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Written answers

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of invoices from small and medium-sized businesses were paid by the Law Officers' Departments within five working days of receipt in the last 12 months...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Alternative Vote: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the cost to the public purse was of holding the referendum on the alternative...

  • Justice

    • Archway Tower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the length is of his Department's lease on Archway Tower, N19, in respect of (a) the Office of the Public Guardian and (b) the Children and...

    • Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the court service and (b) his Department of the translation of information from English into other languages...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were given new identities on release from prison in each of the last 10 years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons aged between 18 and 21 years when convicted for (a) murder or (b) manslaughter and subsequently released on licence were recalled to...

  • Home Department

    • Capita

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

    • Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation her Department has carried out on the work of organisations supported by Prevent Strategy funding between June 2007 and June 2009.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the name is of each organisation previously provided with funding under the Prevent Strategy which will receive no further funding on...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projects were undertaken by organisations provided with funding under the Prevent Strategy between June 2007 and June 2009.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the name is of each organisation provided with funding under the Prevent Strategy between June 2007 and June 2009; where each such...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what process the views and values of organisations will be assessed in determining allocation of Prevent Strategy funding.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries the UK has an agreement to automatically deport foreign prisoners to their country of origin once they have been...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces provide portable alarms to domestic abuse victims; and what the cost of such provision was in the last 12 months.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of co-operation between the Government and the Government of the Irish Republic in tackling...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions, (b) fines and (c) cautions there were for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in each police force area in 2010.

      Identity and Passport Office: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Liverpool Passport Office staff recruited under the Friends and Family Scheme were recruited after March 2009.

      Identity and Passport Office: Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the remaining posts at Newport Passport Office are open to applications from all staff based in Newport.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been (a) found and (b) deported from a residence in (i) Worcestershire and (ii) Redditch in the last five years.

      Illegal Immigrants: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants resident at addresses in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency were (a) identified and (b) deported in the last...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Immigration plans to reply to the letter of 18 May 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the capacity of the Association of Chief Police Officers to assume the functions of the National Police...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2011, Official Report, columns 685-86W, on offenders: foreign nationals, how many people are on the watch...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime alerts were issued by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in each year since 2006.

      Organised Crime: Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were excluded following a recommendation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in each year since 2006.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of foreign national prisoners who did not have leave to remain in the UK prior to their imprisonment.

      Raed Salah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the circumstances in which Raed Salah entered the UK; and if she will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advertising

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

    • Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households would receive (a) increased and (b) reduced childcare support after the full implementation of universal credit if...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child support cases there are in (a) Wales and (b) Newport East constituency; and how many such cases involve (i) a parent with care...

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the effects of his Department's proposals for the localisation of community care grants and crisis loans on (a) distribution...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people in (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Leeds, (d) Manchester and (e) Liverpool claimed shared room rent housing benefit in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff were appointed on permanent contracts by Jobcentre Plus in each of the last four years; (2) how many staff appointed on...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will bring forward amendments to the guidance on statutory maternity pay and stillbirths to align it with the legal...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in a household which included a couple in (a) each year since 1997 and (b) each of the last four...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment-related benefit claimants and job seekers live more than 10 miles from their nearest Jobcentre Plus.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of regulation 3 of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2011 on the level of...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason he has not accepted the recommendations contained in the Turner Report on Pensions for a 10 year notice period for women...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people claiming out-of-work benefit lost their entitlement in each local authority area in each of the last 18...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the merits of extending the maximum period for council tax exemptions for properties that are uninhabitable...

    • Departmental Allowances

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

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of invoices from small and medium-sized businesses were paid by his Department within five working days of...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provisions in respect of behavioural standards have been included in procurement contracts issued by his Department since...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwellings there were in each local authority area in each of the last five years; and what proportion of all...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a Barnett consequential has been made to the devolved Administrations as a result of the policy to create enterprise zones.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will ensure that his Department provides information to prospective new fire authorities on future grant funding,...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what priority he gives to the preservation of green belt boundaries; and if he will make a statement.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction...

      Housing: Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to promote water efficiency in the building of new homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Authorities: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to monitor (a) new charges and (b) changes in the level of charges for older people's...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that the Government's guidance to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) on equality in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated to each local authority through the local services support grant in 2011-12.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department uses resource equalisation as part of the methodology to determine the allocation of local government grants.

      Local Government Finance: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to monitor changes in the level of financial support by local authorities to the voluntary...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to small and...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any staff of his Department are entitled to work full-time on trade union activities while receiving a departmental salary.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to (a) ensure regional co-operation between local authorities in planning for Gypsy and Traveller...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans any further changes to the Bus Service Operators Grant between 2012 and 2015.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he has met representatives of East Coast Trains to discuss the transfer of the East Coast Trains call centre from Newcastle to India; and if he...

      East Coast Railway Line: Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) legal advice he received and (b) consultation he undertook on the transfer of the East Coast Trains call centre from Newcastle to India.

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether car rental companies will be able to transfer liability for parking fines from the registered keeper to the driver of a vehicle following...

      Pedestrian Crossings: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many school crossing patrol officers were employed in each London borough in each year since 1988.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents involving children there have been in each London borough in each year since 1988.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the report commissioned by his Department into potential sources of risk to strategic transport networks from activities...

  • Treasury

    • Board for Actuarial Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many applicants there were for appointment to the Board for Actuarial Standards; and which such applicants were interviewed; (2) what criteria...

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether under the Project Merlin agreement chief executive remuneration will reflect banks' performance against (a) stretch and (b) capacity lending targets.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to monitor the progress of the Project Merlin agreement with banks.

      Bilderberg Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to his Department was of (a) travel and (b) accommodation in connection with his attendance at the Bilderberg conference 2011.

      Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with major banks about the possibility of retaining cheque books beyond 2018.

      Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the decision of the Payments Council to phase out of the use of cheques.

      Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the findings of the report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development on the effects of financial investors on commodity...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 for...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistical data his Department has ceased to collect in the last year; and what the (a) reasons for and (b) savings arising from each such cessation were.

      European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of the sums committed to EU financial stabilisation mechanisms which will revert to the Exchequer.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to introduce a scheme for the repayment of excise duty on fuel for disabled drivers.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the financial services industry on steps to ensure transparency in the description of...

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution of the voluntary sector to providing advice to the public on savings and loans.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to require the International Monetary Fund to apply as a condition for a loan that any applicant country with identifiable...

      Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the bilateral Irish loan still ranks above private sector debt, including private holdings of Irish gilts, in line with that of Eurozone credit...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs HM Revenue and Customs identified as being paid below the rate of national minimum wage in each region in each year since its inception.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the sum identified as national minimum wage underpayments to employees in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 has now been paid.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of labour market conditions on the workload of national minimum wage compliance officers.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the economic effects on the South East of the exclusion of that region from the regional employer national insurance...

      Pensions: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to question 57259, on pension tax relief, tabled on 19 May 2011 for answer on 23 May.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to support existing savers; and what steps he is taking to encourage people to save.

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of pensions tax relief in each year since 1990 (a) in total, (b) in respect of standard rate...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of trends in the level of advertising aimed at children in the last 30 years; and what assessment...

    • Broadband: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his broadband objectives include completing the full roll-out of superfast broadband in North East Hertfordshire...

      Cultural Heritage: Kent

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

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of invoices from small and medium-sized businesses were paid by his Department within five working days of...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many requests under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received from (a) hon. Members...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps his Department is taking in respect of technical standards and frequency allocations to minimise the...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to respond to the report from the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression on the Digital Economy Act...

      Internet: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with (a) internet service providers and (b) copyright holders on proposals to...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to increase the autonomy of museums.

      Olympic and Paralympic Transport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what role his Department is playing in preparation of the final Olympic and Paralympic Transport Plan.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of applications for tickets to the London 2012 Olympics which were received in the...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of public appointees to his Department's public bodies made by (a) his Department, (b) the Prime...

      Radio Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of allocating more than 16 MHz of Band III to local DAB radio on local FM stations...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beaches: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that beaches in the Sunderland area are (a) clean and (b) safe for bathing.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to her Department was of the provision of ministerial cars in each financial year between 2000-01 and 2010-11;...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the name is of each regulatory measure revoked by her Department between 1 March and 31 May 2011; and what estimate she...

      Food: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution her Department plans to make to the G20 Development Working Group on the deployment of emergency food stocks.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition she uses of a community for the purposes of guidance issued under the Reservoir Act 1975.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition is used to define (a) a bund or (b) a reservoir for flood defence purposes; and if she will make a statement.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legislation prevents the use of a railway embankment for containment of water; and if she will make a statement.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has plans to bring forward proposals to amend the Reservoirs Act 1975 and the associated guidance; and if she...

      Tyre Bales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable her Department has set for research and investigation to develop a quality protocol for tyre bales to meet the...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct Thames Water to ensure there is independent monitoring of any future feasibility studies that may be...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on revenue losses attributable to fuel smuggling and other illegal activities in border...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees with disabilities in his Department are receiving support from the Access to Work programme; and what proportion of the work...

      By-elections: West Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to the public purse was of the June 2011 by-election for the West Belfast constituency.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the work of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland in revising constituency boundaries.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on the rate of corporation tax.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions a request for a meeting by an hon. Member of each political party has been refused by (a) a Minister in his Department...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on inward investment into Northern Ireland.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what (a) conferences and (b) meetings held outside Northern Ireland and paid for out of public funds have been attended by each member of...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the work of the Parades Commission since the appointment of the new Commission.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings he has had with the Parades Commission since the new Commission was appointed.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anguilla: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of Anguilla's marine environment.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made on its Overseas Territories White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to Lord Lee of 30 November 2010, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA429, on Commonwealth...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received from (a) hon. Members from...

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of Christians in Iraq.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is taking steps to support the National Transitional Council in Benghazi in respect of (a) provision of...

      Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to visit Mongolia.

      Mongolia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of the UK's relations with Mongolia.

      Pakistan: 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 Pakistan to (a) exercise its faith, (b)...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposed Moroccan autonomy plan; and whether it provides for self-determination for Western...

  • International Development

    • Anguilla: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assistance his Department has provided to promote environmental awareness in Anguilla.

    • Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department plans to allocate to (a) the United Nations Population Fund, (b) Marie Stopes International and (c) the...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking in preparation for the special UN meeting on health workers in September 2011.

      Developing Countries: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support international efforts to increase the number of girls in primary education in developing...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Complaints

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the rationale is for the four digit reference numbering...

    • Complaints

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the reasons were for the time taken by the Independent...

      Complaints

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

      Members: Complaints

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

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the UK's performance in developing carbon capture and storage.

    • 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), whether he...

      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), what...

      Public Sector: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans a national roll-out of the Re:Fit public sector energy efficiency retrofit programme.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under which provisions of the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation Act 1990, he proposes to sever the financial links between...

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to monitor changes in the level of care home fees in England; (2) what steps his Department is taking to...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of bowel cancer were detected as a result of the bowel cancer screening programme in each year since its inception; and what estimate he...

      Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor changes in the number of day care placements in local authorities.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Freedom of Information

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

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the tendering of care home contracts to preferred providers where those service users...

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of take-up of the direct payment method of providing social care.

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 22, paragraph 3.59 of the Government's response to the NHS Future Forum Report, what guidance he proposes to provide on the...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor changes in the number of domiciliary care packages offered by local authorities in England.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of young women who have experienced side effects from the Cervarix vaccine; (2) what...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which professional psychotherapy groups he has met to discuss provision of psychotherapy in NHS settings; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on commissioning decisions of the incentives of staff of health providers who are also members of commissioning...

      Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are of the consultation on the Murrison report on prosthetic services.

      Ritalin: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of Ritalin and similar drugs on young children.

      Skin Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of skin melanoma among young people.

      Specialised Services Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on whose instruction the Specialised Services Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group was established; on what date the decision to establish the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the arrangements for Government in the event that the Prime Minister is incapacitated.

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what process he plans to follow to enable the devolved legislatures to contribute to consideration of the future of the House of Lords.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase (a) levels of net capital investment in small and medium-sized businesses, (b)...

    • Businesses: Beckenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on small and medium-sized enterprises in Beckenham.

      Care Homes: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the oral answer of 9 June 2011, Official Report, column 277, what steps he is planning to take to review the business...

      Debt Managers Standards Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made by the Office of Fair Trading in its joint working with the Debt Managers Standards...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of invoices from small and medium-sized businesses were paid by his Department within five working days of...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many requests under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received from (a) hon. Members from...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what statistical data his Department has ceased to collect in the last year; and what the (a) reasons for and (b) savings arising...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many overseas visits to what destinations he plans to make in an official capacity in the next 12 months.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people were disqualified from being a director of a company following a recommendation by the Serious Organised Crime...

      Export Development Credits: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how he will ensure that export development credits are not made available to businesses which require the use of land in Colombia...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many higher education institutions were deemed to be at risk by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in the most...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of machine tools procured by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre were manufactured in the UK.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2011, Official Report, column 415W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what estimate he has made of the cost per...

    • Armed Forces: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel resident in the London borough of Bexley received council tax relief during deployment on specified operations overseas in...

      Armed Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the draw-down of troops from Germany.

      Armed Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he plans to put in place to implement the draw-down of troops from Germany.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what service personnel accommodation his Department provides by (a) type and (b) grade in each local authority area.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel of each rank based at each location received the continuity education allowance (CEA) in each financial year since 2000-01;...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether (a) Mastiff, (b) Ridgback, (c) Warrior, (d) Panther, (e) Coyote, (f) Husky, (g) Warthog, (h) Wolfhound and (i) Jackal vehicles can be...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent progress his Department has made on the Future Rapid Effect System Utility Vehicle programme; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of how many vehicles will be supplied to the armed forces under the Terrier programme.

      Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the size was of the pension liability in respect of his Department's civil servants in each year since 1997; and what actuarial forecasts his...

      Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cash equivalent transfer value is of pensions owed to current and former civil servants of his Department.

      Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cash equivalent transfer value is of the pension of a civil servant in his Department at retirement.

      Defence Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's current standing commitments are; what capabilities are deployed in order to meet these commitments in each case; and for what reasons each...

      Defence Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which defence projects were awaiting approval by his Department on the last date for which information is available.

      Defence Assistance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Assistance Fund is in operation.

      Defence: Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Indirect Fire Precision Attack programme is included in the Gray Review; (2) whether the Future Rapid Effect System programme is...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to reduce expenditure through rationalisation of the defence estates.

      Defence: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultants were employed by his Department to assist or participate in the Defence Reform Unit's independent report into the structure and...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed by his Department's (a) Defence Estates and (b) corporate services in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Northern Ireland...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he is taking to ensure effective co-operation between the Ministry of Defence Fire Service and fire and rescue services in the event of...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters are under order by his Department; and when he expects them to be delivered.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service pilots have flown field carrier landing practice missions; on which aircraft such missions have been flown; and how many such missions...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

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

      Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many maintainers there are per airframe in the (a) RAF, (b) Fleet Air Arm and (c) Army Air Corps.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Weapon System Partnerships the UK has participated in through NATO's Maintenance and Supply Agency; and what the (a) partner country and (b)...

      RAF Menwith Hill: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK national (a) full-time employees and (b) full-time equivalent employees there were at Menwith Hill on the most recent date for which figures...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has allocated funding for the purposes of defence capacity building in Somaliland during the comprehensive spending review period.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the effects of his Department's policies on the availability of wood for commercial purposes.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse arising from a reduction in the number of operational warheads on the Vanguard...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many requests under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received from (a) hon. Members from each political party...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what statistical data, other than official statistics, his Department has ceased to collect in the last 12 months; and what the (a) reasons for and (b)...

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) people born in the UK, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals and (e) non-EU foreign...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) longitudinal and (b) other (i) research and (ii) collection of data the Office of National Statistics has (A) initiated, (B) terminated and (C)...

  • Education

    • GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of (a) modern schools, (b) comprehensive schools, (c) selective schools, (d) independent schools, (e) sixth form...

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of marks in all (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examinations are given for (i) coursework and (ii) written examinations in (A) 1997 and...

      GCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what results pupils of each school of the Schools Partnership Trust achieved in GCSE examinations in each of the last 10 years; and what the rate of...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that maintained schools are prevented from teaching aspects of sex and relationships education in science lessons that...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were eligible for free school meals in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Redditch constituency in the latest period for which figures are...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were eligible for free school meals in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Religion: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the exclusion of religious education from the English Baccalaureate; and if he will place copies of such...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of (a) actual and (b) potential capital expenditure on school buildings for each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15; and if he will...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many free school bus passes were given to children in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11; and how...

      Social Workers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children's social workers were employed by bodies other than local authorities in 2010-11.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Pilots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide professional development and career opportunities, both inside and outside the Navy, for Navy fixed-wing pilots whose jobs no...

    • Armed Forces: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officers, non-commissioned officers and servicemen and women have resigned or opted not to extend their engagements in 2009, 2010 and the first six months...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 16 June (WA 203-4), whether they intend to address the statistical gap in relation to the unavailability of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to the UK Border Agency regarding the appropriateness of returning people of Nuba ethnicity to Sudan, in the light of reports of...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of the trial in Bahrain, before a military security court, of doctors and nurses, which security court, of doctors...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information, if any, they have received about the beginning of dialogue in Bahrain between the Government and the opposition.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current total expenditure on all major welfare benefits, including housing benefit and council tax benefit, by benefit type for the latest year for...

      Care Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that 81 per cent of publicly funded home care is now provided by the independent sector, what assessment they have made of the Equality...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Freud on 23 June (Official Report, col. 1385), what is the recent research about the impact of in-kind support on child poverty...

      Courts Service: User Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have ended the HM Courts Service Court User Survey.

      Courts Service: Victim and Witness Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have ended the Witness and Victim Experience Survey.

      Crime: Drink and Drug Driving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to paragraph 3.32 in the Government's response to the reports by Sir Peter North and the House of Commons Transport Select Committee on Drink and Drunk...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 21 June (WA 275), whether they have made any assessment of the balance between cost savings achieved by...

      Disabled People: Motability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent contact they have had with Motability about the Motability scheme; what the outcome was; and what action they have taken or will be taking as a result.

      Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a correlation between the prohibition of controlled substances and the market for controlled drugs.

      Economy: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) on what date the HM Treasury consultation Relaunching the Northern Ireland Economy was originally due to close; (b) whether that date has now changed, and, if...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the figures recently released by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority relating to the number of women who have become...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the United Kingdom financial contribution to (a) the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and (b) the European Institute for Gender Equality.

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their international legal obligation to comply with final judgments against the United Kingdom of the European Court of Human Rights.

      Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will modify the Prevent Violent Extremism strategy in the light of the report by the Police Science Institute at Cardiff University.

      Finance: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set out their planned timetable for the legislation envisaged in A new approach to financial regulation (Cm 8083).

      Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much land as (a) a percentage, and (b) by acreage, the Forestry Commission has sold off in each year of the past 20 years.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 23 June (WA 334-6), when they expect to get the results of the research "Satisfying labour demands through...

      Government Departments: TV Sets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 22 June (WA 338), whether they will answer now the questions put to them, which were why it took the...

      Health and Social Care Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal advice they have sought regarding the reduction in capacity at strategic health authority and primary care trust levels in advance of the Health and...

      Health: Preventative Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the finding in the recent Frontier Economics report that investment in the Women's Royal Voluntary Service services...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 June (WA 209-10), which European Union member states, other than the Republic of Ireland, use an average cost...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which government department has responsibility for the needs of homeless people. To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by central government in...

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated number of rough sleepers in the United Kingdom in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, (d) 2005, and (e) 2010. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      House of Lords: Sitting Times

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many sitting days of the House since 1 January 2011 breached the firm convention that the House should rise no later than 10 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and...

      Houses of Parliament: Refurbishment

      To ask the Chairman of Committees which House refurbishment contracts have been rescheduled as a result of the additional sitting week in October; and, in each case, what additional costs have...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many homes in receipt of funding by the Home and Communities Agency will be built to Code Level 4 of the Sustainable Buildings Code in the financial year 2011-2012.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding was made available to (a) each local authority and (b) each other agency under the Overcrowded Housing Pathfinder Initiative in each year it operated.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 23 June (WA 342), how the absence of non-European Union students working in the United Kingdom can create a...

      Immigration: Children in Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were detained for immigration purposes in each month of 2011.

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 27 January (WA 202), whether they will (a) review the purpose of the Migration Advisory Committee and...

      NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Peterborough Primary Care Trust has not signed a contract with the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust for the provision of clinical services for...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the chairmen of primary care trusts have a contractual obligation to spend time at the trust in person; and, if so, who is responsible for monitoring that...

      NHS: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to the second recommendation of the report by the King's Fund Commission on Leadership and Management in the National Health...

      NHS: Restructuring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a workforce transition strategy to guide the current changes to NHS structures.

      NHS: Service Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have commissioned or received about the impact of changes in staff numbers and organisational change on the quality of services in the National...

      Northern Ireland: Recognition Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 22 June (WA 315), what was the tax status of payments to Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers under the...

      Peru

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received about a sterilisation programme in Peru and about the number of women who have allegedly died as a consequence of the programme;...

      Playing Fields

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many playing fields have been lost over the past 36 months; and what assessment they have made of the implications for the leisure, recreational fitness and...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre: Performance Targets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Hanham on 23 June (WS 133), what were the performance targets achieved by the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre...

      Republic of Ireland: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 16 June (WA 216), why the public interest is not served by deportations of criminals to the Republic of...

      Retail: Mary Portas Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether recent comments by Ms Mary Portas on the future of the United Kingdom high street are consistent with the requirement for objectivity in her role as a...

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the funding arrangements for the sexual assault referral centres in England; and how the centres are monitored to ensure that they are providing the best...

      Sport and Leisure: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how policies and programmes linked to the concept of the Big Society will deliver positive outcomes in situations where a local authority decides to lease the...

      Sport: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any studies have been conducted about the impact of reduced investment in facilities and infrastructure on participation in general recreational activity...

      Tourism: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been consulted by Cornwall County Council on the introduction of a daily tourist tax in Cornwall.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 23 June (WA 354), whether the appropriate salary in Appendix A section 75 of the Immigration Rules for Tier...

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