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Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions were brought by the Crown Prosecution Service in respect of offences involving human trafficking in each of...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Attorney-General what mechanism the Law Officers' Departments have established to ensure its payments are passed through the supply chain to each tier in accordance with the last date...

  • Transport

    • Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure transparency in decision-making procedures relating to new flight paths.

    • Airports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department provides guidance to international airports on charges for access for the drop-off of air passengers.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether provisions are in place to prevent individuals without a (a) provisional or (b) full UK driving licence purchasing motor insurance.

      East Coast Railway Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding from the public purse Directly Operated Railways Ltd received to run East Coast Main Line rail passenger services in each year from...

      Motor Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of used car sales that have involved tampering with odometer readings since 2005.

      Passenger Ships: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) the European Commission and (ii) others on the potential repayment...

      Road Works: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of street works legislation.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions ships' captains have been given a direction under the provisions of the Marine Safety Act 2003; what the date was of each such...

      Shipping: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to implement section 80 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce the award of the Thameslink Rolling Stock Programme contract.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Cycling

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

    • Printing Machinery

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons Service spent on (a) printers and (b) printer ink...

      Speaker's Conference

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress the House of Commons Commission has made in implementing the...

  • Wales

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when she plans to announce the (a) terms of reference and (b) membership of the review team for the inquiry into the ways in which Wales is funded.

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the First Minister of the Welsh Government on ensuring that Wales maximises the tourist opportunities of the...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what training camps she expects to be established in Wales in preparation for the London 2012 (a) Olympics and (b) Paralympics; and if she will make a...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment she has made of the (a) economic, (b) social and (c) cultural legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in Wales; and if...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with (a) the First Minister of the Welsh Government and (b) trade unions on the potential effects in Wales of Civil...

  • Scotland

    • Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the financial services sector in Scotland.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what powers are available to the Electoral Commission in respect of electoral...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many electoral registration officers did not meet the participation standards to...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which electoral registration officers did not meet the participation standard to...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) uniformed officers at three and four stars in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force and (b) civilian officers at the same...

    • Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new three and four star roles for (a) military and (b) civilian staffs have been created since May 2010; and whether any compensatory savings...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with military tailors about the cost of dress uniforms for officers; (2) what the cost to his Department was of (a)...

      Aviation: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of (a) operating (i) aircraft from Italy and (ii) an aircraft carrier within 20 miles of Libya...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on improving defence procurement since the appointment of the new Chief of Defence Materiel; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation for those affected were...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the name is of each regulatory measure revoked by his Department between 1 March and 31 May 2011; and what estimate he has made of the potential...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on special advisers' travel by (a) Government car, (b) private hire car, (c) train, (d) bus, (e) commercial aircraft and...

      Kenya: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration his Department is giving to the upgrading of the British Army training base in Kenya as part of the UK's long-term military training needs.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sorties flown by the RAF have involved the discharge of bombs or missiles against targets in Libya on each day since the commencement of...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's officials are working on post-conflict planning for Libya.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from senior armed forces personnel on the level of the UK's military...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the availability rate was of each TriStar aircraft in each of the last 12 months.

      Military Bases: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2011, Official Report, column 416W, on British Sovereign Base, what level of security clearance, Lord Ashcroft has been...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration his Department is giving to a potential restructuring of the Territorial Army.

  • Treasury

    • Budget: June 2010

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the progressive effects of the measures in the June 2010 Budget which have been implemented to date.

    • Structural Deficit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the size of the structural deficit.

      Job Creation: Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the rate of job creation in the manufacturing sector.

      Unemployment Forecast

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likelihood that unemployment figures in 2011 will meet the forecast for that year made by the Office for Budget...

      Tax: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on equality of the UK tax system.

      Inland Revenue: Merger

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the merger between the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise.

      Charity Bequests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he is taking to encourage bequests to charities.

      Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure that those who import stone to Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland are aware of their liability for...

      Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the aggregates levy on the competitiveness of the quarrying industry in Northern Ireland.

      Anne Frank Trust UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the speech he gave at 11 Downing street to mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Anne Frank Trust UK; and...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) officials in his Department, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and (c) outside...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to promote visual data security in his Department; and what training his Department provides to its officials in respect of the...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of parliamentary questions for written answer his Department answered within 28 days of the date set down for answer in the latest period...

      East Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) direct and (b) indirect contribution to (i) the economy, (ii) employment and (iii) the public finances of offices of Government...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 April 2011, Official Report, column 893W, on financial services, if he will publish the letters sent by the remuneration...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on proposals to introduce a financial transaction tax to raise funds for overseas...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the merits of extending the national insurance contributions holiday to all businesses who employ less than four staff...

      New Businesses: Northampton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many new businesses have been set up in Northampton South constituency since the introduction of the national insurance contributions holiday; (2)...

      Private Finance Initiative: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private finance initiative projects there are in each parliamentary constituency in Wales.

      Public Sector: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the recession on the number of public sector jobs held by women in (a) Wales and (b) the UK.

      Revenue and Customs: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to improve the comprehensibility of the language used on its websites.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 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 progress of negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the progress of the Afghan High Council for Peace in negotiating a political...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on sanctions against members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

      Bahrain: Motor Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with the Federation International de l'Automobile on the Bahrain Grand Prix.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on Carmelo Agamez; and what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) officials in his Department, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the population of (a) Brazil, (b) the Russian Federation, (c) India and...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's officials are working on post-conflict planning for Libya.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the Transitional National Council in Libya on outstanding issues...

      Libya: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of the non-military aspects of UN Security Council...

      Maldives: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the merits of (a) establishing a British High Commission in the Maldives and (b) appointing an official to...

      North Africa: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) source and (b) year of expenditure will be of the assistance to Egypt and Tunisia agreed at the recent G8 Deauville...

      Press TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the role of the Press TV television station; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the representation of minorities in state institutions in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of the UN Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of (a) anti-Semitism and (b) anti-Semitic incidents his Department uses; what discussions he has had with the...

    • Departmental Manpower

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

      Energy: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he received a request from (a) members of the Welsh Government or (b) the Secretary of State for Wales between 6 May and...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1179W, on enterprise zones: non-domestic rates, on which date...

      Enterprise Zones: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, column 42W, what discussions on what dates he has had with the Secretary...

      Enterprise Zones: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1179W, on enterprise zones: non-domestic rates, if he will...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which of his Department's public bodies utilise the Government Procurement Card; since what date each has been authorised to...

      Land: Hexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans he has for the disposal for housing development of unused state-owned land in Hexham constituency; and what...

      Local Government Finance: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated to Sunderland council in each of the last five years.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many cases related to park homes (a) have been heard and (b) are scheduled to be heard in the next two months by the...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he is taking to protect vulnerable residents of park home sites from unscrupulous site owners; (2) what...

      National Planning Policy Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that the National Planning Policy Framework will provide the same level of protection to pubs...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1182W, on non-domestic rates, if he will estimate the average net...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1182W, on non-domestic rates, what the net yield per hereditament...

      Planning Permission: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will produce national planning guidance on planning considerations in respect of small wind farms.

      Planning: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information he holds of the number of section 215 enforcement notices that have been issued by each local authority in...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps the Asset Transfer Unit has taken to (a) publicise measures to enable communities to take over pubs and (b)...

      Tenant Services Authority: Government Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood of 17 May 2011, Official Report, column 149W, on the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff of (a) his Department, (b) the Fire Service College, (c) Ordnance Survey, (d) the Planning Inspectorate and (e)...

      Youth Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the number of detached youth workers in local authorities who have been made redundant since May 2010; and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people in Bexley who live in areas with low-speed broadband.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people in North East Hertfordshire constituency who live in areas with low-speed...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with (a) officials in his Department, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation...

      Contracts: Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of contracts let by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to companies...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible in (a) May 2010 and (b)...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many officials his Department employs.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made in encouraging small businesses to bid for Government contracts.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the name is of each regulatory measure revoked by his Department between 1 March and 31 May 2011; and what estimate he...

      Fifa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with members of the FIFA Executive Committee on reform of the governance structure of FIFA.

      Fifa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the reform of FIFA.

      Internet: Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on a requirement for the use of blocking software by internet users to prevent the viewing of pornography.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has received on the suitability of...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games on the proportion of tickets for the...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to prevent disruption to residents over the course of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many tickets for the London 2012 Olympics have been allocated to sponsors at no charge.

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to prevent the illegal reselling of tickets for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of disabled access for (a) athletes and (b) the public to venues for the London 2012...

      Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects of the London 2012 Paralympics on the participation of disabled...

      Paralympic Games 2012: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics on the tourism industry...

      PPL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will introduce legislative proposals to remove the right of Phonographic Performance Ltd to charge fees for licences for...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to small...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what financial assistance Sport England has provided to community sports clubs and projects in Bexleyheath and Crayford...

      Television: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether guidance issued to broadcasters by Ofcom prohibits provision of alcohol to participants aged under 18 years in...

      Tourism: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department allocated to the promotion of tourism in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) England in 2010-11.

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what process he has set for designating a bail hostel as an approved premises.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with (a) officials in his Department, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and (c) outside...

      Coroners: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which officials in his Department are involved in the reform of the coroner system.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in plans to handle in Stevenage county court cases originating with parties resident in North East Hertfordshire constituency;...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of financial penalties issued by the courts were collected in each year since 1995; (2) how many fines were issued by the courts...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation were for those...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a custodial sentence for drugs offences in each of the last five years; and what proportion of the prison population this represents.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what European directives in force on 1 April 2010 his Department is responsible; and what European directives for which his Department is responsible...

      Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions of members of criminal gangs involved in (a) trafficking and (b) smuggling illegal immigrants into the UK took place in each of the...

      Injunctions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Northern Ireland Executive on super-injunctions.

      Insurance: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the payment of referral fees by lawyers and insurance companies to obtain the names and contact details of those...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many acts of assistance were funded by the Legal Services Commission in respect of solicitors in North East Hertfordshire constituency in (a) 2009...

      Legal Aid: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal aid matter starts in (a) social welfare law, (b) family law and (c) clinical negligence there were in (i) Harlow constituency and (ii) the...

      Legal Aid: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the net cost to his Department was of civil legal aid after income recouped from statutory charges and recovery of any funds on account in...

      Legal Aid: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what legal aid funding has been provided to Iraqi citizens for cases relating to alleged abuse by the UK armed forces in each of the last three years.

      Legal Complaints Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints originally made to the Legal Complaints Service are awaiting resolution; and how many staff of the Legal Ombudsman Services have been...

      Mental Health Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions mental health secure units have requested permission from his Department to hold unescorted visits for patients in the latest...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what process was used to impose a Ministerial restriction on admissions to Bunbury House in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire that excludes the residence of...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on assessing whether offenders who have committed a sexual offence against a child who is under 16 years of age may be...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to review the guidelines that govern the placing of sexual offenders in approved premises in respect of the proximity of a given...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what guidance his Department provides on the diversity issues to be considered when setting licence conditions; (2) on how many occasions (a)...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of times police forces have not been informed of the release of an offender from prison in each of the last three...

      Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has recorded any incidents in which (a) offenders and (b) offenders convicted of sexual offences have had contact with children in...

      Prisoners: Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) offenders in prison who gave residential addresses in North and South Thanet and (b) ex-offenders resettled at addresses in North and South...

      Prisons: Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will increase the rental charge for in-cell televisions in prisons.

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 to 12, (ii) 13 to 15, (iii) 16 to 17, (iv) 18 to 24, (v) 25 to 30, (vi) 31 to 40 and (vii) 40 and...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average waiting time between submission of an appeal against a decision on the award of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) disability...

      Victims and Witnesses General Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria were used to determine the outcome of applications to the Victims and Witnesses General Fund, 2011 to 2014.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at which engagements he has discussed the classification of asbestos and related matters since his appointment.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on (a) legislation relating to (i) the regulation of and (ii) the classification of white asbestos since...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on what grounds he commissioned a report into the evidence on the present classification of asbestos; (2) how much his Department spent...

      Atos Healthcare: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value is of his Department's contract awarded to Atos Healthcare in respect of the carrying out of medical assessments for benefits.

      Atos Healthcare: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many medical assessments for benefits were carried out by Atos Healthcare in 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials at each grade his Department (a) employed in 2000, (b) employed in 2005, (c) employs and (d) plans to employ in each year of...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made in encouraging small businesses to bid for Government contracts.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the name is of each cross-departmental working group in which officials in his Department have participated (a) since May 2010 and...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost to benefit claimants of using 0845 numbers to contact his Department and its agencies in the...

      Employment Schemes: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department expects to spend on the Work programme in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what European directives in force on 1 April 2010 his Department is responsible; and what European directives for which his Department is...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the likely take-up of benefits by migrant workers from EU Accession states after the cessation of the...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of overpayment of benefits to EU migrant workers in the UK; and whether he has put in place any...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to publish on its website information on the cost to the public purse of benefits claimed by nationals of other EU...

      Habitual Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to bring forward proposals on the definition of habitual residence.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review and respond to the recommendations of the British Chamber of Commerce report entitled Health and Safety: a risky business,...

      Housing Benefit: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of his proposed housing benefit changes on the resettlement of ex-offenders; and whether...

      Incapacity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Skipton and Ripon constituency have been in receipt of incapacity benefits for more than (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c)...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      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 on...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what health and safety guidance is available for domestic producers of biodiesel.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Office: Closure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department of the closure of the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Office within...

      Mortgages

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

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on women's pensions; and if he will make a statement.

      Scotland

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

      Social Security Benefits: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on attendance at reassessments by claimants in receipt of employer's support allowance and disability living allowance due...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the evidential basis is for his assessment that the costs of automating universal credit applications will be lower than processing them...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements he plans to put in place in the case of individuals needing to provide information about personal circumstances which cannot...

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which welfare-to-work organisations operating in Tottenham constituency have a contract with his Department.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of UK official development assistance to Afghanistan was delivered through the armed forces in the latest period for which...

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what quick impact projects his Department funds in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the security situation for humanitarian agencies operating in Afghanistan.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which European directives in force on 1 April 2010 his Department is responsible; and what European directives for which his...

      Kenya: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take in relation to the food situation in Kenya.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with its G20 counterparts on increasing transparency in aid spending.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support emerging economies' compliance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps his Department plans to take to ensure value for money in aid given to fragile contexts; (2) by what means he plans...

      Somalia: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to respond to the food security situation in Somalia prior to the publication of the Bilateral Aid Review.

      Somalia: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to respond to the food security situation in the Horn of Africa.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dogs of each breed were used for experimental purposes in the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential use of mediation to resolve (a) antisocial behaviour and (b) disputes between neighbours.

      Burglary: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of trends in the conviction rate for burglary in (a) Bexley and (b) Greater London.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with (a) officials in her Department, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and...

      Crime: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) voluntary and (b) community organisations received grant funding from her Department to tackle (A) knife crime, (B) gun crime, (C)...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure her Department will incur in relation to the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition between 13 and 16...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to promote visual data security in her Department; and what training her Department provides to its officials in...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what regulations her Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation for...

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue a direction to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) not to release to the Sri Lankan government documents held by the UKBA on those...

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information she holds on the number of Commonwealth citizens with Tamil ethnicity who were deported to Sri Lanka by the UK Border Agency...

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the deportation by the UK Border Agency of those with Tamil ethnicity to Sri Lanka.

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the conclusions of the UN Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka, whether she has (a) assessed the safety and (b) conducted a...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to reduce the misuse of ketamine.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number of visitors to the UK who will use the new Irish pilot visa waiver scheme in the next 12 months.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the relationship between the (a) complexity of the short-term business visa system and (b) time taken by the...

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for a change of visa category her Department has received from migrant domestic workers who came to the UK with foreign...

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable her Department has set for its review of visa protections for migrant domestic workers.

      Entry Clearances: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the safety of Syria as a place for visa applicants in Iraq to collect their visas. [Official Report, 7 July...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral statement of 13 June 2011, Official Report, columns 54-5WS, on changes to immigration rules, what steps her Department...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the average cost to the public purse of processes arising from a European arrest warrant.

      Extremism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any financial transactions have taken place between foreign governments or police forces and (a) the National Public Order...

      Extremism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which foreign (a) governments and (b) police forces have had working relations with (i) the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, (ii) the...

      Extremism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with the governments of countries where undercover police officers have been deployed from domestic...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2011, Official Report, column 708W, on human trafficking, what the criteria are that must be met by...

      Human Trafficking: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of trafficking of migrant domestic workers by foreign diplomats are being investigated by police forces.

      Human Trafficking: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has assessed the merits of rescinding the sponsorship licence of an embassy where a diplomat is found to be repeatedly...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has provided for the police pension top-up grant in each year since 2006.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff the Serious Organised Crimes Agency employed in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average waiting time was at UK Border Agency desks at each Gatwick airport passenger terminal for those (a) with and (b)...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most recent estimate is of border control waiting times at (a) Heathrow airport and (b) Heathrow terminal 4.

      UN Office on Drugs and Crime: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK contributed to the budget of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in each of the last five years; and how much she plans to...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people on police computer databases are flagged as (a) adults at risk and (b) children at risk.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite leave visas were issued in each month of the last three years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions officials of each Government department have been subject to formal disciplinary proceedings since May 2010.

    • Unemployment: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate has been made of levels of unemployment in York.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of youth unemployment is in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Cumbria and (d) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information his Department holds on (a) the average amount spent on electoral registration in England and Wales in the latest period for which figures are...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what European directives in force on 1 April 2010 his Department is responsible; and what European directives for which his Department is responsible have...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations he has received from individuals and organisations in Northern Ireland on reform of the House of Lords since May 2010.

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will discuss with the Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority implications for staff budgets for hon. Members arising from implementation...

      Members: Conduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made in developing proposals for a power of recall of hon. Members by their constituents.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what obligations there are on local authorities in respect of the achievement of carbon reduction targets; (2) what steps he is...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to promote visual data security in his Department; and what training his Department provides to its officials...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation for...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the name is of each regulatory measure revoked by his Department between 1 March and 31 May 2011; and what estimate he has made of...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government bringing forward proposals to protect tenants from...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what obligations there are on local authorities in respect of steps to tackle fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) the North East and (b) North West Durham constituency living in fuel...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a national plan for insulating houses in areas of high deprivation; and if he will make...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of each response to his Department's consultation on the fast-track review of feed-in tariffs...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many solar photovoltaic installations with a generating capacity between (a) 50 and 100 kilowatts, (b) 101 and 150 kilowatts and...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of his decision to set new feed-in tariffs for small-scale low-carbon electricity on the...

  • Education

    • Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress has been made on actions (a) 5.1.i, (b) 5.1.ii, (c) 5.2.ii and (d) 5.2.iii of his Department's business plan which were due for...

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what resources his Department expects to allocate to the implementation of measures set out in A New Approach to Child Poverty: Tackling the Causes of...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average class size is of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) East Sussex, (ii) Brighton and Hove, (iii) Brighton, Kemptown...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent assessment he has made of the materials used in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools for the teaching of sex education; what plans...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons his Department is not undertaking its review of personal, social, health and economic education as part of the review of the National...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that stakeholders can contribute to his Department's review of personal, social, health and economic education.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what dates his Department has held (a) meetings and (b) discussions with external organisations or individuals on the formulation of his...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish his Department's early years policy statement.

      Schools: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many parental requests for authorised absence during term time were (a) approved and (b) declined in (i) Walsall education authority, (ii) Bradford...

      Schools: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's guidance to schools on giving access to information on a child's progress to both...

      Schools: Reading West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils at each school in Reading West constituency gained three or more A-levels at grades of A to A* in each of the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements he plans to put in place to protect vulnerable children following the implementation of his planned reform of special educational...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the quality of teachers of the withdrawal of funding for Master's-level continuous professional...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many newly qualified teacher placements were advertised by each local education authority in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011 to date.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Farming Regulation.

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) legal and (b) policy advice she received from officials in her Department on the Austrian ban on wild animals in...

      Carbon Emissions: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the likely effects on levels of carbon emissions of implementation of a duty on businesses to charge for...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in encouraging small businesses to bid for Government contracts.

      Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to direct the manner in which water companies communicate hosepipe bans nationally.

      Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the steps taken by countries with climates similar to...

      Droughts: Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department made of the effect on garden centres and the gardening industry of (a) hosepipe bans and (b)...

      Environment Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff of the Environment Agency receive London weighting allowance.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take steps to reserve for active fishermen the allocation of UK fixed quota; (2) what assessment she has...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with fish producer organisations in Northern Ireland in advance of the forthcoming negotiations...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on the environmental effects of the...

      Floods: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of the risk of flooding in North East Hertfordshire constituency...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to increase the amount of home-grown food consumed in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Forestry Commission: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the likely redundancy costs in the Forestry Commission in each of the next four...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the European Commission's legislative proposal on member state decision-making on the cultivation of...

      Ibm

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

      Land: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to bring forward legislative proposals on land-owning land maintenance companies.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide ban on plastic carrier bags.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress British Waterways and the Environment Agency have made in removing barriers to fish movement in the River Trent.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to revise river management plans; and what assessment she has made of the compliance of those plans with...

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has provided guidance to (a) HM Treasury and (b) other Government Departments to assist them in...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of contracts issued by (a) her Department and (b) agencies for which she is responsible were awarded to small...

      Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to receive the most recent scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea...

      Seas and Oceans: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to improve the water quality of the Irish sea off the coast of England.

      Single Payment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress her Department has made in delivering Single Payment Scheme payments.

      Waste Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on (a) the effects of waste oil on watercourses and (b) theft of waste oil.

      Waste Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the Natural Environment White Paper, what her timetable is for implementation of measures to deliver...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on addiction rates for (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco and (c) controlled substances in each primary care trust area.

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has given to primary care trusts on the use of the Cancer Drugs Fund to fund cancer treatments approved by the National...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the financial incentives for care home owners to invest in their services.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with what frequency safeguarding boards review inspection reports on care homes.

      Care Quality Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the budget of the Care Quality Commission is for 2011-12; (2) if he will increase the budget of the Care Quality Commission.

      Care Quality Commission: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unfilled posts there were in the Care Quality Commission on 31 March 2011.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the work of the Cambridgeshire Carers' Partnership Board, if he will assess the merits of establishing a national carers' partnership...

      Carers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS funding to support carers in the community is reaching the carer organisations for which it is intended.

      Carers: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS Hertfordshire spent on respite breaks for carers in the most recent year for which information is available.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) officials in his Department, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and (c) outside...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for emergency contraceptives were issued in each primary care trust area in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the name is of each regulatory measure revoked by his Department between 1 March and 31 May 2011; and what estimate he has made of the potential...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of NHS dermatologists; and what recent estimate he has made of the number of dermatologist...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to produce a nationwide schools information scheme to raise awareness of diabetes among South Asian children.

      Diamorphine: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS pays per gram for diamorphine; and if his Department has made an assessment of the price paid by other European health services.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what European directives in force on 1 April 2010 his Department is responsible; and what European directives for which his Department is responsible...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to take steps in relation to internet sites charging a fee for European health insurance cards.

      Home Care Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require local authorities to maintain standards of provision of home care for those with critical...

      Housing: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that institutions where vulnerable people are living will be inspected more regularly; (2) what plans he has...

      Ketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to publicise the dangers of recreational use of the drug ketamine.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take in relation to the implementation of the recommendations of the Mansell Report on people with complex needs.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of (a) levels of demand for services for people with mental health problems and (b) the capacity of existing services to...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts Monitor had identified as unlikely to achieve Foundation Trust status on the most recent date for which figures are available; what the...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts (a) have entered into and (b) are in discussions about entering into formal tripartite agreements; and in each case whether the trust in...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have indicated to their respective strategic health authorities that (a) the cost of meeting their obligations under the private finance...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many research studies into still birth his Department has commissioned from research councils in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill to establish professional regulation for public health specialists.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill to establish an independent Director of Public Health.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on (i) levels of take-home pay and (ii) the incentive to work of...

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that Southern Cross continues in operation.

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure the adequacy of standards of care in the Southern Cross care homes issued with improvement orders by the Care...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to utilise mobile application technologies in the delivery of health services to the public.

      Tuberculosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advisory Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on ensuring a sufficient level of funding for advice services in...

    • Business: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to provide incentives to businesses to employ staff directly from school.

      Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the rate of productivity growth for (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) all UK businesses...

      Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of productivity of new businesses in each year since 2005.

      Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of people who indicated to his Department that they wished to start a business in the most recent...

      Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist UK companies in carrying out due diligence checks on agents or businesses in...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on his review of employment law.

      Crown Relocations

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of correspondence received by his Department was replied to (a) within his Department's deadline for the issuing...

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on meeting hon. Members who request a meeting with him or his Ministers; and if he will provide details of any...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on first class train travel in 2009-10.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the name is of each regulatory measure revoked by his Department between 1 March and 31 May 2011; and what estimate he has...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the organogram of his Department to the sub-team level.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of written parliamentary questions for written answer his Department responded to (a) on the date for answer, (b)...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the assessment of proposed funding changes for English for Speakers of Other Languages learners.

      Enterprise Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the operation of (a) the Enterprise Promotion Fund, (b) the Phoenix Development...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the environmental, social and human rights guidelines set out in the OECD's Common Approaches are to apply to (a) each...

      Exports: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what licences have been granted for the export of weapons or military hardware to the Libyan government since May 2010; and if he...

      Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2011, Official Report, column 433W, on the Export Credits Guarantee Department: arms trade, if...

      Higher Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time first degree entrants studying (a) medicine and dentistry, (b) subjects allied to medicine, (c) biological...

      Insolvency Act 1986

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

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to encourage non-EU members of the World Trade Organisation to ratify the amendments to...

      Intellectual Property: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has for the UK Patent Office to undertake joint working with intellectual property offices in Africa.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2011, Official Report, column 398W, on local enterprise partnerships (LEP), how many private...

      Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has considered the merits of reviewing the licensing of opium derivatives in order to increase price competition.

      Patent Office: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has for the UK Patent Office to undertake joint working with the China Patent and Trademark Office.

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of unprocessed patent applications.

      Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration has he given to the merits of placing a requirement on businesses to charge for plastic carrier bags.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of Regional Growth Fund applications which were declined were assessed as in breach of state aid rules (a) in...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on trends in (a) net capital investment by small businesses, (b) the proportion of managers...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he or officials of his Department have met representatives of (a) Lloyds Banking Group, (b) Santander, (c) HSBC, (d)...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many arbitrations there have been under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice since it came into force.

      Technology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1203W, what the monetary value is of the contract held by Hill and...

      Technology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1203W, on technology: Greater London, what the process was by...

      Technology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1203W, on technology: Greater London, whether UKTI will tender for...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials of UK Trade and Investment are posted to each (a) embassy and (b) other mission.

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number and proportion of companies with value added tax registrations that (a) achieved £1 million...

  • House of Lords

    • Abdul Baset Al Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether reports on the whereabouts of Abdel Baset Al Megrahi are still being transmitted to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from Libya, and those on his health...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women aged (a) 18 to 24, and (b) 25 to 30, in each strategic health authority area, who had had (1) one, (2) two, (3) three, (4) four, (5) five, (6) six,...

      Armed Forces: Independent Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what competencies were sought when selecting an adviser to the review of British military bases in Cyprus; whether the adviser selected had any conflicts of...

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received an estimate from the chief executive of the Audit Commission of the cost of the proposed abolition of the Commission; and if so when and...

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received from the Payments Council regarding a cost-benefit analysis of its proposal to phase out cheques by 2018.

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 June (Official Report, col. 6), whether the Payments Council has provided details on the form of an alternative...

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what views they have received from the Bank of England on the Payments Council proposal to phase out cheques.

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 June (Official Report, col. 7), what estimates they have received of the cost of rewriting the clearing system if...

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 June (Official Report, col. 8), by what criteria any new system to replace cheques will be judged to be generally...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many representations from United Kingdom commercial interests have been received by (a) the Prime Minister's Office, and (b) other relevant government...

      Cameroon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have they made to the Government of Cameroon to secure the unconditional release of Jean-Claude Roger Mbede.

      Care Services: Winterbourne View

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether inspection visits to Castlebeck managed care and hospital facilities have followed the submission of annual quality assurance assessments in every case.

      Care Services: Winterbourne View

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Integrated Care Application Programme information system was fully operational by the date the Care Quality Commission was established.

      Care Services: Winterbourne View

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates since 2005 the Home Manager appointed at Winterbourne Hospital has changed; and whether each change was followed by an unannounced inspection.

      Care Services: Winterbourne View

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the "inspecting for better lives walkthrough" inspection methodology has been adopted in the case of Winterbourne Hospital; and whether it has included at...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 17 May (WA 293), whether the freight charge of £8,278,233 paid in 2010-11 in respect of Opex was a fixed cost...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had during the last year with the Government of China on the Chinese Population Policy, with particular reference to compulsory abortion...

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings at Ministerial and official level have been held or will be held between the Home Office and devolved institutions to discuss the refocused Prevent...

      Court of Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the rate of interest on funds held in the Court of Protection on behalf of patients is limited to 0.5 per cent per annum; and whether they will increase the rate.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the annual report of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, to what the £3,115,000 of costs for medical and dental fees relate; what is the average...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 11 May (WA 214), what is the cost saving of carrying out work of the Criminal Records Bureau in India.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the arrest of General Mladic for crimes committed during the Bosnian War 1992-5, whether they support action to bring to justice those responsible for...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they propose to take to assist developing countries in strengthening their tax systems.

      Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote legislation to require all dogs to be micro-chipped.

      Education: English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are conducting reviews of the subjects currently making up the English Baccalaureate.

      Employment: Deaf People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of deaf people who could enter employment if universal video relay services were available.

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure adequate resourcing of the European Court of Human Rights during their presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council...

      EU: Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Wilcox on 7 June (WS 18-20) concerning the European Union Competitiveness Council, whether proposals were made for...

      First World War: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the $4.368 million owed to the Government of the United States as a result of the First World War is still considered a live debt.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Government of Egypt to close the Rafah border crossing with Gaza; and of the visa regime currently placed...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research and data collection the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Department for International Development 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 Scotland Office 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 Ministry of Justice 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 Attorney-General has (a) initiated, (b) terminated, and (c) amended, since 12 May 2010. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      Government Departments: Scientific Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is the Departmental Chief Scientific Adviser for the Home Office; and (a) when they were appointed and for how long, (b) what is their academic or experience...

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of foreign students who will be accepted into English universities as a consequence of the Government's increases in...

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of increases in undergraduate tuition fees on the number of students able to afford to continue into postgraduate education.

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there were in the United Kingdom in (a) May 2009, (b) May 2010, and (c) May 2011.

      Honour-related Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 14 June (WA 178), what is the reason for limiting the funding of the Honour Based Couples Violence Service...

      India: Orissa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have provided to the Government of India to help the residents of Orissa in dealing with the toxic sludge from the Vedanta refinery.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the burning of a Palestinian mosque by Israeli settlers on 7 June and the capacity of the Israeli military to prevent settler...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will, in concert with international partners, assist the newly formed Government of Alassane Ouattara to improve security in the Ivory Coast and...

      Local Authorities: Outsourcing Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any action will be taken against local authorities for lack of scrutiny of wholesale outsourcing schemes.

      National Union of Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 22 December (WA 346), what were the criteria for deciding to grant £100,000 to the National Union of...

      National Union of Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding will be provided towards the National Union of Students' NUS Students and Crime Project; how much funding has been provided by the Department for...

      Offenders: Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures will be put in place to measure the finances of (a) a Probation Trust, and (b) a private company, in the provision of unpaid work undertaken by...

      Olympic Games 2012: Torch

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the schedule of the Olympic torch when it is taken to the north-west; and whether it will be passing through Chorley, Lancashire.

      Omar Awadh Omar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have been made, or discussions taken place, with either the governments of Kenya or Uganda in relation to the Kenyan citizen, Omar Awadh Omar,...

      Operation Argus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all papers which are to be made available by the Foreign and Commonwealth office relating to Britain's role in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of European Union official development assistance is allocated to the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the £178 million budget per year for the Department for International Development's Afghanistan programme from 2011-12 to 2014-15 has been...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the £178 million budget per year for the Department for International Development's Afghanistan programme from 2011-12 to 2014-15 has been...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the required timetable for the supply of pension forecasts to people (a) below pensionable age, or (b) who have deferred taking their pensions; and what...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the context of the European Directive on Human Trafficking, what they are doing to ensure that the requirement under the United Nations Convention on the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Article 8 of the European directive on human trafficking relating to non-prosecution or non-application of penalties to the victim, what action...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the acknowledgement in the European Directive on Human Trafficking that it is essential to identify children as victims of trafficking before they...

      Philip Machemedze

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken within the United Kingdom's justice system to prosecute Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation operative Philip Machemedze, who...

      Queen's Diamond Jubilee

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what arrangements have been made in Parliament to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

      Safety: Electrical Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fires in domestic properties in England and Wales in 2008-09 and 2009-10 were the result of faults in electrical installations and products; and how many...

      Schools: Free Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were in receipt of free school meals in each of the London Boroughs and the City of London in each year since 1996 until the last year for which...

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to include teaching of the principles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the national curriculum for secondary schools.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate and report on (a) the number of summons issued in each of the last 24 months by the Chief Constable of the South Wales Constabulary...

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints were made (a) by telephone, and (b) in writing, in each of the past six years against officers of the South Wales Constabulary where the...

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to investigate the South Wales Constabulary professional standards department and its officers in relation to cases where those officers have...

      Sport: Cricket

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to public funds to stage the second test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's cricket ground between June 3-7.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of events in Abyei and Southern Kordofan, they will ask the United Nations Security Council to consider extending the inquiry of the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have contributed to the work of the United Nations Mission in Sudan force in the past three years; and whether they will increase this support in the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) forces in Southern Kordofan have not intervened in the displacement of people; what are the terms of the UNMIS...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria which have to be met for them to call for an investigation into a suspected crime against humanity and for an act of aggression to be...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that on 9 June the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) carried out aerial bombardment on the people living in the Nuba Mountains,...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any evidence of genocide in South Kordofan in Sudan.

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 February (WA 222), whether when increasing road fuel tax they will take account of extra VAT raised thereby...

      Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision to delay the Tunisian elections; and what support the United Kingdom is providing to the Tunisian electoral commission.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 7 February (WA 40), whether the 165 certificates of sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom applied...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in response to the 1995 resolution calling for a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East, to ensure that the 2012...

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