Written answers

Thursday, 30 June 2011

  • Scotland

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the implications for (a) his Department's policies and (b) the Scottish economy of trends in retail expenditure.

    • High Speed Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport and (b) Scottish Ministers on the potential extension of high-speed...

      Scottish Retail Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives from the Scottish Retail Consortium; and what matters were discussed.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's publication of Government Procurement Card data for 2008 to 2010, (1) what the purpose and...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment Frontex has made of the risk of irregular migration into the EU in 2011; and how many asylum applications it recorded in the...

    • Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future range of offences for which a (a) fixed penalty notice and (b) penalty notice for disorder may be issued;...

      Garages and Petrol Stations: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of driving away from filling stations without payment were reported to police forces in each month since May 2010; and if...

      Hizb ut-Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the countries which have banned the organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir; and what account she takes of the...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has given consideration to the effect on naturists of any potential changes to the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) girls groomed for sexual exploitation and (b) perpetrators of child sexual exploitation in...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the responses to her Department's consultation on proposals for elected police and crime commissioners.

      Police: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on whether bonuses have been (a) offered to and (b) accepted by senior police officers in Lancashire...

      Sexual Offences: Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will support the creation of a sexual assault and rape centre for north Yorkshire and York; and if she will make a statement.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to bring forward legislative proposals to create an offence of stalking.

      West Midlands Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police constables West Midlands police employed in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      West Midlands Police: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overtime hours were paid to (a) warranted officers and (b) civilian staff of West Midlands police in each of the last three years;...

  • Justice

    • Courts: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of closed circuit television in courts.

    • Data Protection Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the level of compliance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 by insurance companies and others providing...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2011, Official Report, columns 511-12W, on departmental legal costs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2011, Official Report, column 512W, what the cost to the public purse was of judges’ lodgings in each location...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the (a) absolute cost and (b) cost per head of population of legal aid systems in other countries.

      Offenders: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to his Department's Green Paper, “Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders”,...

      Personal Injury: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the implementation of the recommendation of Lord Justice Jackson on payments of referral fees for personal injury claims.

      Prison Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons his Department is considering for market testing; and if he will make a statement.

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a risk assessment was undertaken as part of the transfer of HMP Birmingham to G4S.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Architecture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how much grant in aid funding his Department allocated to architecture in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; (2)...

    • Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ofcom on the recommendations of the Bailey review of the commercialisation and sexualisation...

      Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the recommendations of the Bailey review on the...

      Film Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which body is responsible for allocation of the film innovation fund; and when the funding will be disbursed.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 136W, on Ofcom, when he plans to publish Ofcom's report on the...

      Sports: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when his Department plans to implement the outcome of its investigation into using cash in dormant betting accounts to set up...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will provide assistance to sport clubs and teams adversely affected by the treatment for VAT purposes by HM Revenue and...

  • Treasury

    • Arch Cru

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of initiating an investigation into the role of Capita Financial Group in relation to the collapse of Arch Cru funds.

    • Aviation: Pollution Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps his Department is taking to incentivise the aviation industry to (a) reduce aircraft noise, (b) reduce carbon dioxide emissions and (c)...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the distribution to the public of shares in banks in which UK Financial Investments manages the stake owned by the Government.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to his Department of (a) distributing to the public shares in banks in which UK Financial Investments manages the stake owned...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any HM Treasury officials are working exclusively on the proposal that people on the electoral role may be given shares in the Royal Bank of...

      Economic Situation: Greece

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects of a Greek non-credit event debt renegotiation on (a) UK Financial Investments, (b) the UK financial...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many couples in receipt of working families tax credit made a claim based on working between 16 and 24 hours a week in the latest period for which...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department has any plans to generate low-carbon energy from its estate.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to his Department was of the provision of ministerial cars in each financial year between 2000-01 and 2010-11; how many (a) cars...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Northern Ireland Executive and (b) Prime Minister on the devolution of further powers to the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the framework for the procurement of the first generation of communication and data service contracts to be developed.

    • Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects of shale gas extraction in the UK on (a) the amount of renewable electricity...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many barrels of oil the UK sold from its emergency oil reserves in June 2011.

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the recent decision by members of the International...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) the First Minister of the Welsh Government on his...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry), representing the Church Commissioners, where the authority to permit the registration of civil partnerships in churches will reside following the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether receipts from the sale of assets owned by regional development agencies are reflected in the spending plans of his Department for (a)...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to cease to fund any of its functions over the period of the comprehensive spending review.

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has for efficiency savings in his Department over the next three years; and what estimate he has made of the savings which...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many adults not in receipt of jobseeker's allowance or employment and support allowance and in receipt of an inactive benefit entered...

      Employment Schemes: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from disability organisations on the consideration given to deaf people as part of the proposed Work programme.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, columns 495-6W, on pensioners: poverty, whether his Department has previously made any...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people made more than (a) three and (b) 10 applications to the social fund in the most recent year for which figures are available;...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has asked Professor Malcolm Harrington to consider the effects of debt and debt enforcement on the mental health of benefit...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what options he is considering for support of child care costs through the proposed universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Government Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in developing Government buying standards for food procurement.

    • Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to implement the adoption of private drains and sewers by local water companies.

      Employment Law

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the address is of each office property occupied by her Department outside Greater London which it (a) owns and (b)...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of redundancies in its non-departmental bodies...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking in response to recent trends in food prices.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much each local authority received from each (a) revenue and (b) capital funding stream from her Department in (i)...

      Offshore Industry: Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on securing an agreement at global level on a moratorium on drilling for oil or gas in the Arctic Circle.

      Peak Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to address the challenges posed by peak oil.

      Public Sector: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 June 2011, Official Report, columns 77-79WS, on food and catering...

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many placement orders have ended before adoption has been granted by (a) age, (b) ethnicity and (c) gender of the child placed in each year since...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the effect on child protection services in Bolton metropolitan borough of reductions to local authority budgets.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will amend Chapter 4, paragraph 4.59 of the “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education” document to ensure that supply...

      Education: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will prepare an impact assessment on the effects of his Department's education reforms on the arts and culture sector.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to publish the terms of reference for the internal review of personal, social, health and economic education, including sex and...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to publish his Department's review of personal, social, health and economic education.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects his Department's review of personal, social, health and economic education to be completed.

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the name is of each of the 200 worst performing primary schools in England.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on ensuring that children in receipt of free school meals are adequately nourished during school holidays.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question 60376 on contracts held by his Department, which was tabled on 14 June 2011 for answer on 16 June 2011.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Vehicles

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

    • Capita

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

      G4S

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

      Ibm

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

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon aircraft were grounded on (a) 23 March, (b) 6 April, (c) 20 April, (d) 4 May, (e) 18 May, (f) 1 June and (g) 15 June 2011 because parts...

      Serco

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

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who the partners in the Taranis project are; and what the timetable is for the project; (2) how many unmanned combat air vehicle projects his...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2011, Official Report, column 393W, on My Civil Service Pension, how many employees are standing for election to the...

    • Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) , pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2011, Official Report, column 393W, on My Civil Service Pension, how many (a) face-to-face, (b) written, (c)...

      Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to announce the private sector partner in the mutual joint venture proposed for the administration of MyCSP.

      Life Expectancy: Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average life expectancy was for people aged 65 years living in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent in the latest period for which figures...

      National School of Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what courses the National School of Government has offered in the last 12 months; and how many Government officials have completed each such course in...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance his Department has provided to hospital trusts on the closure of accident and emergency departments; and if he will make a statement.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS accident and emergency departments closed in each of the last three years; and how many such departments he expects to close in the next 12...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department provides to (a) primary care trusts and (b) acute NHS trusts on the provision of suitable alternative provision following the...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the required level of public consultation prior to the closure of accident and emergency departments; and if he...

      Capita

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

      Information and Communications Technology: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many IT security breaches each NHS trust has reported to his Department in each of the last three years.

      Malton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications of the closure at short notice of operating theatres at Malton hospital.

      Malton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of maintenance of the operating theatres at Malton hospital in each of the last five years.

      Malton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the arrangements whereby the facilities at Malton hospital are owned by North Yorkshire and York...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish an implementation plan for his Department's mental health strategy, “No Health without Mental Health”, setting out the...

      NHS: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to publish guidance on the accountabilities and relationships between the NHS Commissioning Board, commissioning groups and health and...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the role of community pharmacists in the NHS.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) rate of and (b) practice of (i) merger and (ii) transfer of responsibilities between primary care trusts in the...

      Primary Care Trusts: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will take ownership of the infrastructure and facilities in North Yorkshire and York currently owned by the primary care trusts after 2013.

      Psychotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on psychotherapy; and if he will make...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the variation in the implementation of intensity-modulated radiation therapy among radiotherapy...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with (a) acute whiplash injury and (b) late whiplash syndrome in each of the last 10 years.

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which premises have been granted exemptions from the ban on indoor smoking in public places on the basis that they are a specialist tobacconists used by...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on elective ventilation as a means of securing organs for transplant; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether he has considered the merits of bringing forward amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill to extend the franchise to...

    • Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether officials in his Department have discussed prisoner voting rights with officials in the Ministry of Justice since 10 February 2011.

  • International Development

    • Capita

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

    • Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department plans to publish the objectives for restricting the spread of tuberculosis referred to in its business plan for...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any funding from the public purse provided through his Department's strategic grant agreement with the Trades Union Congress...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to promote the use of biofuels.

    • Employment Law

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the distance from home drivers are required to travel to attend driver awareness courses.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the strategic framework for road safety, by how much his Department proposes to increase the fixed penalty for uninsured driving.

      Driving Offences: Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the strategic framework for road safety, what measures his Department is considering for the recovery of unpaid motoring fines.

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made in its work to establish that driving under the influence of drugs constitutes an offence of driving while...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of trends in the ratio of actual tonnes to capacity tonnes per kilometre carried for (a) articulated lorries over 33 tonnes...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the changes in the average payload of heavy goods vehicles attributable to the introduction of maximum payloads...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration his Department has given to the safety equipment to be (a) required and (b) recommended for use on any heavy goods vehicle over 16.5...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will participate in the EU collaborative research project on truck safety.

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken at EU level to encourage the development and deployment of safety technologies for motorcycles.

      Ports: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what state aid issues his Department considered in the award of a grant for the construction of the city of Liverpool cruise terminal.

      Ports: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria his Department is using to determine the application to use the city of Liverpool cruise terminal for turnaround calls.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the effect of variations in the price of renewable transport fuel obligation certificates on the sustainability of the diesel industry.

      Rescue Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of service is of HM Coastguard staff employed at each Maritime and Coastguard Agency location in Scotland.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department will provide to Think! Education in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each financial year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the strategic framework for road safety, when he plans to revise and reissue guidance on speed limits in urban areas.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Esher and Walton of 17 June 2011, Official Report, column 1024W, on trade unions, what the budget was...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) human rights and (b) the rights of women are protected as part of any political...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what recent occasions he has discussed with his US counterpart the transfer of security responsibility to forces in Afghanistan.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department has given to UK nationals working overseas as online journalists in the last 12 months for which...

      Mediterranean Region: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the risk to the health and well-being of irregular migrants presented by unlawful people trafficking over...

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 156W, on Sri Lanka: war crimes, what monitoring his Department...

      Sudan: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to encourage British investment in Sudan and South Sudan.

      Syria: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has discussed a potential UN Security Council resolution on Syria with his (a) Russian, (b) Chinese and...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the final cost of Helen Garlick’s investigation into corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Helen Garlick’s investigation into corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands to conclude.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equalities and Human Rights Commission: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether the spending controls announced by the Cabinet Office on 2 March 2011 apply to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

    • Equalities and Human Rights Commission: Public Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Equality and Human Rights Commission spent from the public purse on legal fees in respect of support for the claimants in the case of...

      Government Equalities Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the salary is of the highest earning official of (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the implications for the Government's policy on equalities of the provision of care for (a) adult and (b) child...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of UK competitiveness in the aerospace industry; and if he will make a statement.

    • Business: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much small businesses spent on (a) capital projects and (b) innovation in (i) each year since 2005 and (ii) 2011 to date.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on costs of compliance for (i) micro, (ii) small and (iii) medium-sized...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many projects the Export Credits Guarantee Department has declined to support on the grounds of inadequate social,...

      Patents: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2011, Official Report, column 963W, on patents: international cooperation, what the steps are...

      Science: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the competitiveness of the UK life sciences industry.

      TheCityUk: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department (a) has provided and (b) plans to provide funding to the organisation thecityuk.

  • House of Lords

    • Abattoirs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost structure of the fees proposed to be charged out to abattoirs by the Food Standards Agency should proposals for full cost recovery be accepted.

    • Abattoirs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the range, average and total cost of the full-time equivalent salaries paid to those whose work will be funded by part of the fees charged to abattoirs by...

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the appointment of an internationally designated facilitator to promote peace in Afghanistan, and the establishment of an appropriate...

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what ways they will seek to ensure that all groups in Afghanistan that have substantial support are consulted, and that all the neighbouring states are...

      Armed Forces: Military Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former military hospitals continue to be held as part of the defence estate.

      Armed Forces: Staff Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many service personnel who are fully qualified and recommended for promotion have had their promotion delayed or shelved because of Ministry of Defence...

      Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what their timetable is for the introduction of a Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that any Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom will incorporate any specific rights for Northern Ireland that are consistent...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the nature of the 50 new diplomatic posts in China, announced in Parliament on 11 May; whether any of the posts will be dedicated to monitoring human...

      Criminal Justice: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recommendation made by the Corston report on women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system, what progress they have...

      Criminal Justice: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what joint work between the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Communities and Local Government is taking place to ensure co-ordination between agencies...

      Criminal Justice: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards reducing unnecessary custodial remands for women as a result of the Bail Accommodation Support Scheme; and how many of the...

      Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds will be available to ensure local authorities can continue to offer support services to schools still under the control of local authorities.

      Education: Vocational Subjects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation is taking to produce statistics of vocational qualifications awarded in Northern Ireland; and...

      Elections: Voting System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional costs are being incurred by the Boundary Commission for England as a result of the accelerated review of parliamentary boundaries.

      EU: Financial Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures they follow to ensure that United Kingdom human and financial contributions to (a) the United Nations, (b) the European Commission, and (c) the...

      EU: Financial Assistance to Member States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure any decisions regarding further bail-outs for the Greek economy are not made using qualified majority voting.

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Ministry of Justice intends to develop exports with competitive technological and commercial capabilities.

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how HM Treasury intends to develop exports with competitive technological and commercial capabilities.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 May (WA 379), whether in view of the many uncertainties about the evidence expressed in the York review a more...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 June (WA 40-1), whether a period of 11 years between the institution of a legal requirement to monitor the effects...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 January 2008 (WA 124) and Earl Howe on 24 May 2011 (WA 409-10), why they cannot make progress by...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 June (WA 41), (a) whether the British Dental Association remains a signatory to the campaign by the National...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 18 January 2010 (WA 102) and 23 February 2010 (WA 282-3), whether the findings by Professor Chester...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 26 April (WA 47-8) and 23 May (WA 378), whether the figure of 3 per cent for fluorosis of aesthetic concern given...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have decided to sell off the legal maximum percentage of Forestry Commission land over the next four years; and if no decision has been yet made about...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 June (WA 208), what research or data collection the Secretary of State for Health has (a) initiated, (b)...

      Government: Red Tape Challenge

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not yet answered HL9474, tabled by Lord Lester of Herne Hill on 23 May, asking whether the Government consider that the Equality Act 2010 imposes...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidance for the use of valproate drugs in pregnant women has been reviewed in the past 12 months.

      Health: Hepatitis C

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to continue and improve hepatitis C data collection under Public Health England.

      Health: Hepatitis C

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the processes in place for collecting local data on (a) the incidence, and (b) the prevalence of, (1) hepatitis C, (2) viral...

      Health: Hepatitis C

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the processes in place for collecting national data on (a) the incidence, and (b) the prevalence of, (1) hepatitis C, (2) viral...

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many general practitioners with a special interest have a specialism in mental health.

      Higher and Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Brent Borough Council and others v Risk Management Partners Limited, what plans they have to (a)...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 24 May (WA 414-15), 25 May (WA 439) and 6 June (WA 55-6), which other agencies are involved along...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 24 May (WA 414-15), 25 May (WA 439) and 6 June (WA 55-6), what are the terms of the pilot project...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the spirit and letter of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 252, 267, 471, 476 and 478 concerning the character...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel on the proposed demolition of the Broqeen Girls Basic School in the Broqeen Municipality on the...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the demolition of the new mosque in Broqeen in Area C on the West Bank.

      Jewish National Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the campaign to revoke the United Kingdom charity status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

      Justice: Family Justice Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which religious groups have engaged with the Family Justice Review (a) by written representation, and (b) through a meeting.

      Justice: Family Justice Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have publicised the Family Justice Review and sought submissions from parents and children who have been involved in family law proceedings.

      Mortality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the development of an indicator for the improvement area "under 75 mortality rate from disease" in the NHS Outcome Framework 2011-12.

      NHS: Clinical Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS patients who are enlisted for clinical trials by the NHS receive any payment to compensate for their inconvenience; and, if so, whether this would...

      NHS: Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 March (WA 203), in determining NHS productivity, what deflating spend means when applied to the calculation of...

      Northern Ireland: Community Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have developed with the devolved Administration in Northern Ireland for improving community relations across sectarian interfaces in towns and cities.

      Parliaments: Elected Terms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which parliamentary legislatures or assemblies have elected terms of more than nine years.

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce their next steps in giving voting rights to prisoners.

      Railways: Gatwick Express

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how, (b) how often, (c) by whom, and (d) to what standard, service quality provided by the Gatwick Express railway service is measured; and what were the most...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of the first phase of the proposed High Speed 2 line, whether it is proposed to operate double deck passenger trains on HS2 and, if so, between which...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been realised from the sale of assets within each regional development agency region; what proportion of the proceeds will be allocated to promote...

      Rome: British Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the value of the two embassies and associated property that they own in Rome; and when, of what, why and at what costs major repairs were last undertaken.

      Tibet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the report by Freedom House on Tibet; and what is the capacity within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to monitor human rights in Tibet.

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current level of taxation on tobacco has reduced the amount of smoking; and, if not, why not.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of the persons who met Ministers and Officials in the week commencing 13 June to discuss the new constitution for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Waste Management: Fly Tipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to deal with the problem of fly-tipping on private land.

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