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Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

  • Attorney-General

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he is taking to improve the rate of conviction of those involved in human trafficking.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Committee on Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget is of the Committee on Climate Change for the comprehensive spending review period.

    • Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many invoices received by his Department were paid (a) on time and (b) late in each month since May 2010; and what the monetary...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contracts his Department has awarded to Capita since May 2010; and what the (a) individual monetary value and (b) net worth was of...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of staff employed by the Northern Ireland Office were based in Northern Ireland on the most recent date for which figures are...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the reasons for the maintenance of the security restrictions in Lower Chichester street, Belfast which prevent...

  • Prime Minister

  • Wales

    • Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in her Department in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what provisions in respect of behavioural standards have been included in procurement contracts issued by her Department since May 2010.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussion she has had with the First Minister on cross-border trafficking of human beings between England and Wales.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will assess the effects of reductions in funding from his Department for touring arts organisations on the(a)viability...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) by what date he expects superfast broadband internet access to have been introduced to existing areas of poor access in...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC on digital switchover.

      Earls Court Exhibition Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the effect on the level of revenue from (a) business and (b) tourist visitors to the UK which would result...

      Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress he has made on his proposals for the future of local television; and if he will make a statement.

      Sports: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he has made an assessment of the standards of governance in the UK's amateur sports governing bodies.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made on (a) achieving a reduction in the level of common agriculture policy (CAP) subsidies and (b) her...

    • Farming: Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of effects of intensive pig farming on (a) animal welfare and (b) the local (i)...

      Farming: Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department issues to the pig farming industry on meeting environmental and animal welfare standards; and...

      Farming: Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the planned intensive pig farm in Foston, Derbyshire.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition of locally-sourced food her Department uses.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) economic, (b) environmental and (c) social value of sale and production of local food.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of onshore wind farms on night-flying autumn migrant birds.

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office: Audit Commission

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission on what dates officials of the National Audit Office have dined on official business with representatives of the Audit Commission since...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that any grant by Bromley council of a time limited waiver to the terms of lease to Biggin Hill Airport Ltd to allow extended hours...

    • Crossrail Line: Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects a European train control system with an automatic train operation signalling system to be in place on Crossrail by December 2018.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much expenditure (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd has incurred on the High Speed 2 programme, including on compensation payments, to date; and...

      Level Crossings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the name is of each level crossing which (a) has had and (b) will have additional safety features introduced as a result of the recommendations of...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the availability of motor insurance to motorists over the age of 80.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the role of public transport, cycling and walking in promoting better health outcomes.

      Rail Delivery Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Rail Delivery Group in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Final Independent Report of the Rail Value for Money Study, whether he plans to introduce periodic reviews on the efficiency and...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made on securing the derogations from EU interoperability regulations on European train control systems in respect of (a) the...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to produce a measurable objective for cost reductions in the rail industry.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of longer rail franchises on the quality of service offered by train operating companies to passengers.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the effect on rail maintenance costs of the suspension of engineering works on routes serving London 2012 Olympic venues...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to extend the proposed high speed rail link to Wales; and what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on this subject.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many search and rescue operations were carried out from the Belfast Coastguard Station in each of the last five years; how many such operations...

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many search and rescue operations from Belfast Coastguard Station involved co-operation with the Irish Coastguard (a) in each year since 2005 and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities he expects to publish (a) casualty rates on local roads and (b) speed camera information; and what information his...

      Roads: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2011, Official Report, column 406W, on roads: regulation, which regulations (a) relate to and (b) do not relate to...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the section in his Department's Departmental Business Plan on speed camera data was changed in May 2011 from a commitment to working...

      Transport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the standards to be agreed in the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive.

      Vehicle and Operator Service Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles from Northern Ireland have been stopped by Vehicle and Operator Service Agency officials in England in each of the last three years.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many vehicles stopped by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency officials were found to have defects in each of the last three years; (2) how...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made on the potential effect of high speed rail on the capacity of the (a) West and (b) East Coast main lines.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support and assistance his Department provides for UK nationals with dual citizenship when in the country of their other...

    • China: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement of 11 May 2011, Official Report, columns 1165-8, on the future diplomatic network, what the (a)...

      China: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider the merits of recruiting a desk officer with responsibility for monitoring Tibet as part of his new...

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of China to withdraw its armed forces from the monastery and town of Ngaba,...

      Corporal Gilad Shalit: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to press for the immediate release of Corporal Gilad Shalit; and if he will...

      Cyprus: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department provides to British citizens who own property in the north of Cyprus on the Immoveable Property...

      EU Institutions: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in the (a) European Parliament and (b) European Commission were seconded from Civil Service organisations in (i)...

      Gilad Shalit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what progress he has made in efforts to secure the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit; (2) what steps he (a) has taken and...

      India: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of the Indian government on Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar.

      India: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Indian government on prosecutions of the perpetrators of the...

      Israel: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the renewal of indirect talks between Israel and Hamas on a potential prisoner swap.

      North Africa: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of the EU in supporting emerging democracies in north Africa and the middle east.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking at the UN to support (a) free and democratic elections for the Palestinian Authority and (b) the...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Tibetan government-in-exile on its recent election of a new leader.

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of developing an integrated network of local support services to help parents make...

    • Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time taken between the submission of an appeal on the refusal or withdrawal of (a) employment...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2011, Official Report, column 824W, on Work Capability Assessment: mental health, whether the phase of an...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Bristol who will be restricted to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate if the age...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has (a) commissioned or (b) evaluated any research on the perceptions of Jobcentre Plus users of the support available from...

      Jobcentre Plus: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what face-to-face client services are provided at Jobcentre Plus centres in (a) Ayr, (b) Arbroath and (c) Clydebank.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many rapid reclaims for jobseeker's allowance were made in the last five years because the claimant had gone abroad for a short period.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter of (a) 14 September 2010 and (b) 17 March 2011 from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter of 12 May 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S Prior.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of levels of discrimination against older people in (a) recruitment and (b) the workplace.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the months of reduced specialist service between the closure of the Pathways to Work programme and the commencement of the Work...

      Personal Care Services: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what legislation currently regulates the operation of (a) nail bars and (b) beauty salons; what changes have been made to such legislation...

      Personal Care Services: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the potential health risks of (a) (i) inhalation of and (ii) skin contact with (A) solvents, (B) lacquers...

      Personal Care Services: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward regulations to require (a) nail bars and (b) hair salons to ensure that nail tools are cleaned in between every use;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each five-year age group from 65 upwards receive (a) attendance allowance, (b) disability living allowance including the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many active benefit claimants claim (a) only jobseeker's allowance, (b) only employment and support allowance in the work-related activity...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what options he is considering for the administration of free school meals entitlement through the proposed universal credit; and if he will...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many work capability assessments received zero points on initial assessment and were passed on appeal in the latest period for which...

  • Women and Equalities

    • EU Law

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities for what European directives in force on 1 April 2010 the Government Equalities Office is responsible; and what European directives for which the...

    • Parental Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the effects on women workers of implementation of proposed reforms of parental leave.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will withdraw RAF fixed wing aircraft and associated RAF manpower from Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF fixed wing aircraft are in Afghanistan; and how many personnel by rank and duty are deployed on the operation.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent representations he has received from the Commander in Chief Air Command on the RAF's capacity to meet its operational tasks now and in...

      Air Force Board: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members are of the Air Force Board.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purpose is of the Future Combat Air Capability study; and when he expects it to report.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of (a) the task of recovering carrier aviation capability to support non-short take off and vertical landing...

      Air Force: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Royal Air Force's level of munitions reserves; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the duties of an Aerospace Battle Manager are; how many people are serving in such posts; at what ranks; and how many are deployed on operations.

      Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding was allocated to the RAF for recruitment purposes in each category of expenditure in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a...

      Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many senior aircraftmen were recruited to their posts in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and how many he expects to be recruited in 2011-12.

      Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost to the public purse was of training an individual senior aircraftman in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision has been made for (a) carrier-borne air-to-air refuelling capability and (b) fixed-wing carrier on-board delivery for the Queen Elizabeth...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on the pension rights of veterans who retired before 5 April 1975; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-servicemen and women who served for three or more years and fewer than 22 years retired before 5 April 1975.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what allowances his Department provides to new entrant officers in each of the services for (a) No. 2 Dress Uniform and (b) Dress Kit.

      Armed Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the present establishment of the RAF to undertake its tasks; (2) with reference to the recent...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Crown Relocations

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

      Defence Equipment: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the near cash projected spending on the Equipment Plan and Equipment Support Plan is for each year to 2015.

      Defence: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he plans to make a statement on Defence Reform following the publication of the report of Lord Levene; (2) what his timetable is for the...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to publish monthly information on changes in the numbers of employees of his Department's agencies, categorised by (a)...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provisions in respect of behavioural standards have been included in procurement contracts issued by his Department since May 2010.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department is making in (a) financial management (i) in-year and (ii) long-term, (b) restructuring its headquarters and other major...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what overseas visits he has undertaken since May 2010.

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work his Department has undertaken to identify any cost differential entailed in moving submarines from Devonport to Faslane for maintenance.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the marinisation of the Typhoon fighter plane.

      European Fighter Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many spares for the Typhoon aircraft have been purchased beyond those already ordered as part of the Typhoon Availability Service since 19 March...

      Ex-servicemen: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of prisoners in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland who had previously served in the armed forces.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date he expects the replacement for HMS Endurance to be fully operational.

      HMS Endurance

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

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the through life costs of (a) 138 and (b) 60 Joint Combat Aircraft.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the basic combat radius is of the F-35 Lightning-11 C-model.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) F-35A and (b) F-35C aircraft his Department proposes to purchase between 2018 and 2025; (2) what estimate he has made of the lifetime...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the reserve allocated to the military campaign in pursuance of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 is available to be spent.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential for proliferation of portable anti-aircraft missiles from looted arms depots in Libya.

      Libya: Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the sale of Harrier aircraft on the UK's participation in military operations in Libya.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has had discussions on introducing a National Defence Medal to recognise those who served during the Cold War period.

      Nimrod Aircraft: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the US Navy on the use of the P-8 Poseidon as a replacement for the (a) Nimrod MR2 and (b) Nimrod MR4A.

      Office of Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) the Secretary of State for Justice and (ii) the Minister for the Cabinet...

      Royal Military Academy: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the nationality was of each student enrolled at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst between 1 June 2010 and 31 May 2011.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to produce his Defence and Security Industrial and Technology Policy.

      Tornado Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many spares for the Tornado aircraft have been purchased above those already ordered as part of the Availability Transformation Tornado Aircraft...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the study to review the costs, feasibility and credibility of alternative systems and postures to the Trident missile delivery system will...

      WE 177 Nuclear Bomb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse of the WE.177 missile programme was (a) in cash terms and (b) in 2011 prices up to the date of its withdrawal from...

  • Home Department

    • Arts: Immigration Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people entered the UK under each approved Tier Five Government-authorised exchange scheme in each year between 2000 and 2010.

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportations of failed asylum seekers formerly resident in Sunderland Central constituency there have been in the last 12 months.

      Crime: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures police forces follow to request a waiver of immunity in cases where they are investigating a crime suspected to have been...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many invoices received by her Department have been paid (a) on time and (b) late in each month since May 2010; and what the monetary...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to publish monthly information on changes in the numbers of employees of her Department's agencies,...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions in respect of behavioural standards have been included in procurement contracts issued by her Department since May 2010.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of redundancies in its non-departmental bodies (a) in 2011-12...

      Departmental Termination of Employment

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

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of citizens of Commonwealth countries of Tamil ethnicity who have (a) been held for removal to Sri...

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of Commonwealth countries of Tamil ethnicity who have been removed to Sri Lanka by the UK Border Agency have returned to...

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any citizen of Commonwealth countries of Tamil ethnicity booked on a chartered flight to Sri Lanka by the UK Border Agency on 16 June...

      Entry Clearances: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account her Department takes of regional variations in salary in establishing minimum salary requirements for the issue of visas.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many intra-company transfer visas the UK Borders Agency has issued to (a) Indian and (b) other non-EU nationals employed by (i) Intelenet...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 June 2011, Official Report, columns 36-8WS, on immigration, what her policy is on the...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment she has made of the potential effects of a free trade agreement between the EU and India on the number of...

      Further Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has received a response from HM Inspector of Education in Scotland regarding the inspection of private providers of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the performance of the Border Police Command in reducing the number of people illegally trafficked.

      Illegal Immigrants: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were found in the London Borough of Havering in each of the last five years; and how many such immigrants have...

      Illegal Immigrants: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of former (a) Israeli, (b) Egyptian and (c) Tunisian officials and military personnel visiting the UK using false names or...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) Ministers and officials in her Department and (b) the UK Borders Agency have had with representatives of trade unions on...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those in immigration detention have (a) an appointed legal representative, (b) a legal representative they selected and...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in immigration detention (a) have been diagnosed with serious mental health conditions, (b) are torture survivors, (c) are...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people in immigration detention who are unlikely to be deported to their country of origin in the...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in immigration detention have been detained at more than (a) one centre, (b) three centres and (c) five centres on the...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis in law is for the requirement that an EEA national in exercise of their treaty rights of residence and a non-EEA partner who...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 31 May 2011 to the UK Border Agency, reference N1136111.

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national offenders released from custody after serving sentences for (a) rape, (b) other sexual offences and (c) violence...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has assessed the costs to police authorities of policing of protests and marches.

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has considered the merits of extending the provisions of section 25 of the Police Act 1996 to allow charging for the policing of...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police staff receive funding (a) in full and (b) in part from parish councils.

      Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Metropolitan Police investigation into telephone hacking by the press and their associates to be completed.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Notes: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many counterfeit Bank of England banknotes were removed from circulation in each year since 2005.

    • Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has estimated the number of parents who (a) have chosen and (b) will choose to (i) leave a job and (ii) reduce their working hours as...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from non-governmental organisations on the effect of the reduction in the proportion of childcare costs that parents...

      Companies: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on increasing corporate transparency.

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss corporation tax since May 2010.

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in encouraging small businesses to bid for Government contracts.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the Financial Statement of 23 March 2011, Official Report, column 959, when he expects to announce the location of the 10 remaining...

      Enterprise Zones: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Barnett consequential funding has been allocated to each devolved Administration as a result of the spending measures announced in the 2011 Budget...

      Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will review the operation of the drawback duty regime; (2) with which brewers officials of his Department have held meetings to discuss the...

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on the continuation of a 20 pence duty differential in the tax treatment of biodiesel in each of the next three financial years;...

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has assessed the merits of extending the 20 pence fuel duty differential for biodiesel made from used cooking oil beyond April 2012; (2)...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the downstream oil industry on proposals to introduce a fuel price stabiliser mechanism since...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had on fuel price stabilisation with his counterparts in those EU member states which have introduced a fuel price stabilising...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that queries to HM Revenue and Customs from taxpayers are dealt with more efficiently and helpfully.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to extending the national insurance contributions holiday to all businesses with less than four employees.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many reviews of national non-domestic rates were completed in each region in each month of the last three years for which figures are available;...

      Personal Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints his Department has received on hidden charges in private pension schemes since his appointment; (2) what recent discussions he...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what private finance initiative projects have been signed by the Government since 7 May 2010.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2011, Official Report, column 328W, on tax collection, if he will place in the Library a copy of each generic letter used...

      Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 in...

      Sir Alan Greenspan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the plaque referring to Sir Alan Greenspan is on view to visitors to his Department's main building.

      Tax Allowances: Health Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce tax relief on personal private medical insurance premiums.

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the funding allocated to tackling fraud and error by his Department will be allocated to reducing (a) customer error, (b) fraud and (c)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans HM Revenue and Customs has to minimise (a) customer and (b) administrative error in the administration of universal credit.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of VAT registrations in England were in the 50 most deprived local authority areas in England (a) in each year since 2005 and (b) in...

      VAT: Vocational Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of exempting pilot training from VAT.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Breast Cancer: Jarrow

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in the...

    • Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what indicators he plans to (a) monitor and (b) report on in determining the effectiveness of his policy on ensuring small and medium-sized businesses...

      Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what methodology his Department has adopted to assess the impact on businesses of (a) existing and (b) new legislation.

      Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to (a) improve the provision of information to small and medium-sized businesses on Government procurement opportunities...

      Childbirth: High Peak

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many births have taken place at the Corbar Birthing Unit in High Peak in each of the last five years.

      Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the offshoring of contracts held by private sector companies with Government Departments.

      Contracts: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department has produced for local authorities on the use of TrustMark when outsourcing public sector construction contracts; and if he...

      Dalai Lama

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason the UK representative of the Dalai Lama was not invited to a reception hosted by the Minister without Portfolio on 13 June 2011.

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in his Department in the last 12 months.

  • Justice

    • Prisoner Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that time spent in prison is spent on meaningful activity.

    • Office of Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions his Department has had with INQUEST and the Royal British Legion on the retention of the Office of Chief Coroner.

      Prisoners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours per week prisoners in England and Wales worked on average in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Foreign National Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on progress in the deportation of foreign national offenders.

      Civil Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Government's response to Lord Justice Jackson's recommendations for reforming civil litigation funding and costs in England and...

      Civil Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Government's response to Lord Justice Jackson's recommendations for reforming civil litigation funding and costs in England and...

      Civil Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Government's response to Lord Justice Jackson's recommendations for reforming civil litigation funding and costs in England and...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to publish monthly information on changes in the number of employees of his Department's agencies, categorised by (a)...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what newspaper and magazine titles prisons purchase for use by prisoners; and whether his Department prohibits the purchase of any newspaper or magazine...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of redundancies in its non-departmental bodies (a) in 2011-12 and (b) over...

      Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of super injunctions.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of legal aid for the settlement of domestic disputes.

      Legal Aid: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 179W, on legal aid: Iraq, for what reasons the Legal Services Commission does not record...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that the necessary exchange of information between magistrates courts, a probation trust and a private company is...

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department expects to begin its consultation on reform of marriage law.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to facilitate the handling of the financial affairs of missing persons by their relatives; and if he will make a statement.

      Parole: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average waiting time was from application to a parole hearing in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners’ Release: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2011, Official Report, columns 919-22W, on foreign nationals: prisoners, how many foreign national prisoners (a) from...

      Prisoners: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many times (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have authorised prisoners serving a sentence for each type of offence to contact...

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to enable records of disciplinary action taken against prisoners for breaching prison rules and other behavioural...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the name is of each course of study available to prisoners; and how many prisoners have (a) undertaken and (b) completed each such course in each of...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the education programme in prisons cost in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information he plans to publish on (a) value and (b) price in respect of the contracting of unpaid work.

      Prisons: Gyms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contracts his Department has to provide gymnasium facilities in prisons.

      Prisons: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many video games consoles were purchased by prisons in each of the last five years; and at what cost.

      Probation: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training probation officers receive on supervising persons convicted under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to taking into account an act of deliberate deception by a suspect during a police interview in his proposals for reduced...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the implications for his Department's policy of the judgement of the Court of Appeal in R. v. Round and R. v. Dunn in...

      Sentencing: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the statement of 21 June 2011, Official Report, columns 465-67 and the written ministerial statement of 21 June 2011, Official Report,...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposals to reform the law on squatters on vulnerable people who squat.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes are to be made to the (a) physical fabric and (b) staffing of HM Young Offender Institution Stoke Heath as a result of the decision to...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made in implementing the recommendation of the Weatherall report on the use of non-human primates in...

    • Apprentices: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships were started in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent in each year since 2005.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions he has met the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss the cost of bank finance.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of small and medium-sized businesses surveyed by his Department and its predecessor cited regulation as an...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of small and medium-sized businesses surveyed by his Department and its predecessor indicated that they believed...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what indicators he plans to (a) monitor and (b) report on in determining the effectiveness of his policies on (i) encouraging...

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of market penetration achieved by Business Link in each financial year since 2003-04.

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what levels of customer satisfaction were recorded in Business Link operator customer satisfaction surveys in each financial year...

      Business: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for debt finance among small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Regional Venture Capital Fund and (b) Investment...

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce variations in levels of access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises between...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of small and medium-sized businesses surveyed by his Department and its predecessor indicated that they were...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2011, Official Report, column 391W, on business: loans, what definition of a stretch lending...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to (a) provide information on and (b) increase levels of satisfaction with sources of advice and support...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which employment regulations fall within his proposed moratorium for micro-businesses.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effects of employment regulations on micro-businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals for the simplification of the annual reports and financial statements of companies; and if he...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote visual data security in his Department; and what training his Department provides to its...

      Domestic Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government plans to ratify the Convention on Domestic Work agreed at the 100th session of the International Labour...

      English Language: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many students were enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Leicester South constituency and...

      EU Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the EU and (b) the Indian government on the proposed free trade agreement...

      Howard Davies Review of Enterprise and the Economy in Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the Howard Davies Review of Enterprise and the Economy in...

      International Labour Organisation Convention on Domestic Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what legal advice he received prior to the abstention of the UK from the vote on the International Labour Organisation Convention...

      International Labour Organisation Convention on Domestic Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any UK legislation contravenes the provisions of the International Labour Organisation Convention on Domestic Workers.

      Investment Trusts: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many equity investments there were in start-up and early-stage businesses (a) in each year since 2005 and (b) in 2011 to date.

      Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2011, Official Report, column 629W, on metals: imports, what the results were of his...

      New Businesses: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of small businesses reported to his Department difficulties in obtaining finance for start-up and growth in (a)...

      Self-employed: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if his Department will assess the merits of implementing the recommendation of the Davidson Review that the Health and Safety...

      Small Businesses

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

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of small businesses in the (a) manufacturing and (b) services sector were engaged in research and...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of businesses with (a) fewer than 10 employees, (b) between 10 and 99 employees and (c) between 100...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assist small business start-ups in Beckenham.

      Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the level of bank lending to small businesses in Wales.

      South East England Development Agency: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which sites are owned by the South East of England regional development agency within the boundaries of (a) Basingstoke and Deane...

      South East England Development Agency: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which sites are owned by the South East of England regional development agency within the boundaries of (a) Adur district...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2011, Official Report, column 663W, on the Audit Commission, if he will place in the Library a...

    • Audit Commission: Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission spent on the purchase of flowers for display between January 2007 and May 2010.

      Commission for Local Administration in England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) complaints were considered, (b) complaints were resolved within three months and (c) members of staff were employed...

      Conditions of Employment

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

      Council Tax: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria the Valuation Office Agency applies in determining the order in which valuation appeal hearings are to be heard.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the address is of each office property occupied by his Department outside Greater London which it (a) owns and (b) rents;...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      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 employees of his Department's...

      EU Grants and Loans: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2011, Official Report, column 50W, on EU grants and loans: Yorkshire and the Humber, what...

      EU Grants and Loans: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications from Yorkshire and the Humber for funding from the European Regional Development Fund are under consideration.

      EU Grants and Loans: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to facilitate the transition from the regional development agency to his Department of the...

      EU Grants and Loans: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff of his Department will be handling applications to the European Regional Development Fund from Yorkshire and the...

      EU Grants and Loans: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential for delay in the decision-making process on applications to the European regional...

      EU Law

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

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects the Government to publish its response to the consultation on the FiReControl Project.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the reform of fire service pension schemes.

      Fire Services: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will assess the effects of the timing of his announcement of the formula grant funding to be made available to fire...

      Fire Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rescues from fires the Fire Service carried out in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

      Hartlepool Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on allowing Hartlepool borough council to change its model of local authority governance from...

      Homelessness: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in Sunderland Central constituency were classed as homeless in the last 12 months.

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1206W, on housing:...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he proposes that local enterprise partnerships should hold their board meetings in public.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on regional differences in the application of formula grants in the (a) most and (b) least...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the likely effects of extending the eligibility criteria for small business rate relief.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many expressions of interest in establishing a neighbourhood plan his Department has received from each local authority area.

      Planning Permission: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals were submitted because of non-determination by St Albans District Council in each of the last five...

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance his Department has provided to towns with high rates of empty shops in each of the last three years.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the potential implications for local authority funding of the...

      Sonae: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which dates the Fire Service has been called to the Sonae factory in Kirkby in the last 10 years; what the estimated cost to...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hours Ministers in his Department spent volunteering in the last 12 months as part of the Government's big society...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in his Department in the last 12 months.

    • Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department plans to contribute to the World Bank's food price stability fund for the developing world.

      Developing Countries: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effects on public health in developing countries of provision of frontline nurses,...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will bring forward proposals to increase the grant given by his Department to those fire and rescue services who participate in...

      India: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the objectives are of his Department's Climate Change and Energy Unit in India.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of aid to India delivered through the private sector he plans to provide in the form of (a) grants, (b) concessional...

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of aid allocated by his Department to India he plans to spend in (a) Orissa, (b) Madhya Pradhesh, (c) Bihar and (d)...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his priorities are for the outcomes of aid provided by his Department to North Sudan.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of academies were operating under the 2003 national agreement on raising standards and tackling workload in the latest...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many representations he has received (a) in support of and (b) against the expansion of the academies scheme since May 2010; and if he will make a...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the reasons were for the transfer to his Department of all responsibilities relating to services for vulnerable children; and what assessment he...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the caseload of each Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service region was on the most recent date for which figures are...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the recommendations of the Family Justice Review in respect of the future of the function of the Children and Family...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the budget for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service will be for 2011-12.

      Children: Private Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what statutory responsibilities county councils have for children in private care.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for future recruitment of children's social workers; and if he will make a statement.

      Classroom Assistants: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of people entering teaching assistant training courses in each year since 2005.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Procurement

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Education 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...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he expects to allocate in respect of new 16 to 19 bursaries in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and whether plans to raise...

      Education: ICT

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

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration his Department has given to extending the humanities element of the English Baccalaureate to include a choice of two humanities...

      EU Law

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

      Free School Meals: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils are eligible for free school meals in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Worcester constituency.

      Free Schools: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new primary school places he expects there to be in free schools in Bristol for the academic year beginning in September 2011.

      Marriage Guidance: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2011, Official Report, column 497W, on marriage guidance: grants, when he plans to commission the evaluation; what...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy for staff is in respect of (a) eligibility criteria and (b) rates of pay for (i) maternity and (ii) adoption leave.

      Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps Ofqual plans to take during the summer of 2011 to ensure that students do not fail to achieve their first choice university place due to...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) which (a) organisations and (b) individuals have made representations to his Department in connection with its internal review of personal social...

      Primary Education: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the likely number of primary school places which will be required in Worcestershire in the next five years.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      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) Hartlepool education authority, (ii)...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the abolition of school lunch grant; (2) if he will assess the effect on Bolton...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Schools on effective safeguarding training in supplementary schools.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the requirement in supplementary schools for (a) effective safeguarding and (b) training in behaviour...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures are in place to safeguard children attending supplementary schools; and how much his Department has allocated to safeguarding in...

      Schools: Careers Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has for inspecting the quality of new schools' careers advice services.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the policy of his Department is on the application to schools of Government buying standards on sustainably-sourced fish and seafood.

      Schools: Legal Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have taken legal action against his Department in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      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 five or more GCSEs at grades of A* to C in each of the last...

      Schools: Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of future levels of competitive sport (a) within and (b) between schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools achieved a rating of outstanding in their Ofsted inspections in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Cumbria in each of the last...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what future arrangements he plans to make to ensure impartial student-centred careers advice is available to all students in schools.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are in place to provide careers advice in schools and sixth-form colleges.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what longitudinal research his Department has commissioned into existing interventions to encourage students to take up science subjects at GCSE level;...

      Secondary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) history, (b) geography and (c) religious education lessons at Key Stage (i) 3 and (ii) 4 were taught by a teacher specialising...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has allocated to Care to Learn for financial years (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of people entering teacher training programmes in each year since 2005.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers graduated from teacher training programmes (a) in each region and (b) from each institution in each year since 2005.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to maintain future numbers of teachers trained to deal with pupils' hearing impairments.

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much local authorities spent on the provision of youth services for the purposes of fulfilling their obligations under the Education and...

  • Health

    • Botulism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of cases of food borne botulism poisoning in each of the last five years.

    • Cancer Drugs Fund: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received support from the Cancer Drugs Fund in the West Kent Primary Care Trust area in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Chiropody: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons in each (a) age group and (b) local authority area contracted an infection in the course of receiving a pedicure in each of the last 10...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to support gene therapy research for cystic fibrosis; (2) what consideration he has given to the merits of...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenses were claimed by (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the (a) rate of diagnosis and (b) treatment of those with depression by primary care professionals; and if he will make...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has assessed the accuracy of data on the prevalence of depression contained in the Quality and Outcomes framework.

      Depression: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with depression in (a) Chatham and Aylesford constituency and (b) England in each of the last...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to (a) monitor and (b) evaluate responsibility deals; (2) what estimate he has made of the likely cost to...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government plans to respond to the consultation contained in the Public Health White Paper.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the name is of each company involved in funding his Department's Change4Life initiative; how much his Department expects to receive in such funding;...

      Health Education: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on his Department's social marketing strategy entitled Changing Behaviour, Improving Outcomes; and how much has been allocated...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients (a) of each sex and (b) in each socio-economic group have received treatment for hepatitis C in the last five years; (2) how many...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the prevalence of hepatitis C in people aged (a) under 15, (b) 15 to 59 and (c) over 59 years in each (i) strategic...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) of each sex and (b) in each socio-economic group have been diagnosed with hepatitis C in the last five years.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 15, (b) between 15 and 59 and (c) over 59 years in each (i) strategic health authority, (ii) primary care trust and (iii)...

      Hepatitis: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department collects on the (a) incidence of and (b) mortality rates from hepatitis C in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of missed appointments in each of the last five years; (2) if he will introduce financial...

      Hospitals: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on safety and control measures in respect of patients and their visitors in each hospital in the latest period for which figures...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the provision of services for people with a learning disability who develop dementia in later life; and what plans he has for...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the approach of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to the funding of drugs for people...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many multiple sclerosis specialist nurses are employed by the NHS; (2) how many people (a) have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and (b)...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of primary care trusts funding Sativex in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 84W, on multiple sclerosis, whether he expects the National Institute for Health and...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the future of the (a) principles and rules for co-operation and competition and (b) Co-operation and Competition Panel in the NHS;...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) competition, (b) the role of the private sector and (c) the retention of experienced managers...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has conducted research on levels of confidence among NHS staff in the adequacy of future care to be delivered by the NHS.

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of the reviews on addiction to prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medicines conducted by the National Treatment...

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations his Department considered to review addiction to prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medicines prior to commissioning the National...

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons (a) patient groups and (b) charitable and not-for-profit groups were not consulted as part of the recent reviews on addiction to...

      Prescription Drugs: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of medicine which is wasted.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on psychotherapy on the provision...

      Sex: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's Sex, Worth Talking About campaign material will be available for use locally.

      Sex: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government plans to issue a sexual health strategy.

      Varicose Veins: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of NHS treatment for varicose veins; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held since May 2010 with the Government of India about (a) gender based sex-selective abortion, and (b) infanticide; and what response...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they contribute, directly or indirectly, towards the funding of gender-based abortions in India; and whether development aid from the United Nations...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided ultra-sound equipment, or funds for the purpose of obtaining such equipment, to the Government of India or agencies operating in India...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times RAF Tornado aircraft deployed to Afghanistan fired air to ground ordnance in close air support of ground forces in (a) October-November 2010, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many flying hours were logged by RAF Tornado aircraft deployed to Afghanistan in (a) October-November 2010, (b) December 2010-January 2011, (c) February-March...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give priority to families with children, in particular those with children born in the United Kingdom, when extending legal advice to migrants...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 14 June 2011 (WA 168), whether the Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for informing airline passengers of the...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer on 14 June (WA 169) by Earl Attlee, whether protection of the health of passengers includes protecting them from the effects of fume...

      Aviation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create more apprenticeships in the aerospace industry over the next two years.

      Aviation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Air League's position paper on youth in aviation.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Bahrain regarding the arrest of doctors accused of treating the wounds of civilians voicing opposition to...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the United Nations in relation to why their representative in Bahrain called the police to arrest three women including...

      Bank of England: Financial Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the work of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee will be co-ordinated; and how the role of independent members who do...

      Bank of England: Financial Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether independent members of the Financial Policy Committee will be dependent on the Bank of England for research support or whether they will have independent...

      Bank of England: Financial Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the use of time varying capital requirements by the Financial Policy Committee (FPC) of the Bank of England will be co-ordinated internationally; and how the...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where the public shareholding in the banks is currently recorded in the public accounts; and how the consequential revenues will be recorded and accounted for once...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom will have the ability to require United Kingdom retail banks to have Core Tier One equity capital of 10 per cent of risk weighted assets...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 May (WA 430) concerning the Financial Services Authority approval of senior management exercising significant...

      Banking: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 June (Official Report, cols. 6-9), who will decide whether the proposals from the Payments Council to replace cheques...

      Banking: Lloyds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the assets to be sold under Project Verde by Lloyds Banking Group to meet its obligations under the state aid agreement will be funded by equity and retail...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Treasury Ministers or officials have asked the Governor of the Bank of England and the Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England whether Bank...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received, or have asked the Financial Services Authority for, a copy of the authority's report into the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord De Mauley on the Barnett Formula on 15 June (HL Deb, cols. 869-70) that Wales received £208 million from the European Union...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regard they gave to the requirement of judicial impartiality in appointing as Arbitrator in the current Chagos Islanders case a person associated with the...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the detention of Ai Weiwei.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 5 May (WA 164-5), (a) whether they are aware of any further developments concerning Mr Gao Zhisheng,...

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what human rights undertakings would a country be required to make to join the Commonwealth.

      Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department or agency is responsible for enforcing the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) for United Kingdom aircrew.

      Crime: Fuel Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve their ability to detect and stop fuel smuggling and laundering into Northern Ireland.

      Crime: Hate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the findings of Mencap's hate crime research report; and what response they will be making. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost to public funds of dealing with the consequences of irresponsible dog ownership.

      Energy: Heat Pumps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the estimates of the carbon footprint of heat pumps in the light of the publication of the article on "Air source heat pump carbon...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the value for money provided by offshore wind as an electricity generating technology, based on the projections of the cost per...

      Exports

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands is a matter solely for the decision of the people of those islands.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Services Authority has relationships with similar bodies in other countries; if so, how they are conducted; and by whom. To ask Her Majesty's...

      First World War: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 21 June (WA 278) about First World War debt, whether the $4.368 million owed to the United States is a live debt...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Government of Israel's provision of healthcare for the needs of the people of Gaza, and the charging of health costs to the...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of cooking oil in the Gaza Strip; and what discussions have they had with the Government of Israel regarding this.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the level of unemployment in Gaza.

      Glyphosate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the paper Roundup and birth defects-Is the public being kept in the dark?; and what plans they have to ask the European...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research and data collection the Department for Education 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 Prime Minister 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 Advocate General for Scotland 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 Cabinet Office; 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and (a) when they were appointed and for how long, (b) what is their...

      Government Departments: Scientific Advisers

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

      Government: Ministerial Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer attended the 2011 Bilderberg Conference at St Moritz on 9-12 June in his official capacity; and, if so, what expense was...

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Minister is responsible for liaising with the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), with respect to British-based assets; and when that Minister...

      Greece

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further measures they will take to help the Greek economy.

      Higher Education: Course Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many university courses are due to be closed nationwide for the 2011-12 academic year; and how many courses they estimate will closed in the 2012-13 academic year.

      Higher Education: Private Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 26 April (WA 67), what criteria are used by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in order to...

      HMS "Illustrious"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of HMS "Illustrious".

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of new homes likely to be built between April 2011 and April 2012.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average housing association grant rate applied to affordable homes built during the financial year 2010-11.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the average housing association grant rate likely to be applied to new affordable homes in the year 2011-2012.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of International Criminal Court referrals by the United Nations Security Council with regards to the situations in Sudan and Libya...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or their representatives were aware of the Government of Kenya's order to deport the human rights investigator, British national Clara Gutteridge,...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of legal advice and aid available to immigration detainees; and what are the proportions of successful applications...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 25 May (WA 439), how they intend to encourage India to enforce the provisions and aspirations of the...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 25 May (WA 439), how they intend to monitor India's progress in enforcing the provisions and...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made regarding the treatment of Kenyan citizen "Mezungu" and his rendition from Kenya after the Kenyan High Court ruling prohibiting...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the opposition in Libya about the United Nations mission alleging abuses that would constitute war crimes.

      Milk

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average price per litre of milk sold in supermarkets in (a) one pint, (b) two pint, and (c) four pint, containers in January of this year, and in each...

      Money: Northern Bank Notes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the face value of Northern Bank banknotes which were not returned in the 2005 recall of bank notes, aside from the amount stolen in the December 2004 robbery.

      Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Nepal on visa-vetting for those who stand accused of human rights violations in that country.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that British aid to minority groups in Pakistan reaches the intended recipients, and that those channelling British aid...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support a resolution on the recognition of the state of Palestine, which is planned to be put before the United Nations General Assembly in...

      Park Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward legislation regarding park homes; and, if so, when.

      Parking and Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take action to ensure that enforcing authorities abide by the statutory prohibition on penalty demands being issued in furtherance of civil...

      Probation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests for action made to the Home Office Properties Group in respect of the facilities management contract for probation trusts in England and Wales...

      Railways: Intercity Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 16 June (WA 215), on which routes it is planned that the Intercity Express trains will operate; and, for each...

      Republic of Ireland: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any indication was given as to the purpose of the recent loans to the Republic of Ireland; and, if so, what it was.

      Rome: British Embassy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff the United Kingdom Embassy in Italy has in common with the United Kingdom Embassy in the Vatican.

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has recently had with the Government of Rwanda on alleged assassination plots...

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken since the Metropolitan Police advised two Rwandans living in the United Kingdom that police had "reliable intelligence" that the...

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Metropolitan Police and United Kingdom Security Services on countering assassination plots...

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been questioned, detained or excluded from Great Britain in relation to alleged assassination plots involving Rwandan expatriates in Britain.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Saudi Arabia regarding their policies towards Yemen.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to the Government of Sri Lanka concerning human rights issues in dealing with Tamil Tigers in 2009; and what was the response.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 May (WA 205), (a) whether they are aware of any further developments concerning Mr Prageeth...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of reports of air attacks against civilians in southern Kordofan in Sudan, they will ask the United Nations Security Council to authorise a no fly...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 6 June (WA 75), why they do not plan separate bilateral representations, in addition to European...

      Universities: Russell Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were (a) the total number, and (b) the percentage of the total entry of, students from ethnic minorities and from each socio-economic group who entered a...

      Waste Management: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their intention to require the use of food-waste bins by all households; and, if so, under what legislative instrument the policy will be introduced;...

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