Written answers

Monday, 4 July 2011

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on placing advertisements in newspapers in Scotland in each year since 2005.

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of invoices from small and medium-sized businesses were paid by his Department within five working days of receipt in the last 12 months...

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on (a) cocaine and (b) other drug usage in Scotland.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of banks operating in Scotland to discuss (a) domestic mortgage lending and (b) lending to small and medium-sized...

      Scottish Power

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures were agreed at the G20 agriculture summit on 22 June 2011 on (a) investment in research and innovation in...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Rural Payments Agency has paid out under each level of the single payment scheme in each year since 2005.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to bring forward proposals to increase the sentencing powers provided for in the Animal Welfare Act...

      Cats: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the use of electronic collars on domestic cats;...

      Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has assessed the merits of including the Teme Valley, Worcestershire, in the Malvern Hills Area of...

      Farming: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to enter partnerships with (a) the UK Food Chain Alliance and (b) other private...

      Fisheries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has had discussions with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the Ministry of Defence on potential implications for...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on overfishing (a) in European waters and (b) globally.

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the amount of food exported in each of the last 10 years.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the amount of food imported in each of the last 10 years.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what land area in square miles (a) previously attracted claims under hill farm allowance and (b) is now eligible for uplands...

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have received payments under the uplands entry level stewardship scheme in each month since its inception.

      Nature Conservation: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the effects on the environment of the operation of EU agri-environment funds aiming to maintain...

      Nature Conservation: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on the future operation of EU agri-environment funds aiming to maintain populations of...

      Nutrient Run-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on nutrient run-off; and if she will make a statement.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on changes in the level of annual water charges in each region in each year since 1989.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what assessment the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what proportion of the savings to the public purse achieved by...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what estimate the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what assessment the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

  • Attorney-General

    • Council of Europe: Meetings

      To ask the Attorney-General what meetings he had during his recent visit to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; and if he will make a statement on that visit.

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of those prosecuted by Northamptonshire Crown Prosecution Service had previously been prosecuted for another imprisonable offence, including those who...

      Witnesses: Allowances

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will review the level of allowances paid by the Crown Prosecution Service to witnesses called by the Crown Prosecution Service to give evidence in court.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Schools: Visits

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many schools in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent were involved in visits...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cycling: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has had recent discussions with British Cycling on the regulations governing road racing.

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many invoices received by his Department were paid (a) on time and (b) late in each month since May 2010; and what the...

      Football: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will discuss with football authorities measures to eliminate the disruptive use of laser pens during football matches;...

      Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to protect historic buildings.

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2011, Official Report, columns 327-8, on race course pitch tenures, what assessment...

      Libraries: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the (a) terms of reference are and (b) timetable is for his Department's review of major public lending collections.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether he has made a recent assessment of the remit of Ofcom; (2) if he will assess the merits of issuing a direction...

      Olympic Games 2012: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to measures to prevent the potential disruptive use of laser pens during the London 2012...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport with reference to his Department's Business Plan 2011-15, when he plans to introduce a programme of improvement and protection...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2011, Official Report, column 480W, on public holidays, if he will hold a full consultation...

      Sport England: Dartford

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

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the relationship between levels of participation in sports at youth level and sporting...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of HM Revenue and Customs' VAT treatment of league block bookings since February...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on the VAT treatment of league block bookings since February 2011.

      Sports: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of recent trends in participation in sport by children classed as obese.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what budget has been set for events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War; and if he will make a statement.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which Department is leading on arrangements to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War; and if he will make...

  • Transport

    • A233: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate hourly traffic flows in both directions on the A233 in Orpington constituency (a) at peak hours and (b) at other times; and if he...

    • Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of passengers who have used Southeastern rail services running alongside the High Speed One rail...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of passengers on the High Speed One rail route in each year since it opened; and how much revenue has been...

      Crewe-Chester Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce his decision on electrification of the Crewe to Chester line.

      Crewe-Chester Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has assessed the feasibility of electrification of the rail line between Crewe and Chester.

      Crossrail: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 574W, on Crossrail: rolling stock, whether the Thameslink Project will require full...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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)...

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the fee levels are for driver awareness courses in the six highest charging authorities; and what assessment he has made of the compliance of such...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether provisions are in place to prevent the purchasing of motor insurance by an individual who does not have a valid immigration status in (a)...

      EC Regulation 137/2007/EC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to the implementation of EC Regulation 137/2007/EC on rail passengers' rights and obligations.

      Greater Anglia Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Greater Anglia rail franchise will run for two years and seven periods from its commencement instead of the previously planned one...

      Great Western Railway Line: Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the proposed re-signalling of the Great Western Main Line with the European train control system to (a) begin and (b) be completed.

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of (a) the West Midlands and (b) Redditch of the proposed High Speed Two route.

      Level Crossings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the procedures followed by (a) the Office of Rail Regulation and (b) Network Rail in implementing the safety recommendations arising...

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department plans to spend on campaigns to increase road safety for motorcyclists in each year of the comprehensive spending review period.

      National Express East Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what costs his Department incurred following the return by National Express of the East Coast Mainline franchise.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Mayor of London, (b) Network Rail and (c) Southeastern Railway on public transport provision in South...

      Rail Delivery Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the name is of each member of the Rail Delivery Group; what employment experience relevant to the Group's work each has; and what the role and...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with passenger rail franchise holders on steps to be taken to meet the needs of passengers with disabilities.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the potential cost benefit to (a) rolling stock operators and (b) Network Rail of the introduction of a variable...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ticketing and settlement agreements are applicable to rail passenger services in the UK; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) legal advice and (b) consultation in respect of its dealings with each train operating company and the...

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the effect on passenger numbers of setting the cap on increases in rail fares at the retail prices index plus...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase the frequency of rail services in less populated areas.

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in his Department were engaged in work on the future role of tram-train vehicles on the latest date for which information is available.

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take account of the closure of Filton airfield and the potential commercial and residential development of the site when deciding whether to...

      Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 to allow (a) registered nurses, (b) midwives, (c)...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of reducing the variety of rolling stock designs operating on the national network.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to increase the level of support offered to rural communities wishing to lower speed limits on roads in their area.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to change the benefit-cost ratios mechanism used by his Department.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the administrative requirements in respect of (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and (b) traffic...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which academies have selected a new sponsor since May 2011; who the sponsor is in each such case; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academies that were subject to errors in their funding allocation in 2010-11 also experienced an adjustment to their capital funding as a...

      Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the report of the Independent Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood, Letting...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost to his Department and its predecessors was of the provision of ministerial cars in each financial year between 2000-01 and 2010-11; how...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Disability: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local authorities have provided his Department with data on steps to support black and ethnic minority disabled children and their families in...

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1139W, on the Discretionary Learner Support Fund, how much funding he has allocated to...

      Education: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many hours of teaching in basic learning skills are required at each key stage; what other requirements his Department places on schools in...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential for school staff redundancies in subjects not included in the English baccalaureate.

      Free Schools: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of establishing the King's Science Academy free school in Bradford.

      National Curriculum Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had on the National Curriculum Review with (a) officials in his Department and (b) external organisations.

      National Curriculum Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what timetable his Department has established for the completion of the national curriculum review; (2) when his Department plans to publish its...

      Nurseries: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of complaints made against childcare or day nursery businesses in 2010-11 were found to be (a) unfounded and (b)...

      Parents: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the number of black and ethnic minority parents and carers participating in parents forums in each local...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make emergency life support skills part of the physical education syllabus; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Chess

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that children are taught chess during their primary school education.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of excluding religious education (RE) from the English baccalaureate on the number of...

      Religion: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education on the exclusion of religious education from the...

      Religion: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education on the effects of the English Baccalaureate...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) on what dates he met representatives of school examination boards between 16 May and 22 June 2011; (2) when he was first informed of errors in...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) on what date the OCR A-level physics paper of 21 June 2011 was rechecked for errors; on what date the error in the examination was first...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much time he has spent on the matter of examination question errors since 16 May 2011; whom he has met, and on what date, in the course of...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools achieved a rating of outstanding in their Ofsted inspection in (a) Kent and (b) Dartford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent assessment he has made of the state of school library services; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether he has made an estimate...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure that schools comply with their statutory duty to provide independent advice and guidance for year 11 pupils in an...

      Students: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether he has assessed the merits of paying compensation to students who failed to gain a place at the university of their choice as a result of...

      Teachers: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are made for the protection of the terms and conditions of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff of schools which become...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on steps to revive junior technical provision; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

    • Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2011, Official Report, column 27W, on Libya: armed conflict, what the Civil Service grade is of the...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether officials of his Department involved in post-conflict planning in Libya have discussed the task with officials involved in...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff of his Department work in its Libya Unit; and what the budget of that unit for 2011-12 is.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department allocated to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan in real terms in each financial year since 2001.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the aid allocated by his Department to Yemen between February and June 2011 has been spent; and on what.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether financial receipts from the New Homes Bonus are required to be spent in the local area of the development to which they...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated to each local authority for the new homes bonus scheme.

      Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2010, Official Report, column 180W, on Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment fires, what...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 156W, on anti-Semitism, for what reasons the UK Government uses...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 156W, on anti-Semitism, which agencies use the working...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2011, Official Report, column 447W, on departmental official visits, and with reference to...

      EU Grants and Loans: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much European regional development fund funding was allocated to the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he is taking steps to provide support for fire and rescue services for the cost of maintaining fire hydrants.

      Homelessness: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homeless households were offered accommodation by local authorities under Section 192(3) of the Housing Act 1996...

      King Edward's Memorial Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will issue a temporary measure under the green areas designation initiative for King Edward's Memorial Park in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to provide funding to local authorities for the purposes of enabling a council tax freeze for the (a) 2012-13,...

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how long on average he expects a local authority to take to transfer from a leader and executive model to the shadow mayor...

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the effects of adoption of the elected mayor model on levels of public (a)...

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that areas choosing a leader and executive governance model have access to similar...

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department expects to publish a draft recall mechanism for elected mayors; and if he will make a statement.

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings his Department has held with other Government departments to discuss the powers of elected mayors under the...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made on his Department’s consultation on steps to protect park home owners.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future level of funding for local authorities to provide (a) mandatory and (b) discretionary business...

      Quarrying: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to make a decision on the proposed westerly extension to Hermitage Quarry, Aylesford, Kent, reference TM10/2029,...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has met the Secretary of State for Health to discuss implications for local authorities of the forthcoming Dilnot...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will discuss with local authorities the allocation of additional funding provided for social care.

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Buildings

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

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to discussing changes of fees for firearm and shotgun certificates with organisations representing firearms...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many positions in the Metropolitan Police Service are designated as police staff roles; (2) how many police staff roles in the...

      Metropolitan Police: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in the Metropolitan Police Service are (a) disabled and (b) placed on restricted duties.

      Metropolitan Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian staff are employed to assist the Metropolitan Police Service in the investigation of crimes.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a police and crime commissioner will be authorised to appoint a civilian to the position of chief constable from May 2012; and if she...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the incidence of cancer was in each (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, (c) hospital trust area, (d) region and (e) social demographic...

    • Charity Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of staff turnover was in the Charity Commission office in (a) London and (b) Liverpool in each of the last 10 years.

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much each Government Department contributed to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme in respect of (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has any plans to generate low-carbon energy from its estate.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency who work less than 16 hours a week are receiving jobseeker’s allowance.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Social Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department provides guidance to special advisers on the use of Twitter and other social media for the purposes of engaging in debate on...

      Unemployment: Graduates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of graduates registered as unemployed in the first year after graduation remained unemployed for (a) six, (b) 12, (c) 18 and (d) 24...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many young adults were unemployed for over 12 months in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last 18 months.

  • Justice

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of hours of community service required by each order was in each probation service area in the latest period for which figures...

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders were given community service orders in each probation service area in each of the last three years.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was for the administration of community service orders in each probation service area in each of the last four years; and what he expects...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department and its predecessors was of the provision of ministerial cars in each financial year between 2000-01 and 2010-11; how...

      Homicide: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to announce the organisations which have been successful in bidding for funding from the 2011-12 Homicide Fund.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid in legal aid to Jeffrey Samuels QC in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the response to his consultation on Reform of Legal Aid from (a) the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority,...

      Legal Aid: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 179W, on legal aid: Iraq, in respect of how many cases relating to alleged abuse of Iraqi...

      Missing Persons: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to align the law of England and Wales with that of Scotland and Northern Ireland in regard to presumption of death...

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assistance the National Offender Management Service has provided to probation trusts in respect of bidding for unpaid work during the tendering process.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) third sector organisations, (b) charities, (c) private companies and (d) other organisations are working in prisons to support prisoner...

      Open Prisons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences were committed by offenders serving a prison sentence in an open prison in the latest period for which figures are available; what the...

      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.

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the payment by results pilots in reducing the demand for his Department's services.

      Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research into the reading ability of prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to improve the literacy levels of prisoners.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the number of prisoners which undertake meaningful work; and in what types of jobs.

      Sentencing: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a custodial sentence for drugs offences in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Redditch in each of the last five years.

      Sentencing: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received (a) immediate custodial sentences and (b) other disposals in respect of drugs supply offences in Hertfordshire in each of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security of United Nations personnel in Afghanistan.

    • Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of his Department are working in (a) Kosovo and (b) the western Balkans.

      British Nationals Abroad: Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with its Italian counterpart on the rights of UK citizens teaching in...

      British Nationals Abroad: Ransom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2011, Official Report, column 603W, on British nationals abroad: ransom, whether the payment...

      British Overseas Territories: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the carbon footprint of British Overseas Territories.

      Capita

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

      Chen Guangcheng

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he raised the treatment of Chen Guangcheng during the visit to the UK of the Prime Minister of China; and if he will...

      China: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of diplomatic staff in China work in (a) trade, (b) human rights and (c) general diplomatic roles.

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he raised the issue of the one child policy during the visit to the UK of the Prime Minister of China; and if he will...

      Council of Europe: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budgets have been set for each institution of the Council of Europe in the next three years; and what contribution will be...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any plans to generate low-carbon energy from its estate.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much has been spent on travel in respect of (a) each of his Department's Executive agencies and (b) the chief...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the situation in Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Egyptian Supreme Military Council on the process of transition from military to...

      Fair Trials International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department has provided for Fair Trials International in the last five years.

      Greece: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Greek Government on the condition of detention facilities for asylum seekers in Greece.

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the ability of each religious community in Iran to (a) exercise its faith, (b) to observe...

      Iran: Satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the middle east peace process of the recent launch by Iran of a Rassad-1...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of international intervention in Libya on (a) Gaddafi military strength, (b) the...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers of his Department have met Ministerial colleagues in (a) the Department for International Development and (b)...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether officials of his Department involved in post-conflict planning in Libya have discussed the task with officials involved...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on NATO's compliance with UN Security Council resolutions relating to Libya; and if...

      Libya: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which other Governments have committed resources to military action in Libya to date; what the nature of these resources are;...

      Maldives: Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of the Maldives on promoting inward investment in the Maldives; and if he...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay will receive a substantive response to the letter of 14 April 2011 on the Arms...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the firing of mortars and Qassam rockets into southern Israel from Gaza on 22 June 2011; and if...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the outcome of attempts to destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons into Gaza since March 2011;...

      National Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the membership is of the Emerging Powers Sub-Committee of the National Security Council.

      National Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates the Emerging Powers Sub-Committee of the National Security Council has met.

      Pakistan: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of relations between Pakistan and China.

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Balochistan.

      Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the ability of each religious community in Saudi Arabia to (a) exercise its faith, (b) to...

      Syria: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the hon. Member for Braintree and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury was representing the Government at his recent...

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the African Union on UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with neighbouring African states the recent statement by Zimbabwean Brigadier General Douglas Nyikayaramba that...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a carer’s allowance in respect of those diagnosed with cancer; and if he will make a...

    • Child: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has to identify the whereabouts of absent fathers who (a) regularly travel to and...

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation his Department undertook in respect of his proposals on (a) community care grants and (b) crisis loans.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation he has undertaken on his proposals for the introduction of a 12-month time limit on entitlement to a single element of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether people with large numbers of children are to be considered as having exceptional circumstances in respect of the proposed annual...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received (a) against and (b) in favour of the proposed qualifying period for the personal independence payment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to make his Department’s consultation on assessment regulations and criteria for the proposed personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he has taken to accommodate demand for face-to-face meetings outside London as part of his Department's consultation on...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving the basic state pension and previously resident abroad have returned to take up permanent residence in the UK in each...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many women in Leicester South constituency, born between 6 December 1953 and 5 October 1954, will be required to wait an additional...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department plans to provide for advice on benefits during the transitional period to universal credit; and if he will make a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that people who suffer a serious accident are not disadvantaged under his Department's...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support he plans to provide to couples who do not work for an additional eight hours but who wish to remain in work after the...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the average amount of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit that will no longer be paid to couples who do...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his most recent estimate is of the number of unregistered voters in (a) the UK and (b) each region of the UK.

    • Electoral Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to improve the administration of elections for the purposes of ensuring consistency in the provision of services to voters.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he had any discussions on the Falkland Islands during his recent visit to Brazil.

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2011, Official Report, column 428W, on voting rights: prisoners, whether he plans to inform the House of Commons of his policy...

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many prisoners he expects will be enfranchised under his proposals for prisoner voting.

      Voting Rights: Young people

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on Resolution 1826 (2011) of the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe on the expansion of democracy by lowering the voting age to 16.

  • Defence

    • Christmas Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has evaluated on the effect on those present of the nuclear tests on Christmas Island.

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to publish the outcomes of his Department's arrangements for continuous review of the strategic defence and security review.

      Defence Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to promote defence exports.

      Middle East and North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the middle east and north Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had on plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel changed residence as a result of service deployment in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish his Department’s guidance issued to recipients of the continuity education allowance on usage of the allowance.

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of people who will be employed by his Department's Defence Infrastructure Organisation in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c)...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 value was of invoices...

      Ministerial Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department requires two Permanent Under-Secretaries.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of near cash spending levels for (a) Navy Command, (b) Land Forces, (c) Air Command, (d) Defence Estates and (e) Defence...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efficiency savings he expects each top level budget holder in his Department to make in each of the next four financial years.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much each Executive agency of his Department has spent on travel by (a) private hire vehicles, (b) trains, (c) buses, (d) commercial aircraft and (e)...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on travel in respect of (a) each of his Department’s Executive agencies and (b) the chief executive of each such agency...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase the monitoring of the welfare of veterans.

      Joint Force Command

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 27 June 2011, Official Report, columns 634-44, on defence reform, whether he has made an estimate of the number of injured...

      NATO: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British servicemen and women of each rank and duty are on secondment to NATO.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the number of warheads deployed on each Vanguard class submarine will be reduced to no more than 40; when the stockpile of operationally available...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the logistics plan for implementing the reduction in nuclear weapons numbers announced in the strategic defence and security review to be...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alternatives his Department has considered to the nuclear deterrent.

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under which budget headings expenditure to date on enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1973 has fallen; what estimate he has made of the future cost...

      War Pensions: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) solicitors, (b) barristers, (c) experts and (d) other costs in respect of ionising appeals heard at the war pensions...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to support alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage mothers to donate stem cell blood from umbilical cords after childbirth; (2) whether he has...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the attendance by advocates or family members at strategy meetings for patients with severe learning disabilities.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to the NHS on the (a) establishment, (b) role and remit and (c) relationship with existing neonatal networks of new maternity...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the performance of emergency outreach teams for mental health based at (a) Fulbourn hospital and (b) other hospitals; and if he will...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the average hourly cost of employing a member of staff in the NHS.

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to review the regulatory framework relating to premises used by opticians and optometrists and their equipment and facilities.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people (a) in South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency and (b) nationally are on the NHS organ donor register.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency were assessed as needing an organ transplant in each of the last five years.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults in South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency died while waiting for an organ transplant in each of the last five...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which schools in South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency use NHS Blood and Transplant's Give and Let Live educational resource on organ donation.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued for each (a) benzodiazepine and (b) z-drug tranquilliser in 2010-11.

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason (a) patient groups and (b) charitable and not-for-profit groups were not consulted as part of the recent reviews by the National Addiction...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the implementation of the recommendations of the 2007 National Radiotherapy Advisory Group report in respect of (a) equality of...

      Respite Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 252W, on carers: Hertfordshire, whether his Department monitors expenditure from carers'...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many local authorities have (a) changed and (b) given notice of a change to eligibility criteria for social care in the last six months; (2)...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department takes to monitor whether the expenditure of funding allocated to local authorities for social care in 2011-12 (a) has been...

      Tuberculosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) completed and (b) were unable to complete due to unavailability of drugs treatment for drug (i) susceptible and (ii) resistant...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2011, Official Report, column 123W, on departmental carbon emissions, when he plans to explore the...

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to the merits of including lighting and appliances in the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.

      Carbon Emissions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the introduction of a carbon price floor on Northern Ireland energy producers...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish his decision on the first carbon capture and storage project.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects a decision to be made on EU funding for UK carbon capture and storage projects.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the development of carbon capture and storage.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had held with industry representatives on the development of carbon capture and storage in the UK.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for carbon capture and storage projects.

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the progress made by the UNFCCC's Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund; and...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department intends to take to meet its commitments on climate finance after 2014.

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Government plans to channel all or part of the monies allocated for international climate finance through the Green Climate...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many requests under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received from (a) hon. Members from each...

      Electricity: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Electricity White Paper will include proposals to ensure that power generators in Northern Ireland are not disadvantaged by...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the next Annual Energy Statement will be published.

      Energy Supply: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the Ministry of Defence on potential consequences for energy...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the inclusion of voltage optimisation technologies in the Green Deal.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings he had with (a) EDF, (b) Scottish Power, (c) Scottish and Southern Energy and (d) E.ON UK Ltd to discuss energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of recent increases in energy prices by Scottish Power on (a) consumers in Scotland, (b) the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects on consumers in London of the case of energy mis-selling by Scottish and Southern Energy;...

      Fuel: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of recent trends in fuel prices on progress towards the Government's fuel poverty targets.

      Fukushima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 5WS, on Fukushima (Interim Report), if he will...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the (a) greenhouse gas footprint and (b) level of methane emissions, including leaks during the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on nuclear power provision at Sellafield; and if he will make a...

      Solar Power: Housing

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

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of installers on planning rules...

      Superconductors: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department has allocated to research into the development of superconductors in 2011-12.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the use of overhead pylons to transmit power in Wales.

      Wind Power: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of constraint payments to wind farm operators in (a) the latest period for which...

      Wind Power: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of the cumulative public subsidy that will be given to wind power generation in the period between 2010 and 2020.

      Wind Power: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of (a) the value of the power generated by and (b) the level of public subsidy to an average wind turbine in the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many export licences for goods on the Military List were issued in respect of exports to (a) Bahrain, (b) Saudi Arabia, (c)...

    • Bombardier Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) on which dates he has had meetings with representatives of Bombardier Aerospace since 12 May 2010; (2) what meetings (a)...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of applications to the Regional Growth Fund were rejected because of concerns about the compliance of any award...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials of each grade in his Department advise him on policy relating to (a) financial services, (b) manufacturing by...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the selection process for the location of the Green Investment Bank will be by open invitation.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many children educated in maintained schools in each local authority area were accepted for entry by (a) Cambridge and (b)...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the contribution to the UK economy of manufacturing in each (a) region and (b) sector.

      Munitions Workers: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will introduce a medal for award to former munitions workers.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to (a) encourage entrepreneurial activity and (b) increase the proportion of people starting...

      Office of the Independent Adjudicator: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff worked for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator in each year since 2005; how many are expected to work in...

      Sudan Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to encourage British investment in Sudan and South Sudan.

      Public Services Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the terms of reference are for his Department's review of business models of companies that provide public services; and...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total cost to the public purse is of the abolition of each (a) regional development agency and (b) regional Government...

      Regional Development Agencies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, column 776W, on regional development agency: assets, whether any bids to...

      Universities: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to sponsor undergraduate and postgraduate places at university.

      Water: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the net level was of imports of water into the UK in each year since 1989.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Sudan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to assist Sudanese businessmen to set up bank accounts in the UK.

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the administrative costs of a scheme to offer free shares to the public in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds TSB.

      Capita

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 those contracts.

      Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2011, Official Report, column 323W, on commodity markets, if he will place in the Library a copy of each relevant item of...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has any plans to generate low-carbon energy from its estate.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials of each grade in his Department advise him on policy relating to (a) financial services, (b) manufacturing by the (i) automotive, (ii)...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions in respect of behavioural standards have been included in procurement contracts issued by his Department since May 2010.

      Bio diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of the 20p duty differential for the sustainable biodiesel sector.

      Economic Growth: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made for benchmarking purposes of projected economic growth levels in the (a) Eurozone and (b) EU over the next five years.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Leeds North East of 24 January 2011, Official Report, column 115W, on Equitable Life Assurance Society:...

      EU Law

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

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to tackle alcohol fraud since the allocation of funding for that purpose in the comprehensive spending review.

      Excise Duties: Wines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to adjust rates of duty on wine production.

      Foster Care: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had on financial support for children in kinship care; (2) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of financial...

      Foster Care: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) decision-making on provision and (b) delivery of financial support for children in kinship care.

      Foster Care: Guardian’s Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received any representations on extending the availability of guardian's allowance to cover children in kinship care.

      Money: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of counterfeit £1 coins in circulation.

      Mortgage Express: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department has received about Mortgage Express since 29 September 2008.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those who were employed full-time in the public sector receive an annual occupational pension in respect of their public sector...

      Revenue and Customs: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2011, Official Report, column 703W, on Revenue and Customs: debt collection, whether he plans to transfer HM Revenue and...

      Road Fuel Testing Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the Road Fuel Testing Unit in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Road Fuel Testing Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of fines given by the Road Fuel Testing Unit for the misuse of red diesel in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will (a) prepare and (b) publish an assessment of the impact of the Government's tax and benefit policies on (i) women and (ii) men, using all...

      VAT: Sports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with sports governing bodies on the treatment for VAT purposes by HM Revenue and Customs of sports league block bookings.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many households where one adult is a carer he estimates will be affected by the change in the working hours qualification for couples with...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the number of children living in poverty of the change in working hours qualification for couples with...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will implement the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women: Platform for Action which called for action by Governments to "Eliminate all forms of...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they currently fund, or plan to fund, any organisation promoting abortion as a method of family planning.

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what targets, if any, they have set in the next twelve months for reducing the abortion rate in England and Wales; and what strategies they have (a) put in place,...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their Project Merlin agreement is with HSBC Bank Plc or HSBC Holdings Plc.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Merlin lending agreements contain stretch targets for bank lending which have not been published.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review (a) the effectiveness of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and (b) the legal and regulatory authorities under which it operates.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the inclusion of a section on human rights in the Republic of Ireland in the Belfast agreement of 1998 on the...

      Businesses: Pre-pack Administration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the treatment of small and medium-sized enterprises and other trade creditors under pre-pack administrations.

      Businesses: Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of new regulations affecting businesses on the establishment and running of small dental practices.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of evidence linking school absences for long-term illness with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, what guidance they currently issue...

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the capital relief available in determining core tier one capital requirements for United Kingdom banks as a consequence of insurance...

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken any analysis of the threat to the public posed by visual data security breaches; and whether they plan to review the Security Policy...

      Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a response to the 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy; and what is their assessment of the authors' view that the global war on drugs...

      Education: Overseas Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the figure of 700,000 girls that the Department for International Development plans to support through education to 2014, as set out in Changing Lives,...

      EU: Financial Assistance to Member States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their source for the statement by Lord Sassoon on 20 June (Official Report, col. 1103) that the total exposure of the United Kingdom banking system to...

      Exports

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

      Finance: Mutuals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage growth of user-led financial mutuals in the public sector.

      Financial Services: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to regulate pay in the financial services sector.

      Government Departments: Scientific Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 21 June (WA 281), how many scheduled meetings have been held between the departmental Chief Scientific...

      Greece: Political Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of a political intervention by the military in Greece; and what internal European Union procedures exist for...

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which functions of (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts, and (c) other national bodies, will be affected by the Health and Social Care Bill;...

      Health: Blood Donors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of people aged under 30 who become blood donors.

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much in pounds sterling was paid to and received from each European Union country in the past three years for medical and healthcare costs under European...

      Health: Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 13 June (Official Report, col. 544), whether they will provide a breakdown by department of the £20 million spent on...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Local Housing Allowance recipients in (a) the City of Westminster and (b) the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will lose all or part of their...

      Immigration: Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 11 November 2010 (WA 126), whether they will publish the data on immigration queues at each Heathrow...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Independent Commission on Banking has cost; and by whom it is funded.

      International Planned Parenthood Federation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their annual contribution to the funding of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in each of the last five years; how they monitor the use to...

      Justice: Legal Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost in compensation and legal fees of unlawful detention actions in 2010-11.

      Lebanon

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

      Local Authorities: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed their analysis that "Shining a light on council spending could save up to £450 per household" featured at...

      Local Government: Consent Regimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 14 June (WA 179), whether they will publish the departmental consent regimes applying to local authority...

      Magna Carta

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the functions and budget of the NHS Commissioning Board and its outposts.

      NHS: Commissioning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of savings arising from a reduction in acute admissions and specialist referrals for epilepsy patients by increasing the use of...

      NHS: Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average bed occupancy of (a) adult mental health inpatient units, and (b) adult acute wards, in district general hospitals in England in 2010.

      NHS: Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 March (WA 203), why output activities are weighted by their average costs in the National Health Service...

      NHS: Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 March (WA 203), in calculating NHS productivity, why adjustments are made in calculating input volume for (a)...

      NHS: Restructuring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have sought or received on the legality of implementing changes to the organisational structure of the National Health Service.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to legislate for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland in the absence of political consensus on such a Bill in Northern Ireland.

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 20 June (WA 255-6) regarding the 3,300 Olympic tickets to be allocated to business leaders and...

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 20 June (WA 255-6) regarding the 3,300 Olympic tickets to be allocated to business leaders and...

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 20 June (WA 255-6) regarding the 3,300 Olympic tickets to be allocated to business leaders and...

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 20 June (WA 255-6), for which events, and how many for each event, have Olympic tickets been...

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what ministerial meetings, informal ministerial meetings and summit meetings of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe have taken place since May...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries currently receive budget support from the Government.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the average weekly earnings in (a) the public sector, and (b) the private sector; and what are the respective average percentages paid towards...

      Police Act 1997

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Section 112 of the Police Act 1997 (criminal conviction certificates) has not been commenced.

      Polygraph Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any changes to the evaluation of mandatory polygraph pilots; and, if so, what.

      Public Sector: Terms and Conditions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 8 June (WA 144), whether they will publish in print the information on the website referred to, for...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not answered question HL9291, tabled on 17 May and due for answer by 1 June; and when they plan to answer it.

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what occasion and by what method they were most recently assured by the Government of the Republic of Ireland that they would not default on the loan supplied...

      Roads: Advertisements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action are they taking to deal with the number of advertisements placed in fields near to motorways and other major trunk roads.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 21 June (WA 292), what use they make of data collected on the use of mobile telephones while driving.

      Sport: FIFA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent allegations of corruption in FIFA.

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why their conditions for recognising a state vary from area to area.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions are attached to the budget support provided to the Government of Uganda by the United Kingdom; and whether a limit is set on such expenditure.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received that the Government of Uganda purchased or ordered SU-3-MK2 fighter jets while receiving budget support from the United Kingdom...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any concerns regarding the Deepening Democracy Programme, part-funded by the Department for International Development, which currently...

      UN Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts they are making to ensure that the United Nations Gender Entity will be well funded and able to be effective for women across Europe, in particular...

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the qualifications of staff undertaking the work capability assessment for mental health conditions.

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