February ((Official Report, Commons, col. WS 78-9), whether the Health...

      Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley, on 16 February (Official Report, Commons, col. WS 78-9), what impact a failure or...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 May (WA 381-2), whether they will publish the details of the survey of 1,500 pensioners used to establish...

      High Energy Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effect of high energy drinks on children under 10.

      Industrial Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the laws relating to industrial action. To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech by the Secretary of State for...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of President Obama's call for a peace deal between Israel and Palestine to be based upon 1967 borders; and what discussions they...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Ivory Coast about alleged atrocities perpetrated by people loyal to the Government of President...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Lebanon and the formation of the new Government.

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the attack upon the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon mission in southern Lebanon; and what discussions they have had with...

      NHS: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the National Health Service will be expected to save in efficiency savings during the lifetime of this Parliament.

      NHS: Health Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether construction of the Friday Street health centre at Chorley, Lancashire, is going ahead; and what is the estimated date of completion.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they now expect the planned reorganisation of the National Health Service to cost.

      Offenders: Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what quality assurance procedures private sector companies will be subject to in the bidding process for supervising offenders undertaking unpaid work in England...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made of the position of Pakistan's minorities by the Foreign Office Minister, Mr Alistair Burt, during his recent visit to Pakistan.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Arab League's decision to support Palestinian membership of the United Nations as a full member state.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 7 June (WA 118), on which proposed routes to be served by Intercity Express Project Passenger trains will bimodal...

      Railways: Great Western Railway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for letting the new passenger franchise currently held by First Great Western; and whether there will be a public consultation about the...

      Refugee and Migrant Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 26 October 2010 (WA 274-75), how many of the 64 providers in breach of the fixed fee margin key performance...

      Republic of Ireland: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what regulations or laws individuals are deported to the Republic of Ireland; how many have been so deported in the past five years; and for what reasons.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the results of any investigations into whether the chief constable of South Wales Constabulary has allowed, or...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the enlargement of the United Nations force to protect Abyei and the other disputed internal borders of Sudan.

      UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what officials they sent to each of the three expert meetings held by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Prato, Geneva and Dakar...

      Yemen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capture of Zinjibar in south Yemen, and of the possible involvement of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in this act.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to commission an independent examination of the allegation that the...

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