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Written answers

Thursday, 7 July 2011

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General in how many cases the Crown Prosecution Service has (a) given an individual immunity from prosecution and (b) sought a reduced sentence for an offender in return for...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what criteria the Endowment Fund Panel 2011 will apply when deciding on the organisations which are to receive...

    • Arts: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Coventry South of 27 June 2011, Official Report, column 480W, on performing...

      BSkyB: News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to make a decision on News Corporation's acquisition of BSkyB before the summer adjournment; and if he will...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of standards of governance in football.

      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to revising the licence fees for the 900 MHz spectrum for fourth generation mobile...

      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what consideration he has given to stipulating coverage obligations across the nations and regions of the UK as part of...

  • Scotland

    • Access to Work Programme

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

  • Wales

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on (a) new furniture, (b) decoration and (c) structural alterations during the recent refurbishment of Gwydyr House.

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment he has made of the availability of measures which would bar cold...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation...

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the name is of each regulatory measure revoked by his Department between 1 March and 31 May 2011; and what estimate he has...

      Mongolia: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on ratification of the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement between Mongolia and the EU; and if he will...

      National Security Council

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

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to determine his policy on whether to support UN recognition of a Palestinian state; and whether he plans to...

  • Home Department

    • Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her response is to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Sufi and Elmi vs the United Kingdom; and whether...

    • Entry Clearances: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entry clearance applications were rejected as a result of the applicant having taken an English language test through a provider not...

      Helicopters: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who owns the helicopter which hovered above Westminster on 30 June 2011; what authorisation was given for the flight; what the average noise...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what persons and organisations are entitled to refer cases to the National Referral Mechanism for assessment of whether a person has been...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will announce the Government's policy on human trafficking prior to the summer adjournment.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average length of time was taken to reach (i) a reasonable grounds decision and (ii) a conclusive...

      National Public Order Intelligence Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the disclosure to a criminal defence of information acquired as a result of the policing of protests involving criminal...

      Foreign Nationals: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2011, Official Report, columns 919-22W, on foreign nationals: prisoners, how many foreign national...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the acting chief executive of the UK Border Agency plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North, ref: C1166155.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a national policy statement for aviation has not been produced.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what near-miss incidents involving (a) commercial and (b) private aircraft and UK nuclear installations have been reported to his Department in each...

      Biggin Hill Airport: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the effects of a time-limited waiver to the terms of Biggin Hill airport's lease with Bromley council allowing extended hours and...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cyclists have been killed in road traffic accidents on (a) dual carriageways for which the Highways Agency is responsible and (b) other roads...

      Departmental Allowances

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

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test appointments at the Northwich Driving Test Centre have been cancelled in the last 12 months at the request of the Driving...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints his Department and its predecessor received about noise pollution related to Heathrow airport in each of the last 10 years.

      Humber Bridge Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what provisions of primary and secondary legislation determine the composition of the Humber Bridge Board; what the procedures are to alter the...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to review its policy on service areas and other roadside facilities to reflect the conclusions of the Lorry Parking...

      National Planning Policy Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he gave to the inclusion of plug-in vehicle infrastructure in the National Planning Policy Framework.

      Ports: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to (a) undertake an impact assessment and (b) assess the potential effect on employment prior to making a decision on whether the City...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons he considers that a referendum on reform of the House of Lords is not necessary; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission gives to parents living in the UK in respect of outstanding maintenance...

    • Education: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 16 and 64 in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency were not in education, employment or training in the latest...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to monitor and assess the extent to which money paid to claimants from the Social Fund is used for the purposes...

      Social Security Benefits: Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people his Department's modelling has indicated will be made homeless in Newcastle as a result of the total benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional net cost his Department's modelling has indicated will be placed on Newcastle Council as a result of the total benefit cap.

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason pensioners who retire to live abroad in some countries have their pensions up rated in line with inflation whereas those...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all new applications for in- work and out-of-work benefits will be treated as applications for universal credit from October 2013.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment for benchmarking purposes of the performance of UK firms in adopting (a) business best practice and...

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students on (a) taught masters' courses, (b) other masters' courses, (c) PhD studies and (d) other doctoral studies...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which of the proposals in the Higher Education White Paper will require (a) primary legislation and (b) secondary legislation to...

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what country code is used to record imports from Israeli settlements on the UK Trade database.

      Students: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) funded, (b) off-quota and (c) private student places for (i) full-time students and (ii) part-time students there...

  • Education

    • Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on implementation of the recommendations of the report of the Independent Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of...

    • Extracurricular Activities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial support his Department provides for groups run for children aged between five and nine years.

      Further Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the potential effect on rates of participation in post-16 education of the abolition of education maintenance allowance and the...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will estimate the number of school librarians that will be made redundant in Rochdale constituency in the next academic year; (2) if he...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Redditch have received an outstanding result from Ofsted in the last three years.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools were assessed as outstanding by Ofsted in Hastings and Rye constituency in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2011, Official Report, column 762W, on schools: careers guidance, when he expects to reach a decision on the timing...

      Sexual Offences: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received on including domestic and sexual violence and abuse issues in the curriculum.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the name is of each school, other than special schools, in which the proportion of pupils with special educational needs is over 50 per cent.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to require publicly-funded schools to host student teachers; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many convictions there have been for offences under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which involved horses since the Act was brought...

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) magistrates and (b) Crown courts he plans to close in the North East.

      Prisoners’ Discharge Grants: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was provided as a discharge grant to women who had been in mother and baby units with their infants within prisons in the latest period in which...

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the recommended staffing levels are for (a) HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Glen Parva, (b) Wetherby Young Offender Institution, (c)...

      Young Offenders: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what requirements there are for medical staff to be present at (a) young offenders institutions, (b) secure training centres and (c) secure children's homes.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of air passenger duty after aviation enters the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether climate change agreements will provide relief from carbon price support rates.

      Emergency Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with representatives of (i) trade unions and (ii) the...

      EU Economic Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what account the Government take in the formulation of economic policy of assessments of such policy made by EU institutions; (2) if he will estimate...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely change in the opt-out rates for the (a) Firefigher Pension Scheme and (b) Local Government Pension Scheme that...

      Revenue and Customs: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 829W, on departmental compensation, what steps he is taking to reduce the need for HM...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the findings of the report of the Institute for Public Policy Research on the carbon price floor in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: Turnover

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Devon with an annual turnover of less than £25,000.

    • Business: Turnover

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Devon that employ fewer than five people.

      Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the mortality rate of cancer patients in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) South Cambridgeshire constituency and...

      Electricity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when a decision will be taken on whether the Office for National Statistics will classify proposals for electricity market reform as tax and spend measures.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the benefits to the Government of the use of Government Procurement Cards.

      Statistics: Prices and Inflation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which official statistics relating to prices and inflation will be measured by the (a) retail prices index and (b) consumer prices index in future.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children in Sunderland Central constituency are living in workless households.

  • Health

    • Black Country Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the arrangements for public engagement in the Black Country Primary Care Trust cluster.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) Tainted Blood and (b) other groups representing those affected by contaminated...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of women aged 53 to 64 years took part in a breast screening programme in each primary care trust area in each of the last...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients subject to sectioning orders have absconded from secure mental hospitals in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the General Dental Council (GDC) shares with his Department on the number of (a) dentists, (b) dental nurses, (c) dental technicians, (d)...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) laptops and (b) mobile telephones issued to staff of his Department which were lost in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on overseas visits for Ministers and staff in 2010-11.

      Doctors: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to complete his Department's review of future arrangements for the accreditation of doctors and pharmacists with a special interest; and...

      Health Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps (a) HealthWatch, (b) health and wellbeing boards and (c) Public Health England will take to ensure that (i) homeless people and (ii) other...

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the provision of health services to prisoners in England in each financial year between 1997-98 and 2010-11; and how much was spent...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of health visitors in Sure Start children centres in each year since 2009; (2) how many new training places...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost in 2011 prices of each hospital construction scheme (a) approved, (b) opened and (c) cancelled since 1997.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means service performance reports on psychological therapies have been placed in the public domain to demonstrate the outcomes that services have...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of psychotherapy in the NHS.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of providing an answer to a call to NHS Direct in each financial year since 1997; and how many calls NHS Direct received in each...

      NHS: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS buildings that are vacant or unused.

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of compliance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

      NHS: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2011, Official Report, column 874W, on NHS: labour mobility, how many people have been made redundant by primary care...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that national priorities and commitments are maintained and fulfilled at a local level following the...

      Nurses: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mandatory forms nurses were required to complete in the course of their duties in (a) 1997 and (b) 2010.

      Pharmacies: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of community pharmacies in promoting public health.

      Pharmacies: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to support the Healthy Living Pharmacy Pathfinder initiative.

      Pharmacies: Smoking Cessation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's White Paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People, what steps his Department has taken to strengthen its partnership working...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the levels of support which will be required by commissioners in order to commission radiotherapy services; (2) what...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average length of stay was for patients admitted with a diagnosis of skin cancer for (a) elective admissions and (b) emergency admissions...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to review its guidance, “Skin cancer: prevention using public information,...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people attended NHS Stop Smoking services in the last year for which figures are available; and how many such people set a quit date; (2)...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of the NHS Stop Smoking Service; and whether he assessed the merits of...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of the NHS Stop Smoking Service in 2010-11; and how much the service spent on (a) nicotine replacement therapy, (b)...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of each patient who gives up smoking as a result of services provided by the NHS Stop...

      Tomography: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on storing radiology records in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to reduce the period during which military service records are not disclosed.

    • Aviation: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of (a) operating (i) aircraft from Italy and (ii) an aircraft carrier within 20 miles of Libya...

      Beyond Visual Air-to-Air Missile Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent progress his Department has made on the Beyond Visual Air-to-Air Missile programme; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts his Department plans to renegotiate; and with which companies he has begun such negotiations.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent progress his Department has made on the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent...

      Libya: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2011, Official Report, column 79W, on Libya: public expenditure and the oral answer to the hon. Member for Chichester...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights the UK has made under the NATO Strategic Airlift Interim Solution since December 2009; what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per flight...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress his Department has made on the Watchkeeper project; and if he will make a statement; (2) what estimate he has made of the total cost...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the communiqué of the recent G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting in Paris, what steps she plans to take...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of global warming on sea levels around the UK.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an assessment of the potential effects of current levels of crop growth for biofuel production on food price.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution her Department plans to make to the Rapid Response Forum on the mitigation of global food price rises.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the cost to her Department has been of the consultation on the future of the public forest estate in England; (2)...

      National Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of new woodland were created in the National Forest in 2010; and if she will assess the prospects for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made on the Affordable Homes programme in Richmond, London.

    • Council Tax: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on the Valuation Office Agency to repay any (a) overpayment and (b) interest lost due to overpayment...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Empty Property: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has estimated the number of empty homes in (a) Greater London and (b) Hendon constituency.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he last met representatives of the (a) Chief Fire Officers Association and (b) Fire Brigades Union to discuss fire control...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he last met representatives of (a) Control Centre General Partner, (b) AAIM Warrington Unit Trust, (c) Canada Life, (d)...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the recommendations in the report of the Local Government Association's Fire Commission on the future of the...

      Fire Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which fire and rescue authorities are seeking to outsource fire control provision; what stage has been reached in each case;...

      Fire Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 apply to fire control staff...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for local accountability mechanisms to monitor the effects of community empowerment on the provision of...

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information he holds on the level of expenditure by each local authority to support people sleeping rough in each of the...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2011, Official Report, column 599W, on the Homes and Communities Agency: apprentices, (1)...

      Housing: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration his Department has given to assisting (a) service personnel serving overseas and (b) veterans to buy their...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has estimated the cost to local authorities of implementing the recommendations of the Common Sense, Common Safety...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether people will be given powers to challenge the evidence used by their local authority in determining its local development...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what authority local authorities have to develop their own local development frameworks; by what mechanism he proposes that...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities are required to work with neighbouring authorities in developing joint core strategies; and if he will...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely change in the aggregate income of (a) the City of Westminster and (b) the City of...

      Planning: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will amend national planning guidance to prevent developments on flood plains or in flood risk areas; and if he will make...

      Public Order Offences: Byelaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to take steps to enable local authorities to introduce bye-laws relating to spitting in public places; and if...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any relationship between rates of recycling and the frequency of bin...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Low-carbon Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of progress towards a low-carbon economy.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent changes have been made to the Carbon Reduction Commitment; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost to his Department was of the provision of ministerial cars in each financial year between its inception and 2010-11; how...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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...

      Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what financial penalties will be imposed on energy supply companies who do not meet their obligations under the Community Energy Saving...

      Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps Ofgem is taking in respect of distribution of Community Energy Saving programme projects (a) between and (b) within regions.

      Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has any plans to extend the Community Energy Saving programme beyond the poorest 10 per cent. of local super output areas.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps Ofgem plans to take to increase private sector housing participation in the Community Energy Saving programme.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking as part of the Community Energy Support programme to maintain the requirement to favour whole house solutions.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 885W, on housing: energy, and to the contribution by the Minister of...

      Energy: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value was of each trade deal attributable to his Department's green trade mission to the United States in 2011; and...

      Energy: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for green trade missions to (a) the USA and (b) any other country in the next 12 months.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2011, Official Report, column 130W, on solar power, how many (a) installations and (b) megawatts of...

      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...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) his officials have had with the Behavioural Insights Team at the Cabinet...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will outline his proposals for incentives for consumers to take up the Green Deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the members are of the technical co-ordination group created to consider how the results of national radiation monitoring are to be...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the UK's capacity to generate 15 per cent. of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with local authorities on steps to improve the energy efficiency of local authority-owned housing stock.

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2011, Official Report, column 341W, on solar power: housing, whether he has received any...

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2011, Official Report, column 1071W, on solar power: housing, what recent discussions he has had with...

      Utilities: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on levels of competition between...

      Visits Abroad: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the purpose was of the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to Saudi Arabia in May 2011.

      Visits Abroad: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library the schedule of the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to Saudi Arabia in May 2011.

      Visits Abroad: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what costs were incurred in each category of expenditure for the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to Saudi Arabia in...

      Visits Abroad: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the outcomes were of the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to Saudi Arabia in May 2011; and if he will make a...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (a) has been and (b) will be used to pay health sector workers' salaries.

    • Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to support smallholder agriculture following the end of disbursements under the L'Aquila Food Security...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made on its plans to reduce maternal mortality rates in the developing world by 2015.

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to help reduce stigma and discrimination in respect of tuberculosis in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress towards meeting UN Millennium Development Goal 6 on tuberculosis; and whether he expects...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to encourage industrial development of (a) diagnostics, (b) drugs and (c) vaccines for...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to promote implementation and delivery of (a) diagnostics, (b) drugs and (c) vaccines for...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of improved drugs, vaccines and diagnostics on rates of tuberculosis in...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to help reduce stigma and discrimination in relation to tuberculosis in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to encourage industrial development of (a) diagnostics, (b) drugs and (c) vaccines for...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to help ensure effective implementation and delivery of (a) diagnostics, (b) drugs and (c) vaccines for...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of improved drugs, vaccines and diagnostics on rates of tuberculosis in...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department provided for research and development of (a) diagnostics, (b) drugs and (c) vaccines for tuberculosis...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to address stigma and discrimination in developing countries in relation to tuberculosis.

      Ethiopia: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to respond to the drought in Ethiopia.

      Horn of Africa: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is taking steps to increase food security in the Horn of Africa.

      Horn of Africa: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effects on (a) women and (b) children of the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa.

      Kenya: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the refugee situation in Kenya in light of the drought in the Horn of Africa; and whether his...

      Sierra Leone: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes he expects from his Department's support for health sector salaries in Sierra Leone.

      Sierra Leone: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that health workers are deployed to the parts of Sierra Leone in greatest need.

      Sierra Leone: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many additional doctors, nurses, midwives and other health workers he expects (a) to be required and (b) his Department to fund in...

      Somalia: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to respond to the drought in Somalia.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Eurocopter X3 rotorcraft.

    • Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are currently in discussion with the European Commission about artists resale rights; and whether they intend to press for an extension of the...

      Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contacts they have had with the European Commission about reopening discussions on the artists' resale rights directive.

      Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their policy on assisted dying, they will take into account Motion 305, passed by the British Medical Association in June, concerning the association's...

      Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what Home Office finding the Association of Chief Police Officers vehicle crime intelligence service has received in each of the past three financial years.

      Bank of England: Financial Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Services Authority will be asked to publish its response to comments directed to it by the report of the Bank of England's Financial Policy...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how HM Treasury will initiate follow up action on lending commitments by banks under Project Merlin if these commitments are only expressed in aggregate terms...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the quarterly data tracked by the Bank of England on bank lending will be aggregated for the five banks agreeing to Project Merlin, or whether the Bank of...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current level of bonuses paid, or projected to be paid, to senior staff in banks in which they have a major interest.

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 20 June (WA 225), whether they will investigate further the reasons for 32 customers not reclaiming £167...

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 26 April (WA 12) concerning £418 million unclaimed by the United Kingdom customers of failed Icelandic...

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 26 April (WA 12) concerning £418 million unclaimed by the United Kingdom customers of failed Icelandic...

      Banks: Credit Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the ruling from the Office of Fair Trading regarding charges for consumers using credit and debit cards, they have any powers to introduce...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will break down the current total expenditure on all tax credits by tax credit type for the latest year for which figures are available.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the median amount of child benefit received by working families with children with median earnings; and what would be the impact on the number of...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to United Kingdom corporations of complying with the Bribery Act 2010.

      Care Homes: Southern Cross

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 June (WA 230), what are the responsibilities of landlords and banks to residents of Southern Cross care homes;...

      Care Services: Winterbourne View

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence of maltreatment of residents was uncovered during the Care Quality Commission's emergency review of all Castlebeck services following the Panorama...

      Consumer Markets Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether super-complaints submitted by designated consumer bodies under the Enterprise Act 2002 will be investigated by the proposed Consumer Markets Authority from...

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the Bank of England or the Financial Services Authority have reliable current data on the gross exposure of British banks to sovereign debt default...

      Economy: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which Northern Ireland newspapers did HM Treasury advertise its consultation Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many IVF pregnancies ended in abortion for each year since 1992 categorised by reason for termination; and what was the total and average individual cost of...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many small businesses have been helped under the national loan guarantee scheme; and whether they intend to publish figures relating to the operation of the scheme.

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the extent of unused funds held by the European Union; and why they are not being returned to member states in proportion to their contribution to the...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 June (WA 207), whether they took into account the added costs to the United Kingdom of Croatia's membership...

      EU: Financial Assistance to Member States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the proposals made by the Government of France on 24 June to provide new finance to Greece via an extension of the Vienna Protocol, and...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of proposals by the European Union to impose European Union wide taxes; and whether such proposals would require unanimity to be adopted.

      EU: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are seeking a Lisbon Treaty Title V citation in the European Union-India free trade agreement in relation to the mode 4 movement of workers to enable...

      European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the objectives of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights that are not delivered elsewhere; and what is its annual budget.

      Family Breakdown

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the needs of parents, grandparents and extended families predominantly or wholly separated from their children as a result of...

      First World War: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 June (WA 396-7) concerning the First World War debt to the United States of $4,368 million, whether it is...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 June (WA 209-10), how many Pension Service healthcare costs survey questionnaires were sent to United Kingdom...

      House of Lords: Hansard

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether, in view of the termination of daily deliveries of the Official Report and House of Lords Business to Members' homes, he has had discussions about...

      India and Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the relations between India and Pakistan.

      International Labour Organisation: Domestic Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 10 January (WA 399-400), why, in the light of their general support for the new International Labour Organization...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the economic and social benefits of using wireless broadband as an alternative for those businesses and residents situated in rural...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to absorb the Association of Chief Police Officers vehicle crime intelligence service into the National Crime Agency; and, if so, what financial...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 14 June (WA 181), how many Polish nationals in total were issued with national insurance numbers from 2002; and how...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London have been paid the minimum wage in each year since its introduction up until the last year for...

      NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many chairmen the Peterborough Primary Care Trust has had in the past three years.

      NHS: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the net change in the number of NHS management posts between May 2010 and May 2011 in (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts, and (c)...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 6 June (WA 51) concerning staff numbers in the Northern Ireland Office, when they expect the reduction...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual leave entitlement of staff of the Northern Ireland Office; and what, if any, is the maximum number of days' sick leave for which full pay can be...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that young people from all parts of the United Kingdom are able to enter the ballot for free London 2012 tickets on the...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Olympic tickets are being allocated to (a) Government Olympic Executive Officials and (b) Department for Culture, Media and Sport officials, in addition...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received regarding the freedom of each religious community in Pakistan to (a) exercise their faith, (b) observe their holidays and...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the administrative cost of paying people normally resident abroad in a country where the basic state pension is frozen, a fully up-rated basic state...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many basic state pension claimants are normally resident in (a) Australia, (b) Canada, (c) South Africa, and (d) New Zealand.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average rate of basic state pension paid to claimants normally resident in (a) Australia, (b) Canada, (c) South Africa, and (d) New Zealand.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many days since 12 May 2010 the Home Office have had more Questions for Written Answer unanswered after 10 working days than any other department; and what...

      Rome: British Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimate would be saved if their two embassies in Rome were operated as one.

      Schools: Athletics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria to be used to select high performance athletes from the Inter-Schools Level Three competitions to qualify for the Level Four Finals in 2012;...

      Schools: e-learning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children unable to access the internet at home.

      Shipping: Coastguard Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following responses from stakeholders, they will withdraw their modernisation proposals for the Coastguard Services and consult on revised plans that...

      Social Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what equality impact assessment they have undertaken of the effect of the Comprehensive Spending Review settlement on social care; and whether they have identified...

      Sport: Cricket

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 20 June (WA 260) that "neither the Department for Culture, Media and Sport nor their sporting...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 June (WA 416-7) concerning the Tamil Tigers and the Government of Sri Lanka, what is meant by "the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose to the Government of South Sudan that they make an early application for membership of the Commonwealth.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the change in the proportion of household income paid out in direct and indirect taxation for each quintile in the income...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to remove or restrict tax relief available to high net worth individuals and commercial enterprises since May 2010.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the United Kingdom total tax revenue is contributed by each of the five largest sectors of the United Kingdom economy; and what proportion of...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the amount of corporation tax that will not be paid in 2011-12 by banks taxable in the United Kingdom as a result of prior year losses...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of discussions with representatives of the Turks and Caicos Islands held on 15 and 16 June.

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their annual contribution to the funding of the United Nations Population Fund in each of the past five years; how they monitor the use to which those...

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what have been the annual United Kingdom contributions to funding the activities of the United Nations Population Fund in China since they began; and what evidence...

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