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Written answers

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Accommodation: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the Chief Executive of the Audit Commission was provided hotel accommodation at the City Inn, Westminster paid...

    • Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his official engagements were during his visit to India in April 2011.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) officials of and (b) special advisers in his Department took part in his official visit to India in April 2011.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the details of expenditure arising from his visit to India in April 2011, including the cost of (a) flights,...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any of the costs arising from his visit to India in April 2011 were paid for using a departmental credit card.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership on the process followed in deciding the...

      Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made on the affordable rent funding allocation for London; and if he will make a statement.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2011, Official Report, column 58W, on Travellers: caravan sites, which provisions of (a) the...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the special advisers in his Department are required to have developed vetting clearance.

  • Prime Minister

    • Devolution

      To ask the Prime Minister what progress he has made on the devolution of further powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Arts: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on the development of Cardiff as a hub for the creative industries; and if she will make a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to preserve heritage sites in England.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the address is of each office property occupied by his Department outside Greater London which it (a) owns and (b) rents;...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the future level of support for girls' football in Hull following the closure of the Football Association...

      Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support his Department provides to help community radio projects to obtain an FM or AM broadcasting licence.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the (a) future and (b) legacy of the Olympic Stadium.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 140W, on the Olympic Games 2012, how many schools in (a)...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on consumer interests of present arrangements for the regulation of the newspaper...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of expenditure on holidays by members of the public which was spent on...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to encourage domestic tourism.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when regulations on the transport of liquids on commercial flights were last (a) reviewed and (b) revised; and when he next plans to review such...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the effects of aviation on air quality.

      Dee Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date he expects to finalise the Dee Harbour Revision Order for publication.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable his Department has set for the review of brown signs on major routes managed by the Highways Agency.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for television road safety campaigns in 2011-12.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 June 2011, Official Report, column 85WS, on Thameslink rolling stock, who will be responsible for...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with animal welfare charities on local authority stray dog services under the...

    • Cattle: Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review her policy of the pre-emptive culling of cattle during foot and mouth disease outbreaks in the light of...

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations her Department has received on the country of origin labelling system.

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the voluntary food labelling scheme.

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the reform of legislation on country of origin food...

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 548W, on origin marking: Israel, whether her Department's...

      Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of bacon sold in the UK came from pigs that had been (a) bred, reared and processed in the UK, (b) bred and...

      Trees: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she is taking in conjunction with the designated authorities in the Brighton and East Sussex Dutch elm...

      Waste Prevention Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what funding her Department plans to allocate to the Waste Prevention Fund in each of the next four years; (2) how...

      Wildlife: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice she has received on the use of wild animals in circuses.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what collaborative work his Department is undertaking with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on trauma injury treatment.

    • Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what collaborative work his Department is undertaking with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory on trauma injury treatment.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made on plans to outsource armed forces recruitment to the private sector.

      Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his Department’s policy is on the release into the public domain of classified research undertaken at the Defence Science and Technology...

      Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure that military research and development expertise is disseminated to other Government Departments and agencies.

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans' badges his Department has issued in each parliamentary constituency in each year since the scheme's inception.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where HMS Endurance is berthed; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Protector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the length is of the contract to rent HMS Protector; and if he will make a statement.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on (a) replacement of the Sea King search and rescue helicopter and (b) the future provision of search and rescue...

      Scotland

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

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 February, Official Report, column 82, on nuclear weapons, whether any part of the £59 million spent on United States...

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) budget of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is; and what plans he has for its future.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equalities Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what plans she has to (a) bring into force those sections of the Equalities Act 2010 that have not been brought into force and(b)bring forward...

    • Crime

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps her Department is taking to reduce the incidence of hate crime against people with a learning disability.

  • Treasury

    • Corporation Tax: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2011, Official Report, column 324W, if he will commission an assessment of the corporation tax gap attributable to...

    • Departmental Regulation

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 annual...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much each executive agency of his Department has spent on travel by (a) private hire vehicles, (b) trains, (c) buses, (d) commercial aircraft and...

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has had discussions with the Financial Services Authority on ensuring that its consultation requirements for any proposed rule change take...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in each region were living in persistent poverty in each of the last five years; and if he will estimate the equivalent figures for each...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of avoidance of each direct and indirect tax in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 to date.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of evasion of each direct and indirect tax in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 to date.

  • Work and Pensions

    • A New Approach to Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to paragraph 1.10 of his Department's publication A New Approach to Child Poverty, how many people in each (a) region and (b)...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the North East and (b) the City of Sunderland participated in the Access to Work programme in each year since 2007.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to develop an integrated network of local support services to help parents make maintenance arrangements on separation;...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of increasing the use of direct payment of child maintenance by deduction from earnings.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) disability living allowance and (c) severe disablement allowance in respect of each type of...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether recipients of disability living allowance may work for up to 16 hours per week.

      Disability: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of working age in Bassetlaw constituency his Department recognises as having a disability.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefit claimants received (a) income and (b) contribution-based (i) employment and support allowance and (ii) jobseeker's...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of contributory employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group have as a primary or other medical...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of recipients of (a) contributory employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group and (b) contributory...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents on income support are eligible for fee remission on the basis of their benefit eligibility; and what estimate he has made...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus officials at what locations have been made compulsorily redundant since May 2007.

      Jobcentre Plus: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether Jobcentre Plus has entered into any sale and leaseback arrangements for its buildings in Scotland in the last five years; (2)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the closure of the Jobcentre Plus centre in Ayr on the provision of client services in that area.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, columns 587-8W, on jobseeker's allowance, whether his Department has revised its...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) jobseeker's allowance claimants working less than 16 hours a week and(b)income support claimants are in...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many children were living in households with both (a) low income and (b) material deprivation in each region in each of the last five...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the devolved administrations to discuss...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in deprived households in each year between 1981 and 1990.

      Training Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Sunderland were in receipt of the training premium in the last 12 months.

      Unemployment: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Central Ayrshire constituency aged 16 to 64 years were not in education, employment or training in the latest period for...

      Vocational Training: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Central Ayrshire constituency and (b) Scotland are registered as participating in a training course arranged by his...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer (a) questions 53714, 53716 and 53717, tabled on 26 April 2001 for written answer on 28 April 2011, (b) questions 52465,...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he is taking steps to ensure increased competition amongst companies dealing with elections.

  • Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have received support from the Cancer Drugs Fund in the Worcestershire Primary Care Trust area.

    • Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons pharmaceutical companies have been licensed to develop cannabis-based medicines to be dispensed in the UK; and what consideration he has...

      Children: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to review its appraisal mechanism for treatments for (a) children and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that no GP consortium shall refuse treatment to an individual diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many items of correspondence his Department has received on the Health and Social Care Bill from residents of Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government spent on health services in real terms in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what proportion of any change in expenditure was...

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of co-location of treatment and follow-on care services for child heart surgery patients.

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any effects on infant mortality and morbidity arising from residence in the...

      IVF: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is taking any steps to encourage primary care trusts to continue funding IVF treatment.

      Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what process his Department carried out in inviting the organisation Life to participate in its Sexual Health Forum; (2) what account his...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the anticipated efficiency savings from procurement he expects will come from procurement in hospital trusts and other provider...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the name is of each person who participated in the listening events as part of the NHS Future Forum.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill to require commissioning bodies to include public health specialists.

      Public Health: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government spent on television public health campaigns in relation to drug misuse in each of the last five financial years.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the budget for (a) rent and (b) maintenance was of his Department's offices in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent staff his Department employs; and what the cost of running his Department was in the last year for which...

      Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries his Department has an office.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated for the rebuilding of the Nahr el Bared refugee camp in Northern Lebanon.

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure the effective delivery of aid to south central Somalia.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on taxi fares for staff in (a) the UK and (b) the rest of the world in the latest year for which figures...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the decision by the Bosnian High Representative to suspend certain decisions taken by the...

    • Departmental Procurement

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

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has made an assessment of the Home Office consultation, Employment Related Settlement, Tier 5 and...

      Gilad Shalit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department, (c) officials in his Department and (d) British embassy staff in Israel...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

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

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings his Department has had with other nuclear armed signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to discuss...

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people requested assistance relating to stolen or lost passports at UK embassies in (a) Europe and (b) the US in each...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the situation of internally displaced people in Sri Lanka.

      UN Resolutions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking (a) to promote the protection of women in areas of conflict and (b) to monitor the effective...

      UN Resolutions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the measures in UN Security Council Resolution 1888, on protecting women and...

      UN Resolutions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in promoting the role of women in...

      UN Resolutions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support the participation of women in public life, conflict resolution and peace...

      UN Resolutions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the measures in UN Security Council Resolution 1889.

      USA: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on subsidies for US cotton farmers; and whether he raised this issue...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from UK energy intensive industries since his decision to implement a carbon floor price mechanism.

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to publish all contracts issued under the contract-for-difference model in his proposals for energy...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will investigate the service charges levied by energy companies for domestic pre-payment meter users.

      Energy Saving Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2011, Official Report, column 579W, on the Energy Saving Trust, if he will ensure that information...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for UK energy efficiency companies of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the terms of reference are of his Department's joint working group with the Ministry of Defence on improving the energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he last met representatives of Scottish Power to discuss gas and electricity prices; (2) what discussions he plans to have...

      EU Law

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

      Green Deal Scheme: Apprentices

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

      Natural Gas: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the carbon footprint of shale gas and related extraction processes.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average unit cost is of disposal of spent fuel from existing nuclear power stations per tonne of uranium; and what estimate...

      Radioactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure radiation level monitoring results such as gamma spectrometry tests from the Radioactive Incident...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) ground source heat pumps and (b) air source heat pumps will be eligible for the renewable heat incentive premium payment.

      Solar Power: Housing

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

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with solar photovoltaic installers on regulations for the installation of solar photovoltaics in...

      Thorp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost to the public purse was of the closure and clean-up of the Thorp reprocessing plant following the leak of radioactive...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what date he expects wind powered generation to have reached commercial viability.

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the implications for (a) investment in and (b) the number of wind turbine sites of setting the noise limit threshold...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will make it his policy to reduce the level of subsidy to wind-powered generation as it approaches commercial viability;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been started in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Worcester since May 2010.

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2011, Official Report, column 391W, on business: loans, what effects he expects the (a)...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what lending targets the Government has agreed with the banking industry as part of the Project Merlin agreement; (2)...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2011, Official Report, columns 391-2W on business: loans, what the definition is of the (a)...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of businesses on increasing levels of employment among the middle-aged; and if...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on export credit agreements.

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the reporting requirements for export credit agreements.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to use mobile application technology to engage with prospective university students.

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department plans to provide to universities on the tuition fees of students who initially fail to attain the...

      Higher Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many pupils from (a) state schools and (b) independent schools applied to study (i) science, (ii) technology, (iii)...

      Higher Education: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2011, Official Report, column 570W, on higher education: Sunderland, what proportion of (a)...

      Higher Education: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2011, Official Report, column 570W, on higher education: Sunderland, what proportion of (a)...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions he has met the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to discuss the establishment of a...

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice his Department has issued to trading standards officers on origin labelling for consumer goods produced in Israeli...

      Public Holidays: St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider the merits of establishing St George's Day as a bank holiday.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of small businesses were engaged in innovation in each year since 2005.

      Unsolicited Goods and Services: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what powers (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have to regulate the operation of unsolicited automated outbound...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of progress on the academies programme in (a) Hastings and Rye constituency, (b) Hastings and (c) East Sussex.

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding is available for new academies; and what criteria his Department uses for assessment of applications in the Academies Capital Building...

      Academies: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have (a) applied for and (b) achieved academy status in North East Hertfordshire constituency; and if he will make a statement on the...

      Academies: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in (a) Skipton and Ripon constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber have applied to become academies.

      James Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to respond to the James review of capital investment in schools.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of children eligible for the pupil premium if it were extended to include those who have lost a parent serving in the...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of schools required to be built to meet population growth in each of the next five years.

  • Home Department

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the effects on those travelling by air of the sale of goods by private companies related to...

    • Cycling: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department is taking to promote awareness of cycle crime; (2) what steps her Department is taking to reduce the theft...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were charged under Section (a) 2, (b) 3, (c) 4 and (d) 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 reached trial in each...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria her Department uses to identify victims of human trafficking.

      Nosratollah Tajik

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects former Iranian diplomat Nosratollah Tajik to return to Iran.

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of police officers who are to be drafted in from other police forces in the UK for the purposes of...

      Stop and Search: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stops under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 were carried out at (a) Glasgow International, (b) Glasgow Prestwick, (c) Edinburgh...

      Stop and Search: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the ethnicity of those requested to participate in a stop under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000...

      Stop and Search: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for terrorism-related offences were made at Scottish airports as a result of stops under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act...

      Stop and Search: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there have been for terrorism-related offences as a result of stops at Scottish airports under Schedule 7 of the...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time is at UK Border Agency desks in (a) Heathrow Terminal 4 and (b) other Heathrow terminals for those (i) with and...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to co-locate social services, victim support services, primary care trusts and the police in order to...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each local authority area are on the violent and sex offenders register; and how many people were (a) added to and (b)...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people on the violent and sex offenders register were convicted of further (a) sexual offences, (b) sexual offences against...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many people on the violent and sex offenders register (a) there are no up-to-date address details and (b) their current address is...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have applied to be removed from the violent and sex offenders register in each year for which figures are available.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what year her Department used as a baseline to determine the visa allocations to companies who request intra-company transfers in respect of...

      Visas: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that members of the Libyan and Syrian governments do not use the Olympic visa scheme to visit London in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what definition of social value the Big Society Bank will use in its disbursement of funds.

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the banking sector will play any role in the governance of the Big Society Bank.

      Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what types of capital for the Big Society Bank will be contributed by the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group.

      Charities: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the effect on the revenues of charities and voluntary groups of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review in each of the next...

      Charities: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make an assessment of the effects of the Government's fiscal policies on charities and voluntary groups in each of the next four financial years.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will assess the effects on levels of economic growth of late payments by government contractors to subcontractors.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2010, Official Report, column 998W, on the public sector: procurement, how many Government Departments have not...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the outsourcing overseas of contracts that Government Departments hold with private sector companies.

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many calls the Mutuals Information Service has received in each month since November 2010.

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many calls the Mutuals Information Service received between 17 November 2010 and 30 March 2011.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many hours Ministers in his Department spent volunteering in the last 12 months as part of the Government's Big Society initiative.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many 16 year olds in each region have registered to participate in National Citizen Service pilot projects.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to extend the National Citizen Service to Wales.

  • Justice

    • Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances the police may be granted a search warrant in respect of an individual charged under the provisions of the Protection from...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many civil and criminal providers of legal aid have offices in North East Hertfordshire constituency.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the evidential basis is for the conclusion of the equality impact assessment published alongside the Government's response to the Jackson proposals...

      Offences against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of sentence was for unlawful sex with a minor in the last 12 months.

      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 offenders from prison on temporary licence in...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners did not complete an education or other rehabilitation course due to being released from custody in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length was of skills, education and training courses provided to offenders in prison in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of persons sentenced to (a) less than six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between one and two years and (d)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of damage to each prison attributable to prisoners in each of the last five years.

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) in how many cases where a person was charged under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 the (a) case was not proceeded with and (b) individual...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research the Youth Justice Board has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on the effects of reductions in youth offending teams since May 2010; and if...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions were notified as being carried out in England in each year since 2000 on women whose normal place of residence was India, broken down by (a) age...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft are fully configured for operations in (a) Afghanistan, and (b) Libya.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding has been provided for the RAF Tornado GR4 force since United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given consideration to requiring United Kingdom carriers to fit the existing fleet of commercial aircraft with filtered bleed air or to use...

      Care Services: Inspection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons employed and carried out investigations of care facilities on behalf of (a) the National Care Standards Commission, (b) the Commission for Social...

      Care Services: Inspection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the submission of annual quality assurance assessments by Castlebeck care and hospital facilities have breached guidance issued by the inspection authorities.

      Care Services: Inspection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all Southern Cross and Castlebeck care and hospital facilities have been subject to the minimum of two unannounced inspections per year set out in...

      Care Services: Winterbourne View

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of visits to Winterbourne Hospital for the purpose of inspection were unannounced visits.

      Care Services: Winterbourne View

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions and on what dates concerns over the treatment of elderly persons at Winterbourne Hospital were reported to (a) the Commission for Social Care...

      Cornwall: Stannary Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the county courts in Cornwall in administering stannary law.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS cycles of in vitro fertilisation were commissioned in private hospitals in 2009 and 2010; and what was the average cost per cycle.

      Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work they are undertaking in Ethiopia to assist the Government in providing democratic oversight and modernisation of Ethiopia's Armed Forces; what is the...

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Cabinet Office intends to develop exports with competitive technological and commercial capabilities. To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department...

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Northern Ireland Office intends to develop exports with competitive technological and commercial capabilities.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reported deaths in the Gaza strip detention centre run by the Internal Security Agency; and what representations they will make...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

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

      Government Departments: Scientific Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is the Departmental Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and (a) when they were appointed and for how long, (b) what is...

      Government Departments: Scientific Advisers

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

      Government Departments: Scientific Advisers

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

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Prime Minister announced changes to the Health and Social Care Bill in a speech before the National Health Service Future Forum report was presented either...

      Health: HIV

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 May (WA 410), in the light of the number of clinicians currently prevented from working, when they will publish...

      Health: Liver Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that standardised national and local prevalence and incidence data on Hepatitis C are collected and published each year once...

      Health: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the new quality standards in the NHS Operating Framework 2011-12 published on 20 December 2010, what is the timetable for the...

      Health: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives they are exploring to ensure that healthcare workers, pharmacists and front-line staff in chemists actively promote pre-payment certificates to...

      Homelessness: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 23 May (WA 382), what action they are taking to ensure that homelessness statistics take full account of...

      Local Authorities: Governance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they offer to local authorities about good governance arrangements, in particular about the distribution of scrutiny committee chairs between the...

      Mexico

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have they made to the Government of Mexico regarding the cases of Valentina Rosendo Cantu and Ines Fernandez Ortega.

      NHS Blood and Transplant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial contribution each of the devolved Administrations has made towards the total funding of the National Health Service Blood and Transplant Authority...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the Prime Minister's speech of 7 June, what role they now envisage competition will play in the reforms of the National Health Service. To ask Her...

      NHS: Pre-registration Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 May (WA 169-70), whether they can now provide the outturn commissioning figures for 2010-11 and detailed plan...

      NHS: Volunteers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will promote the good practice of volunteers, in and outside the National Health Service, who care for victims of prescribed drug addiction...

      Northern Ireland: Recognition Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the taxation and liability to national insurance contributions of recognition payments to former part-time Royal Irish Regiment soldiers...

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce their decision on the future of the Pat Finucane case.

      Philip Machemedze

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to refer Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation operative Philip Machemedze, who has admitted kidnapping and torture, and is now...

      Planning: Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to review the boundaries of the green belts; and, if so, when.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their proposed cuts in public expenditure in the current and subsequent four years. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cuts they intend to make...

      Schools: CCTV

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to requiring parental consent to the use of CCTV in schools to be provided for in the Protection of Freedoms Bill.

      Telephone Hacking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of phone hacking and other illegal intrusion into privacy which may have been carried out by media organisations other than the News...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review their financial and technical assistance for anti-terrorism activities by Governments in East Africa, to assess whether these activities...

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